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Special Events

August 2016

  • Thursday, 25th August 2016
    'A Century in Clare 1916-2016' with Cuimhneamh an Chláir, a National Heritage Week event
    Scariff Public Library at 7pm

    A Century in Clare 1916-2016 is an audiovisual celebration of the rich heritage & culture of County Clare over the past 100 years, featuring a selection of clips & a slideshow of photographs including clips on the GAA, local customs & local music. This is a free event and all are welcome. Contact the library at 061-922893 for further details.
  • Tuesday, 23rd August 2016
    'The Banner Rising' with Cuimhneamh an Chláir, a National Heritage Week event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 7pm

    The Banner Rising is an audiovisual celebration of people from Clare involved in the 1916 Rising from the Cuimhneamh an Chláir Archive. Presented by Jackie Elger, this event will feature excerpts from interviews with local Clare people. This is a free event and all are welcome. Contact the library at 065-6846353 for further details.

July 2016

  • Saturday 30 July, 2016
    Children’s Creative Arts Workshop
    Scariff Public Library, 12.30 – 2pm

    Create summer hanging transparencies with artist Grace Burton. Suitable for all ages. Free event. No booking required. (In conjunction with Scariff Harbour Festival)
  • Saturday 30 July, 2016
    Talk: Jo Berry and Pat Magee – Building Bridges for Peace.
    Scariff Public Library, 2.30 – 4pm

    Since the death of her father, Sir Anthony Berry MP, in the 1984 IRA Brighton bombing, Jo Berry has worked with victims and former combatants from all sides. In 2000 she met Patrick Magee, the former IRA activist responsible for her father’s death. He has since been involved in peace work, including supporting Jo in her work with Building Bridges for Peace, the charity she founded. This is a free event and all are welcome. (In conjunction with Scariff Harbour Festival)
  • Monday 25th July 2016
    Balloon Twisting Workshops
    Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee
    Deesigner balloon twisting workshops will be held each Monday in July, at 2pm and 3.30pm. Booking is required.
    Contact 0659060769 for further details.
  • Monday 18th July 2016
    Balloon Twisting Workshops
    Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee
    Deesigner balloon twisting workshops will be held each Monday in July, at 2pm and 3.30pm. Booking is required.
    Contact 0659060769 for further details.
  • Thursday 14th July - Friday 19th August 2016
    The Kilrush Art Group Exhibition
    Kilrush Public Library

    The Kilrush Art Group will be exhibiting a large collection of paintings in various media including acrylic, oil and watercolours at the Library over a four week period. This annual exhibition proves very popular every year with both locals and tourists. The Art Group was formed over twenty years ago and today they are still going strong and would like to welcome new people to join them. The group meet at the Community Hall, next to the Kilrush Library, on Friday nights from 6.00pm – 8.00 pm. Further details are available from Pauline Dunleavy at 086 8339347 or from the Anchor Craft shop, Henry Street, Kilrush.
  • Monday 11th July 2016
    Balloon Twisting Workshops
    Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee
    Deesigner balloon twisting workshops will be held each Monday in July, at 2pm and 3.30pm. Booking is required.
    Contact 0659060769 for further details.
  • Friday 8th - Friday 29th July 2016 (Fridays only)
    Animal Feltcraft Workshops wit
    h Mia
    Scariff Public Library

    Children aged between 8 and 12 years old are invited to join us in Scariff Public Library for a series of four craft workshops this July. These Animal Feltcraft Workshops with Mia will involve sewing with pure wool felt and coloured threads to make a unique animal. There is no charge for this activity but places are limited and booking is required by phoning 061-922893 or at the library desk. The first session will take place on Friday 8th July at 3.30pm with subsequent sessions running on each of the three following Fridays at 3.30pm. Participants must be available to attend all four workshops. (Mia Foley is a qualified Art & Design teacher and is the Handwork teacher at Raheen Wood Steiner School.)
  • 6th July - 24th August 2016
    Scariff Public Library Children’s Summer Activities 2016
    Scariff Public Library

    Themed storytimes, arts and crafts are some of the children's activities on offer this Summer in Scariff Public Library.
    Click here for full programme of events.
  • Wednesday 6th July - Tuesday 2nd August 2016
    The Easter Rising and the International Press – A Clare County Library Exhibition
    Ennistymon Public Library

    Clare County Library has produced a special touring exhibition as part of the 1916-2016 commemorations. The exhibition features headlines and excerpts from newspaper publications around the world and gives a flavour of how the Easter Rising was portrayed in other countries during 1916. Amongst the newspapers featured are issues from America, Germany, Austria, France and Spain. It can be viewed in Ennistymon Public Library during opening hours from Wednesday 6th July - Tuesday 2nd August 2016.
  • Monday 4th July 2016
    Balloon Twisting Workshops
    Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee
    Deesigner balloon twisting workshops will be held each Monday in July, at 2pm and 3.30pm. Booking is required.
    Contact 0659060769 for further details.

