Friday, 24 April 2015

Siobhán Peoples & Murty Ryan performing at the Glenntown Irish Festival in Gothenburg 2014

County Clare's Siobhán Peoples & Murty Ryan performing at the Glenntown Irish Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2014. Posted on Youtube on the 17th of September 2014 by Jon Antonsson.

Mark Burke and Anthony Devitt playing in Doolin

Mark Burke (accordion) and Anthony Devitt (banjo) in McDermott's Pub, Doolin, County Clare. Posted on Youtube on the 29th of August 2012 by Kevin Russell.

Pat O'Connor and Eoghan O'Sullivan playing in Coatesville, Pennsylvania

"Pat O'Connor & Eoghan O'Sullivan playing traditional Irish music on fiddle and button-accordion, April 5, 2009 for the Coatesville Traditional Irish Music Series in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, USA." Posted on Youtube on the 6th of April 2009 by playthis.

Padraig Rynne's Notify & Pauline Scanlon - The Limerick Rake

County Clare's Padraig Rynne with his band NOTIFY and Pauline Scanlon doing a version of the traditional Irish song "The Limerick Rake". Posted on Youtube on the 23rd of January by Padraig Rynne.

Arrest of De Valera in Ennis, 1923

"Eamon De Valera was arrested by Free State troops, under the Public Safety Act, as he was about to make a speech. He remained imprisoned until July 1924. Despite this, Clare elected de Valera top of the poll in the general election." posted on Youtube on the 8th of April 2015 by theclareherald.

UCC Golf Club training in Lahinch

"A few UCC Senior Ladies Golfers in action during our recent weekend in Lahinch Golf Club, as training for our upcoming Senior Cup Weekend in May. UCC Golfers: Aoife Barry, Laura McCarthy, Jean O'Driscoll, Hilary O'Driscoll, Jill O'Driscoll, Michelle Geaney." Posted on Youtube on the 14th of April 2015 by Aofie Barry.

The Labyrinth, Mountshannon, County Clare

"A short video by www.clarevirtually.ie of the Chartres Labyrinth in Mountshannon. This eleven circuit labyrinth is a beautiful and spiritual place and it overlooks Mountshannon Harbour in Co. Clare. Labyrinths were originally laid as paths of pilgrimage and reflection. This Labyrinth is a copy of one laid into the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France. Enjoy the video and gorgeous music from singer Kate Purcell." Posted on Youtube on the 15th of March 2015 by clare virtually.

Peter Rees Exhibition "An Udder View" at X-PO, Kilnaboy, County Clare

"A film about an exhibition, "An Udder View" of photographic enthusiast, Peter Rees’ collection of over 27,000 photographs, many taken in the parish of Kilnaboy, County Clare over a period of twenty-five years. The exhibition was curated by artist Deirdre O'Mahony and Peter Rees and exhibited at X-PO, the former post office revived as a public art project in Kilnaboy Co Clare Ireland.For more on X-PO see http://www.deirdre-omahony.ie/public-art-projects/x-po.html." Posted on Youtube on the 19th of April 2015 by Deirdre O'Mahony.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Tom Lenihan, Knockbrack, County Clare (1905-1990) - Singer

Tom Lenihan was born into a musical house in the townland of Knockbrack near Miltown Malbay and was surrounded by dancing, music and singing all his life. Tom’s main talent was singing, which he would do at the drop of a hat. He had a large stock of songs and an excellent memory and he sang in a simple, clear style with little embellishment. A number of collections of Tom’s songs have been recorded and published over the years. Tom features prominently in the Singers and Songs of County Clare from the Carroll Mackenzie Collection with nearly 80 of his songs selected. He is also recorded discussing songs and singing techniques, which he felt strongly about. Photo courtesy Pat Mackenzie.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015 - shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction was announced on April 13th. The prize, until 2012 known as the Orange Prize for Fiction, sets out to reward excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women from throughout the world.

This year the shortlist includes four British writers, one British/Pakistani writer and one American. All of the authors on this year’s shortlist with the exception of Laline Paull - a debut novelist - have previously been shortlisted for the award.

The shortlisted titles are:
Outline by Rachel Cusk
The Bees by Laline Paull
A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie
How to be Both by Ali Smith
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
“They are all fantastic,” said chair of judges Shami Chakrabarti. “They are very different in various ways – subject matter, genre, style. Some are sparse, some poetic. What they have in common is that you can’t put them down.” The award was won in 2014 by Eimear McBride for A Girl is a Half-formed Thing. Other winners include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for Half of a Yellow Sun, Zadie Smith for On Beauty and by Lionel Shriver for We Need to Talk About Kevin. The winner of the 2015 award will be announced on the 3rd of June.