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Library Events in 2014
See also Children's Services for the Children's Festival and Summer Projects


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Special Events.

October 2014

  • Thurs 16th October –30th October 2014
    Art Exhibition
    Kilrush Public Library.
    Artist Avril Brand will exhibit both her own work and that of her students over a two week period in Kilrush Library. Some of Avril’s work depicts Irish Life from times past, while more of her paintings are scenes adapted from photographs. More detailed information on her work is available on http://www.clareartist.com/about.html

September 2014

  • Friday 19 September 2014
    Avast, me hearties! Children's storytime, crafts and games
    Killaloe Public Library, at 3.30pm

    Join the staff of Killaloe Library in celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day with pirate-themed storytime, crafts and games, suitable for 3-7 year olds. Pirate dress optional! This is a free event.
  • Friday 19th September
    Clare Youth Theatre presents Beckett’s "Waiting for Godot", a Culture Night event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 7pm

    Members of Clare Youth Theatre will transform the De Valera Library in Ennis into a mini theatre on Friday 19th September to celebrate Culture Night 2014. They will present an innovative take on Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" marrying theatre with literary surroundings. This is a free event and all are welcome. Culture Night is an annual all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts.
  • Tuesday 16th September 2014
    'Confidence to Care' Dementia Education Workshop
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 5.30pm

    Aodhnaid Lennon of Home Instead Senior Care will visit the De Valera Public Library in Ennis this evening, 16th September, where she will host a free 'Confidence to Care' Dementia Education Workshop. This workshop will help carers to understand behavioural changes, encourage engagement & care for yourself while caring for a loved one and takes place from 5.30-7.30pm. There will also be a book display in the library to complement the workshop. This event marks World Alzheimer's Day which takes place on Sunday, 21st September 2014.

August 2014

  • Saturday 30th August 2014
    Genealogy Workshop, an Ireland Reaching Out - Tulla Weekend of the Welcomes and National Heritage Week event
    Tulla Public Library at 10am

    Tulla Public Library will open on Saturday 30th August to hold a Genealogy Workshop to mark Ireland Reaching Out - Tulla Weekend of the Welcomes and National Heritage Week 2014. The workshop will commence at 10am and will provide an opportunity to learn more about getting started on researching your family tree and what resources are available at the library. This is a free event and all are welcome. Contact Tulla Library at 065-6835919 for more details.
  • Saturday 30th August 2014
    Children's story time, a National Heritage Week event
    Ennistymon Public Library at 11am

    Library staff member, Monica Hawes, will host a special Heritage Week story time for children aged 3-7 in Ennistymon Library on Saturday 30th August at 11am. This is a free event. For more information contact Ennistymon Library at 065-7071245.
  • Thursday, 28th August 2014
    National Heritage Week event with Cuimhneamh an Chláir, the Clare Oral History and Folklore Group
    Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge at 6.30pm

    'Come here till I tell ya' - Cuimhneamh an Chláir aim to record, document, archive and share the memories and experiences of Co. Clare's older population. Over 600 people from Co Clare have been recorded so far. This event will play a series of audio recordings from people of Sixmilebridge and surrounding areas. All are welcome to the event and admission is free.
  • Wednesday, 27th August 2014
    A Talk on the Mountshannon Eagles, a National Heritage Week event
    Killaloe Public Library, at 7pm

    Nigel Beers Smith will give a talk on the Mountshannon eagles in Killaloe Library. This free event marks National Heritage Week 2014 and all are welcome.
  • Wednesday, 27th August 2014
    National Heritage Week event with Cuimhneamh an Chláir, the Clare Oral History and Folklore Group
    Kilrush Public Library at 6.30pm

    'Come here till I tell ya' - Cuimhneamh an Chláir aim to record, document, archive and share the memories and experiences of Co. Clare's older population. Over 600 people from Co Clare have been recorded so far. This event will play a series of audio recordings from people of Kilrush and surrounding areas. All are welcome to the event and admission is free.
  • Wednesday, 27th August 2014
    Genealogy Talk, a National Heritage Week event
    Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 1pm

    Gerry Kennedy of the Clare Roots Society will give a talk on genealogy in Shannon Library. This free event marks National Heritage Week 2014 and all are welcome.
  • Tuesday 26th August 2014
    Bats - Storytime, crafts and games for 4-8 year olds
    Killaloe Public Library, at 2.30pm

    Join the staff of Killaloe Library to find out about bats, make a toilet-roll bat and play bat-themed games. This free event marks National Heritage Week 2014 and is suitable for 4-8 year olds.
  • Tuesday, 26th August 2014
    Genealogy Talk, a National Heritage Week event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 7pm

    Gerry Kennedy of the Clare Roots Society will give a talk on genealogy in Ennis Library. This free event marks National Heritage Week 2014 and all are welcome.
  • Monday 25th August 2014
    Dogs Trust Workshop for Children
    Ennistymon Public Library at 11.30am

    Dogs Trust education officer Dawn Kavanagh will be in Ennistymon Public Library on Monday 25th August at 11.30am. Dawn will be presenting ‘Storytime with Dogs Trust’ where children will hear a story about Dexter the dog and carry out some fun activities. The duration of this workshop is one hour and is suitable for children aged 5-12 who would love to learn a little about Dogs Trust and find out what it takes to keep a dog healthy and happy. For more information contact Ennistymon Library at 065-7071245.
  • Thursday, 21st August 2014
    Dogs Trust Workshop for Children

    Kilrush Public Library at 11.30a.m.