June 2016

  • Friday 24th June 2016
    Storytelling with Eddie Lenihan
    Ennistymon Public Library at 6.30pm

    As part of the Ennistymon Mid Summer Festival Eddie Lenihan will hold a story-telling session in Ennistymon Library. Suitable for children over 8 years old.
  • Thursday, 23 June 2016
    Prepare and Improve your CV with Derek Barrett
    Seán Lemass Public Library at 11.30 am

    Derek Barrett of Peach Recruitment will give a talk on how to create and customise your CV for job applications. Facilities are available in the library to type up your CV and to Print, Scan and Copy CVs. Internet access and Wifi are also free to access (with a library card or proof of name and address) so the library can be used for filling out online job applications also. A tour of the facilities will be given on the day. This is part of the Libraries Ireland Business, Enterprise and Employment Pilot taking place in Shannon Library. The talk is free of charge and open to all. Further information from the library at 061 364266
  • Tuesday, 21st June 2016
    Heal Your Life - Louise L. Hay talk by Denise O'Brien and Gillian O'Gorman
    Seán Lemass Public Library at 6.30pm

    Denise and Gillian, accredited Heal Your Life teachers, will introduce you to the teachings of best-selling author Louise L. Hay 'You Can Heal Your Life'. Here you will discover that our mind-set has often limited our success in business, financial abundance, intimate relationships, spiritual growth and much more. The talk aims to help people to begin to examine their subconscious mind and associated negative self-esteem beliefs. The talk is free of charge and open to all. Further information from the library at 061 364266 or general queries to hylmidwest@gmail.com.
  • Thursday, 16th June 2016
    Kirtan Music lecture
    Scariff Public Library at 7pm

    Dr. Jyosana La Trobe, Phd. In Ethnomusicology, invites you to experience Kirtan music in a free lecture in Scariff Public Library on Thursday 16th June at 7pm. All welcome.
  • Wednesday 15th June - Friday 8th July 2016
    Primary School art depictions of the Easter Rising
    Kilrush Public Library

    Students from St Senan's Primary School Kilrush have created some amazing models of key buildings involved in the Rising, including the G.P.O, Four Courts and Boland's Buiscuit Factory, together with some common everyday items such as a child's pram, telephone and a large scale bicycle. Further items are being added to this collection.
  • Thursday 2nd June - Wednesday 29th June 2016
    The Easter Rising and the International Press – A Clare County Library Exhibition
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon

    Clare County Library has produced a special touring exhibition as part of the 1916-2016 commemorations. The exhibition features headlines and excerpts from newspaper publications around the world and gives a flavour of how the Easter Rising was portrayed in other countries during 1916. Amongst the newspapers featured are issues from America, Germany, Austria, France and Spain. It can be viewed in the Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon during opening hours from Thursday 2nd June - Wednesday 29th June 2016.

May 2016

  • 31st May – 23rd June 2016
    Art Exhibition – ‘The Mushroom Book’, on loan from Limerick City Gallery
    Scariff Library Exhibition Space

    This exhibition, on loan from Limerick City Gallery, is part of the Mountshannon Arts Festival and comprises a set of prints from The Mushroom Book, by John Cage, Louis Long and Alexander Smith. Free entry.
  • Monday, 30th May 2016
    Songwriting workshop with Buddy Mondlock
    Scariff Public Library at 3.30pm

    Buddy’s songs have been recorded by Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, Garth Brooks, Maura O’Connell, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul & Mary, Janis Ian, David Wilcox… the list goes on. In this workshop you will hear about the many elements involved with bringing a song to life and how to communicate feelings and ideas through music and words. This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Friday, 27th May 2016
    Movie Screening - 'A Walk in the Woods', a Bealtaine Festival Event
    Ennistymon Public Library at 11.30am

    The library will take part in the Bealtaine Film Tour, which is presented by access>CINEMA in partnership with the Irish Film Institute, with a special screening of the 2015 movie 'A Walk in the Woods'. After two decades of living in the UK, renowned travel writer Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) returns to America with his English wife Cathy (Emma Thompson). In an attempt to find a way to reconnect with his homeland, he impulsively decides to hike the Appalachian Trail, a trek of over 2,000 miles stretching from Maine to Georgia. With Cathy protesting against the idea of Bill doing the trip solo, an out-of-the-blue call from old friend Katz (Nick Nolte), offering to accompany him, seems like the perfect solution. But as their journey unfolds, this odd couple realise that they may have underestimated the scale of the adventure they have undertaken. Based on Bill Bryson’s best-selling 1998 memoir, 'A Walk in the Woods' is a gentle comedy that combines breath-taking scenery with the charming chemistry of its two veteran stars, who are clearly enjoying themselves. “…a gentle examination of friendship and man’s relationship with himself, others and nature; although these ideas are part of the scenery, with knock-about humour the main event.” - Eye for Film; Director: Ken Kwapis; Certificate: 15A
  • Wednesday, 25th May 2016
    Movie Screening - 'A Walk in the Woods', a Bealtaine Festival Event
    Kilrush Public Library at 6.15pm

    The library will take part in the Bealtaine Film Tour, which is presented by access>CINEMA in partnership with the Irish Film Institute, with a special screening of the 2015 movie 'A Walk in the Woods'. After two decades of living in the UK, renowned travel writer Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) returns to America with his English wife Cathy (Emma Thompson). In an attempt to find a way to reconnect with his homeland, he impulsively decides to hike the Appalachian Trail, a trek of over 2,000 miles stretching from Maine to Georgia. With Cathy protesting against the idea of Bill doing the trip solo, an out-of-the-blue call from old friend Katz (Nick Nolte), offering to accompany him, seems like the perfect solution. But as their journey unfolds, this odd couple realise that they may have underestimated the scale of the adventure they have undertaken. Based on Bill Bryson’s best-selling 1998 memoir, 'A Walk in the Woods' is a gentle comedy that combines breath-taking scenery with the charming chemistry of its two veteran stars, who are clearly enjoying themselves. “…a gentle examination of friendship and man’s relationship with himself, others and nature; although these ideas are part of the scenery, with knock-about humour the main event.” - Eye for Film; Director: Ken Kwapis; Certificate: 15A
  • Wednesday, 25th May 2016
    1916 Table Discussion Series – ‘Mementos and Memorabilia of the 1916 Period
    Scariff Public Library at 7.30pm

