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glór’s Context Now

glór is now in its 17th year and as a dynamic, bustling arts centre it is going from strength to strength. glór has become an integral part of Clare’s cultural infrastructure since it opened in 2001 and presents a well balanced and carefully curated programme of community, commercial and artistic performances and visual arts.  Our focus is continually to optimise the incredible resource of glór and we have substantially increased the usage of all of our spaces including our 505 seat capacity theatre over the past two years to maximise resources and expand reach.

2018 has been a very productive year of development and regeneration, and we plan to accelerate even further in 2019, through artist initiatives, significant co-productions and new partnerships.

Some key statistics and achievements:

  • glór currently employs 37 staff on a range of contracts (the whole time equivalent of 12 full time staff).
  • In 2017 glór welcomed over 50,000 people through its doors, and presented over 350 performances, exhibitions and events.
  • In 2018 glór will work with 59 community organisations and 111 artists/companies/promoters to present approximately 515 events.
  • Since glór opened in November 2001, over 160,000 people have booked in excess of 725,000 tickets for over 6120 ticketed performances.
  • In April and May 2018 over 1800 young people performed on the glór stage
  • In 2018 glór was awarded County Winner at National Lottery’s inaugural Good Causes Awards.
  • glór’s contribution to the local economy through the Ennis’ community, businesses and rate payers is estimated at least €850,000 a year.
  • glór is in good financial health and in 2017 glór achieved a small surplus and thereby eliminated our accumulated deficit, and as part of the 2017-2019 strategy is planning to build on this small reserve year on year, to enable investment in upgrading our equipment and providing contingency.
  • glór has developed an extensive artist development programme, supporting a range of artists, both emerging and established, to create work, and to sustain a living as an artist.

What glór means to our Communities, Artists and Partners:

“Barefield National School enjoys a strong link with glór for over 10 years in staging our most enjoyable annual Spring School concerts. It is the ideal venue providing the comfort of maximum capacity, excellent acoustics and lighting together with the most helpful and caring staff always ensuring  magnificent performances annually.  It is a great honour for our pupils to have access to this national theatre in our home town of Ennis.”
John Burns, Principal
Barefield National School

‘glór is such a valuable asset in ensuring that Druid can continue to create innovative work to be seen all over the country. It is wonderful to have a world class venue based in Clare.’
Garry Hynes, Artistic Director
Druid Theatre Company

“glór offers more to children and young people than a venue for touring shows – it provides a focal point for the arts where children have the opportunity to be both creators and performers as well as audience.”
Majella Perry, youth facilitator & head of Clockwise Theatre

“Access CINEMA, the resource organisation for Regional Cultural Cinema Promotion in Ireland are delighted to be in partnership with glór to launch their new Film Programme later this month.  This will be a valuable and exciting development for the organisation and its audience development.”
Access Cinema

What glór means to our Audiences

‘It was my first time in glór to see John Prine, will return, excellent venue, sound 1st class…’

‘If glór wasn’t here, I don’t know where we would go…’

‘I have always felt glór was in a league of its own as a performance venue and this was evident last night – the acoustics, the stage and lighting for last night’s gig was simply fantastic – it showed off the wonders of glór in all its majesty.  The night was a great success and I believe firmly sets glór on the Irish and world stage as a music performance venue second to none.’