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Francis Bacon In Ireland – Dr. Margarita Cappock

Station House Theatre

 Dr. Margarita Cappock, an art historian, curator, and writer, will deliver an illustrated lecture on the early life of renowned artist Francis Bacon (1909-1992) and his complex relationship with Ireland, his birthplace.

€10

Moon Magic

Station House Theatre

Celebrate the joy of workplace and fun place with our local, special drama group, who express the universal theme of being happy through rhyme, mime, poetry and song.

Free

Enquire Within – Blue Tea Pot Theatre

Station House Theatre

Sound designer Jason Scott, actor/director Paul Connolly from Blue Teapot Theatre Company, and filmmaker Fionn Rogers collaborated in Clifden to teach documentary-making skills to a group of ten local participants

Free

Anne Donnellan and Pete Mullineaux

Omey Suite, Clifden Station House Galway Road, Clifden, Co. Galway, Ireland

Anne Donnellan, currently residing in Galway, is an accomplished poet. Her debut collection, “Witness,” was published in December 2022 by Revival Press Limerick. Anne’s work has been featured in poetry...

€10

The Amadán in me – Paidraic Breathnac

Station House Theatre

The performance unfolds as a mix of a variety show, parish fundraiser, and comedic event, with Breathnach as the compère, orchestrating audience participation, raffles, spot prizes, quizzes, and sharing hilarious stories of Amadáns and their adventures.

€15

Coastal: A lecture by Peter Carroll

Station House Theatre

The lecture will cover various projects, including parklets in Galway City, houses in Clifden, and a seaside baths complex in Dún Laoghaire.

€10

Clare Sands

Christ Church

Clare Sands is a remarkable presence in Irish music, blending traditional roots with contemporary influences.

€15

Garech Browne – Claddagh Records

Omey Suite, Clifden Station House Galway Road, Clifden, Co. Galway, Ireland

James Morrissey is a distinguished communications consultant and accomplished author with a diverse background.

€10

Eoin McNamee and Rachael Hegarty With music by Máire Loftus.

Station House Theatre

Dublin poet, Rachael Hegarty, won the 2018 Shine Strong Award for her debut collection, “Flight Paths Over Finglas.” Her powerful collection “May Day 1974” honours victims of The Troubles. She...

€10

Pub Gig: Greg Yule

Mularkey's Clifden, Ireland

Greg Yule, an exceptional musician, is a talented singer, songwriter, and a long-time friend of the Festival. Tonight, be sure not to miss his captivating performance of original material, where...

Johnny Óg Connolly

Clifden Town Hall

Johnny Óg Connolly, a renowned traditional musician and composer from the Connemara Gaeltacht, excels in accordion and melodeon.

€10

The Clifden Writer’s Group

Foyles Hotel

The writers' group is a dynamic force of creativity, boasting members who have accomplished remarkable cultural and artistic feats.

Free

Kinship – Dorothy Cross

Station House Theatre

Dorothy Cross is an acclaimed Irish artist known for her thought-provoking work.

€10

Cantairí Chonamara

St. Joseph's Church

‘The Courtmacsherry Suite’ is a new piece of music written by Máire Ní Dhuibhir, who also composed ‘Connemara Songlines’, which was very-well received at last year’s Festival.

€15

Kevin Cronin – The Search for Franklin, An Irish Connection

Omey Suite, Clifden Station House Galway Road, Clifden, Co. Galway, Ireland

Kevin Cronin is an experienced sailor and explorer. He was part of the crew of the Galway Hooker St. Patrick, which sailed across the Atlantic in the 1980s

€10

Pádraig O’Keeffe – The Last of the Fiddle-Masters

Station House Theatre

with Peter Browne, Paudie O’Connor and Aoife Ní Chaoimh Sliabh Luachra, located on the Cork-Kerry border, boasts a rich musical tradition with a unique repertoire and history. Pádraig O’Keeffe (1887...

€15

The Marine Singers

Christ Church

The Marine Singers is a mixed-voice choir that was formed in 2013 for the Choir Factor competition in Galway.

€10

Abbey Theatre – Looking West

Station House Theatre

An engaging panel discussion, where past inspiration meets future collaboration between the Clifden Arts Festival and Abbey Theatre, with our esteemed guests: Caitríona McLaughlin, Bríd Ní Neachtain, and Ian Toner.

€10

Age Proof with Professor Rose Kenny

Station House Theatre

Professor Rose Anne Kenny Rose Anne Kenny is Regius Professor of Physic (Medicine) and holds the Chair of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin

€10

West Ocean String

St. Joseph's Church

Seamus McGuire & Niamh Crowley (violins), Kenneth Rice (viola), Neil Martin (cello) with special guest, Mary Dillon

€20

Pub Gig: Killary Sound

Griffins Bar Main Street, Clifden, Co Galway, Ireland

Griffin's Bar  Main St, Clifden, Co. Galway

Free

Moynihan

Christ Church

Diarmaid, Deirdre, and Donncha Moynihan, revered as three of Ireland's foremost traditional musicians, have captivated audiences with their unparalleled talent.

