Thursday, 26 November 2015

The Brock McGuire Band performs a mashup on WDVX's Blue Plate Special

County Clare's Brock McGuire Band performs a mashup of the slide "Chase Me, Charlie," old time American pieces "Poor Old Liza Jane" and "Dance, Boatman, Dance" and the "Miss Monaghan" reel on WDVX's Blue Plate Special. Posted on Youtube on the 20th of September 2011 by Knoxville News Sentinel.

Pat O'Connor & Eoghan O'Sullivan play "Green Grow the Rushes"

"County Clare's Pat O'Connor & Eoghan O'Sullivan playing Green Grow the Rushes (Polka and Fling) at the kitchen table on a sunny afternoon." Posted on Youtube on the 15th of May 2015 by Pat O'Connor & Eoghan O'Sullivan.

Sharon Shannon & Alan Connor on The Late Late Show

County Clare's Sharon Shannon with Alan Connor performing on a recent edition of RTE's Late Late Show. Posted on Youtube on the 7th of November 2015 by The Late Late Show.

Caherconnell Stone Fort from the air

"Caherconnell (Irish: Cathair Chonaill, meaning "Conall's stone ringfort") is a medieval, exceptionally well-preserved stone ringfort in The Burren of County Clare, Ireland. It lies about 1 km south of the Poulnabrone dolmen." Posted on Youtube on the 1st of September 2015 bu joeire60.

Cliffs of Moher with Newsocracy

"Viewed from the top or from a boat at the bottom, the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher are spectacular and not to be missed." Posted on Youtube on the 6th of October 2015 by Newsocracy.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Celebration of Creativity in Shannon Library

Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon, celebrates creativity for the next few weeks. Colin Thickbroom's Art Exhibition has been in the library throughout the month of November and will be on display until Friday, 27 November. This is followed by an exhibition by the local Shannon Art Group under the guidance of tutor Natalie El Baba. Their art works will be exhibited from Monday 30th November to Friday 4th December. The following week sees the annual Christmas Craft Fair, running from Tuesday 8th December to Sat 12th December inclusive, during library opening hours. This year, exhibitors will range from knitwear to jewellery to food items, with plenty of variety to be had. To mark the launch of the Craft Fair, we will host a talk on Tuesday, 8th December at 6.30pm entitled 'Making Money from Your Craft'. Emer Ferran, Enterprise Manager with the Design and Craft Council of Ireland, will present an essential tool kit of what to know if you are starting a craft enterprise or marketing a craft product. This talk is a must for anyone interested in trying to make money from crafting. The event is free of charge and all are welcome to attend. Finally, our celebration of creativity will close with an Art Exhibition of works from clients of Rehab Care in Shannon - this will run from Monday 14th to Wednesday 16th December.

Image above shows Colin Thickbroom at work in the library.

Dympna O’Sullivan RIP

Sadly, Lissycasey-born concertina player Dympna O'Sullivan passed away this week. Dympna showed musical talent from an early age and her style of playing was fluid and relaxed. She was a regular performer at the Willie Clancy Summer School and also composed and taught music. Dympna released two CDs – Bean Cairdín (2007) and Enriched : Saibhriú (2014) and has accompanied other musicians on recordings. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Here are some clips featuring Dympna’s playing:

Dympna O'Sullivan and Danny O'Mahony playing during Feakle Festival 2011. Posted on Youtube on the 8th of August 2011 by scrapbooktraveler.

Dympna O'Sullivan and Willie Kelly playing two reels, Cormac O'Lunny's and Chris Droney's, at Catskills Irish Arts Week, July 2012. Posted on Youtube on the 22nd of November 2015 by garyamartin.

Photo above shows Tom Carey & Dympna O’Sullivan at the launch of her CD Bean Cairdín. © Peter Laban

Photo below shows Dympna in Crotty's Bar, Kilrush c.1997. © Peter Laban

More photos of Dympna in the Laban Traditional Music Collection...

Friday, 20 November 2015

Two Irish authors shortlisted for Costa Book Awards

Two Irish authors have been shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Book Awards. Anne Enright is shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Novel Award for her book The Green Road. Sara Baume makes the shortlist for the 2015 Costa First Novel Award for her debut book Spill Simmer Falter Wither.

There are three other categories of awards – the Costa Biography Award, the Costa Poetry Award and the Costa Children’s Award.

Winners in the five categories, who each receive £5,000, will be announced on January 4th, 2016. The overall winner of the 2015 Costa Book of the Year will receive £30,000 and will be selected and announced on January 26th. Last year’s winner was H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.

For the full shortlist see

New ebooks added to stock

New ebooks just added to stock include Until Victory Always, Jim McGuinness's unforgettable and highly personal account of his years at the helm of the Donegal football team and Lonely Planet: Best in Travel 2016. For children there is David Walliams’ hilarious Grandpa’s Great Escape and Sarah Crossan’s poignant story of conjoined twins entitled One. To see all new ebooks recently added to stock, see

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Science Week celebrations at Clare County Library

Thirty children attended the Trouble with Titanic Show at Kilkee Library on Thursday last from Kilbaha National School and from the neighbouring Scoil Réalt na Mara, Kilkee. The show which came to Clare County Library, compliments of Science Foundation Ireland, was also hosted by Ennis, Shannon and Kilrush libraries. All four audiences simply loved the workshop that was highly informative using a most interactive and interesting approach as to why the ship sank while also explaining several other scientific principles on the science of floating and sinking. Matthew and James, the facilitators, gave a seamless presentation that included lots of information delivered in an informative but fun way and included lots of participation from the children in the audience. The number of intelligent questions that followed each show was testament to the children’s enjoyment and appreciation of the Science Week event. For an added bonus specially branded Science Week rulers and pencils were gifted to each child who attended. Clare County Library wishes to thank Science Foundation Ireland for another excellent workshop this year.