    Dogs Trust education officer Dawn Kavanagh will be in Kilrush Public Library on Thursday 21st August at 11.30a.m. Dawn will be presenting ‘Storytime with Dogs Trust’ where children will hear a story about Dexter the dog and carry out some fun activities. The duration of this workshop is one hour and is suitable for children aged 5-12 who would love to learn a little about Dogs Trust and find out what it takes to keep a dog healthy and happy. Booking is necessary and places are filling fast. Contact Kilrush Library at (065) 9051504 to book your place.
  • Wednesday, 20th August 2014
    Dogs Trust Workshop for Children
    Scariff Public Library @ 11.30a.m.

    Dogs Trust education officer Dawn will be in Scariff Public Library on Wednesday 20th August at 11.30a.m. Dawn will be presenting ‘Storytime with Dogs Trust’ where participants will get to hear all about Dexter the dog and carry out some fun activities. This workshop is for children aged 5-12 who would love to learn a little about Dogs Trust and find out what it takes to keep a dog healthy and happy. Booking is recommended. Telephone Scariff Public Library on (061) 922893 for booking and information. Dogs Trust is Ireland’s largest dog welfare charity.
  • Wednesday, 20th August 2014
    Movie Screening, ‘The Hobbit: the desolation of Smaug’ (Rating 12A), a Tolkien Festival Event
    Ennistymon Public Library
    Film starts at 2pm and running time is 2 hours 35 mins. This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Monday, 18th August 2014
    Dogs Trust Workshop for Children
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon, at 2.30 pm

    Children aged 5 - 12 are invited to a special 'Storytime with Dog's Trust'. Dawn, the Education Officer from Dog's Trust, will host a special workshop where children will get to hear all about Dexter the Dog and learn lots of useful information about keeping a dog happy and healthy. This is a free event and all are welcome. Phone Shannon Library on 061 364266 for more information.
  • 16th - 23rd August 2014
    Tolkien book display, a Tolkien Festival event
    Ennistymon Public Library
    (during library opening hours)
    Visit Ennistymon Library throughout this week to browse and/or borrow from our display of Tolkien books.
  • 16th - 23rd August 2014
    Tolkien Exhibition at Ennistymon Library, a Tolkien Festival event
    Ennistymon Public Library
    (during library opening hours)
    Launch of exhibition takes 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, Clare County Library staff member. Seamus will read extracts from Tolkien. This will conclude at 11.15am.
  • Friday, 15th August 2014
    A Tolkien-themed art workshop with Aidan Courtney, a Tolkien Festival event
    Ennistymon Public Library, 14.40 – 15.40

    For the Burren Tolkien Festival 2014, Coimicí Gael will be attending Ennistymon Library on Friday the 15th of August 2014 at 2.40pm offering an hour long workshop for Tolkien fans to draw fantasy illustrations. Workshop facilitator, illustrator and founder of Coimici 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 065-7071245.
  • Saturday, 2nd August 2014
    Children’s Creative Arts with Grace Burton
    Scariff Public Library, 1- 2pm

    Come along to the Library and join in the fun with crafts teacher Grace Burton who will guide children through summer art and craft activities.
    (In conjunction with the Scariff Harbour Festival)
  • Saturday 2nd August 2014
    Talk on the Sliabh Aughty Furnace Project
    Scariff Public Library, 2.30 - 4pm

    Paul Rondelez, who has recently finalised his PhD research on medieval Irish iron production, talks about the iron industry which was established near Scariff in the 17th century. The area between Tuamgraney, County Clare, and Woodford, County Galway was the scene of intensive iron mining and smelting for over a hundred years. Exceptionally, four of the blast furnaces for smelting the iron are still preserved. The Project is aimed at researching and conserving these monuments as well as opening them up as a tourist attraction. (In conjunction with the Scariff Harbour Festival)

July 2014

  • Wednesday 23rd July 2014
    Water Safety Talk and DVD
    Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Public Library, Miltown Malbay, at 11.00 a.m.

    A member of the Irish Coast Guard will host a water safety talk specifically aimed at children on Wednesday morning. This free session involves a 20 minute DVD, followed by some water safety slides and a brief talk. Waterproof safety wrist bands will be available on the day as will some rubber wrist bands to promote water safety. The bands have the Coast Guard emergency contact number 112 printed on them. Free event and all are welcome to attend.
  • Thursday 17th July - Friday 22nd August 2014
    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.
  • Tuesday 15 July - Friday 1 August
    Hastings Farmhouse Conservation Project Display
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon

    Dúchas na Sionna display the artefacts found at Hastings Cottage during the conservation project of recent years. This cottage was one of the original Shannon houses in Tullyvarraga. It dates to the late 19th/early 20th century and in 1920, General Lucas was housed there when he was kidnapped by the IRA. Information boards about the history and conservation of the cottage are also on display. http://www.duchasnasionna.eu
  • Tuesday 15 July 2014
    Dúchas na Sionna Launch
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 7pm

    Dúchas na Sionna, Shannon town's heritage group, will launch the Shannon Social History Project Report. Every household in Shannon received a questionnaire three years ago aimed at gathering information about what Shannon residents thought about coming to live in Ireland's newest town. The project included a number of recorded interviews with Shannon residents. This report is the culmination of that research. shannonsocialhistory.com
  • Monday 14th July - Friday 1st August 2014
    Photography Exhibition from Cuimhneamh an Chláir, the Clare Oral History and Folklore Group.
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon

    This series of photos shows some of the people interviewed by this oral history group and includes written excerpts of their interviews. The exhibition also includes facsimiles of some newspaper articles which showcased Cuimhneamh an Chláir and their interviewees. Over 600 Clare people have been recorded so far by this voluntary group. www.clarememories.ie

June 2014

  • Monday 30th June - Thurs 10th July 2014
    Summer Activities for Children
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon

    Shannon Library will hold a series of events of children during the first two weeks of July. These include workshops in Wool Spinning, Gardening, Creative Writing, Sewing and Drama. We will also have a fancy dress storytime and a teddy bear storytime as well as showings of the children's films Roald Dahl's 'Matilda' and Dr Seuss 'The Lorax'. All activities are free of charge but booking is required. Contact the library on 061 364266 or come to the library desk.
  • Tuesday 24 June - Friday 11 July 2014
    Shannon Scouting Exhibition
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon
    This exhibition celebrates 50 years of Scouting in Shannon of the 1st Clare SCOUT group. The 'Reeling in the Years' series of photo boards shows the Scouts through the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and the current group. A nostalgic trip for anyone ever involved in Shannon scouting.
  • Tues 24th June.
    Children’s Film Club “War horse”. Rating 12
    Kilrush Public Library, 3.10pm

    Based on Michael Murpurgo’s award winning book, set before and during World War 1. All are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.
  • 16th June - 12th July 2014
    Inis Artists Exhibition,
    Scariff Public Library

    Inis Artists are delighted to announce their upcoming Exhibition. Over thirty original paintings will be on display by the fifteen Clare based artists in a myriad of styles and painting mediums. Tranquil scenes from everyday life feature and include titles such as “Cottage Garden”, “Natures Bouquet” and “Spring Meadows” the latter a watercolour by Alan Shoosmith. The power of the sea and ruggedness of the rock formations along the seashore have been captured on canvas include “Pollock Holes” and an energetic piece entitled “Wild Waves” both in oil medium by Fionnuala O’Connell. Happy childhood memories of summer holidays spent swimming and building sandcastles on the beach are stirred for one and all with titles such as “Sunny Beach” and “Fortress island”. The Exhibition is well worth viewing with something to suit all tastes and pockets.
  • Friday 6 June - Friday 20 June 2014
    'Incognito' Art Exhibition
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon

    The Crafty Kids Art Group of Shannon with their teacher Christina Bennett are holding an exhibiton of the artwork they have produced throughout the year. It includes a selection of portraits, prints and 3-D creations.

May 2014

  • Friday 30th May - Monday 9th June 2014
    Design a Postcard Competition
    Scariff Public Library

    Children and teens, ages 8-18, are invited to submit entries to a design a postcard competition run by Scariff Public Library in conjuction with Mountshannon Arts Weekend. Materials available from library desk. Closing date for entries is Monday 9th June to be submitted to Scariff Library. Prizes for the most original entries.
  • 30th May – 9th June 2014
    University of Limerick Exhibition for the Mountshannon Arts Weekend
    Scariff Public Library Exhibition Space

    C(art)e Postale. The 'snailmailtrail' interactive art installation, post one, get one free! A chance to own an original piece of art for the price of a stamp. Artists Femke Van Den Berg and Kevin O'Sullivan have been commissioned to produce a series of 50 bespoke art postcards. Participants are asked to take two postcards and post one back with details of where it was posted. A map of these locations, the snailmailtrail, will then be created. In association with the University of Limerick Arts Office.
  • Thursday 29th May 2014
    “Successful Ageing” information session, a Bealtaine Festival event in Scariff Public Library, 2.30- 4.30pm
    Clare County Library is happy to welcome Aodhnaid Lennon, Community Relations Specialist with Home Instead Senior Care, when she will visit Scariff Public Library to distribute free copies of “Senior Citizens: The Essential Guidebook”, which is suitable for anyone in the 55+ age bracket, & to discuss a little about its contents – promoting the concept of “Successful Ageing” in Ireland, remaining engaged with your community & planning for retirement. There will also be a number of other information booklets available detailing different aspects of ageing such as staying safe at home, medication management & dementia care in the home. Everyone is welcome to this free information session.
  • Wednesday, 28th May 2014
    Movie Screening - 'Quartet', a Bealtaine Festival Event
    Kilrush Public Library at 6.30pm

    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 2012 movie 'Quartet'. Starring Pauline Collins, Billy Connolly and Maggie Smith 'Quartet' is "a wickedly comic film about redefining old age and growing old with hope; demonstrating how art illuminates life and the human spirit remains undimmed even as the brightest stars start to fade." - BBC Films. This is a free event and all are welcome. Contact the library at 065-9051504 for more details.
  • Tuesday, 27th May 2014
    Talk on Clare Biodiversity Action Plan 2014-2017
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 6.30pm

    The Clare Biodiversity Action Plan proposes measures to conserve the biodiversity of Co Clare through raising awareness of the county's biodiversity, co-ordinating a targeted education programme for all ages and abilities and recording the biodiversity of the county. Biodiversity Day is celebrated on the 22nd of May and Clare County Biodiversity Officer Shane Casey will host a talk on the Action Plan for members of the public in Shannon Library on this date. All are welcome to attend.
  • Monday, 26th May 2014
    Talk on Clare Biodiversity Action Plan 2014-2017
    Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee at 6.30pm

