Thursday 25 October 2012

Mick Kinsella and Josephine Marsh play Larry O’Gaff and The One That Was Last

Josephine Marsh and Mick Kinsella playing a set of jigs ‘Larry O’Gaff’ & ‘The one that was last’ on Geantraí. Posted on Youtube on the 25th of January 2009 by k4hx1.

Wednesday 24 October 2012

Willie Clancy sings The Song Of The Riddles

"The Song Of The Riddles sung by Clare piper Willie Clancy." Posted on Youtube on the 13th of October 2012 by Martin Byrne.

Dysart Tulla Band at the Aillwee Cave

"Dysart Tulla Band from County Clare at the Aillwee Cave." Posted on Youtube on the 23rd of February 2009 by k4hx1.

Kilfenora Céilí Band on Mediteranean Cruise, 2009

The Kilfenora Céilí Band playing on a Mediteranean cruise, in September 2009, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the band. Posted on Youtube on the 28th of September 2009 by roisin7589.

Waiting for the President in Scariff

"A movie of the visit by The Irish President, Michael D. Higgins, to the small town of Scariff in County Clare. Sarah wins a writing competition in school and that gives her the right to represent her school and community by presenting a gift to the president. The camera is a witness to the preparations by the Community Co-op and the town in the weeks before the visit and shows how the town of Scariff became a Community." Posted on Youtube on the 21st of October 2012 by clare virtually.

Discover Ireland - The Burren (Eco Eye)

"This episode of RTE's Eco Eye series explores the incredible, lonely landscape of The Burren in Co. Clare, looking in particular at the green roads and sand dunes." Posted on Youtube on the 12th of October 2012 by discoverirelanddotie.

Jim Hyland on Ballyvaughan Life

"An Interview coducted by Marian Egan for Clare FM, of local man Jim Hyland on 'Ballyvaughan Life' as part of the 'Echos' series. This radio interview took place on the 21st September 2003. Accompanying this radio interview are images of painting by Richard Hearns, an Irish Visual Artist who has painting in the Burren Landscape and kept a studio in Ballyvaughan for some time." Music: In Between Days by Luka Bloom. Posted on Youtube on the 10th of October 2012 by Richard Hearns.

1995 Clare Camogie National Schools Division 1 Final - Sixmilebridge v St. Senan's, Shannon

Action from the 1995 National Schools camogie final at Cusack Park, Ennis, County Clare. Posted on Youtube on the 25th of September 2012 by smbgaatv.

Salty fly fishing in County Clare

"Looking down the crack on this rock face, I just knew it had to be fished about 150m long with high walls, an absolutely fabulous place. County Clare's torn coastline & haunting landscape will stay with you forever! 9 fish in 1 hour not bad for a quick ramble across County Clare, Ireland." Posteed on Youtube on the 21st of October 2012 by surethingsfly.

Friday 19 October 2012

John & Tim Lyons sing The Limerick Rake

"Recording of brothers John and Tim Lyons singing "The Limerick Rake" in Malachys Quin, County Clare. 20th August 2011." Posted on Youtube on the 20th of August 2011 by GDAEDADGAD.

Tony MacMahon and Steve Cooney

Tony MacMahon and Steve Cooney play at the Garaune Forge, Nohoval, County Cork on the 5th of October 2012. Posted on Youtube on the 8th of October 2012 by edgodsell.

Cuaird na hOíche in Caherconnell Stone Fort

"Cuaird na hOíche traditional music concert featuring: Chris Droney, Pat Costello, Oliver O'Connor, Michael O'Connell, Pat Broderick, Mickey Dunne, and Sean Nós dancer Emma O'Sullivan. 'Cuaird na hOíche' comes from the tradition of visiting neighbours homes for an evening of music, dance, and song." Caherconnell Stone Fort June 16th 2012. Posted on Youtube on the 2nd of October 2012 by Niamhaines.

The Wild Atlantic Way - A brief snapshot

"A brief snapshot of the Wild Atlantic Way as it winds its way down the coast of West Clare & North Kerry, flanking the Atlantic for the whole route. Stunning scenery, abundant wildlife, the smell of salt & countless reasons for getting out of the car. Ancient Castles for you to discover at your own pace, Soaring Sea stacks with their obligatory cormorants perched atop watching for the silver flash of a shoal of fish. Europe's largest resident pod of Bottlenose dolphins & the cliffs of North Kerry & the very best place to see them from. Your almost guaranteed to spot them on a fine day as they herd shoals of fish in towards to beaches of Ballybunion. Surf Schools, Kayaking, miles & miles of Golden Beaches with life guards. Great Pubs, great restauraunts, the only difficulty will be getting back into the car!! Prepared by The West Clare - North Kerry Steering Group, Chairperson Madeleine Taylor Quinn & Members, Kevin Heapes, Loop Head, Paddy Collins, Kilkee, Joe Russell, Doonbeg, Liam Williams, Kilrush, John Fox, Tarbert, Kevin O Callaghan, Ballybunion, James Kenny, Listowel & Noel Lynch Ballylongford." Posted on Youtube on the 9th of October 2012 by yamoza.

