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May 2019
Month of May
Stella Maris Artwork Display: A View from a Window - a Bealtaine Festival Event
Ennistymon Public Library during opening hours

A selection of acrylic paintings on canvas by senior citizen members of the Stella Maris Day Centre, Lisdoonvarna under the guidance of their tutor Kathy Sambrook.
Currently on Exhibition at Ennistymon Library until June 7th.


Thursday, 2nd May 2019
Movie Screening - 'Movie Memories', a Bealtaine Festival Event
Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge at 6.30pm

'Movie Memories' is a project supported by Creative Ireland, Cork County Council and University College Cork set up to record cinema-going memories of those living in small towns, villages and rural areas of Cork County from the 1940s to the present.
Participants from all parts of rural Cork, answered the call to share their memories resulting in this delightful short documentary. Featuring stories of village halls transformed into picture palaces; school excursions to “holy pictures”; fighting off fleas and amorous suitors in the dark; and falling under the spell of movie stars, the story in 'Movie Memories' is a universal one as it captures the important contribution made by rural cinemas to community life and community spirit.
Directors: Gwenda Young & Dan O'Connell, Ireland, 2018, Cert: PG. Free event and all welcome. Call Sixmilebridge Library on 061 369678 for more information

Thursday, 2nd May 2019
Poetry Ireland Day - Tribal Drumming Workshop. A Creative Ireland Event.
Scariff Public Library at 12pm

For millennia we have been singing, dancing, clapping, drumming and talking to a beat. A mother’s heartbeat may be the first rhythm most of us hear. Its pattern, often described as a short sound (dum) followed by a longer one (di-dum) is also one of the most fundamental and international – the iambic meter. Just like the evolution of our DNA, words and language have cross-pollinated, overlapped and changed. Combining the musicality of words, as well as the music itself, rhythm can also boost language skills. Your rhythm is the ability to synchronize with the pulse of the music.
Classes from Scariff Community College will visit the library on Thursday, 2nd May to celebrate Poetry Day Ireland with a tribal drumming workshop to find their rhythm and synchronize with the pulse of the music. Contact Scariff Public Library on 061 922893 for more information.

Friday, 3rd May 2019
Healthy Babies
Scariff Public Library 10am - 12pm

Clare Family Learning Project invite parents to: Healthy Babies, a free course for parents to attend with babies and toddlers aged 0 - 3 years. Explore a new topic every week in a relaxing space for parents to meet, share ideas and socialise. This week's topic is: FIRST AID TIPS with Nurse Áine. For more information, contact Mary on 065 - 6897645 or Scariff Public Library on 061 - 922893.

Friday, 3rd May 2019
'Irish Songs We Learned at School' with John Spillane - a Bealtaine Festival event in association with Clare Arts Office
Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee, Co. Clare at 5pm

John Spillane's show 'Irish Songs We Learned at School' features a treasure trove of Irish songs that will take you back years. This is a charming show that will stir up the nostalgia of Irish childhood with the added bonus of introducing children to these songs that could sadly be in danger of dying out. Based on John's albums, 'Irish Songs We Learned at School' (the biggest selling album by an Irish artist when it was released in 2008) and 'More Irish Songs We Learned at School', the show includes favourites such as ‘An Poc Ar Buille’, ‘Trasna Na dTonnta’, ‘Buachaill on Eirne’ and ‘Dilin O Deamhas’, and a beautiful version of ‘Oiche Chiuin’ (Silent Night). You’re guaranteed to remember more songs than you think you know!
This is a free event but is ticketed so booking is required.