    Dr. Tomás MacNamara will bring along a number of items from the period and talk about each. Audience members are asked to bring along letters, photographs, medals or any artifacts associated with 1916 and share them on the night. This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Tuesday, 24th May 2016
    Movie Screening - 'Mr Smith goes to Washington', a Bealtaine Festival Event
    Scariff Public Library at 2.30pm

    The library will take part in the Bealtaine Film Tour, which is presented by access>CINEMA in partnership with the Irish Film Institute, with a special screening of the 1939 movie 'Mr Smith goes to Washington'. Frank Capra’s classic comedy casts a young James Stewart (in a star-making turn), as the idealistic and naive Jefferson Smith, a country politician newly appointed to the US Senate. When he comes face-to-face with the reality of widespread corruption and cynicism in Washington politics, he becomes determined to hang on to his principles. “Not merely a brilliant jest, but a stirring and even inspiring testament to liberty and freedom… and to the innate dignity of just the average man.” - The New York Times, 1939; Director: Frank Capra; Certificate: G
  • Monday, 23rd May 2016
    Movie Screening - 'Men at Lunch', a Bealtaine Festival Event
    Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee at 6pm

    The library will take part in the Bealtaine Film Tour, which is presented by access>CINEMA in partnership with the Irish Film Institute, with a special screening of the 2013 Irish movie 'Men at Lunch'. Eleven ironworkers eat their lunch whilst casually sitting on an iron beam – their feet dangling in the air high above New York, with Central Park and a foggy Manhattan in the depths below them. Everybody knows the photograph "Lunch atop a Skyscraper," taken during construction at the Rockefeller Center in 1932. But its backgrounds had remained a mystery: despite extensive research, neither the 11 men nor the photographer had been definitively identified. When director Seán Ó Cualáin stumbled upon a copy of the picture in a pub in a small Irish hamlet, with a note that two of the men came from that village, he decided to delve into the history of the photo. Director: Seán Ó Cualáin; Certificate: G
  • Thursday, 19th May 2016
    Storytime with Granny and Grandad
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 11.30am

    To celebrate the Bealtaine Festival, Grannys and Grandads are invited to bring their grandchildren along to the library to hear some stories read aloud. All stories feature grandparents and the special relationship they have with their grandchildren. This is a free event and all are welcome. Suitable for children aged 3-6 years and grandparents of all ages! Contact the library at 061 364266 for more details.
  • Thursday, 19th May 2016
    2016 Polska Éire Festival Launch
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 6.30pm

    The grand opening of the 2016 Polska Éire Festival will take place in the De Valera Public Library in Ennis on Thursday 19th of May at 6.30pm. It is the second time that the Polish Irish Association (PIA) is organising this event in Ennis. The launch will begin with the traditional Polish custom of welcoming guests with bread and salt. There will also be some traditional Irish treats on offer with a mix of Polish and Irish traditional music to entertain guests as they arrive. At 7pm Councillor James Breen, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council will officially launch the Polska Éire Festival, along with members of the PIA. Following the speakers, the library will transform into a cinema for a showing of the 1980 Polish cult movie Mis (Teady Bear) directed by Stanislaw Bareja. The Polish Irish Association and Clare County Library invite you to celebrate Irish-Polish friendship - the craic will be dobry! For more information on nationwide events during the Polska Éire Festival visit www.polskaeirefestival.org
  • Thursday, 19th May 2016
    Movie Screening - 'A Walk in the Woods', a Bealtaine Festival Event
    Scariff Public Library at 7.30pm

    The library will take part in the Bealtaine Film Tour, which is presented by access>CINEMA in partnership with the Irish Film Institute, with a special screening of the 2015 movie 'A Walk in the Woods'. After two decades of living in the UK, renowned travel writer Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) returns to America with his English wife Cathy (Emma Thompson). In an attempt to find a way to reconnect with his homeland, he impulsively decides to hike the Appalachian Trail, a trek of over 2,000 miles stretching from Maine to Georgia. With Cathy protesting against the idea of Bill doing the trip solo, an out-of-the-blue call from old friend Katz (Nick Nolte), offering to accompany him, seems like the perfect solution. But as their journey unfolds, this odd couple realise that they may have underestimated the scale of the adventure they have undertaken. Based on Bill Bryson’s best-selling 1998 memoir, 'A Walk in the Woods' is a gentle comedy that combines breath-taking scenery with the charming chemistry of its two veteran stars, who are clearly enjoying themselves. “…a gentle examination of friendship and man’s relationship with himself, others and nature; although these ideas are part of the scenery, with knock-about humour the main event.” - Eye for Film; Director: Ken Kwapis; Certificate: 15
  • Tuesday, 17th May 2016
    Movie Screening - 'Men at Lunch', a Bealtaine Festival Event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 12pm

    The library will take part in the Bealtaine Film Tour, which is presented by access>CINEMA in partnership with the Irish Film Institute, with a special screening of the 2013 Irish movie 'Men at Lunch'. Eleven ironworkers eat their lunch whilst casually sitting on an iron beam – their feet dangling in the air high above New York, with Central Park and a foggy Manhattan in the depths below them. Everybody knows the photograph "Lunch atop a Skyscraper," taken during construction at the Rockefeller Center in 1932. But its backgrounds had remained a mystery: despite extensive research, neither the 11 men nor the photographer had been definitively identified. When director Seán Ó Cualáin stumbled upon a copy of the picture in a pub in a small Irish hamlet, with a note that two of the men came from that village, he decided to delve into the history of the photo. Director: Seán Ó Cualáin; Certificate: G
  • Friday, 13th May 2016
    Movie Screening - 'A Walk in the Woods', a Bealtaine Festival Event
    Killaloe Public Library at 7.30pm

