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May 2017

  • Tuesday, 30th May 2017
    Movie Screening – Atlantic
    Seán Lemass Public Library at 6pm

    Narrated by Emmy-award winning actor Brendan Gleeson, Atlantic follows the struggle of three fishing communities in Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland as they battle with the oil explorers and international fishing companies for control of the resources in their waters. Film Ireland review said "Atlantic is an absolute must-see, which will make your blood boil, and make you feel impassioned by an often over-looked issue".
    This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.
  • Friday, 26th May 2017
    Movie Screening – “A Date for Mad Mary”
    Killaloe Public Library at 7.30 pm

    "Mad" Mary McArdle (Seána Kerslake) returns to her hometown after a brief stint in prison and is immediately labelled as undateable, but she is determined to find a date to accompany her to her best friend's wedding.
    (Cert. 15A). This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.
  • Thursday, 25th May 2017
    Children celebrate Africa Day
    deValera Public Library at 12 noon

    Clare County Library will celebrate Africa Day 2017 on Thursday the 25th of May at its branch in Ennis. Children from nearby Scoil Chríost Rí, Cloughleigh will visit the library at 12 noon to hear African folktales and stories read by librarian, Seamus Ryan and will get a wonderful and interesting insight into growing up in Kenya, courtesy of Ennis resident Shola Kogbodoku.
    The children will have an opportunity to dress in native African clothes and to join in Shola’s rhymes and traditional Kenyan games.
  • Thursday, 25th May 2017
    ‘There’s Life in the Old Rocks of Clare’, a Bealtaine Festival event
    Ennistymon Public Library at 11.30am

    Eamon Doyle, the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark Geologist, will visit Ennistymon Library on Thursday 25th May at 11.30am to give a talk on the variety of fossils found in the rocks of County Clare and the interesting stories they tell. This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Tuesday, 23rd May 2017
    'Hello Delia Murphy', a Bealtaine Festival event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 12pm

    Carmen Cullen presents her show 'Hello Delia Murphy', a tribute to her aunt, the singer Delia Murphy, in the De Valera Library, Ennis on Tuesday 23rd May at 12pm. Delia Murphy, from Hollymount, Co. Mayo, was one of Ireland's best known recording stars of the 30s and 40s in Ireland. A revered figure in Irish music Delia is thought of today as being one of the major figures of Irish song. She was a mold-breaker and pioneer in her field and created a role for herself as an Irish female popular singer that, some would say, hasn't been equalled yet. She became a pioneering folk singer in Ireland and abroad in the 40s and 50s and established ballad singing as an acceptable song form. She was the first person to become a celebrity in this tradition and gave the Irish Ballad and folk songs the importance they hold in Irish and international music today. Delia recorded her songs with HMV in Abbey Road, London initially and then in Ireland. As well as recording she was a natural performer and her fame extended to many countries, including those where her husband, Thomas Kiernan, became ambassador to. She was known for such songs as 'The Spinning Wheel', 'If I were a Blackbird' and 'Three Lovely Lassies from Bannion'. Along with musician Gerry Anderson, Carmen Cullen will give the audience a special opportunity to hear about Delia's life as well as listening to her songs. Carmen will also give a dramatised reading from her novel 'Two Sisters Singing', published by Liberties Press in 2013 and loosely based on Delia's life. Carmen says, "We are making a special effort to bring back memories of my aunt to people who recall her, as well as attracting new interest in her as a unique woman and artiste". This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Tuesday, 23rd May 2017
    Declutter your life with the Declutter Expert, a Bealtaine Festival event
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 6.30pm

    Breda Stack, the Declutter Therapist, will host an event in Shannon Library on Tuesday 23rd May at 6.30pm. Breda teaches her audience how to break free from being overwhelmed by clutter so you can enjoy a simpler, happier life. Breda is author of ‘Declutter Therapy’, founder of Ireland’s National Declutter Day and International Declutter Day, creator of The Declutter Academy for professional student training and a regular contributor to TV, radio and print media. Breda’s talk covers a variety of practical wardrobe and home decluttering information, tips and guidelines on personal style, organisation, storage and lifestyle as well as her uniquely specialised and essential area of decluttering mindset, challenges and benefits. This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Saturday 20th May 2017
    Children’s storytime & mini craft session.
    Kilrush Public Library at 11am

    Theme: Jungle animals
    Listen to two beautiful stories followed by a craft session. Refreshments provided.
    Suitable for 3 – 7 year olds. Booking is necessary. Contact (065) 9051504.
  • Thursday, 18th May 2017
    Movie Screening - 'Dare to Be Wild', 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 2016 movie 'Dare to Be Wild'. Mary (Emma Greenwell) is a young Irish woman with a passion for the environment and gardens, who is looking to break into the world of landscape design. Her ultimate dream is to win a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show with her "wild" garden design, which showcases the important connection between nature and man. With many obstacles in her way, Mary soon realises that she will need the help of others, including handsome botanist Christy (Tom Hughes), if she has any chance of achieving her goal. Based on the true life story of Wexford landscape designer Mary Reynolds, who became the youngest woman to win a gold medal at the UK's most prestigious garden event, 'Dare to be Wild' is a charming and passionate story with a powerful environmental message. "Dare to be Wild is a visual feast." - Film Ireland
    Director: Vivienne De Courcy; Cast: Emma Greenwell, Tom Hughes, Don Wycherly, Carrie Crowley; Certificate: PG
    This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Wednesday, 17th May 2017
    Movie Screening - 'Pride', a Bealtaine Festival Event
    Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee at 6pm

