Friday, 29 April 2016

Session in Daly’s Bar during Corofin Trad Fest 2016

"An outstanding session of traditional irish music with some of the country's best musicians including Owen o Neil, Brian and Keith O Loughlin, and many more. Teach Uí Dálaigh (Daly's bar) Corofin, during the Corofin Traditional Festival 2016." Posted on Youtube on the 18th of March 2016 by Derek Daly.

The O'Reillys, Linnane, Bergin, & Cullinan at the Corofin Trad Fest 2016

"Damien O'Reilly, Tony Linnane, Mary Bergin, Padraig O'Reilly, and James Cullinan performing at the Corofin Traditional Festival on March 4, 2016 - #02." Posted on Youtube on the 24th of April 2016 by Niamhaines.

Doolin, County Clare - a snapshot

"Here is a snapshot of Doolin, we are a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland, on the Wild Atlantic way. Home of traditional Irish music, which is played nightly in our pubs. An ideal base when visiting the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren . Doolin offers an array of accommodation options, craft shops, restaurants, and activities." Posted on Youtube on the 15th of April 2016 by Doolin Tourism.

A Life In The Day - Surf’s up in Lahinch, County Clare

"This short video, brought to you by Paddle Pillow, follows four locals on a day of clean, off-shore surf in and around Lahinch aka Surf City, County Clare, Ireland, on the 2nd April 2016. Featuring Alan Coyne, Dave Flynn, Stuart McMullen and Dave Collins, the video was shot by award winning director, photographer and surfer Kev L. Smith, and also features Kenny's Bar and Restaurant, Main Street, Lahinch." Posted onn Youtube on the 21st of April 2016 by David Collins.

The Burren from above

The Burren, County Clare, from the air. Posted on Youtube onthe 31st of March 2016 by dan dwyer.

Liscannor, County Clare, from the air

Liscannor, County Clare, from the air. Posted on Youtube on the 17th of April 2016 by seanpburke.

St Bridgets Well, Liscannor, County Clare

"The layout of this Holy Well is very Pagan in origin. In Pre Christian Ireland this type of Well was deemed to be a place where the gods of the underworld communicated with humankind and where offerings to these gods were made for favours either received or requested. When Christianity was introduced into Ireland these Wells had their names changed to those of Christian saints and used as places of religious worship and gathering..." Posted on Youtube on the 22nd of March 2016 by Martin Coffey.

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The Calling Card - by The Shack Ennistymon Youth-club Film Club

"A Film About Cyber bullying. The shack Ennistymon Youth-club Film Club." Posted on Youtube on the 3rd of March 2016 by jaymzie shep.

1930s Schools’ Folklore Collection material from County Clare now online

Folklore and local history from County Clare is now available on The Schools’ Collection, an important component of the National Folklore Collection, UCD, contains the folklore material recorded by pupils between 1937 and 1939. It consists of over half a million pages recorded by around 50,000 primary school pupils in the 26 counties.

Material from the Schools’ Collection has been published on an ongoing basis on dú since the end of 2013 and all volumes from the Collection, covering all 26 counties, will be available by the end of 2016. Folklore material from Dublin, Mayo, Donegal, Waterford, Galway, Leitrim, Kildare, Kerry, Sligo, Limerick, Monaghan, Laois, Kilkenny, Louth and Tipperary has already been made available on the site since the end of 2013. dú is the result of a partnership, beginning in 2012, between the National Folklore Collection (UCD), Fiontar (DCU) and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The site will be of interest to a great many Irish people and to the Irish diaspora. For specialist researchers in the fields of folkloristics, local history, archaeology, genealogy, linguistics, and a range of other disciplines, dú offers considerable research potential. The site can currently be searched by place or by person, and a search facility according to topic will be made available this year. Almost 170 schools in Co. Clare took part in the scheme and 49 volumes of material were compiled.

Some examples: Stories from County Clare

Biddy Early has been a topic of debate and fascination in County Clare for the last 200 years. She is mentioned in stories collected in County Galway and also in County Tipperary as well as in stories collected in her native Clare.

There are many differing accounts of Biddy’s life. This story tells us that Biddy was married three times and that she acquired her powers from a magic bottle that fairies gave to her son after he defeated them in a game of hurling. The bottle, it is said, enabled her to cure any disease or ailment. This story offers a different explanation and tells us that her son stole the magic bottle from the fairies. Biddy’s reputation has suffered in Clare. She was despised by the public up until 1995 when Clare won their first All-Ireland Hurling title since 1914. Many Clare people blamed Biddy for the Clare hurling team’s misfortune citing a curse that she had apparently placed on the team.

The Story of the Colleen Bawn is very famous in Clare. It is a tragic story that concerns a young girl who falls in love with William Scanlan (‘William’ is given as a name in certain stories, however, John Scanlon was the man’s actual name). The Colleen Bawn’s family were well off but William Scanlan was in debt. According to this story, Scanlan decided to get rid of the Colleen Bawn. He invited her to go on a boating trip with him and he drowned her somewhere between Tarbert in County Kerry and Kilrush in County Clare. Daniel O’Connell defended him but he was found guilty and hanged. Many different versions of this story are to be found in the Clare collection. Take a look at the results of the search ‘colleen bawn’ and ‘cailín bán’.

Irish was still spoken in West Clare until the 1970s and there were a number of Irish-language stories and accounts collected in Carrigaholt, Kilbaha and in other areas around Loop Head. The majority of this manuscript is in Irish; stories collected around the Carrigaholt area in Loop Head. A story about Fionn Mac Cumhaill is the very first story that greets you with many more treasures contained within the manuscript. Read this lament (‘Brón na Farraige - Caoineadh ó Chill Bheathach’’) about the melancholy of the sea. The sea is often the subject of folklore in West Clare as one would expect from a county whose environment is heavily influenced by the Atlantic Ocean.

Click here to delve into the history and traditions of Clare and learn more about the county through both Irish and English from

For more Clare folklore and oral history see

Young members of Polish Community leave a gift for the future at Clare Museum

During the past week, some of the youngest members of the Polish community in the Ennis area came to visit the Clare Museum with their parents and to make a presentation to the museum.

The photograph shows Ula Jadowska of the Polish-Irish Association with a Map of Origin made by the children, marking the places in Poland where they were born or have family connections.

This map was presented to the museum for display and is currently on exhibition in the stairwell between the two galleries. The initiative, which came from the Polish community of Ennis, builds on the Festival of Poland instigated by Clare Museum a few years ago.

In due course, the Map of Origin will be donated to Clare Museum for posterity and will be a great gift from the Polish community to their future descendants and to the broader Clare community.