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A night of high drama for ICA

CLOONEY-Quin guild of the ICA is inviting the local community to their night of drama at Quin Community Hall on Friday next. Now in its 34th year, the guild will present On the Couch, which is a new departure for the group, as they expand their annual drama night. The production now involves a split stage, which will facilitate the staging of two one-act comedies, an interview segment, music, song and storytelling. The two plays are the work of local woman, Anita O’Loughlin, who has been writing short comedies for Clooney-Quin ICA, and Spancilhill Drama Group for many years. “Both are short comedy acts. The first one, The Time of The Month, is about winter and specifically the three months in winter, November, December and January, and there is a sketch about each month, which are extremely comical. It starts with the holy souls in November, then it goes to the office Christmas party of Love Bites Limited and then …

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Treading the boards in Yerma

NORTH Clare student Aoife Corry stars alongside fellow Clare actress Ger Kelly in the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, NUI Galway and Core Theatre College’s staging of Yerma next month. Yerma is the first of a number of projects in which students on the NUIG Drama programmes act and work with Galway theatre professionals in public productions. In this case, students on the drama course are collaborating with Core Theatre College Galway. Yerma is a modern world classic, by Federico Garcia Lorca, a Spanish republican poet, director and playwright. The play is about a woman living in a small village, who feels alienated from friends and isolated from her society. Yerma is about the hunger to conform and the dangers of obsession. The play is full of passion, humour, music and rhythm. It is both poetic and brutally realistic. The play is directed by Max Hafler, who works extensively as a director and as a voice and acting teacher. …

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De Danann play their part for Ballinderreen Centre

DE  Danann will perform in South Galway next week, as a fundraiser for refurbishment works on the Ballinderreen Community Centre. The hugely popular traditional music group will take to the stage on Saturday, February 1 in the intimate South Galway venue. “We had an old building, built in the early seventies and it was very run down and had been a bit neglected. A group came together in 2011 to see if we could have a building that the community could use that didn’t have a bar in it, people wanted somewhere for all the family. So we gave ourselves 12 months to do that. The building needed new heating, new toilets, new insulation, a disabled toilet, new storage shed and new footpaths and we made all those improvements by raising money and getting a loan from the Kinvara Credit Union so we are trying to pay that loan off. “We want to continue the improvements with a new porch, …

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Children enjoy the written word

SMART phones, tablets and playstations  may be of huge interest to children the world over but stories in hard copy are not being overlooked. Proof of this can be seen in Clare, where  children borrowed more than 263,000 books from the county’s  library service last year. The top issuing children’s book of 2013 in Clare library branches was a title in the phenomenally popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney.  Book two in the series, Roderick Rules, came in at first place in the list of top issuing books for children in the past year. Books written in diary format are becoming increasingly popular, with many writers taking note and writing books in a style that appeals to today’s social media savvy children. 

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€400,000 to reach out to new music generation

CLARE Music Education Partnership (CMEP) is to receive more than €400,000 in seed funding, enabling high quality, accessible music education programmes to be provided for children and young people in the local community. The funding was announced as part of Music Generation, the U2 and Ireland Funds’ supported National Music Education Programme initiated by Music Network. Clare was selected for participation in the fourth and final round of the programme. Chairperson of Clare Music Education Partnership George O’Callaghan said, “It is a great boost in terms of delivering a musical educational programme for those who will find it difficult to access music education in the county. “Currently, there is great work being done by private providers and this will add to that and will allow other children, who up to now hadn’t been able to access music education. There will be a hub in Ennis and various out-centres across the county,” Mr O’Callaghan added. He said the funding will be …

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Gabriel Foley back in Glór

COROFIN Drama Society will stage The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley, by Jimmy Keary in Glór, Ennis on Tuesday and Wednesday next. The play was performed in the county town in early December, but after selling out on both nights, the society decided to stage it again. “This is a hilarious comedy and it is a play that rarely comes around. We all go to different plays and sometimes they are really a chore to get through, but this one is a real joy to behold”, explained Stephen Bermingham, PRO of the society. “We staged it in Glór in early December for two nights and we had a fantastic reaction from the crowd. We got a standing ovation each night and they were howling with laughter during the show. I don’t know when I saw a reaction like this, I don’t think I ever have. People were nearly getting sick laughing. We filled Glór both nights. Anyone who I met …

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Clare Champion short story competition launched

THE Clare Champion Short Story Competition 2014 has just been launched. Open to second-level pupils, the  competition has gone from strength to strength over the past eight years, with a record number of 270 entries received last year. The stories can be on any subject and should be approximately 1,000 to 1,500 words long. There are two entry categories for the competition, Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate, but entries are open to those from first year to sixth year. The first prize in each category is €300, second prize is €200 and third prize is €100. There are also awards for those highly commended and all those shortlisted will have their stories published in The Clare Champion. The competition aims to recognise the talents of young writers across its readership, which not only encompasses County Clare but extends into South Galway. Clare Champion editor, Austin Hobbs said, “Practically every school in the county has had a student on the winners’ list, …

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Clare Museum visitors up

A TOTAL of 28,947 people visited Clare Museum in Ennis during 2013, making the year the busiest  since 2008.  More than 3,000 extra visitors came to the museum during the year representing 12.5% increase on 2012 and continued an upward trend that began in 2011. While both the The Gathering and increased traffic into Shannon, particularly from the United States, were important factors in this increase, a number of museum initiatives were hugely successful during the year also. Among these initiatives were public talks on the Hidden History of Clare that attracted great interest locally during the winter and spring.  Another was the Festival of Poland, a project designed to build a bridge between the museum and the largest ethnic minority in the county.

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