Thursday 28 February 2013

“The Moravians at Crossard: a view from the records” – lecture at the Clare Museum

For the final presentation in the Hidden Clare series of lectures at Clare Museum, well-known Clare historian Dr Rosemary Power will give a public talk on The Moravians at Crossard: a view from the records on Saturday, 9th March. Dr Power is a historian and associate with CAMPS at NUIG, and will shed some light on the establishment of the Moravian Church, built at Crossard in 1793, which flourished for a short period. The lecture will begin at 2.30 pm at Clare Museum and admission is free.

Tuesday 26 February 2013

1913 Lockout Centenary

To mark the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Dublin lockout, the Irish Writers’ Union together with the Irish Writers’ Centre have launched the James Plunkett Short Story Award. A prize of €2,000 will be awarded to the winner, with €1,000 to the runner up and €500 for the third place. In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the lockout, Strumpet City by James Plunkett is the choice for the Dublin: One City, One Book project for 2013. The initiative, led by Dublin city Public Libraries, encourages everyone to read a book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year. Events ranging from photographic exhibitions to street rhymes for children to talks and music of the period will encourage everyone to engage with the book. Published by Gill and Macmillan, Strumpet City depicts the mass lockout of trade unionists by employers in 1913 - and has a wonderfully memorable cast of characters - not least the city itself. A film version of the book, starring Peter O'Toole, Peter Ustinov, David Kelly and Cyril Cusack, produced and directed by Tony Barry, was released in 1980. Lockout: Dublin 1913 by Padraig Yeates is essential reading for anyone interested in Irish labour history and Dublin society in the early twentieth century.

Ennis Book Club Festival 2013

The 2013 Ennis Book Club Festival runs from 1st to 3rd March 2013. The programme is wonderfully varied and includes fiction, poetry, social comment, literature and drama. Explore and celebrate these through readings, lectures, workshops, theatre - and any amount of chat. The Ennis Book Club Festival is a terrific social and literary gathering bringing together book club members and readers from Ireland and beyond. It is supported by Clare County Library and includes author readings, discussions, workshops and walking tours through the narrow streets and lanes of Ennis. You’ll find sessions on running book clubs, advice on reading lists, poetry, events as Gaeilge, and an opportunity to compare notes and meet with other readers. Come along and combine your love of reading with a great weekend away! Further details at

‘The Famine in Clare 1845- 1852’ - National Famine Commemoration in Kilrush

Kilrush has been selected as the host location for the 2013 National Famine Commemoration. In conjunction with this event, Kilrush Public Library will host an exhibition entitled ‘The Famine in Clare 1845- 1852’. This exhibition provides details of Clare’s Poor Law Unions, Relief Works, Evictions, Mortality and Emigration rates, together with listings of names of the deceased from Kilrush and Ennistymon workhouses 1850 – 1851. The launch of this exhibition will take place on Tuesday 26th February at 6 pm and it will remain on show in the library over the coming months. According to Clare-based historian and author, Ciaran O Murchadha, Kilrush is recognised nationally as one of the locations worst affected by starvation, disease and emigration between 1845 and 1852. The Famine years brought much hardship to Kilrush. Evictions, fever and cholera reduced the population of South-West Clare to such an extent that it has never again attained its pre-Famine numbers. Kilrush Workhouse witnessed terrible deprivation and deaths. During and after the Famine, the Vandeleur name became synonymous with the worst of landlord evictions, with more than 20,000 evicted in the Kilrush area. Illustrations from Kilrush at the time of the Famine featured in the Illustrated London News and these illustrations are the best-recognised images of the Famine conditions in Ireland. Images of the Famine from Moveen were depicted and the ruins of the village are visible today. Other strong attributes from the area include the association with Captain Kennedy, Vandeleur Estate, the Famine plot and memorial garden at Old Shanakyle cemetery and the Paupers’ Quay, among many other sites and stories.

Friday 22 February 2013

Anon is Anall - musician Paul Dooley and artist Mike O'Connor

"Anon is Anall Project 2013. Traditional Clare musicians and contemporary artists inspiring each other. Michael O'Connor's lino prints and Paul Dooley's harp music features. The film will be shown as part of the Anon is Anall exhibition in March at Glor music centre, Ennis, Clare." Posted on Youtube on the 11th of February 2013 by ocojosie.

