This beautiful bone pendant was found during an excavation of Poulnabrone Portal Tomb which was used for burials from c3800 to 3200 B.C. Various other dress accessories like stone disc beads and bone pin fragments were also uncovered at the tomb. The artefacts are displayed as part of the Earth theme in Clare Museum, Ennis. The entire Riches of Clare Collection can be viewed here online. Take time to click the images for stunning larger photos of the artefacts. For background information, Mairéad Dunlevy’s article, Costume in Clare, is a fascinating history of dress in the county.
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
"No visit to Ireland, especially the wonderful Wild West, would be complete without heading to the Cliffs of Moher, one of nature’s true wonders. And the Wild Atlantic Way takes you right to the 8km stretch of some of the most rugged coastline on the planet. It’s a sight to behold!" Posted on Youtube on the 24th of January 2015 by GurusExploreTV.
"O'Donovan Productions filmed activities and events taking place in beautiful West Clare town of Kilkee. We used our Helicam drone to capture these lovely images." Posted on Youtube on the 14th of January 2015 by O'Donovan Productions.
The Arts Office will also be providing one bursary to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, County Monaghan to enable one artist of any discipline (music, writing, film, dance, visual arts etc.) to stay at the internationally renowned artists’ retreat for up to two weeks, all expenses paid.
Closer to home, a bursary is being provided to a member of the amateur dramatic community in the county to attend the Drama League of Ireland's Summer School in the University of Limerick.
Young people are also catered for with a bursary available for a young trad musician to attend the Meitheal Summer School in Limerick in July whilst young singers can apply for a bursary to enable them attend the Irish Youth Choir summer school in the University of Limerick.
A new scheme, 'Creating Space', aimed at promoting opportunities for the public and contemporary visual artists to interact and engage with one another is also being launched this year.
According to Siobhán Mulcahy, County Arts Officer with Clare County Council, 'We are delighted to be able to continue with our range of supports available to artists and arts organisations throughout County Clare. Bursaries can allow for artists and young people to immerse themselves in opportunities which can have significant impact on future career developments. Our grants scheme offers small supports to groups and individuals to assist them in planning their projects and events throughout the county. We are especially pleased to introduce a significant new scheme for Visual Arts in the county, which we believe will have a significant impact over the coming years.'
Closing dates for the various schemes vary and application forms for all grants and bursaries are available from www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/cominfo/arts/artsnews.htm or from firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 065 6899091. Image above is of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
The Boxtrolls has been nominated for Best Animated Feature. The story was adapted from the fantasy children’s novel, Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow. Rosamund Pike has received a nomination for her portrayal of Amy Dunne in Gone Girl. The bestselling book of the same name on which the film is based was written by Gillian Flynn. Julianne Moore has also been nominated in the best actress in a leading role category for her part in the film Still Alice. Based on the book of the same name by Lisa Genova, Moore plays the role of a college professor suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
The DVDs Boyhood and Grand Budapest Hotel are available for borrowing from Clare County Library. The books Travelling to Infinity by Jane Wilde Hawking, Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Still Alice by Lisa Genova are also available for borrowing at the library.
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
The Catholic parish system is a separate system and forms the basis for much of Ireland's social, educational and sporting activities. Catholic parishes are still evolving, with some parishes combining and new parishes being established in densely-populated areas. Clare is divided between the Dioceses of Killaloe, Galway, and Limerick. The Catholic parish registers of Baptism and Marriage are very important for genealogists, and are usually the only source of family information in Ireland before the 1901 census. See this list of Catholic parish records, available on microfilm in Clare County Library's Local Studies Centre in Ennis.
Paula has based her programmes on Ewan’s and Peggy Seeger’s long-term working association with two County Clare residents, Pat Mackenzie and Jim Carroll, now living in Miltown Malbay. Both were members of MacColl’s workshop, The Critics Group, and helped to run and to perform at The Singers Club in London; regular guests at the club were Clare piper Tom McCarthy from Sheyan, Kilmihil, and fiddler Bobby Casey of Mullagh.
Pat and Jim have been recording singers in Clare since the early 1970s and have been permanent residents here since 1998; their collection of the older generation of singers is about to go live shortly on Clare County Library’s website for public access.
