Friday, 21 November 2014

Newmarket-on-Fergus Parish graveyard transcriptions online

Five graveyards in the Catholic Parish of Newmarket-on-Fergus have been added to our online Graveyard Inscriptions recently. The graveyards were originally transcribed in the late 1990s by Pat Carrig for OBAIR Newmarket-on-Fergus. Canon Reuben Butler of that parish kindly lent the original notebooks to Clare County Library for transcribing. The graveyards are Clonloghan, Drumline, Fenloe, Kilconry, and Kilmaleery. Transcriptions of headstones in Bunratty Graveyard, also in Newmarket-on Fergus Parish, were posted earlier, and was donated by the Clare Roots Society. The image above is of Fenloe Graveyard.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Launch of Safe Ireland’s Man Up Campaign & Exhibition at De Valera Library, Ennis

Senator Tony Mulcahy will launch Safe Ireland’s Man Up Campaign on behalf of the Clare Local Area Network on Violence against Women in the De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 6pm on Tuesday 25th November. Men in particular are being asked to attend the launch to show their support to women and children who experience domestic abuse and to the services that support them directly. Women of course are very welcome and encouraged to attend also! The Man Up Campaign was launched nationally on 22nd October by Lyn Rosenthal (White House Advisor on Violence against Women) and Ryan Tubridy. The Taoiseach and the Minister for Justice have both given their support to this campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness that domestic and sexual abuse is not just a women’s issue but one that both women and men need to address. More information is available at The exhibition will be on display and available for viewing during opening hours in the De Valera Public Library from the 24th-28th November 2014.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Diversity - Creating Community Well-Being Conference, Ennis

To celebrate the International Human Rights day 2014, Intercultural and Diversity Education Centre - Ireland (IDEC-Ireland) will host its fifth conference in the 'Humanising Rights and Responsibilities Series' on Wednesday the 10th December 2014 in Cois na hAbhna, Gort Rd, Ennis, County Clare. 10am to 3.30pm.

The theme of the 2014 IDEC-Ireland Conference, Diversity - Creating Community Well-Being, highlights the importance of diversity within society, recognising its value, its potential to influence everyone's life in a positive way and its capacity to create well-being in communities.

IDEC - Ireland members are: Clare Intercultural Network; Clare Women's Network; Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission; Ennis Community Development Project; University of Limerick; Educational Disadvantage Centre, St Patrick's College; Community Knowledge Initiative, National University of Ireland, Galway; Galway County Intercultural Forum; Galway County Council.

To register, please go to the following link:

Monday, 17 November 2014

Be a Champion for Clare County Library!

Clare County Library is launching a ‘Library Champions’ project. Clare Library Champions are people who love their libraries and want to be in the know about library events and activities. Anyone can become a library champion… you just have to love and use libraries! We are hoping over the next few months to build a list of people who are willing to share with us, and with the public, how important libraries are to us all. We will be inviting applications from our patrons, and their families and friends, to become library champions.

Becoming a Library Champion is very straightforward! All you need to do is write a short paragraph on what it is you love about libraries, or how libraries have helped you in your life. We would also invite you to provide us with a photograph of yourself in one of our library branches or with a literary theme, e.g. enjoying a book in your favourite reading place. We then plan to put the short piece you have written on our website, along with your photo if you submit one. We may also use this material in the local press or as part of a library exhibition. You can submit your piece at your local branch library or email it to using the subject “Library Champions”.

The aim of this project is to champion libraries and promote them as a place for all; a place where everyone is welcome and can avail of equal opportunities, regardless of age, gender, race, class or education. We want people to be aware of the library as being their resource and their gateway to knowledge, leisure and pleasure. We hope you will join us in spreading that message.

'Move It' Science Show at Shannon Library

The children fron St. Aidan's National School and Gaelscoil Donncha Rua were enthralled by the 'Move It' Science Show at Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon. Scientist Paul had no shortage of volunteers including Muinteoir Muireann! The fast moving show explored the forces that are so important in allowing us to move. One girl was hoovercrafted across the floor to the amazement of her class friends while another boy inflated marshmallows using the pressure of air. The library was a hive of activity during the 60 minute science interactive event. It may well have inspired some future scientists...

Friday, 14 November 2014

The Trí-Tones at Ennis Trad 21 Festival

"The Trí-Tones at Ennis Trad 21 Festival at The Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, County Clare on the 9th of November 2014. This was filmed at the CD launch of the self titled album "The Trí-Tones". The Trí-Tones are: Conor Moriarty - button accordion; Tara Breen - fiddle; Stephen Rooney - Guitar and vocals. They have been All Ireland champions at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann over the years. Also guesting: Ciara McCrickard - Vocals; Eamon Rooney - Bodhran." Posted on Youtube on the 11th of November 2014 by PRAK14.

Farewell to Miltown Malbay sung by Tom Lenihan

Farewell to Miltown Malbay sung by the late Tom Lenihan from Knockbrack, Miltown Malbay, County Clare. Posted on Youtube on the 5th of November 2014 by Tom Lenihan - Topic.

Mad Professor Science Show at Miltown Malbay Library

An educational and fun filled show dealing with various aspects of science using everyday household objects and products was enjoyed by local schoolchildren attending the Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Public Library, Miltown Malbay ,on the 12th of November to celebrate Science Week. 39 children from 3rd class upwards revelled in a lively show hosted by an enthusiastic Mad Scientist, aka Niall O’Dwyer. The children were totally amazed by all the experiments that were performed and were extremely willing participants. Niall had maximum audience attention and participation and took care to choose a different child to help with each task. The show was very educational, yet was delivered in a fun filled way that was appealing to children. Teachers attending were delighted to be invited to such a worthwhile event at their local library.

Noel O'Donoghue, Hugh Healy & Damien O'Reilly - Riches of Clare CD launch

"Noel O'Donoghue, Hugh Healy & Damien O'Reilly perform at the launch of Riches of Clare CD Volume 2, Ennis Trad 21, 2014." Posted on Youtube on the 11th of November 2014 by bflatflute.

2014 Science Book Prize

Mark Miodownik’s Stuff Matters has won the 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. This prestigious prize celebrates outstanding popular science books from around the world and is open to authors of science books written for a non-specialist audience.

Subtitled The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World, Miodownik entertainingly examines the materials he encounters in a typical morning, from the steel in his razor and the graphite in his pencil to the foam in his sneakers and the concrete in a nearby skyscraper.

Sean Carroll's story of the hunt for the Higgs, The Particle at the End of the Universe, won the award in 2013.