Martin Hayes & Gabriel Byrne - "Down by the Sally Gardens"

"An excerpt from the Other Voices concerts in New York's Le Poisson Rouge night club. Master of Ceremonies Gabriel Byrne reading William Butler Yeat's poem 'Down By The Sally Gardens' accompanied by the virtuoso playing of Martin Hayes... a wonderful moment from a pretty special event." Posted on Youtube on the 8th of October 2012 by Gabriel Byrne.

Ennis - County Clare

"Nestled on a small island in a fork of the River Fergus, Ennis is the main county town of Clare. Originaly founded circa 1250 by Franciscan Monks, the town has retained much of its medieval feel. The town is surrounded by water on all sides as the river Fergus and its tributaries flow through and around it giving rise to its name Ennis, derived from the Irish, Inis, which means island." Posted on Youtube on the 7th of January 2013 by mydestinationvideo.

Lough Derg, County Clare

"A short movie highlighting the beauty of Lough Derg, County Clare, Ireland." posted on Youtube on the 20th of February 2013 by clare virtually.

The beauty of Ireland on the way to the Cliffs of Moher

"Krótki film ukazujący piękną zieloną wyspę, jaka jest Irlandia, z punktu widzenia kierowcy... Jak widać na filmie, udało nam się załapać na podwójną tęczę. [A short video showing a beautiful green island, which is Ireland, from the point of view of the driver ... As you can see in the video, we managed to squeeze in a double rainbow.]" Video shows approach to the Cliffs of Moher from the north and later on to Lahinch etc. Posted on Youtube on the 17th of february 2013 by grzduda.

Chiming the bells of St Flannan's Cathedral, Killaloe

"Chiming on the bells of St Flannan's Cathedral, Killaloe, County Clare. The bells can be heard on most Sundays at just past The bells are rung for Sunday worship and on other occasions such as weddings and other special services through out the year. Unlike the more traditional peels of bells to found in churches throughout the UK and Ireland, these bells are arranged in a "chime" in order that one person can ring all the bells as opposed to the 6, 8 or more ringers required to ring a full peel of bells. This is useful for churches with small congregations such as St Flannan's." Posted on Youtube on the 14th of February 2010 by coopermartin66.

Afternoon set dancing, Cleary's, Miltown Malbay, Brendan Begley et al

Afternoon set dancing in Cleary's Bar, Miltown Malbay, County Clare, during the Willy Clancy Festival, featuring musician Brendan Begley, dancer Paddy Neylon and friends. Posted on Youtube on the 12th of February 2013 by Cfluterer.

Dan Fone - "Pallet on the Floor" in Killaloe

"Dan Fone performing 'Pallet on the Floor' in late night impromptu setting in Killaloe Co Clare Ireland." Posted on Youtube on the 16th of February 2013 by Ray Nangle.

Ennis Triathlon Club Harlem Shake Track

"Cool down after a hard track session." Posted on Youtube on the 20th of February 2013 by keithmdb.

Friday 15 February 2013

Mick Kinsella, Josephine Marsh and Steve Larkin at Steeple Sessions 2011

"Mick Kinsella playing the mouth organ, Josephine Marsh from Clare playing the accordion and Steve Larkin playing the fiddle at Steeple Sessions on August 16, 2011 at the Unitarian Church in Dublin." Posted on Youtube on the 12th of February 2013 by steeplesessions.

Edel Fox at The Royal Oak Folk

"Edel Fox at The Royal Oak Folk, Lewes, East Sussex, UK. Edel Fox is a concertina player from Miltown Malbay Co. Clare. She began playing at the age of 7. Edel learnt much of her music from concertina players Noel Hill, Dymphna O'Sullivan, Tim Collins and Tony O'Connell as well as local musicians such as Pete Haugh, Michael Mahoney and Peadar Crotty. Over the years, Edel's playing has been hugely influenced by the music and recordings of Willie Clancy, Bobby Casey, Junior Crehan and Mrs. Crotty, etc. Edel spent much of her teenage years playing with, and learning from Jackie Daly, who she cites as one of her influences. In 2004, Edel was awarded the TG4 Gradam Ceoltóir Óg na Bliana (Young Musician of the Year). Since then she has travelled extensively as both a teacher and performer of the tradition. She released an album to critical acclaim with the Galway fiddler Ronan O'Flaherty in 2006." Posted on Youtube on the 23rd of June 2011 by PRAK14.

