Friday 20 December 2013

The Gathering Clare - Highlights from 2013

"The Gathering Clare Steering Committee is delighted to present highlights from the year of the Gathering in County Clare - a year to remember! Thanks to all the people of County Clare for making The Gathering a huge success." Posted on Youtube on the 19th of December 2013 by TheGatheringClare.

The Magic of Hurling - Fitzgerald, Loughnane and Daly on Clare's 2013 hurling tactics

"The RTÉ documentary of the epic 2013 hurling season "The Magic of Hurling" will air on 27 December at 7.50pm on RTÉ Two TV. In an out-take from the upcoming documentary 'The Magic of Hurling', Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald talks to Ger Canning about the changes he made to turn a young Clare team into All-Ireland contenders and how the year progressed. Ger Loughnane and Anthony Daly also give their assessment of the new strategy and how it was received within the county." Posted on Youtube on the 17th of December 2013 by RTE Sport.

Wednesday 18 December 2013

Christmas Lights of Clare

"Christmas lit houses of Clare as recommended by listeners of the Clare FM Breakfast Show with Ross O'Donoghue. Music by the spectacularly lovely Wallis Bird ( recorded live in Studio 2 of Clare FM. Shot & Edited by Ross O'Donoghue." Posted on Youtube on the 19th of December 2012 by clarefmTV.

Martin Hayes, Dave Flynn & The Clare Memory Orchestra - An Irish Farrago

"Martin Hayes guests with Dave Flynn and members of The Clare Memory Orchestra in a performance of 'An Irish Farrago' a suite of Traditional Irish Tunes arranged by Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill and orchestrated by Dave Flynn. This is part of a live performance with half of the Clare Memory Orchestra filmed during the Clare Memory Orchestra Festival at Teach Cheoil, Kilrush, Co. Clare, Ireland on 29th June 2013." Posted on Youtube on the 12th of December 2013 by Dave Flynn & the Clare Memory Orchestra.

Pádraig Rynne, Sylvain Barou and Donal Lunny at The Pavilion

Concertina player Pádraig Rynne from County Clare with Sylvain Barou and Donal Lunny at The Pavilion during Cork Folk Festival, October 2013. Posted on Youtube on the 10th of November 2013 by PRAK14.

Mrs Elizabeth Crotty, concertina player, West Clare

A TG4 televison programme celebrating the life of Mrs Elizabeth Crotty."In the 1950s Mrs Crotty was one of the best known and highly respected traditional musicians in Ireland. She was born Elizabeth Markham on 6th December, 1885 in Gower, Cooraclare in West Clare. Her family were small farmers and she grew up in a home that was filled with music." For more click here... Posted on Youtube on the 4th of July 2013 by Liam Mc Keogh.

Chapel Gate Wren Boys, Cooraclare

"Cooraclare wren boys went to Listowel in August 2011 to the wren boy competition in memory of the late Marty Marrinan, and won the competition, also won the best individual act which was dancing, and Joe Joe Marrinan won King of the Wren..." Posted on Youtube on the 20th of October 2011 by martess5.

Al Mennie surfing at the Cliffs of Moher

A short film by Bob Harlow featuring surfer Al Mennie at the Cliffs of Moher, County Clare. Posted on Youtube on the 10th of December 2013 by Al Mennie.

The Loop Head Peninsula

"Loop Head (Irish: Ceann Léime, meaning "leap head"), is a headland on the north side of the mouth of the River Shannon, in County Clare in the west of Ireland. Loop Head is marked by a prominent lighthouse. The opposite headland on the south side of the Shannon is Kerry Head. The Shannon Foynes Port Company controls navigation in the Shannon estuary and river." Posted on Youtube on the 13th of October 2013 by PhotoClub7910.

Doolin Cave and Farmland Nature Trail

"Boasting the world's third biggest (and the biggest outside South America) free-hanging breeze-formed stalactite, Doolin Cave is one of the most stunning attractions to be found in County Clare and it would be difficult to find a more exciting underground caving adventure in Europe. Thanks to the friendly and knowledgeable staff, visitors will be constantly learning about the geology and history of the cave as they navigate the winding paths and inclines, before eventually reaching the breathtaking 'Great Stalactite'. There is also a new Farmland Nature Trail for all the family, which is free and features pygmy goats, rare breeds of cattle, sheep and chickens, not to mention picturesque rural backdrops of the wildflower meadows." Posted on Youtube on the 11th of December 2013 by mydestinationvideo.

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, County Clare

"One of Ireland's cultural treasures, Bunratty Castle is located a short drive from Shannon Airport. Incorporating Bunratty Folk Park it provides an excellent opportunity to take in many aspects of Irish culture and history. Comprised of three fantastic attractions - the castle itself, the Village Street, and the 19th century Folk Park, a trip to Bunratty is not to be missed. The castle dates from the 15th century, was restored in the mid-1900s, and houses original 15th and 16th century paintings, tapestries and furniture. The Folk Park and Village Street are set within the grounds of the castle. The Village Street offers a glimpse into the past, recreating 19th century life. You can meet the characters and enjoy the sights and sounds of a bygone era." Posted on Youtube on the 6th of September 2013 by mydestinationvideo.

Caherconnell Stone Fort, County Clare

Caherconnell Stone Fort in north Clare. Posted on Youtube on the 1st of August 20011 by av8r915.

Thursday 12 December 2013

Edel Fox, Neill Byrne & Josh Dukes - 3 Reels

"Edel Fox, Neill Byrne & Josh Dukes, live at The Coatesville Cultural Center, Coatesville Pennsylvania, USA. Presented by The Coatesville Traditional Irish Music Series:" Reels are The Humours of Lisadell, Give the Lady Her Fourpence & The Sunny Banks. Posted on Youtube on the 1st of October 2013 by Dave Hanson.

Beginner Concertina Lesson with Edel Fox from The Online Academy of Irish Music

"This course is aimed at complete beginners to the concertina. We have included animated graphics showing which button to press as well as whether it's on the push or pull. Couple that with the fact that we have such a master of the instrument teaching it, in Edel Fox, that we think you'll be bowled over by how easy you find you are picking it up and how quickly you can progress through the lessons. There are six free lessons onsite, so head to the website - sign up for free and enjoy the first six lessons on us." Beginner Concertina Lesson (Number 1 of 6) with Edel Fox from The Online Academy of Irish Music. Posted on Youtube on the 10th of October 2012 by irishmusicacademy.

Ralph McTell - From Clare To Here

Ralph McTell sings his own composition "From Clare To Here". Posted on Youtube on the 27th of December 2007 by elltell1990.

Chell-Divo Cello Ensemble of MMA Killaloe plays "Silent Night"

The Chell-Divo Cello Ensemble of Munster Music Aacademy Killaloe plays "Silent Night" in St. Flannan's Cathedral, Killaloe, November 2013. Posted on Youtube on the 5th of December 2013 by Péter Sebestyén.

Walking tour guide to the Lughnasa festival at Craggaunowen

"Enjoy our interactive guide through the Celtic festival re-enactments at the Lughnasa festival in Craggaunowen, County Clare. From warrior helmets, jewellery makers, ladies clothes, money mints to medieval cooking and more." Posted on Youtube on the 9th of December 2013 by i2iTravel.

Killaloe Festival of Light 2013

A short video shot at the Killaloe Festival of Light , Nov 1st - 3rd 2013. For more information visit Posted on Youtube on the 28th of November 2013 by Katelijne Verbruggen.

Wednesday 11 December 2013

Music in a Breeze of Wind: Traditional Dance Music in West Clare 1870-1970

A new publication on Clare music - Music in a Breeze of Wind: Traditional Dance music in West Clare 1870-1970 – by Barry Taylor was launched in Cooraclare recently. Music in a Breeze of Wind depicts the explosion of music and dance in the country houses of west Clare from the last decades of the nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. It portrays the lives of many of the prominent musical families of the region, many of whom became household names during the renaissance of Irish music in the 1950s. The book is currently available by contacting the author at or phone 065 9059981 (price €30 including post & packaging to Irish addresses). It can also be bought in K & K in Kilrush and Dalys in Cooraclare. Barry Taylor has written many articles on Irish music and his study of Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, A Touchstone for the Tradition, with photographer Tony Kearns, was published in 2003. Barry has also contributed articles on the Tulla Ceili Band to the Music of Clare section of the library website.

