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Library Events in 2015
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Special Events.

August 2015

  • Tuesday, 25th August 2015
    Memories of Ennis, a National Heritage Week event
    De Valera Public Library at 6.30pm

    To celebrate National Heritage Week 2015 (22-30 August) Jackie Elger of Cuimhneamh an Chláir, the Clare Oral History & Folklore Group, will visit the De Valera Public Library in Ennis on Tuesday, 25th August at 6.30pm to host an event on the history of Ennis. Recordings of memories of the town from the Cuimhneamh an Chláir archive will be played along with a slideshow. This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Tuesday, 25th August 2015
    Archeology for Kids, a National Heritage Week event
    Scariff Public Library at 3pm

    Children aged 8-12 years will get to experience the thrill of discovery in a mock up archaeological dig under the supervision of professional archaeologists. This is a free event for children but places are limited and booking is required. Telephone Scariff Public Library for booking and information on (061) 922893
  • 6th - 25th August 2015
    Clare County Library's Lusitania Exhibition
    Ennistymon Public Library

    The Cunard passenger liner RMS Lusitania, travelling from New York to Liverpool, was torpedoed by a German submarine off the Old Head of Kinsale on 7th May 1915, and sank within 18 minutes. To mark the hundredth anniversary of this tragic event Clare County Library will display a Lusitania exhibition in several branch libraries, and in Clare Museum, over the coming months. Ennistymon Public Library will host the exhibition from 6th – 25th August. The sinking of the ship impacted directly on County Clare as four of the victims and one of the survivors were natives of the county. Also, twelve of the victims whose bodies were washed up on the coast of Clare were interred in local graveyards. For a full schedule of the touring Lusitania exhibition please contact the library at 065-6846350.
  • Saturday 1st August 2015
    Author Visit with Donal Ryan
    Scariff Public Library, at 2.30pm

    Donal Ryan, author of The Spinning Heart (long-listed for the Man Booker prize) and The Thing About December (short listed for Irish Novel of the Year 2013), will read extracts and talk about his novels set in contemporary rural Ireland. Free event in conjunction with the Scariff Harbour Festival.

July 2015

  • 14th - 29th July 2015
    Clare County Library's Lusitania Exhibition
    Scariff Public Library

    The Cunard passenger liner RMS Lusitania, travelling from New York to Liverpool, was torpedoed by a German submarine off the Old Head of Kinsale on 7th May 1915, and sank within 18 minutes. To mark the hundredth anniversary of this tragic event Clare County Library will display a Lusitania exhibition in several branch libraries, and in Clare Museum, over the coming months. Scariff Public Library will host the exhibition from 14th – 29th July. The sinking of the ship impacted directly on County Clare as four of the victims and one of the survivors were natives of the county. Also, twelve of the victims whose bodies were washed up on the coast of Clare were interred in local graveyards. For a full schedule of the touring Lusitania exhibition please contact the library at 065-6846350.

June 2015

  • Friday 26th June 2015
    Tolkien illustration workshop with Coimicí Gael
    Ennistymon Public Library

    For the Burren Tolkien Festival 2015, Coimicí Gael will be at Ennistymon Library on Friday the 26th of June from 3 to 4.30pm giving an illustration workshop based on Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Join Aidan Courtney and learn how to draw elves, orcs, hobbits and other fantastical creatures. This informal workshop is meant to encourage young people aged 11 to 14 to explore Tolkien’s books and above all to have to have fun drawing the characters and creatures found in them. To be sure to be included book your place by contacting Ennistymon Library. Phone: 065 7071245
  • 25th June - 17th July 2015
    Fertile Rock, an illustrated display from Clare County Library to mark the 2015 Burren Tolkien Society Festival
    Ennistymon Public Library

    North Clare’s world-renowned Burren region has long been a place of inspiration to writers, poets and artists from near and far. The landscape of this special place has been imaginatively depicted by Nobel Laureates, wandering bards, academics, dreamers and scribes of every hue. This illustrated display, marking the 2015 Burren Tolkien Society Festival which runs from 26th-28th June, features seven well-known writers and poets with examples of some of their Burren-inspired writings:
    - W.B. Yeats and Corcomroe Abbey
    - Seamus Heaney and the Flaggy Shore
    - George Bernard Shaw and New Quay
    - Anthony Trollope and the Cliffs of Moher
    - Emily Lawless and the Burren
    - John Betjeman and the Burren
    - Charles Lucas and the Burren
    Viewing available during library opening hours.
  • 23rd June - 11th July, 2015
    ‘Compostela-Field of Stars’ Art Exhibition by Marianne Slevin
    The Gallery, Scarriff Public Library

    The work feature improvisations and explorations of chance in ink and oil paint on various surfaces. They are mainly 2 dimensional drawings and paintings, but some found and everyday objects are turned into art objects with her use of ink. The drawings are experimental and made using a combination of chance, intuition and feeling. In some cases Marianne uses the elements such as the wind or a leak in the kitchen window to create the drawings. She also uses the ‘accidental’ in her work, such as an ink spillage on the stone floor. Other times she devises games of chance, rolling objects that hold meaning for her, like a fortune teller, and drawing around them to reveal a visual map. She often works in ways where she has very little control, and the environment she is in, her own body and intuition have a chance to play, rather than the decisions being made only using her head. As the philosopher Alan Watts said, “Getting out of one’s own way”.
  • 18th June - 1st July 2015
    Clare County Library's Lusitania Exhibition
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon

    The Cunard passenger liner RMS Lusitania, travelling from New York to Liverpool, was torpedoed by a German submarine off the Old Head of Kinsale on 7th May 1915, and sank within 18 minutes. To mark the hundredth anniversary of this tragic event Clare County Library will display a Lusitania exhibition in several branch libraries, and in Clare Museum, over the coming months. The Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon will host the exhibition from 18th June - 1st July. The sinking of the ship impacted directly on County Clare as four of the victims and one of the survivors were natives of the county. Also, twelve of the victims whose bodies were washed up on the coast of Clare were interred in local graveyards. For a full schedule of the touring Lusitania exhibition please contact the library at 065-6846350.
  • Thursday, 18th June 2015
    An evening with author Carlos Reyes
    Hillery Public Library, Miltown Malbay at 6pm

    Carlos Reyes is a noted Portland poet, translator, and world traveler. In his latest work of prose, "The Keys to the Cottage: Stories from the west of Ireland", he catches the energy and music of the talk and the crosstalk of a rural Ireland which scarcely exists anymore. Carlos will visit the library in Miltown Malbay to talk about and read from his book on Thursday, 18th June at 6pm. This is a free event and all are welcome. For more information contact the Library at 065-7084822.
  • Thursday, 18th June 2015
    1916 Commemoration Events - Community Consultation Meeting
    Scariff Public Library at 7.30pm

    2016 marks the centenary of one of Ireland’s most significant events, the 1916 Easter Rising. Plans to commemorate this event will include a wide and exciting range of community and cultural activities. To allow the public an opportunity to offer suggestions and to listen to the ideas of others, community meetings will take place in four locations in Clare. These commemorative proposals and ideas will then be brought forward to the 2016 committee. A member of the ‘Ireland 2016 Project’ team from the Dept. of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht will be available on the night in each venue. Scariff Library will host one of these meetings on Thursday, 18th June at 7.30pm. This is a great opportunity to ensure that 2016 is a truly memorable year so please come along and feel free to bring family and friends. The other meetings will be held in the County Museum in Ennis on Monday, 15th June, Shannon Library on Tuesday, 16th June and Kilrush Library on Wednesday, 17th June all at 7.30pm.
  • Wednesday, 17th June 2015
    1916 Commemoration Events - Community Consultation Meeting
    Kilrush Public Library at 7.30pm

    2016 marks the centenary of one of Ireland’s most significant events, the 1916 Easter Rising. Plans to commemorate this event will include a wide and exciting range of community and cultural activities. To allow the public an opportunity to offer suggestions and to listen to the ideas of others, community meetings will take place in four locations in Clare. These commemorative proposals and ideas will then be brought forward to the 2016 committee. A member of the ‘Ireland 2016 Project’ team from the Dept. of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht will be available on the night in each venue. Kilrush Library will host one of these meetings on Wednesday, 17th June at 7.30pm. This is a great opportunity to ensure that 2016 is a truly memorable year so please come along and feel free to bring family and friends. The other meetings will be held in the County Museum in Ennis on Monday, 15th June, Shannon Library on Tuesday, 16th June and Scariff Library on Thursday, 18th June, all at 7.30pm.
  • Tuesday, 16th June 2015
    1916 Commemoration Events - Community Consultation Meeting
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 7.30pm

    2016 marks the centenary of one of Ireland’s most significant events, the 1916 Easter Rising. Plans to commemorate this event will include a wide and exciting range of community and cultural activities. To allow the public an opportunity to offer suggestions and to listen to the ideas of others, community meetings will take place in four locations in Clare. These commemorative proposals and ideas will then be brought forward to the 2016 committee. A member of the ‘Ireland 2016 Project’ team from the Dept. of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht will be available on the night in each venue. Sean Lemass Library, Shannon will host one of these meetings on Tuesday, 16th June at 7.30pm. This is a great opportunity to ensure that 2016 is a truly memorable year so please come along and feel free to bring family and friends. The other meetings will be held in the County Museum in Ennis on Monday, 15th June, Kilrush Library on Wednesday, 17th June and Scariff Library on Thursday, 18th June, all at 7.30pm.
  • Friday 12th June 2015
    Open University 'Open Near You' Information Session
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon 5.30 - 8pm

    Open University are holding an ‘Open Near You’ information session for new enquirers about Open University study methods. This will take place in Shannon Library on Friday, 12th June from 5.30-8. The format is very simple and informal. The session is hosted by one of the OU lecturers who gives a general talk about Open University courses, study methods and other aspects of learning with the OU. Then there is a Q&A session with enquirers. Any specific queries are then followed up afterwards by the relevant Faculty. All are welcome to attend, and no appointment is necessary.
  • Friday, 5th June 2015
    An evening with author Carlos Reyes
    De Valera Public Library at 6pm

    Carlos Reyes is a noted Portland poet, translator, and world traveler. In his latest work of prose, "The Keys to the Cottage: Stories from the west of Ireland", he catches the energy and music of the talk and the crosstalk of a rural Ireland which scarcely exists anymore. Carlos will visit the De Valera Library in Ennis to talk about and read from his book on Friday, 5th June at 6pm. This is a free event and all are welcome. For more information contact the Library at 065-6846353.
  • 3rd - 16th June 2015
    Clare County Library's Lusitania Exhibition
    Hillery Public Library, Miltown Malbay

    The Cunard passenger liner RMS Lusitania, travelling from New York to Liverpool, was torpedoed by a German submarine off the Old Head of Kinsale on 7th May 1915, and sank within 18 minutes. To mark the hundredth anniversary of this tragic event Clare County Library will display a Lusitania exhibition in several branch libraries, and in Clare Museum, over the coming months. Miltown Malbay Library will host the exhibition from 3rd - 16th June. The sinking of the ship impacted directly on County Clare as four of the victims and one of the survivors were natives of the county. Also, twelve of the victims whose bodies were washed up on the coast of Clare were interred in local graveyards. For a full schedule of the touring Lusitania exhibition please contact the library at 065-6846350.

