Monday, 22 August 2016

Book launch: A Clarewoman’s Journey by Anne Loughnane

When Edinburgh-based author Anne Loughnane was a young social worker in West Clare during the early 1970s, she found an elderly woman and her grown-up son inhabiting a semi-derelict cottage. During their short acquaintance, she learned of the woman’s astonishing life, which led from late 19th century West Clare, where memories of the Famine and terror of the workhouse were still all too present, across the Atlantic to years of service among the prosperous of New York, and back to marriage with a respected Clare farmer in a dramatically transformed Ireland. Then came widowhood and a descent into poverty, still haunted by a debilitating “Famine mentality”.

The result is A Clarewoman’s Journey, part authorial memoir, part fictional reconstruction, which vividly evokes Eilin’s contrasting lives on both sides of the Atlantic, in a moving and illuminating account of a life that encompassed enormous personal, cultural and historical change.

Anne, whose previous book, In Pursuit of Kate Corbett, charted her great-grandmother’s extraordinary migration from Dublin to a ranch in Wyoming, will launch A Clarewoman’s Journey in De Valera Public Library, Ennis, on Tuesday 6th September at 7.00pm. All welcome.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Traditional Music of Clare - Live Recordings, from the 1960s to the 1990s; over 100 sessions with over 60 hours of music, featuring the BR Taylor Collection, the John Joe Healy Collection and Carroll Mackenzie Music Collection

Traditional Music of Clare: Live Recordings

Shortly after Clare County Library launched the online Singers & Songs of County Clare from the Carroll Mackenzie Collection, we were approached by Barry Taylor who wondered if we would be interested in his collection of live recordings of Clare musicians from the 1960s and later. When we took a look at the collection we recognised its value immediately, and began work on a new music of Clare project based on live recordings; when Jim Carroll and Pat Mackenzie donated their song collection to us, they had also donated a substantial music collection, and the music collection of John Joe Healy which they had been caretaking.

The result is this new online collection of traditional Irish music, played by Clare musicians, recorded from the 1960s to the 1990s, totalling over 100 sessions with over 60 hours of music in total.

As well as the actual recorded sessions, names of tunes are included and the timing for each tune in each session is also included on each session’s webpage.

We are extremely grateful to Barry Taylor, John Joe Healy, Pat Mackenzie and Jim Carroll for donating their collections for this project. We are also grateful to Peter Laban and Pat Mackenzie for allowing us to use some photographs from their collections, and to Mary Custy and Paddy Comber for their help in identifying tunes.

Musicians featured in this project include Paddy Canny, Bobby Casey, Willie Clancy, Martin 'Junior' Crehan, Elizabeth (Mrs) Crotty, Michael Downes, Martin Hayes, P Joe Hayes, John Kelly, Patrick Kelly, Paddy Killourhy, Séamus MacMathuna, Peadar O'Loughlin, Seán Reid, Micho Russell, Seamus Ennis, Martin 'Junior' Crehan, Miko Doyle, Thady Casey, James Flynn, JC Talty, Angela Crehan, Ita Crehan, Paddy Fahy, Martin Talty, PJ Crotty, Christy Dixon, Martin O'Brien, Tommy McCarthy, Kevin Burke, John Joe Healy, Tommy McCarthy Jnr., Stevie O'Halloran, John Kelly, Jnr., Joe Ryan, Joe Rynne, Sean Keane, Kitty Hayes, Peter Laban, Paddy Galvin, JP Downes, JC Talty, Michael Falsey, Michael Sexton, and Ita Crehan.

Sessions were recorded in Doolin, Mullagh, Ennis, Feakle, Coore, Cree, Tulla, Miltown Malbay, Annageeragh, Spanish Point, Kiltannon, Lahinch, Crosses of Annagh and Knocknahilla in County Clare, and in Dublin and London.

This new project adds greatly to the traditional music services of Clare County Library; the library offers a wide range of music for lending throughout the county, and we have had a very strong traditional music collection (tapes & CDs) in our branch library in Miltown Malbay for many years.

In 2012, we launched the Music of Clare project on the library website, offering a sample of the rich musical culture of the county of Clare, featuring traditional tunes associated with County Clare, played by musicians who are from the county or who have lived in it for many years. The tunes were accompanied by transcriptions designed to help anyone who wishes to learn the basic notes of a tune.

In March 2015, we launched the online Singers & Songs of County Clare from the Carroll Mackenzie Collection, featuring over 400 songs from over 40 Clare singers, collected by Jim Carroll and Pat Mackenzie in London and west Clare over a period of 40 years, with transcriptions of song lyrics accompanying each recording, and various playlists for easy listening. The project was also enhanced by the addition of articles on singers and the song tradition in County Clare.

