Thursday, 18 September 2014

Yvonne Casey & Eoin O'Neill - Live From The Galway Fringe Festival 2014

County Clare's Yvonne Casey & Eoin O'Neill performing live on the Fringe Festival Mainstage in The Victoria Hotel as part of the Galway Fringe Festival 2014. Posted on Youtube on the 13th of September 2014 by Galway Fringe Festival.

Yvonne Casey, Eoin O'Neill, Willie Cummins and Christy McNamara in Brogan's, Ennis

"Yvonne Casey on fiddle, Eoin O'Neill on bouzouki, Willie Cummins on bodhrán and Christy McNamara on concertina. It gives a person the greatest pleasure to listen to tunes that someone has put their own interpretation on, however it is infinitely more pleasurable when you find someone who puts their soul into their tunes. It gives a depth and a gravitas that holds your attention. In truth it is a reminder that these tunes started somewhere deep in a person. Tunes can also be played with measured or cautious or even clumsy crafting but sometimes a musician can bring you back to the place where the tune was born... Yvonne is one of those people. Accompanied here by the very generous Eoin O'Neill; his backing allows Yvonne’s playing to soar... these few minutes are a treat... Willie's gentle and insightful bodhrán playing shows a deep respect for the tunes. Christy McNamara is seen following along on concertina taking a well earned break for a drink half way through. Every Wednesday in Brogan's in Ennis... no cover charge... sure where would you get it..." Posted on Youtube on the 31st of August 2014 by Alan Hilliard.

Ennis, County Clare, in 1949 (British Pathé)

"Ennis, County Clare, Eire (Republic of Ireland), 1949." Posted on Youtube on the 27th of August 2014 by British Pathé.

Eilish Lund - My First Day in Liscannor National School

"My First Day in Liscannor National School by Eilish Lund (nee McCarthy)." A Cuimhneamh an Chláir, The Clare Oral History & Folklore Group, recording under Childhood & Early Memories. Posted on Youtube on the 25th of August 2014 Cormac McCarthy.

Mountshannon, County Clare, August 2014

Mountshannon, County Clare, August 2014. Posted on Youtube on the 2nd of September 2014 by DROGSGOREVER.

The Mountshannon Oak and The Great Forest of Aughty

"Andrew St.Ledger, of the Woodland League speaking about the Mountshannon Oak, a great oak in East Clare, and reminder to all who see the tree of the magnificence of the Irish ecosystem prior to the industrial landscape of modern Ireland today." Posted on Youtube on the 19th of August 2014 by aodhfinn.

Cycling in Loop Head, County Clare, 2014

"Three mini videos of cycling in Loop Head, West Clare, Ireland, August 2014." Posted on Youtube on the 18th of August 2014 by budgiehater.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Illustrating Tolkien at Ennistymon Library

As part of the Burren Tolkien Festival 2014, Coimicí Gael delivered an hour-long workshop at Ennistymon Public Library where fans of the classics Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit could indulge in drawing elves, orcs, hobbits and other fantastical creatures under the guidance of Aidan Courtney. The founder of Coimicí Gael encouraged the children attending to draw their favourite scenes from Tolkien’s books in a fun-filled workshop delivered as always in his trademark easy and engaging way.

Final event of Summer Activities in Kilrush Library

23 children took part in a designer balloon workshop with Deirdre Carmody in Kilrush Public Library. Each child created three very impressive designs, which included spiders, flowers and swords. This workshop was a great concluding event to a very successful nine week Summer Art and Craft Programme for Primary School children in Kilrush Library.

Storytime with Dogs Trust at Kilrush Library

Seventeen children attended the interactive storytime workshop with Education Officer Dawn at Kilrush Public Library. Children actively participated in discussions about their own dogs. They compiled lists of what dogs need and viewed pictures of some of the dogs that have been re-homed by Dogs Trust. Finally, the children received a certificate, stickers and a Dogs Trust pencil for completing the workshop. The children really enjoyed the workshop and learned a lot about their favourite pets. More information on Dogs Trust Ireland is available on