    The library will take part in the Bealtaine Film Tour, which is presented by access>CINEMA in partnership with the Irish Film Institute, with a special screening of the 2015 movie 'A Walk in the Woods'. After two decades of living in the UK, renowned travel writer Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) returns to America with his English wife Cathy (Emma Thompson). In an attempt to find a way to reconnect with his homeland, he impulsively decides to hike the Appalachian Trail, a trek of over 2,000 miles stretching from Maine to Georgia. With Cathy protesting against the idea of Bill doing the trip solo, an out-of-the-blue call from old friend Katz (Nick Nolte), offering to accompany him, seems like the perfect solution. But as their journey unfolds, this odd couple realise that they may have underestimated the scale of the adventure they have undertaken. Based on Bill Bryson’s best-selling 1998 memoir, 'A Walk in the Woods' is a gentle comedy that combines breath-taking scenery with the charming chemistry of its two veteran stars, who are clearly enjoying themselves. “…a gentle examination of friendship and man’s relationship with himself, others and nature; although these ideas are part of the scenery, with knock-about humour the main event.” - Eye for Film; Director: Ken Kwapis; Certificate: 15
  • Thursday, 12th May 2016
    Movie Screening - 'A Walk in the Woods', a Bealtaine Festival Event
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 11.30am

    The library will take part in the Bealtaine Film Tour, which is presented by access>CINEMA in partnership with the Irish Film Institute, with a special screening of the 2015 movie 'A Walk in the Woods'. After two decades of living in the UK, renowned travel writer Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) returns to America with his English wife Cathy (Emma Thompson). In an attempt to find a way to reconnect with his homeland, he impulsively decides to hike the Appalachian Trail, a trek of over 2,000 miles stretching from Maine to Georgia. With Cathy protesting against the idea of Bill doing the trip solo, an out-of-the-blue call from old friend Katz (Nick Nolte), offering to accompany him, seems like the perfect solution. But as their journey unfolds, this odd couple realise that they may have underestimated the scale of the adventure they have undertaken. Based on Bill Bryson’s best-selling 1998 memoir, 'A Walk in the Woods' is a gentle comedy that combines breath-taking scenery with the charming chemistry of its two veteran stars, who are clearly enjoying themselves. “…a gentle examination of friendship and man’s relationship with himself, others and nature; although these ideas are part of the scenery, with knock-about humour the main event.” - Eye for Film; Director: Ken Kwapis; Certificate: 15A
  • Thursday, 12th May 2016
    Movie Screening - 'Men at Lunch', a Bealtaine Festival Event
    Scariff Public Library, at 7.30pm

    The library will take part in the Bealtaine Film Tour, which is presented by access>CINEMA in partnership with the Irish Film Institute, with a special screening of the 2013 Irish movie 'Men at Lunch'. Eleven ironworkers eat their lunch whilst casually sitting on an iron beam – their feet dangling in the air high above New York, with Central Park and a foggy Manhattan in the depths below them. Everybody knows the photograph "Lunch atop a Skyscraper," taken during construction at the Rockefeller Center in 1932. But its backgrounds had remained a mystery: despite extensive research, neither the 11 men nor the photographer had been definitively identified. When director Seán Ó Cualáin stumbled upon a copy of the picture in a pub in a small Irish hamlet, with a note that two of the men came from that village, he decided to delve into the history of the photo. Director: Seán Ó Cualáin; Certificate: G
  • Wednesday 11th May 2016
    Sixmilebridge Men's Shed display of handmade crafts: A Bealtaine Festival event.
    Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge
    To celebrate Bealtaine, Sixmilebridge library is hosting a display of crafts made by the local “men's shed” association.
  • Wednesday, 11th May 2016
    Legendary Landscapes of Clare, a talk by Jackie Queally to celebrate the Bealtaine Festival
    Ennistymon Public Library at 6.45pm

    Author and landscape researcher Jackie Queally will give a talk entitled 'Legendary Landscapes of Clare' in Ennistymon Public Library on Wednesday 11th May at 6.45pm. Jackie has woven together the rich store of legends in the various landscapes of County Clare into a meandering tale of interconnecting themes, highlighting the monuments and landscape features that have shaped deep mythical associations. There will be opportunity at the end of the presentation to give feedback on your local experiences growing up or living in Clare.
  • Wednesday, 11th May 2016
    Legendary Landscapes of Clare, a talk by Jackie Queally to celebrate the Bealtaine Festival
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 12pm

    Author and landscape researcher Jackie Queally will give a talk entitled 'Legendary Landscapes of Clare' in the De Valera Public Library, Ennis on Wednesday 11th May at 12pm. Jackie has woven together the rich store of legends in the various landscapes of County Clare into a meandering tale of interconnecting themes, highlighting the monuments and landscape features that have shaped deep mythical associations. There will be opportunity at the end of the presentation to give feedback on your local experiences growing up or living in Clare.
  • Tuesday, 10 May 2016
    'The Banner Rising' with Cuimhneamh an Chláir
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 6.30pm

    The Banner Rising is an audiovisual celebration of people from Clare involved in the 1916 Rising from the Cuimhneamh an Chláir Archive. Presented by Jackie Elger, this event will feature excerpts from interviews with local Clare people. This is a free event and all are welcome. Contact the library at 061 364266 for further details.
  • Thursday 5th May 2016
    ‘How to make a Fascinator’ Millinery Demonstration, a Bealtaine Festival Event
    Tulla Public Library at 12pm

    To celebrate the Bealtaine Festival Marie Clohessy will visit the library in Tulla to give a demonstration on how to make a fascinator on Thursday, 5th May at 12pm. This is a free event and all are welcome. Phone 065-6835919 for further details.
  • Wednesday 4th - Tuesday 31st May 2016
    The Easter Rising and the International Press – A Clare County Library Exhibition
    Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Public Library, Miltown Malbay

