Thursday, 24 July 2014

Over 6,600 links added to library website - from Townlands to Genmaps

There are over 2,200 townlands in County Clare, and we have a webpage devoted to each of them on our website. We have now added three links on each of these townland webpages to the new Clare Genmaps system. The first link brings you the townland on the 1842 Ordnance Survey Map and shows nearby monuments and enclosures; the second shows you the townland on a Bing maps satellite view; and the third link shows the townland on a Bing maps satellite view with the OS Map overlaid on it with nearby monuments highlighted.

As an example, the webpage for Quingardens Townland in the Civil Parish of Quin, now has three extra links to accompany the links to lists of residents of the townland in 1855 and 1901, and photos taken in the townland.

In the third link, by using the overlay slider button you can regulate the opacity of the overlay, or toggle between the two views. See for more information...

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy Slideshow

Miltown Malbay-based piper and photographer Peter Laban has been photographing the Willie Clancy Summer School since the late 1980s. His images of musicians, recitals and concerts are an outstanding documentation of the school’s activities and participants. Peter has now posted a slideshow of photographs from the 2014 school online here. Some more of Peter’s photographs can be viewed here.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Local Art Exhibition in Kilrush Library

There was a large attendance at the opening of the Local Art Exhibition on Thursday 17th July 2014 in Kilrush Public Library. Several paintings were sold on the night. The collection consists of paintings in various media including acrylic, oil and watercolours. In addition, there are beautifully hand painted silk scarves in various colours and designs on display. The exhibition continues until Friday 22nd August. All are welcome.

Summer Art & Craft Programme continues at Kilrush Library

Twenty children attended this weekly session at Kilrush Public Library and decorated a range of cardboard gift boxes, pencil cases and lighthouses using Decopatch. The age range of the children was from 4 to 11 years and everybody participated really well. Booking for these workshops is necessary by calling the library at 065 9051504.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Conor Keane, Ron Kavanagh, Kevin Finnucane and Seanie O'Gorman - Riches Of Clare Concert June 2014

"Riches of Clare lunchtime series concert #8 on June 11, 2014. Musicians from your left are Ron Kavanagh, Kevin Finnucane, Conor Keane, and Seanie O'Gorman." Posted on Youtube on the 11th of June 2014 by Niamhaines.

Noel Hill and Alec Finn on Geantraí, 1997

Noel Hill from County Clare with Alec Finn playing Mountains of Pomeroy, Ladies Pantalettes, and Lucy Campell on TG4's Geantraí in 1997. Posted on Youtube on the 14th of May 2014 by MRBGS57.

Liam O’Brien, Concertina Teacher, Miltown Malbay

"Liam O Brien playing the Clare Concertina in the All About Accordions and Concertina shop in Miltown Malbay, County Clare, during the Willie Clancy Summer School." Posted on Youtube on the 13th of July 2014 by Elizabeth Cahill.

Willie Clancy Summer School 2014 on TG4

""The Willie Clancy Summer School (Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy) is Ireland's largest traditional music summer school held annually since 1973 in memory of the uilleann piper Willie Clancy. During the week, nearly a thousand students from every part of the world attend daily classes taught by experts in Irish music and dance. In addition, a full program of lectures, recitals, dances (céilithe) and exhibitions are run by the summer school. All events happen in the town of Miltown Malbay in County Clare, on the west coast of Ireland, during the week beginning with the first Saturday of July. The weekly registration includes six classes, all lectures and recitals (except the Saturday concert) and reduced price admission to céilithe. Lectures, recitals, concert and céilithe are open to the public." Posted on Toutube on the 13th of July 2014 by TG COA.

West Clare by Alan Magner

"West Clare, includes footage of the Cliffs of Moher, Bridges of Ross, Kilrush, Loop Head, Cappa, Lahinch. Video by Alan Magner Photography.(c) Alan Magner Photography." Posted on Youtube on the 30th of June 2014 by Alan Magner Photography.

Cahercommaun Triple Ring Fort - aerial footage

"Cahercommaun fort is actually 1200 years old, and was inhabited by about 40 high ranking chieftains and families. It's an amazing place, only 15 minutes walk from the car park. The nearest town is Carron, County Clare. We were there by 4am to get the lovely dawn light, what a great way to spend an early morning. Drone pilot/aerial video: Matthew Kelly. Ground camera/editing/music: Quentin Cooper." Posted on Youtube on the 14th of July 2014 by Drone Ireland.