Nelson Mandela – some books in Clare County Library

Nelson Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom was written secretly during his imprisonment for 27 years on Robben Island. An abridged illustrated version is available for children.

Other books about Mandela available in Clare County Library include:
Saving Nelson Mandela: the Rivonia trial and the fate of South Africa by Kenneth S. Broun.
Invictus: Nelson Mandela and the game that made a nation by John Carlin.
Conversations with myself by Nelson Mandela.
Higher than hope: the authorized biography of Nelson Mandela by Fatima Meer.
After Mandela: the battle for the soul of South Africa by Alec Russell.
Mandela: the authorised biography by Anthony Sampson.
Nelson Mandela: the struggle is my life: his speeches and writings brought together with historical documents and accounts of Mandela in prison by fellow-prisoners.

Books for children include:
Nelson Mandela by Richard Killeen.
Nelson Mandela by Ann Kramer.
11 February 1990: the release of Nelson Mandela by John Malam.
Nelson Mandela by Benjamin Pogrund.
Nelson Mandela and his struggle for freedom by Sarah Ridley.

Scariff Library’s morning book club & Milford Hospice

Scariff Public Library’s morning book club hosted a coffee morning for Milford Hospice last Friday. It was very well attended and supported by the local community and thanks to all who brought the most delicious cakes! It was great to see new faces in the library and it is hoped it will now be an annual event!

Tuesday 10 December 2013

Polish Irish Association celebrates St. Nicholas Day at Ennis Library

On Friday evening the 6th December staff at deValera Public Library, Ennis, held a craft workshop for members of the Polish Irish Community to celebrate St. Nicholas Day which traditionally starts off the Christmas holiday in Poland. In the Polish tradition St. Nicholas, called Sw. Mikolaj in Poland, is a saintly, dignified figure who comes as a bishop, carrying a crozier. Descending from Heaven with an angel helper, he travels on foot or in a sleigh pulled by a white horse as he visits homes in the countryside. Fifteen children and their parents along with teenage siblings and helpers decorated a tree in creative hand-crafted decorations during a fun workshop. The tree is now on display in the window of deValera Library. Polish Christmas music and treats for the busy children added to the evening’s enjoyment. Clare County Library is pleased to welcome our Polish friends to its main branch and plans to continue to maintain links with the group in the coming year.

Friday 6 December 2013

Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill - The Sailor's Bonnet

Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill of The Gloaming play The Sailor's Bonnet in Christchurch, Cork, December 2012. Posted on Youtube on the 5th of December 2013 by The Gloaming.

Tony McMahon & John Keogh, Christmas 1985 - Napoleon Crossing the Rhine

"Tony McMahon & John Keogh - Napoleon Crossing the Rhine - accordeon & piano, 1985 (2007 Siar an Bóthar" Posted on Youtube on the 23rd of December 2007 by Ciarán Ó hÁgáin.

Joe Ryan - Paddy O'Brien's & The Few Bob

"Paddy O'Brien's (O'Reilly of Athcarne); The Few Bob, hornpipes. Joe Ryan, fiddle. Recorded at Máire O'Keeffe's fiddle class at the Willie Clancy Summer School, Miltown Malbay, 12 July 2002." Posted on Youtube on the 1st of August 2013 by ITMAVideos. Click here to listen to Joe Ryan's tunes in the Music of Clare project.

Bobby Gardiner Lilting

"The legendary accordion player Bobby Gardiner doing the old Irish music tradition of Lilting at a traditional house party in Lisdoonvarna on Saturday October 26th, 2013." Posted on Youtube on the 27th of October 2013 by StoneCrackeder.

A Pilgrim Voyage: Mungret To Scattery

"Mungret Heritage Society set off from St. Nessan's Church in Limerick and made a round trip via the historic Scattery Island, the mighty Shannon River and the majestic city of Limerick. July 20th 2013." Posted on Youtube on the 22nd of july 2013 by Ross O Donoghue.

Love Food - Love Killaloe Ballina

"Love food? Then you're going to love Killaloe Ballina. Killaloe & Ballina are well known for the variety of its award winning restaurants and cafes. In fact, many come to the area just to eat and watch the Shannon past by. Walk around guided by your senses and be enticed to explore your tastebuds. From coffee & sweet treats to fine dining, we have it all. Come and explore Killaloe & Ballina. Featuring just some of our finest establishments: The Cherry Tree Restaurant, Flanagan's on the Lake, Scoops Ice Cream Palour, The Wooden Spoon, Tuscany Bistro, Annacarriga Estate, Wood Brothers Bistro and McKeogh's Food market." Posted on Youtube on the 18th of May 2013 by DergProductions.

Santa at Bunratty Folk Park

"Watch the wonderful sounds and scenes at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park at Christmas - Meet Santa, Mrs Claus, the Elves, Scrooge and a whole host of colourful characters. It's the most wonderful time of the year and and the place to be this Christmas!". Posted on Youtube on the 20th of August 2013 by Shannon Heritage.

Public Library Buildings Ireland

Posted on Youtube on the 18th of December 2012 by AskAboutIreland.

Wednesday 4 December 2013

Crash of flying boat at sea off Carrowmore, Doonbeg , December 1941

The posting of headstone transcriptions for Miltown Malbay Church of Ireland Graveyard on the library website in 2010 which contained details of the burials of four British Airforce crew prompted a query on our Clare Past Forum regarding the background to the burials. It emerged the airmen were killed in a crash of a flying boat at sea off Carrowmore, Doonbeg in December 1941. Details of the crash were found on a website – Foreign Aircraft Landings: Ireland 1939-1945 - run by aeronautical engineer Dennis Burke. The Doonbeg landing is outlined here and more in-depth information is provided on this PDF

Monday 2 December 2013

Staring at Lakes - the Listeners’ Choice

Michael Harding’s Staring at Lakes: a Memoir of Love, Melancholy and Magical Thinking was announced winner of the RTÉ Radio 1’s The John Murray Show Listeners’ Choice Award at the 2013 Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards. The memoir also won the The National Book Tokens Nonfiction Book of the Year award.

Children’s writers Benji Bennett and Derek Landy, newcomer Niamh Boyce, crime writer Louise Philips, sports writer David Walsh, cookery writer Darina Allen, short story writer Billy O’ Callaghan and Fintan O’Toole, Roddy Doyle and Paul Howard were also honoured at the gala ceremony held in Dublin. The Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Irish literature was presented to John Banville. RTÉ Television will be broadcasting the highlights of the Awards on RTÉ One at 10.55pm, Saturday 30th November. This programme will showcase one of the biggest celebrations of Irish writing with many of Ireland’s most celebrated and loved authors in attendance. For further details see

The John Murray Show Listeners’ Choice Award - Staring at Lakes by Michael Harding
Novel of the Year - The Guts by Roddy Doyle
Best Irish-published Book of the Year - A History Of Ireland in 100 Objects by Fintan O’Toole
Popular Fiction Book of the Year - Downturn Abbey by Ross O’Carroll Kelly
Crime Fiction Book of the Year - Doll’s House by Louise Philips
Newcomer of the Year - The Herbalist by Niamh Boyce
Children’s Book of the Year Jnr. - When You Were Born by Benji Bennett
Children’s Book of the Year Snr - Skulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand of Dead Men by Derek Landy
Sports Book of the Year - Seven Deadly Sins by David Walsh
Cookbook of the Year - 30 Years at Ballymaloe by Darina Allen.