€10

Luke Morgan and Patricia Forde

Station House Theatre

Luke Morgan, an acclaimed poet and filmmaker, published his second collection titled “Beast” in 2022, receiving praise for its ambition and striking imagination. His debut collection, “Honest Walls,” was published...

€10

Hank Wangford and the Messages

Station House Theatre

Hank Wangford, often referred to as the twisted Godfather of the British alternative country music scene, has been exploring the dark and troubled soul of Country music for over three decades.

€15

Gyozo Ferencz and George Szirtes

Station House Theatre

Győző Ferencz, a Hungarian poet and critic, is renowned for his expertise in English and Hungarian literature. With a background in teaching and editorial work, he currently serves as a...

€10

Seán Keane in Concert

Clifden Town Hall

Seán Keane is a highly acclaimed Irish musician known for his unique style and captivating voice.

€15

James Harpur and John F Deane

Omey Suite, Clifden Station House Galway Road, Clifden, Co. Galway, Ireland

John F. Deane, born on Achill Island, is a prominent figure in the world of poetry. He is the founder of Poetry Ireland, the Poetry Ireland Review, and the Dedalus...

€10

Book Launch: Gan Focal – Frugal Speech

Over thirty years ago, Gabriel Fitzmaurice made a significant mark on Irish poetry by publishing three collections of poems in the Irish language, along with a couple of children’s books,...

Free

King – A new play written and performed by Pat Kinevane

Station House Theatre

KING tells the story of Luther, a man from Cork named in honour of his Granny Bee Baw’s hero, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Luther only leaves his apartment for essential journeys, and to perform as an Elvis impersonato

€15

Carmel Dempsey and friends

Lowry's Bar

Musician Carmel Dempsey made her first Arts Festival appearance in 1983 and has been a regular performer ever since.

Free

Francis Brennan – Age Is Just a Number

Station House Theatre

Francis Brennan is a well-known hotelier and television presenter. He fronts one of Ireland’s most popular TV shows, "At Your Service", where his wit and charm have endeared him to...

€10

Alan Titley and Gabriel Fitzmaurice

Omey Suite, Clifden Station House Galway Road, Clifden, Co. Galway, Ireland

Alan Titley and Gabriel Fitzmaurice stand as prominent figures in Irish literature, both celebrated for their unique contributions, deepening our appreciation for storytelling, and captivating readers across generations. 

€10

Connemara Golf Links 50th Anniversary

Connemara Golf Links Ballyconneely, Co. Galway,, Ireland

Connemara Golf Links celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. Operating since the 7th June 1973, the course was set up by the community to boost tourism in an area that...

Free

Cruit Éireann | Harp Ireland Concert

Christ Church

Clifden Arts Festival, in partnership with Cruit Éireann | Harp Ireland, presents an afternoon of Irish harping featuring renowned harpers Lisa Canny, Éadaoin Ní Mhaicín, and Séamus Ó Flatharta. Lisa...

€15

Jack Lukeman

West Connemara Sports and Leisure Centre, H71 KV97

Jack L has garnered a dedicated following both nationally and internationally, captivating audiences with his stage presence, rich vocal style, and extraordinary interpretive skills.

€20

Morning Papers: A Sculpture is a Story with Aidan Harte

Omey Suite, Clifden Station House Galway Road, Clifden, Co. Galway, Ireland

Join us for The Morning Papers, a series of intimate talks on creative practice and contemporary art in Ireland. Grab a coffee and be part of the conversation with artists,...

€10

Archaeological Field Trip to Inishbofin

Cleggan Pier

Inishbofin, the largest island in a small archipelago is known for its stunning landscapes and vibrant traditional music scene. It has a rich history dating back to the Bronze Age...

€50

Stolen Hearts by Bill Whelan – Connemara Premiere

Christ Church

“Stolen Hearts,” a new piece by Grammy Award winning composer Bill Whelan. The composition draws inspiration from the 18th-century Irish poem “Droimeann Donn Dílis,” exploring themes of dispossession and separation from loved ones and native homes.

€15

Sean-nos ar an Loch

Lough Inagh Lodge

Johnny Mháirtn Learaí Mac Donnchadha is one of the finest sean-nós singers in Ireland. He has won numerous awards and All Ireland Con Uí Riada for his singing and has...