    The library will take part in the Bealtaine Film Tour, which is presented by access>CINEMA in partnership with the Irish Film Institute, with a special screening of the 2014 movie 'Pride'. United Kingdom 1984. A group of gay activists decides that it has a common cause with the miners' strike - the battle against the oppression of Thatcherism - and sets about raising money for workers in a Welsh pit village. When the activists travel to Wales to deliver the funds in person, they are initially met with ignorance and hostility, but this soon gives way to an unlikely alliance. Based on a true story, and featuring wonderful performances from a cast which includes Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton, 'Pride' is a funny and heart-warming comedy about the importance of friendship, solidarity and courage in the fight for justice. "Tapping the formula that worked so well for 'The Full Monty' and 'Billy Elliot', 'Pride' adds some feel-good moments of its own in a broad, light and characterful romp that smuggles in some powerful, serious points about unity and togetherness in between the ribald one-liners." - The Radio Times
    Director: Matthew Warchus; Cast: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Andrew Scott, Paddy Considine, Dominic West; Certificate: 15A
    This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Tuesday, 16th May 2017
    Movie Screening - 'Pride', a Bealtaine Festival Event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 12.30pm

    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 2014 movie 'Pride'. United Kingdom 1984. A group of gay activists decides that it has a common cause with the miners' strike - the battle against the oppression of Thatcherism - and sets about raising money for workers in a Welsh pit village. When the activists travel to Wales to deliver the funds in person, they are initially met with ignorance and hostility, but this soon gives way to an unlikely alliance. Based on a true story, and featuring wonderful performances from a cast which includes Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton, 'Pride' is a funny and heart-warming comedy about the importance of friendship, solidarity and courage in the fight for justice. "Tapping the formula that worked so well for 'The Full Monty' and 'Billy Elliot', 'Pride' adds some feel-good moments of its own in a broad, light and characterful romp that smuggles in some powerful, serious points about unity and togetherness in between the ribald one-liners." - The Radio Times
    Director: Matthew Warchus; Cast: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Andrew Scott, Paddy Considine, Dominic West; Certificate: 15A
    This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Tuesday, 16th May 2017
    Poetry writing workshop for Adults with Teresa Lund.
    Kilrush Public Library 10.30am – 12.30pm

    This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.
  • Saturday 13th May 2017
    The Art of Decoupage, a Bealtaine Festival Event
    Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Library, Miltown Malbay at 11.00 am

    As a celebration of Bealtaine Festival 2017, Cora O’Grady will hold a workshop on the art of Decoupage. People present will learn how to transform everyday objects into works of art by pasting cut-out images (typically coloured paper) on to an object and then covering the object with several coats of varnish or lacquer. Cora will first give a demonstration followed by a workshop with audience participation. People are advised to bring a small sturdy cardboard box to decorate (ie jewellery box).
    This is a free event and all are welcome to attend. For further details ring 065-7084822.
  • Friday 12th May 2017
    Movie Screening - 'Dare to Be Wild', 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 2016 movie 'Dare to Be Wild'. Mary (Emma Greenwell) is a young Irish woman with a passion for the environment and gardens, who is looking to break into the world of landscape design. Her ultimate dream is to win a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show with her "wild" garden design, which showcases the important connection between nature and man. With many obstacles in her way, Mary soon realises that she will need the help of others, including handsome botanist Christy (Tom Hughes), if she has any chance of achieving her goal. Based on the true life story of Wexford landscape designer Mary Reynolds, who became the youngest woman to win a gold medal at the UK's most prestigious garden event, 'Dare to be Wild' is a charming and passionate story with a powerful environmental message. "Dare to be Wild is a visual feast." - Film Ireland
    Director: Vivienne De Courcy; Cast: Emma Greenwell, Tom Hughes, Don Wycherly, Carrie Crowley; Certificate: PG
    This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Thursday, 11th May 2017
    Movie Screening - 'Dare to Be Wild', 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 2016 movie 'Dare to Be Wild'. Mary (Emma Greenwell) is a young Irish woman with a passion for the environment and gardens, who is looking to break into the world of landscape design. Her ultimate dream is to win a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show with her "wild" garden design, which showcases the important connection between nature and man. With many obstacles in her way, Mary soon realises that she will need the help of others, including handsome botanist Christy (Tom Hughes), if she has any chance of achieving her goal. Based on the true life story of Wexford landscape designer Mary Reynolds, who became the youngest woman to win a gold medal at the UK's most prestigious garden event, 'Dare to be Wild' is a charming and passionate story with a powerful environmental message. "Dare to be Wild is a visual feast." - Film Ireland
    Director: Vivienne De Courcy; Cast: Emma Greenwell, Tom Hughes, Don Wycherly, Carrie Crowley; Certificate: PG
    This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Wednesday, 10th May 2017
    Movie Screening - '12 Angry Men', a Bealtaine Festival Event
    Kilrush Public Library at 6pm

