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See also: Clare Arts Office Events


May 2021

Months of May and June 2021
‘How Does Your Garden Grow?’ Photography Competition for Adults.
Online Event

The Grow it Forward Seed packs have been distributed. Now Clare County Library would like you to submit a photography that sums up your vegetable garden and your Grow It Forward Experience. We have some copies of Michael Kelly’s book ‘Grow, Cook Eat’ to give as prizes.
Email your entry to library_mailbox@clarecoco.ie
One entry per adult. Closing date Friday 2nd July 2021.
Winning entries will be posted on Clare County Library social media platforms.


Months of May and June 2021
‘How Does Your Garden Grow?’ Children’s Photography or Artwork Competition
Online Event
Clare County Library is running a competition for all the children who have undertaken a Grow it Forward vegetable growing project!
Please send in a piece of artwork OR a photograph of you Grow it Forward First Time Vegetable Gardener Experience.
Email your entry to library_mailbox@clarecoco.ie
Closing Date: 2nd July 2021
One entry per child.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021
Spring Into Storytime with Clever Little Handies
Online Event at 12.30pm

Public libraries’ annual Spring Into Storytime 2021 programme launched on April 1st and promises to bring the magic of storytime to homes across the country. This year, Spring Into Storytime is moving online and Clare Libraries are organising a series of virtual events and activities, all based around reading and listening to stories, which families can enjoy at home. Following on from a successful term of free parent and baby ISL classes in January, we are delighted to be able to bring you another free term with Clever Little Handies for Spring Into Storytime.
Clever Little Handies teaches ISL to parents with babies from new born up. The classes consist of nursery rhymes, songs and poems with ISL signs that pertain to day-to-day life with a baby. You will learn approximately 100 signs over the 4 week term. Join Claire for this free and fun enjoyable session that will allow you to connect with other parents in your area, learn new ways to develop a love of language and stories with your baby.
To be added to the waiting list for this event phone 065 6899083

Thursday 6th and Friday 7th May 2021
Midwives of the Nation with Carnation Theatre
Online event on Vimeo
Carnation Theatre present a filmed performance of their play following the women of 1916 - the dispatchers, the doctors, the gunrunners, the nurses, the smugglers, the big characters and the not so big characters of the Easter Rising. Written by Joe O'Byrne and Carnation Theatre, the play runs for approx. 1 hr. It can be viewed on Vimeo anytime during the 6 and 7 May, an access password will be provided before the event. This play is part of Clare County Council’s Decade of Centenaries programme and is scheduled as a Bealtaine event. Booking required at: decadeofcentenaries@clarecoco.ie

Monday, 10th May 2021
Managing the perils of the home office, with strategies to prevent and relieve neck, shoulder and back pain. A Healthy Ireland at your Library event.
Online event at 1pm

Join Chartered Physiotherapist Andrew O’Neill, of AON Physiotherapy, for an hour long workshop
to discuss why prolonged sitting causes musculoskeletal pain and how simple movement
assessments and exercises can relieve pain and stiffness. The workshop will conclude with a Q and
A. Free event for people throughout Co Clare aged 18+. Booking is essential. In order to take part,
participants will require remote access to Zoom. Please book your place by emailing
kilrush@clarelibrary.ie or by calling Kilrush Library on 065 9051504 during branch opening hours.


Tuesday 11th May 2021
Reading Paula Meehan with Karen J. McDonnell. A Bealtaine Event.
Online event at 11.30am

Karen will give readings and discuss Paula’s work.
This is a Bealtaine event. Event is online via zoom. To book email clarereads@clarecoco.ie
Event is free and open to all.

Tuesday, 11th May 2021
Shannon Library Bookclub Meeting
Online event at 7pm

The Binding by Bridget Collins is the Shannon Library Bookclub choice for May. Participants will require remote access to Zoom to take part. Copies of the book are available from Shannon Library or an eBook version may be available through the Borrowbox service. For more information and to book your place please contact Shannon Public Library on 061 364266 during branch opening hours or email shannon@clarelibrary.ie

Wednesday, 12th May 2021
Writers Groups Reading. A Bealtaine Event.
Online event at 11am

To celebrate Bealtaine, Shannon Public Library will host an online get together of local creative writers reading their short stories and poetry. To book a place and listen in, please contact Shannon Library on 061 364266 or email shannon@clarelibrary.ie. Remote access to Zoom required.


Wednesday, 12th May 2021
The Writer’s Room – An Invitation to Story – A Creative Ireland event
Online event 11.00am – 12.30pm

These five creative writing workshops, facilitated by author Helen Blackhurst, will explore the writing process – how we sustain ourselves as writers and deepen our writing experience. We will look at key areas of craft for fiction and memoir writing. How do we bring our stories to life? How can our characters breathe on the page? What is it we want to tell? There will be space to examine writing challenges as well as the opportunity to develop new work through a range of creative writing techniques. Open to all writers.
These are free events for people throughout Co. Clare aged 18+. Places are strictly limited so booking is essential. In order to take part, participants will require remote access to Zoom. For more information and to book your place, please contact Scariff Library on 061 922893 during branch opening hours or email scarriff_library@clarecoco.ie

Thursday, 13th May 2021
Holy Wells of Clare. A Bealtaine Event.
Online Event at 8.00pm

Michael Houlihan will show examples & discuss holy wells from County Clare. This is a Bealtaine event. To book your place email clarereads@clarecoco.ie
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Tuesday, 18th May 2021
Five ways to wellbeing during tough times. A Healthy Ireland at your Library event.
Online event 1pm- 3pm