Tim Collins plays The Humours of Tullycrine & The Garden of Daises

"Tim's formal introduction to music began at the age of 10 when his parents bought him a 'black dot' Hohner accordion in O'Neill's in Newcastle West. He and his brother John picked up tunes by ear from their father before attending Celia Regan's music lessons in the old hall in Templeglantine. Three years later, Con Herbert, a family friend from Killeedy, who had learned music from Collins' granduncle Tadhg, introduced Tim to the concertina. Herbert, a highly respected musician and teacher, trusted the thirteen-year-old with a 28 key rosewood ended Jeffries to practice on. Within a year, Herbert found a 38 key metal ended Jeffries that put Tim firmly on the road to concertina music. Tim Collins brought his music across the river to Clare, where he has taught music for almost a decade and played with Clare's legendary Kilfenora Céilí Band, one of the most decorated traditional ensembles in the country, with an unprecedented seven All Ireland titles and several award winning albums to its credit. While the musical ethos and philosophy of the Kilfenora, especially, the importance of tune structure, rhythm and lift has had a profound impact on his music, Collins has also contributed in no small way to the Kilfenora; not least, the seminal stock of slides and polkas that he has given to the band." Posted on Youtube on the 9th of April 2008 by clarebannerman.

Early morning trip from Tulla to University of Limerick

"A video blog of my journey to college (Tulla County Clare to The University of Limerick). Takes about 40 it is in 2 mins! Music by the Darren Defaoite Quintet." Posted on Youtube on the 12th of October 2012 by Darren Defaoite.

Cliffs of Moher & Burren Day Tour

"The Galway Tour Company's tour to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren region is a leisurely guided day tour that includes a 2hr stop at the Cliffs of Moher and visits to Kilfenora and the Poulnabrone Dolmen." Posted on Youtube on the 9th of October 2012 by GalwayTourCompany.

Cliffs of Moher - Time lapse

Posted on Youtube on the 5th of October 2012 by Lukasz Rabczynski.

Diving in Doolin

"A great day diving down in Doolin, County Clare on 7/10/2012 with NUIG/GMIT Sub Aqua Club." Posted on Youtube on the 10th of October 2012 by DiverManDan.

Wednesday 17 October 2012

Bring up the Bodies - 2012 Man Booker Winner Announced

The 2012 Man Booker Prize has been won by Hilary Mantel for her novel Bring up the Bodies, the sequel to Wolf Hall which won the prize in 2009. The book is about Thomas Cromwell, chief minister to Henry VIII and concentrates on the nine month period in which Henry's second wife, Anne Boleyn, is arrested, tried and executed for treason. The final book in the trilogy, called The Mirror and the Light, will continue Cromwell's story until his execution in 1540 and is not expected to be published until 2015. This is the first time in Man Booker history that the £50,000 prize has been awarded for a direct sequel. Peter Stothard, chair of the judges, described Mantel as the “greatest modern English prose writer” and told reporters that she had rewritten the art of historical fiction.

Friday 12 October 2012

New Clare Revival - Stockton's Wing, 1987

County Clare based Stockton's Wing play New Clare Revival in 1987. Kieran Hanrahan, Banjo; Paul Roche, Whistle; Maurice Lennon, Fiddle; Mike Hanrahan, Guitar; John Walsh, Bass; Peter Keenan, Keyboards; Robbie Casserley, Drums. Posted on Youtube on the 6th of December 2008 by stocktonswinglive.

Simply Stunning: RTE Big Music Week

"Awesome one-take music video to promote RTÉ Big Music Week 2012. This video was filmed on the grounds of RTÉ on Saturday 29 September 2012. Shot in one continuous take, featuring a cast of hundreds lip-synching to the classic Irish rock song by The Stunning, 'Brewing Up a Storm'. Thanks to all the people who gave up many hours of their time to make this LipDub happen, to the writer and director Pat Cowap, and to The Stunning for the use of their song and for turning up on the day to take part!" Joe and Steve Wall of The Stunning grew up in Ennistymon, County Clare. Posted on Youtube on the 7th of October 2012 by rte.

Bobby Casey, Roger Sherlock and Michael Doran, 1968

Bobby Casey, Roger Sherlock and the young Michael Doran playing Rakish Paddy at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Clones, County Monaghan, in 1968. Posted on Youtube on the 11th of June 2012 by sluggermcwilliams.

Mountshannon Trad Festival 2012

"A movie of the Mountshannon Trad Festival in County Clare. It was held on the last weekend of September. A busy weekend musically in this small Co. Clare village. Maybe you might think of coming in 2013 and being part of the 4th Trad Festival." Posted on Youtube on the 5th of October 2012 by clare virtually.