    The library will take part in the Bealtaine Film Tour, which is presented by access>CINEMA in partnership with the Irish Film Institute, with a special screening of the 1957 movie '12 Angry Men'. On a hot summer's day, a jury of 12 men is sent to begin deliberations in the first-degree murder trial of an 18-year-old Latino accused of killing his father. A guilty verdict will mean an automatic death sentence for the young man and on the surface it appears to be an open-and-shut case. When juror no. 8 (Henry Fonda) casts the only not-guilty vote in the first jury ballot, tensions begin to rise. He must persuade the other 11 jury members to take a fresh look at the evidence and convince them of their duty to reach a verdict that is beyond reasonable doubt. "... too few films take on the art of arguing as a subject; we could certainly use more of them, but until then, Lumet's window into strained civic duty will continue to serve mightily." - Time Out
    Director: Sidney Lumet; Cast: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall, Jack Warden, Jack Klugman; Certificate: G
    This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Tuesday 2 May- Friday 2 June 2017
    Shannon Camera Club Exhibition
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon

    Shannon Camera Club will show a selection of their 2016 and 2017 photographs in their 'As We See It' exhibition. The Club have been 'capturing the light' since 1977 and celebrate their 40 year anniversary this year. They meet at 19:30 on 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. This exhibition will run during library opening hours. All are welcome to come along.
  • Tuesday, 2nd May 2017
    Movie Screening - '12 Angry Men', a Bealtaine Festival Event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 12.30pm

    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 1957 movie '12 Angry Men'. On a hot summer's day, a jury of 12 men is sent to begin deliberations in the first-degree murder trial of an 18-year-old Latino accused of killing his father. A guilty verdict will mean an automatic death sentence for the young man and on the surface it appears to be an open-and-shut case. When juror no. 8 (Henry Fonda) casts the only not-guilty vote in the first jury ballot, tensions begin to rise. He must persuade the other 11 jury members to take a fresh look at the evidence and convince them of their duty to reach a verdict that is beyond reasonable doubt. "... too few films take on the art of arguing as a subject; we could certainly use more of them, but until then, Lumet's window into strained civic duty will continue to serve mightily." - Time Out
    Director: Sidney Lumet; Cast: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall, Jack Warden, Jack Klugman; Certificate: G
    This is a free event and all are welcome.

April 2017

  • Friday, 28th April 2017
    Movie Screening – “Florence Foster Jenkins”
    Killaloe Public Library at 7.30 pm

    Florence Foster Jenkins is a 2016 British biographical comedy drama directed by Stephen Frears and written by Nicholas Martin. The film stars Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who became an opera singer known for her painful lack of singing skill. Hugh Grant plays her husband and manager, English Shakespearean actor, St. Clair Bayfield. Other cast members include Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Nina Arianda.
    (PG). This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.
  • Friday, 28 April 2016
    Computers for Beginners
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon 10.30am-12.30pm

    Volunteers from Friends Ireland, www.friendsireland.ie, will provide introductory computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone classes in Shannon Library each Friday morning. The classes are free but places are limited. Names can be placed on a waiting list for future classes. A course of classes runs for 4 weeks, contact the library on 061-364266 for further information.
  • Thursday, 27th April 2017
    Poetry Reading with The Poetry Collective, a Poetry Day Ireland event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis

    Poetry Ireland is presenting Poetry Day Ireland on Thursday 27 April 2017. This year's theme is Poetry Connects and everyone is invited to join-in, link-up, and connect through the power of poetry. Clare County Library will celebrate the day with an event in the De Valera Library, Ennis from 1-2pm with a lunchtime poetry reading. You are invited to join the members of The Poetry Collective to enjoy readings from their work and also to bring a favourite poem of your own to share if you wish. This is a free event and all are welcome.
    Pocket poems will also be available to take away and enjoy in selected branches of Clare County Library on the day.
  • Wednesday, 26th April 2017
    Seven Virtues of the Rising, a reading with actor & author Diarmuid de Daoite
    Ennistymon Public Library at 6.30pm

