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Library Events in 2013


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Special Events.

December 2013

  • Thursday 19th December 2013
    Felt Christmas Decorations
    Killaloe Public Library 10-12 noon

    Craft sessions for adults with Natalie El-Baba in conjunction with L.C.E.T.B No charge and fun guaranteed! All Welcome!
  • Thursday 19th December 2013
    Christmas Crafts for Adults
    Scariff Public Library, 2 - 4pm

    Create painted glass candle holders and plates in a Christmas craft session with artist Nathalie El Baba in conjunction with East Clare Adult Education. Free of charge and all are welcome. All materials provided.
  • 18th December 2013
    Christmas Storytime and Crafts Session for 3-6 year olds
    Killaloe Public Library

    Killaloe library will be holding a Christmas Storytime and Crafts Session for 3-6 year olds on Wednesday 18th December 3.30 - 4.30pm. Please book a place by phoning the library staff on 061 376062
  • Tuesday 17th December 2013
    Book Launch of 'The Story of Iona'
    Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon, 6.30pm.

    The Launch of Dr. Rosemary Power's latest book, Sites and Spirituality, the Story of Iona will take place in the Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon. This is a companion to her forthcoming book on County Clare's Pilgrim routes. Both books explore the story of Iona. The book will be launched by Patrick Wallace, former Director of the National Museum of Ireland. Music will be provided by Janet Harbison, Director of the Irish Harp Centre, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick. Rosemary is a historian and folklorist attached to NUIG, and was until recently the ecumenical Minister on behalf of the Methodist Church in County Clare.
  • Tuesday 17th December 2013
    Movie Screening ‘The Great Gatsby’ (PG 13)
    Scariff Public Library, 6pm

    All are welcome to the Teen Film Night showing of The Great Gatsby. Free of charge.
  • Thursday 12th December 2013
    Christmas Plate and Candle Holders
    Killaloe Public Library 10-12 noon

    Craft sessions for adults with Natalie El-Baba in conjunction with L.C.E.T.B. No charge and fun guaranteed! All Welcome!
  • Thursday 5th December 2013.
    Civic Reception to present the Liosta na Laochra Awards 2013 and distribute the Shannon Community Grants Scheme
    in Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 7.00pm

    The Liosta na Laochra are being awarded to local people who have achieved national or international recognition during 2013.
    Under the Community Grants Scheme, funding is provided to organizations and voluntary groups within the functional area of Shannon Town Council.
    In particular it is intended at the Civic Reception to award Civic Honors to Clare Civil Defense for its service to Shannon Town especially for its Marshals at the St. Patrick’s Day parade.
    Also EI Electronics, to recognize their 50 years of continuous employment in Shannon, and for their dedicated support to community groups and events.
    Twenty two groups will be awarded Community Grants and thirteen individuals will receive Liosta na Laochra awards.
    The ceremony will be presided over by the Mayor of Shannon, Cllr. Greg Duff.

November 2013

  • 29th November to 6th December
    Annual Christmas Craft Fair
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon
    The Annual Christmas Craft Fair will take place in Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon from Friday 29th November until Friday 6th December. There will be a variety of crafts on display, from knitted items, artwork and jewellery to homemade cakes, sweets and buns. All items for sale are handmade by local craftspeople. Admission is free.
  • Friday 15th November
    Watercolours Christmas Card Workshop, a Library Ireland Week event
    Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon

    Artist, David Gilhooley, will give an art workshop starting at 11.45am on Friday, November 15th in Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon, during which participants will learn the basics of watercolour painting and get the chance to create their own Christmas card. This is a free event to celebrate Library Ireland Week 2013.
  • Wednesday 13th November
    "Reading Pride and Prejudice" Workshop - a Library Ireland Week Event
    Scariff Public Library

    Library Ireland Week celebrates annually the huge contribution of libraries to Irish society. This year it takes place from the 11th-15th November. As part of the celebrations for the week there will be a workshop entitled ‘Reading Pride and Prejudice’ in Scariff Public Library at 10.30am on Wednesday 13th November. Marking 200 years since the publication of Jane Austen's novel this workshop will examine ‘Pride and Prejudice’ along with the recently published novel ‘Longbourn’ by Jo Baker which has been described as an "irresistibly imagined below stairs answer to ‘Pride and Prejudice’, with the servants taking centre stage". The workshop will be given by lecturer and literary reviewer Kate Bateman. For more information contact the library on 061-922893.
  • Tuesday 12th November
    "Reading Pride and Prejudice" Workshop - a Library Ireland Week Event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis

    Library Ireland Week celebrates annually the huge contribution of libraries to Irish society. This year it takes place from the 11th-15th November. As part of the celebrations for the week there will be a workshop entitled “Reading Pride and Prejudice” in the De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 6.30pm on Tuesday 12th November. Marking 200 years since the publication of Jane Austen's novel this workshop will examine ‘Pride and Prejudice’ along with the recently published novel ‘Longbourn’ by Jo Baker which has been described as an "irresistibly imagined below stairs answer to ‘Pride and Prejudice’, with the servants taking centre stage". The workshop will be given by lecturer and literary reviewer Kate Bateman. For more information contact the library on 065-6846353.
  • Monday, 11th November at 10a.m.
    Science Week Roadshow ‘Move it’
    Scariff Public Library

    A fast-moving show for primary school children which will explore the forces that are so important in allowing us to move. Discover how propellers and rocket engines can push us forward, and how friction and air resistance can hold us back. Find out how to inflate marshmallows using the pressure of the air. Travel to a world with little friction on an amazing hovercraft and witness the explosive power of rockets.
  • 5th – 15th November
    Pyrography exhibition by Stephen Smith Danaher
    Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon.

