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Ennis Book Club Festival 2024: Additional Events taking place in glór and other venues

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Ennis Book Club Festival 2024: Events taking place in other venues


We Are Human Too launch – Book Launch – SOLD OUT
Friday 1st March 12pm
Venue: The Temple Gate Hotel
Tickets: Free of charge and ticketed
Edited by Anne Marie Flanagan. This ground-breaking book delves into the dark reality of neglect, abuse and deprivation of liberty faced by disabled people in Ireland. Information & booking HERE

Paula Meehan Reading  – SOLD OUT
Friday 1st March 2pm
Venue: The Temple Gate Hotel
Tickets: Free of charge and ticketed
Poet Paula Meehan will read from her latest collection The Solace of Artemis. Information & booking HERE

Claire Kilroy and Sinéad Gleeson in conversation with Edel Coffey – SOLD OUT
Friday 1st March 4pm 
Venue: The Temple Gate Hotel
Tickets: €13/€11 Conc. 
A fascinating coming together of talents, this event will be moderated by novelist and journalist, Edel Coffey (author of Breaking Point). Claire Kilroy returns with her first novel in 10 years, Soldier Sailor, a beautifully immersive foray into the chaotic early years of motherhood. Sinéad Gleeson, essayist and journalist, whose soon-to-be released debut novel, Hagstone, draws us deep into the power of folklore, landscape and the feminine, joins Claire in conversation about the creative work they’re each drawn to its and inspirations. Information & booking HERE

Walking Tour of Ennis with Jane O’Brien
Saturday 2 March 9.30am 
Venue: Meet at glór.
Tickets: €10
Join Jane O’Brien on her award-winning walking tour of Ennis. Praised by the Lonely Planet as the best way to appreciate the town! Information & booking HERE

Books and Buns Quiz
Saturday 2nd March 10am
Venue: Temple Gate Hotel  
Tickets: €15 
Enjoy a Saturday morning book club gathering and test your knowledge of all things literary in our beloved Books and Buns session. Refreshments included, setting you up for a busy day! Information & booking HERE

Mark O’Connell in conversation with Theo Dorgan
Saturday 2nd March 10am 
Venue: Ennis Courthouse 
Tickets: €13/€11 Conc,
Mark O’Connell, author of A Thread of Violence in conversation with Theo Dorgan. With A Thread of Violence, O’Connell has produced a probing portrait of one of the most notorious Irish murderers of the 20th century. Information & booking HERE

Beyond Borders Book Club
Saturday 2nd March 2pm
Venue: Temple Gate  Hotel
Tickets: Free of charge but ticketed. 
The Beyond Borders Book Club is a celebration of great literature from countries beyond Ireland, recommended by guests who have connections to the places discussed in these writings.  Guest panelists Sree Sen, Nandi Jola and Natasha Remoundou will take part in a discussion with writer Sarah Clancy, focusing on books from India, South Africa and Greece. Information &  booking HERE

Clare Youth Theatre Performance
Saturday 2nd March 2pm
Venue: glór Studio
Tickets: Free of charge but ticketed
Clare Youth Theatre perform an extract from Mirrored in the Forest, a voyage of discovery and reflection.  Information & booking HERE

Dani Gill and Alice Kinsella 
Saturday 2nd March 4pm 
Venue: Ennis Courthouse 
Tickets: €13/€11 Conc.
Dani Gill and Alice Kinsella explore maternal lineage in their work. Information & booking HERE

Clare-based writers – John Lillis & Darragh McKeon & Tara Smith in conversation with Martina Durac
Saturday 2nd March 4pm 
Venue: Temple Gate Hotel 
Tickets: €13/€11 Conc. 
Ennis Book Club Festival celebrates Clare-based writers – John Lillis, Darragh McKeon and Tara Smith in conversation with Festival Director Martina Durac. Information & booking HERE