    Clare native Diarmuid de Faoite will visit Ennistymon Library at 6.30pm on Wednesday 26th April to read from his new translation of Pádraic Ó Conaire’s seminal collection of short stories, 'Seacht mBua an Éirí Amach/Seven Virtues of the Rising'. Listed in The Irish Times/ Royal Irish Academy’s 'Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks' and first published in 1918, 'Seacht mBua an Éirí Amach' is considered the first literary response to the Rising in any language and is beautifully presented here as a dual language book with a fascinating and detailed introduction by Brendan McGowan of Galway City Museum. The idea for this publication is the result of a collaboration between Galway City Museum, publishers Arlen House and Cló Iar-Chonnacht, Galway City Council and the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. The book will be part of RTE’s Book-On-One throughout the month of April. This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Wednesday 26 April 2017
    Storytime and Craft Session
    Seán Lemass Public Librar
    y, Shannon at 10.30pm
    Harmony Montessori will join us for a storytime and craft session to continue to celebrate April as our 'Spring into Storytime' month. Looking forward to a fun morning of stories and crafts.
  • Tuesday 25th April 2017
    Movie Screening – “The Dressmaker”
    Scariff Public Library at 2.30 pm

    A bittersweet comedy drama set in early 1950s Australia. Staring Kate Winslet in the role of Tilly Dunnage, a dressmaker who returns home from the fashion capital of Paris to a tiny middle of nowhere town to right the wrongs of th past
    (Cert. 12). This is a free event and all are welcome.
    Tea/coffee provided.
  • Tuesday 25th April 2017
    'Spring into Storytime'
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 4pm

    Join us for our fourth 'Spring into Storytime' session with stories about Lambs. Suitable for 3-5 year olds, Elaine will read some stories to the children and they are welcome to stay on and do some colouring afterwards. All are welcome to come along, no booking required.
  • Friday, 21 April 2016
    Computers for Beginners
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon 10.30am-12.30pm

    Volunteers from Friends Ireland, www.friendsireland.ie, will provide introductory computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone classes in Shannon Library each Friday morning. The classes are free but places are limited. Names can be placed on a waiting list for future classes. A course of classes runs for 4 weeks, contact the library on 061-364266 for further information.
  • Thursday 20th April 2017
    Spring Into Storytime
    Dr. Patrick J, Hillery Library, Miltown Malbay at 12 noon

    Join us for a Spring Into Storytime session with music, stories, rhythm and rhyme. Percussion instruments will be available where children can unfold their musical talents, while enjoying our stories in a fun way.
    Suitable for 3-5 years. All welcome. No booking required.
  • Tuesday 18 April 2017
    'Spring into Storytime'
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 4pm

    Join us for our third 'Spring into Storytime' session with a 'Farm' theme. Suitable for 3-5 year olds, Elaine will read some stories to the children and they are welcome to stay on and do some colouring afterwards. All are welcome to come along, no booking required.
  • Thursday 13th April
    Easter-themed Craft Session
    Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Library, Miltown Malbay at 2.00 p.m.

    Children between the ages of 5-9 years are welcome to come along and make an Easter Bonnet or an Easter Bunny Mask. All materials will be supplied. Booking is essential as spaces are limited. Please ring 065-7084822 to secure a place or leave your name at the library desk.
  • Thursday, 13 April 2017
    Easter Crafts with Siobhán
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 11am

    Children are welcome to join Siobhán for an Easter-themed Craft Session suitable for 5-8 year olds. Please book at the library desk or by phone at 061 364266.
  • Wednesday, 12 April 2017
    'Spring into Storytime'
    Ennistymon Public Library at 3.30pm

    As part of our Spring into Storytime project, Ennistymon Library will hold an Easter themed story session. Bring your own bunny/chick on the day and enjoy some stories. All are welcome to come along, no booking required.
  • Tuesday 11 April 2017
    'Spring into Storytime'
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 4pm

    Join us for our second 'Spring into Storytime' session with an Easter theme of chicks and bunnies. Suitable for 3-5 year olds, Elaine will read some stories to the children and they are welcome to stay on and do some colouring afterwards. All the Easter-themed colouring will be displayed in the library. All are welcome to come along, no booking required.
  • Friday, 7 April 2016
    Computers for Beginners
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon 10.30am-12.30pm

    Volunteers from Friends Ireland, www.friendsireland.ie, will provide introductory computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone classes in Shannon Library each Friday morning. The classes are free but places are limited. Names can be placed on a waiting list for future classes. A course of classes runs for 4 weeks, contact the library on 061-364266 for further information.
  • Tuesday, 4th April 2017
    Declutter your life this spring!
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 6.30pm

    Breda Stack, the Declutter Therapist, will host an event at the De Valera Library in Ennis on Tuesday 4th April at 6.30pm. Breda teaches her audience how to break free from being overwhelmed by clutter so you can enjoy a simpler, happier life. Breda is author of Declutter Therapy, founder of Ireland’s National Declutter Day and International Declutter Day, creator of The Declutter Academy for professional student training and a regular contributor to TV, radio and print media. Breda’s talk covers a variety of practical wardrobe and home decluttering information, tips and guidelines on personal style, organisation, storage and lifestyle as well as her uniquely specialised and essential area of decluttering mindset, challenges and benefits. This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Tuesday 4 April 2017
    'Spring into Storytime'
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 4pm

    Join us for our first 'Spring into Storytime' session with the themes of 'Gardening' and 'Springtime'. Suitable for 3-5 year olds, Elaine will read some stories to the children and they are welcome to stay on and do some colouring afterwards. All the Easter-themed colouring will be displayed in the library. All are welcome to come along, no booking required.
  • Tuesday, 4th April 2017
    Computer Classes
    Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee

    West Clare Family Resource Centre is holding beginner computer classes for ten weeks in Kilkee library. The classes are suitable for older people who wish to learn how to use their computer, laptop or tablet. They will be part of a small learning group. Classes resume on Tuesday 31st January at 2.30pm and will continue each Tuesday until 4th April 2017. Please contact West Clare Family Resource Centre for further details on 065-9052173 or 086-3036500.
  • Monday 3rd April 2017
    Inis Artists Group Exhibition
    Scariff Library Gallery, Mountshannon Road, Co Clare, 10am – 5.30pm

    Since 2003 the Inis Artists have exhibited together in numerous venues around the county and country. They hold up to 14 exhibitions a year and estimate that they have held up to 150 exhibitions in total since their founding. Previous exhibitions venues have included the Adare Heritage Centre, Tides Gallery, Lahinch, The Riches of Clare Museum and Glór Ennis.
    This current exhibition at the Scariff Gallery represents an eclectic range of the group’s artistic styles and themes. The collection depicts Alan Shoosmith’s love of nature illustrated by his watercolour and ink drawings; Margaret Ray’s bold and colourful acrylic paintings celebrate new beginnings and growth; Inge Bergmann’s love of pattern and colour explored within an abstract and realism style. Within Tomás O’Maoldomhnaigh’s paintings a magical exploration of our Celtic past can be seen. Fionnuala O’Connell’s semi abstract acrylic paintings are inspired by summers spent in West Clare, while Tom Daly’s landscapes are colourfully rich, impressionistic and vibrant. For further info please visit: www.InisArtists.com . For details and info on the current exhibition please contact Tomás O’Maoldomhnaigh PRO, 065- 6840801
    Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/408953422798963/

March 2017

  • Friday, 31 March 2016
    Computers for Beginners
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon 10.30am-12.30pm

    Volunteers from Friends Ireland, www.friendsireland.ie, will provide introductory computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone classes in Shannon Library each Friday morning. The classes are free but places are limited. Names can be placed on a waiting list for future classes. A course of classes runs for 4 weeks, contact the library on 061-364266 for further information.
  • Thursday, 30th March 2017
    Creative Ireland Public Consultation
    Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis, at 7.30pm

    Creative Ireland is the Government’s legacy programme for Ireland 2016. It is a five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy and to mainstream creativity in the life of the nation. It is essentially a culture based programme designed to promote individual, community and national wellbeing. It follows the same design as the 1916/2016 programme with five pillars - the Local Authority curating the second pillar - ‘Enabling creativity in every community.’
    Clare County Council and the Creative Ireland national team will host an open meeting to share details about the Programme and to explore opportunities to increase access, engagement and collaboration in the local arts and creative industries. This public consultation will take place in the on
    For further details please contact County Librarian, Clare Library HQ., Mill Road, Ennis, Co. Clare.
    Email: mailbox@clarelibrary.ie Tel 065 6846350
    Full details of the Creative Ireland Programme are available at http://creative.ireland.ie/
  • Wednesday 29th March, 2017
    Public Consultation on proposed County Library for Clare
    Ennistymon Library (11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.) and Kilrush Library (3.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.)

    Members of the public and stakeholder groups interested in the proposed new County Library for County Clare are being asked for their input at one of seven public consultation events being held later this month.
    Clare County Council says the public consultation events are aimed at gathering information on the design and use of the new facility which will be developed at the site of the existing glór facility on The Causeway Link providing a new County Library and art gallery for Clare to replace the existing public Library on Harmony Row.
    A full design team has been appointed to progress the design and planning phases of the new build project and Clare County Council anticipates that a planning application will be lodged in early summer 2017.
    Submissions will be accepted at the open events. Written submissions and observations may also be made to the County Librarian, Library Head quarters, Harmony Row, Ennis, Co. Clare by 4.00pm on the 5th of April 2017.
    For more visit http://libraryproject.clarecoco.ie
  • Tuesday 28th March, 2017
    Public Consultation on proposed County Library for Clare
    Scarriff Library (11.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.), DeValera Library, Ennis, (3.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.) and Shannon Library (6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.)