Friday 29 November 2013

Tony MacMahon & Steve Cooney play for The Friendly Visit

"Tony MacMahon and Steve Cooney play for The Friendly Visit on the 25/05/2013. An Chuairt Chaidrimh - The Friendly Visit is an Irish charity which seeks to encourage and facilitate the practice of traditional Irish music and culture, including verse and storytelling in the intimate domestic environment of private homes. In doing so, we strive to bring local communities together and break down the growing issue of isolation and loneliness in both rural and urban areas. We seek to foster better understanding between communities with different cultural traditions and to develop trust and neighbourliness whilst promoting the tradition of the Irish céilí within the home environment." Posted on Youtube on the 4th of June 2013 by Cuairt Chaidrimh.

Padraig Rynne - "True Logic"

Padraig Rynne and his band play a track called "True Logic" from his new album NOTIFY. The band are Padraig Rynne - Concertinas, Tyler Duncan - Guitars, Joe Dart - Electric Bass, Mike Shimmin - drums. Posted on Youtube on the 25th of November 2013 by Padraig Rynne.

Local Authorities: providing services for our everyday lives .

"Your city and county councils are committed to providing timely, efficient and meaningful services to you: where you work, live and visit. Have a look at this video to remind yourself of all those services. See also how local authorities are transforming and implementing efficiencies." Posted on Youtube on the 12th of November 2013 by Local Government Management Agency (LGMA).

Yvonne Casey & Luka Bloom, Diamond Rocks Cafe, Kilkee

Yvonne Casey and Luka Bloom live at Diamond Rocks Cafe, Kilkee, County Clare. Posted on Youtube on the 28th of October 2013 by bloom...

Sharon Shannon & Natali McMasters

Sharon Shannon from County Clare & Natali McMasters from Nova Scotia, Canada. Posted on Youtube on 5th of March 2013 by Bengt Lundstrom.

Stockton's Wing play The Belltable Waltz & The Girls Of Banbridge

"Stockton's Wing play their own composition The Belltable Waltz, followed by a traditional jig, The Girls Of Banbridge." Poszted on Youtube on the 20th of November 2013 by DOUGLAS HADDEN.

Sean Nos Dancing in the Kitchen, Stephanie Kane with Bobby Gardiner in Lisdoonvarna

"The effervescent Sean Nós dancer Stephanie Kane dancing at a traditional kitchen party in Lisdoonvarna with the legendary accordion player Bobby Gardiner on Saturday October 26th, 2013." Posted on Youtube on the 27th of October 2013 by Stonecrackeder.

Kayaking to Inisheer, Aran Islands and The Cliffs of Moher

"The 7.5km trip to the Aran Islands (Inisheer) in County Clare is shown there and back past ships from the Irish navy, and also along the Cliffs of Moher, returning to Doolin Harbour with its resident dolphin." Posted on Youtube on the 1st of November 2013 by Catchpool1.

Lets Hit The Road, Engaging with Community through Local Media, Kilrush 2013.

"This film shows the process in which a group of people with disabilities embark on a civic campaign to highlight the difficulties in accessing their community, due to the lack of pedestrian crossings. They engage with local residents and Town Councillors to bring to the fore a situation that affects every persons right to safety and independence. Their research and findings eventually make up the content for a radio documentary on their local Community Radio. This film was produced by the Kilrush Self-Advocacy Group in October 2013." Posted on Youtube on the 26th of October 2013 by Brothers of Charity Clare.

Mountshannon White Tailed Sea Eagles

"This is a promotion for Nigel Beers Smith's DVD Ireland's first White Tailed Sea Eagle in over 100 Years. The DVD is now available on" Posted on Youtube on the 17th of November 2013 by aveire.

Cannonball Ireland visits Killaloe Ballina 2013

"CANNONBALL is an organised road trip and the most exciting motoring and social event of the year. The trip typically features 150 cars including the world's top marks: McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Masseratti, Rolls Royce and Bentley. Shane Lynch from Boyzone and former Ireland International Rugby player Mick Galway just a couple of the participants of the this years event which passed through Killaloe Ballina on Sunday August 25th 2013." Posted on Youtube on the 27th of August 2013 by DergProductions.

Beginners computer class in Scariff Public Library

Beginners computer classes have started again in Scariff Public Library. People who have never used a computer before are learning how to email, search the Internet, use Facebook and also how to use a Kindle on Thursday mornings from 10.30am to 12 over 6 weeks. Classes are booked out until February but names are being taken for Spring 2014 and in case of cancellations. Contact Scariff Public Library at 061 922893 for more information.

Thursday 21 November 2013

Both Clare Teams arrival in Ennis with 30,000 fans

Both Clare Teams' arrival in Ennis with 30,000 fans, following the All Ireland Hurling victories. Posted on Youtube on the 1st of October 2013 by richard finnegan.

Burren Trust Learning Landscape Network Event 2013

"The Learning Landscape Network Event was in July 2013. This clip gives a brief outline of what happened during the event." Posted on Youtube on the 23rd of August 2013 by BurrenBeoTrust.

Lough Derg - Synago Productions

Posted on Youtube on the 15th of April 2010 by synagoprod.

Kilkee Horse Racing Derby 2013 - on the beach

Posted on Youtube on the 24th of September 2013 by Finny Maguire.

Moycullen Set by Tulla Céilí Band in Miltown

"The Tulla Céilí Band played the Moycullen Set at a céilí in the Mill Marquee, Miltown Malbay, Co Clare, during the Willie Clancy Summer School. The dancing continued with waltzes." Posted on Youtube onthe 6th of August 2013 by Bill Lynch.

Luka Bloom Gig in the Potters Hand Café, Kilrush

"September the 18th of 2013. What a night we had in a little town called Kilrush, in a little Café called "The Potters Hand". Luka Bloom played to a sold out house. This is just one of the amazing songs he sang that night. Enjoy..." Posted on Youtube on the 5th of October 2013 by Gerard Hamilton.

Ciorras at Feakle Traditional Music Festival:

Ciorras at Feakle Traditional Music Festival, August 2012. Posted on Youtube on the 10th of september 2012 by Daniel Plappert.

Sharon Shannon: Whistle

"Sharon Shannon plays tin whistle at Matt Molloy's Pub, Westport as part of the Big Music Week. 08.10.2013." Posted on Youtube on the 13th of October 2013 by Dr. Oliver Snr. Whyte.

Wednesday 20 November 2013

Nobel Prize-winning novelist Doris Lessing dies at 94

The celebrated author Doris Lessing died on Nov 17th. She was born in Persia (now Iran) in 1919 but spent most of her childhood in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Most of Lessing’s fiction is autobiographical, much of it emerging out of her experiences in Africa. Her work focuses on a wide range of issues from the politics of race and gender to the role of the family and the individual in society. Lessing’s best known and most influential work is The Golden Notebook which made her a reluctant feminist icon on its publication in 1962. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 2007.

Tulla, Co. Clare, features in new TG4 series on Sunday 19th at 9.30p.m.

Hosted by broadcaster Evelyn O’Rourke, Tar Abhaile (Come Home) is a new and inspirational six part bilingual series on TG4 that follows local Irish communities as they welcome people from across the globe in search of their Irish ancestors.

The premise is simple: reverse genealogy. Instead of waiting for people of Irish origin to trace their roots, groups of community volunteers work together under the auspices of Ireland Reaching Out to trace those individuals and families who left their local area throughout the 1800’s and 1900’s.

Episode 2 features two descendents who are tracked down and brought home by Tulla Reaching Out. Brenda Cavillin from Ontario is overcome with emotion as she discovers the story of her great, great great granduncle who served as a curate in Tulla for a year, dying from cholera as a result of tending to the sick in the community and Blake Dickie, a Chicago native who was adopted as a baby, shook the hands of dozens of blood relatives first the very first time in his life.

Tar Abhaile airs from November 17th @ 9.30pm, for 6 weeks, on TG4 and is available to view on the TG4 player by clicking on the Tar Abhaile logo on under the ‘Check it out’ section.

