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.