    Members of the public and stakeholder groups interested in the proposed new County Library for County Clare are being asked for their input at one of seven public consultation events being held later this month.
    Clare County Council says the public consultation events are aimed at gathering information on the design and use of the new facility which will be developed at the site of the existing glór facility on The Causeway Link providing a new County Library and art gallery for Clare to replace the existing public Library on Harmony Row.
    A full design team has been appointed to progress the design and planning phases of the new build project and Clare County Council anticipates that a planning application will be lodged in early summer 2017.
    Submissions will be accepted at the open events. Written submissions and observations may also be made to the County Librarian, Library Head quarters, Harmony Row, Ennis, Co. Clare by 4.00pm on the 5th of April 2017.
    For more visit http://libraryproject.clarecoco.ie
  • Tuesday 28th March 2017
    Movie Screening – ‘Me Before You’
    Scariff Public Library @ 2.30pm

    Adapted from the bestselling novel by Jo Jo Moyes, Me Before You tells the story of the unexpected relationship that blossoms between a young woman and a quadriplegic man whom she is employed to take care of. (Cert 12A). This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee and biscuits provided.
  • Monday 27th March, 2017
    Public Consultation on proposed County Library for Clare
    glór, Ennis at 4.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

    Members of the public and stakeholder groups interested in the proposed new County Library for County Clare are being asked for their input at one of seven public consultation events being held later this month.
    Clare County Council says the public consultation events are aimed at gathering information on the design and use of the new facility which will be developed at the site of the existing glór facility on The Causeway Link providing a new County Library and art gallery for Clare to replace the existing public Library on Harmony Row.
    A full design team has been appointed to progress the design and planning phases of the new build project and Clare County Council anticipates that a planning application will be lodged in early summer 2017.
    Submissions will be accepted at the open events. Written submissions and observations may also be made to the County Librarian, Library Head quarters, Harmony Row, Ennis, Co. Clare by 4.00pm on the 5th of April 2017.
    For more visit http://libraryproject.clarecoco.ie
  • Friday, 24th March 2017
    Movie Screening – “Harold and Maude”
    Killaloe Public Library at 7.30 pm

    Harold and Maude is a 1971 American romantic dark comedy drama directed by Hal Ashby. It incorporates elements of dark humour and existentialist drama, with a plot that revolves around the exploits of a young man named Harold (played by Bud Cort) intrigued with death. Harold drifts away from the life that his detached mother (Vivian Pickles) prescribes for him, and slowly develops a strong friendship, and eventually a romantic relationship, with a 79-year-old woman named Maude (Ruth Gordon) who teaches Harold about living life to its fullest and that life is the most precious gift of all. Fans of Cat Stevens will enjoy the soundtrack!
    (Cert. 15A). This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.
  • Tuesday, 14th March 2017
    Scéalaíocht do Dhaoine Óga le Seamus, A Seachtain na Gaeilge event
    Lisdoonvarna Public Library

    Library staff member Seamus will visit Lisdoonvarna Library on Tuesday 14th March for a storytelling session as Gaeilge (in Irish) to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017. Two sessions will take place at 10.15am and 11.30am.
  • Saturday 11th March 2017
    ‘Fun Science’ Family Workshop, a Family Learning Day 2017 event
    Scariff Public Library at 12pm

    Join scientist Dipankar Biswas to try out lots of exciting experiments with your family to celebrate Family Learning Day 2016 including balloon rockets, colour volcanos and slime recipes! Places are limited so please call Scariff Public Library to book your family’s place on (061) 922893. Free event in conjunction with CABES family learning project.
  • Saturday 11th March 2017
    Children’s storytime & mini craft session.
    Kilrush Public Library at 11am

    Theme: Saint Patrick’s Day.
    Listen to two beautiful stories followed by a craft session. Refreshments provided.
    Suitable for 3 – 7 year olds. Booking is necessary. Contact (065) 9051504.
  • Thursday, 9th March 2017
    Scéalaíocht do Dhaoine Óga le Seamus, A Seachtain na Gaeilge event
    Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge

    Library staff member Seamus will visit Sixmilebridge Library on Thursday 9th March at 11.40am for a storytelling session as Gaeilge (in Irish) to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017.
  • Thursday, 9th March 2017
    Scéalaíocht do Dhaoine Óga le Seamus, A Seachtain na Gaeilge event
    Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon

    Library staff member Seamus will visit Shannon Library on Thursday 9th March at 10am for a storytelling session as Gaeilge (in Irish) to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017.
  • Tuesday, 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th March 2017
    Computer Classes
    Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee

    West Clare Family Resource Centre is holding beginner computer classes for ten weeks in Kilkee library. The classes are suitable for older people who wish to learn how to use their computer, laptop or tablet. They will be part of a small learning group. Classes resume on Tuesday 31st January at 2.30pm and will continue each Tuesday until 4th April 2017. Please contact West Clare Family Resource Centre for further details on 065-9052173 or 086-3036500.
  • Saturday, 4th March 2017
    Children’s Book Club with Caroline Busher, an Ennis Book Club Festival event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis

    Clare County Library has partnered with the Ennis Book Club Festival to present a chidlren's book club event in the De Valera Library in Ennis on Saturday 4th March at 2.30pm. Author Caroline Busher will discuss her book 'The Ghosts of Magnificent Children' at this event. This is a first for Ennis Book Club Festival, to include a children’s book club event. We are very excited and hope many young people will come along to meet Caroline and discuss the book. We could even start a new children’s book club in De Valera Library through this event so we want to call out to all 11 & 12 year-old readers to come along to this free but ticketed event. Call De Valera Library on 065-6846353 for more information.
  • Thursday, 2nd March 2017
    Children’s Art Session with Alan Shoosmith, a World Book Day event
    Scariff Public Library

