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September

Ennis Guided Walks Tours run May to September leaving from the Ennis Tourist Office at 11:00am daily except Wednesday and Sunday. Group and private bookings are available year round. Tel 087 6483714. The experienced local guide leads you through the atmospheric winding streets and “bow-ways” of the town, while revealing the intriguing characters and stories that shaped its history. Learn about the mythology and legends of the town including Biddy Early, the magical lady of Clare who was tried for witchcraft in Ennis. Hear tales of famine and poverty, murders and hangings, rebellions and riots and discover how the most powerful men from Irelands past including Daniel O’Connell, Eamon de Valera and Charles Stewart Parnell were closely linked to the town.

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival  -  1st September to 1st October

Annual event with country music daily & nightly  Ireland’s only traditional matchmaking festival held every September in the villageof Lisdoonvarna. Dancing takes place invenues all over town with third generation
matchmaker Willie Daly on hand to bring hopeful singles together

Burren Mountain Tours Fanore - the only driving tour over the Burren Mountain, a 90 minute guided driving tour over the old herdsman's track on our private lands ensuring an undistrubed experience for our visitors. Unparallelled views of the Burren & Galway Bay. Fur bookings & more info, tel 086 8238864 or email burrenmountaintours@gmail.com

Burren Outdoor Retreat  22nd – 24th September
An opportunity to walk mindfully on the unique landscape, visit sacred sites, ponder the wisdom of the ancient monks and take time to admire the beauty of the rare flora for which the Burren is famous

Bunratty Harvest Day  24th September
Visit Bunratty Folk Park to experience threshing demonstrations, sheaf throwing competitions, fun and music as well as a host of traditional activities.  www.shannonheritage.com 

Loop Head Yoga Meditation & Thalassotherapy Retreat 15th – 16th September
Enjoy a weekend of absolute relaxation on the Loop Head Peninsula with Yoga, Qigong, seaweed baths and massage.  www.loopheadyoga.com 

October

Ennis Food Festival  12th - 15th October
Visit Ennis celebration of food and dining.  The highlight event is the Gourmet Food Village which will take place on Saturday 14th October in glór.  www.ennisfoodfestival.com 

Burren Mountain Tours Fanore - the only driving tour over the Burren Mountain, a 90 minute guided driving tour over the old herdsman's track on our private lands ensuring an undistrubed experience for our visitors. Unparallelled views of the Burren & Galway Bay. Fur bookings & more info, tel 086 8238864 or email burrenmountaintours@gmail.com

Bunratty Bluegrass Festival  20th – 22nd October
Enjoy a festival of Bluegrass music around Bunratty Village and Folk Park showcasing artists from Ireland and abroad.   www.bunratty.ie 

Burren Winterage Weekend  27th – 29th October
Community celebration of pastoral farming heritage including walks, family events, food fayre and cattle drive.  www.burrenwinterage.com  

Spooky Halloween at Moher Hill Farm -   29th October
This is the time of year when the witches and ghouls descend on Moher Hill Farm!  With ‘Padini’ The Great Magician, traditional Halloween fun and games and face-painting,
Halloween at the farm is sure to scare the bravest!   www.moherfarm.ie  

12 O’Clock Hills - Kilkishen Halloween Darkness Walk - 29th October
You are invited to join the 5km Halloween Darkness Walk up the 12 O’Clock Hills indulging in a chocolate treat along the way. Further information on their facebook page

Willie Keane Memorial Weekend  27th – 30th October
This festival celebrates the life of Willie Keane,  legendary sean-nós dancer, with traditional  music, song and dance.  www.williekeanememorialweekend.com 

November

Ennis Trad Festival 9th – 13th November
Visit Ennis to enjoy a music festival by musicians for musicians and everyone in between.    www.ennistradfest.com 

Doonbeg One Act Drama Festival 11th – 13th November
Ten different plays will be shown over three nights in both Open and Confined sections with the winners qualifying for the One Act All-Ireland Finals.
www.westclaredramafestivaldoonbeg.com

Irish Seed Savers Winter Workshop Weekend  18th – 19th November
The workshops offer a range of full-day courses to choose from, such as creating an orchard,  basket making, herbal remedy making, cider making, mushroom foraging and many more. www.irishseedsavers.ie 

