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.