 

Tuesday 7th May 2019
Creative Writing for Adults
Kilrush Public Library 10.30am – 12.30pm

Facilitated by Breda Shannon.
Creative Writing classes, week 5. The course will help people get started as a creative writer and stay creative in the long term. It provides an introduction to writing technique, story devices and theme finding. It aims to help the writer find their unique voice through fiction or memoir. Places are Free but limited and Booking is required. Contact Kilrush Library on (065) 9051504

Wednesday, 8th May 2019
Bealtaine Movie Screening – “Finding Your Feet”
DeValera Public Library at 11 am

Directed by Richard Loncraine, this 2018 film stars Imelda Staunton, Celie Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley. When ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott discovers that her husband of thirty-five years is having an affair with her best friend she seeks refuge with her estranged, older sister Bif, who lives in an inner city tower-block in North London. As a fish out of water, heartbroken Sandra is confronted by her sister's bohemian and irreverent lifestyle but is eventually persuaded to join Bif's senior citizens community dance class. In this hilarious and heart-warming romantic comedy, the colourful group of defiant and energetic third-agers show Sandra that retirement is in fact only the beginning, and that divorce might just give her a whole new lease of life and love. 111 mins Cert: 12A. This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.

Friday, 10th May 2019
Healthy Babies
Scariff Public Library, 10am - 12pm

Clare Family Learning Project invite parents to: Healthy Babies, a free course for parents to attend with babies and toddlers aged 0 - 3 years. Explore a new topic every week in a relaxing space for parents to meet, share ideas and socialise. This week's topic is: FEEDING BABIES AND CHILDREN with Chef Noelle. For more information, contact Mary on 065 - 6897645 or Scariff Public Library on 061 - 922893.

Friday, 10th May 2019
Bealtaine Movie Screening – “Finding Your Feet”
Killaloe Public Library at 7.30 pm

Directed by Richard Loncraine, this 2018 film stars Imelda Staunton, Celie Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley. When ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott discovers that her husband of thirty-five years is having an affair with her best friend she seeks refuge with her estranged, older sister Bif, who lives in an inner city tower-block in North London. As a fish out of water, heartbroken Sandra is confronted by her sister's bohemian and irreverent lifestyle but is eventually persuaded to join Bif's senior citizens community dance class. In this hilarious and heart-warming romantic comedy, the colourful group of defiant and energetic third-agers show Sandra that retirement is in fact only the beginning, and that divorce might just give her a whole new lease of life and love. 111 mins Cert: 12A. This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.

Saturday, 11th May 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.

Saturday, 11th May 2019
Coder-Dojo Taster Session
Scariff Public Library 11am - 1pm

This coder-dojo taster session is aimed at budding coders aged 8+. Coders will be given a general introduction to Scratch and the basic concepts of what coding is all about.
This is a one off, drop-in session - no booking is required. All coders must be accompanied by an adult. There are limited public computers available so if you have access to a laptop please bring it along. To learn more about what CoderDojo visit www.coderdojo.com. Contact Scariff Public Library on 061 922893 for more information.

13th to 31st May 2019
AFTER - Art Principles: Exhibition by first year students of St. Patrick's Comprehensive.
Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon, during opening hours.

The talented first year art students of St. Patrick’s Comprehensive are holding an exhibition of self portraits based on different artists techniques/principles throughout art history in Shannon Library. Students did a lot of research and preparation before they approached their final piece, getting their work just right so that it gave a true representation of themselves while paying homage to their chosen artist. Free event, all welcome.

 

Tuesday 14th May 2019
Creative Writing for Adults
Kilrush Public Library 10.30am – 12.30pm

Facilitated by Breda Shannon.
Creative Writing classes, week 6. The course will help people get started as a creative writer and stay creative in the long term. It provides an introduction to writing technique, story devices and theme finding. It aims to help the writer find their unique voice through fiction or memoir. Places are Free but limited and Booking is required. Contact Kilrush Library on (065) 9051504

Tuesday, 14th May 2019
Intergenerational Knitting Circle, a Bealtaine Festival Event.Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee at 11.30am
You are invited to join us to share your PURLS of wisdom with the students of Scoil Realt na Mara, Kilkee at Kilkee Library to celebrate the Bealtaine Festival. For further information contact Kilkee Library on 065 9056034