Free

Fergus Cronin and Eva Bourke

Station House Theatre

Fergus Cronin was awarded the Maria Edgeworth prize for fiction in 2022 and completed an MPhil degree in Creative Writing at the Oscar Wilde Centre in TCD in 2014. Having...

€10

Grafitti classics

Christ Church

Graffiti Classics is a unique musical ensemble that combines classical music with comedy, dance, and audience interaction. With sixteen strings, eight dancing feet, and four voices, they aim to make...

€20

Pub Gig: Rodney Owl

Mularkey's Clifden, Ireland

Rodney Owl is a Galway-based songwriter playing Electric Folk music, combining breathless, immersive, thought-provoking, quirky, and whimsical elements sometimes all at once!

Free

Brendan Shine

Clifden Town Hall

Brendan Shine, a renowned Irish musical artist, is celebrating sixty years in the music industry. He has performed worldwide, captivating audiences with his extensive repertoire from over fifty albums and...

€20

An Haicléara Mánas – Manas the Hackler

Station House Theatre

Is ócáid dá-theangach a bheas ann – this is a bi-lingual event. In the mid-1850s, Patrick Lyden left Clifden and emigrated to America, never returning to Ireland before his death...

€10

The Mandarin, The Musician and the Mage – John Fanning

John Fanning In Conversation with Deirdre Mac Mathuna  “The Mandarin, The Musician and the Mage” is a thought-provoking book that delves into Ireland’s remarkable resilience and success amidst economic challenges...

€10

Irish Chamber Orchestra

Christian Curnyn Conductor Sharon Carty Mezzo Soprano Anna Devin Soprano Van Wassenaer - Concerto Armonici No.5 in f Minor Respighi – Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 3 Puccini Chrysanthemums...

€25

Fire Horse by LUXe

Omey Island, Claddaghduff

Join Landscape Theatre Specialists LUXE as they present a breathtaking illuminated procession across the picturesque beach of Omey Island. Working alongside local school children and with the support of the...

Free

Betty and the Baby Boomers 30th Anniversary Celebration

Clifden Town Hall

2023 marks the 30th anniversary of the Boomers’ participation in the Clifden Arts Festival. Some of the schoolchildren they played for back in 1993 are now teachers of the students...

€15

Pub Gig: Tracy Bruen

Mularkey's Clifden, Ireland

Tracy Bruen, Galway's 2015 Solo Artist of the Year, combines indie folk and blues with a diverse band of local musicians. They create a rich sound using various instruments and vocal harmonies.

How To Harness the Power of Connection – Dr Harry Barry

Station House Theatre

Harry is an experienced medical doctor with over 35 years of experience as a senior GP in the Irish health system. He specialises in mental health, focusing on anxiety, depression,...

€10

The Raines

Christ Church

The Raines comprises of Ruth Dillon (vocals, guitar, ukulele), Yvonne Tiernan (vocals/ukulele/percussion), and Juliana Erkkonen (fiddle and vocals). Ruth who has toured and recorded with the legendary vocalist Dolores Keane,...

€15

John Moriary Memorial Lecture with Mary O’Malley

Station House Theatre

The memorial lecture, named in honour of the Irish philosopher and mystic, John Moriarty, it provides an opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of this influential figure in Irish...

€10

Clifden Elf and Fairy Trail

The Square

Fairy JIL and her family and friends left a message for Clifden Tidy Towns asking if they could arrange for the children to come out together again. Our magical friends...

Free

The Irish Mexian-San Patricio Celebration

The Square

The San Patricio Mexican Dancer Celebration at the Clifden Arts Festival is an event that honours the memory of John Reilly and the San Patricio Battalion. The celebration brings together...

Free

Opera at Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey

Presented by Friends of the Vocal Arts, supporting the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition.   Featuring top Irish talent: Mairead Buicke, soprano (English National Opera, Grange Park Opera). Anne Marie...

€60

Walk the Line – Johnny Cash Tribute Show

The Square

Walk The Line returns to Clifden with an electrifying show that pays tribute not only to Johnny Cash but also to the legendary artists of Sun Studios, including the incomparable...

Free

The Grand Parade

The Square

The Grand Parade LUXE, a renowned procession and landscape theatre group, returns to Clifden to present the “Night Journey” as part of the Grand Parade. With horses, lanterns, and stunning...

Free

One for the Road

Musicians from the Slieve Bloom Sessions in Kinnitty and Ballyboy Comhaltas combine to bring a unique blend of music, songs, atmosphere, and crack to this very prestigious event. Musicians include...

€5

Book Launch Micheal Viney’s Natural World

Launched by Deirdre Veldon, Group Managing Director, The Irish Times   Not long before he died on 30th May 2023, Michael Viney completed what he described as ‘a personal popular...

Free
2023 Festival Programme