    Stephen, a Shannon native and an art enthusiast, learned pyrography in his woodwork class.
    The art of pyrography, or woodburning, may be suitable as a useful or a decorative project.
    Although is a slow process, it burns different textures onto wood and
    Stephen has created several portraits of friends and well known people and for commissions.
  • 2nd – 12th November
    Historical Photographs of Shannon Airport
    Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon

    Courtesy of Dúchas na Sionna and author Valerie Sweeney.
    The twenty eight A5 photographs documenting the history of Shannon Airport and Foynes, courtesy of Dúchas na Sionna, were originally used in Valerie’s Sweeney’s book, “Shannon Airport : a unique story of survival” published in 2004 and now out of print.
    Accompanying folders include photographs of Flying boats in Foynes, the building of Shannon Airport from bog to concrete,
    the first Duty Free Shop, the hostels, famous people who passed through the airport, Ireland's aviation history and many human interest stories.
    They present a treasure for anyone to ponder, and a memory lane trip for those who experienced Shannon Airport in its early glory days.

October 2013

  • Tuesday, 22nd October
    Sybil Connolly Talk - A decade of decadence, an Ennis Fashion Week event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis

    Ennis Fashion Week 2013 is set to run from October 21-27. This is the seventh year that Ennis, the Boutique Capital of Ireland, will celebrate all things stylish with a programme of events including in-store promotions, workshops, talks and shows. As always, Clare County Library is delighted to show its support for the week. This year there will be a talk by Kathleen O’Sullivan on the internationally renowned female designer Sybil Connolly. This free event will take place at the De Valera Public Library, Ennis, on Tuesday October 22nd at 7.00pm and is a great opportunity to travel back in time to the 1950s, a decade of decadance. This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Tuesday 8th October 2013
    Bluebird Care ‘Safe at Home’ security seminar
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 6pm

    Bluebird Care will present a ‘Safe at Home’ security seminar in the De Valera Public Library on Tuesday 8th October at 6pm. This seminar is one in a nationwide series of security seminars that Bluebird Care has organised in response to a growing fear among older people about security at home. It will be attended by local Community Policing members of An Garda Síochána, security consultants and community representatives. This is a free event and everyone is welcome.
  • Wednesday, 2nd October 2013
    An Introduction to Watercolour Painting with the Guinness Artist, David Gilhooley, a Positive Ageing Week event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 12pm

    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 the De Valera Public Library on Wednesday, 2nd October at 12pm. 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 also 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 065-6846353.
  • 1st - 31st October 2013
    Reminiscence Therapy Visits to celebrate Positive Ageing Week and beyond
    To celebrate Positive Ageing Week, and throughout the month of October, Clare County Library will visit Day Care and Community Centres and Nursing Homes around the county 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 October include Carrigoran Day Centre, Mowlam Healthcare Nursing Home, Kilrush and Kilrush Community Hospital.
  • 1st - 30th October 2013
    Art Exhibition by Colin Thickbroom and friends
    Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon.

    Yorkshire born Colin received his education and training in graphic art when he lived in the UK. Colin claims to have been practicing art and sign writing since 1937 and so is a fine model to mark Positive Aging Week. His retirement to Shannon gave him more time to dedicate to his painting. The exhibition includes over thirty works, mostly oil paintings, a selection of his pottery, plus works by artist friends in Ireland, UK and Canada. Colin has a close interest in Alzheimer’s disease as his wife was a sufferer and he has for a long time been a fundraiser on behalf of the Alzheimer Society. Proceeds from the sales of his paintings will go to the Ennis Branch of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. The opening event in Shannon Library will take place on Tuesday 1st October from 5.00 - 8.00 pm. The exhibition will be officially opened by Mayor of Shannon, Cllr. Greg Duff. The exhibition will continue through the month of October.
  • Tuesday 1st October 2013
    Summer Reading Challenge Certificate Presentation
    Scariff Public Library

    Storyteller Niall de Búrca will be the special guest at the presentation of the library’s Summer Reading Challenge certificates on Tuesday 1st October at 5pm.

September 2013

  • 30th September - 11th October
    Bluebird Care Positive Ageing Photo Exhibition, a Positive Ageing Week event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis

    In association with Bluebird Care, there will be a Positive Ageing Photo Exhibition on display in the De Valera Public Library from Monday 30th September to Friday 11th October. The exhibition showcases older people getting out and enjoying life. Some are still working, while others are continuing to enjoy hobbies and some are captured passing on their skills to another generation. The exhibition has been displayed in art galleries, libraries, nursing homes, schools, town halls and businesses. It is made up of 28 images with 28 separate descriptions. It can be viewed during normal library opening hours so don’t miss your chance to see these inspiring photos.
  • 23rd - 27th September 2013
    Book Displays to mark NALA’s National Adult Literacy Awareness Week
    Various Library Branches

    National Adult Literacy Awareness Week 2013 takes place from 23rd to 27th September. Various branches of Clare County Library, including Ennis, Ennistymon, Kilrush, Scariff and Shannon will have a book display containing relevant material to mark the week. You can view the opening hours for your local branch on our website.
  • Friday 20th September 2013
    The Jaskane Café Trio, a Clare Culture Night event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis, at 6.30pm

    The Jaskane Café Trio, made up of Etain McCooey, Karen Kelly and Jason Noone, will visit the De Valera Public Library to celebrate Clare Culture Night 2013. They will showcase a unique blend of oboe, violin and guitar, while playing an eclectic mix of musical genres and evoking sounds of international café culture. The evening’s show will also feature a special performance by the Akwa Ugo Girls African Dance Group. This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Saturday, 14th September
    Author Visit - Gerard Stembridge
    Kilrush Public Library

    Kilrush Public Library will welcome Irish writer and director, Gerard Stembridge, on Saturday 14th September at 11am when he will visit to do a reading from his latest novel, The Effect of Her followed by a Q&A session. Gerard is the author of three previous novels: Unspoken, Counting Down and According to Luke. He has also written and directed film and television. His credits include About Adam, the screenplay for Ordinary Decent Criminal and he co-wrote Nora (a film about James Joyce and Nora Barnacle). He is the co-creator, with Dermot Morgan, of Scrap Saturday. All are welcome to what promises to be a very enjoyable event. Admission is free. For more information phone the library on 065-9051504.

