Thursday, 23 October 2014

Crag Road session in Kilshanny, County Clare

"Crag Road played in Kilshanny House, Kilshanny, County Clare, 4th Oct 2014. A few friends joined us after a while. Thierry Masure (fiddle), Luka Bloom (guitar), Robert Crosby (box), John Harrison (reso guitar), and Pamela Queally (fiddle)." Posted on Youtube on the 7th of October 2014 by burrencrawler.

Steve Wall sings My Town - Bosca Ceoil TG4 Promo

Ennistymon's Steve Wall, of The Stunning and The Walls fame, sings his song My Town in a TG4 promotion for its new programme Bosca Ceoil. Posted on Youtube on the 27th of September 2014 by Bosca CeoilTG4.

Between All Things - A retrospective of the work of Dermot Twohigk

"Between All Things - A retrospective of the work of the late Clare artist Dermot Twohigk in an exhibition at the Courthouse Gallery & Studios, Ennistymon, County Clare Sept-Oct 2014. Music by Arvo Part." Posted on Youtube on the 13th of October 2014 by Fergus Tighe.

Cliffs of Moher - one millionth visitor in 2014

Rita Shaw, from Niceville, Florida, USA, became the one millionth visitor to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience in 2014 when she arrived at the centre with her husband Stephen on Monday 20 October at 11.01am. Posted on Youtube on the 20th of October 2014 by Nackaer Pasolcer.

The Wild Atlantic Way at Fanore, County Clare

The Wild Atlantic Way at Fanore, County Clare. Posted on Youtube on the 16th of October 2014 by Phoenix Rizing.

A brief history of Clare Castle and the Port of Clare

"A brief history of Clare Castle and the Port of Clare." Posted on Youtube on the 3rd of July 2014 by Clarecastle Community Development Ltd.

Science Week Events at Clare County Library

Science Week Events 12th and 13th November: Educational and fun science shows in four branches of Clare County Library.

Science can help us answer the what, the why and the how, while also revealing new questions. It is a problem solver, helping us crack everyday challenges and children in Clare will have the opportunity to see this theory in practice in November.

Two educational and fun science shows will be hosted by four libraries on the 12th and 13th of November. Move It! a fast-moving show exploring the forces that are so important in allowing us to move and The Mad Professor Science Show will be offered to primary schools at Sixmilebridge, Shannon, Miltown Malbay and Ennistymon libraries. Both interactive shows will involve lots of audience participation and will cover a number of different science disciplines ideally suited to primary school children.

The Mad Professor Science Show will visit Miltown Malbay Library on the 12th of November at 10.30am and Ennistymon Library at 1.30pm. Sixmilebridge Library will host the Move It! Show on the 13th of November at 10.30am from where it will travel to Shannon Library to begin at 1.15pm. Both shows will run for approximately one hour. These events are taking part to celebrate Science Week Ireland and come to Clare County Library courtesy of the Science Federation of Ireland.

Wildlife Ranger visits Killaloe Library

David Lyons, Wildlife Ranger, National Parks and Wildlife Service, brought a mix of images, sounds and videos detailing the amazing wildlife to be found in Killaloe and its environs when he recently visited Killaloe Public Library and enthralled pupils from 5th and 6th classes in local schools.

Mick O'Dea elected as president of Royal Hibernian Academy

Ennis artist Mick O'Dea was elected the 23rd President of the Royal Hibernian Academy at its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 14th October, 2014.

Born in Ennis, County Clare, in 1958, O’Dea studied at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin and the University of Massachusetts from 1976 to 1981. In 1997, he received an M.A. in European Fine Art from the Winchester School of Art in Barcelona and Winchester. He taught at NCAD from 1981 to 1999, and has also taught at universities in England and the U.S. O’Dea served as the first principal of the newly revived RHA School, 2006–2011. He has also worked extensively with art and education programmes in prisons and rehabilitation centres, including Portlaoise Prison, St. Patrick’s Institution, Wheatfield Prison and Youthreach, Kilrush, while establishing a successful painting career which has included many solo exhibitions. He has received numerous national and international awards and his work is held in many national collections. Upcoming exhibition...

Monday, 20 October 2014

Laureate for Irish Fiction - three Clare authors nominated

The Arts Council has just announced the full list of nominees for the Laureate for Irish Fiction, with County Clare's Edna O'Brien, Niall Williams and Ré O’Laighleis joining the likes of John Banville, Sebastian Barry, Emma Donoghue, Anne Enright, Eimear McBride, and Joseph O'Connor among the 34 authors nominated. Nominations were made by 119 organisations and individuals, including book clubs, bookshops, poets, playwrights, arts organisations (including the Ennis Book Club Festival) and public libraries.

In December 2013 the Arts Council announced the establishment of a new award which will honour an outstanding Irish fiction writer and encourage the next generation of Irish fiction writers. The Laureate for Irish Fiction will be awarded by the Arts Council to an Irish writer of national and international distinction. The honour will be used to promote Irish literature nationally and internationally and to encourage the public to engage with high quality Irish fiction. The video above offers an introduction to the Laureate and outlines the nomination process via interviews with Orlaith McBride, Arts Council Director, Sheila Pratsche, Arts Council Chair, and Denis Staunton, Deputy Editor of the Irish Times.

Click here for the full list of nominees: