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Children's Book Festival
will run for the month of October.


October 2021


 

Friday October 1st 2021
Smart phone classes
De Valera Library, Ennis from 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Smart Phone Classes will take place in De Valera Library, Ennis for three weeks. Programme will include a session on Zoom video conferencing and the WhatsApp platform so that participants can learn how to connect with others and how to avail of online classes and activities. The tutor-led classes will be of two hours’ duration . Numbers at the classes are limited due to current restrictions. For more information or to book your place, email devalera@clarelibrary.ie or call (065) 6846353 or (065) 6891317.

Monday, 4th October 2021
Supporting your Dyslexic Child - A Children's Book Festival Event
Online Event 8.00pm to 8.50pm

Wednesday 6 October
Supporting your Dyslexic Child - A Children's Book Festival Event
Online Event 10.00am to 10.50am

Join children's author Caroline Busher for this free online session on creating positive reading environments for children who are dyslexic.
Caroline will offer you practical advice on how to encourage your child to read and write and increase their confidence around books. Suitable for parents and caregivers. Delivered via zoom.

 

Wednesday October 6th 2021
DeValera Library Bookclub
Online Event at 11a.m
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For our October meeting, we are reading As You Were by Elaine Feeney. New members are welcome. Participants will require remote access to Zoom to take part. Copies of the book are available from the DeValera Library. For more information or to book your place, please email: devalera@clarelibrary.ie or call 065-6846353 during library opening hours
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Saturday 16th October - ongoing
Clare County Library History Week
Exhibition: ‘The Banner in Turmoil: County Clare and the War of Independence’
Clare Museum Exhibition

This exhibition covers the War of Independence period in Clare and provides a synopsis of the main events and some of the people involved. The exhibition is also available online on Clare County Library’s Decade of Centenaries page. The exhibition itself will be held in Clare Museum during opening hours, information at claremuseum@clarecoco.ie or 065 6823382.

Saturday 16th October – Tuesday 9th November 2021
Clare County Library History Week
Exhibition: ‘Irrepressible Women of Clare’ by Marie Connole
Clare Museum Exhibition

This art exhibition looks at five women from the revolutionary period in Clare – Peg Barrett, Kathleen Griffin, Kathleen Talty, Beatrice O’Brien and Georgina Frost. The accompanying video will be available on Clare County Library’s Youtube channel. The exhibition itself will be held in Clare Museum during opening hours, information at claremuseum@clarecoco.ie or 065 6823382.

Saturday, 16th October 2021
Clare County Library History Week
Composition: ‘I fought the War – re-voicing Clare Women in the Revolutionary Period 1919-1924’ by Tim Collins
Online at Clare Library's Soundcloud from 12pm

Inspired by the women’s voices of the Cuimhneamh an Chláir archive, Tim Collins has composed an original piece of music with words inspired by those female experiences. Music and monologues by Marie Quigney and Eimear Howley with additional monologue by Edel Vaughan. The piece will be available on Soundcloud on the Clare Library History Week page. Contact decadeofcentenaries@clarecoco.ie for further information.

Saturday 16th October – Friday 22nd October 2021
Clare County Library History Week
Exhibition: ‘Members of the Mid Clare Brigade and Cumann na mBan’
DeValera Public Library, Ennis

The Mid Clare Commemoration Group have loaned this exhibition to the Library for the duration of History Week. An opportunity for the public to look at the male and female membership of the Mid-Clare Brigade. Exhibition accessible during library opening hours. Any queries to DeValera Library at 065 6846353.

 

Monday 18th October
Clare County Library History Week
Online Performance by Mike Hanrahan - Clare: Songs of Independence: The Ballad of the Crimson Warrior
Online at Clare Library's YouTube Channel from 2pm

This is the final instalment of Mike Hanrahan’s project on the Clare Songs of Independence project with Clare County Library. This year, Mike looks back at the revolutionary period with his favourite pieces from the period and a song inspired by Peadar Clancy. Research, writing and performance by Mike Hanrahan. Contact decadeofcentenaries@clarecoco.ie for further information.

 

Monday 18th October
Clare County Library History Week
Lecture by Sinéad McCoole: Mná100 Explore a Century of Change
Online at Clare Library's YouTube Channel from 7pm

Dr Sinéad McCoole is historian with the Commemorations Unit of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Social Media and works on the Decade of Centenaries Programme. She curated the 100 Years of Women in Politics and Public Life exhibition and, in this lecture, will examine the new Mná100 website and related resources. Contact decadeofcentenaries@clarecoco.ie for further information.