May 2015

  • Thursday, 28th May 2015
    Movie Screening - 'The Hundred Foot Journey', 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 2014 movie 'The Hundred Foot Journey'. Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. When Hassan and his family, led by Papa (Om Puri), move to a quaint village in the South of France with the grand plan of opening an Indian restaurant in the picturesque countryside, they are undeterred by the fact that only 100 feet opposite stands a Michelin starred classical French eatery. However upon encountering the icy proprietress Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), the Kadam family realise they may have bitten off more than they can chew. As cultures clash and food flies, an all-out war escalates between the two establishments.
    Directed by Lasse Hallström (Chocolat) from Richard C. Morais’ novel, 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' is an uplifting cultural feast. “…With its picture-postcard setting and mouthwatering Indian and French delicacies, The Hundred-Foot Journey is a film designed to comfort.” - The Hollywood Reporter. This is a free event and all are welcome. Contact the library at 061-922893 for more details.
  • Thursday, 28th May 2015
    Movie Screening - 'The Quiet Man', 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 1952 movie 'The Quiet Man'. Almost twenty years in the making and starring John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Victor McLaglen and Barry Fitzgerald, 'The Quiet Man' was arguably the most personal film of director John Ford's long and illustrious career as well as one of his great achievements. "Humorous, romantic, lively, endearing and lovingly photographed on location in Ireland." - Cork Film Festival 2010. "The Quiet Man remains as romantic and enjoyable as when it originally came out.” - BBC Films. This is a free event and all are welcome. Contact the library at 061-922893 for more details.
  • Wednesday 27th May, 2015
    Film Screening - It's Now Or never
    Ennistymon Public Library 7.00 p.m.

    Ennistymon Library will host a screening of "It's Now Or Never" filmed locally and in the Burren featuring many local people.
  • 26th - 29th May 2015
    Basic Computer Class for Adults, a Bealtaine Festival event
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon

    Volunteers from Friends Ireland, www.friendsireland.ie, will provide computer/laptop/tablet/mobile phone classes in Shannon Library from Tuesday 26th May - Friday 29th May. The classes are free but places are limited and must be booked in advance. For more information and to book your place, contact the library on 061-364266.
  • 25th May - 13th June 2015
    Exhibition of Drawings from the Limerick City Gallery of Art
    Scariff Public Library Exhibition Space

    An exhibition of 23 works by 22 artists and 1 poet from the National collection of Contemporary Drawing, part of the permanent collection of the Limerick City Gallery of Art.An event of the Mountshannon Festival of Arts. Free admission. Open during library hours.
  • Friday 22nd May, 2015
    West Clare Happiness Week event
    Public Library Kilrush 3pm - 6pm

    As part of the celebrations of West Clare Happiness Week, why not come along and join in for a most entertaining evening of music and song.
  • Thursday, 21st May 2015
    Author Visit with Dónal Minihane, a Bealtaine Festival Event
    Ennistymon Public Library at 11am

    Dónal Minihane, a writer and hotel manager living and working in north Clare, will visit Ennistymon Library on Thursday 21st May at 11am to talk about and read from his recently published first novel 'Clíona’s Wave'. Dónal was shortlisted for the 2014 'K' Award for short fiction and is the founder and director of the Doolin Writers’ Weekend. 'Clíona’s Wave' was a winner of the 2013 Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair. For more information on Dónal Minihane visit http://donalminihane.com/.
    This is a free event to celebrate the Bealtaine Festival and all are welcome. For more details contact the library at 065-7071245.
  • 20th May - 2nd June 2015
    Clare County Library's Lusitania Exhibition
    Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee

    The Cunard passenger liner RMS Lusitania, travelling from New York to Liverpool, was torpedoed by a German submarine off the Old Head of Kinsale on 7th May 1915, and sank within 18 minutes. To mark the hundredth anniversary of this tragic event Clare County Library will display a Lusitania exhibition in several branch libraries, and in Clare Museum, over the coming months. Kilkee Library will host the exhibition from 20th May - 2nd June. The sinking of the ship impacted directly on County Clare as four of the victims and one of the survivors were natives of the county. Also, twelve of the victims whose bodies were washed up on the coast of Clare were interred in local graveyards. For a full schedule of the touring Lusitania exhibition please contact the library at 065-6821616 / 6846350.
  • Wednesday, 20th May 2015
    Movie Screening - 'The Quiet Man', 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 1952 movie 'The Quiet Man'. Almost twenty years in the making and starring John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Victor McLaglen and Barry Fitzgerald, 'The Quiet Man' was arguably the most personal film of director John Ford's long and illustrious career as well as one of his great achievements. "Humorous, romantic, lively, endearing and lovingly photographed on location in Ireland." - Cork Film Festival 2010. "The Quiet Man remains as romantic and enjoyable as when it originally came out.” - BBC Films. This is a free event and all are welcome. Contact the library at 065-9051504 for more details.
  • Tuesday, 19th May 2015
    An Introduction to Watercolour Painting with the Guinness Artist, David Gilhooley, a Bealtaine Festival event
    Scariff Public Library at 2.30pm