Friday 15 November 2013

Annual Christmas Craft Fair in Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon

The annual Christmas Craft Fair will take place in Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon from Friday 29th November until Friday 6th December. There will be a variety of crafts on display, from knitted items, artwork and jewellery to homemade cakes, sweets and buns. All items for sale are handmade by local craftspeople. Admission is free.

Pike fishing and hurling, County Clare Autumn 2013

Posted on Youtube on the 22nd of October 2013 by Mic NEY.

Ireland's Cliffs of Moher

"The Cliffs of Moher is the most visited site in all of Ireland and it's easy to see why - it's such a stunning example of natural beauty." Posted on Youtube on the 19th of October 2013 by Vanessa TurnipseedTravel.

Copaeire Brazilian martial art display, Kilkee Beach

Copaeire Brazilian martial art display on Kilkee Beach, County Clare, during the 2013 Che Festival. Posted on Youtube on the 3rd of October 2013 by Kate Kavanagh.

Caledonian Set by Five Counties in Kilrush

"Caledonian Plain Set at an open air ceili on the Market Square in Kilrush, Co Clare." Posted on Youtube on the 18th of August 2013 by Bill Lynch.

Jaskane Café Trio rehearse 'Libertango' at the Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon

"Jaskane Café Trio rehearse 'Libertango' (A. Piazzola) at the Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon. With a special cameo!" Posted on Youtube on the 12th of october 2013 by Jaskane Café Trio.

You Couldn't Come At A Better Time - Luka Bloom and Kevin Crawford, Lahinch

Posted on Youtube on the 16th of October 2013 by Anthony OLoughlin.

The Josephine Marsh Band playing in Kylemore Abbey Church as part of Conamara Bog Week 2013

The Josephine Marsh Band playing in Kylemore Abbey Church as part of Conamara Bog Week 2013. Posted on Youtube on the 18th of June 2013 by CEECC84.

Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill - Irish Arts Centre NY

Opening medley of traditional Irish tunes from a performance on September 21, 2013 by Martin Hayes on violin and Dennis Cahill, guitar. Posted on Youtube on the 14th of October 2013 by anthonypepitoneVideo.

Wednesday 13 November 2013

2014 IMPAC Award

Three novels by Irish authors are among 152 titles that have been nominated by libraries worldwide for the €100,000 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award.
The Irish titles are: The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan, The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín and The Light of Amsterdam by David Park. The 152 books eligible for the 2014 award were nominated by libraries in 110 cities and 39 countries worldwide. 41 are titles in translation, spanning 17 languages, and 47 are first novels. The Award is managed by Dublin City Council’s library service.
The most nominated books this year are Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel and Canada by Richard Ford, both of which received nine nominations from libraries in Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Switzerland, Britain and America. Other books nominated by multiple libraries are The Dinner by Herman Koch, The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson, The Round House by Louise Erdrich and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.
The shortlist will be announced on 9th April 2014 with the winner announced on 12th June 2014.

Tuesday 12 November 2013

'Move It' science roadshow in Scariff Public Library

'The ‘Move it’ science roadshow, which took place in Scariff Public Library on 11th November, was just the antidote to a grey and cold Monday morning for pupils of Scariff national school; fun, interesting and even educational. Celebrating Science Week, the fast-moving show exploring forces saw pupils try out home made hovercraft, cover their ears from mighty explosions and inflate marshmallows using the pressure of air.
The presentation had lots of exciting, interactive experiments and interesting scientific facts making for a very accessible session for all. Pupils attention never flagged and it was commented that it was the best presentation ever seen in the library. By far the most popular experiment of the session was when a teacher was asked to sit on a stool of nails!

Monday 11 November 2013

A Pyrography Exhibition by Stephen Smith-Danaher at Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon

Stephen Smith-Danaher, a Shannon native and an art enthusiast, learned pyrography in his woodwork class. Pyrography is the art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks resulting from the controlled application of a heated object such as a poker. Stephen has created several portraits of friends and well-known people and for commissions. His exhibition in Shannon library which runs from the 5th to the 15th of November is a unique collection of portraits of musical, sporting and film icons of the modern era.

From Foynes to Shannon

On Tuesday 22nd October at 7p.m. in Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon Valerie Sweeney presented Clare County Library Service with the boxed set of an eight-hour documentary series “From Foynes to Shannon”, originally aired on Clare FM in 2001 and 2002.
Valerie also presented the original photographs used in her sold-out book, “Shannon Airport – A Unique Story of Survival” to the Library. Many of these photographs have never been seen before. The collection includes pictures of stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin and Frank Sinatra at Shannon Airport. Valerie also presented Dúchas na Sionna with 37 original recorded tapes, all her research and photos of the early crashes at Shannon as well as a variety of photographs for the group’s “Social History of Shannon” project.
Over 100 guests were in attendance as Valerie spoke of her memories of the early days of Shannon airport. Former managers of Aer Rianta and Aer Rianta International, Michael Guerin and Liam Skelly were present at the event as was guest of honour Danny Ryall, aged 96 years of age, who posed for photographs beside a picture of himself as a very young man servicing an Air Corps Anson aircraft.
The evening was a huge success with speakers Carmel Daly, Executive Librarian, Helen Walsh, County Librarian, Mayor of Shannon Greg Duff and Shannon Airport's new chief executive Neil Pakie thanking Valerie for her wonderful contribution to Shannon library, Dúchas na Sionna and to the people of Shannon.

Summer Reading Challenge Certificate Presentation at Shannon Library

During the busy month of October, Seán Lemass Public Library hosted the presentation of certificates to children from Shannon, Sixmilebridge and Newmarket-on-Fergus who completed this year's Creepy House Summer Reading Challenge. During the summer months, children read 6 books and were rewarded with stickers and other incentives to help them along the way. Almost 300 children from the three libraries completed the challenge. The presentation took place on Wednesday 16th October and Mayor of Shannon, Cllr. Greg Duff was on hand to present the certificates. Afterwards, the children and their parents, and not forgetting library staff, were entertained by the Captain Jack show. The evening was hugely enjoyable and it was thrill to see so many young readers being rewarded for their fantastic efforts.

Children's Book Festival 2013 in Shannon Library

This year’s Children’s Book Festival in Seán Lemass Public Library was another huge success. The first event on the 3rd October was a visit from Juliette Saumande, author of ‘Chop-Chop, Mad Cap!’ The group of children from 3rd class at St. Tola's National School loved hearing all about how Juliette comes up with ideas for her books and they had plenty of questions for her about writing and illustrating children's books. They particularly enjoyed drawing their own superhero identities.
The second event, on Tuesday 15th October was a Bookmaking Workshop with Lisa Fingleton. 14 children attended from St. John's National School. This was an excellent and truly interactive experience for the children involved. Lisa was keen to hear about their favourite books and why they love particular authors. The children created their own books during the workshop and were then invited to read their stories out to the rest of the group.
On the 17th October, Shannon library hosted the Ice Age Adventure Show. 60 children from 4th class at St. Conaire's National School attended. The children were shown fossils and images which illustrated the Ice Age and as they were studying it in school, they had lots of questions and comments to make on everything discussed.
The last event for Children's Book Festival in Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon was not one but two puppet shows from the Callback Theatre company. The shows called 'Dorothy DoLittle's Magical Adventure' took place on the morning of Friday 18th October. Two groups of children from junior classes in St. Conaire's and Cratloe National Schools were lucky enough to be in the audience for these events. The Dorothy DoLlittle show was all about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity and children particularly loved the characters of Ronnie-Run-A-Lot and Clarence Carrot and of course, Dorothy DoLlittle herself.

Friday 8 November 2013

Rick Epping - The Seventy-Ninth Regiment's farewell to Gibraltar

"The Seventy-Ninth Regiment's farewell to Gibralter, march / Rick Epping, harmonica, concertina. Recorded at the harmonica concert at the Willie Clancy Summer School, 11 July 2013." posted on Youtube on the 1st of October 2013 by ITMAVideos.