The first programme deals with MacColl’s early life in Salford, and his move from agit-prop theatre into folk song; it includes part of a long interview they did with Sea Nós singer, Joe Heaney, from Connemara. Programme two will be broadcast at 7pm on Friday 30th January 2015. The photo above was taken of Ewan MacColl by Michael Tigar in 1962.
Monday, 19 January 2015
“Looking over my shoulder” is an exhaustive study of this small part of County Clare. It examines local land-holding patterns from the perspectives of landlords, agents and tenants; farming methods and practices; poverty and survival mechanisms including the local workhouse; evictions and ejectments (“an estimated one in ten persons living in Clare at the time [of the Great Famine] was evicted”, O’Brien writes); social and cultural practices including religion (“throughout the 19th century local families would have set out across the fields through Ogonnelloe on well-worn ‘mass paths’ to attend church … In pre-famine Ireland church attendance was on average only 33%”); folk beliefs and customs (local holy wells, patterns, wakes); and education and local hedge schools (“the space was too crowded to sit down [in the local hedge school, circa 1835]. A middle-aged barefooted man was teaching children in rags”).
The daily lives of our ancestors are also delineated - food and diet, illicit distillation, local fairs and markets, and faction fights (“men typically wore heavy felt hats, partially as a defence against the blackthorn shillelagh”). Patrick O’Brien has written a detailed, engaging and engrossing account of this part of North Killaloe and South Ogonnelloe, a work which also touches on neighbouring families and townlands. At 305 pages, with a seven-page bibliography, “Looking over my shoulder”(ISBN 9780646921815) is a model work of local history and a valuable addition to the scholarship of County Clare. The author has kindly deposited copies of his book in Killaloe Public Library and in Clare County Library’s Local Studies Centre in Ennis.
Friday, 9 January 2015
County Clare's Sharon Shannon and Alan Connor play Lament For Limerick (and a few more tunes as well!) at the Musician Pub in Leicester, UK. Posted on Youtube on the 17th of November 2014 by terry ashton.
Mary MacNamara and friends, including the Tulóg Céilí Band and Réalta Geala, performing at her CD Release Party at The Burren, Boston, USA, on Sunday, 9th of November 2014. Posted on Youtube on the 10th of November 2014 by Concert Window. For more info see http://cceboston.org/trad-youth-exchange-concerts/
"Seisiún hosted by Josephine Marsh in Glór at the Ennis Trad Fest 21 on the 7th of November 2014. Musicians include Josephine Marsh (accordion ), Yvonne Casey (fiddle), Caroline Casey (fiddle),Tommy Carew (guitar), Gerry Madden (mandolin), Jo Dengate (flute), Bernard Devlin (fiddle), and Andrew Newland (uilleann pipes and whistle)." Posted on Youtube on the 18th of November 2014 by PRAK14.
"From the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher and The Burren to the iconic Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, Phil Spencer uncovers some of the wonders of the island of Ireland." Posted on Youtube on the 6th of October 2014 by discoverireland.
The Kilkee Hell of the West Triathlon is an Olympic Distance Triathlon which is up and running since 1985 – making it one of the longest continuously running triathlons in Ireland and in the World. Organised by the Limerick Triathlon Club this race falls annually on the last weekend in June. Hell of the West starts with 1500m in the relatively calm waters of Kilkee’s horse shoe bay, but with a 44km cycle against the winds of west Clare and a 10km hilly run along the rugged coastline of Loop Head. Posted on Youtube on the 23rd of November 2014 by fishhughes.
Tuesday, 6 January 2015
Around the World in 22 Books. Featuring books from authors such as Jan Morris, Freya Stark and Bill Bryson these books will transport you down the Ganges and the Congo, into the Arabian sands and by train across America.
A book promotion entitled Novel Destinations features novels set in destinations popular with Irish holidaymakers. These novels will transport you from the wild landscapes of Western Australia via the Piazza of Venice and the rural French village of Lansquenet to the streets of New York. For further details on travel books available from Clare County Library, check out our online catalogue at http://opac.clarelibrary.ie/