    Clare County Library has produced a special touring exhibition as part of the 1916-2016 commemorations. The exhibition features headlines and excerpts from newspaper publications around the world and gives a flavour of how the Easter Rising was portrayed in other countries during 1916. Amongst the newspapers featured are issues from America, Germany, Austria, France and Spain. It can be viewed in the Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Public Library, Miltown Malbay during opening hours from Wednesday 4th - Tuesday 31st May 2016.
  • Tuesday 3rd May- Friday 27th May 2016
    Shannon Camera Club Exhibition
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon

    Shannon Camera Club will display a selection of their photographs in the library. The Club have been 'capturing the light' since 1977. They meet at 19:30 Mondays in the Oakwood Arms Hotel in Shannon. Any one wishing to join is welcome to attend meetings. The club can be contacted on manorphoto@eircom.net. The exhibition will run during library opening hours. All are welcome to come along.
  • Tuesday 3rd – Friday 20th May 2016
    Bealtaine Craft Display
    Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Library, Miltown Malbay

    The theme of this year’s Bealtaine Festival is ‘Iconic Citizens’. To celebrate the 2016 Festival the Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Library is holding a craft display of locally produced items. These items include knitting, crochet, paintings, baskets and mosaics. For further information contact the library at 065-7084822.
  • Tuesday 3rd May 2016
    ‘How to make a Fascinator’ Millinery Demonstration, a Bealtaine Festival Event
    Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Library, Miltown Malbay, at 6pm

    In conjunction with the start of our Bealtaine Craft Display in the library in Miltown Malbay, Marie Clohessy will give a demonstration on how to make a fascinator on Tuesday evening at 6pm. This is a free event and all are welcome. Phone 065-7084822 for further details.

April 2016

  • Friday, 29th April 2016
    Computers for Beginners
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon 10.30am-12.30pm

    Volunteers from Friends Ireland, www.friendsireland.ie, will provide introductory computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone classes in Shannon Library each Friday morning. The classes are free but places are limited. Names can be placed on a waiting list for future classes. A course of classes runs for 4 weeks, contact the library on 061-364266 for further information.
  • Thursday, 28th April 2016
    Poetry Day Ireland
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis

    Poetry Day Ireland will be celebrated on Thursday 28 April 2016. With this year's theme of Revolution, Poetry Ireland is inviting everyone to rebel, revolutionise and organise to make poetry inescapable and irrepressible for a day. Clare County Library will mark the day by hosting an evening of poetry in the De Valera Public Library in Ennis at 4.30pm. Eleanor Feeley will read from Clare-born writer Mairéad Ashe Fitzgerald's selection of 1916 poetry "A Terrible Beauty" with musical accompaniment provided by Etain McCooey. This is a free event and all are welcome. Pocket Poems provided by Poetry Ireland will also be available in selected branches of Clare County Library throughout the day.
  • Tuesday 26th April 2016
    Fun Science 6 week Family Course
    Scariff Public Library, 5-6.30pm

    Scariff Public Library in conjunction with CABES Family Learning Project is offering families the chance to undertake a six week science course starting on Tuesday 26th April from 5-6.30pm. Scientist Dipankar Biswas promises lots of interesting and fun experiments to inspire young scientists. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This is a free event but places are limited and booking is required. Tel. Scariff Public Library on 061 922893.
  • Monday, 25th April 2016
    Charlotte Brontë Bicentenary Event
    Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee

    Born on 21st April 1816 Charlotte Brontë was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels have become classics of English literature. She first published her works, including her best known novel 'Jane Eyre', under the pen name Currer Bell. Charlotte married the Reverend Arthur Bell in June 1854 and they spent a large part of their honeymoon in Kilkee, Co. Clare in July 1854. To celebrate the bicentenary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, Cultúrlann Sweeney in Kilkee will be transformed into a cinema on Monday 25th April at 6pm for a screening of the film version of ‘Jane Eyre’. This is a free event and all are welcome to attend.
  • Friday, 22nd April 2016
    Computers for Beginners
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon 10.30am-12.30pm

    Volunteers from Friends Ireland, www.friendsireland.ie, will provide introductory computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone classes in Shannon Library each Friday morning. The classes are free but places are limited. Names can be placed on a waiting list for future classes. A course of classes runs for 4 weeks, contact the library on 061-364266 for further information.
  • Thursday, 21st April 2016
    SuperHands Baby Sign Language Demonstration
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 10.30am

    Baby sign language is a way for parents to communicate with their babies before they can talk. Using simple gestures you can reduce frustration, increase parent/child bond, accelerate speech, enhance self-expression & confidence, stimulate intellectual development, improve memory and most importantly it's fun! Learn to sign with your baby in 6 weeks - courses run regularly. Demonstration takes place in the De Valera Public Library on Thursday, 21st April at 10.30am. Call SuperHands on 083-3306407 or visit their website at www.superhands.ie.
  • Friday, 15th April 2016
    Computers for Beginners
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon 10.30am-12.30pm

    Volunteers from Friends Ireland, www.friendsireland.ie, will provide introductory computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone classes in Shannon Library each Friday morning. The classes are free but places are limited. Names can be placed on a waiting list for future classes. A course of classes runs for 4 weeks, contact the library on 061-364266 for further information.
  • Tuesday, 12th April 2016
    1916 Table Discussion Series – ‘Looking Back at the Songs of the Time’
    Scariff Public Library at 7.30pm