Chapel Gate Wrenboys at Tulla Trad 2012

"Opening night of Tulla Traditional Irish Music Festival, 7th September 2012. Tulla, County Clare." Posted on Youtube on the 7th of September 2012 by coopermartin66.

Jean Regan & Tola Custy

"Short animated film using Tola Custy's Irish Traditional Tune 'Everybody Loves Helen Mirren' with the artwork of Jean Regan. This film is created as an exhibition piece for the Anon is Anall exhibition which will open on the 17th March 2013 in Glor, Ennis, County Clare." Posted on Youtube on the 31st of January 2013 by Carmel Doherty.

"Cliffs of Moher" - Music by Rubin Henkel

"When I was a child I often visited Ireland and once we went to see the Cliffs of Moher. I have been absolutely impressed by their fascinating sight and it became a wonderful memory for me. In this piece i try to convey my feelings when i first saw them. Enjoy." Posted on Youtube on the 13th of December 2012 by Rubin Henkel.

The Cry of The Burren - Music by Eamon Wall

The Cry of The Burren, written and arranged by Eamon Wall. Posted on Youtube on the 19th of October 2009 by Denis Nolan.

Ennistymon and Lahinch - County Clare

"Ennistymon is located a few miles from the Atlantic Coast, near Lahinch and close to Liscannor, Cliffs of Moher and Doolin. Ennistymon is also close to the Burren so it is ideally located to visit the surrounding area. Being the largest town in North Clare it is always busy and has a lot to offer the visitor." Posted on Youtube on the 7th of January 2013 by mydestinationvideo.

Call from the Hills - paragliding at Fanore, County Clare

Posted on Youtube on the 6th of February 2013 by Jacek Chodanowski.

Why you should visit Doonbeg village, County Clare

"Here's a short video designed to present and promote the best of what Doonbeg has to offer. Doonbeg is a small coastal village in the western part of County Clare, Ireland. It is defined by its cultural (music, dancing and singing), sporting (golf, gaelic football and rowing) and geographic hallmarks." Posted on Youtube on the 11th of February 2013 by 89KFitz.

West Clare Railway – Working on a Dream

"Photographs from the West Clare Railway, Moyasta, Co. Clare, Ireland." Posted on Yoytube on the 31st of January 2013 by Jack Duggan.

Friday 8 February 2013

Carolan’s Farewell to Music - Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill

Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill live at Copenhagen Folk Club, September 2012. Posted on Youtube on the 16th of September 2012 by HerrBlackwood.

Micilin Conlon - Devil on the Griddle, Drowsie Maggie

Micilin Conlon playing Devil on the Griddle and Drowsie Maggie. Posted on Youtube on the 13th of April 2009 by Peter Corfield.

Marian Curtin, Therese McInerney & Francis Cunningham in Cois na hAbhna

All Ireland champion Francis Cunningham from Crusheen and Marian Curtin and Therese McInerney from Miltown Malbay play the slip jig T. Rafferty and the reel The Bunch of Green Rushes in Cois na hAbhna, Ennis. Postd on Youtube on the 18th of April 2011 by Therese McInerney.

Set dancing at the Armada, 2006 Willie Clancy Festival

Dancing at the Armada hotel during the 2006 Willie Clancy Festival. Music by Michael Sexton and Pat Walsh. Posted on Youtube on the 17th of December 2012 by TimeToPolka.

Ennis named as first town in Ireland to achieve Purple Flag

Ennis is the first town in Ireland accredited with the prestigious International Purple Flag Award proving Ennis’ claim to be the Friendliest Town in Ireland. The Purple Flag means Excellence in appeal and Management of town centres in the evening and at night. Brian O’Neill, chairman of Promote Ennis, said: “We are delighted to be the first town in Ireland accredited with the prestigious international Purple Flag award proving Ennis’s claim to be the Friendliest Town in Ireland. It is a huge honour and credit to the town, the people of Ennis and Clare and our dynamic working group – a collaboration incorporating the Ennis’ business community, Ennis Town Council, Shannon Development and Ennis Gardai. Visitors to the Town can enjoy a vibrant, appealing, well-managed and safe evening and night-time economy. This distinguished accreditation brings with it increased tourism potential for Ennis and ranks the county town among over 35 towns and cities in UK who are proudly flying Purple Flag, many of which have direct connections into Shannon Airport.” More info…

Mick O'Dea and Martin Hayes, Anon is Anall III

"Short Animated film using Martin Hayes's tune Mick O'Dea's Reel as the backing tune to Mick O'Dea's artwork. This film was mixed by Carmel Doherty to be included into the audio visual exhibition Anon is Anall III in Glor, Ennis, Co Clare, Ireland. This exhibition will open on 17th March 2013." Posted on Youtube on the 7th of February 2013 by Carmel Doherty.

