Thursday, 21 August 2014

The Boruma Trio at Feakle Festival 2014

The Boruma Trio featuring Eileen O’Brien, Geraldine Cotter and Andrew MacNamara at Feakle Festival 2014, County Clare. Posted on Youtube on the 17th of August 2014 by Feakle Festival.

Dancing on the street, Willie Clancy Festival 2014

"A street session with the mighty Antóin Mac Gabhann (aka Tony Smith) is certainly one of the highlights of the Week. Here Tony is joined by the likes of Marcas Ó Murchú on flute, Eoin O'Neill on bouzouki - and a lovely half set of dancers (including Angela Crotty). Miltown Malbay, County Clare, July 2014, during the Willie Clancy Summer School." Posted on Youtube on the 8th of August 2014 by Memories of Willie Week.

The Cliffs of Moher from the air

The Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, filmed "with a DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ quadcopter on August 18th, 2014." Posted on Youtube on the 18th of August 2014 by Wiebe de Jager.

Planning your visit to the Cliffs of Moher

"This video provides information on how best to plan your visit to the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. It may be of particular interest to those with accessibility concerns." Posted on Youtube on the 26th August 2013 by Cliffs of Moher Experience.

Ocean diving in Quilty, County Clare, June 2014

"A weekend of diving with Oceandivers in Quilty, County Clare, Ireland." Posted on Youtube on the 16th of June 2014 by Aquavidify.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Rediscover your heritage with Clare County Library during Heritage Week 2014

2014 is the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family at the United Nations and to celebrate The Heritage Council has adopted the theme of ‘Family…generations exploring heritage together’ for National Heritage Week 2014. Each year, during the last week of August, many national and local community organisations participate in National Heritage Week by running events throughout the country. The programme highlights the abundance of great work that is carried out in all communities in Ireland to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage. Heritage Week is co-ordinated by the Heritage Council with support from the Department of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Fáilte Ireland and, in Clare, Clare County Council.

There are over 75 events planned by various organisations in County Clare to celebrate the week, which runs from the 23rd-31st August, and Clare County Library is proud to count itself among them again this year. Gerry Kennedy of the Clare Roots Society will visit the De Valera Public Library in Ennis on Tuesday 26th August at 7pm and Sean Lemass Public Library in Shannon on Wednesday 27th August at 1pm to give talkson genealogy with Q&A afterwards.

Members of Cuimhneamh an Chláir, the Clare Oral History and Folklore Group, will host events entitled ‘Come here ‘til I tell ya’ in Kilrush Public Library on Wednesday 27th August at 6.30pm and in Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge on Thursday 28th August at 6.30pm. Cuimhneamh an Chláir aims to record, document, archive and share the memories and experiences of County Clare's older population. Over 600 people from County Clare have been recorded so far. These events will feature a series of audio recordings from people of Kilrush and surrounding areas and Sixmilebridge and surrounding areas respectively.

Killaloe Public Library is delighted to host a talk by Nigel Beers Smith on Wednesday 27th August at 7pm. Nigel will give a fascinating insight into the Mountshannon eagles. Younger fans of all things winged will also be catered for in Killaloe with story time, games and a craft session focusing on bats on Tuesday 26th August from 2.30pm. This event is aimed at children aged 4-8. Many more of Clare County Library’s branches will also have special story times and book displays for children, all themed to mark Heritage Week. You can contact your local branch for details.

On Saturday 30th August Tulla Public Library will open at 10am especially to host a genealogy workshop. Staff member Ann McNamara will host this workshop which will provide an opportunity to learn more about getting started on researching your family tree and what resources are available at the library.

All library events are free of charge and everyone is welcome, so be sure to take this opportunity for the whole family to discover and enjoy your heritage and history. Details of events can be found at or or by phoning 065 6846350.

Craft making at Kilrush Library continues

This week twenty four children participated in the Summer Craft Programme at Kilrush Public Library. A mixture of colourful book marks containing flowers made from felt and other embellishments were created, together with fridge magnets and boxes made from lollypop sticks. The children really enjoyed the workshops and were delighted to take home their own hand made crafts with them.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The singing will never be done: Tom Munnelly, Collected Essays and Lectures, 1990 – 2007

The singing will never be done: Tom Munnelly, Collected Essays and Lectures, 1990 – 2007 (Old Kilfarboy Society, 2014)

The Munnelly family, together with the Old Kilfarboy Society, is delighted to announce the launch of a comprehensive, edited collection of essays and lectures by Tom Munnelly. Largely previously unpublished, the range of articles gathered within the pages of this volume are a testament to the life’s work of Tom, a titan of folksong collection in twentieth century Ireland. This book is a treasure trove of insight and interpretation for singers and non-singers alike and makes a valuable contribution to the scholarship of English language song in Ireland in particular.