Wednesday, 15th May 2019
Bealtaine Tea Morning
Corofin Public Library at 10.30am

Corofin Library invites you to a Bealtaine Tea morning on Wednesday, 15th May from 10.30am-12noon. Join us at the library for tea, coffee & readings.
For more information contact Corofin Library at 065 6837219

Thursday, 16th May 2019
Movie Screening - 'Finding Your Feet', 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 2017 movie 'Finding Your Feet'. When ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton) discovers that her husband of thirty-five years is having an affair with her best friend she seeks refuge with her estranged, older sister Bif (Celia Imrie), who lives in an inner city tower-block in North London. As a fish out of water, heartbroken Sandra is confronted by her sister's bohemian and irreverent lifestyle but is eventually persuaded to join Bif's senior citizens community dance class.In this hilarious and heart-warming romantic comedy, the colorful group of defiant and energetic third-agers show Sandra that retirement is in fact only the beginning, and that divorce might just give her a whole new lease of life and love. Director: Richard Loncraine; Cert: 12A; Free event.

Thursday, 16th May 2019
Bealtaine Movie Screening – “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”
DeValera Public Library at 11 am

Two glamorous showgirls have everything a girl could want - except engagement rings. In a quest for true love, Lorelei and her gold digger pal Dorothy set sail on a luxury-liner bound for France. But the pair hits rocky waters when a manipulative detective, an over-aged, over sexed millionaire and the entire men's Olympic team try to put an anchor in their marriage-minded mischief!
91 mins Cert: G This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.

Friday, 17th May 2019
Bealtaine Movie Screening – “Finding Your Feet”
Kilrush Public Library at 6pm

Directed by Richard Loncraine, this 2018 film stars Imelda Staunton, Celie Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley. When ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott discovers that her husband of thirty-five years is having an affair with her best friend she seeks refuge with her estranged, older sister Bif, who lives in an inner city tower-block in North London. As a fish out of water, heartbroken Sandra is confronted by her sister's bohemian and irreverent lifestyle but is eventually persuaded to join Bif's senior citizens community dance class. In this hilarious and heart-warming romantic comedy, the colourful group of defiant and energetic third-agers show Sandra that retirement is in fact only the beginning, and that divorce might just give her a whole new lease of life and love. 111 mins Cert: 12A. This is a free event and all are welcome.

Friday, 17th May 2019
Choral Performance, a Bealtaine Festival Event
Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 7pm

The Non Nobis Domine Choir with conductor Clem Garvey will entertain with a varied programme of folk songs, church music and more. Light refreshments available. Free event and all are welcome.

Saturday, 18th May 2019
Storytime & Craft session
Kilrush Public Library at 11am

Listen to 2 beautiful stories, Tom Rabbit by Martin Waddell & Elmer and the Big Bird by David McKee.
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.

Saturday, 18th May 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.

Saturday, 18th May 2019
‘Teddy Bears Picnic’ Storytime & Craft
Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 11.30am

Suitable for 3 to 6 year olds. This event is free and all are welcome. Contact Shannon Library at (061) 364266 for more information

Wednesday, 22nd May 2019
Bealtaine Movie Screening – “Movie Memories”
DeValera Public Library at 11 am

Movie Memories is a project supported by Creative Ireland, Cork County Council and University College Cork set up to record cinema-going memories of those living in small towns, villages and rural areas of Cork County from the 1940s to the present. Participants from all parts of rural Cork, answered the call to share their memories resulting in this delightful short documentary. Featuring stories of village halls transformed into picture palaces; school excursions to “holy pictures”; fighting off fleas and amorous suitors in the dark; and falling under the spell of movie stars, Movie Memories' story is a universal one as it captures the important contribution made by rural cinemas to community life and community spirit
This is a free event and all are welcome. 40 mins Cert: PG Tea/coffee provided.