    The Clare Biodiversity Action Plan proposes measures to conserve the biodiversity of Co. Clare through raising awareness of the county's biodiversity, co-ordinating a targeted education programme for all ages and abilities and recording the biodiversity of the county. Clare County Biodiversity Officer Shane Casey will host an illustrative talk and introduction to the Clare Biodiversity Action Plan in Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee on Monday, 26th May at 6.30pm. All are welcome to attend.
  • Friday 23rd May 2014
    Africa Day celebrated
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis

    On Friday 23rd May at 6.00 pm Africa Day will be celebrated with readings and poetry at De Valera public library.
  • Friday 23rd May 2014
    Creative Writing with Bernie
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 4.30pm

    One of a series of Junior Creative Writing Workshops during the months of April and May. The group is for children aged 9 – 12 years and places are limited so booking is essential. Admission is free. Call 061 364266 for more information or to book your place.
  • Thursday, 22nd May 2014
    Movie Screening - 'Quartet', a Bealtaine Festival Event
    Scariff Public Library at 7pm

    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 2012 movie 'Quartet'. Starring Pauline Collins, Billy Connolly and Maggie Smith 'Quartet' is "a wickedly comic film about redefining old age and growing old with hope; demonstrating how art illuminates life and the human spirit remains undimmed even as the brightest stars start to fade." - BBC Films. This is a free event and all are welcome. Contact the library at 061-922893 for more details.
  • Thursday, 22nd May 2014
    Talk on Clare Biodiversity Action Plan 2014-2017
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 12noon

    The Clare Biodiversity Action Plan proposes measures to conserve the biodiversity of Co. Clare through raising awareness of the county's biodiversity, co-ordinating a targeted education programme for all ages and abilities and recording the biodiversity of the county. Clare County Biodiversity Officer Shane Casey will host an illustrative talk and introduction to the Clare Biodiversity Action Plan in the De Valera Public Library, Ennis on Thursday, 22nd May at 12 noon. All are welcome to attend.
  • Thursday, 22nd May 2014
    Movie Screening - 'High Society', 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 1956 classic movie 'High Society'. Starring Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly this delightful, high gloss musical remake of 'The Philadelphia Story' gets it gloriously right, featuring the classic Cole Porter songs 'High Society', 'Well Did You Evah' and 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?', as well as a cameo appearance by Louis Armstrong and his band. This is a free event and all are welcome. Contact the library at 061-922893 for more details.
  • Thursday 22nd May 2014
    Card-Making Workshop, a Bealtaine Festival event
    Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee at 11am

    Mary Reynolds will give a card-making workshop in Kilkee Library to mark the Bealtaine Festival and its celebration of creativity. This is a free event and all materials will be provided. Contact the library at 065-9056034 for more information.
  • Wednesday, 21st May 2014
    Talk on Clare Biodiversity Action Plan 2014-2017
    Ennistymon Public Library at 7pm

    The Clare Biodiversity Action Plan proposes measures to conserve the biodiversity of Co. Clare through raising awareness of the county's biodiversity, co-ordinating a targeted education programme for all ages and abilities and recording the biodiversity of the county. Clare County Biodiversity Officer Shane Casey will host an illustrative talk and introduction to the Clare Biodiversity Action Plan in Ennistymon Public Library on Wednesday, 21st May at 7pm. All are welcome to attend.
  • Tuesday, 20th May 2014
    Talk on Clare Biodiversity Action Plan 2014-2017
    Scariff Public Library at 6.30pm

    The Clare Biodiversity Action Plan proposes measures to conserve the biodiversity of Co Clare through raising awareness of the county's biodiversity, co-ordinating a targeted education programme for all ages and abilities and recording the biodiversity of the county. Clare County Biodiversity Officer Shane Casey will host an illustrative talk and introduction to the Clare Biodiversity Action Plan in Scariff Public Library on Tuesday, 20th May at 6.30pm. All are welcome to attend.
  • Tuesday, 20th May 2014
    Movie Screening - 'Quartet', a Bealtaine Festival Event
    Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 11am

    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 2012 movie 'Quartet'. Starring Pauline Collins, Billy Connolly and Maggie Smith 'Quartet' is "a wickedly comic film about redefining old age and growing old with hope; demonstrating how art illuminates life and the human spirit remains undimmed even as the brightest stars start to fade." - BBC Films. This is a free event and all are welcome. Contact the library at 061-364266 for more details.
  • Tuesday 20th May
    “Successful Ageing” information morning, a Bealtaine Festival event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis, 11am-1pm

    Clare County Library is happy to welcome Aodhnaid Lennon, Community Relations Specialist with Home Instead Senior Care, when she will visit the De Valera Public Library to distribute free copies of “Senior Citizens: The Essential Guidebook”, which is suitable for anyone in the 55+ age bracket, & to discuss a little about its contents – promoting the concept of “Successful Ageing” in Ireland, remaining engaged with your community & planning for retirement. There will also be a number of other information booklets available detailing different aspects of ageing such as staying safe at home, medication management & dementia care in the home. Everyone is welcome to this free information morning.
  • 19th - 30th May 2014
    Showcase of African books in various branches of Clare County Library.
    To celebrate Africa Day, which takes place on 25th May annually, many branches of Clare County Library will have book displays on books pertaining to Africa and books by African authors. Please visit your local branch for details or phone 065-6821616.
  • Friday 16th May 2014
    Sugar craft demonstration, a Bealtaine Festival event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis, at 6pm

    Geraldine Whelan will visit the De Valera Public Library to give a demonstration of her expertise in sugar craft decoration. Don’t miss your chance to learn how to put an artistic touch or a perfect finish to your confectionery. This is a free event and all are welcome. Contact the library at 065-6846353 for more information.
  • 15th-29th May 2014
    Bealtaine Craft Display
    Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge

    To celebrate the Bealtaine Festival Sixmilebridge Library will have a display of crafts from a local knitting and patchwork group. Also a newly formed ‘Men's Shed’ for actively retired and unemployed gentlemen in Sixmilebridge will display some of their stain glass and wood-work crafts. Contact the library at 061-369678 for more information.
  • Wednesday, 14th May 2014
    Civic Reception of Shannon Town Council
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 7pm

    Shannon Town Council is being disbanded this month and this occasion will mark its last official civic reception. It will be an occasion to mark the contribution of the Council to Shannon over the years. Organisations and voluntary groups who have received grants under the Community Grants Scheme for 2014.
  • 13th - 24th May 2014
    Bealtaine Craft Display
    Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Library, Miltown Malbay.

    To celebrate ‘Bealtaine’ festival 2014, there will be a craft display of locally produced items on show at the library for two weeks. Anybody who wishes to contribute items for this display are welcome to do so during this time. Bealtaine Festival is a celebration of creativity as we age.
  • Tuesday 13th & Wednesday 14th May 2014
    Storytelling with Niall de Burca - Brian of the Tributes and Other Tales
    Killaloe Public Library at 1pm Tuesday & 10am, 11am, 12pm & 1.15pm Wednesday

    As part of the Brian Ború Millenium Commemorations, top traditional storyteller, Niall de Burca will share tales of the mighty King Brian and the earth shaking Battle of Clontarf. This event is co-funded by North Tipperary and Clare County Councils. These sessions have been pre-booked with local schools.
  • Tuesday, 13th May 2014
    Movie Screening - 'Quartet', 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 2012 movie 'Quartet'. Starring Pauline Collins, Billy Connolly and Maggie Smith 'Quartet' is "a wickedly comic film about redefining old age and growing old with hope; demonstrating how art illuminates life and the human spirit remains undimmed even as the brightest stars start to fade." - BBC Films. This is a free event and all are welcome. Contact the library at 065-6846353 for more details.
  • Tuesday, 13th May 2014
    Bealtaine event with Cuimhneamh an Chláir, the Clare Oral History and Folklore Group
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 6.30 pm

    'Come here till I tell ya' - Cuimhneamh an Chláir aim to record, document, archive and share the memories and experiences of Co Clare's older population. Over 600 people from Co Clare have been recorded so far. This event will play a series of audio recordings from people of Shannon, Newmarket and surrounding areas. All are welcome to the event and admission is free.
  • Tuesday 13th May 2014
    Storytelling with Niall de Burca - Brian of the Tributes and Other Tales
    Killaloe Public Library at 2pm

    As part of the Bealtaine Festival, top traditional storyteller, Niall de Burca will share tales of the mighty King Brian and the earth shaking Battle of Clontarf. This event is co-funded by North Tipperary and Clare County Councils. All are welcome to this free event.
  • Friday 9th May 2014
    Creative Writing with Bernie
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 4.30pm

    One of a series of Junior Creative Writing Workshops during the months of April and May. The group is for children aged 9 – 12 years and places are limited so booking is essential. Admission is free. Call 061 364266 for more information or to book your place.
  • 8th-29th May 2014
    Reminiscence Therapy Visits to celebrate the Bealtaine Festival
    To celebrate the annual Bealtaine Festival Clare County Library staff will visit Day Care & Community Centres and Nursing Homes around the county during the month of May with a selection of material from the Local Studies Library, including Clare Champion newspapers from times past, old photographs and books containing local interest material. Extracts will be read and discussed, evoking memories of times past and sparking lively debate on events that took place in the locality years before. This service allows the library to bring part of its valuable collection to people who are often not in a position to visit their local library. Centres scheduled for visits in May include Carrigoran Day Centre, Cahercalla Nursing Home, Ennistymon Day Centre & Community Hospital and Raheen Community Hospital, Tuamgraney.
  • Wednesday 7th May 2014
    Talk by Morgan Llywelyn, author of "Lion of Ireland" and "Brian Ború: Emperor of the Irish"
    Killaloe Public Library at 11am.

    As part of the Brian Ború Millenium Commemorations, author Morgan Llywelyn will speak about her books on Brian Ború. Morgan's books have been recently chosen by Clare County Library as part of their new initiative called One County One Book. Fifty pupils from 5th and 6th classes from the local schools have been invited to attend.
  • Tuesday 6th May 2014
    Talk by Morgan Llywelyn, author of "Lion of Ireland" and "Brian Ború: Emperor of the Irish"
    Killaloe Public Library at 8pm

    As part of the Brian Ború Millenium Commemorations, author Morgan Llywelyn will speak about her books on Brian Ború. Morgan's books have been recently chosen by Clare County Library as part of our new initiative called One County One Book. All are welcome to this free event.
  • 2nd – 30th May 2014
    Shannon Camera Club Exhibition
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon

    This exhibition celebrates 37 years of photography of Shannon Camera Club. The photos are on display during library opening hours. www.shannoncameraclub.com
  • 2nd – 30th May 2014
    Pop-up 'Rineanna Garden'
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon

    The library are hosting the Pop-Up Garden of the Shannon Adult LearningCentre. This garden won first prize at the recent Community Challenge at the Clare Garden Festival. The garden uses recycled and environmentally-friendly materials. It was created by the Horticulture class with their tutor, Sinéad Monahan.