 

Tuesday 19th October
Clare County Library History Week
Documentary by Joe Ó Muircheartaigh: Brigades at War
Online at Clare Library's Soundcloud from 2pm

Joe Ó Muircheartaigh was the recipient of a Clare County Council Decade of Centenaries Project Award in 2021. This documentary explores the relationship between the Mid Clare Brigades controlled by the Barrett family and the East Clare Brigade under the Brennan brothers providing an interesting angle on the revolutionary period in Clare. The piece will be available on Soundcloud through the Clare Library History Week page. Contact decadeofcentenaries@clarecoco.ie for further information.

 

Tuesday 19th October
Clare County Library History Week
Lecture by Rita McCarthy: The County Clare Nursery (Mother and Baby Home)
Online at Clare Library's YouTube Channel from 6.30pm

Rita McCarthy looks at the history of the Clare Nursery based in Kilrush from 1922-1932. This online lecture is an accompaniment to the exhibition in Kilrush Library. Contact decadeofcentenaries@clarecoco.ie for further information.

 

Tuesday 19th October
Clare County Library History Week
Joe Kennesally – Child of 1921: stories from the Cuimhneamh an Chláir archive
Live Online Event with Cuimhneamh an Chláir at 7.30pm

Joe Kenneally was born in Kilshanny at the end of the War of Independence in July 1921 and still lives in the house he was born in 100 years ago. His was an ordinary farming life in many ways and was reflective of the lives of many born into the new Irish State. But no lives are really ordinary. Joe has been recorded by three different people for Cuimhneamh an Chláir. The story that emerges is of a man with an intense artistic engagement with the songs and stories carried by generations of his family. These songs and stories link him to a past far back beyond 1921, which he makes real and present for us today in 2021. Join Cuimhneamh an Chláir online by Zoom as we mark 100 years of Joe Kenneally’s ordinary and extraordinary life. Booking required at eventsclarecac@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link.

 

Wednesday 20th October – Tuesday 9th November
Clare County Library History Week
Exhibition: ‘The County Clare Nursery (Mother and Baby Home)
Exhibition at Kilrush Public Library

This exhibition has been compiled by Rita McCarthy and examines the history of the Clare Nursery which existed in Kilrush from 1922-1932. An online version of the exhibition will be added to the Clare Library History Week page. Contact Kilrush Library at (065) 9051504 for information.

 

Wednesday 20th October
Clare County Library History Week
Primary Schools Resource Pack by Brian Spring
The Brave and the Bold: the War of Independence in County Clare
Online at Clare Library's YouTube Channel from 11.30am

Brian Spring is the recipient of a Clare County Council Decade of Centenaries Project Award. He had developed this Primary Schools Resource Pack for use in conjunction with Clare Education Centre. The Pack will include sections on the Causes of the War, Armed Forces, War Women, Travel and Transport, Money, Timeline, Reprisals and Prisoners of War. Contact decadeofcentenaries@clarecoco.ie for further information.

 

Wednesday 20th October
Clare County Library History Week
Artefacts of the Revolutionary Period: Kathleen Griffin Autograph Book
by John Rattigan
Online at Clare Library's YouTube Channel from 2pm

Curator of Clare Museum, John Rattigan, examines some of the artefacts of the period held in the Museum’s collections. Kathleen Griffin from Ennis was 18 years old when she helped in DeValera’s election campaign of 1917 and met some the period’s well-known personalities along the way. Contact decadeofcentenaries@clarecoco.iefor further information.


 

Wednesday 20th October
Clare County Library History Week
Lecture by Joe Power: Clare during the Civil War
Online at Clare Library's YouTube Channel from 7pm

Joe Power is author of both Clare and the War of Independence and Clare and the Civil War among other history titles. In the aftermath of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, Clare started on the path to Civil War and Joe examines the events and repercussions of that divisive period in our county’s history. Contact decadeofcentenaries@clarecoco.ie for further information.

Thursday 21 October
Clare County Library History Week
Artefacts of the Revolutionary Period: Barret Family artefacts by John Rattigan
Online at Clare Library's YouTube Channel from 11.30am

Curator of Clare Museum, John Rattigan, examines some of the artefacts of the period held in the Museum’s collections. The Museum holds a hat belonging to Joe Barrett and some family medals. Contact decadeofcentenaries@clarecoco.ie for further information.

