"Fleadh Nua continues the kick off of the Riches of Clare 2014 season on Day 2. The musicians, from your left, are Eamonn Cotter, Blackie O'Connell, Meabh O'Hare, and Cyril O'Donoghue." Posted on Youtube on the 22nd of May 2014 by Niamhaines.
Friday, 30 May 2014
The Kilfenora Céilí Band perfoming at Glór as an event of Fleadh Nua 2014, with guests Deirdra Kiely, Laura Minogue, Michael Donnellan, Don Stiffe, Mick Moloney, Seamus Connolly, Kevin Crawford & Chris Droney. Posted on Youtube on the 28th of May 2014 by IsMiseKey.
"Ballyganner South Wedge Tomb sits on a small hill in The Burren with a field wall extending out from the sides. It is at least 5.5 metres in length by 3 metres at the west tapering to 2.4 at the east end. It is also 2.4 metres high at the western end. The huge roof-slab has broken in four parts." Posted on Youtube on the 24th of May 2014 by Damian Mac.
By the mid 19th century the Vandeleur estate amounted to almost 20,000 acres in, a large portion of it in the Barony of Moyarta. The family’s history is related in another book by Senan Scanlan, ‘The Vandeleurs of Kilrush, County Clare’.
Two beautiful family photograph albums capture the world of the Vandeleurs and their circle about this time.
Lawrence Studio. The Kilrush estate was eventually taken over by the Land Commission in the 1910s.
At the original estate in Ralahine John Vandeleur invited socialist Edward Craig to set up an ill-fated co-operative in 1831 but the experiment failed and the estate was sold in 1834.
Three of the authors on the 2014 shortlist are debut writers. They are Irish authors Eimear McBride for A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing, Audrey Magee for The Undertaking and Australian author Hannah Kent for Burial Rites. They are competing with one previous Orange Prize winner, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, one previously shortlisted author Doona Tartt and Jhumpa Lahiri whose book The Lowland was shortlisted for last year's Man Booker Prize.
Jon Howells, of Waterstones, praised what he called "a fabulous shortlist", which had "great scope of style, nationality; small publishers and giants; debut authors and established ones. The judges have hit a perfect balance, six novels of inarguable quality." He tipped one of the debut books to win.
The shortlisted books are:
Thursday, 22 May 2014
"On Sunday 27 April 2014 a huge crowd of musicians and onlookers assembled in the Square in Kilfenora in a successful attempt to create the largest Irish traditional céilí band ever. 270 players of all ages - and a multitude of instruments and nationalities - played the celebrated 'Kilfenora Jig set'. Guinness had asked for 250 musicians to create the entry. They were led by the world-famous Kilfenora Céilí Band (in its 105th year). Banjo player and RTE broadcaster Kieran Hanrahan joined the band and made the announcements. Many well-known musicians participated in the attempt, among them this year's TG4 Gradam Ceoil Lifetime Achievement award winner, Chris Droney. Donations were collected for Irish Cancer Society and the Kilfenora Senior Citizens support fund." Posted on Youtube on the 17th of May 2014 by IsMiseKey. See also Kilfenora Céilí Band and friends break world record.
"Laura Byrne on flute, Patrick Ourceau on fiddle, and Josh Dukes on guitar, play three reels beginning with 'Youghal Quay', moving to 'Devaney's Goat' and finishing with 'Eddie Moloney's'. The first tune can be found on the seminal recording Banks of the Shannon, released by accordionist Paddy O'Brien and fiddler Seamus Connolly in 1973. Performed at the CCE & Institute of Musical Traditions Concert, Takoma Park Community Center, Takoma Park, MD, USA, on July 20, 2011."
"Fiddle player Patrick Ourceau has been playing Irish Music since his early teens. Born and raised in France, Patrick moved to the U.S. in 1989, settled in New York City where he lived for seventeen years, and is now based in Toronto, Canada. Mostly self taught, Patrick’s taste for Clare and East Galway music developed early in his playing after being introduced to recordings of the legendary fiddle players Paddy Canny, Paddy Fahey and Bobby Casey. Patrick regularly visits Ireland and especially county Clare. Over the years, he has during those trips, been able to play with and learn from Paddy Canny, as well as from many other local musicians including flute and fiddle player Peadar O’Loughlin. "
Posted on Youtube on the 11th of August 2011 by imtfolk.
"Built in Querrin, West Clare, by members of Kilkee Currach Club in 2014. 5 hand canoes were used by pilots on the Shannon Estuary over 100 years ago. The boat will be used for longer sea expeditions along coast. Lug sail on the bow will assist the rowers. Lots going on in West Clare." Posted on Youtube on the 10th of March 2014 by Richard Collins.
Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Monday, 19 May 2014
Eoin Colfer was announced as the third Laureate na nÓg, Ireland’s laureate for children’s literature, at a special event at the Arts Council on Thursday 8th May 2014. Laureate na nÓg is an initiative of the Arts Council of Ireland with the support of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Children’s Books Ireland, Poetry Ireland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The honour was established to engage young people with high quality children’s literature and to underline the importance of children’s literature in our cultural and imaginative lives.
Eoin Colfer’s first book, Benny and Omar, was published in 1998, followed by its sequel, Benny and Babe in 1999. He attained worldwide recognition in 2001, when the first Artemis Fowl book was published and became a New York Times Best Seller. His latest novel, W.A.R.P. The Reluctant Assassin, was nominated for the CBI Book of the Year 2014. To date, more than half of his books have reached the New York Times list at least once.
Speaking about his appointment as Laureate na nÓg, Eoin Colfer said: “I feel incredibly honoured and incredibly petrified to be taking on the Laureate mantle after Niamh and Siobhán, (referring to his predecessors, Niamh Sharkey and Siobhan Parkinson). “I feel I am representing my family and my county and indeed all book people in Ireland which is not something I mean to take lightly. I intend to spend my time spreading stories to every nook and cranny in the country. Nobody is safe.”
The CBI Book of the Year Awards judging panel also made awards to the following:
Special Judges’ Award: Paula Leyden for The Sleeping Baobab Tree. The judges said, ‘Combining robust character development with vivid descriptions of the Zambian landscape, Leyden skilfully creates an evocative and atmospheric narrative that explores themes of friendship, family and human rights.’
Honour Award for Illustration: P.J. Lynch for Mysterious Traveller. The judges said, ‘With an emphasis on browns, tans and blues, Lynch’s superb and stunning textured paintings transport readers/viewers into the desert landscape of the tale and guide us through the emotional journey of Issa and Mariama.’
The CBI Book of the Year Awards are the leading children’s book awards in Ireland. The awards are a celebration of excellence in children’s literature and illustration and are open to books written in English or Irish by authors and illustrators born or resident in Ireland and published between 1st January and 31st December each year. Previous winners include John Boyne for his book The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas; Chris Haughton for A Bit Lost, Sheena Wilkinson for Grounded and Kate Thompson for her books The New Policeman, Annan Water and The Alchemist’s Apprentice.
In 2011 Niall was voted Irelands Best Children's Entertainer by the Association of Irish Festivals. He has a powerful stage presence and delivery and he can evoke a wide range of emotions from his rapt audience. This was an unforgettable experience for 175 boys and girls from the local schools who attended five storytelling sessions over the two days. One storytelling session was dedicated to the Bealtaine Festival and an Active Age group of 25 thoroughly enjoyed his animated performance. He cast a spell over young and old alike - the staff included! Hopefully he will return to Killaloe soon. This event was co-funded by North Tipperary and Clare County Councils.
Friday, 16 May 2014
Damien Morris, Aisling & John Lyons, James Kennedy, Eddie Moloney and Conor Cummins play in Quin for Geantraí
Damien Morris (banjo), Aisling Lyons (concertina), John Lyons (accordion), James Kennedy (tin whistle), Eddie Moloney (mandolin) and Conor Cummins (flute) play two reels - The London Lasses and the Kerry Reel - in Malachy's Pub, Quin, County Clare, for the Geantraí TV programme. Posted on Youtube on the 20th of August 2011 by GDAEDADGAD.
Corofin Dramatic Society perform the play The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley by Jimmy Keary at the St. Vincent De Paul Theatre, Kells, County Meath. Founded in 1950, Corofin Dramatic Society has competed regularly on the three-act and one-act festivals, picking up numerous acting, production, and set design awards down through the years. Posted on Youtube on the 12th of March 2014 by glynn i k.
Thursday, 15 May 2014
Each year the centre receives queries on how funds can be donated or given to the centre to enhance services there or to contribute in some meaningful way to the work of the centre. Some of these requests have come from on-line queries or directly in person at the centre.