    Song and poetry help us to tell our stories, to grieve, to celebrate, to commemorate and sometimes to put our own slant on history. Songs give a unique flavour of the times. In the third session of a series of discussions on aspects of 1916, contributors will look at some popular songs of the early 1900’s, from the Dublin streets to the parlours of the big houses, the songs and poems of the 1916 leaders and the rebel song tradition stretching back to 1798. How 1916 was celebrated 50 years on in 1966 will also be examined. This is a free event and all are welcome. Fáilte roimh chách.
  • Tuesday 7th - Thursday 28th April 2016
    The Easter Rising and the International Press – A Clare County Library Exhibition
    Killaloe Public Library

    Clare County Library has produced a special touring exhibition as part of the 1916-2016 commemorations. The exhibition features headlines and excerpts from newspaper publications around the world and gives a flavour of how the Easter Rising was portrayed in other countries during 1916. Amongst the newspapers featured are issues from America, Germany, Austria, France and Spain. It can be viewed in Killaloe Public Library during opening hours from Tuesday 7th - Thursday 28th April 2016.
  • 5th - 30th April 2016
    Art Exhibition - ‘Seraphim and Naiads’ by Isabelle Gaborit
    Scariff Public Library

    An exhibition of new works by Isabelle Gaborit. Free admission.

March 2016

  • Wednesday, 30th March 2016
    Clare Youth Service Parent Information Event
    Ennistymon Public Library at 6.30 - 8pm

    The Youth Information Co-Ordinator for County Clare will be in Ennistymon Public Library on Wednesday 30th March from 6.30 - 8pm with information displays, booklets and leaflets on topics such as mental health, bullying, careers, education, sexual health and more. This is a free event.
  • Thursday, 24th March 2016
    Easter Crafts with Siobhán
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 11am

    Children are welcome to come to the library and join in Siobhán's Easter Craft session. This session suitable for 5-8 year olds. Places are limited so book at the library desk or by phone at 061 364266.
  • Tuesday, 22nd March 2016
    Clare Youth Service Parent Information Event
    Scariff Public Library at 4- 7pm

    The Youth Information Co-Ordinator for County Clare will be in Scariff Public Library on Tuesday 22nd March from 4-7pm with information displays, booklets and leaflets on topics such as mental health, bullying, careers, education, sexual health and more. Free event.
  • Tuesday 22nd March, 2016
    Easter Craftmaking for Children
    Kilrush Public Library

    Decoupage Egg Decorating @ 11am for 5 – 7 year olds.
    Easter Bonnet decorating @ 3pm for 8 – 11 year olds.
    Places are limited, booking is necessary. Enquire at library desk or phone 065 9051504.
  • Tuesday, 15th March 2016
    Family History Research Day
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon from 2-6pm

    Eneclann and Findmypast, Genealogy and Family history services, are touring Ireland to help people find their ancestors. What were your family doing in 1916? Join them in the library to help mark the centenary of the Easter Rising and avail of the opportunity of free access to billions of family history records on findmypast.ie and one-to-one genealogy sessions with Eneclann's experts. A great opportunity to do some Family History Research. All are welcome to come along.
  • Tuesday, 15th March 2016
    1916 Table Discussion Series - ‘My Grandfather Fought in the Rising’
    Scariff Public Library at 7.30pm

    In the second of a series of discussions on aspects of 1916, Pearse O Shiel will tell the story of Harry Shiels, his grandfather who fought in the North King St. area in the Rising, and of a dramatic encounter with Bulmer Hobson. This story provides a glimpse into one of the simple human dramas that often go unremarked in the shadow of the dramatic events of Easter 1916; it provides some insight into the motivational complexities of the young men who took part in the events of Easter 1916 and, in the case of Harry Shiels, it reveals to those who knew him as an old man much that he was reticent about in his own time. The session will take place on Tuesday 15th March at 7.30pm.This is a free event and all are welcome
  • Tuesday, 15th March 2016
    ‘Irish Soldiers & Rebels: tracing your WW1 and Irish revolutionary ancestors’ - Public lecture by Brian Donovan, Eneclann
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 5.00pm

    Brian is a founding memeber of Eneclann, Ireland's premier family history research service based in Trinity College. Brian studied History at Trinity College and has subsequently lectured throughout Ireland and the US on history, genealogy and electronic publishing. Brian specialises in Eneclann's digitisation work and has played a key role in establishing both www.irishorigins.com and www.findmypast.ie, both online resources of Irish genealogical records. Brian’s paternal side of the family were Gaelic-Irish gentry. His family is diverse on his mother’s side, including German Catholics, Scots and Ulster Presbyterians. Brian is particularly interested in sixteenth century Irish history and prehistory. He is also fascinated by the genetic origins of the Irish people. All are welcome. Contact the library on 061 364266 for further information.
  • Tuesday, 15th March 2016
    Movie Screening – ‘Calamity Jane’
    Scariff Public Library at 2.30pm

    Doris Day and Howard Keel fuss, feud and fall in love as Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok in this hugely entertaining musical. With wide-open Technicolour Western spaces, lots of high-stepping dances and an academy award winning score. (Cert. G) This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee and biscuits provided.
  • Friday, 11th March 2016
    Seachtain na Gaeilge event with Aidan Courtney
    Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Library, Miltown Malbay at 10.30 a.m.