    Children are invited to dress up as and draw their favourite book characters at a World Book Day Art Workshop with Alan Shoosmith in Scariff Library on Thursday, 2nd March at 12.30pm. Phone the library on 061-922893 for more information.
  • Thursday, 2nd March 2017
    Scéalaíocht do Dhaoine Óga le Seamus, A Seachtain na Gaeilge event
    Tulla Public Library

    Library staff member Seamus will visit Tulla Library on Thursday 2nd March at 11.15am for a storytelling session as Gaeilge (in Irish) to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017.
  • Thursday, 2nd March 2017
    Children’s Art Session with Alan Shoosmith, a World Book Day event
    Killaloe Public Library

    Children are invited to dress up as and draw their favourite book characters at a World Book Day Art Workshop with Alan Shoosmith in Killaloe Library on Thursday, 2nd March at 10am. Phone the library on 061-376062 for more information.
  • Wednesday, 1st March 2017
    Children’s Art Session with Alan Shoosmith, a World Book Day event
    Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge

    Children are invited to dress up as and draw their favourite book characters at a World Book Day Art Workshop with Alan Shoosmith in Sixmilebridge Library on Wednesday, 1st March at 9.45am. Phone the library on 061-368411 for more information.
  • Wednesday, 1st March 2017
    Children’s Art Session with Alan Shoosmith, a World Book Day event
    Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon

    Children are invited to dress up as and draw their favourite book characters at a World Book Day Art Workshop with Alan Shoosmith in Shannon Library on Wednesday, 1st March at 11.30am. Phone the library on 061-364266 for more information.

February 2017

  • Tuesday, 28th February 2017
    Movie Screening - ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’
    Scariff Public Library @ 2.30pm

    Starring Meryl Streep in an Oscar nominated performance, ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ tells the hilarious and poignant story of a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite her terrible singing voice. (Cert PG). This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee and biscuits provided.
  • Saturday, 25th February 2017
    Illustration Workshop with Wayne O'Connor in commemoration of Caitríona Lucas
    Ennistymon Public Library at 11am

    In conjunction with the Clare Person of the Year Award Caitríona Lucas will be remembered in Ennistymon Library in a Roald Dahl-themed illustration workshop with Wayne O’Connor. This talented artist and storyteller will re-imagine some of our favourite Roald Dahl stories in a fun and energetic workshop. Fantastic Mr Fox masks will be made with the children after the workshop. Please contact Ennistymon Library at 065-7071245 to make a booking for this event.
  • Friday, 24th February 2017
    Movie Screening – “The Ladykillers”
    Killaloe Public Library at 7.30 pm

    The Ladykillers is a 1955 British black comedy film made by Ealing Studios. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick, it stars Katie Johnson, Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Danny Green and Jack Warner.
    (Cert. G). This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.
  • Friday, 17 February 2017
    Computers for Beginners
    Seán Lemass Public Library 10.30am-12.30pm

    Volunteers from Friends Ireland will provide introductory computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone classes in Shannon Library each Friday morning. The classes are free but places are limited. Names can be placed on a waiting list for future classes. A course of classes runs for 4 weeks, contact the library on 061-364266 for further information.
  • Saturday 11th February 2017
    Children’s storytime & mini craft session.
    Kilrush Public Library at 11am

    Theme: Valentine’s Day.
    Listen to two beautiful stories ‘Because I Love You’, by D. Bedford & R. Harry. ‘Kiss it Better’ by S. Prasadam-Halls & S. Massini, followed by a craft session. Refreshments provided.
    Suitable for 3 – 7 year olds. Booking is necessary. Contact (065) 9051504.
  • Thursday 10th - Tuesday 14th February 2016
    Blind Date with a Book
    Various Branch Libraries

    This Valentine’s Day Clare County Library would like to play matchmaker for you and set you up on a blind date…with a book! From February 10th - 14th, during branch opening hours, you are invited to visit any of the eight participating library branches in Ennis, Ennistymon, Kilrush, Kilkee, Killaloe, Miltown Malbay, Scariff and Shannon where there will be a display of books wrapped in plain paper. Simply make your selection and bring it to the checkout desk where you will also receive a sweet treat, custom made by Wilde Irish Chocolates in Tuamgraney, to take home along with your newfound book love. The selected books will include a range of genres and themes but you won’t be able to judge any of them by their cover before you get to know them. Here’s hoping it will be love at first page! Don't worry if not though, there are plenty more books on the shelves! To view opening hours for Clare County Library’s branches visit www.clarelibrary.ie or phone 065-6821616.
  • Friday, 10 February 2017
    Computers for Beginners
    Seán Lemass Public Library 10.30am-12.30pm

