Thursday, 21 August 2014
"A street session with the mighty Antóin Mac Gabhann (aka Tony Smith) is certainly one of the highlights of the Week. Here Tony is joined by the likes of Marcas Ó Murchú on flute, Eoin O'Neill on bouzouki - and a lovely half set of dancers (including Angela Crotty). Miltown Malbay, County Clare, July 2014, during the Willie Clancy Summer School." Posted on Youtube on the 8th of August 2014 by Memories of Willie Week.
"This video provides information on how best to plan your visit to the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. It may be of particular interest to those with accessibility concerns." Posted on Youtube on the 26th August 2013 by Cliffs of Moher Experience.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
There are over 75 events planned by various organisations in County Clare to celebrate the week, which runs from the 23rd-31st August, and Clare County Library is proud to count itself among them again this year. Gerry Kennedy of the Clare Roots Society will visit the De Valera Public Library in Ennis on Tuesday 26th August at 7pm and Sean Lemass Public Library in Shannon on Wednesday 27th August at 1pm to give talkson genealogy with Q&A afterwards.
Members of Cuimhneamh an Chláir, the Clare Oral History and Folklore Group, will host events entitled ‘Come here ‘til I tell ya’ in Kilrush Public Library on Wednesday 27th August at 6.30pm and in Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge on Thursday 28th August at 6.30pm. Cuimhneamh an Chláir aims to record, document, archive and share the memories and experiences of County Clare's older population. Over 600 people from County Clare have been recorded so far. These events will feature a series of audio recordings from people of Kilrush and surrounding areas and Sixmilebridge and surrounding areas respectively.
Killaloe Public Library is delighted to host a talk by Nigel Beers Smith on Wednesday 27th August at 7pm. Nigel will give a fascinating insight into the Mountshannon eagles. Younger fans of all things winged will also be catered for in Killaloe with story time, games and a craft session focusing on bats on Tuesday 26th August from 2.30pm. This event is aimed at children aged 4-8. Many more of Clare County Library’s branches will also have special story times and book displays for children, all themed to mark Heritage Week. You can contact your local branch for details.
On Saturday 30th August Tulla Public Library will open at 10am especially to host a genealogy workshop. Staff member Ann McNamara will host this workshop which will provide an opportunity to learn more about getting started on researching your family tree and what resources are available at the library.
All library events are free of charge and everyone is welcome, so be sure to take this opportunity for the whole family to discover and enjoy your heritage and history. Details of events can be found at http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/library/events/library_events.htm or http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/cominfo/arts/whatson/current/cal.htm or by phoning 065 6846350.
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
The Munnelly family, together with the Old Kilfarboy Society, is delighted to announce the launch of a comprehensive, edited collection of essays and lectures by Tom Munnelly. Largely previously unpublished, the range of articles gathered within the pages of this volume are a testament to the life’s work of Tom, a titan of folksong collection in twentieth century Ireland. This book is a treasure trove of insight and interpretation for singers and non-singers alike and makes a valuable contribution to the scholarship of English language song in Ireland in particular.
Tom Munnelly was born in Dublin but spent much of his life living in Miltown Malbay, County Clare. He worked as a full-time song collector with the Department of Folklore in UCD, was chairman of the Willie Clancy Summer School for a number of years, a member of the Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon from 1985 to 1988, and was also a founder member of the Ennistymon Festival of Traditional Singing
Rionach uí Ógáin, Director of the National Folklore Collection, UCD, describes Tom’s life in song: ‘Tom viewed traditional song in the general landscape of Irish culture, in the broadest sense. He shared his wisdom in relation to all his areas of interest, of the seventeenth century ballad tradition, of twentieth- century folklore collecting or of twenty-first century academic research in folkloristics, with enthusiasm and ease. At the core of his output as collector, lecturer and scholar was his passion for song’.
This is the story of Eugene Macnamara, a maverick young priest from County Clare who sought to establish a colony for Irish families in the 1840s in Alta California, Mexico’s far north-western territory. Had the ’10,000 ready volunteers from Limerick, Clare and Cork’ of whom he boasted, actually arrived, a ‘New Ennis’, ‘New Clare’ or ‘New Ireland’ could have been born. His scheme failed when the US seized California in 1846. Macnamara’s life spanned half the globe and was dramatic: expulsion from a Paris seminary, a dash to Rome from Guiana to expose a convulsing mission, a year in revolutionary Mexico, two months in threatened California (backed by the Royal Navy) and asylum in Mexico City during the Mexican War, 1846-8. He followed it all with a ‘Macnamara Scheme II’ in Chile.