Mary Ellen Hodgins Reading and Poetry Collective
Sunday 3rd March 9am
Venue: Record Break 
Tickets: Free of charge and ticketed
A reading by Mary Ellen Hodgins from her new book, Life and Other Poems, followed by the Poetry Collective Open Mic. Information & booking HERE

Hush Hour
Sunday 3rd March 9.30am
Venue: Sweet N Green Café
Tickets: Free of charge and ticketed
Step into Hush Hour, a reading party that redefines social gatherings for book lovers. Leave behind the noise of the outside and join us in a serene space filled with the soft rustle of pages and contemplative conversations. Information & booking HERE

Literary Lunch with Theo Dorgan
Sunday 3rd March 1.30pm
Venue: Old Ground Banner room
Tickets: €30
Join guest of honour poet, librettist, documentary writer, essayist, novelist and translator, Theo Dorgan for a literary lunch in the relaxing surroundings of The Old Ground Hotel. Information & booking HERE

Events for Children and Young Adults

Paula Meehan event for Secondary Schools
Friday 1st March 10am
Venue: glór
Tickets: Free of charge but pre-booking required 
As a poet whose powerful work is suffused with themes of family and community, the oral tradition and vibrant and forceful language, we are pleased to invite Paula Meehan to EBCF in 2024. Her poetry appears on the school syllabus and adds great depth and colour to our understanding of life in Ireland. Information & booking HERE

Children’s Bookclub event — Ellen Ryan in conversation with Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
Friday 1st March 12pm
Venue: glór 
Tickets: Free of charge but pre-booking required
Ellen Ryan, award-winning children’s writer, will be in conversation with Sarah Moore Fitzgerald on her new book, Gods Don’t Cry, which features a cast of male gods and immortals with connections all over Ireland and beyond. Information & booking HERE

Ellen Ryan — Gods Don’t Cry
Saturday 2nd March 12pm 
Venue: glór Studio
Tickets: Free of charge but pre-booking required 
An exciting event with Ellen Ryan as she explores the remarkable journey she went on when researching her book, Gods Don’t Cry. Information & booking HERE

Fringe Events

The EBCF Fringe. It’s a chance for a variety of artists to bring their talents to the festival and add to our rich tapestry. There will be storytelling, music, poetry, song and collaborative performance, as Gaeilge agus Béarla. Curated by John Lillis.


Eddie Lenihan (with Trish O’Dea and Bart Lever)
Friday 1st March 4pm
Venue: Scéal Eile Book Shop
Tickets: Free & Non-Ticketed (Limited capacity)
Eddie Lenihan is an Irish author, storyteller, lecturer and broadcaster. He is one of the few practicing seanchaithe remaining in Ireland.


Elaine Howley (with support from Róisín Berkeley)
Friday 1 March 9pm
Venue: Old Ground Hotel
Tickets: €14/€12 Conc.
Elaine Howley is a songwriter, vocalist and producer who merges a tapestry of experimental and analogue processes with a love for classic songwriting. Information & booking HERE

Michael McCaughan presents ‘The Cuban Revolution in 7 Stories and Songs’
Saturday 2nd March 2pm
Venue: Maria Assumpta Hall, Station Road, Ennis
Tickets: €7/€5 Conc.
Michael McCaughan is a writer, researcher, broadcaster and parent; he has lived and worked in Latin America for almost three decades. Information & Booking HERE


Rónán Ó’Snodaigh & Myles O’Reilly
Saturday 2nd March 9.30pm 
Venue: The Old Ground Hotel – Banner Room 
Tickets: €16/€14 Conc. 
Wind down with a magical concert featuring Rónán Ó Snodaigh and Myles O’Reilly, along with some surprise guests, and the duo’s soulful blend of folk, traditional, and ambient music. Information & booking HERE


Siobhan Peoples, Conor Crimmins and Alan Reid
Sunday 3rd March 2.30pm 
Venue: Fawl’s Bar, O’Connell Street
Tickets: Non-Ticketed, free event. All Welcome. 
Our last event of the EBCF Fringe focuses on the traditional music of Co. Clare, gathering together 3 masters of the tradition.

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