Wednesday, 22nd May 2019
Make your own Fairy Crown
DeValera Public Library, Ennis at 3.00pm

Make a fairy crown from willow and flowers. Learn to identify wildflowers. Take home some flower seeds to plant. Suitable for 4 to 8 year olds. This event is free and booking is required. Contact DeValera Library at (065) 6846353 for more information.

Thursday, 23rd May 2019
Poetry Workshop. A Creative Ireland Event
DeValera Public Library at 10am

Karen J McDonnell will facilitate a poetry workshop with a 5th class from Clarecastle National School. Karen is a published poet, most recently in Irish Times New Irish Writing, and special Irish editions of The North, and CoastToCoastToCoast. She has won several awards and has been listed in competitions, including 2018’s Anthony Cronin, and Bangor poetry competitions and the 2017 Robert Monteith, Poems for Patience, and Dermot Healy Poetry prizes. She has read at festivals and spoken word venues around Ireland, and on RTÉ’s Sunday Miscellany and the Poetry Programme. Awarded Tyrone Guthrie and Birr writers’ residencies, her debut poetry collection is This Little World (Doire Press).

Saturday 25th May 2019
Children's Film Club: Ferdinand
Kilrush Public Library at 11am

Ferdinand is a 2017 American animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Blue Sky Studios. Based on Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson's children's book The Story of Ferdinand, which follows a gentle bull named Ferdinand who refuses to participate in bullfighting but is forced back into the arena where he faces the world's greatest bullfighter. Free event. All are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, 25th May 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.

Monday, May 27th 2019
Scariff Local History Group presents: The Scariff Martyrs: History and Memory, a talk by Dr. Tomás Mac Conmara, chaired by Jim Collins - A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries Lecture.
Scariff Public Library at 7.30pm.

This months talk will explore the story of the Scariff Martyrs (also known as the four who fell). These four young men were murdered by the British Forces on the bridge of Killaloe on the 16th of November 1920 at the height of the War of Independence. Tomás is exploring this episode in his next book, due for release in late 2020. Those who may have family tradition or folklore associated with this incident are encouraged to attend. Copies of Tomás' most recent book, The Time of the Tans will be available on the night. This is a free event and all are welcome. Contact Scariff Library on 061 922893 for further information.

Tuesday, 28th May 2019
Bealtaine Film Tour - Finding Your Feet
Scariff Public Library at 2.30pm

When ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott discovers that her husband of thirty-five years is having an affair with her best friend she seeks refuge with her estranged, older sister Bif, who lives in an inner city tower-block in North London. As a fish out of water, heartbroken Sandra is confronted by her sister's bohemian and irreverent lifestyle but is eventually persuaded to join Bif's senior citizens community dance class. ?In this hilarious and heart-warming romantic comedy, the colorful group of defiant and energetic third-agers show Sandra that retirement is in fact only the beginning, and that divorce might just give her a whole new lease of life and love.
Tea and coffee provided. Cert 12A. Call Scariff Library on 061 922893 for more information.

Tuesday, 28th May 2019
Storytime with Granny and Grandad
Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 4pm

To celebrate the Bealtaine Festival, Grannies and Grandads are invited to bring their grandchildren along to the library to hear some stories read aloud. All stories feature grandparents and the special relationship they have with their grandchildren. This is a free event and all are welcome. Suitable for children aged 3-6 years and grandparents of all ages! Contact the library at 061 364266 for more details.

Tuesday, 28th May 2019
Film Book Club – ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’
Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 6.00pm

Our May film is ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’ the 2007 biographical drama film directed by Julian Schnabel and written by Ronald Harwood. It is based on Jean-Dominique Bauby's memoir of the same name and depicts Bauby's life after suffering a massive stroke that left him with a condition known as locked-in syndrome.
This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea and coffee provided. Call Shannon Library on 061 364266 for more information. CERT 12