April 2014

  • Friday 25th April 2014
    Creative Writing with Bernie
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 4.30pm

    One of a series of Junior Creative Writing Workshops during the months of April and May. The group is for children aged 9 – 12 years and places are limited so booking is essential. Admission is free. Call 061 364266 for more information or to book your place.
  • Wednesday 23rd April 2014
    One County One Book Launch Event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 7.30pm

    Clare County Library is inviting adults and children of County Clare to read, discuss, share and experience the same book by participating in a One County One Book programme. The title chosen for adults is 'Lion of Ireland' by Morgan Llywelyn, while the chosen children’s title is 'Brian Ború: Emperor of the Irish' also by Morgan Llywelyn. These titles were chosen in keeping with the initiatives taking place throughout the county this year to commemorate Brian Ború and the millennium of The Battle of Clontarf. The programme will be officially launched in the De Valera Public Library, Harmony Row, Ennis on Wednesday 23rd April at 7.30pm. Michael Moylan will bring his Irish History Live show to the library on the evening when he will enthrall the audience, adults and children, with his interactive show. He will provide hands-on experience of what life was like in the time of Brian Ború. This programme is a chance for the whole county to rediscover a love of books and reading and to promote a renewed sense of community spirit in sharing that reading experience with each other. Copies of the books will be available for borrowing at all branch libraries. For more details of the programme and the ongoing events phone 065-6821616 / 065-6846350 or visit www.clarelibrary.ie
  • Tuesday 22nd April 2014
    World Book Night Teen Party and Open Mic Night
    Scariff Public Library, 6.30 - 8pm

    Scariff Public Library will host a book giveaway and open mic event for teens to celebrate World Book Night 2014 on Tuesday 22nd April at 6.30pm. Pick up a free book, enjoy some light refreshments and hear great live music, poetry and more. This is a FREE event. Open Mic slots are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. Musicians, singers, poets, comedians, all are welcome. Contact the library on (061) 922893.
  • Tuesday 15th April 2014
    Easter Storytime and Crafts
    Killaloe Public Library 3.30pm - 4.30pm

    For children aged 3-6 years. Admission is free.
  • Sunday 13th April 2014
    Genealogy Advisory Services and Talks, Brian Ború Millenium Commemoration Weekend
    Killaloe Public Library 12pm - 4pm

    12 noon Dennis McIntyre "History of Brian Ború and Clontarf"
    1.00pm Maeve Mullin, Ancestor Network "Introduction to Irish Family History"
    1.30pm John Hamrock, Ancestor Network "Introduction to Irish Family History" & "Gaelic Genealogies and the Descendants of Brian Ború"
    Concurrently with the heritage, history and genealogy talks, from 12pm to 3pm a team of genealogists from Ancestor Network will be available to help individuals on how to trace their ancestors and what genealogical sources are available. Free admission.
  • Saturday 12th April 2014
    Genealogy Advisory Services and Talks, Brian Ború Millenium Commemoration Weekend
    Killaloe Public Library 10am to 3pm

    10.30am Darren McGettigan, author of "The Battle of Clontart, Good Friday 1014"
    11.30am Mark Humphrys "We all descend from Brian Ború"
    12.30pm Grania Weir "The O'Brien's of Dromoland"
    1.30pm John Hamrock, Ancestor Network "Introduction to Irish Family History"
    Concurrently with the heritage, history and genealogy talks, from 10am to 2pm a team of genealogists from Ancestor Network will be available to help individuals on how to trace their ancestors and what genealogical sources are available. Free admission.
  • Tuesday 8th April 2014
    The Perks of Being A Wallflower
    Scariff Public Library

    A Teen Film Club presentation at 6pm starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson & Ezra Miller. Popcorn and drinks provided. Admission free.
  • Friday 4th April 2014
    Creative Writing with Bernie
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 4.30pm

    One of a series of Junior Creative Writing Workshops during the months of April and May. The group is for children aged 9 – 12 years and places are limited so booking is essential. Admission is free. Call 061 364266 for more information or to book your place.

March 2014

  • 29th March - 25th April 2014
    ‘Metamorphosis’ Exhibition by Lori de Cartret Sheehan
    Scariff Public Library

    Lori de Cartaret has been working on these paintings for the last 5 years since she started taking her passion for art more seriously. It has been a cathartic journey of soul searching, self-expression, tears and joy, and a huge learning curve in the methods of creating art. She has looked into her past, her memories, dreams and fears, confronting a few ghosts on the way, but having done so she has felt free and able to step out of the shadows of the past to look ahead. Her latest paintings are of the beauty and light which she is lucky enough to observe in the wild West of Ireland and on her many travels to France. She now wishes to share them with you. Website: http://loridecarteretartist.weebly.com
  • Friday 21st March 2014
    DVD Production Workshop Part 2 (Teen Week)
    Kilrush Public Library at 11 am

    Second part of workshop which will focus on editing and finalization of DVD production.
  • Friday, 21st March 2014
    Music Workshop for teenagers’ (Teen Week)
    Seán Lemass Public Public Library, Shannon, at 11am

    John will help students explore ways in which they can use new digital technology to make music through a fun and innovative process featuring djing, sampling and beat boxing.
  • Thursday 20th March 2014
    DVD Production Workshop Part 1 (Teen Week)
    Kilrush Public Library at 11am

    Students will be afforded the opportunity to learn the bare essentials for an understanding and appreciation of video production.
  • Thursday 20th March 2014
    Tony Maude talk on creative careers (Teen Week)
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon, at 11am

