Crag Road (Quentin Cooper, Eoin O'Neill, Noirin Lynch, & Aoibheann Queally) playing McHugh's & The Mist Covered Mountain at Kilshanny House, County Clare. Filmed by Phil Greaney and James Skerritt. Posted on Youtube on the 14th of January 2014 by burrencrawler.
Friday, 28 February 2014
Paddy Glackin, Ronan Browne (Dublin), & Mary McNamara (Clare) play The Tempest
Reel, Gilbert Clancy's (The Pure Drop - 1991, March 1992 @ The Pearse
Museum, St Enda's);
Seán & Padraig Keane, Dublin May 1991, Jigs: Australian Waters, Give Us a Drink of Water, The Holly Bush;
Mairtin O'Connor, Máirín Fahy, Galway May 1991, Reels: The Ringfort, The Clarecastle.
Deirdre Havlin (Fermanagh), Bríd Harper (Donegal), May 1991, Reels: Hogan's Kevin Coyne's;
John & Pip Murphy (Wexford), June 1991, Jigs: Mickey the Moulder, Tatter Jack Walsh;
Ciarán Tourish (Donegal), Seán Potts (Dublin), March 1993, Jigs: The King of the Pipers , JOHNNY BOYLE'S;
John Lee (Leitrim) & Seamus Maguire (Sligo), June 1991, Reels: Old Mickey, McKiernan's, The Old Schoolmaster, Over the Bridge to Peggy;
Jackie Daly (Cork), Conor Keane (Clare), Paddy Glackin, Reels: New Custom House, Dowd's No 9, Doug Briggs.
Posted on Youtube on the 9th of December 2013 by TG Craic.
"A short ZomCom making the most from the destruction on the west coast of Ireland. Directed and Produced by James Skerritt. Screenplay by James Skerritt/Peadar Clancy. Make-up by Aoife Murray. Soundtrack by Paddy Mulcahy. Camera Assistant/Photographer - Cathy Duffy. Runner - Branwen Kavanagh. Zombie Jim - Peadar Clancy. Zombie Sarah - Cliona Falvey. Zombie Hugo - Hugh Galloway. Thanks to, O'Looneys Bar, Tom and Joan, Paul and all the cast and crew!" Posted on Vimeo on the 19th of February 2014 by James Skerritt.
"Ireland - Sculpted Isle is a captivating journey through Ireland's most beautiful and enigmatic landscapes. This island in the Atlantic Ocean might seem like a land trapped in time, but appearances are deceptive. From the great limestone features of The Burren to the wide, bleak boglands of County Mayo the programme reveals how the Irish landscape has undergone some of the fastest and most profound changes of any in Europe." Narrated by Fergal Keane. Posted on Youtube on the 23rd of February 2014 by GangChannel1.
First and second classes in primary schools are invited to seisiúin scéalaíochta in library branches delivered by Teresa Carmody O’Shea and Seamus Ryan. And local illustrator and founder of the children’s comic RíRá, Aidan Courtney, will be with us to present workshops through Irish for budding illustrators.
Is file í Doireann a scríobhann as Gaeilge agus as Béarla araon. Tá filíocht léi foilsithe i réimse leathan irisí in Éirinn agus go hidirnáisiúnta: san Fhrainc, i Meicsiceo, sna SAM, in Albain agus i Sasana. Bhronn an Chomhairle Ealaíon sparánacht uirthi faoi dhó (i 2011 agus i 2013). D’fhoilsigh Coiscéim an chéad cnuasach léi, dár dteideal Résheoid, agus a dara chnuasach Dúlasair. Tá a leabhairín Dordéan, Do Chroí ar fáil ó Smithereens Press. Bhuaigh sí duais filíochta Ghaeilge Wigtown 2012- duais náisiúnta filíochta na hAlbain. Ainmníodh í do duais Pushcart 2013 (S.A.M.)
Poetry and short story writing will be explored in branches of Clare County Library during Seachtain na Gaeilge 2014. On March 7th prize-winning poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa will visit Ennis and Shannon Libraries to work with groups of students. She will read from her own work and encourage classes attending to engage their imaginations in writing a poem or two of their own to be shared and discussed among the group.