August 2013

  • Tuesday 27th August 2013
    The Book of Kells’ illuminations: Talk by Dr. Rosemary Power
    in Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge, at 6.00 pm.

    The talk, marking Heritage Week, is based on full-page illuminations
    in the Book of Kells, the great Gospel book made around the years 800 A.D.
    Like icons, these have deep spiritual significance, and can be
    shared by all ages. Rosemary Power is a historian and theologian and an Associate of N.U.I.G., who has written and spoken on the Book of Kells and the early Christian period in Ireland and on Iona. Admission is free
  • Tuesday 27th August 2013
    Summer Teen Movie
    Scariff Public Library, 6pm

    Moonrise Kingdom directed by Wes Anderson. A pair of teenage lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them. Popcorn and drinks provided and free entry. Suitable for 12 year olds and over.
  • Saturday 24th August 2013
    The Jaskane Café Trio, a National Heritage Week event
    Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon, at 11.30am

    The Jaskane Café Trio, made up of Etain McCooey, Karen Kelly and Jason Noone, will visit the the library in Shannon to celebrate National Heritage Week 2013. They will showcase a unique blend of oboe, violin and guitar, while playing an eclectic mix of musical genres and evoking sounds of international café culture. This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Friday 23rd August 2013
    Renewable Energy, a National Heritage Week event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis

    Eddie Connors from Imeco Farm in Clarecastle will visit the De Valera Public Library, Ennis, to give a talk on building your own wind turbine and rainwater harvesting. He will also discuss the pros and cons of other renewables such as hydro, solar pv, solar thermal, biofuels and electric vehicles. This free event will take place on Friday 23rd August at 12pm to mark National Heritage Week. All are welcome. Please phone the library at 065-6846353 for more information.
  • Thursday 22nd August 2013
    The Book of Kells’ illuminations: Talk by Dr. Rosemary Power in Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge, at 6.30pm.
    The talk, marking Heritage Week, is based on full-page illuminations in the Book of Kells, the great Gospel book made around the years 800 A.D. Like icons, these have deep spiritual significance, and can be shared by all ages. Rosemary Power is a historian and theologian and an Associate of N.U.I.G., who has written and spoken on the Book of Kells and the early Christian period in Ireland and on Iona. Admission is free.
  • Thursday 22nd August 2013
    "Starting your Family Tree", a National Heritage Week event
    Ennistymon Public Library

    Gerry Kennedy of the Clare Roots Society will give a talk entitled "Starting your Family Tree" at 2.30pm in Ennistymon Public Library. The talk will outline the basic guidelines, sources of information and the use of the internet in research followed by a Q&A session. This free event marks Heritage Week 2013 and all are welcome.
  • Wednesday 21st August 2013
    "Starting your Family Tree", a National Heritage Week event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis

    Larry Brennan of the Clare Roots Society will give a talk entitled "Starting your Family Tree" at 2.30pm in the De Valera Public Library, Ennis. The talk will outline the basic guidelines, sources of information and the use of the internet in research followed by a Q&A session. This free event marks Heritage Week 2013 and all are welcome.
  • Tuesday 20th August 2013
    ‘Harvest Time’, a National Heritage Week event
    Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Library, Miltown Malbay

    To mark National Heritage Week a range of events all centred around the theme of ‘Harvest Time’ will take place at Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Library Miltown Malbay and the Resource Centre on the Ballard Road. Traditional crafts displays such as spinning, weaving, making corn dollies, cookery involving seaweed etc. will all be demonstrated on the day. Ruth Marshall will be re-launching her book ‘Celebrating Irish Festivals’ and Melanie Lorien will be giving a talk on the harvest. Storytelling for children will also take place. All events are free and will continue throughout the day from 11.00 am to 4 pm. All are welcome. Phone the library at 065-7084822 for more information or call in for a timetable of events. Details can also be found in the National Heritage brochure.
  • Tuesday 20th August 2013
    "Starting your Family Tree", a National Heritage Week event
    Scariff Public Library

    Gerry Kennedy of the Clare Roots Society will give a talk entitled "Starting your Family Tree" at 2.30pm in Scariff Public Library. The talk will outline the basic guidelines, sources of information and the use of the internet in research followed by a Q&A session. This free event marks Heritage Week 2013 and all are welcome.
  • Tuesday 20th August 7.30 pm
    'Green Infrastructures', a National Heritage Week event
    Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon
    with an illustrated Talk entitled: 'Green Infrastructures', Plan for Shannon in Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon Town. The event is presented by Conjella Maguire, Heritage Officer in Clare County Council and supported by Olive Carey and Duchas na Sionna to mark National Heritage Week. The event is free.
  • 17th August - 13th September 2013.
    Knitted Poem display,
    Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon.

    In 2012, the Clare Volunteer Centre ran a poetry competition inviting people to celebrate local communities by writing a poem on the theme 'Together We Can Make a Difference'. The winning poem, 'Our Community' by Ciaran Collins, was chosen from 250 entries and made into Clare's first ever knitted poem. As part of the 'Knitting Our Community Together Project', 100 plus volunteers and 40 groups were given patterns of individual letters, unaware of the significance of each knitted square. 12 volunteers were then recruited to join the finished squares together to form the final art piece. The eight-line poem was first revealed in all its colour and vibrancy on December 5th in Glór to the delight of its volunteer creators to mark the International Day of Volunteering. The work is made up 486 squares, measures 12ft x 9ft, and includes a contribution by a member of Shannon Library staff.
  • Friday 16th August 2013
    Charles Lucas and County Clare
    Ennistymon Public Library at 7.00 pm

    To mark the tercentenary of the birth of Charles Lucas, Ennistymon Public Library will host a talk by Sean J. Murphy entitled ‘Charles Lucas and County Clare’. Sean Murphy is an historian, genealogist and author and has taught Adult Education classes in family history in University College Dublin since 1989. He completed an MA thesis on Charles Lucas's political career in UCD in 1981 and is currently revising an online biography of the Clare-born patriot to mark the 300th anniversary of his birth. Sean, family and friends have holidayed in Clare for many years and he is still picking up details about Lucas's connections with the county. All are welcome and admission is free. In conjunction with the talk, Ennistymon Public Library will host a display on the life and achievements of Charles Lucas during the month of August.
  • 10th August– 30th September 2013
    Adult Education courses Information Display
    Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon.