    This session will engage the imagination of teenagers into exploring the opportunity of creative careers on completing secondary school. He will speak about his life as singer/songwriter/composer/poet and weave some of his work into his presentation.
  • Wednesday 19th March 2014
    Tony Maude talk on creative careers (Teen Week)
    Kilrush Public Library at 11am

    This session will engage the imagination of teenagers into exploring the opportunity of creative careers on completing secondary school. He will speak about his life as singer/songwriter/composer/poet and weave some of his work into his presentation.
  • Wednesday 19th March 2014
    DVD Production Workshop Part 2 (Teen Week)
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon, at 11am

    In the second part of Teen Week, transition year students continue their study of video production.
  • Tuesday 18th March 2014
    Music Workshop for teenagers (Teen Week)
    Kilrush Public Library at 11am

    John will help students explore ways in which they can use new digital technology to make music through a fun and innovative process featuring djing, sampling and beat boxing.
  • Tuesday 18th March 2014
    DVD Production Workshop Part 1 (Teen Week)
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon, at 11am

    In the first event of Teen Week, transition year students will learn about video production.
  • Thursday 13th March 2014
    Seachtain na Gaeilge - Storytime as Gaeilge with Séamus
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon, at 10.10am

    Séamus Ryan will tell host a storytime as Gaeilge to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge for the first class from St Tola's National School in Shannon.
  • Wednesday 12th March 2014
    Seachtain na Gaeilge storytime for 1st & 2nd class.
    Killaloe Public Library at 1pm.

    Storytime session with Clare County Library staff member Seamus Ryan. Children from first and second class from Killaloe Boys National School will be entertained with stories and conversation as Gaeilge.
  • Tuesday 11th March 2014
    Brian Ború Puppet Show
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon, at 10.30am

    Honest Arts Production Company present an interactive puppet show about Brian Ború, our Clare hero. The show is suitable for children aged 8 and over. Contact the library for further information on 061 364266.
  • Saturday 8th March 2014
    Live acoustic music with Peneleapaí and Kieran
    Scariff Public Library at 12.30pm

    Guest performers Peneleapaí and Kieran will be on hand to bid slán agus beannacht to the celebrations of Seactain na Gaeilge 2014 with a mix of trad and roots music. All are welcome to this free event.
  • Friday 7th March 2014
    Author visit for World Book Day with Maria Burke.
    Scariff Public Library at 1 pm

    Join Maria Burke, author of the fantasy series "The Ark of Dun Ruah" for an interactive workshop on writing and storytelling, the perfect way to celebrate World book Day. Free event, suitable for 4th. 5th. or 6th. classes. Booking required. Tel 061 922893
  • Friday 7th March 2014
    Author visit for World Book Day with Maria Burke.
    Killaloe Public Library at 11am

    Join Maria Burke, author of the fantasy series "The Ark of Dun Ruah" for an interactive workshop on writing and storytelling, the perfect way to celebrate World book Day. Free event, suitable for 4th. 5th. or 6th. classes.
  • Friday 7th March 2014
    Brian Boru Puppet Show
    Sweeney Memorial Public Library at 1.30 pm

    Honest Arts Production Company will present a new interactive puppet show in Culturlann Sweeney
  • Friday 7th March 2014
    Puppet Show
    Kilrush Public Library at 10.30 am

    Celebrating Clare’s hero Brian Boru, Honest Arts Production Company presents a new interactive 30 minute puppet show, which is suitable for children aged 8 and upwards. Booking is necessary for this event at 065 9051504.
  • Friday 7th March 2014
    Seachtain na Gaeilge storytime for 1st & 2nd class.
    Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Library Miltown Malbay at 11.45 am

    Storytime session with Clare County Library staff member, Seamus Ryan. Local children will be entertained by stories read ‘as Gaeilge’
  • Thursday 6th March 2013
    World Book Day - Art and Craft Session
    Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee at 11 am

    To celebrate World Book Day, Krystyna Pomeroy will hold an art and craft session for the children of third and fourth class from Kilkee Primary School.
  • Thursday 6th March 2014
    World Book Day Literary Quiz for adults
    All library branches

    To celebrate World Book Day 2014 a quiz sheet will be available for adults at all branches of Clare County Library throughout the day on Thursday 6th March. The quiz is comprised of 20 literary themed questions. While the quiz will only be available on World Book Day, completed entries can be returned to the library until Thursday 13th March. The winners will be chosen at random from all the correct entries received. 1st prize is a €50 book voucher and there will be 2 runner-up prizes of book vouchers worth €25 each. Ask at your local branch for more details.
  • Thursday 6th March 2014
    World Book Day Quick Reads promotion
    Selected branches of Clare County Library

    Each year the Quick Reads organisation commissions big name authors to write short books that are specifically designed to be easy to read. They are the same as mainstream books in every respect but are simply shorter and easier to tackle for adults who are less confident in their reading skills. The books are then sold through major retailers and online booksellers and are loaned from libraries. Clare County Library will have the new 2014 Quick Reads titles available to borrow from branches in Ennis, Ennistymon, Kilrush, Scariff and Shannon to coincide with World Book Day 2014. Anyone who borrows a Quick Reads title from one of these branches on Thursday 6th March, either a new title or one from previous years, will receive a delicious complimentary bar of Galaxy chocolate. Galaxy are proud sponsors of Quick Reads.
  • Thursday 6th March 2014
    World Book Day event with Shane Casey, bio-diversity officer.
    Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Library Miltown Malbay at 1.40 pm

    Shane Casey who is a bio-diversity officer with Clare County Council has just published a book called ‘Nature’s Secret Adventures’. In his presentation he will talk about his experiences of writing, what inspired him to write the various stories and how he used nature for that inspiration. This event is suitable for 5th and 6th class children.
  • Thursday 6th March 2014
    Puppet Show
    Scariff Public Library at 1.30 pm

    Celebrating Clare’s hero Brian Boru, Honest Arts Production Company presents a new interactive 30 minute puppet show, which is suitable for children aged 8 and upwards. Booking is necessary for this event at 061 922893
  • Wednesday 5th March 2014
    Author Visit for Seachtain na Gaeilge with Ré Ó Laighléis
    Scariff Public Library at 11a.m.