Cliffs of Moher - County Clare

"A designated UNESCO Geo Park and a contender for the new Seven Wonders of the World, the Cliffs of Moher stretch over eight kilometres where the Atlantic Ocean meets the west Clare coast. The Cliffs are located just south of the village of Doolin, and are the most visited tourist attraction in Ireland. Once you go there you will know why!" Posted on Youtube on the 7th of January 2013 by mydestinationvideo.

Spancilhill - County Clare

Posted on Youtube on the 7th of January 2013 by mydestinationvideo.

Kitesurfing in Lahinch

Posted on Youtube on the 27th of January 2013 by ario cb.

Parade of Tractors in East Clare

"A small parade I came across while cycling in East Clare, Ireland one day..." Posted on Youtube on the 29th of January 2013 by Siobhan O'Connor.

Friday 1 February 2013

Kilfenora Ceili Band with Michael Donnellan - 2013 New Year Concert

"Garry Shannon & Michael Donnellan compete! Glor, Ennis, Co Clare, Ireland, 5th Jan 2013." Posted on Youtube on the 9th of January 2013 by IsMiseKey.

Nollaig Theas - Tim Dennehy and Josephine Marsh

"TIM DENNEHEY: Vocals, Music and Lyrics accompanied by JOSEPHINE MARSH on Accordion: from the album OLD BOOTS AND FLYING SANDALS, A Compilation of Original Songs and Favorite Poems. SCELIG RECORDS, MILTOWN MALBAY, Co.Clare,IRELAND. WEBSITE: Lyrics and translations are on the this site." Posted on Youtube on the 24th of December 2012 by HEADSUPBERKELEY.

Let it go - Emer O'Flaherty

"New music from Co. Clare based singer/songwriter/musician. All rights reserved. (c) Emer O'Flaherty Music 2013. Check out other samples on Thanks for listening." Posted on Youtube on the 17th of January 2013 by Misemefein80.

Tulla - County Clare

Posted on Youtube on the 7th of January 2013 by mydestinationvideo.

Irish Folk Furniture

"IRISH FOLK FURNITURE: Debuting at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and available only on YouTube. An animated documentary about repair and recycling in rural Ireland. Directed by Tony Donoghue. Funded by The Irish Film Board, RTE, The Arts Council." Not directly related to County Clare - but irresistible. Posted on Youtube on 16th of January 2013 by Tony W Donoghue.

Costa Book of the Year 2012

Bring Up the Bodies, the winner of the 2012 Man Booker Prize, has been named the 2012 Costa Book of the Year. Hilary Mantel has become the first author to win both awards in the same year. Bring Up the Bodies is the second part of a trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, chief minister to Henry VIII and concentrates on the three weeks in which Henry's second wife, Anne Boleyn, is arrested, tried and executed for treason. Wolf Hall, the first book, which won the 2009 Man Booker Prize, tells the story of Cromwell's rise to prominence in the Tudor court. Mantel is currently working on the final book in the trilogy to be called The Mirror and the Light. This novel will follow Thomas Cromwell from the heights of his power to his fall and execution in the summer of 1540. The Man Booker Committee described Bring up the Bodies, which has sold over 240,000 hardback copies already, as “One of the greatest achievements of modern literature.”

Father Ted Tours - County Clare

"A video of a typical Ted Tours tour, in Ted Country, Co. Clare, Ireland." Posted on Youtube on the 22nd of January 2013 by tedtours.

County Clare Bike Ride Clips

Doolin, Lahinch and fanore are featured on these clips. Posted on Youtube on the 28th of January 2013 by vitadvdwalks.

Lahinch Surftrip

Posted on Youtube on the 25th of January 2013 by Alfonso Molina.

Crazy waves at Kilkee

Posted on Youtube on the 27th of January 2013 by leahmxxxxx.