Friday, 20 December 2013
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Thursday, 12 December 2013
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
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Nelson Mandela: the struggle is my life: his speeches and writings brought together with historical documents and accounts of Mandela in prison by fellow-prisoners.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.
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
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
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Monday, 2 December 2013
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 http://www.irishbookawards.ie/.
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
Thursday, 21 November 2013
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
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 www.tg4.ie under the ‘Check it out’ section.
Friday, 15 November 2013
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
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
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
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.
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
Tuesday, 5 November 2013
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 www.michaelmorpurgo.com will host author videos, author downloads and other free resources.
Monday, 4 November 2013
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
Thursday, 24 October 2013
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Thursday, 17 October 2013
Wednesday, 16 October 2013
Friday, 11 October 2013
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.
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
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
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
Friday, 27 September 2013
Wednesday, 25 September 2013
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.
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 http://richardandjudy.whsmith.co.uk/search-for-a-bestseller-form/
Friday, 20 September 2013
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).