Friday, 28 June 2013
Friday, 21 June 2013
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
The theme of this year’s event is ‘1 family torn apart by war is too many’. All library branches across Clare will display books on refugee related topics for both adults and children from this Wednesday until the end of next week. Libraries will also have bookmarks to give away and activity sheets for children to help raise awareness and understanding of the issues faced by refugees.
For stories told by refugees living in Ireland see http://www.unhcr.ie/world-refugee-day/refugee-stories
Monday, 17 June 2013
The Summer Reading Challenge gets thousands of children into libraries to keep up their reading skills and confidence during the long holidays. In collaboration with the British-based Reading Agency, Clare County Library will have a starter pack and lots of incentives to see children through the annual summer six book challenge. The theme for the 2013 Summer Reading Challenge is Creepy House, and all promotional materials are illustrated by award winning children’s author Chris Riddell. The theme ties into publishing trends for books that thrill children without being too scary. It is also a theme which will appeal to a wide age range and to both genders. And if something creepy is not what you’re looking for, you are free to simply choose your favourite reads including fact books, joke books and picture books, just as long as they are borrowed from the library. Every time your child finishes a book they get stickers and rewards and there's a certificate for everyone that finishes the challenge at a fun entertainment evening for all participants in five of our main branch libraries in the Autumn.
The Summer Reading Challenge is designed to have maximum child appeal. It is not a competition but a personal challenge within a particular time frame which offers reading inspiration and incentives to encourage children to use their local libraries. Staff at Clare County Library are looking forward to adding your child’s name to the list of participants in the 2013 Summer Reading Challenge.
Thursday, 13 June 2013
Posted on Youtube on the 5th of june 2013 by Neil Coffey.
Tuesday, 11 June 2013
Mary’s great-grandson, Ian Beard, who was researching the family’s history, had drawn a blank on Mary’s background, until the Passenger List for the ‘Beulah’ was released on ancestry.com.au, leading him to Mary’s place of origin. The list includes names of girls from Ballyvaughan, Ennis, Ennistymon and Kilrush Workhouses.
Ian Beard has also transcribed the Passenger List for the ‘Calcutta’, which also sailed in 1851 with orphans from Clare workhouses. Their preparations and journey are described by Michael MacMahon in his article ‘From Clare to Van Diemen’s Land’.
Monday, 10 June 2013
"I’m thrilled to see an Irish author of such immense talent take home this year’s award. City of Bohane is a vivid, atmospheric portrayal of a city in the West of Ireland set in the future but mired in the past. The highly original cast of characters are at once flamboyant and malevolent, speaking in a vernacular like no other," said the Lord Mayor of Dublin and Patron of the Award, Naoise Ó Muirí, as Barry was presented with his cheque for €100,000. Kevin Barry is the third Irish author to win the prize. It was awarded to Colm Tóibín in 2006 for The Master and to Colum McCann in 2011 for Let the Great World Spin.
Thursday, 6 June 2013
Vincent Griffin and friends: Traditional Irish music from the shady groves of Ayle, County Clare was recorded at The Tulla Courthouse where Vincent Griffin was joined by Seamus Bugler, Geraldine Carrig, Tim Collins, Ged Foley, Pat Mac and Padraic O'Reilly in a tribute to the fabled East Clare fiddler.
The knotted chord: traditional music from County Clare is flute player Eamonn Cotter's second solo release, coming twenty years after his first album.
Ennis accordion player Johnny McCarthy is joined by Alph Duggan on Steele's Rock: traditional music from the capital of Clare.
For the full list of CDs added to the library’s collection for borrowing so far this year see http://opac.clarelibrary.ie/search~S1?/ftlist^bib10%2C1%2C0%2C100/mode=2, and of course listen to Clare traditional music on our Music of Clare project.
A magnificent oak tree in Raheen Woods, Tuamgraney, East Clare, is associated with Brian Boru who was reputedly born nearby. The tree is over 1,000 years old with a girth of 26 feet. The tree stands in one of the last surviving sections of Ireland's ancient wild oak forests - the forest of Suidain of the Sliabh Aughty Mountains. The National Monuments Service has listed the tree in its Archaeological Survey as a Ritual Site/ Holy Tree. Photographs of Brian Boru’s Oak are included in the Archaeological Monuments of Clare Collection in Foto, a collection donated to the library by an anonymous donor.
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Clare County Library has joined up with Clare County Childcare Committee and Clare Family Learning Project (Clare VEC) to host events in selected branch libraries to launch a new website developed by the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) designed to help parents support their children’s education. Help My Kid Learn is a website where people can see that supporting a child’s literacy and numeracy development is a natural, easy and fun activity that can be integrated into any part of their day.
Parents of children aged 0-12 years are invited to a relaxed evening at the De Valera Public Library, Ennis, on Tuesday, 11th June where Executive Librarian Patricia Fitzgerald will give a talk on topics such as the importance of joining your local library and how to do this, extra library activities available to children throughout the year, the different categories of library books for children and how to find them and the availability of DVDs and Internet access for children. Mary Flanagan from the Clare Family Learning Project will talk about the importance of playing games to help with many areas of learning and how to have fun with numbers. There will also be a brief showcase of NALA’s Help My Kid Learn website. A number of coordinated events will take place in other libraries countywide. Tutors from Clare Family Learning Project will visit Scariff and Shannon on Tuesday June 11th while Ennistymon, Kilrush and Killaloe will have their events on Wednesday 12th June. There will be information packs available to take away from each library on the night. All events will be held from 6.45pm sharp to 8pm. For more information phone 065-6821616 or visit www.clarelibrary.ie.
In conjunction with the launch of the website a new six-part series called The Family Project has begun on RTE ONE. Airing every Monday night, from Monday 20 May, at 7.30pm, the series follows families from around Ireland working together to overcome educational issues that affect their lives. Once again this year, NALA has a free distance education service to run alongside the new TV series. The Freephone support line is 1800 20 20 65. http://www.helpmykidlearn.ie
This app is an initiative of the Clare, Galway and North Tipperary Heritage Officers and The Heritage Council and is funded by the Heritage Council and the three local authorities.
Here are the links to the app for