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Special Events

June 2019

Tuesday, 4th June 2019
A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries Lecture:
100 Years of Women in Politics & Public Life #Dail100 by Sinéad McCoole
DeValera Public Library, Ennis at 6.30pm

Sinéad works in the Commemorations Unit of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht as a Historian. She is the author of several books on women in Irish history including No Ordinary Women and Easter Widows. She is a member of the Government's Expert Advisory Group on the Decade of Centenaries and was historical advisor to the 2016 National Commemoration Programme. She has curated many exhibitions including the recent Women in Politics and Public Life 1918-2018 which was the centrepiece of the Government's 2018 Centenary programme. Sinéad has also worked in broadcasting and as a script writer.
Free lecture. All are welcome. Contact the library for more information on (065) 6846353.

Saturday, 8th June 2019
Writer's Clinic - The Heart of a Story. A Series of Creative Writing Workshops for Writers facilitated by Helen Blackhurst - A Creative Ireland Event
Scariff Public Library from 11am - 1 pm

These four workshops will explore the internal organs of story-making – creating the emotional landscapes that lift fiction and memoir writing off the page and give a story a life of its own. How do we get stories to live and breathe? How do we find the narrative pulse? There will be space to explore writing challenges and stuck-points, as well as the opportunity to generate new material through a range of creative writing techniques. These are free events and are open to all writers. Places are strictly limited so please call Scariff Public Library on 061 922893 for more information or to book your place.

Tuesday, 11th June 2019
A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries Lecture:
Hidden History - secrets & stories from the War of Independence by Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc
Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 6.30pm

Pádraig will looks at the lesser known stories from the War of Independence, shifting the focus from the stories about de Valera, ambushes and the Black and Tans to unknown stories like the 69 Claremen who joined the Black and Tans, the Clare people who worked as spies for the British, the IRA's practice of "disappearing" some of their victims, sexual violence against women in Clare during the conflict and how these issues can be problematic in modern commemoration.
Free lecture. All are welcome. Contact Shannon library for more information on 061 364266.

Friday, 14 June 2019
A Cruinniú na nÓg event: Writing Home: Children's Poetry from Corca Baiscinn
Kilkee Public Library at 11am

Children explore a sense of place and people through poetry at Kilkee Library. Poet Karen McDonnell worked with the 3rd and 4th class children of Scoil Réalt na Mara in Kilkee in a poetry workshop in early June. Poet Lucinda Jacob will meet with these children in Kilkee Library in preparation for a performance of their work in Cultúrlann Sweeney on Saturday, 15 June. Contact Kilkee Library at (065) 9056034 for further details.

Friday, 14th June 2019
A Cruinniú na nÓg event:
Creativity and Mindulness workshop
Scariff Public Library at 11am

Artist Grace Burton will make affirmation cards with children.
This workshop will give children the opportunity to create their own affirmation cards, using their own drawings, words and embellishments. Affirmation cards help children to develop a healthy relationship to self. Magic words repeated enough gain strength, helping to change thinking patterns from negative to positive and helping to build resilience and self esteem. This is a free event. Suitable for ages 9 -12. Booking is essential. Contact Scariff Library on 061 922893 for more information.

Friday, 14 June 2019
A Cruinniú na nÓg event: Writing Home: Children's Poetry from Corca Baiscinn
Kilrush Public Library at 1pm

Children explore a sense of place and people through poetry at Kilkee Library. Poet Karen McDonnell worked with the 4th class children of St Senan's N.S. in Kilkee in a poetry workshop in early June. Poet Lucinda Jacob will meet with these children in Kilkee Library in preparation for a performance of their work in Cultúrlann Sweeney on Saturday, 15 June. Contact Kilrush Library at (065) 9051504 for further details.


Saturday, 15 June 2019
A Cruinniú na nÓg event: Burren Children's Choir Performance
Ennistymon Public Library from 11am

Burren Children’s Choir will perform songs from around the world in various genres. People are welcome to sign up for membership of the Choir on the day also. Suitable for ages 5-12. Free event and all are welcome to come and listen to this engaging performance. Contact Ennistymon Library at (065) 7071245 for further details.

Saturday, 15 June 2019
A Cruinniú na nÓg event: Mother Earth Wish Tree with Fiona Cartwright
DeValera Public Library, Ennis from 11am-1pm

Artist Fiona Cartright will create a Mother Earth Wish Tree, where children can create labels to write their wishes or questions to Mother Earth in watercolour paints. The children will also have the chance to make a hand-felted offering as a symbol of gratitude to Mother Earth. Suitable for 7-12 year olds. Free event. All are welcome. Contact DeValera Library at 065 6846353 for further details.


Saturday, 15th June 2019
Writer’s Hub - The Heart of a Story, facilitated by writer, Helen Blackhurst - A Creative Ireland event
Scariff Public Library 11am - 1pm

A morning of sharing: to include readings from local writers and those involved in The Heart of a Story fiction and memoir writing workshops. Discussion and debate on writer’s practice and process will be explored in the context of issues and themes that arise during the writing workshops. This is a free event, open to all writers, readers, and lovers of story. For more information please call Scariff Public Library on 061 922893.