Eugene Macnamara was born circa 1814 in Baunkyle, Corofin, County Clare. In the period immediately before Catholic Emancipation in Ireland he left County Clare and studied for the priesthood in the Irish College in Paris, at a time of revolution and change in the French capital. Duly ordained, he served in ministry in the Kilkee – Doonbeg parish under Father Michael Comyn, and then at Borrisokane in County Tipperary, within the Diocese of Killaloe. In Tipperary, he took the temperance pledge from Father Theobold Mathew. He left Borrisokane following an allegation of a sexual misdemeanour under an exeat from the Bishop of Killaloe and proceeded to British Guiana in South America. There too he encountered difficulties with parishioners who petitioned that Macnamara report to the pope in Rome. En route, he disembarked in Mexico.
His arrival in Mexico, 1844, was at a time of tension between North America’s landlords, Mexico, the US and Britain. His 1846 licence to settle 20,000 square miles with 15,000 settlers, was formalised by Mexico in 1847 and even qualified for a US hearing in 1852, but it was not appealed. British diplomats, merchants and bondholders supported him. When US President Polk learned of El Proyecto Macnamara he acted immediately to stop any British colonising in North America. In Washington, Macnamara personified at the highest levels a political and commercial conspiracy between Britain and Mexico against the US. This biography is the compelling story of this ‘international’ Irishman and his lingering aftermath.
Thursday, 14 August 2014
The photo above, from the O’Callaghan-Westropp Collection, shows members of the Free State army (with bouquets attached to their bicycles) on patrol in the grounds of Moyriesk House, Clooney after the kidnapping of Mrs Geraldine Crowe by local people during the Civil War, following a dispute over grazing rights.
"Antóin Mac Gabhann (aka Tony Smith) playing an old version of the Bohola Jig with Marcas Ó Murchú at a street session. Pure beauty. Miltown Malbay, County Clare, July 2014, during the Willie Clancy Summer School." Posted on Youtube on the 8th of August 2014 by Memories of Willie Week.
"Tommy Browne (79) dancing in this home in Cree, County Clare, August 11th 2014. His son Kieran & granddaughter Emma also in view. Music on concertina: Caitlin Nic Gabhann. Reels: the Bucks of Oranmore & Lucky in Love. This is a style of Clare battering practiced by older men in the county. Others who dance in this style: Willie Keane (RIP), Ollie Conway (RIP), Aidan Vaughan, John Murphy, Paddy King (RIP)." Posted on Youtube on the 13th of August 2014 by Caitlín Nic Gabhann.
"Weekend music festival at end of June in Tulla, County Clare, with special emphasis on the fiddle. Cnoc na Gaoithe, the Tulla Comhaltas Cultural Centre, is the 17th Comhaltas Cultural Centre in Ireland. Our mission is to promote, preserve and showcase the rich Irish traditions and culture of the Tulla and the East Clarearea. The centre is situated in the heartland of East Clare, on top of the famous Hill of Tulla, an area renowned for traditional Irish music, song and dance. The name Cnoc na Gaoithe translates in English as the Windswept Hill, made famous by the late Kerry man Bryan MacMahon in his song "Lament for Tommy Daly" in praise of the great Tulla and Clare goalkeeper, Dr. Tommy Daly." Posted on Youtube on the 12th of July 2014 by TG COA.
Terence O’Flaherty’s mother, aunts and uncles were orphans, the girls attending the Convent of Mercy Orphanage in Ennis. Terence has written this poignant song in their memory accompanied by the evocative use of photographs - some from the Michael John Glynne Collection on Clare County Library’s website. Terence O’Flaherty was born in Ennistymon and moved to England in the early 1970s for work. Terence sang and played in Gus O’Connor’s pub in Doolin and used to sing with Gerry Egan in Murt McMahon’s pub in Ennistymon. He has played all over England in traditional Irish bands and also in Europe and America. He has released two albums in recent years - Crosscurrents in Ireland and Ghosts in England and is about to release two more albums. Terence is now a building contractor in London. Posted on Youtube on the 13th of August 2014 by turlach10.
