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December 2017

  • Friday, 15th December 2017
    Movie Screening – “A Man Called Ove”
    Killaloe Public Library at 7.30 pm

    2015 Swedish drama/comedy. Ove (Rolf Lassgård) is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and.visiting his wife's grave, Ove has given up on life. After a boisterous young family moves in next door and accidentally flattens Ove's mailbox, an unlikely friendship forms. (Cert 15).
    This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.
  • Friday, 1st December 2017
    Successful Interview Skills Training with Jennifer Laudat-Smith
    Seán Lemass Public Library from 10.30am - 1pm and 5.00pm - 7.30pm

    Jennifer will provide training on interview skills. These sessions are free of charge, please contact the library desk to pre-book a session. Contact us on 061 364266.

November 2017

  • Wednesday, 29th November2017
    Killaloe Ballina Local History Society
    Killaloe Public Library at 7 pm

    ”Pierhead to Pierhead: Killaloe to Liverpool in the Age of Steam” with speaker Brian J. Goggin. From the late 1820s to the late 1840s, Killaloe was the base for a fleet of steamers and it was an important station on the route from the south west of Ireland to Dublin, Liverpool and London. But the steamers represented just one part of the investment made in the area at the time. This talk will outline the range of investments made in Killaloe and their still-visible legacy.
    This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Tuesday 28th November 2017
    Movie Screening – The Help
    Scariff Public Library @ 2.30pm

    An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s tells the story of black maids working in white Southern homes in Mississippi, resulting in an unlikely friendship that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. (Cert 12) This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided
  • Friday, 24th November 2017
    Movie Screening – “Viceroy’s House”
    Killaloe Public Library at 7.30 pm

    Viceroy's House is a 2017 British-Indian historical drama film about the life inside the Viceroy's House in 1947 during the Partition of India. The film is directed by Gurinder Chadha and stars Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi, and Michael Gambon.
    (Cert 12). This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.
  • Saturday 18th November 2017
    Children’s themed storytime & mini craft session.
    Kilrush Public Library at 11am

    Listen to two stories followed by a craft session. Refreshments provided. Suitable for 3 – 7 year olds. Booking is necessary. Contact (065) 9051504.
  • Tuesday 14th November 2017
    Adult Board Game Night
    Scariff Public Library 6-8pm

    Drop in at the library once a month for our brand new Adult Board Game Night! Bring a friend or join others for a fun night of games. Gamers will host tables where they will demo assorted dice, card, board, tile and miniature wargames. The event is free of charge and tea/coffee will be available.
  • Monday, 13th November 2017
    Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century Ireland, a lecture with Dr. David Fleming
    Scariff Public Library at 7.30pm

    Dr. David Fleming (History Dept., University of Limerick) will give a talk on
    Sexuality in Eighteenth Century Ireland entitled ‘Matchmaking, abductions, patterns, wake games and Merriman: A Hidden Ireland Revealed’ on Monday 13th November at 7.30pm. Free Event.
  • Saturday, 4 November 2017
    Meditation and Relaxation Session
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 10.30am

    Join Rebecca for a relaxing start to the weekend. This session is free and open to all. www.heartfulness.ie
  • Wednesday 1 November - Thursday 30 November 2017
    Colin Thickbroom Art Exhibition
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon

    Local artist, Colin Thickbroom, will display a selection of his artworks in the library during the month of November. Colin will also be demonstrating his art skills in the library occasionally during the month. All are welcome to come along and meet the artist at work. Colin has worked as a craftsman, sign-writer, illustrator and sculptor and lives locally in Shannon
  • Wednesday, 1st November 2017
    Introduction to Animation Workshop
    Scariff Public Library 3 – 5pm

    Children ages 9 – 12 years are invited to an introduction to animation workshop with artist Nathalie El Baba and Emma Samms on Wednesday 1st November at 3pm. Free event, booking required. Tel. Scariff Public Library (061) 922893
  • Wednesday, 1 November 2017
    Halloween Crafts with Siobhán

    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 11.30am

    Join Siobhán for a Halloween-themed craft session in the library. Suitable for 5-8 year olds. Places limited. Booking required at library desk or at 061 364266

