Thursday, 17 July 2014

Conor Keane, Ron Kavanagh, Kevin Finnucane and Seanie O'Gorman - Riches Of Clare Concert June 2014

"Riches of Clare lunchtime series concert #8 on June 11, 2014. Musicians from your left are Ron Kavanagh, Kevin Finnucane, Conor Keane, and Seanie O'Gorman." Posted on Youtube on the 11th of June 2014 by Niamhaines.

Noel Hill and Alec Finn on Geantraí, 1997

Noel Hill from County Clare with Alec Finn playing Mountains of Pomeroy, Ladies Pantalettes, and Lucy Campell on TG4's Geantraí in 1997. Posted on Youtube on the 14th of May 2014 by MRBGS57.

Liam O’Brien, Concertina Teacher, Miltown Malbay

"Liam O Brien playing the Clare Concertina in the All About Accordions and Concertina shop in Miltown Malbay, County Clare, during the Willie Clancy Summer School." Posted on Youtube on the 13th of July 2014 by Elizabeth Cahill.

Willie Clancy Summer School 2014 on TG4

""The Willie Clancy Summer School (Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy) is Ireland's largest traditional music summer school held annually since 1973 in memory of the uilleann piper Willie Clancy. During the week, nearly a thousand students from every part of the world attend daily classes taught by experts in Irish music and dance. In addition, a full program of lectures, recitals, dances (céilithe) and exhibitions are run by the summer school. All events happen in the town of Miltown Malbay in County Clare, on the west coast of Ireland, during the week beginning with the first Saturday of July. The weekly registration includes six classes, all lectures and recitals (except the Saturday concert) and reduced price admission to céilithe. Lectures, recitals, concert and céilithe are open to the public." Posted on Toutube on the 13th of July 2014 by TG COA.

West Clare by Alan Magner

"West Clare, includes footage of the Cliffs of Moher, Bridges of Ross, Kilrush, Loop Head, Cappa, Lahinch. Video by Alan Magner Photography.(c) Alan Magner Photography." Posted on Youtube on the 30th of June 2014 by Alan Magner Photography.

Cahercommaun Triple Ring Fort - aerial footage

"Cahercommaun fort is actually 1200 years old, and was inhabited by about 40 high ranking chieftains and families. It's an amazing place, only 15 minutes walk from the car park. The nearest town is Carron, County Clare. We were there by 4am to get the lovely dawn light, what a great way to spend an early morning. Drone pilot/aerial video: Matthew Kelly. Ground camera/editing/music: Quentin Cooper." Posted on Youtube on the 14th of July 2014 by Drone Ireland.


Luka Bloom - Thank You For Bringing Me Here

"I walk with my father in Fanore
We walk hand in hand by the shore
The sun sets beyond Inisheer
I thank you for bringing me here"

Recorded live on Horo Gheallaidh - BBC ALBA (14 Feb 2009). Luka Bloom now lives in Doolin, County Clare, and the song features the lovely beach at Fanore, in the north west of County Clare. Posted on Youtube on the 5th of March 2011 by bloom...

Art & Craft Summer Programme at Kilrush Library

Over twenty children attended the weekly Art & Craft Summer Programme at Kilrush Public Library on Tuesday 15th July 2014 and created a range of beautiful greeting cards, felt hearts and pretty brooches. Due to the great demand, there are now 2 workshops every Tuesday, the first from 11am - 12 noon and the second from 12 - 1pm. Booking is necessary by calling the library at 065 9051504.

Monday, 14 July 2014

New eBooks available at Clare County Library

The following books are among those recently added to Clare County Library’s eBook collection:

The Living – a thriller from debut Irish author Lean Cullinan.

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden – a tale of how one woman's attempt to change her future ended up changing everything by Jonas Jonasson, the author of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared.

Ireland in the Medieval World, AD 400-1000: Landscape, Kingship and Religion, a study of Ireland's people, landscape and place in the world from late antiquity to the reign of Brian Boru by Edel Bhreathnach

A Life Worth Living – Michael Smurfit’s autobiography.

Clare County Library now has almost 800 eBooks available for members – both adult and children - to borrow. Members of Clare County Library can borrow one eBook at a time and hold it for three weeks. For details of how to borrow an eBook, see

Emergency Law in Ireland: The Proclamations of Ireland, 1660 - 1820

The Irish Manuscripts Commission recently published the 5-volume The Proclamations of Ireland, 1660 – 1820 under the editorship of James Kelly with Mary Ann Lyons. The Kelly edition contains the full text of all surviving proclamations, covering across the five volumes some two thousand and five hundred proclamations and allied documents issued in Ireland between 1660 and 1820. The proclamations follow the successive reigns of Charles II, James II, William III, Anne, George I, George II and George III. The proclamations were originally promulgated by being published in a contemporary newspaper such as the Ennis Chronicle and Clare Advertiser as well as being publically declaimed, for example, at Sunday divine service.

The proclamations acted as an instrument of governmental and administrative power and coercion and were issued under authority of the Lord Lieutenant, the Lord Justice or the Privy Council. Many were restricted in terms of geographical extent and usually issued for a limited time-span. They addressed a wide range of issues, including anti-Popery decrees in the seventeenth century, transplanted persons and land settlement, tories, robbers and rapparees in different counties, local militias and policing matters through to proclamations against secret agrarian organisations and local outrages in the late eighteenth, early nineteenth century.

Particular County Clare content includes amongst other matters transplanted lands in Connacht and Clare, 1678; shipwrecks off Miltown Malbay in 1702 (the Betty Galley, out of London) and 1726; a case of abduction and marriage before ‘a Popish friar’ in 1707 during the Penal Laws; the apprehension of those who resisted the High Sheriff in giving possession of lands in County Clare in 1777; reward for the apprehension of those who resisted the Sheriff of County Clare (Ballymorris, Cratloe, Meelick areas) in 1779; an outrage against Luke Wall of Springmount in 1780; a proclamation requiring named individuals to surrender for resisting the enforcement of the law in 1789; and an 1802 reward for the apprehension of those responsible for a murderous assault in County Clare (John Hynes and Patrick Gleeson seriously assaulted between Killaloe and Broadford on 1st February 1802). Personal names and place names are frequently given in the proclamations.

Copies of the Proclamations are available at Clare County Library in the Sean Lemass Public Library in Shannon and the Local Studies Centre in Ennis.