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Ennistymon Guitar School is now taking enrollments for Summer term 2015 (April to July).

Lessons are one to one, and can be 30mins or 45mins.
Price is available on request and the first lesson is FREE.

To book your place or for more info please contact Chris on 086 3626002 or email

Once received, the gift of music never leaves.


To mark United Nations Happiness Day

The Happy Movie

Will be shown in The Courthouse Gallery

On Monday, 30th March @ 7:30 pm

Followed by a discussion of its themes and plans for the local Happiness Week in May

Admission free


The final lecture in the North Clare Historical Society’s   current lecture series will take place on Monday 23rd March at 8 pm. William J. Smyth will deliver a talk entitled

The role of the Workhouses during the Great Famine

NCHS workhouse image

 Professor Smyth will begin by exploring the ideological origins of the Poor Law system in England. Following the dismissal of the findings of the 3-year based recommendations of the Irish Poor Law Commission, the consequences of the imposition of the English Poor Law model on a very different Irish society will be explored. The internal structures and functioning of the workhouse system will be examined both before and after the summer of 1847, when the Poor Law unions and workhouses were expected to carry the full burden of the Famine catastrophe. The main focus will be on the living conditions of the inmates in North Tipperary and Clare unions – from his home-town Roscrea workhouse to our own Ennistymon.

 William Smyth was born in Co. Tipperary, a graduate of the NUI(UCD), lectured in Syracuse University(upstate New York) and San Fernando State College, Los Angeles before returning to UCD(1971-73),to Maynooth College (1973-77)as Senior lecturer and head Geography Department and then to UCC(1977-2009) as Professor and Chair of Geography  Department. He has  researched widely on the cultural and historical geography of Ireland, Atlantic Europe and Colonial America, co-edited Common Ground: Essays on the Historical Geography of Ireland(1988) with Kevin Whelan, edited a new edition of Pender’s Census of Ireland c.1659, (2002),  he was author of the prize-winning Map-making, Landscapes and Memory: A Geography of Colonial and Early Modern Ireland 1530—1750 (2006) and joint-editor of the acclaimed Atlas of the Great Irish Famine(2012), Currently writing two chapters for Cork University Press’  Atlas of the Revolution due out spring 2016.

Admission €5

Life Drawing Sessions
From 11th April, Saturday afternoon sessions from 12 to 2 pm. Adm: €10

The sessions are non tutorial and is a great opportunity to meet other artists, discuss your work and support your creative process.
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Tuesday: March 24th 10:15 - 11:30 am
Wednesday: March 25th 6:45 - 8pm and 8:15 - 9:30 pm
Cost: 6 weeks - €75.00

This series of classes is designed to show you how to strengthen your body, in particular your back, core and joints while creating more space around the discs.

You will learn to relax and release tension so your body can realign itself. You can lead a more fulfilling, richer life with lots of energy instead of pain.

Contact Helga on 086-8960959

Body Tuning

For health and relaxation

with Simon Thomas

The next class will be starting on Tuesday, 3rd of March 2015 at 7.30 pm

Body tuning is an essential component of sitting and moving meditation. The practice of body tuning helps to promote relaxation and better health.

Body tuning is a combination of gentle moving exercises and sitting meditations taken from the Chinese Medical Qigong and Chinese Buddhist Schools.

In this course participants will learn:

  • How to harmonise the breath for relaxation.

  • How to use the breath to relax the body.

  • How to use the body to relax the mind.

  • How to use the mind to visualise and experience relaxation

This 4 week course is open to all people of all faiths or believes the cost for the course is €40

to book a place please contact Simon on 083 1102686.

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