September 20th sees the annual Culture Night throughout Ireland and once again County Clare is to the forefront celebrating cultural activity at local level with free guided tours, music, arts, science workshops, film and literary events happening across the county.
This year, 15 towns and villages take part with 50 events lined up, starting from 4pm and running ’til late.
Culture Night is brought to you by the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht in partnership with the Arts Office of Clare County Council.
For full details of all events see www.culturenight.ie/clare or Clare Culture Night facebook.
EAST CLARE EVENTS
TOUR OF ST. FLANNAN’S CATHEDRAL
Grand Parade, Killaloe 6pm – 9pm
A guided tour of St. Flannan’s Cathedral, Killaloe including tour of tower and bells.
YIELD UP THE NIGHTTIME
Tulla Courthouse, Tulla 8-9.30pm
Traditional Music featuring Aidan McMahon on fiddle, Mike Landers vocals & guitar, Francis Cunningham on concertina, Elaine Hogan on harp & James Duddy on bodhrán with members of Tulla CCE.
MOUNTSHANNON COMMUNITY CONCERT
Whitegate Catholic Church 8-9.30pm
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin will headline this year’s event reading her poetry, with lots of music and drama from our talented local community.
AN TARA & KRISTYN FONTANELLA
Feakle Community Hall, Feakle 9-11pm
This duo featuring percussionist Tommy Hayes & sarode artist Matthew Noone and performing as AN TARA will explore Irish traditional music and Indian classical music through free improvisation, which has become the stuff of legend. Joined on the night by Kristyn Fontanella.
Gleeson’s Bar Concert Venue, Sixmilebridge 9-11pm
Sixmilebridge Folk Club presents ‘Gatehouse’, a relatively new Irish traditional group boasting an exciting line-up of experienced traditional musicians including singer Rachel Garvey and musicians Jacinta McEvoy, John McEvoy and John Wynne. A fantastic trad sound in an intimate venue.
TULLA COMHALTAS TRAD SESSION
Minogue’s, Tulla 10-12pm
Tulla Comhaltas celebrate Culture Night with the very best of traditional musicians, singers and dancers who will gather from all over Clare and further afield. A warm welcome awaits musicians who wish to join the session.