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Birth of the nation to be celebrated in spectacular Glór show

A CELEBRATION of the War of Independence in Clare will take place in song, dance and story at Glór in Ennis this Saturday night.  The creation of Dr Tim Collins, Breith features a cast of some of the county’s most renowned performers, alongside the Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO) and the Kilfenora Céilí Band. The work has been in development for over a year and brings to life a creative vision that Dr Collins has long cherished. “I have always held the view that, in this time of commemorations, we should celebrate the ordinary men and women involved in the struggle for Independence,” he said. “It was ordinary men and women who got us our freedom and they weren’t doing it for themselves, but for the coming generations. In Clare, the memory of the revolutionary period from 1916 to 1921 is very much alive. I have plenty of stories from my own father and grandfather. One of the songs in Breith …

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Ukrainian artist given sanctuary in Clare to hold exhibition

AN internationally renowned Ukrainian artist who fled the war in his country this year and found refuge in Clare is holding an exhibition in Ennistymon from this Friday. The exhibition of Yevhen Svitlychnyi’s work entitled ‘The Burren – Ukrainian Chronicles Part II’ will be opened by the Ukrainian ambassador to Ireland Gerasko Larysa. Earlier work on this theme was displayed at the Burren College of Art in July this year. Mr Svitlychnyi said, “As a result of the war, like so many of my compatriots I was forced to flee Ukraine, and by the fortunate intervention of my friends I arrived in Ireland, into the warm and welcoming embrace of Ireland and its people. “I travelled to Ballyvaughan, in this magical place that is The Burren, and was introduced to the wonderful people at the Burren College of Art who have been so welcoming, generous and supportive of my work.” The first part of the exhibition The Burren – Ukrainian …

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Clare artist a winner in Zurich Young Portrait Prize 2022

Viktoria Kroejeva, 15, from Clare has been announced as a winner in the Zurich Young Portrait Prize 2022. Victoria’s piece entitled ‘Day Out, 2022’, a painting in oil and acrylic on canvas, won the category for ages 12-15. Viktoria said, “This is a portrait of my father. It was a day when we went out to a café in Limerick and I asked him to pose for a photo. It was a very enjoyable day and we explored the city.” From hundreds of entries, the shortlists of this year’s Zurich Portrait Prize and Zurich Young Portrait Prize are on display in the Portrait Gallery. Twenty-six artists, working across a variety of media, made it through to the final stage of the Zurich Portrait Prize, while 20 young artists aged between four and eighteen years old were shortlisted for the Zurich Young Portrait Prize. Viktoria is one of four young artists from Clare who made the shortlist, along with Katie Cashin, …

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St Patrick’s musical a ‘celebration’ of the school’s community

STUDENTS at Saint Patrick’s Comprehensive will entertain over 1,000 people when they perform the Addams Family Musical over four nights, December 7-10. School principal Mary Costello said, “We are absolutely delighted that the Comp Musical is back and so grateful for the commitment from all involved – the production team, the students on stage; the staff and students backstage and front of house and the Parents Association. “It is a true collaboration and celebration of the wonderful school community here in St Patrick’s Comprehensive School.  “If Covid has taught us nothing else it has taught us that we hunger for culture and the arts – it is fantastic that we can showcase the talents of our current students, past pupils, parents and staff – this is education that cannot be measured on a points scale but which nurtures the artistic and community soul.” The show’s Production Manager Gavin Ryan said, “We are beyond thrilled to have such a great link …

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Lisdoonvarna church concert to raise the roof

A CHRISTMAS concert in Lisdoonvarna’s Corpus Christi Church is aiming to raise the roof in more ways than one. Country and gospel singer James Kilbane will be performing in the church on Sunday, December 11, with funds raised from the event going towards much needed renovations and repairs to the church. Fr Robert McNamara, parish priest, outlined that Corpus Christi Church was constructed in 1868 and now sections of the roof are in great need of repair with the replacement of slates and gutters. “There is much dampness inside the church as well, as a result. These church areas need internal sealing and dampness repair on the internal roof and walls. The church’s bell tower also needs extensive repair work. “The reality is that urgent funds for repairs are needed as well as for the maintenance of the other church buildings in the parish in Kilshanny, Doolin, and Toovahera. “All support to the event will be greatly appreciated from the …

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TD to launch Jim’s latest collection of musings in Ogonnelloe

INDEPENDENT Deputy Marian Harkin will launch a new collection of columns by author and columnist, Jim O’Brien at the Community Hall, Ogonnelloe on Saturday, December 3 at 7pm. Matters of Great Indifference Volume II is the second collection of O’Brien’s weekly musings taken from the pages of the Farming Independent. It contains a selection of pieces published between November 2020 and October 2022 and, according to the author, matters of all sorts are covered. “From the end of the pandemic to the start of a war, from the arrival of a new pup to the departure of a Queen, I have a look at everything and anything,” he said. The pieces are inspired by the life Jim is living and the context in which he is living it. “I draw on my childhood in Kildimo, and other places I have lived including Foynes in West Limerick, Rosenallis, Co. Laois and, of course, in Ogonnelloe, Co. Clare, where I now live. …

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Kilfenora Dramatic Society return with ‘It’s the Real McCoy’

THE Kilfenora Dramatic Society return to the stage this week performing in the acclaimed comedy ‘It’s the Real McCoy’. The players are looking forward to getting back on stage in Kilfenora Hall following a break due to Covid and they will be performing shows on December 2, 3 and 4 at 8pm. The phenomenally successful play was written by Tommy Marren, a playwright and radio broadcaster from County Mayo. The action takes place over two days in the spring of 1964 in the humble abode of Madge Molloy – a woman in her mid-60s who has for 40 years wondered why her husband Tom, to whom she was married for just four months, disappeared without trace or reason. The cast of this production comprises John Howard, Paul Carkill, Willie Cahir, Mary Buckley, Lisa Carkill, Caroline O’Dea and Eileen Hegarty; the stage crew is Mary McCormack, Michael O’Loughlin, and Pat and John Lynch under the direction of Fr Ned Crosby. A …

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Ken’s underwater wonders to be shown at Ennis hotel

Filmmaker Ken O’Sullivan will be sharing some of his life’s work capturing the beauty of Ireland’s underwater world next Tuesday, December 6, in the Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis. The event, which is being hosted by MEP Grace O’Sullivan and the Clare Greens, is titled “Our Wild Atlantic”, and will highlight Ken’s filmography as both a stunning piece of educational material, and a catalyst for protecting our oceans into the future. The event will take place at 8pm and all are welcome to attend – tickets are free and no booking is required.

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