October 2017

  • Tuesday, 31st October 2017
    Special FX make-up workshop
    Scariff Public Library at 5.15pm

    Look your most terrifying this Halloween with a special FX make-up workshop with
    artist Nathalie El Baba on Tuesday 31st October at 5.15pm . Free event, booking required. Suitable for ages 9+. Tel. Scariff Public Library (061) 922893
  • Tuesday, 31st October 2017
    Children’s Halloween Storytime & Craft Session.
    Killaloe Public Library at 3.30pm

    A Halloween-themed storytime and craft session for 3-6 year olds. Please contact Killaloe library on 061 376062 to book a place. Free event.
  • Friday, 27th October 2017
    Movie Screening – “Loving”
    Killaloe Public Library at 7.30 pm

    Loving is a 2016 British-American historical drama film which tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga.
    (Cert 12). This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided
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  • Friday 27 October 2017
    Successful Interview Skills Training with Jennifer Laudat-Smith
    Seán Lemass Public Library from 10.30am - 12.30pm and 5.30pm - 7.30pm

    Jennifer will provide training on interview skills. These sessions are free of charge, please contact the library desk to pre-book a session. Contact us on 061 364266.
  • Thurday, 26th October 2017
    Children’s Halloween Storytime & mini craft session.
    Scariff Public Library at 3.30pm

    A Halloween-themed storytime and craft session for 3-7 year olds. Free event.
  • Wednesday, 25th October 2017
    Killaloe Ballina Local History Society
    Killaloe Public Library at 7 pm

    “Phoenix” with speaker, Sandra Lefroy
    Now almost unique, the nineteenth-century “Phoenix” is one of the most important historical boats in Ireland. She has been based in Killaloe for much of her life, mostly in the ownership of the Lefroy family. Sandra Lefroy will tell us something of this wonderful craft, and what it is like to live on board a heritage vessel.
    This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Tuesday 24th October 2017
    Lecture on the History of Irish-Polish Relations
    De Valera Public Library at 6.30pm

    Lecture by Dr. Roisin Healy, NUI Galway, to coincide with the exhibition ‘Friends in Times of Turmoil’ which runs at De Valera Public Library from 11th to 31st October.
    Free event and all welcome.
  • Tuesday, 24th October 2017
    Poetry writing workshop for Adults with Teresa Lund.
    Kilrush Public Library 10.30am – 12.30pm

    This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.
  • Tuesday, 24th October 2017
    Movie Screening - " Pitch Perfect"
    Scariff Public Library at 6pm

    College student Beca (Anna Kendrick) knows she does not want to be part of a clique, but that's exactly where she finds herself after arriving at her new school. Thrust in among mean gals, nice gals and just plain weird gals, Beca finds that the only thing they have in common is how well they sing together. She takes the women of the group out of their comfort zone of traditional arrangements and into a world of amazing harmonic combinations in a fight to the top of college music competitions. (Cert12). This is a free event. Popcorn and drinks provided.
  • Tuesday, 24th October 2017
    Movie Screening - " The End of the Affair" (1955)
    Scariff Public Library at 2.30pm

    From the novel by Graham Greene comes a story of star-crossed lovers whose short affair begins and ends as tumultuously as the war that is its backdrop. Starring Deborah Kerr and John Mills. (Cert PG) This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided
  • Saturday 21st October 2017
    Children’s Halloween storytime & mini craft session.
    Kilrush Public Library at 11am

    Listen to two stories followed by a craft session. Refreshments provided. Suitable for 3 – 7 year olds. Booking is necessary. Contact (065) 9051504.
  • Saturday, 21 October 2017
    Meditation and Relaxation Session
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 10.3
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    Join Rebecca for a relaxing start to the weekend. This session is free and open to all. www.heartfulness.ie
  • Tuesday 17th October 2017
    Adult Board Game Night
    Scariff Public Library 6-8pm

    Drop in at the library once a month for our brand new Adult Board Game Night! Bring a friend or join others for a fun night of games.To launch the initiative several gamers will host tables where they will demo assorted dice, card, board, tile and miniature wargames. The event is free of charge and tea/coffee will be available
  • Tuesday, 17th October 2017
    Poetry writing workshop for Adults with Teresa Lund.
    Kilrush Public Library 10.30am – 12.30pm

