Friday, 31 May 2013
Tuesday, 28 May 2013
The children of first class from the Holy Family Scoil na nÓg Ennis visited deValera Public Library, Ennis, on the morning of May 21st to celebrate Africa Day. During an hour long visit the children were entertained by stories about the continent chosen from the library’s picture book collection and delivered by Library Assistant Seamus Ryan. Shola Kogbodoku, originally from Nigeria and now living in Ennis, joined the celebrations to tell the children the names of African animals in her native language, Yoruba. Shola brought a display of the most amazing, colourful clothes from her home in Nigeria and explained to the children how they were made and decorated. The children also got a chance to dress in an array of African kangas made from stunning, vibrant, printed fabrics and they very much enjoyed experimenting with African gourd percussion instruments, all expertly demonstrated by Shola to whom the library is very grateful for her enthusiasm in helping with this event.
Monday, 27 May 2013
Friday, 24 May 2013
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
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On Thursday 16th May, Kilrush Public Library hosted a Card-making Workshop by Mary Reynolds. Mary provided a great variety of craft material and demonstrated various techniques such as decoupage and spiral designs. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and created some beautiful cards.
Friday, 17 May 2013
Thursday, 16 May 2013
Africa Day, designated by the African Union as an annual celebration of the continent’s unity, falls on 25th May each year. Africa Day provides an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of the peoples and governments of Africa; and their host country’s government for Africans in Diaspora, to reaffirm a combined and continued support to build a better future. Africa is a dynamic continent undergoing fundamental transformation. 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Africa Day. Celebrations to mark the day occur across the globe and in some African states it is a designated national holiday.
Events are taking place throughout County Clare during the week 19th-26th May as part of these celebrations. For its part, Clare County Library will showcase a selection of African books and books by African authors by having book displays in many of our branches. On Tuesday 21st May the De Valera Public Library in Ennis will play host to children from the Holy Family National School and entertain them with an African story time. Also to mark Africa Day Irish Aid has invited book clubs nationwide to take part in the Africa Day Book Club event. ‘How to Read the Air’ by Dinaw Mengestu has been chosen as the Africa Day 2013 Book Club book. Some copies of this book are available in branches of Clare County Library. For more information you can visit the library website at www.clarelibrary.ie or phone 065-6821616.
Clare County Council will also take part in the celebrations by hosting a “Taste of Africa” event in the foyer of Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis on Wednesday, 22nd May. Celebrations will include samples of African food and entertainment with African music. For more information phone 065-6821616.
Africa Day 25th May
As part of the Bealtaine Festival, Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge, hosted a 'knitting celebration' on Wednesday, 15th May. A knitting group meets in the library every week and on this special day they displayed their work and celebrated it with some light refreshments and chat.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Remembering the Great Irish Famine on RTE Nationwide, featuring the National Famine Commemoration in Kilrush, County Clare http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10148486/
The National Famine Memorial Day Commemoration in Kilrush, as attended by President Michael D. Higgins, diplomatic corps, Defence Forces, religious leaders and members of the public. RTE live coverage of the event. http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10148303/
and the extensive information on the Kilrush Poor Law Union at http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/history/intro.htm
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Kilrush Public Library hosted a sit and knit/crochet workshop on Monday 13th May. 11 adults and 2 children took part and some people brought along their beautiful handmade creations, which were admired by all. This group of adults meets every Monday afternoon at the Family Resource Centre, Kilrush from 2.30 – 4pm and newcomers are always welcome.
Transition Year students from Colaiste Mhuire, Ennis, engaged in ‘Being an Archaeologist for a day’ activities at Clare Museum. At this workshop students learn to excavate, record and describe their finds under the supervision of a professional archaeologist. This experience informs the students about the profession at a time when they are still deciding the academic route they will take at university or other third level college. The final workshop for this term will take place on Thursday, 16th May, and is already fully subscribed. However, Transition Year co-ordinators interested in booking their TY classes into future workshops should contact John Rattigan, Museum Curator at 065-6823382.
Monday, 13 May 2013
The weekend is tailored towards aspiring writers and lovers of literature everywhere. Many artists and writers spent time in Doolin, including J.M. Synge, George Bernard Shaw, Dylan Thomas, Augustus John and Oliver St. John Gogarty. The weekend kicks off with the entertaining Terri Hooley who will talk about his memoir ‘Good Vibrations.’ Terri Hooley is a prominent figure in the Belfast punk scene and founder of the Good Vibrations record shop and label, responsible for bands such as The Undertones, Rudi and The Outcasts making their mark on the national music scene in Ireland & Britain. After playing Teenage Kicks on BBC national radio John Peel then became a big supporter of the Good Vibrations record label. The label celebrated its thirty- year anniversary in April 2008. The film based on the book is currently in the cinemas and is receiving rave reviews. Other highlights of the weekend include a song writing workshop with Steve Wall of The Walls & The Stunning, local author Eddie Stack who will give a talk about Doolin’s own bohemian poet Francis McNamara and playwright and novelist Peter Sheridan will perform his one man show ‘Break a Leg'. There will also be workshops in novel writing, short story writing and poetry from Colette Caddle, Mike McCormack and Sarah Clancy.