Tall Ship Thalassa
On Tuesday the 23rd of July the Tall ship Thalassa will arrive on Clare Island for one night only. All vessels under sail or steam are asked to help welcome her into Clew Bay and Clare Island. A great old session of music, song and dance will take place at Sailor’s Bar that evening in celebration. The last time a tall ship of her size was moored overnight on Clare Island was in the time of Grainuaile in the 15th / 16th century.
Clare Island féile cheoil
Clare Island Comhaltas will host a féile cheoil on the Island on the weekend of September 7 & 8, with a wide variety of traditional music and dance for all ages on the agenda.
Full details to follow…..
Open Mic Night with John Hoban as MC
Every Thursday evening after dinner at Sailor’s Bar we hold an open mic night which John Hoban MC’s. John Hoban is a talented composer, singer, musicians and author from Castlebar and has travelled the world playing music. He brings friends, fellow writers and singers along to join in. All through the evening John invites anyone who has got a tune or song to sing along.
This is a night of songs, recitations and poems in a listening, intimate and interesting setting. In the tradition of Clare Island, where songs and recitations are enjoyed and highly valued.
Clare Island Annual Regatta 2013
Every Summer the Clare Island beach is the location for one of the West Coasts most hotly contested regattas. With a large number of races such as;
- Currach races (small traditional Irish fishing boats)
- Achill Yawl races
- Donkey races
- Egg and spoon races
- Tug of war
- And many more
There is plenty to do for all the family. It is open to all visitors to join in on the fun. The Currach races are a particular favourite with hot competition between the Clare Island teams and Inishturk teams (our neighbouring Island). There is also plenty of food and drinks served on the beach for the day with bouncy castles and more.
Bard Summer School 2013
Bard Summer School explores the Irish myths and goes on a unique journey of discovery for their contemporary relevance. All of these myths have lasted thousands of years and have been handed down through Ireland’s oral tradition. There is a place for everyone on the school and Bard has welcomed participants from all over the world. The Summer School is 31/2 days in duration and concludes with the annual Bard Féasta, a Celtic feast.
For those attending the Summer School who wish to visit Clare Island with their families, we are delighted to announce that we will once again run the Children’s Bard. This is conducted parallel to the adult summer school and includes weaving, sport, music, dancing and storytelling.
The Bard Festival hosts evening entertainment such as the annual Islander’s Night, where we experience local music, poetry song and dance performed by the people of Clare Island. This year the schedule includes a walk to the megalithic tombs of the Island and an opportunity to complete the contemplative walk of The Chartres Labyrinth. The festival concludes with a poetry reading by Ger Reidy. Clare Island is the ancestral home of the legendary Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley (Granuaile). It provides a backdrop of megalithic tombs, holy wells and a 12th century Cistercian Abbey.
Theme for Bard 2013 – TBC