    Ré Ó Laighléis is a national and international award-winning writer of children’s, teenage and adult literature in both English and Irish. He will speak on life as a writer, focusing particularly on writing for a teenage readership. Free event for secondary school pupils, booking required. Tel 061 922893
  • Wednesday 5th March 2014
    Art & Craft Workshop with Artist Krystyna Pomeroy
    Kilrush Public Library at 11am

    To celebrate World Book Day, Krystyna will work with a group of twenty 5th & 6th class children to re-create characters from some popular books.
  • Tuesday 4th March 2014
    Seachtain na Gaeilge storytime for 1st & 2nd class.
    Kilrush Public Library at 11.30 am

    Storytime session with Clare County Library staff member, Teresa Carmody-O’Shea. Children from first and second class from local primary school will be entertained with stories and conversation as Gaeilge.
  • Tuesday 4th March 2014
    Seachtain na Gaeilge storytime for 1st & 2nd class.
    Kilrush Public Library at 10.15 am

    Storytime session with Clare County Library staff member, Teresa Carmody-O’Shea. Children from a local primary school will be entertained with stories and conversation as Gaeilge.
  • Saturday 1st March 2014
    ‘Fun Science’ Family Workshop
    Scariff Public Library at 1pm

    Join scientist Dipankar Biswas to make fireproof balloons, a colour volcano and try out lots more exciting experiments with your family to celebrate Family Learning Day 2014. Places are limited so please call Scariff Public Library to book your family’s place on (061) 922893. Free event
  • Saturday 1st March 2014
    ‘Fun Science’ Family Workshop
    Killaloe Public Library at 11am

    Join scientist Dipankar Biswas to make fireproof balloons, a colour volcano and try out lots more exciting experiments with your family to celebrate Family Learning Day 2014. Places are limited so please call Killaloe Public Library to book your family’s place on (061) 376062. Free event.

February 2014

  • Friday 28 February 2014
    Adult Learners Festival
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon, 11am-1pm

    Celebration of Learning - LCETB Certificate presentation ceremony 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.
  • Thursday 27th February
    Adult Learners Festival
    Ennistymon Public Library 10.30a.m. - 1.30p.m.

    Adult Education Information Morning
    Information on Courses and Assistance available.
  • Wednesday 26th February 2014
    Adult Learners Festival
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon, 11am-12.30pm

    Library staff will give tours of the library and its resources. All are welcome.
  • Monday 24th February – Saturday 1st March 2014
    Adult Learners Festival
    Ennistymon Public Library

    Beginners Painting Course Work Display by Boston/Tubber Group
  • 24th February – 1st March 2014
    Adult Learners Festival
    Kilrush Public Library

    Display of information on Adult Education and the great benefits of lifelong learning. In addition, there will be books on display to complement this theme, which will be available for borrowing.
  • Monday 24th February 2014
    Adult Learners Festival
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon, 11am-12.30pm

    The Shannon Creative Writers Group will read from their own work. All are welcome.
  • 22nd and 23rd February 2014
    Doonbeg Drama Festival presents "The Cavalcaders"
    Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee

    Set in a small town cobbler's shop, four shoe-makers make the mundane marvellous as they transform themselves nightly into The Cavalcaders, a singing quartet that prides itself on harmony, comic patter and romantic sentiment. The Cavalcaders is a wistful memory play, blending music and comedy with a brutally honest depiction of emotional warfare and personal betrayal, as we witness the group, and particularly its leader Terry, disintegrate before our very eyes. Starts 8.30pm. Tickets Adults €10, Students €5. For more information and tickets contact kilkeeboxoffice@clarelibrary.ie or ring (065)9060769. Alternatively book online at www.glor.ie
  • Tuesday 18th February
    Teen Film Club - "The Way Way Back"
    Scariff Public Library, 6pm

    Scariff Public Library's Teen Film Club will show "The Way Way Back" on Tuesday 18th February at 6pm. It is a 2013 comedy from the studio that produced "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Juno" and is directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. It has a 12 rating. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.
  • Thursday 6th February 2014
    Author Visit – Laurence Cox
    Scariff Public Library, 7-8pm

    Author Laurence Cox will talk about his newly published book Buddhism and Ireland: From the Celts to the Counter-Culture and Beyond. Ireland and Buddhism have a long history. Shaped by colonialism, contested borders, religious wars, empire and massive diasporas, Irish people have encountered Asian Buddhism in many ways over fourteen centuries. Since the 1960s, Buddhism has exploded to become Ireland’s third-largest religion.Buddhism and Ireland is the first history of its subject, a rich and exciting story of extraordinary individuals and the journey of ideas across Europe and Asia. Admission is free and all are welcome
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January 2014

Ongoing Events

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

 

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