Clare Local Studies Centre now formally seeks donations of funds to develop its services in ways which would not normally be possible within its existing resources. All monies received will be receipted, and all donations acknowledged on the library website unless the donor wishes otherwise. All donations under this process will be restricted to the use of the centre. Donations may be small, medium or major and the centre will utilise these donations in a number of ways. Please click here for more information...
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
The end product of the history project, co-ordinated by Halimah Heaslip, a teacher at Ennistymon Vocational School, and Oonagh Kelly, the second year JCSP co-ordinator, is a beautifully finished book presented in a purposely created display case which is reminiscent of the Book of Kells. Staff at Ennistymon Library are delighted to have “Our Town” on public display during the coming weeks and invite anyone with an interest in local history to come and see the book during regular library opening times.
Monday, 12 May 2014
On Tuesday night her audience was fascinated, entertained and amused by her tales of Brian Boru, the Battle of Clontarf and life in general. County Librarian Helen Walsh presented Morgan with a beautiful painting of Killaloe Bridge by local artist Tim Moloney. On Wednesday we were joined by sixty 5th and 6th classes from local schools for a similar talk about the young Brian and his life, the importance of the river Shannon and the intricacies of how the Battle of Clontarf was actually won. This was very interactive and beneficial as the pupils were very familiar with Brian and with her writings. She has promised to return to Killaloe at the latter end of the year – we’re looking forward to the return visit.
Friday, 9 May 2014
"On a sunny April Sunday afternoon, the Kilfenora Céilí Band came to Kilfenora, County Clare, to play for some outdoor dancing. This Caledonian Set was part of the céilí. The video only recorded the first two figures." Posted on Youtube on the 29th of April 2014 by Bill Lynch.
"The Teetotallers playing for the Coatesville Traditional Irish Music Series at West Chester University on April 14, 2014. Kevin Crawford, Martin Hayes & John Doyle." Posted on Youtube on the 15th of April 2014 by playthis.
"Quentin Cooper on guitar with Eoin O'Neill on bouzouki, Tommy Nelson from Argentina on charango, Paddy Mulcahy on guitar, Noirin Lynch on bodhrán, and Dan Possumato on accordion in Brogan's Bar, Ennis, County Clare." Posted on Youtube on the 7th of May 2014 by michael lynch.
"On a windswept day, Jean and I took time to walk The Burren in County Clare, in Ireland. On our walk we crossed the countryside on the open limestone, and discovered the wonderful flora of the Burren." Posted on Youtube on the 31st of March 2014 by Bob Hilscher.
"Carrigaholt Mussels prepared and cooked by The Head Chef and Owner of The Long Dock Restaurant. The Long Dock was voted by McKenna Guides as one of the top 100 restaurants in Ireland. The restaurant is located between the Shannon Estuary and the Atlantic ocean on The Loop Head Peninsula County Clare, Ireland. The restaurant is also located on the Wild Atlantic Way and is a Failte Ireland visitor point." Posted on Youtube on the 7th of april 2014 by Long Dock.
Teenage Book Promotion - proposed titles for you to review:
- Artichoke Hearts by Sita Brahmachari
- Being Billy by Phil Earle
- Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
- Lia’s Guide to Winning the Lottery by Keren David
- Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
- Numbers by Rachel Ward
- The Recruit by Robert Muchamore
- The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- Gone by Michael Grant
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Before I Die by Jenny Downham
- Geek Girl by Holly Smale
- Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicholson by Louise Rennison
- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman
- Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty
- Girls in Love by Jacqueline Wilson
- I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
- Loser by Jerry Spinelli
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- Grounded by Sheena Wilkinson
- The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
- Worse Than Boys by Catherine McPhail
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
- Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff
- If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
- You Don’t Know Me by Sophia Bennett
- Ketchup Clouds by Anabel Pitcher
- BZRK by Michael Grant
- Freaks Like Us by Susan Vaught
- Finding Violet Park by Jenny Valentine
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
- Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah
- More Than This by Patrick Ness
- I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Please choose one or more books from the list and give us your thoughts about them by completing a form. Please click on Writes_of_Passage_form.rtf and print out and complete the form. Completed forms can be returned to your local library or posted to Patricia Fitzgerald, Executive Librarian, Clare County Library Headquarters, Mill Road, Ennis, County Clare.