    Are you seeking something to do for those long winter evenings? Check out Shannon Library for information on the wide variety of Adult Education courses available in Co. Clare and the Mid West Region and elsewhere. Information covers distance learning, attendance learning and online courses. The Information is free and available to take away in brochure or booklet forms.
  • Saturday August 10th 2013
    Ireland Reaching out - Tulla Weekend of The Welcomes
    Tulla Public Library
    Tulla Library will open from 11a.m. to 12.30 p.m. to facilitate people who want to research the Local Studies Section of the Library. There will be old photos of Tulla as well as Griffith Valuations of 1855 , Frost's history and White's history of Clare and many other publications dealing with the history of Tulla and surrounding areas available for people to view.
  • Saturday, 3rd August
    Illustrated Talk on the Folklore, Oral History and Memories of Scariff and East Clare
    Scariff Public Library at 2.30pm

    Tomás Mac Conmara, oral historian and co-ordinator of Cuimhneamh and Chláir, presents an illustrated talk on folklore, oral history and memories gathered over the last four years by Cuimhneamh an Chláir. The talk will include samples of audio and video taken from interviews with some of Scariff’s and East Clare’s oldest citizens, recorded by the volunteer Cuairtoeirí of Cuimhneamh and Chlair. This is one of many events being held as part of the Scariff Harbour Festival.

July 2013

  • 30th July - 2nd August 2013
    Scariff Public Library Children’s Summer Activities 2013
    Inspired by this year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme, ‘Creepy House’, spooky artist led art and craft workshops, scary movies and facepainting are some of the children's activities on offer in Scariff Public Library. Click here for full programme of events
  • Tuesday 30th July 2013
    Teen Film Night
    Scariff Public Library at 6pm

    Escape the rain and come along to Scariff Public Library's first Teen Film Night. The chosen movie is "The Art of Getting By" starring Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts. Ultimate slacker George Zinavoy (Freddie Highmore...) discovers a kindred spirit when he meets beautiful Sally (Emma Roberts) who turns his slacker world upside down. Admission is free. Suitable for age 12 and over.
  • Thursday 25th July – Friday 23rd August 2013
    The Kilrush Art Group Exhibition
    Kilrush Public Library

    The Kilrush Art Group will be exhibiting a large collection of paintings in various media including acrylic, oil and watercolours at the Library over a four week period. This annual exhibition proves very popular every year with both locals and tourists. The Art Group was formed over twenty years ago and today they are still going strong and would like to welcome new people to join them. The group meet at the Community Hall, next to the Kilrush Library, on Friday nights from 6.00pm – 8.00 pm. Further details are available from Pauline Dunleavy at 086 8339347 or from the Anchor Craft shop, Henry Street, Kilrush.
  • Friday 19th July - Friday 2nd August 2013
    Caring for Carers Art and Writing Competition Winners Display
    Kilmihil Public Library

    The theme of this year's competition was 'How we Care' and the winner was 10 year old Noel O'Gorman of Cahermurphy, Kilmihil. His entry and other art and written pieces from the competition will be on public display for two weeks.
  • Saturday 6th July 2013
    Brian Boru Festival Killaloe - Children’s Art Competition
    Killaloe Public Library
    at 11.00am
    Killaloe Library will host a Children’s Art Competition as part of the Brian Boru Festival on Saturday 6th July from 11–11.45am followed by a puppet show, judging and prize giving. This is a free event and all are welcome. For more information contact the library at 061-376062 or visit http://www.feilebrianboru.com/.
  • Tuesday 2nd July 2013
    Information Event for Parents of Teenagers presented by Clare Youth Service
    Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon.
    An information desk will be manned in the Library from 2.00pm until 7.00pm by Clare Youth Service Officer, Patricia Flynn. Parents of teenagers may access information and avail of one to one attention with the Youth Officer on issues such as the transition from Primary to Secondary School, going to College, sexual health, mental health, drugs & alcohol, bullying and much more. It is an opportunity for parents to meet with a Youth Officer in their own locality in the Shannon Library. The Event is Free.
    The Library supports the event with relevant book displays on the theme of Parenting and Teenagers. A follow up will display of information will continue from 2nd until 22nd July.
  • 1st July - 12th July 2012
    Children’s Summer Project
    de Valera Public Library, Ennis

    Programme of events...
  • Month of July 2012
    Children's Summer Acitvities
    Patrick J. Hillery Public Library, Miltown Malbay

    More info...


June 2013

  • Sunday June 30th 2013
    Féile Chnoc Na Gaoithe, Tulla celebrate The Gathering
    Tulla Library will open from 11.30 to 1.00pm to facilitate people who want to research the Local Studies Section of the Library. There will be old photos of Tulla as well as Griffith Valuations, Frost's History and White's History of Clare as well as many pubications dealing with the history of Tulla and the surrounding areasavailable for people to view.
  • Saturday 22nd June 2013
    Welcoming Clare/Claire to Clare, The Gathering 2013 - Claire Kilroy
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis
    On Saturday, 22nd June at 11am Irish author, Claire Kilroy, will host an event at the De Valera Public Library, Ennis, to mark the Gathering event entitled Welcoming Claire to County Clare being held from June 21st – 23rd. Claire will speak about how she got her name as well as doing a reading from her latest book entitled The Devil I Know with a Q&A afterwards. All are welcome to this free event, especially those of you named Clare/Claire/Clair! Contact the library at 065-6846353 or visit www.welcomingclairetoclare.com for more information.
  • Mon 17th - Fri 21st June 2013
    Caring for Carers Art and Writing Competition Winners Display
    DeValera Public Library, Ennis