Thursday, 21st October 2021 and every Thursday for the coming 7 weeks.
Irish Sign Language, 8 week basic course: Lesson 1 - A Healthy Ireland at your Library event.
Online event 6pm – 7pm

Irish Sign Language (ISL) is Ireland's third official language and is estimated to be used by as many as 45,000 people on a regular basis. Our 8-week ISL Basic course is taught by fully qualified ISL teachers and will give you a foundation to the language. The lessons will focus on your understanding of ISL as well as your ability to sign basic vocabulary and sentences, and there will be a certificate of attendance issued by the Irish Deaf Society upon successful completion of the course.
Free event for people throughout Co Clare aged 18+. Places are limited, 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.

Thursday 21st October
Clare County Library History Week
Booklet: Art O’Donnell: a Quiet Idealist
Online at Clare Library's YouTube Channel from 6.30pm.

The first publication in Clare County Library’s Clare People of the Revolutionary Period Series. Art O’Donnell was from Tullycrine in West Clare and Commandant of the West Clare Brigade. A small launch of the booklet will take place in Shannon Library but numbers are limited due to Covid restrictions so attendance is by invite only. Contact decadeofcentenaries@clarecoco.ie for further information.


Thursday 21st October 2021
Clare County Library History Week
Lecture by Mary McAuliffe: Republican surveillance of women during the War of Independence: case studies of gendered violence from Co Clare
Online at Clare Library's YouTube Channel from 7pm

Dr. Mary McAuliffe is a historian, lecturer and Director of the Gender Studies Programme at UCD. Her recent publications include a biography of Margaret Skinnider (UCD Press 2020) and she has co-edited ‘Legacies of the Magdalen Laundries: Commemoration, Gender and the Postcolonial Carceral State’ due for publication in late 2021. She examines examples of surveillance of and violence against women in Clare during the revolutionary period. Contact decadeofcentenaries@clarecoco.ie for further information.

Friday, 22nd October 2021
The Story of Clare and its People 1570-2020, a lecture by Dr John Treacy
DeValera Public Library at 11.30am

Dr John Treacy co-authored the title ‘The Story of Clare and its People 1570-2020’ with Dr Matthew Potter. The book traces the history of local government in Co Clare from its formation as a county up to the present day. This event takes place in conjunction with Clare Cultural Companions and forms part of Clare County Council’s Decade of Centenaries programme. Clare Library History Week will run from 16-22 October. Places will be limited and Covid guidelines apply. Please book your place by emailing devalera@clarelibrary.ie or by calling DeValera Library, Ennis on 065 6846353 during branch opening hours.

 

Friday 22nd October 2021
Clare County Library History Week
Artefacts of the Revolutionary Period: John Breen
by John Rattigan
Online at Clare Library's YouTube Channel from 2pm

Curator of Clare Museum, John Rattigan, examines some of the artefacts of the period held in the Museum’s collections. John (Seán) Breen was from Kiltumper in Kilmihil. He was killed in April 1920 during the War of Independence. Contact decadeofcentenaries@clarecoco.ie for further information.

 

Friday 22nd October 2021
Clare County Library History Week
Lecture by Áine Hensey: The Rebel Priests of Mullagh: the roles of Fr. Pat Gaynor and Fr Michael McKenna in the War of Independence
Online at Clare Library's YouTube Channel from 7pm

Dr Áine Hensey examines the two active priests based in Mullagh during the War of Independence. Dr Hensey is an historian of the early Modern period and is a well-known radio broadcaster and producer of Irish music programmes. Contact decadeofcentenaries@clarecoco.ie for further information.


Wednesday 27th October, 2021
Kilrush Library Adult Fiction Bookclub.
In Branch Event 5.30pm – 6.30pm
For our October meeting, we are reading The Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon, which was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2018. Copies of this book are available for collection in Kilrush Library. New members are always welcome. For further information call 065 9051504.

Thursday, 28st October 2021
Irish Sign Language, 8 week basic course: Lesson 2 - A Healthy Ireland at your Library event.
Online event 6pm – 7pm

Irish Sign Language (ISL) is Ireland's third official language and is estimated to be used by as many as 45,000 people on a regular basis. Our 8-week ISL Basic course is taught by fully qualified ISL teachers and will give you a foundation to the language. The lessons will focus on your understanding of ISL as well as your ability to sign basic vocabulary and sentences, and there will be a certificate of attendance issued by the Irish Deaf Society upon successful completion of the course.
Free event for people throughout Co Clare aged 18+. Places are limited, 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.

See Also:
Children's Services for the Children's Book Festival and Summer Projects


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