Kevin (Banjo) Griffin outside McGanns in Doolin

Posted on Youtube on the 9th of august 2013 by lakewood898.

Denis Cahill and friends - Feakle Festival 2012

"Last summer I had just arrived in Feakle on day one of the festival. I walked into Shortt's Bar and found this session; it was just class. Denis Cahill and a few others, one of whom is Hilke and others whose names I don't know were in great form and they made me feel that this was the only place to be in the world on that day..." Posted on Youtube on the 19th of March 2013 by Alan Hilliard.

Cashel Set by Brian Ború in Kilrush

"Brian Ború Ceili Band played this Cashel Set at an open air ceili on the Market Square in Kilrush, Co Clare." Posted on Youtube on the 14th of August 2013 by Bill Lynch.

Rock Climbing in the Burren

"A small piece on an easy climb for beginners. Taken on a remote part of the picturesque Burren, Co Clare, Ireland." Posted on Youtube on the 25th of August 2013 by JammyCat Adventures.

Clare Homecoming in a Minute

"What a homecoming of the 2013 All Ireland Senior Hurling Champions in Ennis. Here's the night condensed into 60 seconds (or thereabouts!). Congrats from the Ballywire crew to Davy and the Banner boys." Posted on Youtube on the 30th of September 2013 by ballywaire.

The Cliffs of Moher from the sea

Posted on Youtube on the 13th of October 2013 by Michael McQuaid.

The Sea Tosses Rainbows in Doolin

"We watched the sea toss rainbow after rainbow to us along the rocky shore of Doolin, County Clare, Ireland. So beautiful!" Posted on Youtube on the 3rd of september 2013 by Eriu40.

Halloween event in Tulla Library

Tulla Library was packed to capacity on a recent October evening for Halloween crafts and stories with local “witch” Edel McInerney. Edel’s special spooky event was much appreciated by Branch Librarian, Anne McNamara and forty children who attended with their parents. Fitting so many people in Tulla Branch Library at one time was surely in itself an example of Halloween magic at work!!

Tuesday 5 November 2013

Major Publishers Collaborate on Morpurgo Month

HarperCollins, Egmont, Macmillan, Random House, Templar and Walker are holding a month-long celebration of works by Michael Morpurgo celebrating his 70th birthday.
Schools, libraries and bookshops are invited to focus weekly on the themes of Animals, War, Legends and Voyages, all common to Morpurgo’s writing and one of his books will be highlighted each day of the month via social media.
The website will host author videos, author downloads and other free resources.

New eBooks

Man Booker prize winning novel The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton is now available to members of Clare County Library to download in eBook format. The book set during the 19th century New Zealand gold rush is at 832 pages, the longest work to win in the prize’s 45 year history. Also available for loan as an eBook in addition to the printed version is Cathy Kelly’s latest novel The Honey Queen. Skulduggery Pleasant fans can read the latest book in the series, Last Stand of Dead Men, on their eReader. Demon Dentist the new book by David Walliams – who has been hailed as the new Roald Dahl - is another novel available for younger readers to download. To see instructions on how to download free eBooks from Clare County Library, see

Monday 4 November 2013

Children’s Book Festival at Scariff Public Library

Puppeteers, artists and storytellers all paid a visit to Scariff Public Library this October to celebrate Children’s Book Festival in style. Niall de Burca got it off to a flying start with his rib-tickling stories after the Summer Reading Challenge certificate presentation. They made their own sock puppet with the Dog and String Theatre and got to put on a puppet show of their own. Alan Nolan impressed with his drawing skills and children had such fun designing their own comic strips and sketching one of the characters from his comics. Ger Siggins sure made an impression with his book Rugby Spirit, children are still coming in every day asking for copies. Wayne O’Connor’s passion for drawing and fantastically entertaining storytelling wowed the audience and he treated them to signed copies of his cartoons before he left! Looking forward to Children’s Book Festival 2014 already!

Scariff and Killaloe Libraries host Interactive Science Show for Children

Move It! A fast moving show exploring the forces that allow us to move.
Primary School Children from Scariff and Killaloe will celebrate Science Week in their local libraries on the 11th of November 2013. In a fast-moving show exploring the forces that are so important in allowing us to move, children will discover how propellers and rocket engines can push us forward and how friction and air resistance can hold us back. The hour long show takes place in Scariff at 10am and in Killaloe Library at 1.15pm
Children attending will be invited to travel to a world with little friction on an amazing hovercraft and they will witness the explosive power of rockets! And that’s not all; they will also enjoy finding out how to inflate marshmallows using the pressure of air!
This exciting science week show is brought to you courtesy of Learn Differently Ltd., Antrim and is facilitated by Terence Finnegan as part of Science Week Ireland which will see hundreds of events taking place nationwide from the 10th to the 17th of November 2013.
Speaking at the launch of Science Week 2013 well known science and maths educator Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin said, “I am delighted to be involved with Science Week and encourage everyone to get involved to see how science influences their lives! With over 550 events taking place nationwide there is something for everybody to take part in. Science can be found in everything we do and Science Week provides people with the opportunity to explore what’s happening behind the scenes of everyday life, which we sometimes don’t think about!” Clare County Library’s science week event is free to children in primary schools in the Scariff and Killaloe area.
See Science Week Website for more information.

Wednesday 30 October 2013

Sharon Shannon Flying Circus Concert with the National Concert Orchestra

Postd on Youtube on the 20th of August 2013 by Daithí Turner.

Micho Russell: 'The Wind that Shakes the Barley' & 'In Our Own Dear Land'

"Micho Russell (March 15, 1915 -- February 19, 1994) was an Irish musician from County Clare and author best known for his expert tin whistle performance. He also played the simple-system flute and was a collector of traditional music and folklore. This track is mainly a narrative by Micho himself in his own unique style. It begins with some music on the tin whistle. That is followed by an account of of his musical rambling and roving to the USA, to England and to Germany. The recording ends with the song 'In Our Own Dear Land' which seems to be a patriotic ballad of 19th century origin." Posted on Youtube on the 29th of September 2013 by muisire.

Another moment from the magic of the Willie Clancy Festival

"On occasion a session can be riding high with the roar of instruments as musicians join mightily into the tunes threaded together masterfully by those leading that same session and then, out of nowhere there is that moment seized by one of the group which, like the parting of the Red Sea, creates a new and exciting space which is brim-full of energy and depth. Whether this space is created in a conscious or unconscious moment no one will ever know, but to honour the moment every one fades into the background and they then follow trustingly because they sense the energy of the contribution. This session in the Bellbridge Hotel on the Thursday of the 'Willie Week' captures such a moment. In the midst of great session musicians like Seamus Meehan and Mary Corcoran, this amazing flute player called Tommy Fitzharris parts the waters and leads the way and boy...what a journey." Posted on Youtube on the 24th of July 2013 by Alan Hilliard.

Connemara Set by Five Counties in Kilrush

"Five Counties Ceili Band played this Connemara Set at an open air ceili on the Market Square in Kilrush, County Clare." Posted on Youtube on the 18th of August 2013 by Bill Lynch.

Doolin Coast Guard

Posted on Youtube on the 14th of august 2013 by Brian Ruane.

In The Garden of Eden - Mountshannon, County Clare

Posted on Youtube on the 29th of July 2013 by fitzgibbano.

Weekend Window to Cliffs of Moher

Good Morning America's Weekend Window visits the Cliffs of Moher. Posted on Youtube on the 29th of September 2013 by segey deluay.

Golfing in County Clare

"From internationally renowned courses to welcoming local clubs in every corner of the country, Ireland is a golfer's paradise. With more than 400 courses on the island including over 30% of the world's links courses. From green parkland to rugged coastal links and everything in between, there is a course to suit every skill level from beginner to pro and, now more than ever before, every budget. The choice for golfers is simply staggering." Posted on Youtube on the 27th of September 2013 by John Scally.