    The theme of this year's competition was 'How we Care' and the winner was 10 year old Noel O'Gorman of Cahermurphy, Kilmihil. His entry and other art and written pieces from the competition will be on public display for the week.
  • Wednesday 12th June, 6.45-8pm
    Helping Your Child Learn
    Ennistymon Public Library

    Parents of children aged 0-12 are invited to an evening event at the library: Helping Your Child Learn. Tutors from the Clare Family Learning Project will give useful tips on topics such as how to choose books to suit your child’s age, why playing games can help many areas of learning and how to have some fun with numbers. There will also be a showcase of the new website developed by the National Adult Literacy Agency(NALA) to help parents support their children’s education called www.helpmykidlearn.ie. Information packs will be available to take away on the night. For more details phone the library at 065-7071245.
  • Wednesday 12th June, 6.45-8pm
    Helping Your Child Learn
    Killaloe Public Library

    Parents of children aged 0-12 are invited to an evening event at the library: Helping Your Child Learn. Tutors from the Clare Family Learning Project will give useful tips on topics such as how to choose books to suit your child’s age, why playing games can help many areas of learning and how to have some fun with numbers. There will also be a showcase of the new website developed by the National Adult Literacy Agency(NALA) to help parents support their children’s education called www.helpmykidlearn.ie. Information packs will be available to take away on the night. For more details phone the library at 061-376062.
  • Wednesday 12th June, 6.45-8pm
    Helping Your Child Learn
    Kilrush Public Library

    Parents of children aged 0-12 are invited to an evening event at the library: Helping Your Child Learn. Tutors from the Clare Family Learning Project will give useful tips on topics such as how to choose books to suit your child’s age, why playing games can help many areas of learning and how to have some fun with numbers. There will also be a showcase of the new website developed by the National Adult Literacy Agency(NALA) to help parents support their children’s education called www.helpmykidlearn.ie. Information packs will be available to take away on the night. For more details phone the library at 065-9051504.
  • Tuesday 11th June, 6.45-8pm
    Helping Your Child Learn
    De Valera Public Library

    Parents of children aged 0-12 are invited to an evening event at the library: Helping Your Child Learn. Library staff and tutors from the Clare Family Learning Project will give useful tips on topics such as how to choose books to suit your child’s age, why playing games can help many areas of learning and how to have some fun with numbers. There will also be a showcase of the new website developed by the National Adult Literacy Agency(NALA) to help parents support their children’s education called www.helpmykidlearn.ie. Information packs will be available to take away on the night. For more details phone the library at 065-6846353.
  • Tuesday 11th June, 6.45-8pm
    Helping Your Child Learn
    Scariff Public Library

    Parents of children aged 0-12 are invited to an evening event at the library: Helping Your Child Learn. Tutors from the Clare Family Learning Project will give useful tips on topics such as how to choose books to suit your child’s age, why playing games can help many areas of learning and how to have some fun with numbers. There will also be a showcase of the new website developed by the National Adult Literacy Agency(NALA) to help parents support their children’s education called www.helpmykidlearn.ie. Information packs will be available to take away on the night. For more details phone the library at 061-922893.
  • Tuesday 11th June, 6.45-8pm
    Helping Your Child Learn
    Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon

    Parents of children aged 0-12 are invited to an evening event at the library: Helping Your Child Learn. Tutors from the Clare Family Learning Project will give useful tips on topics such as how to choose books to suit your child’s age, why playing games can help many areas of learning and how to have some fun with numbers. There will also be a showcase of the new website developed by the National Adult Literacy Agency(NALA) to help parents support their children’s education called www.helpmykidlearn.ie. Information packs will be available to take away on the night. For more details phone the library at 061-364266.
  • 4th – 8th June 2013
    Fun Art display by the Art Circle at St. Conaire’s N. S.
    Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon.

    Exploratory painting and clay experiments by twenty five children ages 8 to 12 years in Shannon Library.

May 2013

  • Thursday, 30th May 2013
    Movie Screening – The Sapphires (2012)
    Scariff Public Library at 7pm

    Scariff Public Library will take part in the Bealtaine Film Tour with a special screening of the 2012 movie, The Sapphires. Starring Chris O’Dowd and set at the height of the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement and brimming with Motown hits, this portrait of a late 1960s girl group - Australia's answer to The Supremes - is a celebration of great music and triumph in the face of adversity. Based on the hit stage play by Tony Briggs, whose mother and three aunts formed the real-life singing quartet, The Sapphires is an effervescent, irresistible crowd-pleaser, with plenty of sass to go along with its fully earned sentiment. Admission is free and all are welcome. Certificate PG / 103 minutes
  • Tuesday, 28th May 2013
    Movie Screening – The Glen Miller Story (1954)
    Scariff Public Library at 2.30pm

    Scariff Public Library will take part in the Bealtaine Film Tour with a special screening of the 1954 classic movie, The Glen Miller Story. The movie traces Miller's rise from pit-orchestra trombone player to leader of the most successful big band of his era. Given an officer's commission during World War II, Miller helms the swingin'est military band ever heard. June Allyson beams and twinkles as Miller's practical wife Helen. Stewart, looking remarkably like Miller, is disarmingly eccentric. They make an exemplary American couple, finding the road to success lined with nice friends, swirling Variety headlines, and key moments like Glenn saying to wife (long-distance), 'My number's Pennsylvania 6-5000'. Admission is free and all are welcome. Certificate U/ 113 minutes.
  • Tuesday 21st May 2013
    Africa Day Storytime
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis

    On Tuesday 21st May from 10-11am children from the Holy Family National School in Ennis will visit De Valera public library where they will be entertained with an African storytime to mark Africa Day which is officially celebrated annually on 25th May. 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Africa Day.
  • 21st-27th May 2013
    Showcase of African books in various branches of Clare County Library.
    To celebrate Africa Day which takes place on 25th May annually, many branches of Clare County Library will have book displays on books pertaining to Africa and books by African authors. Please visit your local branch for details or phone 065-6821616.
  • Tuesday 21st May 2013 at 8pm
    An introduction to Computers for older people.
    Tulla Public Library

    As part of the celebrations for the Bealtaine Festival 2013 a group of older people will be invited to Tulla Public Library where they will be given an introduction to computers including internet searching. As part of the session staff member, Ann McNamara, will show them how to search the Clare County Library website for family history related material, such as the 1901 Census and Griffith’s Valuation of 1855. For more information contact Tulla library on 065-6835919.
  • 20th – 31st May 2013
    Artwork display by students of St. Patrick’s Comprehensive School,
    Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon.