    Volunteers from Friends Ireland will provide introductory computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone classes in Shannon Libraryeach Friday morning. The classes are free but places are limited. Names can be placed on a waiting list for future classes. A course of classes runs for 4 weeks, contact the library on 061-364266 for further information.
  • Thursday, 9th February 2017
    Toddler Storytime
    Scariff Public Library, 10.30 - 11.30 a.m
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    Parents/carers and toddlers are invited to Scariff Public Library for storytelling, songs, fun and toys on Thursday 9th February at 10.30a.m. and on every second Thursday thereafter. Tea/Coffee provided. All are welcome. For information please call Scariff Public Library on (061) 922893.
  • Tuesday, 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th February 2017
    Computer Classes
    Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee

    West Clare Family Resource Centre is holding beginner computer classes for ten weeks in Kilkee library. The classes are suitable for older people who wish to learn how to use their computer, laptop or tablet. They will be part of a small learning group. Classes resume on Tuesday 31st January at 2.30pm and will continue each Tuesday until 4th April 2017. Please contact West Clare Family Resource Centre for further details on 065-9052173 or 086-3036500.
  • Friday, 3 February 2017
    Computers for Beginners
    Seán Lemass Public Library 10.30am-12.30pm

    Volunteers from Friends Ireland will provide introductory computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone classes in Shannon Library each Friday morning. The classes are free but places are limited. Names can be placed on a waiting list for future classes. A course of classes runs for 4 weeks, contact the library on 061-364266 for further information.

January 2017

  • Tuesday, 31st January 2017
    Computer Classes
    Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee

    West Clare Family Resource Centre is holding beginner computer classes for ten weeks in Kilkee library. The classes are suitable for older people who wish to learn how to use their computer, laptop or tablet. They will be part of a small learning group. Classes resume on Tuesday 31st January at 2.30pm and will continue each Tuesday until 4th April 2017. Please contact West Clare Family Resource Centre for further details on 065-9052173 or 086-3036500.
  • Saturday 28th January 2017
    Children’s storytime & mini craft session.
    Kilrush Public Library at 11am

    Listen to the beautiful ‘Owl Babies’ and other owl related stories, followed by a craft session.
    Suitable for 3 – 7 year olds.
  • Friday, 27 January 2017
    Computers for Beginners
    Seán Lemass Public Library 10.30am-12.30pm

    Volunteers from Friends Ireland will provide introductory computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone classes in Shannon Library each Friday morning. The classes are free but places are limited. Names can be placed on a waiting list for future classes. A course of classes runs for 4 weeks, contact the library on 061-364266 for further information.
  • Friday 27th January 2017
    Chinese New Year Crafts for Children
    Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Library, Miltown Malbay 3.30 pm – 4.30pm

    To celebrate the beginning of the Chinese New Year children between 5-11 years of age are invited to come along and help library staff make Chinese Lanterns and Dragon Masks for each child to take home.
    This is a free event and all materials will be supplies but numbers are limited so please ring the library at 065-7084822 to secure a place.
  • Wednesday, 25th January 2017
    Computer Classes
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis 10am-12pm

    Volunteers from the Clare branch of Friends Ireland will provide computer classes in Ennis Library each Wednesday morning. Anyone interested in upskilling, learning about mobile devices, social media or what exactly an app is can sign up at the library for these classes. A course of classes runs for 4 weeks & classes are free of charge but places are limited. Names can be placed on a waiting list for future classes. Contact the library on 065-6846353 for further information.
    Friends Ireland is also looking to recruit volunteer tutors for this service. No experience necessary; full training provided; small groups with only 3 learners per tutor. Call 085-7043142 to find out more or visit the Friends Ireland website.
  • Tuesday 24th January 2017
    New Teen Book and Film Club
    Scariff Public Library at 6pm.

    Would you be interested in meeting other teenagers interested in books and film?
    Come along to our first meeting on the 24th to get more infomation on the club.
    Drink and snacks provided.
  • Monday, 23rd January 2017
    Ennis Book Club Festival 2017 Launch
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 6pm

    Mayor of Ennis, Ann Norton will launch the 2017 Ennis Book Club Festival programme in the De Valera Library on Monday, 23rd January at 6pm. The launch will feature a reading by award-winning author Lisa McInerney, and performances by the Clare Youth Theatre and Etain McCooey. This year's Book Club Festival includes a range of national and international contributors such as 2FM presenter Rick O’Shea, the host of Ireland’s largest online book club, poet Paul Durcan and author Rose Tremain. The Festival will also feature the staging of the first Irish Times Book Club in Ennis. There will also be events for children and young adults in conjunction with Clare County Library. For further details on the launch contact De Valera Library on 065-6846353. Further information on the Ennis Book Club Festival is available at www.ennisbookclubfestival.com.
  • Friday, 20th January 2017
    Movie Screening – “O Brother Where Art Thou?”
    Killaloe Public Library at 7.30 pm

    O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 adventure film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson, with John Goodman, Holly Hunter, and Charles Durning in supporting roles. Set in 1937 rural Mississippi during the Great Depression, the film's story is a modern satire loosely based on Homer's epic poem, Odyssey.
    (Cert. 12A). This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.


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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