Thursday 24 October 2013

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill at the Market Street Stage

"County Clare fiddle virtuoso Martin Hayes and Irish-American guitarist Dennis Cahill have a rare musical kinship, creating a partnership in which they work off each other like two jazz masters. Check out this slow jig played at the Market Street Stage." Posted on Youtube on the 31st of July 2013 by LTCLowellMA.

Ron Kavana, Niamh Parsons and friends - wedding party, Coore

"McCarty's Pub, Cloonlaheen, Coore, County Clare. Great to celebrate with our friends. Ron Kavana sings a song, Niamh Parsons and all join in, and we end with a jig." Posted on Youtube on the 20th of October 2013 by Thierry Masure.

Corofin by Five Counties in Kilrush

"Five Counties Ceili Band played this Corofin Plain Set at an open air ceili on the Market Square in Kilrush, County Clare." Posted on Youtube on the 17th of August 2013 by Bill Lynch.

Set Dancing in Crowley's, Corofin

Posted on Youtube on the 19th of October 2013 by Michael Savage.

Saint Brigid's Well, Liscannor, County Clare

"This religious pilgrimage site near the Cliffs of Moher is located beside Murphy's pub."Posted on Youtube on the 21st of October 2013 by Carole Terwilliger Meyers.

Freediving in Kilkee and Doolin

"A minimalistic edit from few freediving sessions in Kilkee and Doolin on the west coast of Ireland, in the summer of 2013 (with Dusty the dolphin being the main star of the show). The music is a sample from the 'Sirocco' song by Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble." Posted on the 28th of September 2013 by Vit Novacek.

Ennistymon Cascades

Posted on Youtube on the 18th of October 2013 by Gabor Racz.

Cliffs of Moher is one of the Natural Wonders of the world

"The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland's most visited natural attraction with a magical vista that captures the hearts of up to one million visitors every year." Posted on Youtube on the 17th of October 2013 by Martin Varghese.

Scariff Adult Literacy group enjoying a morning of fun and learning at Scariff Library.

The group are looking forward to taking part in the “Six Reads Challenge” over the next few months. This project will see members focusing on reaching reading goals suited to their own individual standard.

Wednesday 23 October 2013

Statue of Willie Clancy on way to Miltown Malbay

A statue of Willie Clancy travelling back to his home town in Miltown Malbay from Séamus Connolly's foundry in Kilbaha. The statue, by sculptor Shane Gilmore, will be officially unveiled in November 2013 and has been donated to the people of Miltown Malbay and Clare by Judith and Barry Merrill.

Thursday 17 October 2013

The Castle Céilí Band at the tribute to Muiris O Rócháin during Willie Clancy Week 2012

"The Castle playing at the tribute concert to Muiris O'Rochain in Miltown Malbay, Willie Clancy Week 2012. Forty-seven years since we won the All Ireland in Thurles 1965 and still can belt it out with original members: Mick O'Connor and Michael Tubridy (flutes); John Dwyer, Sean Keane (fiddles); James Keane ( box ); Mick Hand - Piano in Bridie Lafferty's seat; John Kelly - fiddle in his father's seat; Liam O'Connor - fiddle in Joe Ryan's seat, and Aiden Vaughan - drums in Benny Carey's seat. Pity about poor sound quality but the spirit shines through. I am so proud to have played with these legendary musicians since it started in 1962." Posted on Youtube on the 25th of August 2012 by Irish Music Therapy.

Padraig Enright, harmonica - The Humours of Trim & The Rambling Pitchfork

Recorded at the harmonica concert at the Willie Clancy Summer School, Miltown Malbay, County Clare, on the 11th of July 2013. Posted on Youtube on the 1st of October 2013 by ITMAVideos.

Cliffs of Moher - composed by Adrian von Ziegler

Posted on Youtube on the 13th of October 2013 by Selam 1.

Konphusion - Intersexion

"Konphusion: Adam Daniel (saxophone), Mark Farrelly (keyboards), Blendi Krasniqi (drums), Andrew Lynch (bass). Performing in County Clare, Ireland. A film by Anna-Victoria Lynch." Posted on Youtube on the 10th of October 2013 by alphasierralima.

Tommy Browne Seán Nós dancing in The Blonde's - Willie Clancy 2012

Posted on Youtube on the 13th of July 2013 by meenroe1.

The Cliffs Of Moher - Drawing Tutorial

The Drawing Hands: Painting The Cliffs Of Moher. Posted on Youtube on the 7th of October 2013 by Drawing Tutorial.

Loop Head Peninsula, County Clare

"Loop Head (Irish: Ceann Léime, meaning "leap head"), is a headland on the north side of the mouth of the River Shannon, in County Clare in the west of Ireland. Loop Head is marked by a prominent lighthouse." Posted on Youtube on the 13th of October 2013 by PhotoClub7910.

Scattery Island July 2013

"Scattery Island video presentation preliminary." Posted on Youtube on the 13th of July 2013 by Gracjan Gorak.

Clare v Cork All-Ireland Hurling Final Replay 2013 - full match

Posted on Youtube on the 29th of September 2013 by Georgie Casey.

Wednesday 16 October 2013

Launch of “A Lifestyle” at Scariff Library

Anne Bridget Gorman launched her book, “A Lifestyle” at Scariff Public Library on Friday October 11th 2013. “A Lifestyle” is Anne's story of her life's journey so far. It was written with the support of Camphill Community Mountshannon, a lifesharing community for people with special needs, and Genio, who use social investment to make supported self-directed living a feasible option for people in need. Copies of the self published book will subsequently be available from the publishing website

Friday 11 October 2013

Kevin Crawford and Eoin O'Neill - Riches Of Clare Concert 2012

Riches Of Clare concert, July 4th, in Ennis with Kevin Crawford, James Cullinan, and Eoin O'Neill. Posted on Youtube on the 8th of October 2013 by Niamhaines.

The Teetotallers at Baltimore Fiddle Fair 2013

Martin Hayes & John Doyle of the Teetotallers playing at the Baltimore Fiddle Fair 2013. Posted on Youtube on the 9th of October 2013 by Baltimore Fiddle Fair.

Sharon Shannon in Westport for RTE's Big Music Week

"Sharon Shannon, introduced by RTE's John Creedon plays accordion at Matt Molloy's Pub, Westport as part of the Big Music Week. 08.10.2013." Posted on Youtube on the 9th of October 2013 by Dr. Oliver Snr. Whyte.

Los Paddys de las Pampas - New Song For The Morning

"This charts a journey around County Clare playing and dancing with friends, musicians, acrobats and more! From Cooley's House to the Ennis Street Festivals craic is being had all over!!! The Song is called "New song from the Morning" and is the first track from our upcoming album "Come Home"!" Posted on Youtube on the 8th of October 2013 by Paddy Mulcahy.

New History of Corofin Parish

A new history of the Parish of Corofin was launched recently. The Parish of Corofin: A Historical Profile was written and published by well-known historian, Michael Mac Mahon. The modern Catholic Parish of Corofin provides the geographical basis for this excellent history. The parish includes the medieval parishes of Rathblathmac (Rath) and Killinaboy, whose respective patron saints – St Blathmac and St Iníon Bhaoith – are believed to have brought Christianity to the area. Michael’s history begins before that era with the pre-human landscape and the early settlers, examined through the extensive archaeological remains found in the area. Michael details the evolution of the Christian church from its establishment, through the monastic system to the 12th reform and the Reformation. The parish was the home of the two most powerful branches of the O’Brien family, the Barons of Inchiquin and the O’Briens of Leamaneh and Dromoland. The family’s residences and activities are examined as well as their impact on the region. There are also chapters on matters like farming and the oppression and revival of the Catholic Church. A section on the surprisingly varied educational establishments of the 19th century is fascinating. Corofin was the birthplace of the Terry Alts and the chapter on agrarian unrest is excellent, as is the following one on the Famine. The book brings us up the end of the 20th century, and a chapter on the customs, lore and legends of the parish concludes this valuable publication and displays the extent of the author’s interest and knowledge.