    The Artwork display will include Still life studies in colour by 1st year students using acrylic paints, and Etchings by the Transition Year students using watercolour medium. The etchings are self narratives set in their local environment. The students’ artwork display has become a popular annual event for the students, their school, family and friends.
  • Thursday 16th May 2013
    Card-making workshop with Mary Reynolds from 2.30 – 4pm.
    Kilrush Public Library.

    All materials supplied. Further details available from Mary at 087 6313844
  • Wednesday, 15th May 2013
    Bealtaine Knitting Celebration
    Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge

    As part of the Bealtaine Festival, Kilfinaghty Public Library will host a 'knitting celebration' on Wednesday, 15th May. A knitting group meets in the library every week and on this special day they will display their work and celebrate it with some light refreshments and chat. All are welcome to come along and join in. For more information contact the library in Sixmilebridge on 061-368411.
  • Wednesday, 15th May 2013
    Reading with Knute Skinner, poet and memoirist at 11am.
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis.

    To celebrate Bealtaine, Knute will read from his books of poetry and memoir. All are welcome to attend.
  • 13th May 2013.
    Sit, knit/crochet.
    Kilrush Public Library

    To celebrate creativity as we age, Kilrush Library has invited members of the Kilrush Knitting/Crochet Club, who meet weekly at the Family Resource Centre, to hold their meeting at the Library from 2.30 – 4pm. All members of the public and people with similar interests will be able to join in with the group. Extra knitting needles, crochet hooks and yarn will be supplied for all newcomers.
  • 1st – 13th May 2013
    Art Exhibition
    Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon.

    Art Exhibition by members of the Art Circle in the Shannon Family Resource Centre. The Exhibition includes drawings and paintings by twelve adults in the SFR celebrating the Bealtaine Festival.
  • 1st - 31st May 2013
    Bealtaine events at Dr. Patrick J. Hillery library, Miltown Malbay.
    To celebrate ‘Bealtaine’ festival a display of crafts will be on show at the library for the month of May, all locally produced. Anyone wishing to leave in items for display are welcome to do so throughout the month. Visits to the library by the Seanoiri Laichtin Naofa group from the Resouce Centre in Miltown Malbay have also been arranged. Bealtaine promotes greater participation of older people in society and the theme for this year’s festival is ‘Grow Happy’.
  • 1st-31st May 2013
    Reminiscence Therapy Visits to celebrate the Bealtaine Festival
    To celebrate the Bealtaine Festival Clare County Library will visit Day Care and Community Centres and Nursing Homes around the county during the month of May with a selection of material from the Local Studies Library, including Clare Champion newspapers from times past, old photographs and books containing local interest material. Extracts will be read and discussed, evoking memories of times past and sparking lively debate on events that took place in the locality years before. This service allows the library to bring part of its valuable collection to people who are often not in a position to visit their local library. Centres scheduled for visits in May include Carrigoran Day Centre, Cahercalla Nursing Home and Mowlam Healthcare Nursing Home, Kilrush.

April 2013

  • 30th April 2013
    Forty Years behind the Lens - A talk by photographer and cameraman Godfrey Graham.
    DeValera Public Library, Ennis

    In ‘Behind the Lens’ Godfrey Graham recalls his childhood in Dublin, his love for photography and film, how we borrowed a camera to film the official opening of Telefís Éireann, and his luck break getting a job with the station at its founding in 1961.He saw at first hand the changes in Ireland, Europe, Africa and America, as well as meeting some of the world’s most famous (and infamous) politicians, authors and entertainers. The lecture promises to be fascinating account of the life, times and memories of a cameraman at home and abroad, as he witnessed the evolutionary changes around the world through the lens of his camera. It features many amusing stories of people he met and worked with such as Patrick Kavanagh, Robert Mitchum, Louis le Brocquey. Along the way he encountered politicians such as Charles Haughey and Nicolae Caeusescu as well as movie stars Lauren Bacall and Siobhán McKenna. A selection of some of his best photographs, which have been acquired by The National Photographic Archive in Dublin, will illustrate the talent of this great cameraman. Some images from the exhibition will be on display in the DeValera Library, Ennis from April 30th – May 3rd and the full exhibition will then transfer to the County Museum from May 7th – 25th as part of the Bealtaine Festival, celebrating Creativity in Older Age.
  • 29 April – 25 May 2013
    Photography Exhibition ‘Re-connect’
    The Gallery @ Scariff Public Library

    Re-connect explores the issue of emigration through photography, an issue so relevant in contemporary Ireland. It follows the lives of the aging Irish community in New York City, bringing alive their intense love and pride for their place of birth. The artist’s objective is to encourage new/renewed connections to be made and re-established from home and abroad. Re-connecting with family and friends, bringing them one-step closer to our doorstep. Free admission.
  • 12th – 26th April 2013
    ‘Book Spine Poetry Contest’
    Scariff Public Library

    Scariff Public Library is holding a book spine poetry contest to celebrate World Book Night. To enter you need to come to Scariff public library, pick out books with titles that will make up your poem, stack the books and take a picture of the final poem from the titles on the spines. Then you can email it to mailbox@clarelibrary.ie or there is a camera available at the library desk to take the picture. Include your name, email address and telephone number and also the poem written out in case it is hard to decipher in the photo. Great prizes for the winning poems! The closing date is 26th April.
  • Tuesday 2nd April 2013
    Poetry Hour 6.30pm - 7.30pm
    Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon.