This 2 hour workshop, which will be delivered by Claire Flynn, Development Officer, with Mental Health Ireland, will cover and define the concepts of mental health and wellbeing. It will help to develop your understanding of how you can look after your wellbeing during tough times and how the application of the Five Ways to Wellbeing can become an effective coping strategy. Free event for adults throughout Co Clare, places are limited, booking is essential. In order to take part, participants will require remote access to Zoom. Please book your place by calling Kilrush Library on 065 9051504 during branch opening hours or alternatively by emailing kilrush@clarelibrary.ie


Wednesday, 19th May 2021
The Writer’s Room – An Invitation to Story – A Creative Ireland event
Online event 11.00am – 12.30pm

These five creative writing workshops, facilitated by author Helen Blackhurst, will explore the writing process – how we sustain ourselves as writers and deepen our writing experience. We will look at key areas of craft for fiction and memoir writing. How do we bring our stories to life? How can our characters breathe on the page? What is it we want to tell? There will be space to examine writing challenges as well as the opportunity to develop new work through a range of creative writing techniques. Open to all writers.
These are free events for people throughout Co. Clare aged 18+. Places are strictly limited so booking is essential. In order to take part, participants will require remote access to Zoom. For more information and to book your place, please contact Scariff Library on 061 922893 during branch opening hours or email scarriff_library@clarecoco.ie

Wednesday 19th May 2021
Grow it Forward - Vegetable Growing Workshop
Online Event at 1.30pm

Join gardener Frank Bouchier for an online vegetable growing workshop. This second workshop will deal with potting on and planting out your vegetable seedlings, soil and site preferences, container growing and growing under cover in a polytunnel or glasshouse. Frank will give a practical demonstration on the best practice in planting out your vegetable seedlings and there will be a Q & A at the end of the workshop, where Frank will answer all your queries.
This is a free event, but please note, numbers are limited and booking essential. In order to take part participants will require remote access to Zoom.
Please book your place by calling 065 9056034 or emailing kilkee@clarelibrary.ie

Wednesday, 19th May 2021
Ennistymon Book Club Meeting
Online Event at 7.30pm

This month we will be discussing Matt Haig’s book The Midnight Library.
This is a free online event and new members are welcome but registration in advance is required
To register contact Emer at newmarket@clarelibrary.ie or 061 368411

Thursday, 20th May 2021
Concert for Nursing Homes, Day Care Centres & Active Retirement Groups. A Healthy Ireland at your Library Event.
Online event at 3pm

A partnership between the HSE, Clare Library & Healthy Ireland will deliver an hour long concert to Nursing Homes, Day Care Centres & Active Retirement Groups throughout Co. Clare, with singer Patrick Roche. In order to take part, participants will require remote access to Zoom. Please book your place by emailing kilrush@clarelibrary.ie or by calling Kilrush Library on 065 9051504 during branch opening hours.

Saturday, 22nd May 2021
Spring into Storytime Scariff Library Puffintastic Event
Online Event at 11am

Learn all about the puffin, Ireland’s amazing sea bird. Jamie Durrant, a NPWS ranger, will tell you all about the puffin and what makes them so special. There will be time for questions and interaction. This event will take place over zoom. It is suitable for all the family and an adult must be present with any children. For more information and to register please contact Scariff Library on 061 922893 during branch opening hours or email scarriff_library@clarecoco.ie

Tuesday, 25th May 2021
Book Club Meeting: As If By Magic. A Bealtaine Event.
Online event at 11a.m.

To celebrate Bealtaine, Ireland's celebration of creativity as we age, DeValera library will host a special Book Club meeting. We will be reading Paula Meehan's new poetry book, As If By Magic. Participants will require remote access to Zoom. Places are limited and copies of the book are available to borrow from DeValera. Contact us at 065-6846353 or email devalera@clarelibrary.ie


Wednesday, 26th May 2021
The Writer’s Room – An Invitation to Story – A Creative Ireland event
Online event 11.00am – 12.30pm

These five creative writing workshops, facilitated by author Helen Blackhurst, will explore the writing process – how we sustain ourselves as writers and deepen our writing experience. We will look at key areas of craft for fiction and memoir writing. How do we bring our stories to life? How can our characters breathe on the page? What is it we want to tell? There will be space to examine writing challenges as well as the opportunity to develop new work through a range of creative writing techniques. Open to all writers.
These are free events for people throughout Co. Clare aged 18+. Places are strictly limited so booking is essential. In order to take part, participants will require remote access to Zoom. For more information and to book your place, please contact Scariff Library on 061 922893 during branch opening hours or email scarriff_library@clarecoco.ie

Wednesday, 26th May 2021
Kilrush Library Adult Fiction Book Club meeting
Online event at 5pm

This month, we are reading A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ni Ghriofa. New members are always welcome but places are limited. Participants will require remote access to Zoom to take part. Some copies of the book are available from Kilrush Library. For more information and to book your place, please email kilrush@clarelibrary.ie or call 065 9051504 during branch opening hours.

Thursday, 27th May April 2021
Scariff Library Book Club meeting
Online event at 7pm

We are reading ‘Small Pleasures’ by Clare Chambers. New members are always welcome but places are limited. Participants will require remote access to Zoom to take part. Some copies of the book are available from Scariff Library. For more information and to book your place, please contact Scariff Library on 061 922893 during branch opening hours or email scarriff_library@clarecoco.ie.