Scríobhann Ré Ó Laighléis ábhar ficsin don pháiste, don déagóir agus don léitheoir fásta, é sin idir Ghaeilge agus Bhéarla. Tá aistriúcháin déanta go forleathan ar a chuid úrscéalta agus cnuasaigh gearrscéalta agus tá iliomad duaiseanna agus gradaim bronnta air.
Giving two workshops for second level students in Scariff and Tulla libraries during Seachtain na Gaeilge, Ré will speak on his life as a writer, focusing particularly on writing for a teenage readership. He will give an insight into the writing of his novels with lots of inspirational advice on the importance of reading and writing for life. These sessions will take place on the 5th of March. Full details of events are available from library branches.
Thursday, 27 February 2014
According to Bróna Moriarty from the Killaloe Ballina 2014 committee “We are delighted that the Arts Office felt that our proposal for a puppet show was an exciting addition to this year's programme. A lot of planning has gone in to the year, and the inclusion of child friendly events is integral to the community spirit that is marking this special year”. The Brian Ború Puppet Show will be launched on Thursday, March 6th at 10am in the Lakeside Hotel, Killaloe by the Mayor of Clare, Cllr. Joe Arkins. It will then tour to libraries in Scariff, Kilkee, Kilrush, Ennis and Shannon. It is anticipated that the puppet show will also feature at various events celebrating Brian Ború's life throughout the year. For further information contact: Siobhán Mulcahy, County Arts Officer at 065 6899091 email@example.com. For national events visit www.brianborumillennium.ie. For local events visit killaloeballina.ie.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Monday, 24 February 2014
The Old Ennistymon Society began collecting images for a major photographic exhibition to commemorate its 21st anniversary in 2013. The exhibition, entitled “Ennistymon: Vanishing Heritage”, was developed by Frances Madigan, Kathryn Comber and Anthony Edwards of the society, and was intended to celebrate 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 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”. The Old Ennistymon Society is grateful to those individuals who donated photographs for this exhibition, to those who subsequently donated additional photos which now form part of the Old Ennistymon Society Collection, and to Maureen Comber for her assistance with the exhibition and collection. Click here for the Old Ennistymon Society Collection...
“Set against the stark and beautiful landscape of the Sliabh Aughty mountains in the west of Ireland , 'Aughty' is a documentary portrait of a unique place and people untouched by the boom and bust motions of the Irish 'Celtic Tiger', capturing a moment in time through the ordinary lives and traditions of Irish people in community, culture and resistance. In a landscape and population that is changing rapidly, 'Aughty' leads us on a poetic journey into rural Ireland through the relationships of people and place.“ This trailer posted on Youtube on the 19th of April 2013 by Tom Flanagan.
Megs Morley and Tom Flanagan, the creators of this project, “are currently running an online crowd-funding campaign on 'Fundit.ie' to produce a beautiful book of photography and DVD of the feature documentary 'Aughty'...” With only a few days to go to the funding deadline they have not yet reached their target for the publication, and are seeking support. See http://fundit.ie/project/aughty---film-and-publication
Friday, 21 February 2014
Riches Of Clare with Padraig O'Reilly, Caoilfhionn Ni Fhrighil, James Cullinan & Damien O'Reilly, July 2013
A Riches of Clare concert in Ennis on the 17th of July 2013 featuring Padraig O'Reilly, Caoilfhionn Ni Fhrighil, James Cullinan, & Damien O'Reilly. Posted on Youtube on the 30th of November 2013 by Niamhaines.
Paddy Reilly singing My Lovely Rose Of Clare to a live audience in 1983. Posted on Youtube on the 22nd of September 2013 by Patrick Hickey.
Oh my lovely rose of Clare
You're the sweetest girl I know
You're the queen of all the roses
The pretty flowers that grow
You are the sunshine of my life
So beautiful and fair
And I will always love you
My lovely rose of Clare
For full lyrics see http://www.kinglaoghaire.com/site/lyrics/song_543.html.