    Senior Citizens will have an opportunity to get in touch with their artistic side at an art workshop entitled “An Introduction to Watercolour Painting” with The Guinness Artist, David Gilhooley, in Scariff Public Library on Tuesday, 19th May at 2.30pm. David is an Irish artist and the author of 'Ireland in Watercolour' and 'Dave's Dublin Sketchbook'. He was brought up in Liverpool and has exhibited in The Royal College of Art and Dublin Arts Club. David is known as ‘The Guinness Artist’ for his use of the famous stout in his work. David has also used Irish bog, melted Connemara snow and Venetian canal water, giving his watercolours a unique foundation. This workshop is a free event but places are limited. Bookings can be made by phoning the library at 061-922893.
  • Tuesday, 19th May 2015
    Author Visit with Philip Shepherd
    Scariff Public Library at 6.30 – 7.45pm

    Philip Shepherd,author of 'New Self New World', will be offering us insight into his work. "Weaving threads from disciplines that are normally treated as separate, his book treats art, religion, and science as facets of a single story. He argues that we, as a culture and as individuals, have become walled off in our heads, losing touch with the intelligence of our bodies.” All are welcome to this free event, no booking required.
  • Tuesday, 19th May 2015
    Movie Screening - 'The Hundred Foot Journey', a Bealtaine Festival Event
    Seán 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 2014 movie 'The Hundred Foot Journey'. Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. When Hassan and his family, led by Papa (Om Puri), move to a quaint village in the South of France with the grand plan of opening an Indian restaurant in the picturesque countryside, they are undeterred by the fact that only 100 feet opposite stands a Michelin starred classical French eatery. However upon encountering the icy proprietress Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), the Kadam family realise they may have bitten off more than they can chew. As cultures clash and food flies, an all-out war escalates between the two establishments.
    Directed by Lasse Hallström (Chocolat) from Richard C. Morais’ novel, 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' is an uplifting cultural feast. “…With its picture-postcard setting and mouthwatering Indian and French delicacies, The Hundred-Foot Journey is a film designed to comfort.” - The Hollywood Reporter. This is a free event and all are welcome. Contact the library at 061-364266 for more details.
  • Tuesday, 19th May 2015
    An Introduction to Watercolour Painting with the Guinness Artist, David Gilhooley, a Bealtaine Festival event
    Killaloe Public Library at 10.30am

    Senior Citizens will have an opportunity to get in touch with their artistic side at an art workshop entitled “An Introduction to Watercolour Painting” with The Guinness Artist, David Gilhooley, in Killaloe Public Library on Tuesday, 19th May at 10.30am. David is an Irish artist and the author of 'Ireland in Watercolour' and 'Dave's Dublin Sketchbook'. He was brought up in Liverpool and has exhibited in The Royal College of Art and Dublin Arts Club. David is known as ‘The Guinness Artist’ for his use of the famous stout in his work. David has also used Irish bog, melted Connemara snow and Venetian canal water, giving his watercolours a unique foundation. This workshop is a free event but places are limited. Bookings can be made by phoning the library at 061-376062.
  • Tuesday, 19th May 2015
    Creative Energy Workshop
    Kilrush Public Library 12.30 – 1.30

    As part of the celebrations of West Clare Happiness Week, a group of people will entertain their audience with a mixture of music and song. All are welcome to come along and join in.
  • Monday 18th May - Friday 22nd May 2015
    ‘Repurposed’ Art Exhibition
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon

    Students from the Transition Year group in St. Patrick’s Comprehensive School have put together an eye-catching art exhibition made entirely of recycled materials with the theme of ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’. All are welcome to view the exhibition which is open from 10am daily. Admission is free.
  • Monday, 18th May 2015
    Movie Screening - 'The Hundred Foot Journey', a Bealtaine Festival Event
    Ennistymon Public Library 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 2014 movie 'The Hundred Foot Journey'. Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. When Hassan and his family, led by Papa (Om Puri), move to a quaint village in the South of France with the grand plan of opening an Indian restaurant in the picturesque countryside, they are undeterred by the fact that only 100 feet opposite stands a Michelin starred classical French eatery. However upon encountering the icy proprietress Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), the Kadam family realise they may have bitten off more than they can chew. As cultures clash and food flies, an all-out war escalates between the two establishments. Directed by Lasse Hallström (Chocolat) from Richard C. Morais’ novel, 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' is an uplifting cultural feast. “…With its picture-postcard setting and mouthwatering Indian and French delicacies, The Hundred-Foot Journey is a film designed to comfort.” - The Hollywood Reporter. This is a free event and all are welcome. Contact the library at 065-7071245 for more details.
  • Monday, 18th May 2015
    An Introduction to Watercolour Painting with the Guinness Artist, David Gilhooley, a Bealtaine Festival event
    Kilrush Public Library at 11am
    Senior Citizens will have an opportunity to get in touch with their artistic side at an art workshop entitled “An Introduction to Watercolour Painting” with The Guinness Artist, David Gilhooley, in Kilrush Public Library on Monday, 18th May at 11am. David is an Irish artist and the author of 'Ireland in Watercolour' and 'Dave's Dublin Sketchbook'. He was brought up in Liverpool and has exhibited in The Royal College of Art and Dublin Arts Club. David is known as ‘The Guinness Artist’ for his use of the famous stout in his work. David has also used Irish bog, melted Connemara snow and Venetian canal water, giving his watercolours a unique foundation. This workshop is a free event but places are limited. Bookings can be made by phoning the library at 065-9051504.
  • Monday 18th May 2015
    Film Screening - Access Cinema "The Hundred Foot Journey "
    Ennistymon Public Library 11.00am

