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Library Events in 2016
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Special Events.

March 2016

  • Tuesday 15 March 2016
    Family History Research Day
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon from 2-6pm

    Eneclann and Findmypast, Genealogy and Family history services, are touring Ireland to help people find their ancestors. What were your family doing in 1916? Join them in the library to help mark the centenary of the Easter Rising and avail of the opportunity of free access to billions of family history records on findmypast.ie and one-to-one genealogy sessions with Eneclann's experts. A great opportunity to do some Family History Research. All are welcome to come along.
  • Tuesday, 8th March 2016
    ‘I Never saw my Mother Walk’, The Role of Women in Ireland’s Revolutionary Period (1916-23) - Public lecture by Dr. Tomás Mac Conmara, an International Women's Day event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 7.00pm

    To mark International Women’s Day, oral historian and author Dr. Tomás Mac Conmara will explore the role played by women in the revolutionary period in Clare, including Cumann na mBan and the experience of female relatives of activists during the period. The lecture will also examine how women have been represented in public and private memory and commemoration. This is a free event and all are welcome.

February 2016

  • Tuesday, 23rd February 2016
    1916 Table Discussion Series - ‘Conversations on the Proclamation of 1916’
    Scariff Public Library at 7.30pm

    A series of table discussions around aspects of 1916 will take place throughout the year in Scariff Public Library. This involves a small group of people getting together to talk, listen and share ideas on subjects of mutual interest in an informal way. Contributors are most welcome as are those who would just like to listen in on what is sure to be an informative and entertaining hour. The first session will take place on Tuesday 23rd February at 7.30pm and will look at the 1916 Proclamation.
  • Friday, 19th February 2016
    Story time and Spring Craft
    Scariff Public Library, Scariff at 3.30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Corofin Public Library

de Valera Public Library, Ennis

Ennistymon Public Library

Kilkee Public Library

Killaloe Public Library

Kilrush Public Library

Lisdoonvarna Public Library

Miltown Malbay Public Library

Newmarket-on-Fergus Public Library

Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon

Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge

Scariff Public Library

Tulla Public Library

 

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