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Clare’s libraries take to the heritage trail

Clare People, Tuesday, 17th August 2010

by Joe Ó Muircheartaigh

Clare’s library service offers “a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to participate and have fun during this year’s Heritage Week”, County Librarian, Helen Walsh, said this week.

A detailed programme of events across Clare’s county library network has been put in place for National Heritage week that runs from August 21 to 29, with all events free to the public.

“There is a growing interest in heritage matters amongst the general public and, in particular, an increase in the number of people wanting to not only experience heritage but get involved in and learn more about their heritage,” Ms Walsh said in launching the programme.

Events kick off at 11am next Tuesday with a Genealogy Day at the De Valera Library in Ennis. There, the members of the public can get genealogy tips and ideas to get you started on the journey to knowing your heritage.

“Throughout the day, four introductory talks will be delivered for anyone interested in tracing their family tree in Clare, using locally available resources. Genealogy Day will also see the launch of Clare County Library’s ‘Tracing Your Family Tree’ brochure,” said Frances O’Gorman of the Clare Library Service.

“Thursday will be a busy day, beginning in Kilkee Library at 3.30pm with a storytelling session with Billy Teare and Kathleen O’Sullivan. This event for adults and families is a mix of traditional stories and songs, plus poetry, including some works by WB Yeats. Billy Teare has appeared on the big screen, stage, TV and radio in guises ranging from chicken hypnotist to jester.

“He will be joined at the library by Kathleen O’Sullivan, who is recognised as a fine exponent of traditional Irish singing, as well as being a witty, sometimes surreal wordsmith. Kathleen was the host for recitals of music by Celtic women, held in Greenwich.

“She has had some of her poetry published in an anthology, along with other Irish women living in London, called Fresher than Green, Brighter than Orange, and more recently in Irish Lifelines. Together, Kathleen and Billy have gained a formidable international reputation as a story and song combination. Representing the finest aspects of the verbal arts, their work is an entertaining cultural treasure trove of stories, songs, poetry and music for all.

If you can’t make it to Kilkee Library at 3.30pm, you will have another opportunity to catch Billy and Kathleen’s performance at 8pm on the same day, this time at the De Valera Library in Ennis.

Also on Thursday, in Scariff Library, former County Archaeologist, Simon Large will give a presentation on the evolving nature of heritage, focusing on the archaeology of East Clare. This talk begins at 7pm.

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