Monday, 17th June 2019
Movie Screening for World Refugee Day – "The Kite Runner"
Sweeney Memoiral Library Kilkee at 5pm

The Kite Runner is a 2007 American drama film directed by Marc Forster from a screenplay by David Benioff and based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Khaled Hosseini. It tells the story of Amir, a well-to-do boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul who is tormented by the guilt of abandoning his friend Hassan, the son of his father's Hazara servant. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of the monarchy in Afghanistan through the Soviet military intervention, the mass exodus of Afghan refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the Taliban regime.
Cert 12. This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.

Wednesday, 19th June 2019
Lecture by Dr. Paul O’Brien - The Glynns of Kilrush, Co. Clare 1811 – 1940
Kilrush Public Library at 6.30pm

Author and historian Dr. Paul O’Brien will examine and discuss his book ‘The Glynns of Kilrush, Co. Clare 1811 – 1940: family business & politics’. This book explores the networking strategies of The Glynn family, traces the rapid expansion of their businesses and examines the networks which helped shape Irish society and its economy. This is a Free event & All are welcome.

Thurday, 20th June 2019
Movie Screening for World Refugee Day – "The Good Lie"
DeValera Public Library at 11.00am.

After their village is destroyed and their parents killed by Northern militia, Sudanese orphans Theo, his siblings and other survivors make a difficult journey to a refugee camp in Kenya. Thirteen years later, the group gets the chance to settle in the U.S. They are met in Kansas by Carrie Davis (Reese Witherspoon), who has been charged with finding them jobs. However, seeing how adrift they are in 20th-century America, Carrie endeavours to help them in rebuilding their shattered lives.Cert 12. This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.

Thursday, 20th June 2019
Movie Screening for World Refugee Day – ‘Fire at Sea’
Scariff Public Library at 6.30pm

'Fire at Sea' is a 2016 Italian documentary film directed by Gianfranco Rosi. The film was shot on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa during the European migrant crisis, and sets the migrants' dangerous Mediterranean crossing against a background of the ordinary life of the islanders. Cert 16. This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.

Friday 21st June 2019
Movie Screening for World Refugee Day – "Monsieur Lazhar’.
Kilrush Public Library at 6pm

In Montreal, an elementary school teacher dies suddenly. Having learned of the incident in the newspaper, Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag), a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant, goes to the school to offer his services as a substitute teacher. Quickly hired to replace the deceased, he finds himself in an establishment in crisis, while going through his own personal tragedy. Starring Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nelisse & directed by Philippe Falardeau. Cert 12. Free event. All are welcome.

Friday, 21st June 2019
Movie Screening for World Refugee Day – "The Kite Runner"
Killaloe Public Library at 7.30 pm

The Kite Runner is a 2007 American drama film directed by Marc Forster from a screenplay by David Benioff and based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Khaled Hosseini. It tells the story of Amir, a well-to-do boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul who is tormented by the guilt of abandoning his friend Hassan, the son of his father's Hazara servant. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of the monarchy in Afghanistan through the Soviet military intervention, the mass exodus of Afghan refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the Taliban regime.
Cert 12. This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.

Tuesday, 25th June 2019
Film Club - Quartet
Scariff Public Library at 2.30pm

Beecham House is abuzz. The rumour circling the halls is that the home for retired musicians is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is, it's a star. For Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay), Wilfred Bond (Billy Connolly) and Cecily Robson (Pauline Collins) this sort of talk is par for the course at the gossipy home. But they're in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton (Maggie Smith). Her subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie, who takes the news of her arrival particularly hard. Can the passage of time heal old wounds? And will the famous quartet be able to patch up their differences in time for Beecham House's gala concert? Cert 12A. Tea and coffee provided. Call Scariff Library on 061 922893 for more information.

Tuesday, 25th June 2019
Film Book Club – "The Help"
Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 6.00pm

Our June film is ‘The Help’ the 2011 period drama film written and directed by Tate Taylor and adapted from Kathryn Stockett's 2009 novel of the same name. In 1960s Mississippi, Southern society girl Skeeter (Emma Stone) returns from college with dreams of being a writer. She turns her small town on its ear by choosing to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent white families. Only Aibileen (Viola Davis), the housekeeper of Skeeter's best friend, will talk at first. But as the pair continue the collaboration, more women decide to come forward, and as it turns out, they have quite a lot to say. This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea and coffee provided. Call Shannon Library on 061 364266 for more information. CERT 12

Wednesday 26th June – Wednesday 10th July 2019
‘Reading Your Local Landscape’ exhibition.
Kilrush Public Library

A beautiful display showcasing the learning outcomes of a heritage course delivered in West Clare in association with Clare County Council and the Clare Education and Training Board. The local landscape is explored with details of geology, biodiversity, archaeology & the natural heritage of Kilrush, Kilkee, Querrin, Kilmihil, Cree and the surrounding areas.

Saturday, 29th June 2019
Storytime & Craft session
Kilrush Public Library at 11am

Listen to 2 beautiful stories, When I grow up by Tim Minchin and Trust Me, Mum! by Angela McAllister.
Suitable for 3 to 7 year olds. This event is free but booking is necessary. Contact Kilrush Library on 065 9051504 to book a place.

Wednesday, 26th June 2019
Storytime & Craft Session - A Summer Stars Event
Sixmilebridge Public Library at 3.30pm

Join us for Storytime and a craft session to celebrate Summer Stars in our libraries. Suitable for 4 to 7 year olds
Contact Sixmilebridge library at 061-369678 for further details
This is a free event but booking required