Michael Mac Mahon is a past vice-president and an honorary life member of the Clare Archaeological & Historical Society. He holds an MA in History & Local Studies from the University of Limerick and is a former member of the Heritage Council. He has written extensively on the history, folklore, literature and placenames of County Clare and has contributed many articles to ‘The Other Clare’ magazine over the years. Michael has also donated the following articles to Clare County Library's website:

The Abbey of Inisgad (Canons’ Island), Co. Clare.
Agrarian Conflict in Clare: 1815 – 1831.
The Charter of Clare Abbey and the Augustinian ‘Province’ in County Clare.
Clare’s Gaelic Bardic Tradition.
Customs, Lore and Legend of Other Clare Days.
Education in the Parish of Corofin.
From Clare to Van Diemen’s Land: Some forgotten Mothers of Tasmania.
From the Hindenburg Line to Rineen: Peter Vaughan, Toor, Lahinch, Co. Clare.
James Delargy and the Storymen of North Clare.
Naming the Land: Reflections on Co. Clare Place-Names.
Old Territorial Divisions & Land Measures.

Alice Munro – 2013 Nobel Prize Winner

Short story writer Alice Munro has been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature. The Nobel Committee described the 82 year old Canadian as the “master of the contemporary short story" and noted that some critics considered her a Canadian Chekhov. Her stories often focus on the lives of ordinary men and women in small-town Ontario, where she has spent most of her life, and explore human relationships through ordinary everyday events. In 2009, she was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for her entire body of work. Munro announced earlier this year that her latest book, Dear Life, a collection of partly autobiographical stories published in 2012, would be her last.

Trafalgar: The Insiders in Lahinch

"It's Insider moments like... foraging for wildflowers, free-growing herbs and seaweed on the untamed Atlantic shores near Lahinch with Oonagh. She'll share her knowledge of wild foods as you forage for herbs and seaweed, then invite you to her friend Theresa's seafood restaurant for lunch, and some new found delicacies." Posted on Youtube on the 10th of October 2013 by Trafalgar Tours.

Cliffs of Moher by Castanonzalama

Posted on Youtube on the 9th of October 2013 by castanonzalama.

My Lovely Rose Of Clare - Two versions

My Lovely Rose Of Clare - Clare Hurlers Homecoming in Kilkishen. Posted on Youtube on the 5th of October 2013 by Finola Cotter.

"Clare Hurling Anthem - Sung by Cherish the Ladies + Cathie Ryan. Glor, Ennis County Clare, 4-10-2013." Posted on Youtube on the 5th of October 2013 by Maurice Sheehan.

Thursday 3 October 2013

Clare secure Liam MacCarthy for the first time since 1997!

"In the first All Ireland Senior Hurling Final to be held under lights, Davy Fitzgerald's Banner men defeated Jimmy Barry Murphy's Rebels side in an exhilarating contest. 19 year old Shane O'Donnell scored 3-3 from play to set up a fantastic finale which included two additional time goals." Posted on Youtube on the 30th of September 2013 by officialgaa.

Clare homecoming event at The Fairgreen in Ennis

"Highlights and behind the scenes footage from the Clare homecoming event at The Fairgreen in Ennis." Posted on Youtube on the 1st of October 2013 by officialgaa.

Happy feet with the Tulla Ceili Band at Feakle Festival 2013

"Amazing Céilí dancing, recorded at the Feakle Festival 11 august 2013. Feakle, County Clare, Ireland. Music from The Tulla Céilí Band." Posted on Youtube on the 25th of August 2013 by hans la faille.

Plain Set by Five Counties in Kilrush

"Five Counties Céilí Band played this Plain Set at an open air céilí on the Market Square in Kilrush, County Clare. Afterward, the band was persuaded to play a blast of reels for more dancing." Posted on Youtube on the 31st of August 2013 by Bill Lynch.

Dolmen de Poulnabrone

"El dolmen de Poulnabrone (en irlandés Poll na mBrón, "agujero de penas") es un antiguo enterramiento que se encuentra en el Burren, en el condado de Clare (Irlanda), del periodo neolítico, probablemente entre el 4200 a. C. y el 2900 a. C. Consta de una piedra lisa de tres metros de largo que descansa sobre otras dos dispuestas a modo de puerta, y éstas a su vez sobre un túmulo, que ofrece estabilidad al monumento, y que en su origen debía de ser más alto de lo que es en la actualidad. En 1985, se descubrió una grieta en una de las piedras que sirven de soporte. Por ello, hubo que desmantelar el dolmen y reemplazar la piedra soporte. Durante esta operación, se aprovechó para realizar excavaciones, por las que se descubrieron los restos de al menos 33 personas enterradas bajo el monumento. Entre los objetos personales enterrados con los esqueletos se encuentran un hacha de piedra, un colgante de hueso, cristales de cuarzo, armas y cerámica. Dada su situación predominante sobre el paisaje del Burren que lo rodea, este monumento debía de ser el centro de ceremonias y rituales durante la Edad de Bronce, y hasta bien entrado el periodo celta." Posted on Youtube on the 5th of September 2013 by jsilvina.

Tuesday 1 October 2013

Polish Festival continues at Clare Museum

The Polish Festival continues at Clare Museum with two public talks this week.

On Thursday, 3rd October at 1pm there will be a lunchtime lecture on the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, given by Jakub Kacprzak, a grandson of an insurgent.

A morning talk on Multi-culturalism in Poland will held on Saturday, 5th October at 11 am. This will be given by Marcin and Marina Piotrowski, members of the Folkowisko association. In the afternoon the Polish film series will continue with the movie ‘A short film about killing’ which has an 18 certificate.

Exhibitions of Polish modern art continue at Clare Museum throughout the forthcoming week, featuring painting, photography and jewellery mostly by Polish immigrants living in Clare. Admission to all events and exhibition is free. For further details contact John Rattigan at 065-6823382.

Monday 30 September 2013

Clare Hurling Teams homecoming in Ennis

Posted on Youtube on the 29th of September 2013 by james crowe.

Clare and Cork fans prepare for Hurling Final replay

Ahead of the 2013 All-Ireland Hurling Final replay, RTÉ's Marty Morrissey captures some of the colour and excitement in counties Clare and Cork. Posted on Youtube on the 27th of September 2013 by RTENewsNow.

Friday 27 September 2013

Clare FM commentary, Clare versus Cork All Ireland Hurling Final drawn game

"The final few minutes of the drawn Clare v Cork All-Ireland Final, Sunday, September 8th, 2013. Commentary by Syl O'Connor and Niall Gilligan on Clare FM." Posted on Youtube on the 20th of september 2013 by theclareherald.

Kieran McDermott - Stand For The Banner (Song)

Posted on Youtube on the 22nd of September 2013 by Claremont Lahinch.

Aoibheann and Pamela Queally - The Road to Miltown Malbay

Aoibheann Queally (concertina) and Pamela Queally (fiddle) from Kilmaley, County Clare, playing a set of reels in the Roadside Tavern, Lisdoonvarna. Posted on Youtube on the 2nd of August 2013 by SongsandTunes.

Kilkee and Lahinch, September 2013

Kilkee and Lahinch, County Clare, September 2013. Posted on Youtube on the 24th of september 2013 by Ivars Zubovs.

Feakle International Festival of Traditioanl Music 2009

TG4’s Féilte TV programme at Feakle Festival in 2009 with music from Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill; the song ‘All The Time’ by Josie Harrington, a Cork born/Clare based singer/songwriter; and reels from Liam Joyce, and Fionnuala and Liam Ryan. Posted on Youtube on the 13th of July 2013 by TGcraic.

