Friday 30 October 2015

Seamus Begley and Oisin MacDiarmada, accompanied By Padraic O'Reilly at the Corofin Traditional Festival

"Seamus Begley and Oisin MacDiarmada accompanied By Padraic O'Reilly #2 at The Corofin Traditional Festival February 28th, 2014." Posted on Youtube on the 16th of March 2014 by Niamhaines.

Ann Kirrane - "Working the Streets" live in concert at the Kilfenora Music Festival

"Vince Keehan's song, "Working the Streets" from Kilfenora Music Festival - April 2013. Ann Kirrane, vocals/concertina, Garry O'Briain, piano & Musical Director, Ronan Greene, Fiddle & Barry Brady, Accordion. Video - Key Hideki-Nakao." Posted on Youtube on the 28th of May 2013 by Padraig Stevens.

Liscannor Bay by The Fiddle Case at Doolin Folk Festival

Mick Flynn's song "Liscannor Bay" played by The Fiddle Case - Jon O'Connell, Eoin O'Neill, Quentin Cooper and Adam Shapiro - at the Doolin Folk Festival June 13th 2015. Posted on Youtube on the 7th of October 2015 by Anne-Lotte Paymans.

Fancy a scary movie for Halloween?

Fancy a scary movie for Halloween? Films on DVD are available in Ennis, Ennistymon, Kilrush, Kilkee, Scariff and Shannon Libraries and may be requested from any library. We've got The Birds, Blair Witch Project, Bride of Frankenstein, Dawn of the Dead, Nosferatu, Let Me In, The Wicker Man and lots, lots more. Check the library catalogue at and for a list of new DVDs see^bib09%2C1%2C0%2C151/mode=2

Matchmaker Willie Daly and some of his clients at the Matchmaking Festival 2015 in Lisdoonvarna

Matchmaker Willie Daly and some of his clients at the Matchmaking Festival 2015 in Lisdoonvarna, County Clare. Posted on Youtube on the 21st of September 2015 by Ronan McGreevy.

Some Aerial Views of Killaloe and Ballina

"Here is a small video showing a little bit of Killaloe, County Clare and Ballina, Co Tipperary. The two villages are separated only by a bridge over the river Shannon." Posted on Youtube on the 3rd of October 2015 by Videocopter Ireland.

GE Industrial Internet: Creating a More Efficient Power Plant - Whitegate, County Clare

"GE created a unique energy management solution to help the Whitegate power plant facility reduce costs and improve overall plant efficiency. With advanced diagnostics and metrics, the Whitegate power plant makes better decisions with the management of big data. GE has the ability to leverage data to help customers use software and analytics to form a more intelligent power station. As technology and data continues to merge, the industrial internet will continue to play a key role in the success of power plants globally." Posted on Youtube on the 23rd of October 2015 by GE-Power Services.

Ghost Estate for Halloween - A Haunted House Luminaria in Scariff Public Library

A Haunted House Luminaria craft session took place in Scariff Public Library yesterday for a group of 7 -11 year olds as part of Scariff Library’s 'Boom' Young People's Arts Festival. There was great imagination put to use decorating houses with lots of spooky bats, witches, creepy spiders and skulls. The houses were then lit up with 'led' nightlights inside to let all the glitter sparkle.

Tuesday 27 October 2015

The Internet Archive - free online digital books

The Internet Archive is a nonprofit digital library that provides free public access to collections of digitised materials, including public-domain books. The Open Library is part of the Internet Archive which aims to be an online public library. The site contains the full texts of over one and a half million public-domain books, all of which are fully readable, downloadable and searchable. In the Digital Books section of Clare County Library’s website we have collected a selection of Clare and Irish interest books which are available through the Open Library and other sources. Links to the online books are arranged by subject. You may find material here of interest, particularly rare and out-of-print publications.

Brooklyn - from book to film

The film Brooklyn premiered in Dublin last week. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Domnhall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters, the film is based on Colm Toibin’s book of the same name which was published in 2009. The film tells the story of Eilis Lacey who leaves 1950s Ireland for New York. There she falls in love but later has to choose between her life in the US and her life back home, between love and duty. Directed by John Crowley, Brooklyn met with critical acclaim following showings at the Sundance, New York and Vancouver film festivals earlier this year, and Ronan has been tipped for an Oscar nomination for her performance.