Tom Munnelly was born in Dublin but spent much of his life living in Miltown Malbay, County Clare. He worked as a full-time song collector with the Department of Folklore in UCD, was chairman of the Willie Clancy Summer School for a number of years, a member of the Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon from 1985 to 1988, and was also a founder member of the Ennistymon Festival of Traditional Singing

Rionach uí Ógáin, Director of the National Folklore Collection, UCD, describes Tom’s life in song: ‘Tom viewed traditional song in the general landscape of Irish culture, in the broadest sense. He shared his wisdom in relation to all his areas of interest, of the seventeenth century ballad tradition, of twentieth- century folklore collecting or of twenty-first century academic research in folkloristics, with enthusiasm and ease. At the core of his output as collector, lecturer and scholar was his passion for song’.

Corofin’s Eugene Macnamara , The Maverick Irish Priest and the Race to Seize California

‘El Proyecto Macnamara’: The Maverick Irish Priest and the Race to Seize California 1844-1846 by John Fox, published by Irish Academic Press, 2014.

This is the story of Eugene Macnamara, a maverick young priest from County Clare who sought to establish a colony for Irish families in the 1840s in Alta California, Mexico’s far north-western territory. Had the ’10,000 ready volunteers from Limerick, Clare and Cork’ of whom he boasted, actually arrived, a ‘New Ennis’, ‘New Clare’ or ‘New Ireland’ could have been born. His scheme failed when the US seized California in 1846. Macnamara’s life spanned half the globe and was dramatic: expulsion from a Paris seminary, a dash to Rome from Guiana to expose a convulsing mission, a year in revolutionary Mexico, two months in threatened California (backed by the Royal Navy) and asylum in Mexico City during the Mexican War, 1846-8. He followed it all with a ‘Macnamara Scheme II’ in Chile.

Eugene Macnamara was born circa 1814 in Baunkyle, Corofin, County Clare. In the period immediately before Catholic Emancipation in Ireland he left County Clare and studied for the priesthood in the Irish College in Paris, at a time of revolution and change in the French capital. Duly ordained, he served in ministry in the Kilkee – Doonbeg parish under Father Michael Comyn, and then at Borrisokane in County Tipperary, within the Diocese of Killaloe. In Tipperary, he took the temperance pledge from Father Theobold Mathew. He left Borrisokane following an allegation of a sexual misdemeanour under an exeat from the Bishop of Killaloe and proceeded to British Guiana in South America. There too he encountered difficulties with parishioners who petitioned that Macnamara report to the pope in Rome. En route, he disembarked in Mexico.

His arrival in Mexico, 1844, was at a time of tension between North America’s landlords, Mexico, the US and Britain. His 1846 licence to settle 20,000 square miles with 15,000 settlers, was formalised by Mexico in 1847 and even qualified for a US hearing in 1852, but it was not appealed. British diplomats, merchants and bondholders supported him. When US President Polk learned of El Proyecto Macnamara he acted immediately to stop any British colonising in North America. In Washington, Macnamara personified at the highest levels a political and commercial conspiracy between Britain and Mexico against the US. This biography is the compelling story of this ‘international’ Irishman and his lingering aftermath.

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Thursday, 14 August 2014

Over 25,000 images now online in Foto

The number of images in Foto, Clare County Library's online photographic collection, has now exceeded 25,000. The collections cover people, family albums, archaeological sites, buildings and graveyard inscriptions. We would like to thank all those who have contributed photograph and collections, and who have identified people and places in the photos. All photographs of which the library has copyright can be downloaded for personal use from the website. See for instructions.

The photo above, from the O’Callaghan-Westropp Collection, shows members of the Free State army (with bouquets attached to their bicycles) on patrol in the grounds of Moyriesk House, Clooney after the kidnapping of Mrs Geraldine Crowe by local people during the Civil War, following a dispute over grazing rights.