    To celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge local 5th & 6th class schoolchildren have been invited to Miltown Malbay Library to take part in an illustration workshop as Gaeilge with Aidan Courtney. This workshop will involve illustration and comic strips incorporating a 1916 theme.
  • Tuesday, 8th March 2016
    ‘I Never saw my Mother Walk’, The Role of Women in Ireland’s Revolutionary Period (1916-23) - Public lecture by Dr. Tomás Mac Conmara, an International Women's Day event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 7.00pm

    To mark International Women’s Day, oral historian and author Dr. Tomás Mac Conmara will explore the role played by women in the revolutionary period in Clare, including Cumann na mBan and the experience of female relatives of activists during the period. The lecture will also examine how women have been represented in public and private memory and commemoration. This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Monday 7th - 24th March 2016
    Exhibition- The Easter Rising and the International Press
    Scariff Public Library

    Scariff Public Library are host to a small exhibition with interesting newspaper extracts from USA, Germany, France, Australia on the events in The 1916 Rising. Notwithstanding the dark shadow of the First World War which dominated world news during 1916, news of the events of the Easter Rising in Ireland received extensive coverage around the globe.
  • Friday 4rd March 2016
    Seachtain na Gaeilge Storytime
    Kilrush Public Library at 10am

    Maura Falsey will entertain twenty-five 2nd class children from Kilrush Primary School with stories ‘as Gaeilge’ as part of the celebrations for Seachtain na Gaeilge.
  • Thursday, 3rd March 2016
    World Book Day event with author Etain McCooey
    Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Library, Miltown Malbay at 10.30 a.m.

    To celebrate World Book Day local 1st and 2nd class children have been invited to Miltown Malbay Library to enjoy a session of storytelling, drawing and music with Etain McCooey. The session will be based on Etain’s first book for children, ‘Deefer’s Day Out’. Etain will be joined by illustrator Alison O’Brien, who did the illustrations for the book.
  • Wednesday 2nd March 2016
    World Book Day
    Kilrush Public Library at 10am

    As part of the celebrations for World Book Day, artist Alan Shoosmith will be holding an art workshop for senior classes from Gaelscoil Ui Coimin, Kilrush. Children will be guided on creating some artistic sketches from the ever popular Roahl Dahl collection of books.

February 2016

  • Saturday 27th February 2016
    ‘Fun Science’ Family Workshop, a Family Learning Day 2016 event
    Killaloe Public Library at 10am

    Join scientist Dipankar Biswas to try out lots of exciting experiments with your family to celebrate Family Learning Day 2016 including balloon rockets, colour volcanos and slime recipes! Places are limited so please call Killaloe Public Library to book your family’s place on (061) 376062 . Free event in conjunction with CABES family learning project.
  • Saturday 27th February 2016
    ‘Fun Science’ Family Workshop, a Family Learning Day 2016 event
    Scariff Public Library at 12.15pm

    Join scientist Dipankar Biswas to try out lots of exciting experiments with your family to celebrate Family Learning Day 2016 including balloon rockets, colour volcanos and slime recipes! Places are limited so please call Scariff Public Library to book your family’s place on (061) 922893. Free event in conjunction with CABES family learning project.
  • Thursday, 25th February 2016
    Recovering Our Senses in the 21st Century, a talk with Philip Shepherd
    Scariff Public Library at 6.30pm

    Author Philip Shepherd will give a talk on what he sees as a culture of disconnection which causes a busy, anxious, distracted need to control. In this presentation he offers new insights and choices that help us move towards the kind of wholeness in our lives that is rooted in the deep calm of the body, and is open to the harmony and support of the world around us. This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Wednesday 24th February 2016
    Adult Learners Festival
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon, 11am-1pm

    In a celebration of Adult Learners Festival week, the LCETB will host their Certificate presentation ceremony in Seán Lemass Public Library. Certs will be given to participants who completed FETAC courses with Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board. All courses were taken at the local LCETB Centre at 4 Brú na Sionna, Shannon.
  • Tuesday, 23rd February 2016
    1916 Table Discussion Series - ‘Conversations on the Proclamation of 1916’
    Scariff Public Library at 7.30pm

    A series of table discussions around aspects of 1916 will take place throughout the year in Scariff Public Library. This involves a small group of people getting together to talk, listen and share ideas on subjects of mutual interest in an informal way. Contributors are most welcome as are those who would just like to listen in on what is sure to be an informative and entertaining hour. The first session will take place on Tuesday 23rd February at 7.30pm and will look at the 1916 Proclamation.
  • Tuesday, 23rd February 2016
    Helping children learn
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis

    Members of the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB) will visit the De Valera Library in Ennis on Tuesday, 23rd February from 6.15 - 7.45pm to host an information session aimed at parents of children up to 12 years of age with the aim of enabling them to help their children learn. This free session will include information on learning styles, reading tips and useful resources, including what is available at your local library. For more information contact Mary Flanagan (LCETB) on 065-6897645.
  • Friday, 19th February 2016
    Story time and Spring Craft
    Scariff Public Library, Scariff at 3.30pm

    Come along for some spring fun with stories and a craft with a spring twist. The event is free of charge.
  • Thursday, 18th February 2016
    Spring Craft
    Scariff Public Library, Scariff at 3.30pm

    Enjoy a craft session with a spring theme for 7-12 year olds.
    Free event.
  • 11th - 13th February 2016
    Blind Date with a Book
    Various Branch Libraries

    This Valentine’s Day Clare County Library would like to play matchmaker for you and set you up on a blind date…with a book! From February 11th - 13th you are invited to visit any of the seven participating library branches in Ennis, Ennistymon, Kilrush, Kilkee, Killaloe, Scariff and Shannon where there will be a display of books wrapped in plain paper. Simply make your selection and bring it to the checkout desk where you will also receive a sweet treat, custom made by Wilde Irish Chocolates in Tuamgraney, to take home along with your newfound book love. The selected books will have some connection to the year 1916 and will include a range of genres and themes but you won’t be able to judge any of them by their cover before you get to know them. Here’s hoping it will be love at first page! Don't worry if not though, there are plenty more books on the shelves! To view opening hours for Clare County Library’s branches visit www.clarelibrary.ie or phone 065-6821616.
  • Wednesday, 10th February 2016
    The Humpback Whales of Cape Verde
    Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee at 6.30pm