Friday 23 October 2015

Morglor Award Concert for Eoin O'Neill, Encore Set, Ennis, October 2015

Part of encore set featuring Brid O'Gorman. With Eoin O'Neill, Dermot Byrne, Tim Collins, Kevin Crawford, Quentin Cooper, Adam Shapiro, Jon O'Connell and Luka Bloom. Playing the Gold Ring and the Leitrim Jig followed by an unknown reel.

Part of encore set with Eoin O'Neill, Joan Hanrahan, Brid O'Gorman, Yvonne Casey, Lorraine O'Brien, Dermot Byrne, Kevin Crawford, Tim Collins, Quentin Cooper, Terry Bingham, Kevin Griffin, Adam Shapiro, Luka Bloom, Jon O'Connell and Aoibheann Queally.

Morglor Award Concert for Eoin O'Neill, Glor, Ennis, October 2015. Posted on Youtube on the 15th of October 2015 by Robert Singer.

Tony MacMahon - 'Sé Mo Laoch

A portrait of County Clare's Tony MacMahon, also featuring John Kelly and Micho Russell from TG4's 'Se Mo Laoch series. Postedb on Youtube on the 16th of October 2012 by Liam McKeogh.

The Girl of County Clare (1856), sung by James Patrick Callahan with Dan Savin on Piano

The Girl of County Clare, composed by W. J. Wetmore in 1856, sung here by James Patrick Callahan with Dan Savin on piano. Posted on Youtube on the 12th of October 2015 by James Callahan.

The Outing 2015, Lisdoonvarna, County Clare - Bigger & Better

"The world's first gay and lesbian matchmaking and music weekend, The Outing, was held on the first weekend of October this year in the small village of Lisdoonvarna in County Clare. This year's festival was extra special as on May 22, the Republic of Ireland made history as the first country in the world to recognize marriage equality by popular vote. The electorate voted YES to include a new clause about marriage in the Constitution: 'Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex'. The Outing’s 2015 edition (2 – 4 October) as a result promised to be even bigger and better than before and it did not disappoint. Open to everyone, straight, the LGBT community, and their friends and families, the fantastic line up of Irish and international stars left everyone smiling." Posted on Youtube on the 8th of October 2015 by discoverireland.

Ireland Reaching Out Exhibition in Tulla, County Clare, Sept 2015

"Epic Journeys Ellis Island brings to life the experiences of people who left Ireland around the end of the 19th Century and passed through the Immigration Station at Ellis Island before scattering to all parts of North America to begin a new life. The exhibition is the result of a research project undertaken by Ireland Reaching Out ( with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as part of the Government’s Emigrant Support Programme. The exhibition has been on display in Tulla, County Clare, since August 2015 and has been warmly received by both the local community and also the extended Diaspora community of Tulla." Posted on Youtube on the 6th of October 2015 by Ireland Reaching Out.

The Memorial Garden in Tuamgraney, County Clare

"This Memorial Garden is tended lovingly by the people of Tuamgraney, County Clare." Posted on Youtube on the 17th of July 2015 by clare virtually.

Kilrush & Miltown Malbay, County Clare

A short clip featuring Kilrush and Miltown Malbay, County Clare. Posted on Youtube on the 14th of May 2007 by clarebannerman.

Camping, Kayaking, and Skiking in Mountshannon, County Clare

"Camping, Kayaking, Skiking & Knitting is something that I love to do during any day off. Weekend is a perfect time to escape from the place where you spend your week and try to go and see something new. Drive somewhere where you haven't been before." Posted on Youtube on the 4th of October 2015 by Barbara Nalewko.

Launch of county plans for 1916 centenary celebrations

Pictured at the launch of county plans for 1916 centenary celebrations in the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham on Thursday, 8th October are left to right:
Cllr Pat Hayes, Chairman, 1916/2016 Steering Group; Heather Humphreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, Cllr James Breen, Cathaoirleach, Clare County Council; An Tanaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton; Alan Kelly, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government and Helen Walsh, Clare County Librarian and Clare County Council 1916/2016 Co-ordinator.