Peggy McMahon sings "Lovely Old Miltown"

Peggy McMahon sings "Lovely Old Miltown" written by Kathleen Hayes from Shanaway, Miltown Malbay, with film of Miltown Malbay from the late 1970s/early 1980s. Posted on Youtube on the 6th of October 2012 by Claretrad.

The McCarthy Family play Sporting Nell, Miltown Malbay 2012

"The McCarthy Family playing a reel "Sporting Nell" associated with their father (Tommy) at the 2012 Willie Clancy Memorial Concert, Miltown Malbay, County Clare. Marion (pipes), Tommy Jr (fiddle), Jacqueline (concertina), Bernadette (fiddle), Lucy (concertina)." Posted on Youtube on the 20th of September 2012 by Tommy McCarthy.

Sharon Shannon performing Top Dog Gaffo

"Music video by Sharon Shannon performing Top Dog Gaffo. (C) 2012 IML Irish Music Licensing Ltd." Posted on Youtube on the 4th of October 2012 by orchardmusic.

Siobhán O'Brien playing at the Woody Guthrie Festival in Miltown Malbay

Siobhán O'Brien singing "At My Window Sad & Lonely" at the Woody Guthrie Festival in Miltown Malbay on Saturday the 8th of September 2012 in Tom Malone's pub, with the help of Martin O'Malley on guitar. Posted on Youtube on the 10th of September 2012 by tenseconddelay.

Tony Kirby - Heart of Burren Walks

Tony Kirby of Heart of Burren Walks giving an outline of the geological origins of the Burren area. Posted on Youtube on the 6th of October 2012 by sentimentaloldme.

The Ennistymon Falls

"Short pan across the lovely falls in Ennistymon, County Clare." Posted on Youtube on the 13th of November 2011 by Tim Van Holder.

Wednesday 10 October 2012

2012 Booker winner to be announced on October 16th

The winner of the Man Booker Prize 2012 will be announced at London’s Guildhall on Tuesday 16th October, in a ceremony covered by the BBC. The six shortlisted titles, chosen from a longlist of twelve are

The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twang Eng
Swimming Home by Deborah Levy
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
The Lighthouse by Alison Moore
Umbrella by Will Self
Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil

The bookies’ favourite to win the 2012 prize is Will Self’s Umbrella, a 400 page chapter-free novel about a woman incarcerated in a mental hospital. Second favourite is Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies, the sequel to the 2009 Booker prize winning Wolf Hall about Thomas Cromwell, chief Minister to Henry VIII.

Monday 8 October 2012

The Children's Referendum - Saturday, 10th November 2012

The Government has published the 31st Amendment of the Constitution Bill, which sets out the wording to put to the people in the Children’s Referendum on Saturday, 10th November. Ahead of the Referendum, the Government is mounting a major Information Campaign to outline and explain the proposed constitutional changes, to ensure that the public fully understands the proposed Amendment. A dedicated new website provides information on the referendum. This Referendum proposes to place a dedicated Article in the Constitution, which has children as its central focus.

This Referendum is about strengthening the Constitution:
• to protect children from abuse and neglect by putting their safety and welfare at the centre of decision making.
• to support families; State intervention will be required to be proportionate, in line with the Government’s policy of continuing development of early-intervention and family support services to protect children in their home.
• to treat all children equally on key issues such as adoption, regardless of the marital status of their parents.
• to recognise children in their own right by providing an express statement of each individual child’s inherent rights and giving Constitutional recognition to the best interests and views of the child, in court cases affecting their life.

See and Twitter at @childref12

Burren Winterage Weekend 2012

For thousands of years, Burren farmers have marked the end of summer by driving their cattle onto winter pastures in the limestone uplands. This tradition is known as Winterage and the Burren is one of the only places in the world where this unique practice still occurs. This pastoral tradition has shaped one of Ireland’s most fascinating and spectacularly beautiful landscapes. The Burren Winterage Weekend aims to celebrate not only the unique farming traditions of the Burren, but also to highlight, celebrate and support the broader significance of pastoral farming in shaping much of the Irish landscape. The Burren Winterage Weekend is a community led event that will take place on the Samhain weekend (October 26th-28th) in various locations across the Burren region. . It will encompass demonstrations, displays, cultural events, family events, informative talks and guided walks. The Burren Winterage Weekend is a community led event coordinated under The Burren Community Charter. The Burren Community Charter was developed as a result of the need for an integrated and strategic approach to meeting the needs of the Burren’s landscape, heritage and communities. Funded by the Heritage Council and with support of the Heritage Officers from Clare and Galway, the charter is managed by four Burren organisations; The Burrenbeo Trust, The Burren Farming For Conservation Programme, The Burren Geopark Project and Burren IFA. See

Excelling Women Network event on 13th October in Clare Youth Service

Excelling Women Network event on 13th October in Clare Youth Service from 11.00 until 13.00. All women welcome especially women newly living in Clare. An Intercultural Network for All Women: Empowering, Connecting, Advocating and representing migrant women and their organisations in Ireland. This intercultural seminar is titled: “Women and Change: Positive Thinking and Personal Development”.