    Ennistymon Library will host a screening of " The Hundred Foot Journey"
  • Monday, 18th May 2015
    Africa Day Celebrations
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis

    In celebration of Africa Day 2015 2nd class children from Ennis CBS will visit the De Valera Library on Monday, 18th May where they will be treated to stories about Africa and an account of growing up there by Shola Kogbodoku. Shola is originally from Nigeria and has been living in Ennis for many years.
  • 15th - 24th May 2015
    West Clare Happiness Week
    Kilrush Public Library

    Several events are taking place to celebrate Happiness week in the West Clare area. In Kilrush Public Library, there is a book display for adults covering various topics on self help and happiness. In addition, there are some very inspiring pictures on display, which were painted by young children depicting their perception of happiness in their lives.
  • Friday, 15th May 2015
    Movie Screening - 'The Hundred Foot Journey', a Bealtaine Festival Event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 12.15pm

    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 2014 movie 'The Hundred Foot Journey'. Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. When Hassan and his family, led by Papa (Om Puri), move to a quaint village in the South of France with the grand plan of opening an Indian restaurant in the picturesque countryside, they are undeterred by the fact that only 100 feet opposite stands a Michelin starred classical French eatery. However upon encountering the icy proprietress Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), the Kadam family realise they may have bitten off more than they can chew. As cultures clash and food flies, an all-out war escalates between the two establishments.
    Directed by Lasse Hallström (Chocolat) from Richard C. Morais’ novel, 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' is an uplifting cultural feast. “…With its picture-postcard setting and mouthwatering Indian and French delicacies, The Hundred-Foot Journey is a film designed to comfort.” - The Hollywood Reporter. This is a free event and all are welcome. Contact the library at 065-6846353 for more
    details.
  • Wednesday 13th May 2015
    Local Photos
    Ennistymon Public Library 6.30 - 8.00

    Ennistymon Library will host an event showing over 120 local photos from past decades - school photos from the 50's and 60's from North Clare Schools and other local photos from the Michael John Glynn Collection, The Lawrence collection and others from 1900s, 1920s, ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. This will run all day with a main screening from 6.30 - 8.00pm with tea and coffee served. Join us for a cup of tea and help put some names to faces.
  • Tuesday 12th - Friday 29th May 2015
    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. www.shannoncameraclub.com
  • Monday 11th May 2015
    Movie Screening - 'The Quiet Man', a Bealtaine Festival Event
    Ennistymon Public Library 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 1952 movie 'The Quiet Man'. Almost twenty years in the making and starring John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Victor McLaglen and Barry Fitzgerald, 'The Quiet Man' was arguably the most personal film of director John Ford's long and illustrious career as well as one of his great achievements. "Humorous, romantic, lively, endearing and lovingly photographed on location in Ireland." - Cork Film Festival 2010. "The Quiet Man remains as romantic and enjoyable as when it originally came out.” - BBC Films. This is a free event and all are welcome. Contact the library at 065-7071245 for more details.
  • Thursday, 7 May 2015
    Poetry Day Ireland - poetry quiz
    All branches of Clare County Library

    On Thursday 7 May 2015, through Poetry Day Ireland, ‘Poetry Ireland’ intends to reveal the richness of the art form to the public in appealing ways - making poetry both inescapable and irresistible! To celebrate Poetry Day Ireland Clare County Library invites you to pick up a copy of our specially compiled poetry quiz in your local branch from Thursday 7th May and answer the poetry-themed questions correctly to be in with a chance to win a book token to the value of €50. Ask at your nearest branch for all the details.
  • 6th - 19th May 2015
    Clare County Library's Lusitania Exhibition
    Kilrush Public Library

    The Cunard passenger liner RMS Lusitania, travelling from New York to Liverpool, was torpedoed by a German submarine off the Old Head of Kinsale on 7th May 1915, and sank within 18 minutes. To mark the hundredth anniversary of this tragic event Clare County Library will display a Lusitania exhibition in several branch libraries, and in Clare Museum, over the coming months, beginning with a two-week display in Kilrush Library from 6th–19th May. The sinking of the ship impacted directly on County Clare as four of the victims and one of the survivors were natives of the county. Also, twelve of the victims whose bodies were washed up on the coast of Clare were interred in local graveyards. The Lusitania exhibition moves from Kilrush Library to Kilkee Library on 20th May. For a full schedule of the exhibition contact the Library at 065 - 6821616 / 6846350.
  • 5th - 29th May 2015
    Bealtaine Arts & Crafts Display
    Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge

    To celebrate the 2015 Bealtaine Festival Sixmilebridge Library will host a display of handmade Arts & Crafts produced by the local guild of the ICA throughout the month of May during library opening hours. For more information contact the library at 061-369678.
  • 5th - 28th May 2015
    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 Ennistymon Day Centre & Community Hospital, Mowlam Nursing Home, Kilrush and Raheen Day Centre & Community Hospital, Tuamgraney.
  • 5th - 16th May 2015
    Bealtaine Craft Display
    Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Public Library, Miltown Malbay

    To celebrate the 2015 Bealtaine Festival there will be a craft display of locally produced items on show at the library from the 5th-16th May during opening hours. Items will include knitwear, crochet, paintings, baskets and mosaics. Anyone who wishes to contribute items for this display is welcome to do so during this time. The Bealtaine Festival is a celebration of creativity as we age. For more information phone the library in Miltown Malbay at 065-7084822.

