Thursday, 24 April 2014

University of Limerick Local History MA

In the Local History MA (2 year part time programme), students are introduced to key sources and approaches that can be applied and used for a local history of any place and the central themes are people, time and space.

The modules start in week one of the autumn semester in September 2014 and the classes are between 6.30 and 9.30 on Wed evenings - there are three modules in semester one from weeks 1-4, 5-8, 9 to 12. The second year of the programme is devoted to the dissertation when the student works with the supervisor and attends three workshops in each semester when the class and all supervisors meet.

The programme is part time so the fee is €2,800 for each of the two years. The fee can be paid in instalments, there is also some tax relief available on it (information available on the Revenue Commissioners website: and the Dept of History, UL, can provide some assistance. See for more information.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Mood-boosting books

If you are feeling stressed, depressed or just want a bit of a pick-me-up, boost your mood with an uplifting read. Reading has been shown to help to reduce stress levels and the UK Reading Agency has asked readers to recommend books which gave them a lift. The result is a list of uplifting titles comprising novels, non-fiction and poetry including humorous and reflective writing.

The Mood-boosting books list and a copy of each of the recommended books is available in each branch of Clare County Library. The titles on the list are:

Bee Journal by Sean Borodale
Dart by Alice Oswald
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
Staying Alive: real poems for unreal times edited by Neil Astley
Being Alive: the sequel to Staying alive edited by Neil Astley
Being Human: the companion anthology to Staying alive and Being alive edited by Neil Astley
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Miss Garnet's Angel by Salley Vickers
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr
A Sea Change by Veronica Henry
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend
Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen
The Thread by Victoria Hislop
Thursdays in the Park by Hilary Boyd
Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro
Turned out Nice Again by Richard Mabey
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Various Pets Alive and Dead by Marina Lewycka

Further lists of mood-boosting books are available on

Easter Crafts at Ennistymon Public Library

An Easter craft session was facilitated by staff member Caitriona Lucas on Wednesday 16th April at Ennistymon Library. Caitriona inspired a group of very happy children on their holidays from school to produce a selection of decorations including mobiles, Easter bunnies, chicks and eggs to brighten up the newly enhanced children’s space at the branch.

The Books That Define Ireland

A new book entitled The Books That Define Ireland, by academics Tom Garvin and Bryan Fanning is bound to provoke much discussion and debate. The authors look at the key books that capture the development of Irish social and political thought from the 17th Century to the present day. Ranging from history and social issues to the fictional worlds of Flann O’Brien and Edna O’Brien, the authors believe that these books have had "a transformative effect on the course of Irish history and society". The twenty-nine chapters each deal with one or two books in detail while mentioning other works that address the same issue and in all, over 50 books scattered over three centuries are touched on or discussed at length. To see the list see

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Edel Fox - TG4 Young Musician of the Year 2004

In 2004, Edel Fox, from Miltown Malbay, County Clare, was awarded the TG4 Gradam Ceoltóir Óg na Bliana (Young Musician of the Year). "Gradam Ceoil TG4 presents the Young Musician's award to instrumentalists from all parts of Ireland who are just a small example of the thousands of young men and women who are the future of Irish music." Posted on Youtube on the 7th of April 2014 by TG4.

Kieran Hanrahan and The Banjo Heads

County Clare's Kieran Hanrahan playing with The Banjo Heads in the Grand Hall Rathmines, Dublin. Posted on Youtube on the 15th of October 2013 by Jamaicankiwis.

New Song For The Morning - Los Paddys de Las Pampas in Ennistymon

Los Paddys de Las Pampas play "New Song For The Morning" in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, County Clare. Posted on Youtube on the 20th of January 2014 by Paddy Mulcahy.

Siúil, A Rúin - Peneleapaí & Kieran Glas, Killaloe

Peneleapaí and Kieran Glas play Siúil, A Rúin at the Ponte Vecchio restaurant in Killaloe. A "Sunday living room concert", 9th February 2014. Posted on Youtube on the 15th of February 2014 by peneleapai.

Irish-American Wedding, Newmarket-on-Fergus, 1954

A Pathé News film of the wedding in Newmarket-on-Fergus, County Clare, of Deirdre O'Brien, daughter of Lord and Lady Inchiquin of Dromoland Castle, and Dr Horace Beecher Chapin of New York. Posted on Youtube on the 13th of April 2014 by British Pathé.

Michael Tierney of Ennis, July 1989

"This is a brief and rare video clip of the late Michael Tierney taken in 1989 in the town of Ennis, County Clare. He was one of the town's funniest and greatest characters. He was honest,loving, kind and totally true to himself and everyone around him. He was much loved when he was alive and delivering his newspapers and he is still loved and fondly remembered today. He was one of a kind and one of the last true personalities of his generation." Posted on Youtube on the 29th of September 2010 by bernard dilger.

See also "I Could Have Danced All Night, an RTE radio documentary [by Brian O'Connell] about the life of Michael Tierney, a man described as one of the last great characters of County Clare."