Ennis-based Peter Dooley & Catherine O'Halloran with Peter's composition You Won't Miss Me When I'm Gone. "Recorded, mixed and mastered at Paul Hayes Studios, Ennis. Guitars and drums also by Paul Hayes. Video by Gerry Doyle. Filmed at Dhá Láimh Theatre, Ennis. Words and Music ©Peter Dooley 2014. Video ©Ginger Jam Music 2014. Big thanks to Eoin O'Neill." Posted on Youtube on the 27th of May 2014 by Gerry Doyle.
"This video is about a festival held (July 27th 2014) on Scattery Island - an island in the Shannon Estuary between Clare and Kerry just off Kilrush. This is amateur footage/audio recording stitched together in a hurry but I hope if gives a sense of the occasion." Posted on Youtube on the 10th of August 2014 by buckwar.
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Monday, 11 August 2014
The shortlist for the 2014 Man Booker Prize will be announced on Tuesday, September 9 with the winner of the £50,000 prize announced on Tuesday October 14. For the full longlist see: http://www.themanbookerprize.com/man-booker-prize-2014
Friday, 8 August 2014
A TG4 news report featuring the 2nd Annual Concertina Cruinniú, in Miltown Malbay, County Clare, organised by Oidhreact an Chláir, a local community group whose aim is to foster and promote the Irish traditional arts in their native environment. Posted on Youtube on the 3rd of August 2014 by TG COA.
"The goats of Lahinch Golf Club create a unique atmostphere on this famous championship links course. This video was shot during this years South of Ireland Golf Championship. Video by Dan Linehan." Posted on Youtube on the 28th of July 2014 by irishexaminer.
"Some aerial footage of Woodcock Hill in County Clare." The Irish Aviation Authority has a radar unit on the top which includes two rather interesting looking white dome-shaped structures. More... Posted on Youtube on the 29th of July 2014 by Kestrel Aerial.
Thursday, 7 August 2014
Ennistymon Public Library and Lisdoonvarna Public Library in North Clare will host events to celebrate the festival throughout the week. Coimicí Gael will be attending Ennistymon Library on Friday the 15th of August at 2.40pm, offering an hour long workshop for Tolkien fans to draw fantasy illustrations. Workshop facilitator, illustrator and founder of Coimicí Gael, Aidan Courtney will take participants through how to draw elves, orcs & hobbits as well as other fantastical creatures and will encourage participants to draw their favourite scenes from either 'The Hobbit' or 'The Lord of the Rings' during the latter half of the session. The fun workshop welcomes anyone aged between 11 and 14 years with an interest in reading and drawing to take part. A maximum of 25 places are available so book early by phoning Ennistymon Library on 065-7071245.
Beginning on Saturday 16th August and continuing through to Saturday 23rd August Ennistymon Public Library will have a Tolkien Exhibition on display with free viewing during opening hours. The launch of the exhibition will take place at 10.30am on Saturday 16th August. The launch will be followed at 10.45am by a brief talk entitled ‘Why read Tolkien’ by Seamus Ryan, a Clare County Library staff member. Seamus will read extracts from Tolkien as part of the talk. This will conclude at 11.15am. There will also be a Tolkien book display in the library throughout the week which the public can view and/or borrow from during opening hours. A Tolkien book display will feature in Lisdoonvarna Library as well.
On Wednesday 20th August Ennistymon Library will be transformed into a movie theatre when it puts on a screening of ‘The Hobbit: the desolation of Smaug’ (Rating 12A). The film starts at 2pm and running time is 2 hours 35 minutes. This is a free event and all are welcome. Also throughout the week you can test your knowledge of all things Tolkien by picking up a Tolkien-themed quiz sheet at any branch of Clare County Library. The lucky winner of the quiz, who will receive a €50 book token, will be announced in Ennistymon Library on Saturday 23rd August. So, whether you are a Tolkien expert or a newcomer to the genre, there is a plethora of events to keep you enthralled during this festival. Library events are just part of a wide programme of events organised by the Burren Tolkien Society. The festival is also supported by the Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark. Information on library events and opening hours of the North Clare branches can be found at www.clarelibrary.ie and information on all events is available at www.burrentolkiensociety.ie.
Wednesday, 6 August 2014
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
Friday, 1 August 2014
"For the last ten years on the Monday of "Willie Clancy Week" talented pipers gather and create magic... I heard about this and felt the urge to make a film! It was a magical evening in Mullagh in the heart of County Clare." Posted on Youtube on the 31st of july 2014 by The Filmik Fairy.