April 2015

  • Tuesday, 28th April 2015
    Movie Screening - ' St. Vincent’
    Scariff Public Library at 6pm

    A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door. Starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy. Free event. Refreshments provided. CERT 12.
  • Thursday, 23rd April 2015
    World Book Night
    Various branches

    World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books that takes place on 23 April. It sees passionate volunteers give out hundreds of thousands of books in their communities to share their love of reading with people who don’t read regularly or own books. World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers to help give them an equal chance in life. Clare County Library is honoured to have been accepted as an institutional volunteer on behalf of World Book Night in 2015. We have invited members of local adult literacy groups to visit our branches in Ennis, Kilrush and Shannon where they will be given a tour of the library, along with a free copy of either Roddy Doyle's "Dead Man Walking" or Minette Walters' "Chickenfeed". Both titles are from the 'Quick Reads' series of books. The 'Quick Reads' programme supports and encourages adult literacy and we are delighted to be able to share this initiative as part of World Book Night. Over 50 books will be given out to group members and an invitation to revisit their local library as new and valued members. For more information on World Book Night visit www.worldbooknight.org.
  • Wednesday 8 April 2015
    Spring Craft Session
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 3pm

    Children aged 5-8 year olds are invited to come along to a Spring-themed craft session in Shannon Library. This is a free event but places are limited. Book your place at the library desk or by phone on 061 364266.
  • Thursday 2nd April 2105
    Easter Arts and Crafts Session
    Lisdoonvarna Public Library 3.30 – 4.30

    This months arts and crafts session will feature bright Easter themed cards made wool, paint , paper and card.
  • Wednesday 1st April 2015
    Easter Crafts and Storytime for Children
    Scariff Public Library at 3.30pm

    Children aged 3-6 will create Easter themed crafts in Scariff Public Library on Wednesday 1st April at 3.30pm. Free event but place are limited and booking is required on (061) 922893. All materials supplied.
  • Wednesday 1st April 2105
    Easter Arts and Crafts Session
    Ennistymon Public Library 3.30 – 4.30

    This months arts and crafts session will feature bright Easter themed cards made wool, paint , paper and card.

March 2015

  • Tuesday 31st March 2015
    Film Club Movie ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
    Scariff Public Library at 6pm

    The Scariff Library Film Club will screen ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, which recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. Admission free. Refreshments supplied. Certificate 15.
  • Thursday 26th March 2015
    Basic Computer Class for Adults
    Tulla Public Library, 11.45am - 1pm

    Volunteers from Friends Ireland, www.friendsireland.ie., will provide a computer/laptop/tablet/mobile phone class in Tulla Public Library on Thursday 26th March from 11.45am to 1pm. The class is free but places are limited. For more information and to book your place, contact Tulla Library on 065-6835919
  • Tuesday 24th - Saturday 28th March 2015
    "Under the Sea" Sculpture Exhibition
    Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge

    Clare County Library recently teamed up with Irish Design 2015 to present “Under the Sea” a clay sculpture workshop for children aged 8+ hosted by Cratloe based artist and designer Marie Madden. The workshop, which was part of the ID2015 Local Design Heroes project took place over two half days at Kilfinaghty Public Library Sixmilebridge and saw 11 children designing and creating sculptures inspired by the life and work of John Philip Holland, the Liscannor born designer of the first submarine. The sculptures will be on dispay in Sixmilebridge Library from March 24th-28th during opening hours.
  • Saturday March 21st 2015
    “Under the Sea” workshop
    Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge. 10.00am – 2.00pm

    Clare County Library and Irish Design present “Under the Sea” workshop, a clay sculpture workshop for children aged 8+, hosted by Marie Madden, Cratloe based artist and designer. The workshop takes place over two half days at Kilfinaghty Public Library Sixmilebridge.
    Day 1: Research and design of local design hero and creating clay submarine sculptures.
    Day 2: Painting and decorating the dried clay pieces; Planning and mounting of exhibition of finished works which will then be put on display in the library.
    Places are limited and must be booked in advance. Bookings can be made by contacting Sixmilebridge Library at 061-369678 or at the library desk.
  • Saturday March 14th 2015
    “Under the Sea” workshop
    Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge. 10.00am – 2.00pm

    Clare County Library and Irish Design present “Under the Sea” workshop, a clay sculpture workshop for children aged 8+, hosted by Marie Madden, Cratloe based artist and designer. The workshop takes place over two half days at Kilfinaghty Public Library Sixmilebridge.
    Day 1: Research and design of local design hero and creating clay submarine sculptures.
    Day 2: Painting and decorating the dried clay pieces; Planning and mounting of exhibition of finished works which will then be put on display in the library.
    Places are limited and must be booked in advance. Bookings can be made by contacting Sixmilebridge Library at 061-369678 or at the library desk.
  • Thursday 12th March 2015
    Basic Computer Class for Adults
    Tulla Public Library, 11.45am-1pm

    Volunteers from Friends Ireland, www.friendsireland.ie., will provide a computer/laptop/tablet/mobile phone class in Tulla Public Library on Thursday 12th March from 11.45am to 1pm. The class is free but places are limited. For more information and to book your place, contact Tulla Library on 065-6835919.
  • Thursday 12th March 2015
    Seachtain na Gaeilge Storytime
    Scariff Public Library at 10.15 a.m.