The Famous Faha Sports

"The Famous Faha Sports by Seán Ó Sé with The Turloughmore Ceilí Band. Fahanlunaghta Mór and Fahanlunaghta Beag lie to the east between Miltown Malbay and Lahinch, and were the scene of a popular sports day which was discontinued during the Second World War. The great concertina player Kitty Hayes, was originally Kitty Smith from Fahanlunaghta. Kitty passed away in May 2008, leaving behind a rich legacy of music. Tim Dennehy recorded a version of this song on his album 'A Thimbleful of Song'. The authorship is attributed to Miko Guthrie with extra verses added by Breandán Higgins of Lahinch." Posted on Youtube on the 31st of July 2013 by Alan Hogan.

Clare Stages Car Rally 2013

Clare Stages Car Rally 2013. "SS5 Joe Baker & Eric Murray, Class 11F Honda Civic." Posted on Youtube on the 24th of September 2013 by Joe Baker.

Cliffs of Moher and Aran Island

Posted on Youtube on the 5th of September 2013 by Guilherme Moreno.

White-tailed Sea Eagle, Mountshannon 2013

"One of the historic White-tailed Sea Eagle eaglets to have flown the nest near Mountshannon, County Clare, in 2013, the first successful breeding in Ireland in over 100 years." posted on Youtube on the 19th of September 2013 by cumindubh1.

Wednesday 25 September 2013

The Festival of Poland at Clare Museum continues

Photo of Artur Banaszkiewicz of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Dublin who officially opened the Festival of Poland and Cllr Joe Arkins, Mayor of Clare, who also spoke and welcomed Mr Banaszkiewicz on behalf of Clare County Council.

The Festival of Poland at Clare Museum continues this week. On 26th September there will be a lunchtime lecture on the Polish O’Deas who can trace their origins to County Clare. The talk will be given by Mietek Odya who is an active member of the Dysert O’Dea Clan Association. The talk will start at 1pm at Clare Museum.

On Saturday 28th September, Jakub Kacprzak an Irish based Polish archaeologist and one of the organisers of the festival, will give a morning lecture at the museum comparing the megalithic archaeology of Ireland and Poland. It will begin at 11am.

In the afternoon of Saturday 28th September Clare Museum will be showing the Roman Polanski film ‘The Pianist’. This film will begin at 2.30pm sharp and should finish just before the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final replay begins on television at 5pm.

Admission to all of these events is FREE. Large groups should book in advance. For any enquiries, please call John Rattigan, curator at 065-6823382.

Search for a Bestseller

Have you always thought that you have a novel in you? Well now is your chance to get a lucrative publishing deal. The Richard and Judy Bookclub have launched a competition to find a new bestselling writer. Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan have become powerful figures in the publishing world with critics coining the phrase ‘the Richard & Judy effect’ to describe the effect that endorsement by them has on sales of a novel, often turning debut writers into millionaires.

The winner, who must be a first-time author, will win a £50,000 publishing deal with Quercus and receive free advice from literary agency Furniss Lawton, as well as a year's worth of PR.

Search for a Bestseller is open to unpublished writers, who must submit between 10,000 and 12,000 words, along with a synopsis of the rest of the book. There are no restrictions on genre, but the novel should be aimed at adults. Self-published writers are not eligible. Aspiring authors have until January 1 to submit their entries, via Richard and Judy's website

Friday 20 September 2013

Clare v Cork 'The Glory of Hurling' - The Sunday Game

Commentary on RTE TV's Sunday Game programme following the drawn All Ireland Hurling final between Cork and Clare on the 8th of September 2013. Posted on Youtube on the 12th of September 2013 by RTE Sport.

The Road to the Hurling Final 1997

Posted on Youtube on the 17th of September 2013 by Conor Ryan.

Trad Music - Live at McDermott's Pub in Doolin

"Traditional Irish Music (Live at McDermott's Pub, Doolin, County Clare), Sept 12, 2013. Known as the traditional Irish music capital, Doolin is a charming little town with ferry access to the Aran Islands and a beautiful hike to the Cliffs of Moher. Posted on Youtube on the 16th of September 2013 by taogoat27.

Ireland Clare Doolin Dusty

Posted on Youtube on the 12th of September 2013 by Frank Alwyn.

Cliffs Of Moher - walking on the northern path

"Northern path on Cliffs of Moher, from O'Brien's Tower towards Doolin." Posted on Youtube on the 26th of August 2013 by Piotr Sobocinski.

Children’s Book Festival 2013 - Flying the Flag for Children’s Books

Clare County Library will be hoisting the flag for children’s books once again this October, offering a month-long festival of authors, illustrators, artists and storytellers designed to spark the imagination of young readers all over the county. Activities will be running in all libraries, including readings by popular authors, art and craft workshops, space exploration! and puppet making, giving Clare’s young people countless opportunities to explore a wide array of books. There are also some excellent opportunities to win prizes for you and your school by logging on to the Children’s Books Ireland website. With all this and much more in store for October, let Clare County Library lead your way on a journey of book discovery with the help of the 2013 Children’s Book Festival!

Our festival gets a head start this year with the return to Glór Theatre, Ennis, of one of the world’s best-selling children’s and teenage authors, Darren Shan, on the 26th of September. This internationally best-selling author is back with us again, to meet with his thousands of fans in County Clare. Zom-B is his new epic series, launched in September 2012 with a new book publishing every 3 months! His latest release Zom-B Baby is “a big, sprawling, vicious tale... a grisly piece of escapism, and a barbed look at the world in which we live,” according to the author himself. The Ennis Book Shop will join with the library to promote the event selling copies of Darren’s latest book and others in the series on the day.

The second of the library’s book festival events taking place in Glór, this time on the 1st of October, is a storytelling extravaganza by the master of tales Niall de Burca. Renowned for shows full of energy, wit and superb timing, Niall has performed in places as diverse as Tehran and the European Parliament in Brussels. Raised in the West, he emigrated at a young age and lived for many years in New Zealand where he married into a large Maori family. Now living in Dublin, Niall travels worldwide, inspiring people of all ages with his traditional and original tales. To quote the Vienna Review of Books: “His ability to evoke a wide range of emotions from his rapt audience enables him to bewitch people with his stories”. There has been unprecedented interest in these events and both are now fully booked.

Other visiting authors to libraries all over the county include Sheena Wilkinson winner of not one but two prestigious Children’s Book of the Year Awards and Anna Carey whose first book, The Real Rebecca, published in 2011won the Senior Children’s Book Prize at the Irish Book Awards that year.

Alan Nolan is back with his excellent writing and drawing sessions infused with his obvious enthusiasm and enjoyment in what he does best; making books for children. Bestselling author, Michael Smith whose biography for younger readers – Tom Crean – Iceman - led to the story being incorporated into the schools’ national curriculum will be visiting Kilrush and Kilkee libraries. Author Juliette Saumande is Reviews Editor with Inis, The Children’s Books Ireland Magazine. She has written over twenty picture books (published in France) and one novel in English for younger readers (called Chop-Chop, Mad Cap!) on which she will base four action-packed workshops when she visits libraries in Clare. Sports Journalist Ger Siggins will introduce young readers to his love of rugby through his book Rugby Spirit published last year by O’Brien Press.

Anna Carey is also a journalist who has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent and many other publications. Her first book, The Real Rebecca, was published in 2011, and won the Senior Children’s Book prize at the Irish Book Awards. To the delight of many readers, Rebecca returned in the sequel Rebecca’s Rules in 2012. Rebecca Rocks is book number 3 in the series. “The Drip” is an entertaining and educational account of the water cycle told by a little drip who begins his life dangling from a tap. It is also Gordon Green’s second delightful picture book for children. It will be presented to young audiences in libraries through an exciting and fun workshop by the author.

And these are just the authors visiting our county this October. In addition we invite you to join in our art and craft workshops, space exploration show, an ice-age exploration and puppet making workshops. Contact your local library for details of what’s on in your area. Events are planned specifically for school audiences and teachers are advised to book classes in early to avoid disappointment.

Click here for the full brochure of events (PDF).