    Canola Pictures in association with The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) will screen the film The Humpback Whales of Cape Verde in Kilkee as part of a unique collaboration with the libraries of Ireland. Shot in Ireland, Cape Verde and Malta, The Humpback Whales of Cape Verde follows Dr Simon Berrow and an international team of marine scientists on an ambitious adventure to prove humpback whales from both the northern and southern hemispheres use the Cape Verde archipelago as a breeding ground. The Irish made film will be shown on Wednesday, 10th February 6.30pm at the Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee. It is one of a number of such screenings in libraries around Ireland. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Dr Simon Berrow from the IWDG and the film's director, Tony Whelan. Admission is free but on a first come basis. The IWDG see the three month library tour as a perfect platform to highlight their ongoing commitment to education and to emphasise the importance of conservation in our seas. 2016 is the 25th anniversary of all Irish waters being declared a whale and dolphin sanctuary, the first of its kind in Europe. Tour details available at http://www.iwdg.ie/events.
  • Thursday, 4th February 2016
    Rose of Tralee visit to Ennis
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis

    The 2015 Rose of Tralee will make a courtesy visit to County Clare next Thursday, 4th February 2016 during a nationwide promotion of the international festival, which is celebrated among Irish communities all over the world. 22-year-old Elysha Brennan from Bettystown, Co Meath, who is a student at the Royal College of Surgeons and who is a cancer survivor, made headlines last August when she was crowned overall winner. She will be welcomed to the De Valera Public Library in Ennis by Cllr James Breen, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council and Cllr Pat Daly, Mayor of Municipal District of Ennis. Ms. Brennan and the 2015 Clare Rose, Ava Mahony, will then host a meet and greet session with members of the public from 4.00-5.30pm to answer any queries from potential Roses considering following in their footsteps. The 2016 Rose of Tralee International Festival takes place from 17th-26th August. For more information visit www.roseoftralee.ie
  • Wednesday 3rd February - Wednesday 24th February 2016
    1916 Exhibition of Coiste Comóradh Éirí Amach 1916-2016
    Kilrush Public Library

    An interesting display of content from pamphlets and newspapers relating to 1916, the content of this exhibition includes 24 panels featuring an eclectic mix of photos, magazine illustrations and memorabilia. Coiste Comóradh is an umbrella organisation of local groups based in Shannon who have come together to mark the centenary of 1916. Viewing available during library opening hours.
  • Tuesday, 2nd February 2016
    Movie Screening – ‘High Society’
    Scariff Public Library at 2.30pm

    Featuring a delightful Cole Porter score and starring Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, this stylish musical comedy will banish the winter blues. (Cert. G) This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee and biscuits provided.

January 2016

  • Friday 29th January 2016
    Invite to Shannon's Northern Community from Christina Bennett, artist and educator
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 7pm

    Christina Bennett, local Shannon artist and educator, is embarking on a project to record the stories of Northerners who have made their home in Shannon. All those who are from the North, or have parents, grandparents, friends or extended family are welcome to attend. Christina hopes to form a collaborative group to plan how to document and celebrate Northerners place in the Community. It is Christina's hope to interview and record people for a short film. "We could also make audio recordings and written stories and, with the use of photography, old and new, we could produce a book about ourselves". In 2015, Christina produced a short film called 'Leaving' which focused on one aspect of the local community - this film was selected for exhibition in Dublin for Culture NIght.
  • Friday, 29th January 2016
    Computers for Beginners
    Seán Lemass Public Library 10.30am-12.30pm

    Volunteers from Friends Ireland, www.friendsireland.ie, will provide introductory computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone classes in Shannon Library each Friday morning. The classes are free but places are limited. Names can be placed on a waiting list for future classes. A course of classes runs for 4 weeks, contact the library on 061-364266 for further information.
  • Tuesday, 26th January 2016
    Draft Clare County Development Plan 2017-2023 Public Consultation
    Scariff Public Library, 4-8pm

    Planning officials from Clare County Council will be on hand to answer queries, guide people through the plan and inform members of the public about the formal submission process.
  • Friday, 22nd January 2016
    Computers for Beginners
    Seán Lemass Public Library 10.30am-12.30pm

    Volunteers from Friends Ireland, www.friendsireland.ie, will provide introductory computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone classes in Shannon Libraryeach Friday morning. The classes are free but places are limited. Names can be placed on a waiting list for future classes. A course of classes runs for 4 weeks, contact the library on 061-364266 for further information.
  • Thursday, 21st January 2016
    Computers for Beginners
    Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge 6.15pm-7.45pm

    Volunteers from Friends Ireland, www.friendsireland.ie, will provide introductory computer classes in Kilfinaghty Public Library on Thursday evenings. The classes are free but places are limited. Names can be placed on a waiting list for future classes. A course of classes runs for 4 weeks, contact the library on 061-369678 for further information.
  • Tuesday 12th January - Tuesday 2nd February 2016
    1916 Exhibition of Coiste Comóradh Éirí Amach 1916-2016
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis

    An interesting display of content from pamphlets and newspapers relating to 1916, the content of this exhibition includes 24 panels featuring an eclectic mix of photos, magazine illustrations and memorabilia. Coiste Comóradh is an umbrella organisation of local groups based in Shannon who have come together to mark the centenary of 1916. Viewing available during library opening hours
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Ongoing Events

Corofin Public Library

de Valera Public Library, Ennis

Ennistymon Public Library

Kilkee Public Library

Killaloe Public Library

Kilrush Public Library

Lisdoonvarna Public Library

Miltown Malbay Public Library

Newmarket-on-Fergus Public Library

Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon

Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge

Scariff Public Library

Tulla Public Library

 

See also What's On in County Clare
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