    Children from Scariff National School will celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge with stories as Gaeilge in the library.
  • Thursday 12th March 2015
    Seachtain na Gaeilge Storytime
    Killaloe Public Library at 11.45 a.m.

    Children from Killaloe Boys N.S.will celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge with stories as Gaeilge in the library.
  • Tuesday 10th March 2015
    Club Léitheoireachta as Gaeilge
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis 7.00 pm

    A recently formed group of Gaeilge enthusiasts have started a book club meet to read books as Gaeilge. The current book choice is ‘Goimh agus scéalta eile’ by Ré Ó Laighléis. The club is open to new members.
  • Tuesday 10th March 2015
    Seachtain na Gaeilge Storytime
    Lisdoonvarna Public Library at 11.20

    Dé Máirt 10 Márta, ag 11.20. Am Scéal do dhaltaí ó Scoil Náisiúnta Éinde Naofa. Children from St Endas National School will come to the library for storytime with Seamus.
  • Friday 6th March 2015
    Seachtain na Gaeilge Storytime
    Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee at 11am

    Maura Falsey will visit Kilkee Library to entertain 2nd & 3rd class children from Scoil Réalt na Mara Kilkee with storytelling to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge.
  • Friday 6th March 2015
    World Book Day 2015 Arts and Crafts Workshop
    Killaloe Public Library at 10a.m

    Artist Grace Burton will hold a workshop for 1st. and 2nd. Classes from Killaloe Boys N.S. to celebrate World Book Day 2015. Participants will enjoy a short puppet show, decorate an Easter egg and bind their own book. Fun guaranteed.
  • Friday 6th March 2015
    Seachtain Na Gaeilge
    Leabharlann Phoiblí Dr. Patrick J. Hillery, Sráid na Cathrach ag 10.00 r.n.

    Beidh an t-údar Ré Ó Laighléis ag labhairt faoina úrscéalta le daltaí meánscoile sa leabharlann. Author Ré Ó Laighléis will talk to secondary school students on ‘writing for the teenage reader’ at the library.
  • Thursday 5th March 2015
    Seachtain na Gaeilge
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 11.30am

    Séamus will read stories as Gaeilge to 1st class from St Conaire's Primary School to help celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge.
  • Thursday 5th March 2015
    Basic Computer Class for Adults
    Tulla Public Library, 11.45am-1pm

    Volunteers from Friends Ireland, www.friendsireland.ie., will provide a computer/laptop/tablet/mobile phone class in Tulla Public Library on Thursday 5th March from 11.45am to 1pm. The class is free but places are limited. For more information and to book your place, contact Tulla Library on 065-6835919.
  • Thursday 5th March
    World Book Day
    Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee

    Kilkee Library staff member, Anne Finnucane will visit the children of 4th 5th and 6th classes in Scoil Réalt na Mara Kilkee to speak to them about World Book Day and what they like to read and to suggest authors they may like. She will bring a selection of books from the library stock for them to browse through.
  • Thursday 5th March 2015
    World Book Day 2015 Arts and Crafts Workshop
    Scariff Public Library at 10a.m

    Artist Grace Burton will hold a workshop for local national school children to celebrate World Book Day 2015. Participants will enjoy a short puppet show, bind their own book and decorate an Easter egg.
  • Thursday 5th March 2015
    Surprise Book for World Book Day
    Ennistymon Public Library

    Children can choose a mystery book , a selection of books from classics to current favourites will be wrapped up with a small surprise.
    Young Adults can choose from the selection of mystery wrapped books on display . The books will have a few sentences from the book written on the outside.
  • Thursday 5th March 2015
    Surprise Book for World Book Day
    Lisdoonvarna Public Library

    Children can choose a mystery book , a selection of books from classics to current favourites will be wrapped up with a small surprise.
    Young Adults can choose from the selection of mystery wrapped books on display . The books will have a few sentences from the book written on the outside.
  • Thursday 5th March 2015
    World Book Day Storytime
    Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Library, Miltown Malbay at 11.30 a.m.

    As a celebration of World Book Day on Thursday March 5th, children from the local ‘Spraoi’ Montessori group will visit Miltown Malbay library at 11.30 in the morning to hear stories read by library staff and to perform the tale of The Three Little Pigs with the help of our puppets.
    Free event and all others welcome.
  • Thursday 5th March 2015
    Scèalaìocht do Dhaoine Òga
    Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge at 10.00am.