Being Billy by Phil Earle
“This is written by an author who understands pain and hope… Before I read this book, I didn’t really get people who were trying to help me. Now I give people more of a chance.”
Holes by Louis Sachar
“I dare anyone in the world not to love this book. It’s so original and gripping.”
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
“The Sky is Everywhere deals with death and loss but it’s still rich and romantic and has great characters.”
Clare County Library would like to include your evaluation of some of the titles in the list on its book promotion publicity leaflets and on our website. Please note that the final selection of books included in this promotion will be based on teenage readers’ recommendations. Reviews received may be subject to editing by library staff.
Wednesday, 7 May 2014
Vote for Lisdoonvarna, Gateway to the Burren, by clicking here...
Vote for Loop Head Peninsula by clicking here...
Tuesday, 6 May 2014
Emma Donoghue was one of 3 Irish authors to have two books recommended – the others were Benjamin Black and John McGahern, with 15 books by Irish authors being recommended overall.
Many of the books recommended by the bookclubs were word-of-mouth successes that initially did not have big advertising budgets to promote them but became bestsellers based on recommendations from one reader to another. The Help was rejected by 60 literary agents before being published – it has sold over ten million copies and spent more than 100 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.
The 25 top titles recommended by the bookclubs of County Clare (in order of popularity) are:
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Shaffer
The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Room by Emma Donoghue
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Island by Victoria Hislop
Let the Great World Spin by Colm McCann
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
Christine Falls by Benjamon Black
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracey Chevalier
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The speckled people by Hugo Hamilton
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Wild Swans by Jung Chan.
Friday, 2 May 2014
"The Kilfenora Céilí Band and 270 musicians played this selection of jigs together in the square in Kilfenora for over five and a half minutes in a successful attempt to break the world record for the largest céilí band. The event was part of the Kilfenora Traditional Music Festival 2014." Posted on Youtube on the 27th of April 2014 by Bill Lynch.
The Kilfenora Céilí Band played music for the Clare Lancers Set which was danced on the square in the village of Kilfenora, County Clare, during the Kilfenora Traditional Music Festival 2014. Posted on Youtube on the 28th of April 2014 by Bill Lynch.
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Thursday, 1 May 2014
The key objective of the Fund is to provide support to local and community event organisers and activities / projects that will harness diaspora links for the benefit of local and community tourism.
What Fund amounts are available?
Fund amounts will be for a minimum of €500 and a maximum of €3,000 and will be directly related to the number of overseas visitors that will be delivered. Overseas visitors are those who travel from outside of the island of Ireland.
Who is eligible to apply?
It is open to groups or organisations that are organising community events / activities in 2014. To be eligible for funding, the event / project must:
Deliver a number of incremental overseas visitors (where incremental overseas visitors are those additional visitors over and beyond those which would normally visit the county);
Be focused on developing strong diaspora links with the community;
Demonstrate a capacity to deliver i.e. the Community Event Organiser(s) must provide evidence of and have a clear plan for tapping into international networks;
Have the capability to promote the event and provide a potential for media coverage;
Contribute at a local level to the city’s / county’s calendar of events in relation to attracting overseas visitors;
Be either a new event which will take place in 2014 or an addition to an existing event which is being expanded to specifically deliver incremental overseas visitors.
There is no guarantee of funding for events which achieve the minimum eligibility criteria. The fund is limited and eligible applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis against the criteria above.
What types of Events will be funded?
Various types of Community Events will be considered for funding – however they must have a strong focus on the Diaspora and therefore attract overseas visitors to the county / locality. They also must have the potential to be repeated.
What items and expenses are excluded from the fund?
Infrastructural / tourism development projects / capital costs for the county;
Festivals which have already received funding under the Fáilte Ireland National or Regional Festivals Fund;
Spend on alcoholic beverages, fines, penalty payments, legal cost, audit fees, financial consultancy fees and wages and salaries of consultants;
In general the cost of items for resale are ineligible.
How do I apply?
You should apply directly to Clare County Council. Only completed submissions received via the approved application form will be considered. The completed form must be sent to:
Clare County Council
Tourism & Community Department
Áras Contae an Chláir
Co Clare Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A signed version of the application must be scanned in and then emailed (with the appropriate signature(s) of the organiser). You may also submit accompanying additional documentation with your completed application form as appropriate. Applications must be received at our offices by 4.00pm on the 9th May 2014.