    Local Shannon poets; Mary E. Fean, Dermot Maguire, Bernadette Sheils,and others gather in Shannon Library to 'Read and Recite' from their own work. Prospective poets welcome!
    Admission Free.


March 2013

  • Friday 21st March 2013
    Music Creation and Production by musician and modern composer Ciaran Collins marking Teen Week in Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon. 10.00 am – 12.00 noon.
    The overview will cover the Creative Process, including style and developing ideas into full tracks, copyrighting, publishing and track harmony. Also, recording rough demos, the online recording process and collaboration, going to studio, music content and the role of the producer and musicians. Admission Free.
  • Wednesday 20th March 2013
    Work Smart project for 2nd level students making 3rd level choices will take place in Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon. 11.00 am – 12.30. Event marks Teen Week and is of interest to Secondary School Students in Senior Cycle. Students are helped to self assess and research their prospective 3rd level course as presented by career consultants. Admission Free.
  • 19th - 26th March 2013
    Exhibition commerating 75 years of Penguin Books in DeValera Public Library, Ennis
    DeValera Public Library is pleased to display the Penguin Books Exhibition of Cover Designs of beloved titles commemorating its seventy fifth anniversary. The selection was published in book form as Penguin 75: Designers, Authors, Commentary in 2010. The exhibition was previously on display for the Ennis Book club Festival. The selection, made by its creative director, Paul Buckley, represents the last decade of Penguin's book cover chosen design process. Produced by Emzin Institute and Penguin Group it was put together for display mostly by Mirko Ilic.
  • Tuesday 19th March 2013 11.30am
    The Importance of our Traditional Buildings, a talk by Architect Dick Cronin in Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon.
    Dick is an experienced architect with Clare County Council and this is another event to mark Teen Week. It will be enjoyed by all adults, especially those with an interest in buildings and our heritage. Admission Free
  • 18th - 28th March 2013
    Green Travel Flag poster display by St. Aidan's National School, Shannon, in Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon.
    The school currently is particating in a poster competition for the 1st year of a 2 year programme for the Green Travel Flag. This environmentally conscious school has already participated in Green Flag Projects and been awarded the Green Flag for Litter, for Energy concervation, and Water concervation. Posters displayed include one winning entry from each class.
  • Friday 15th March at 11.00 am
    Ré O Laighleis will conduct a bilingual creative writing workshop with secondary school students in Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon.
    Established author and raconteur, promoter of the Irish Language,
    his previous creative writing workshops and readings have been particularly popular in the Libraries.
  • Thursday 14 March 2013 at 10am
    Seachtain na Gaeilge
    DeValera Public Library, Ennis
    Storytime session with Clare County Library staff member, Seamus Ryan. Children from Gaelscoil Mhichíl Chiosóg will be entertained by stories read ‘as Gaeilge’.
  • Wednesday 13th March 2013 1.30pm
    The Book of Kells’ illuminations: Talk by Dr. Rosemary Power in
    Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon.

    The second in a series of three talks based on full-page illuminations in the Book of Kells, the great Gospel book made around the years 800 A.D. Like icons, these have deep spiritual significance, and can be shared by all ages. These talks explore three related images and themes. Rosemary Power is a historian and theologian, who has written and spoken on the Book of Kells and the early Christian period in Ireland and on Iona. She is an Associate of N.U.I.G. Admission Free.
  • Wednesday 13th March at 10.15am
    Seachtain na Gaeilge
    Hillery Public Library, Miltown Malbay

    Storytime session at Hillery Public Library, Miltown Malbay with Clare County Library staff member, Seamus Ryan. Children from a local national school will be entertained by stories read ‘as Gaeilge’.
  • Wednesday 13th March 2013 at 11.45am
    Seachtain na Gaeilge
    Ennistymon Public Library

    Storytime session at Ennistymon Public Library with Clare County Library staff member, Seamus Ryan. Children from a local national school will be entertained by stories read ‘as Gaeilge’.
  • Tuesday 12th March 2013 7.00 pm.
    Community Games Awards Presentation in Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon.
    Winners of the Shannon Area Community Games Art and Modeling recent competitions will be presented with their medals. Their winning Art entries displayed in the Library from 12th – 31st March incl.
  • Tuesday 12th March 2013 at 10.15am
    Seachtain na Gaeilge
    Kildysart Public Library

    Storytime session at Kildysart Public Library with Clare County Library staff member, Teresa Carmody-O'Shea. Children from a local national school will be entertained by stories read ‘as Gaeilge’.
  • Tuesday 12th March 2013 at 11.45am
    Seachtain na Gaeilge
    Kilmihil Public Library

    Storytime session at Kilmihil Public Library with Clare County Library staff member, Teresa Carmody-O'Shea. Children from a local national school will be entertained by stories read ‘as Gaeilge’.
  • Friday 8th March at 10.15am
    Seachtain na Gaeilge
    Scariff Public Library

    Storytime session at Scariff Public Library with Clare County Library staff member, Seamus Ryan. Children from a local national school will be entertained by stories read ‘as Gaeilge’.
  • Friday 8th March 2013 at 11.45am
    Seachtain na Gaeilge
    Killaloe Public Library

