This beautiful bone pendant was found during an excavation of Poulnabrone Portal Tomb which was used for burials from c3800 to 3200 B.C. Various other dress accessories like stone disc beads and bone pin fragments were also uncovered at the tomb. The artefacts are displayed as part of the Earth theme in Clare Museum, Ennis. The entire Riches of Clare Collection can be viewed here online. Take time to click the images for stunning larger photos of the artefacts. For background information, Mairéad Dunlevy’s article, Costume in Clare, is a fascinating history of dress in the county.
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
"No visit to Ireland, especially the wonderful Wild West, would be complete without heading to the Cliffs of Moher, one of nature’s true wonders. And the Wild Atlantic Way takes you right to the 8km stretch of some of the most rugged coastline on the planet. It’s a sight to behold!" Posted on Youtube on the 24th of January 2015 by GurusExploreTV.
"O'Donovan Productions filmed activities and events taking place in beautiful West Clare town of Kilkee. We used our Helicam drone to capture these lovely images." Posted on Youtube on the 14th of January 2015 by O'Donovan Productions.
The Arts Office will also be providing one bursary to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, County Monaghan to enable one artist of any discipline (music, writing, film, dance, visual arts etc.) to stay at the internationally renowned artists’ retreat for up to two weeks, all expenses paid.
Closer to home, a bursary is being provided to a member of the amateur dramatic community in the county to attend the Drama League of Ireland's Summer School in the University of Limerick.
Young people are also catered for with a bursary available for a young trad musician to attend the Meitheal Summer School in Limerick in July whilst young singers can apply for a bursary to enable them attend the Irish Youth Choir summer school in the University of Limerick.
A new scheme, 'Creating Space', aimed at promoting opportunities for the public and contemporary visual artists to interact and engage with one another is also being launched this year.
According to Siobhán Mulcahy, County Arts Officer with Clare County Council, 'We are delighted to be able to continue with our range of supports available to artists and arts organisations throughout County Clare. Bursaries can allow for artists and young people to immerse themselves in opportunities which can have significant impact on future career developments. Our grants scheme offers small supports to groups and individuals to assist them in planning their projects and events throughout the county. We are especially pleased to introduce a significant new scheme for Visual Arts in the county, which we believe will have a significant impact over the coming years.'
Closing dates for the various schemes vary and application forms for all grants and bursaries are available from www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/cominfo/arts/artsnews.htm or from email@example.com Tel: 065 6899091. Image above is of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
The Boxtrolls has been nominated for Best Animated Feature. The story was adapted from the fantasy children’s novel, Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow. Rosamund Pike has received a nomination for her portrayal of Amy Dunne in Gone Girl. The bestselling book of the same name on which the film is based was written by Gillian Flynn. Julianne Moore has also been nominated in the best actress in a leading role category for her part in the film Still Alice. Based on the book of the same name by Lisa Genova, Moore plays the role of a college professor suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
The DVDs Boyhood and Grand Budapest Hotel are available for borrowing from Clare County Library. The books Travelling to Infinity by Jane Wilde Hawking, Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Still Alice by Lisa Genova are also available for borrowing at the library.
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
The Catholic parish system is a separate system and forms the basis for much of Ireland's social, educational and sporting activities. Catholic parishes are still evolving, with some parishes combining and new parishes being established in densely-populated areas. Clare is divided between the Dioceses of Killaloe, Galway, and Limerick. The Catholic parish registers of Baptism and Marriage are very important for genealogists, and are usually the only source of family information in Ireland before the 1901 census. See this list of Catholic parish records, available on microfilm in Clare County Library's Local Studies Centre in Ennis.
Paula has based her programmes on Ewan’s and Peggy Seeger’s long-term working association with two County Clare residents, Pat Mackenzie and Jim Carroll, now living in Miltown Malbay. Both were members of MacColl’s workshop, The Critics Group, and helped to run and to perform at The Singers Club in London; regular guests at the club were Clare piper Tom McCarthy from Sheyan, Kilmihil, and fiddler Bobby Casey of Mullagh.
Pat and Jim have been recording singers in Clare since the early 1970s and have been permanent residents here since 1998; their collection of the older generation of singers is about to go live shortly on Clare County Library’s website for public access.
The first programme deals with MacColl’s early life in Salford, and his move from agit-prop theatre into folk song; it includes part of a long interview they did with Sea Nós singer, Joe Heaney, from Connemara. Programme two will be broadcast at 7pm on Friday 30th January 2015. The photo above was taken of Ewan MacColl by Michael Tigar in 1962.