And now we are delighted to launch the Traditional Music of Clare: Live Recordings project, featuring live recordings of Irish traditional music sessions from the 1960s to the 1990s, from the archived tapes of three outstanding collections of Clare music: the BR Taylor Collection, the John Joe Healy Collection and the Carroll Mackenzie Collection.

Maureen Comber, Executive Librarian,
Anthony Edwards, Senior Executive Librarian,
Library ICT & Information Services Department,
Clare County Library,
June 2016

Image above shows Barry Taylor and Michael Downes, photo by Pat Mackenzie.

Friday, 17 June 2016

TG4’s HUP FEAKLE with Mary McNamara, Andrew McNamara & Sorcha Costello

Mary McNamara, Andrew McNamara, Sorcha Costello playing in Feakle, County Clare, on TG4's TV Series HUP, which filmed musicians within particular locations and traditions. Posted on Youtube on the 1st of April 2016 by Hup.

TG4’s HUP FEAKLE with Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill

Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill playing in Feakle, County Clare, on TG4's TV Series HUP, which filmed musicians within particular locations and traditions. Posted on Youtube on the 1st of April 2016 by Hup.

TG4’s HUP FEAKLE with Joe Fitzgerald

Joe Fitzferald playing in Feakle, County Clare, on TG4's TV Series HUP, which filmed musicians within particular locations and traditions. Posted on Youtube on the 1st of April 2016 by Hup.

Riches of Clare concert featuring Elaine Hogan, Padraig Rynne, Tara Breen, & Conor Crimmins, June 1, 2016

"Riches of Clare featuring Elaine Hogan, Padraig Rynne, Tara Breen, & Conor Crimmins - June 01, 2016. #1." Posted on Youtube on the 2nd of June 2016 by Niamhaines.

Riches of Clare concert featuring the Droneys- Chris Droney, Ann Kirrane, Aine McGrath, and Francis Droney on May 23, 2016

"And so it begins - Riches of Clare - Concert #1 featuring the Droneys - Chris Droney, Ann Kirrane, Aine McGrath, and Francis Droney on May, 23, 2016- #1." Posted on Youtube on the 23rd of May 2016 by Niamhaines.

Riches of Clare concert featuring Padraig O'Reilly, Edel Vaughan, Francis Cunningham, & Eimear Coughlan, June 8, 2016

"Riches of Clare featuring Padraig O'Reilly, Edel Vaughan, Francis Cunningham, & Eimear Coughlan - June 8, 2016. #14." Posted on Youtube on the 9th of June 2016 by Niamhaines.

Summer Stars - Summer Reading Programme for Children at Clare County Library

Clare County Library will run the Summer Stars Reading Programme for children in all library branches during the summer holidays up to the end of August. The Summer Stars programme is a free programme and libraries in Clare will be delighted to welcome all children and their families to join in. Staff look forward to working with teachers and families to encourage children to continue reading and to participate in a range of storytelling and other fun activities taking place in some of our branches during the summer months.

Each child who registers for Summer Stars at their local library joins in the fun of reading lots of exciting books during their summer holidays. They will receive their own Summer Stars Reading Card to record their progress along the way and a library reward stamp will be added to their card at the library after each book read. Children will be encouraged to continue reading throughout the programme. Fun rewards will be provided as they discover new books and authors. At the end of the challenge, all children who participate are invited to attend a special Family Reading Programme event at which they will be presented with award certificates.

Children and families will also have access to fun reading activities on the Summer Stars webpages at www.librariesireland.ie/summer-stars/. The resource includes lots of fun activities, games, talking ebooks, stories, reading tips, book suggestions and funny interviews with children’s authors and other celebrities.

Further information about the Summer Reading Programme and about reading related events taking place during school summer holidays is available from your local library service or on www.librariesireland.ie.

Summer Stars - children’s activities in Shannon Library

Seán Lemass Public Library in Shannon will host their ‘Summer Stars’ activity programme for children from Sat 2 July to Friday 15 July inclusive. These summer activities are always popular and this year, we welcome back some old favourites along with new events. Activities include Gardening for Kids with Sinéad Monahan, two workshops with Susanna Anker - one on Sewing and one on Wool Spinning, a Music Workshop with Noel Madigan, a Fire Engine visit, Poetry for kids with Elaine, Fun with Words with Catherine, Craft Session with Siobhán as well as Storytimes and Film Screenings. Numbers are limited on activities so pre-booking is required. All activities are free of charge and the timetable is available at www.clarelibrary.ie. Further information can be sourced at the library at 061 364266. Shannon Library will also participate in the Summer Stars Reading Challenge where each child is encouraged to read six books over the summer and will receive a Certificate in September as well as some incentives along the way.