Tuesday 20 October 2015

BOOM - Young People’s Arts Festival at Scariff Library 27th-30th October

Artist led art and animation workshops, storytime, crafts and early years music are some of the children's activities on offer during the mid term break in Scariff Public Library.

Friday 16 October 2015

Packie Russell and Marcus Walsh playing at Gus O'Connor's Pub, Doolin, 1973

Packie Russell on concertina and Marcus Walsh on bodhrán playing in Gussie O'Connor's Pub, Doolin, County Clare, in April 1973. Posted on Youtube on the 15th of October 2007 by clarebannerman.

Kilfenora Céilí Band at the Fleadh Nua, Ennis, 2015

Kilfenora Céilí Band at the Fleadh Nua, Ennis, playing Waltz & Kitt's Reel Set. Posted on Youtube on the 27th of September 2015 by Frank de Mooij.

Riches of Clare Concert in Feakle, August 2015, with Eileen O'Brien, Andrew McNamara, and Geraldine Cotter

"Eileen O'Brien, Andrew McNamara, and Geraldine Cotter performing at the last Riches of Clare concert of the 2015 season on August 10, 2015 as part of the Feakle Festival (03)." Posted on Youtube on the 18th of August 2015 by Niamhaines.

American Paper Buck finds his great grandmother Elizabeth MacNamara's home in County Clare

"In June 2015, Ireland Reaching Out helped Paper Buck, who had travelled from the USA, to locate the homestead of his ancestors in County Clare. John Creedon and his team were there to film the moment when Paper stood on his ancestors' land for the first time." The McNamara family are listed on the 1901 Census here (bottom of page). Posted on Youtube on the 7th of October 2015 by Ireland Reaching Out.

Hiking Mullaghmore in The Burren, County Clare

Hiking Mullaghmore in The Burren, County Clare. Posted on Youtube on the 13th of October 2015 by Keith Daly.

Lahinch April 2015 - from the air

"Our brief summer in April surfing and golfing in Lahinch, County Clare". Posted on Youtube on the 9th of October 2015 by The Magic Camera.

Thursday 15 October 2015

Marlon James - Man Booker Prize Winner 2015

Jamaican author Marlon James has won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. The novel is based on the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in 1976 and James says that a huge part of the novel was inspired by reggae music. 686 pages long with over 75 characters from CIA agents to drug dealers, the novel features gang violence, drugs and graphic sex but also lots of laughs.

In a New York Times review, Michiko Kakutani said of the novel
“It’s like a Tarantino remake of “The Harder They Come” but with a soundtrack by Bob Marley and a script by Oliver Stone and William Faulkner, with maybe a little creative boost from some primo ganja.”

In addition to his £50,000 prize and trophy, James also received a designer bound edition of his book and a further £2,500 for being shortlisted. He can also expect a dramatic increase in sales of the book.

Author Debbie Thomas inspires young readers in Kilmihil, Kildysart, Corofin and Newmarket, County Clare

Debbie Thomas, author of the trilogy Dead Hairy, Jungle Tangle and Monkie Business and the newly published Class Act was back in Clare’s libraries this week to inspire young readers in Kilmihil, Kildysart, Corofin and Newmarket. Debbie was a delight to listen to and involved her audiences right throughout her presentations using practical exercises to show them how stories are created. She shared stories of past experiences and employments including working as a radio news presenter with the BBC to illustrate her path to becoming a writer of children’s books.

Included in feedback on the event from Kildysart Library, Branch Librarian Margaret Sheehan commented, “The pupils really enjoyed the event and promised to take on board Debbie’s advice of writing ideas down to turn into stories. All of Debbie’s books that I had in the library were borrowed by the classes attending on the day.”