    This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.
  • Saturday, 14 October 2017
    Meditation and Relaxation Session
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 10.30am

    Join Rebecca for a relaxing start to the weekend. This session is free and open to all. www.heartfulness.ie
  • 11th October – 31st October 2017
    Exhibition : Friends in Time of Turmoil
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis

    The fascinating life story of Consul Dobrzynski – the first Polish diplomat to Ireland –who involuntarily caused the demotion of President Douglas Hyde as GAA chairman. Dobrzynski became deeply infatuated with Ireland and her people. In total, he spent 34 years in Ireland, of which 25 years were in diplomatic service, making him the longest-serving foreign diplomat in the history of the Irish State. In conjunction with the exhibition, a lecture on the history of Irish-Polish relations will take place on Tuesday 24th October at 6.30pm delivered by Dr Roisin Healy, NUI Galway. The exhibition is presented by the Polish Embassy in Dublin in cooperation with the Clare County Library. It is in English and is admission free.
  • Tuesday, 10th October 2017
    Poetry writing workshop for Adults with Teresa Lund.
    Kilrush Public Library 10.30am – 12.30pm

    This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.
  • Friday, 6 October 2017
    Computers for Beginners
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon 10.30am-12.30pm

    Classes resume with Volunteers from Friends Ireland, www.friendsireland.ie. They will provide introductory computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone classes in Shannon Library each Friday morning. The classes are free, please give your name to library staff if interested. A course of classes runs for 5 weeks, contact the library on 061-364266 for further information.
  • Tuesday, 3rd October 2017
    Poetry writing workshop for Adults with Teresa Lund.
    Kilrush Public Library 10.30am – 12.30pm

    This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.

September 2017

  • Friday, 29th September 2017
    Movie Screening – “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”
    Killaloe Public Library at 7.30 pm

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a 2016 New Zealand adventure comedy-drama film written and directed by Taika Waititi, whose screenplay was based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump. Sam Neill and Julian Dennison play "Uncle" Hector and Ricky Baker, a reluctant father figure and son who become the targets of a manhunt after fleeing into the New Zealand bush. (Cert 12). This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.
  • Wednesday, 27th September 2017
    Chess class for children aged 7 – 12 years
    Kilrush Public Library at 6.30pm

    Stephen Danaher will teach chess to Primary School children at the same time every Wednesday evening until the 15th November. Stephen caters for all levels from beginners to advanced. Classes are Free. Booking is necessary, contact (065) 9051504.
  • Wednesday, 27th August 2017
    Killaloe Ballina Local History Society
    Killaloe Public Library at 7 pm

    Come along to a talk “An Introduction to the Local History of Killaloe and Ballina” with Úna Kierse.
    This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.
  • Tuesday, 26 September 2017
    Positive Ageing Week.
    ‘Painting for Fun’ workshop

    Kilrush Public Library, 10.30am – 12.30pm
    This workshop will be facilitated by staff from the West Clare FRC. This is a Free event and refreshments will be provided. To book a place, please contact Kilrush Library on (065) 9051504.
  • Tuesday, 26th September 2017
    Movie Screening – Hunt for the Wilderpeople
    Scariff Public Library at 6.00pm

    A boy (Julian Dennison) and his foster father (Sam Neill) become the subjects of a manhunt after they get stranded in the New Zealand wilderness.
    (Cert 12) This is a free event and all are welcome. Popcorn and drinks provided.
  • Tuesday, 26th September 2017
    Movie Screening – Funny Girl
    Scariff Public Library at 2.30pm

    In this bittersweet, classic musical drama, the vibrant and beautiful young Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand) starts out as a bit player on the New York City vaudeville stage, but works her way up to stardom on Broadway.
    (Cert PG) This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.
  • Saturday 23rd September 2017
    Poetry Readings cum Open Mic by Poetry Collective members
    Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee at 12.30 pm

