Thursday, 29 August 2013
Born in the Turnpike, Brendan Considine, along with his brothers William ‘The Dodger’ and Turlough ‘Tull’Considine achieved fame over three decades as both hurlers and footballers. Brendan is reputed to be the youngest ever winner of an All-Ireland Senior Hurling Medal – he was a 17 year old student in St Flannan’s when Clare won the title in 1914.
When he finished school he took up a position with the Munster and Leinster Bank and was frequently moved to branches around the country. He consequently represented Dublin, Waterford and Cork during his playing career. Leinster and All-Ireland Senior Hurling medals he won with Dublin also make up part of the display, along with rare medals awarded for participation in hurling tournaments organised to raise funds for Republican relief organisations during the War of Independence. A member of Sinn Fein, Brendan Considine spent time on the run and had once been on hunger strike for 42 days.
According to Museum Curator John Rattigan, this is a rare opportunity to see the collection. "Although photographs of the medals are viewable on the museum website, they were last displayed to the public in 2006. However, other GAA medals such as the one won by Ned Grace in 1914 make up part of the permanent exhibition". The medals will be on display until mid-September.
Draft national strategy for libraries open to public consultation 2nd Sept 2013 to the 11th of October 2013
The draft national strategy for libraries will be open to public consultation from the 2nd of September 2013 to the 11th of October 2013. The draft public libraries strategy is an initiative of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, the County and City Managers’ Association and the Local Government Management Agency. It sets out a plan for the systematic growth and development of public libraries in Ireland for the period 2013 to 2017 in the context of people’s changing needs, Government policy and the current and predicted economic, social and cultural environment.
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
Also pictured at the recent naming ceremony of the William Smith O’Brien Public Library, Newmarket-on-Fergus were (L to R): Michael O’Brien, John O’Brien, Emby Cunningham, Director of Service Bernadette Kinsella, Mayor of Clare Cllr Joe Arkins, Conor O’Brien, Grania O’Brien Weir, Margaret O’Brien and Hugh Weir.
William O' Brien, Patriot, was born in Dromoland, County Clare on October 17th, 1803. He was the second son of Sir Edward O' Brien, fourth baronet of Dromoland. William's brother was the well-known Sir Lucius O'Brien, Conservative member for Clare. His mother was Charlotte, nee Smith, whose father owned a property called Cahirmoyle in County Limerick. William inherited it and adopted the additional surname of Smith, thereafter he is known as William Smith O'Brien...
1848 was a year of revolution all over Europe. In Ireland, William Smith O' Brien urged the formation of a National Guard, and an armed rising was planned. However, the Famine had left the country spiritless and they had made no real preparations. At the end of July a small group under O' Brien clashed with forty-six policemen at Ballingarry, Co. Tipperary. This skirmish at widow McCormack's cabbage garden brought the rising of 1848 to an inglorious end. William Smith O' Brien was arrested and sent to Clonmel for trial. Continue...
Friday, 23 August 2013
Thursday, 15 August 2013
Friday, 9 August 2013
Thursday, 8 August 2013
“Ennistymon: Vanishing Heritage” is a photographic exhibition presented by The Old Ennistymon Society celebrating the rich architectural, economic and social heritage of Ennistymon. The photographs date from the early part of the 20th Century and capture a long forgotten age. The exhibition will give a fascinating insight into now disappeared buildings, daily activities of the inhabitants, and long forgotten businesses and crafts - indeed everything that contributed to the rich tapestry of life in a north Clare market town. Included in the exhibition are many photos from Clare County Library’s Michael John Glynne Collection. The Old Ennistymon Society presents this exhibition to commemorate its 21st anniversary. The society is the voluntary organisation responsible for the preservation of Ennistymon Courthouse and developing it into the stunning arts complex “The Courthouse Studios and Gallery”. It is now a centre of excellence promoting both arts and culture in the North Clare area.
The exhibition will be launched on Friday, the 16th of August at 8pm in the Courthouse Gallery with an official opening reception by Ennistymon native Eddie Stack, author and lecturer, to which everyone with an interest in Ennistymon is cordially invited. The exhibition will run from August 16th to September 12th from noon to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday. On Wednesday August 21st at 8pm in the Courthouse Gallery there will be a heritage discussion illustrated by the film “I Was Happy Here”, depicting many of the streets and buildings portrayed in the exhibition. On Thursday morning August 22nd at 11.30 there will be a town walk led by Frank Davis, Frances Madigan and John O’Loughlin. This is a must see exhibition for everyone with an interest in how life was lived in Ennistymon, a North Clare market town, in the early to mid-20th century.
Clare County Library will play its part as it does every year in hosting heritage-themed events. For instance, members of the Clare Roots Society, Gerry Kennedy and Larry Brennan, will visit a selection of library branches to give a talk entitled ‘Starting Your Family Tree.’ Their talk will outline the basic guidelines, sources of information and the use of the Internet in research followed by a Q&A session. Branches scheduled for the talks are Scariff Public Library on Tuesday 20th August, De Valera Public Library, Ennis on Wednesday 21st August and Ennistymon Public Library on Thursday 22nd August. All talks will commence at 2.30pm. Eddie Connors of Imeco Farm in Clarecastle will also give a talk in the De Valera Public Library on Renewable Energy on Friday 23rd August at 12 noon. He will cover topics such as building your own wind turbine and rainwater harvesting. He will also discuss the pros and cons of other renewables such as hydro, solar pv, solar thermal, biofuels and electric vehicles.
