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Brennan brings his Clarescapes to the Temple Gate

ON March 20, Newmarket-on-Fergus painter Philip Brennan will unveil his 20th solo show, Clarescapes, at the Temple Gate Hotel in Ennis. The exhibition will be opened by writer and historian Seán Spellissy at 8pm in the Great Hall, where it will be on display until 8pm on Friday, March 22.Featuring over 40 works, Clarescapes marries together Philip’s passion for nature, birds, landscape and his growing enthusiasm for song and music. Most of the paintings are in watercolour but inks and acrylic are also used.In the last year and a half, Philip has taken part in several local group exhibitions, exhibiting at the Sweeney Gallery in Kilkee, the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon as well as participating in the 2011 Florence Biennale exhibition in Italy. He started showing paintings in group exhibitions in the late 1970s and had his first solo show in Ennis in 1983. He felt it fitting to return to where it all started, to showcase his 20th solo exhibition. …

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Working in tandem from across the divide

The Son of the Man who Saves the World is a two-person exhibition, which goes on display at the Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon on Friday at 8pm. The exhibit features works that playfully engage with notions of authorship, collaboration, derivative work and pizza by Jim Ricks and Andrew Salomone.  Despite having not worked directly together since 2006, both Ricks and Salomone have pursued similar art practices after attending the Burren College of Art Masters programme. They both use equal parts humour, approximation and appropriation to create work and have much in common as artists, making their own highly fallible versions of things.By coincidence, they both applied, separately, to work with the Courthouse Gallery many years ago and, about three years ago, they were contacted to have a two-person show. The duo decided to work in tandem to create the exhibition, each expressing his own practice, yet responding to one another. The title is a translation of the sequel to a Turkish …

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Stagecoach students look forward to purrfect performance in Birmingham

SEVEN Stagecoach students from Clare will perform at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham on Sunday, March 24 in the largest ever performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s show, Cats. The part-time theatre school network Stagecoach Theatre Arts celebrates 25 years and to mark the occasion, 3,000 young performers aged from six to18 years from Stagecoach schools will participate in the show.The main cast will comprise 50 specially selected dancers and 500 singers in a grand choir from 13 Stagecoach schools. An additional 2,500 young performers from a further 47 schools throughout the UK, Malta, Germany and Ireland have been allocated a selection of the Cats score to bring their own individual creative dances to life within the vast arena. The seven Clare students will form part of the choir and they will sing Jellicle Songs For Jellicle Cats at the opening, Journey to the Heavyside Layer at the finale and The Addressing of Cats. Participating students are Anthony Severin (6) from …

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Ready to dispense Good Medicine

MOUNSHANNON traditional singer Peneleapaí Chung, who established Singers’ Club Loch Deirge, is administering new music medicine as her recently formed band delivers a fresh sound to the public. Her new venture sees the formation of Peneleapaí’s first band, Good Medicine, which made their debut in November 2012 at the Spirit of Voice festival in Galway. Peneleapaí’s love affair with music is long established and she shared her passion for singing by forming the Singers’ Club Loch Deirge in June 2006. She did so to preserve and cultivate tradition as well as offering a forum for people of all ages and inclinations to gather and sing a song, or share a story. “It felt good and right to have both younger and older generations represented and united in the enjoyment and creation of craic agus ceol,” she said.  Peneleapaí qualified for two years running to the provincial level in the Fleadh Cheoil in the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí na hÉireann adult traditional singing …

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‘Fascinating line-up’ for Clare Drama Festival

The 66th annual Clare Drama Festival kicks off on Thursday night at Scariff Community College, hosting 10 different productions performed by drama groups from across the country. Clare deputy Michael McNamara will officially open the festival, which is one of the oldest in the country, having been founded in 1947. “The passion for drama, which is embedded in the local community has ensured the success of the festival,” said festival chairman, Alan Sparling, explaining the event has developed into a showpiece for amateur drama movement in Ireland. Festival adjudicator is Walker Ewart OBE said this year’s festival includes “a fascinating line-up of theatrical entertainment”. Six of the 10 plays to be performed will be staged for the first time in Scariff. Curtains go up nightly at 8.30pm, with a 8pm curtain call on the final night. The festival opens with the local Sliabh Aughty Drama Group in A Wake in the West by Michael J Ginnelly. The story centres on …

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Students star in national radio series

STUDENTS of Gaelcholáiste an Chláir in Ennis are the stars of a new series on RTÉ Raidio na Gaeltachta which will be broadcast nationwide next week. The programme, Scrúdú Béil na hArdteiste, will provide a showcase of oral Irish to aid students preparing for this year’s Leaving Certificate examination. The four part radio series has been made by Ennis company Edgecast Media and will be broadcast from March 18 to 21. Five Gaelcholáiste students can be heard in the series, each one participating in four of the interviews. They are Conal Ó hAiniféin, Sally Ní Mheadhra, Nicole Ní Chathasaigh, Áine Mhaoir and Alex Maguidhir. Teachers Íde Bhreathnach and Orla Ní Dhonncha worked to prepare them for the show presented and produced by Conn Ó Muineacháin.Since 2012, the percentage of marks for the oral Irish exam has increased from 25% to 40%, and the exam itself has also changed significantly. This new series will focus specifically on the picture sequence element …

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On the couch

Back in 2007 Quentin Tarantino made Deathproof, a film about a deranged stuntman with a car impervious to damage. Not a man to be outdone, Bill Condon gives the world Reviewproof, a film about a bunch of sparkly vampires whose box office success, no matter how wonky their antics, is impervious to criticism.Nobody will pick The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (they changed the name after Reviewproof proved confusing for audiences) off the shelf accidentally. If you’re watching it it’s either because you’re part of the target demographic or you’re obliged to due to babysitting, being a supportive partner or penance.Having occupied far too many headlines in recent years, the great battle pitting Team Jacob against Team Edward has long since been fought (the victor got a pale, whiny trophy as a reward) and Bella, the Cullens and their associated lupine acquaintances have bigger fish to fry than deciding who gets the girl.The final chapter in the most …

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No substance to Side Effects

Side EffectsDIRECTED BY: Steven SoderberghSTARRING: Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-JonesCERT: 15A Steven Soderbergh won an Oscar in 2001 for Traffic, a fine film about the American government’s so-called war on drugs. He gets stuck into some strong medicine again in Side Effects, this time taking aim at a far more lucrative drug trade, on which there will be no such war any time soon. A welcome endeavour, though he doesn’t quite hit the target with this shot.In the opening scene, there’s blood on the floor, the kind of blood that tends to mean something uglier than a paper cut. That something will be revealed after a little trip to the past, where Emily (Mara) is greeting her husband Martin (Tatum) after his release from prison. He’s done four years for insider trading, if you can buy the idea of Magic Mike on Wall Street.Back at home, Emily sinks into depression and, after an apparent suicide attempt, ends …

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