    As part of the Che do Bheatha Festival, from 12.30 pm through 2.00 pm there will be Poetry Readings cum Open Mic by Poetry Collective members and others. This event is open to all members of the public.
  • Saturday, 23 September 2017
    Tomás Ashe Commemoration
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 12 noon

    To mark the centenary of the death of Thomas Ashe, there will be a ceremony at the sculpture in front of the library. This will be followed by the display of a relatd exhibition in the library. All are welcome to attend.
  • Friday 22nd of September 2017
    BYOP – ‘bring your own poem’ Open Mic with Clare Poetry Collective
    DeValera Public Library, Enn
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    Clare Poetry Collective will host a BYOP – ‘bring your own poem’ Open Mic @17.00 at the library in Ennis as part of Culture Night on Friday 22nd of September 2017. The event is free and all welcome
  • Friday 22nd September 2017
    Summer Stars Gathering Part 2
    DeValera Public Library, Ennis

    The library will host a gathering for all of the children who completed the summer stars reading programmes. Stories, fun and excitement guaranteed. The event will run from 6.00-7.30 pm for invited children.
  • Thursday 21st September 2017
    Memoir Writing Workshops
    DeValera Public Library, Ennis

    A series of Memoir Writing Workshops as part of the Creative Ireland programme will begin on Thursday 21st of September. The classes will take place from 10.15-12.15 for four weeks. Places are free but booking is essential. For further information and to book contact Cora at DeValera Library on 065-6846353.
  • Tuesday, 19th September 2017
    ”Avast there me hearties!” Pirate-themed Storytime
    Killaloe Public Library at 3.30 pm

    Come along for some pirate stories and craft. Suitable for 3-6 year olds. This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Friday 15th September 2017
    Summer Stars Gathering Part 1
    DeValera Public Library, Ennis

    The library will host a gathering for all of the children who completed the summer stars reading programmes. Stories, fun and excitement guaranteed. The event will run from 6.00-7.30 pm for invited children.

August 2017

  • Wednesday, 30th August 2017
    Film Bookclub
    Ennistymon Public Library

    Like films? Like books? Like talking about films and books?
    Our first Film Bookclub selection will be True Grit. True Grit is an American film written for the screen and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It is the second adaptation of the Charles Portis novel of the same name which was previously filmed in 1969 starring John Wayne and Glen Campbell.
    Pick up the book at the library, then, on Wednesday, 30th August join us for the film screening.
    Great chats, great people and great fun at Ennistymon Library. Contact 7071245 for further information or ask at the library desk.
  • Friday, 25 August 2017
    River Shannon/Fergus Estuary Birds, a National Heritage Week event
    Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon 7pm-8:30pm

    Talk & walk in Shannon on the birds of the River Shannon & River Fergus Estuaries, the most important wetland for overwintering waterbirds in Ireland supporting over 20,000 waterbirds over the winter. Alex Ash, Senior Ornithologist, McCarthy Keville O'Sullivan Ltd., Planning & Environmental Consultants, will talk about the array of wildfowl and waders on the evening and the work being done for one of the largest bird surveys ever undertaken in Ireland on bird usage numbers across the entire Special Protection Area.
    This is a free event to celebrate National Heritage Week 2017 and all are welcome. For further information contact Congella McGuire in Clare County Council at 065-6821616.
  • Friday, 25th August 2017
    Movie Screening – “The Young Offenders”
    Killaloe Public Library at 7.30 pm

    The Young Offenders is a 2016 Irish comedy film written, directed, and co-produced by Peter Foott, and inspired by the true story of Ireland's biggest cocaine seizure in 2007. The film was shot in Cork and along the Wild Atlantic Way. (Cert 15A). This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.
  • Friday, 25th August 2017
    The Fanore School Case - a talk by Joe Queally, a National Heritage Week event.
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 6.30pm