On Tuesday 20th August at 7.30 pm Conjella Maguire, Heritage Officer in Clare County Council, with the support of Olive Carey and Duchas na Sionna, will present an illustrated talk entitled 'Green Infrastructures, Plan for Shannon’ in Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon. For those of you with an interest in music the library in Shannon is the place to be on Saturday, 24th August at 11.30am when The Jaskane Café Trio, made up of Etain McCooey, Karen Kelly and Jason Noone, will showcase a unique blend of oboe, violin and guitar, while playing an eclectic mix of musical genres and evoking sounds of international café culture.
Also to celebrate the week, a range of events all centred around the theme of ‘Harvest Time’ will take place at Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Public Library, Miltown Malbay and the Resource Centre on the Ballard Road. Traditional crafts displays such as spinning, weaving, making corn dollies, cookery involving seaweed etc. will all be demonstrated on the day. Ruth Marshall will be re-launching her book Celebrating Irish Festivals and Melanie Lorien will be giving a talk on the harvest. Storytelling for children will also take place. Events will continue throughout the day from 11.00am to 4pm.
All of these events are free and all are welcome. For more information you can phone Clare County Library at 065-6821616 or visit the website at www.clarelibrary.ie. Details of all events nationwide are available at www.heritageweek.ie. National Heritage Week is part of European Heritage Days, a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union. In Ireland, Heritage Week is co-ordinated by the Heritage Council in conjunction with the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government with support from the Office of Public Works and Fáilte Ireland.
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
Friday, 2 August 2013
Some of Dr George’s own photographs have been donated to Clare County Library and Clare County Archives over the years and are available on this website. The collection contains family portraits of the Macnamara family and other local families and images of social and archaeological features of late 19th and early 20th century Clare. The medical tradition was continued by George’s son, Dr Donough Wheeler Macnamara (1893-1970) and finally by his son, Dr Maccon Macnamara.
The article was written by June Shannon, an award-winning journalist with the Irish Medical News. She has a special interest in medical history which stems from a family connection in medicine going back over two generations. Her father Professor William (Bill) Shannon is a retired GP originally from Kilkee, Co Clare and his father (also called William) was also a GP. Dr William Shannon (1899-1940) from Cranny, Co Clare served as the Dispensary Medical Officer in Carraigaholt from 1929 to 1940. His son Professor William Shannon was born in Kilkee and worked as a GP in Cork from 1969 to 1987. In 1987 he was appointed as the first Professor of General Practice in Ireland at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) where he worked until retirement in 2005.
Thursday, 1 August 2013
Considine family from the Michael John Glynne Collection.
On Saturday the 3rd of August 2013, Considines, global and local, will gather at Considine’s Bar (the nearest bar to the Cliffs of Moher) reuniting the clan in their ancestral homeland of County Clare. Considine’s will be open from 11am offering beverages and light snacks. At 6pm, Maureen Considine will host an informal meet and greet encouraging those gathered to get to know their extended family by sharing their histories and family trees. At 7:30pm, Craig Considine will present his research “A Considine History, including; the origins of the name Considine (dating back to Emperor Constantine and before); the roots of the Irish Considines dating back to Brian Boru; and Considines in modern times with a focus on emigration. By 9pm there will be a traditional music seisiún led by well known Clare musicians Adrian O'Connor and Rita Dowling, and the Considine Clann will celebrate till late.
Artist Maureen Considine created this Gathering event as part of her project ‘In Search of My Father’ a contemporary art project on personal and familial identity. Maureen’s father Mathew Considine died, aged 30, when she was a newborn and having reached thirty years in 2012 Maureen became preoccupied with the question: what does it mean to be a Considine? Encouraged by family members, weary of meeting only at funerals and the occasional wedding, and members of the facebook group Club Considine, Maureen chose Considine’s Bar in the beautiful west of Ireland, close to the Cliffs of Moher, as the perfect location to call the clan home. Maureen got in touch with Kevin and Catriona Considine the owners of the bar and delighted in chatting with her distant cousin Kevin. Kevin and Maureen agreed on a date for the Considine Gathering and made a loose plan for the event, with Maureen handling the online details and Kevin and Catriona preparing to host the clan in their bar and home. Soon afterward Considines across the world, particularly the US and UK began planning their homecoming. Barry Considine and his son are travelling from New York; Pam Considine is journeying from Florida; Laura Considine Hehemann hails from Illinois and Chris Considine of New Hampshire will also make the journey home. Contact: Maureen Considine: email@example.com or 0868828557.
This week is CONSIDINE WEEK at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre where visitors will be able to select their Considine family names and bring up their own coat of arms for a photo opportunity. Also if a Considine family visits the Centre this week they will gain admittance at a reduced fee and receive a complimentary Welcome Certificate marking the occasion.