"This song, Awo awo Manye, was recorded at a Tribal Spirit retreat facilitated by John Bowker at the Boghill Centre, Kilfenora, County Clare, in October 2010. This short clip is all that was filmed of a deep chant session which in itself was just a small part of a weekend retreat. Written by John Bowker, this version of the chant was unrehearsed and harmonies were created in the moment by John and the group. More info at www.tribalspiritdrumming.org." Posted on Youtube on the 12th of February 2011 by clockwisehat.
“The Green Holes of Doolin which lies north of Doolin Harbour is a complex network of submerged passages. There are four separate cave systems. The Reef Caves, The Hell Complex, Urchin Cave and Mermaids Hole. More info...” Posted on Youtube on the 20th of February 2014 by Kas Maziu.
"A parade through the streets of Ennistymon in County Clare, western Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Filmed by Frier Jeff during one of his many visits to the Emerald Isles." Posted on Youtube on the 14th of February 2014 by Frier Jeff.
Thursday, 20 February 2014
Age Limit: Not less than 17 years of age on 7th March, 2014.
Qualifications: Current Irish Water Safety, National Beach Lifeguard Award or equivalent as recognised by the International Lifesaving Federation (ILS).
All candidates will be required to undergo a practical test in Basic Life Support (BLS), swimming ability, lifesaving techniques and a theory test conducted by an Examiner(s) nominated by Irish Water Safety.
The Garda Vetting process will be carried out in respect of all applicants.
Application forms and further particulars may be obtained by forwarding a stamped self-addressed envelope (A5 size) to the Human Resources Department, Clare County Council, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis, or can be downloaded from www.clarecoco.ie or www.iws.ie or www.localgovernmentjobs.ie
Certificates in respect of qualifications/training other than those listed on Page 5 of the Application Form should not be submitted as no additional marks will be awarded and Clare County Council cannot guarantee the return of such certificates.
Completed applications and completed Garda Vetting Forms must be forwarded not later than 4.00 p.m. on Friday 7th March, 2014, marked Private & Confidential, to Ms. Siobhan O’Keeffe, Administrative Officer, Human Resources Department, Clare County Council, Ắras Contae an Chlair, New Road, Ennis, Co. Clare.
N.B. The Garda Vetting Form must be fully completed by every candidate. The Parent/Guardian Consent Form should only be completed in respect of candidates who are under 18 years.
Scriobh chugainn as gaeilge más fearr leat.
Clare County Council is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Thursday, 13 February 2014
Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Click here for the videos,
and click here for the Music of Clare project...
Pictured at the launch of a 10-Year blueprint for development of Kilkee are L-R Bobby Kerr, Broadcaster and Former TV Dragon, Paddy Collins, Kilkee Town Mayor and Cllr Joe Arkins, Mayor of Clare.
The books in the series are
1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. A Storm of Swords Part 1: Steel and Snow Part 2: Blood and Gold
4. A Feast for Crows
5. A Dance with Dragons Part 1: Dreams and Dust Part 2: After the Feast
Martin is currently working on the 6th book in the series entitled The Winds of Winter. The series will conclude with A Dream of Spring. A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings are available as ebooks through the library website. The Game of Thrones TV series is also available to borrow on DVD.
Thursday, 6 February 2014
Riches of Clare concert featuring Padraig O'Reilly, Caoilfhionn Ni Fhrighil, James Cullinan and Damien O'Reilly
"In this programme, one of our most respected broadcasters, Ciarán MacMathúna (26th November 1925 – 11th December 2009), returns to Kilkee County Clare. As a young boy throughout the 1930s and 40s Ciarán spent every summer in Kilkee. It was here that he developed his love of music and throughout the programme he revisits the places which inspired him to pursue a career in broadcasting." Posted on Youtube on the 26th of January 2014 by TG Craic.
"The Irish T.V programme Eco-Eye looks at the variety of life on our planet and looks at what exactly those benefits are. They take a look at what is being done to protect some of Ireland's unique habitats, such as in the Burren. Eco-Eye conducts interviews with Burren farmers and Burren biodiversity expert and co-founder of Burrenbeo, Dr.Brendan Dunford." Posted on Youtube on the 12th of January 2012 by BurrenBeoTrust.