    To celebrate National Heritage Week Joe Queally, native of north Clare and author of The Fanore School Case, will visit the De Valera Public Library in Ennis to give a talk based on his book about "one of the most bizarre episodes in the history of Irish education". As Joe shows in this fascinating book, the conventional account does not tell the full story. Leaning on a wide range of sources, from court records to oral history, Queally reveals many new aspects to the case, the violent means used by his supporters to intimidate the new teachers who succeeded him, and the bitter divisions caused in the community by the results of the affair. This absorbing and exhaustively researched book brings together all the facts of the Fanore School Case. It balances previous accounts with the Catholic Church's version of events, derived from diocesan archives, which were made available for the first time to the author. A short documentary commissioned by RTE on the story will also be shown during the talk. Copies of the book will be on sale after the event. For more visit www.thefanoreschoolcase.ie. This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Friday 25th August 2017
    Tracing Ancient Objects Found in East Clare – a presentation by John Rattigan, a National Heritage Week Event
    Scariff Public Library, 2.30pm

    John Rattigan, curator of Clare County Museum, will give a presentation on some of the items from East Clare in the Museum. He will also bring the catalogue of objects from Clare that are in the National Museum so individuals can find out about archaeological items found in their parish/townland over the last 150 years. Free event in conjunction with CABES. For information and booking please contact Scariff Public Library on 061 922893.
  • Thursday, 24th August 2017
    The Workhouse System in Ireland, a lecture by Steve Dolan. A National Heritage Week Event.
    Scariff Public Library at 12pm
    A special lecture by Steve Dolan of the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna will take place at Scariff Public Library on Thursday, August 24th at 12 noon. The topic of the lecture will be the workhouses system in Ireland, with a specific focus on Scariff, and the afternoon will also see the launch of a free booklet by the Irish Workhouse Centre staff. Free event. All welcome to attend.
  • Wednesday, 23rd August 2017
    Free Dog Safety Workshop (Family Workshop)
    DeValera Public Library, Ennis at 11am.

    Learn how to 'Be Dog Smart' with Aoife from Dogs Trust. Learn what to do if you're frightened of a dog, and how to keep yourself safe around dogs at home and out and about.
    This event is free and all are welcome.
  • Wednesday, 23rd August 2017
    Killaloe Ballina Local History Society
    Killaloe Public Library at 7 pm

    Come along to our infornal first meeting.
    This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided
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  • Tuesday 22nd August , 2017
    Exploring Sunflowers through the medium of arts, crafts and stories.
    Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Library, Miltown Malbay at 12 o clock.

    To finish up our ‘Summer Stars’ activities on a bright note, local artist Nora Connelly and Cora O’Grady will hold a storytime, arts and crafts session based on the popular children’s book ‘Camille and the Sunflowers’-a story about Vincent van Gogh. This workshop is based on Vincent van Gogh’s most popular painting of Sunflowers.
    This is a free event and all children are welcome but please leave your name at library if interested in attending. For further details phone: 065-7084822
  • Tuesday, 22nd August 2017
    Movie Screening – "seven brides for seven brothers"
    Scariff Public Library at 2.30p.m.

    Scariff Library film club will be showing the ever popular seven brides for seven brothers
    This is a free event and all are welcome.
    Tea/coffee and biscuits for all.
  • Tuesday, 22nd August 2017
    The 1917 East Clare By-election, a National Heritage Week event with Kieran Sheedy
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 6pm

    To coincide with Clare County Library's display in Shannon Library based on the 1917 East Clare By-election, and with National Heritage Week, writer Kieran Sheedy will visit the library to give a talk on that topic. On June 7th 1917 Willie Redmond, the Member of Parliament for East Clare, was killed in the battle of the Messines Ridge and a contested election (the first in fifteen years) took place in the following month. The candidates were Patrick Lynch K.C., a native of Ennis (Home Rule Party) and Eamon De Valera (Sinn Fein), the Irish Volunteer Commandant at Boland’s Mills during the 1916 Rising who had been recently released from an English jail. The election campaign and its result became pivotal in the emergence of Sinn Fein as a National party and is equally as significant in Clare political history as the 1828 by-election, won by Daniel O’Connell. Kieran Sheedy held a number of posts in RTE Radio One, including Head of Documentaries, before concentrating on a career in writing. His historical works include Upon the Mercy of Government, The Tellicherry Five, Peerless Tom Malone, The Clare Elections, The Horse in County Clare (2 volumes), The United Irishmen in County Clare and The Clare Anthology (Ed.). This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Tuesday, 22 August 2017
    Meitheal Dúchas.ie/Logainm.ie, a National Heritage Week event with Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, DCU
    Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge, 2:15pm-3pm