Doonbeg Christmas Market at Trump International Golf Links & Hotel  24th – 26th November
The courtyard at Trump Doonbeg will be transformed into a festive Old World square featuring a variety of stalls.  There will be something for everyone. www.trumpdoonbeghotel.com  

Christy Hennessy - The Platinum Collection - Glor on Friday 24 November, 8pm, €22.50  performed by Aonghus McAnally
Renowned entertainer recreates the iconic sound of his close friend in a touching tribute to one of Ireland’s greatest singer-songwriters .  After a sell-out tour last Autumn RTÉ personality, Aonghus McAnally, takes his “Celebrating Christie Hennessy – The Platinum Collection” show on a nationwide tour.One of Ireland’s most beloved singer-songwriters, Christie Hennessy delighted audiences at home and abroad until his tragic and untimely death in 2007, aged just 62. In this all-new show, celebrated entertainer Aonghus McAnally brings the Hennessy songbook to life with his uncanny recreation of his close friend Christie’s voice and guitar playing. Featuring all his best loved hits – Messenger Boy, Jealous Heart, Don’t Forget Your Shovel, If You Were To Fall, All The Lies That You Told Me, and the iconic Roll Back The Clouds – this magical evening showcases the storytelling brilliance of Christie Hennessy with 22 of his greatest songs.   click here to make a reservation

December

Carrigaholt Christmas Market - 2nd December
Upwards of 30 stall holders tempt you with artisan food and a craft fair. www.loophead.ie  

Music Generation Clare in Concert - 9th December
An uplifting musical flavour from across their various vocal and instrumental programmes and partnerships.  www.musicgeneration.ie 

Romeo & Julie by Ballet Ireland in nearby Glor on Friday 15 December, 7.30pm, €22/€13.50 children under 18/€60 family of 4
Based on Shakespeare's tale of the star-crossed lovers, Romeo & Juliet is one of the greatest love stories of all time. Against a backdrop of ancient feuds and gang warfare, the ill-fated young couple falls hopelessly in love, but their families are bitter enemies. In order to be together the two lovers must be prepared to risk everything.  In Ballet Ireland's production, Shakespeare's tragic tale is transported from the streets of medieval Verona into the classrooms of a modern-day high school. It becomes a play within a play.

Santa's Workshop - Ballyvaughan
1st – 3rd December, 8th – 10th December, 15th – 17th December, 20th – 22nd December
Come to Aillwee Cave & Burren Birds of Prey Centre for a personalised meeting with Santa himself. This is a bookable event. www.aillweecave.ie  

Burren Charity Challenge Ballyvaughan - 27th December.  Annual charity run and cycle event to raise funds for local charities. A great family fun day guaranteed.  www.burrencyclingclub.com 

January

Mike Denver and Band with Guests Philomena Begley and Ray Lynam in Glor on Thursday 11th January 8 pm - Tickets €30
One of Ireland's most popular "Country' singers Mike Denver has once again had a recent sell-out nationwide Tour with full houses' at concert venues North and South.  The 'Galway Boy' is getting more popular as each year passes. Mike has already built up a huge following on the Irish Circuit and has achieved 14 hit Albums and 10 best-selling DVD's. A new DVD has just been released and is now on sale at all his shows. Mike's show is an excellent mix of Mike Denver hits, country classics and middle of the road hits. With his excellent Band and a super stage show this promises to be another terrific concert.

Tommy Fleming in Glor on Saturday 20 January 8pm €30
Tommy turns each song into his own with his own unique and powerful style touching emotions in you that only music can reach. Tommy is famous for his own arrangement of “Danny Boy”, “Isle of Inisfree” and “Hard Times” all songs that you know and love but you have never heard them until you hear Tommy Fleming’s versions. He also covers songs from “You Raise Me Up” to “Bridge over Troubled Waters”, “From a Distance” and “Something Inside So Strong” along with many more.

 

February

March

Ennis Book Festival 2nd to 4th March 2018 inclusive with its unique mix of readings, discussion, comedy and chat in one of Ireland's friendliest towns. As Ireland’s only Book Club Festival, we are committed to bringing writers to all readers at unique and innovative events in the vibrant town of Ennis

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