Monday, 27 July 2015

Kilmurry McMahon - A Rambling Night Out on the Wild West Irish Tour!

"A major part of the Wild West Irish Tour is meeting the locals for some traditional Irish music. In this video filmed in County Clare, our friends provided the best in Irish hospitality to our guests, the Wild Westies! Our thanks to the people of Kilmurry McMahon, County Clare." posted on Youtube on the 15th of July 2015 by Wild West Irish Tours.

Kilkee - undersea adventures June 2015

Underwater photography at Kilkee on the 14th of June 2015. Posted on Youtube on the 18th of June 2015 by Waldemar Grzanka.

George's Head, Kilkee, from the air

"O'Donovan Productions filmed George's Head in Kilkee using a Helicam Drone. Breathtaking views can be seen of this stunning landscape in this clip." posted on Youtube on the 23rd of June 2015 by O'Donovan Productions.

Monastic Europe: Landscape & Settlement Conference – Ennis 22nd - 25th August 2015

The Monastic Ireland team has gathered together a wonderful collection of the best speakers from Ireland and international guests from as far afield as Wales, Norway, Romania, Scotland, Catalonia and America. A variety of themes will be covered, including:

The topography of medieval monastic settlement (1100-1700), in both urban and rural environments
The impact of Church reforms on the physical structures and landscapes of the monastic Church;
Monastic space (liturgical, social and architectural aspects);
Patronage networks;
Architecture and identities;
Written sources for understanding the monastic environment.

The highlight of the conference will be the daily excursions to the wonderful heritage in the region, featuring entertaining and expertly guided tours of the monastery and round tower at Kilmacdaugh, Quin friary, the abbeys at Killone and Corcomroe and the historic town of Adare. This conference will appeal to anyone, scholar or enthusiast, with an interest in Irish history, art and architecture, the history of monasticism and European medieval history. Early bird tickets for the full conference and tours are €95, while there are options for single day attendance, conference attendance without the tours and our conference dinner in the Cloisters restaurant in Ennis. All details are available from the conference website

Friday, 24 July 2015

Leonardo da Vinci crash-lands at Clooneyogan, County Clare, 1934

This short film on the crash-landing of the Leonardo da Vinci at Clooneyogan, Moy in May, 1934 has just been released on Youtube. The airplane was on a first attempt to fly directly from New York to Rome, but crash-landed on Hennessy’s farm in Clooneyogan, Moy, County Clare. The pilots - Lieutenant Cesare Sabelli and Captain George Pond – were feted in Lahinch, Ennis, and later in Dublin. An account of the landing by Colin Hennessy can be found on Clare County Library’s website at and more photographs of the event can be seen in Foto here...

Dysert O’Dea ecclesiastical remains with historian Ciarán Ó Murchadha

Historian Ciarán Ó Murchadha discusses the ecclesiastical remains of Dysert O’Dea including Dysert Church. Posted on Youtube on the 10th of July 2015 by Brooksvideocom.

De Valera Opens Election Campaign

"Meeting at Ennis, County Clare, applauds Fianna Fail leader's fighting speech in open air." Posted on Youtube on the 21st of July 2015 by British Movietone.

The Beautiful Burren - by Jamie Malone

"The Beautiful Burren, County Clare, Ireland." Posted on Youtube on the 16th of July 2015 by Jamie Malone.

Lough Derg - The Jewel of the Shannon

"Lough Derg - The Jewel of the Shannon filmed by drone. A beautiful day at the Millennium Cross in the Arra Mountains overlooking Lough Derg. A short walk from the carpark under Tountinna Mountain brings you to this breathtakingly beautiful spot." Posted on Youtube on the 5th of July 2015 by clare virtually.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Merriman Summer School 2015: Love and Marriage Revisited. Glór, Ennis 12th -15th August

Booking is now open for this year’s Merriman Summer School, which will be launched in glór, Ennis, County Clare, on Wednesday, August 12th by former Supreme Court Judge, Catherine McGuinness. Running until Saturday August 15th, the school offers an attractive mix of lectures and seminars, concerts and poetry readings in a convivial atmosphere open to all. This year’s theme is Love and Marriage revisited, and a range of topics will be addressed by a fine panel of speakers chosen by this year’s Director, UCC sociologist, Dr. Linda Connolly. Academics and writers, sociologists and historians will all bring their own perspectives on this timely theme. 20 years ago this year the 1995 Divorce Referendum, which passed by a narrow majority, took place, and in his opening lecture, Prof.Tony Fahey of UCD will take a look at what actually happened following that decision. The introduction this year of the Children and Family Relationships Act, and the passing by a large majority of the same sex marriage referendum set the context for many of the other presentations. There will be a historical perspective as well, culminating in a History Ireland hedge school with Tommy Graham and others entitled ‘Love and Marriage since the Famine’ on the Saturday evening.

In addition, there are free lunchtime poetry readings (with Rita Ann Higgins, Ailbhe Ni Ghearbhuigh and Doireann Ni Ghriofa), a special author interview with Donal Ryan on the Saturday morning, a talk from Cork writer Cónal Creedon entitled Love or Marriage? and a gala concert on Friday evening presented by Canada-based Clare-born academic and musician, Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin. The event is entitled Love and Marriage in the musical landscape of Co. Clare and will feature performances by some of Clare’s finest musicians.

The Director of the 2015 summer school is Dr. Linda Connolly, Director of the Institute for Social Science in the 21stCentury in UCC. Her publications include work on Irish feminism, social movements and family life. Other speakers addressing the school are Roy Foster, Lucy McDiarmid, Tom Inglis, Patricia Coughlan, Conor O’Mahony, Carol Coulter, Anne Byrne, Sandra McAvoy, Roisín Ryan-Flood, Máire Ni Annracháin, Síle Ní Mhurchú, Diarmuid Ó Giolláin, William J. Smyth.

All events take place in glór, Ennis. Tickets may be bought for the full school or for individual events, and may be pre-booked, or bought on the door. More info at Booking: & 065 684 3103.