    Seachtain Na Gaeilge: Scèalaìocht do Dhaoine Òga do Dhaltaì Rang 1 i Leabharlann Phoiblì Chill Fhionnachta, Droichead Abhann Uì gCearnaigh.
    Storytime session with Clare County Library staff member Seamus Ryan. Further information from Sixmilebridge Library on 061-369678.
  • Thursday 5th March 2015
    Scèalaìocht do Dhaoine Òga
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 2pm

    Seachtain Na Gaeilge: Scèalaìocht do Dhaoine Òga do Dhaltaì Rang 1 i Leabharlann Phoiblí De Valera, Inis. Storytime session with Clare County Library staff member Seamus Ryan. Further information from the library at 065-6846353.
  • Wednesday 4th March 2015
    World Book Day
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 1.30pm

    Alan Shoosmith will be holding an art workshop with 3rd class from St Conaire's Primary School to celebrate World Book Day. The children have chosen Roald Dahl as their theme and we look forward to seeing their creations.
  • Wednesday 4th March 2015
    World Book Day Arts and Crafts Session.
    Ennistymon Public Library, 3.30 – 4.30

    This months arts and crafts session will feature colourful book marks made with text from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid , Harry Potter and Tom Gates series of books.
  • Wednesday 4th March 2015
    Roald Dahl art workshop
    Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge at 11.30am..

    To celebrate World Book Day Alan Shoosmith will do a one hour Roald Dahl art workshop for 8 – 12 year olds in Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge. For more information contact the library on 061-369678.
  • Wednesday 4th March 2015
    World Book Day Arts and Crafts Session.
    Lisdoonvarna Public Library, 3.30 – 4.30

    This months arts and crafts session will feature colourful book marks made with text from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid , Harry Potter and Tom Gates series of books.
  • Wednesday 4th March 2015
    Roald Dahl art workshop, a World Book Day event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 9.45am

    To celebrate World Book Day Alan Shoosmith will give a Roald Dahl art workshop for 8–12 year old children in the De Valera Library in Ennis. Contact the library at 065-6846353 for more information.
  • Tuesday 3rd March 2015
    Seachtain na Gaeilge Storytime
    Kilrush Public Library at 11am

    Maura Falsey will entertain forty 2nd class children from Kilrush Primary School with stories ‘as Gaeilge’ as part of the celebrations for Seachtain na Gaeilge.

February 2015

  • Saturday 28th February 2015
    ‘Fun Science’ Family Workshop for Family Learning Day 2015
    Killaloe Public Library at 12.30 pm

    Scientist Dipankar Biswas visits the library to celebrate family learning day with lots of new experiments for families to try; fly a balloon rocket, balance a dragonfly and enjoy a slime fest! This event proved to be a huge success last year. 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 28th February 2015
    Fun Science’ Family Workshop for Family Learning Day 2015
    Scariff Public Library at 10.30a.m.

    Scientist Dipankar Biswas returns to the library to celebrate family learning day with lots of new experiments for families to try; fly a balloon rocket, balance a dragonfly and enjoy a slime fest! 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.
  • Friday 27 February 2015
    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 26th February 2015
    Basic Computer Class, an Adult Learners' Festival event
    Tulla Public Library, 11.45am-1.15pm

    To celebrate Adult Learners’ Festival 2015 there will be a basic computer/laptop/tablet/mobile phone class in Tulla Public Library on Thursday 26th February from 11.45am to 1.15pm. This free class is being provided by volunteers from Friends Ireland, www.friendsireland.ie. Places are limited. For more information and to book your place, contact Tulla Library on 065-6835919.
  • Wednesday 25 February 2015
    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.
  • Tuesday 24 February 2015
    Adult Learners Festival
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon, 11am-12 noon

    The Creative Writing class of LCETB will read excerpts of their work in the library. All are welcome to attend and tea/coffee will be served.
  • 20th February – 2nd March 2015
    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.
  • Tuesday 17th February 2015
    Teenage Film Club Movie ‘Tracks’
    Scariff Public Library at 6pm

    The Scariff Library Teenage Film Club will screen ‘Tracks’, the story of a young woman who goes on a 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with four camels and her faithful dog. Popcorn and drinks provided. Admission free. Certificate 12.
  • 12th-14th February 2015
    Blind Date with a Book
    Various Branches

    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 12th-14th you are invited to visit any of the six participating library branches in Ennis, Ennistymon, Kilrush, 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 to take home along with your newfound book love. The selected books 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! To view opening hours for Clare County Library’s branches visit www.clarelibrary.ie or phone 065-6821616.
  • Thursday 12th February 2015
    Valentine’s Day Crafts for Children
    Scariff Public Library at 3.30pm

    Children aged 6-12 are welcome to come and create Valentine’s Days crafts for your loved ones in Scariff Public Library on Thursday 12th Feb. at 3.30pm. Free event. Materials supplied
  • February 2nd – 27th February 2015
    ‘Interpreting Life Through Art’: An Exhibition of Paintings by Fiona Faulkes
    The Gallery at Scariff Public Library

    Originally from the New Forest in England, Fiona Faulkes now resides in Ennis, County Clare. She paints with oil and has worked in a variety of styles and techniques over the years, exploring subject matter concerned with differing human responses to changing environments, a painterly interpretation of the world in which she exists. The paintings in this exhibition reflect this journey and express her experience of living in Ireland with every painting promoting the positive aspect of life.

January 2015

  • Friday 16th January – Friday 30th January 2015
    Local History Project.
    Kilrush Public Library

    Fourth class children from St Senan’s Primary school Kilrush have completed a history project, which includes information and models of several historical buildings of the area, including the church, town hall, Vandeleurs, Glynn family, Scattery Island and many more. This project can be viewed at the Kilrush Public Library until the end of January.

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

 

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