Tuesday, 4 February 2014
ADULT NON-FICTION – top ten books in 2013:
The Official Driver Theory Test
Rachel's baking secrets by Rachel Allen
Home Cooking by Rachel Allen
Staring at lakes by Michael Harding
Easy meals by Rachel Allen
Rachel’s Food for Living by Rachel Allen
Just Mary by Mary O’Rourke
Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver
Avoca Café Cookbook 2 by Hugo Arnold
World Football records 2013 by Kier Radnedge
Books by Irish romance writers Sheila O’Flanagan, Patricia Scanlan, Cathy Kelly, Marian Keyes and Roisin Meaney continue to generate huge demand among fiction readers at the library. In 2013 Hilary Mantel’s multi-award winning Wolf Hall was only beaten to the top spot on the fiction list by Sheila O’Flanagan’s Better Together. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – a word of mouth bestseller – claimed number 5 on the list. This psychological thriller has been very popular with readers and especially bookclubs worldwide. A John Grisham book regularly features on the list of the most popular fiction books among readers in Clare County Library and 2013 was no exception with The Racketeer claiming the number 10 spot. Lee Child fans eagerly awaited the 17th Jack Reacher novel A Wanted Man. There was renewed interest from readers in James Plunkett’s Strumpet City, due to the publicity around the centenary of the 1913 Lockout.
ADULT FICTION – top ten books in 2013:
Better Together by Sheila O’Flanagan
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
With All My Love by Patricia Scanlan
The Honey Queen by Cathy Kelly
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
A Wanted Man by Lee Child
The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes
One Summer by Roisin Meaney
Strumpet City by James Plunkett
The Racketeer by John Grisham
AskAboutIreland is an initiative of public libraries together with local museums and archives in the digitisation and online publication of the original, the unusual and the unique material from their local studies' collections to create a national Internet resource for culture. The participating organisations have selected material of particular public interest from their holdings within a variety of common topics ranging from sport, transport and architecture to flora and fauna and Irish writers. The material is then digitised and set in a narrative context. AskAboutIreland is managed by LGMA Libraries Development, supported by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government with funding from the Information Society Fund. Posted on Youtube on tyhe 30th of January 2014 by AskAboutIreland.
Monday, 3 February 2014
Horrid Henry’s Holiday shares joint fifth position with The Guinness World Records 2013. Created by Francesca Simon and illustrated by Tony Ross, the first Horrid Henry book was written and published in 1984 with new titles appearing every year since then as well as several collections, activity books and joke books. The Guinness World Records is always a hit providing the ultimate record breaking facts and achievements in a reference book that appeals to both children and adults. For children who dislike long reads or favour non fiction books it is the perfect substitute to dip in and out of.
Jacqueline Wilson has held top position for many years now in the best selling book charts for children and teenagers, and her latest title My Secret Diary was sixth in the list of Clare County Library’s most borrowed books. Renowned for and sometimes questioned about her exploration of controversial issues in her books for children, this prolific writer and recent Children’s Laureate remains hugely popular among child and teenage readers. Horrid Henry and the Bogey Babysitter, Horrid Henry’s Underpants and Horrid Henry’s Christmas Cracker take seventh, eight and ninth positions respectively followed by The Match Annual 2013 at number ten.
Most popular children’s books 2013:
1. Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney
2. The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney
3. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
4. Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
5. Horrid Henry’s Holiday by Francesca Simon
Guinness World Records 2013
6. My Secret Diary by Jacqueline Wilson
7. Horrid Henry and the Bogey Babysitter by Francesca Simon
8. Horrid Henry’s Underpants by Francesca Simon
9. Horrid Henry’s Christmas Cracker by Francesca Simon
10.The Match Annual 2013
Almost all of the above books have inspired movies or TV serials which in turn increases the popularity of the original books. The adaptation of books for the big screen always sees a surge in demand for these titles, which the library service is more than happy to meet. The same is true of the top issuing books for teenagers. Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games was the runaway success of 2013. The popularity of all three books in the series which came in at 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in Clare County Library’s most borrowed books in the young adult category was undoubtedly due to the massive box office success of the film released in 2012. Consistent with previous years’ results other authors featuring high on the most popular books for teens include Darren Shan and Jacqueline Wilson.