Thursday, 27 August 2015

Riches of Clare Concert in Feakle, featuring Mary McNamara, Eileen O'Brien, Andrew McNamara, and Geraldine Cotter

"Mary McNamara, Eileen O'Brien, Andrew McNamara, and Geraldine Cotter performing at the last concert of the Riches of Clare 2015 series on August 10, 2015 at the Feakle Festival (02)." Posted on Youtube on the 16th of August 2015 by Niamhaines.

Pauline Scanlon and NOTIFY perform at the Set Theatre, Kilkenny

Pauline Scanlon and NOTIFY, led by County Clare's Pádraig Rynne, perform at the Set Theatre, Kilkenny in March 2015. Posted on Yoytube on the 11th of August 2015 by Padraig Rynne.

Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert

County Clare's Martin Hayes with Dennis Cahill playing The Mountain Lark, Tom Doherty's Reel, P. Joe's Reel, The Obama Reel and O'Carolan's Farewell To Music on NPR Radio's Tiny Desk Concert. Posted on Youtube on the 1st of July 2015 by An Opt-Out google+page.

Tommy & Siobhan Peoples play 2 reels

County Clare based Tommy and Siobhan Peoples - and friends - play two reels, "The Wise Maid" (aka "John Doherty's") and "The Bird In The Bush". Posted on Youtube on the 29th of Julu 2015 by DOUGLAS HADDEN.

Shannon Vale Céilí Band and set dancers at The Feakle Traditional Music Festival 2015

"The Shannon Vale Céilí Band - live! Along with some great Set dancers at The Feakle Traditional Music Festival, County Clare, 2015..." Posted on Youtube on the 14th of August 2015 by Danny O'Mahony.

Scariff Harbour Festival 2015

"A short video by clarevirtually of the harbour in Scariff, County Clare during the annual Scariff Harbour Festival." Posted on Youtube on the 1st of August 2015 by clare virtually.

Excursão Galway & Cliffs of Moher - WICE Intercâmbio na Irlanda

"Quer fazer intercâmbio na Irlanda? Então viaje pela WICE e conheça um mundo de oportunidades para você Viajar, Estudar e Trabalhar! No video de hoje, acompanhe uma das nossas excursões de final de semana. Destino: Galway & Cliffs of Moher." Posted on Youtube on the 10th of August 2015 by WICE Intercâmbio.

Aerial view of Quin Abbey County Clare

"Quin Abbey is a ruined Franciscan abbey or friary in Quin, roughly 9 miles from Ennis, County Clare... The abbey had a turbulent history, with the friars driven off or killed numerous times. Officially suppressed in 1541, the abbey continued to be inhabited by a small number of friars until 1820. Today, Quin Abbey is a National Monument." Posted on Youtube on the 19th of August 2015 by pat liddy.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Clare County Archives Exhibition at Clare Museum

The McMahon Archival Collection is one of the largest collections of primary source documents in Clare County Council’s Archives repository, containing more than 1,100 files spanning over three centuries. While the earliest document dates back to 1611, most of the material relates to 18th and 19th century administration and activities of the landed estates in the county.

The McMahon Archival Collection was donated to the National Archives in the 1970s through the Business Records Survey by Dermot McMahon of Sherry Fitzgerald McMahon, O’Connell Square, Ennis. The collection was subsequently re-accessioned by Clare County Council’s Archives Service in 2010.

The collection had been stored, before its acquisition by the National Archives, in the basement of offices in the three-storey building in the centre of Ennis where Michael McMahon (Dermot McMahon’s grandfather) operated an auctioneering and estate agency business from the late 1800s.

The exhibition runs until 25th September and admission is free

Pictured above are Clare County Archivist, Rene Franklin and Dermot McMahon of Sherry Fitzgerald McMahon in Ennis who were in attendance at the launch of the McMahon Archival Collection exhibition at Clare Museum.

Scariff Library Archaeology Workshop

The workshop, which took place on Tuesday the 25th of August 2015, began with a talk from Nora (the archaeologist) on the Game of Time to explain the different periods of time from the Stone Age Hunters up to the Neolithic, the Bronze Age and on to the present day. Evidence collected from the different periods help us to understand the changes through time. Nora explained how the first travelers to Ireland lived by the sea and rivers, and how people didn’t learn how to farm for 2000 years when animals such as cows are horses were introduced to Ireland. Different objects such as a clay pipe, goat and sheep skulls, a metal bell, bones and pottery were passed around for inspection. Following a discussion on pottery the children made their own pots out of clay to take home.

From here the children were ready for their first dig. Nora explained that any archaeological dig requires a licence so all the paperwork had to be filled in first. The children then worked in teams with various pieces of equipment to retrieve any objects and put them in the Finds Tray. The idea is to work slowly so that you things won’t be missed. When all the objects were found the children then had to fill in the description of the objects on the Artefact Record Sheet. Children experienced the thrill of discovery in a mock up archaeological dig under the supervision of a professional archaeologist. This was a free event and was enjoyed by all!