Wednesday 14 October 2015

Baptisms Registers - Kilmurry Ibrickan, Kilmaley, and O’Callaghan’s Mills, County Clare

A number of Baptisms Registers have been added to the BMD section of Donated Materials on Clare County Librarys website recently, thanks to some diligent transcribers. Transcriptions of the 19th century baptism registers for the Catholic Parishes of Kilmurry Ibrickan (Marie Crowley), Kilmaley (John Mayer) and O’Callaghan’s Mills (Sharon Carberry) will be of great benefit to family history researchers. All three are on-going projects. Transcription work is now greatly facilitated by the online Catholic Parish registers of baptism and marriage which have been made available on the National Library of Ireland’s website Thank you to Marie, John and Sharon, and to all our donors.

Positive Ageing Week at Scariff Library

Scariff Public Library entertained a group of senior library users who came to our screening of To Kill a Mockingbird as part of Positive Ageing Week. We used a large screen TV and the picture and sound quality was perfect. We had very positive feedback from everybody who attended and have agreed to organize a similar event on a more regular basis. This was a free event and was enjoyed by all!

Monday 5 October 2015

Riches of Clare Concert in Feakle, August 2015, with Mary McNamara, Eileen O'Brien, Andrew McNamara, and Geraldine Cotter

"Mary McNamara, Eileen O'Brien, Andrew McNamara, and Geraldine Cotter performing at the last Riches of Clare concert of the 2015 season as part of the Feakle Festival on August 10, 2015 (01)." Posted on Youtube on the 16th of August 2015 by Niamhaines.

Kilfenora Céilí Band - Up For the Final 1995

The Kilfenora Céilí Band with the Michael Donnelan Dancers on RTE's Up For The Final TV programme, recorded prior to the 1995 All Ireland Hurling Final. Posted on Youtube on the 20th of August 2015 by Garry Shannon.

Kilkee sunset filmed from the air

Sunset in Kilkee, County Clare, filmed from the air by O'Donovan Productions. Posted on Youtube on the 2nd of September 2015 by O'Donovan Productions.

Longbow making and archery at Ballyhannon House, Quin, County Clare

Longbow making and archery at Ballyhannon House Riding Centre, Quin, County Clare. Posted on Youtube on the 17th of September 2015 by Brooksvideocom.

Mr Singh My Heart's Delight by Brian Friel (1971)

Mr Singh My Heart's Delight, a short film made in 1971 starring Sheila Matchett, Paul Hoffman Bill McCaddon and Renu Setna, produced by Peter Chesney, with cameraman Roger Pratt, from a story written by Brian Friel. Posted on Youtube on the 20th of April 2014 by Paul Hoffmann.

25th anniversary of Brian Friel's 'Translations' on RTÉ’s Rattlebag

"RTÉ (Irish public radio) documentary on Field Day marking the 25th anniversary of the opening night of Brian Friel's play 'Translations'. Includes interviews with Prof Kevin Whelan of the Keough-Naughton Institute at the University of Notre Dame, and Stephen Rea, Field Day co-founder. First aired 23 September 2005." Posted on Youtube on the 24th of February 2015 by Field Day.

Friday 2 October 2015

Digital Platform for Contemporary Irish Writing

The English Department at University College Dublin has published a new public online resource, the Digital Platform for Contemporary Irish Writing

The pilot project, entitled "50 Irish Books", features books by Irish writers published between 2009 and 2013. Each title on the list comes with links to a wide range of reviews and author interviews, along with many other online text, audio and video resources. The aim is to highlight the variety of resources relating to contemporary Irish writing for the information and enjoyment of the reading public and to support courses on Irish literature taught internationally. The 50 selected books span fiction, memoir, short stories, poetry and drama. The team at UCD say that they look forward to developing and amplifying 50 Irish Books through the participation of readers, writers, academics and publishers.

Autumn Reading for Children with Clare County Library

Now that summer is over it’s time for children to get themselves stuck in a good book and Clare County Library is here to help. Six of our branch libraries run book clubs for children and their members have provided reviews of books they have read . There is also an on-line list of Book Promotions which gathers together children’s books on various themes and links to fun and educational kids’ websites. All books reviewed are available through Clare libraries. Membership of the children's library is free and members may borrow a total of four books from any library branch in the county. Also, of course, Children’s Book Festival has just started with plenty of book-based activities and events throughout the county.