    Storytime session at Killaloe Public Library with Clare County Library staff member, Seamus Ryan. Children from a local national school will be entertained by stories read ‘as Gaeilge’.
  • Friday 8th March 2013 11.45 am.
    Seachtain na Gaeilge is celebrated with Author Maeve Tynan's visit to Sean Lemass Public Library Shannon.
    She will read from new her dual language picture book, Away with the Fairies, Ar Shiúl leis na Daoine Maithe. In promoting the Irish language, Shannon Library will display a wide selection of Irish language books that are available from its stock for reading or learning, both for adults and children in various formats.
  • Thursday 7th March 2013
    World Book Day is celebrated with a Talk Dr. Rosemary Power on the illuminations in The Book of Kells’, Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 11.30 am
    This is the first of a series of three talks based on full-page illuminations in the Book of Kells, the great Gospel book made around the years 800 A.D. Like icons, these have deep spiritual significance, and can be shared by all ages. These talks explore three related images and themes. Rosemary Power is a historian and theologian, who has written and spoken on the Book of Kells and the early Christian period in Ireland and on Iona. She is an Associate of N.U.I.G. Admission FREE.
  • Thursday 7th March 2013 at 10am
    Seachtain na Gaeilge
    Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee

    Storytime session at Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee with Clare County Library staff member, Teresa Carmody-O'Shea. Children from a local national school will be entertained by stories read ‘as Gaeilge’.
  • Thursday 7th March 2013 at 11.30am
    Seachtain na Gaeilge
    Kilrush Public Library

    Storytime session at Kilrush Public Library with Clare County Library staff member, Teresa Carmody-O'Shea. Children from a local national school will be entertained by stories read ‘as Gaeilge’.
  • Thursday March 7th 2013
    World Book Day celebration at Tulla Library.
    To celebrate World Book Day Children from Tulla Playschool will visit Tulla Library at 9.45 for Storytime with Ann McNamara.
  • Thursday March 7th 2013
    Kilmihil Library celebrates World Book Day
    Alan Shoosmith will faciliatate an Art Workshop for 4th class pupils in Kilmihil N.S. at 1.30pm. The workshop will focus on characters from books that the children enjoy to read from.
  • March 6th -14th 2013
    Exhibition commerating 75 years of Penguin Books in Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon.
    Shannon Library is pleased to display the Penguin Books Exhibition of Cover Designs of beloved titles commemorating its seventy fifth anniversary. The selection was published in book form as Penguin 75: Designers, Authors, Commentary in 2010. The exhibition was previously on display for the Ennis Book club Festival. The selection, made by its creative director,Paul Buckley, represents the last decade of Penguin's book cover chosen design process. Produced by Emzin Institute and Penguin Group it was put together for display mostly by Mirko Ilic, The Exhibition appropriately marks World Book Day on 7th March and will continue in Shannon Library until 14th March.
  • Wednesday 6th March 2013
    World Book Day celebration at Kilrush Library
    To celebrate World Book Day, Kilrush Library will host an Art & Craft workshop by Krystyna Pomeroy, a well known artist who specialises in paper sculpture. Krystyna will work with a group of 25 primary school children and re-create some characters from “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid” book series.
  • Wednesday 6th March at 10am
    Seachtain na Gaeilge
    Tulla Public Library

    Storytime session at Tulla Public Library with Clare County Library staff member, Seamus Ryan. Children from a local national school will be entertained by stories read ‘as Gaeilge’.
  • Wednesday 6th March 2013 at at 11.30am and 1pm
    Seachtain na Gaeilge
    Corofin Public Library

    Storytime session at Corofin Public Library with Clare County Library staff member, Seamus Ryan. Children from a local national school will be entertained by stories read ‘as Gaeilge’.
  • Tuesday 5th March, 2013
    National Tree Week March 3rd – 9th
    West Clare Resource Centre, Miltown Malbay

    To celebrate National Tree Week 5 young native trees have been planted on the green area adjacent to Dr. Patrick J. Hillery library. One of the tree varieties called ‘Malus’ was planted in honour of the library.
  • Friday 1st March 2013 11.00 am – 1.00pm.
    Celebration of Learning marking the Aontas Adult Learning Week with a Presentation of FETAC Certificates in Sean Lemass Public Library Shannon.
    The Presentations are to successful candidates from various courses in FETAC programmes. They include Employability skills based courses, improving career and employment prospects, to developing hobby or interest based courses; digital media, photography, childcare, horticulture, drama, art and crafts. All courses were taken at Community and Adults Education Centre at 4 Bru na Sionna, Shannon.

February 2013

  • 26th February - 12th May 2013
    ‘The Famine in Clare 1845 - 1852’, an Exhibition
    Kilrush Public Library

    Kilrush has been selected as the host location for the 2013 National Famine Commemoration. An exhibition to tie in with this theme called ‘The Famine in Clare 1845- 1852’ will be launched at Kilrush Library on Tuesday 26th February at 6pm and it will remain in the Library over the coming months. This exhibition provides details of Clare’s Poor Law Unions, Relief Works, Evictions, Mortality and Emigration rates, together with listings of names of the deceased from Kilrush and Ennistymon workhouses 1850 - 1851.
  • February 4th - March 2nd, 2013
    'Read Between The Lines' - Photography Exhibition by Gerald Dunne
    Scariff Public Library Exhibtion Space

    Gerald Dunne is a fine art printer and photographer and has been based in Quin, Co. Clare for the last 11 years after moving from South Wales.His black & white work concentrates on shape, tone and texture whilst his colour work is more about the mood and use of the visual clues that colour gives to an image. Most of his inspiration is from nature, usually the smaller details of a scene that allow an impression of a larger whole without visual overload and from a wide variety of both photographers and painters, especially the abstract and modernists.

January 2013

  • 18th - 28th January 2013
    Photographic exhibition
    Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon.

    Pat Ryan and John Mangan are two committed camera carriers. Each present dramatic photographs of landscape and sea scapes. Pat Ryan dwells on the landscape's fluid lines and formations of rugged and rocky mountains, while John Mangan explores the sky's changing morning and evening sun light over the sea. Pat qualified in photography in the USA, and John is chairperson of the Ennis Camera Club.

Ongoing Events

de Valera Public Library, Ennis

Ennistymon Public Library

Kilkee Public Library

Killaloe Public Library

Kilrush 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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