    Find out how you can contribute to the preservation of Ireland's cultural heritage when staff from Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, DCU will visit Sixmilebridge Library to provide information sessions on Meitheal Dúchas.ie and Meitheal Logainm.ie.
    Meitheal Dúchas.ie is an opportunity to transcribe folklore material collected by schoolchildren for the National Folklore Collection in the 1930s in Ireland. It is one of the most successful crowdsourcing projects of its kind in the world. Discover more at www.duchas.ie/en/meitheal. Meitheal Logainm.ie encourages the recording and sharing of minor placenames. The public is asked to record minor placenames, such as field names, via a simple online form. Discover more at meitheal.logainm.ie/en.
    The aim of this talk/workshop is to show the public how easy it is to access the information contained in these valuable cultural resources - via PCs in their local library or from the comfort of their own homes. The session also aims to show that these resources are available to everyone - no matter how limited your computer skills may be you can still get involved!
  • Tuesday, 22 August 2017
    Meitheal Dúchas.ie/Logainm.ie, a National Heritage Week event with Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, DCU
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon, 12:15pm-1pm

    Find out how you can contribute to the preservation of Ireland's cultural heritage when staff from Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, DCU will visit Shannon Library to provide information sessions on Meitheal Dúchas.ie and Meitheal Logainm.ie.
    Meitheal Dúchas.ie is an opportunity to transcribe folklore material collected by schoolchildren for the National Folklore Collection in the 1930s in Ireland. It is one of the most successful crowdsourcing projects of its kind in the world. Discover more at www.duchas.ie/en/meitheal. Meitheal Logainm.ie encourages the recording and sharing of minor placenames. The public is asked to record minor placenames, such as field names, via a simple online form. Discover more at meitheal.logainm.ie/en.
    The aim of this talk/workshop is to show the public how easy it is to access the information contained in these valuable cultural resources - via PCs in their local library or from the comfort of their own homes. The session also aims to show that these resources are available to everyone - no matter how limited your computer skills may be you can still get involved!
  • Tuesday, 22 August 2017
    Meitheal Dúchas.ie/Logainm.ie, a National Heritage Week event with Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, DCU
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis, 10:30am-11:20am

    Find out how you can contribute to the preservation of Ireland's cultural heritage when staff from Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, DCU will visit the De Valera Library to provide information sessions on Meitheal Dúchas.ie and Meitheal Logainm.ie.
    Meitheal Dúchas.ie is an opportunity to transcribe folklore material collected by schoolchildren for the National Folklore Collection in the 1930s in Ireland. It is one of the most successful crowdsourcing projects of its kind in the world. Discover more at www.duchas.ie/en/meitheal. Meitheal Logainm.ie encourages the recording and sharing of minor placenames. The public is asked to record minor placenames, such as field names, via a simple online form. Discover more at meitheal.logainm.ie/en.
    The aim of this talk/workshop is to show the public how easy it is to access the information contained in these valuable cultural resources - via PCs in their local library or from the comfort of their own homes. The session also aims to show that these resources are available to everyone - no matter how limited your computer skills may be you can still get involved!
  • Thursday 17th August 2017
    Sean n-ós workshops with Seán Ó Flanagáin
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis

    Seán Ó Flanagáin will host sean n-ós workshops at the Library in Ennis as part of the programme for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann which takes place from Sunday 13th - Monday 21st August 2017. The workshops will take place on Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th August from 10.30am-12pm. Workshops are free and all are welcome.
  • Wednesday 16th August 2017
    Sean n-ós workshops with Seán Ó Flanagáin
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis

    Seán Ó Flanagáin will host sean n-ós workshops at the Library in Ennis as part of the programme for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann which takes place from Sunday 13th - Monday 21st August 2017. The workshops will take place on Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th August from 10.30am-12pm. Workshops are free and all are welcome.
  • Tuesday 15th August 2017
    Sean n-ós workshops with Seán Ó Flanagáin
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis

    Seán Ó Flanagáin will host sean n-ós workshops at the Library in Ennis as part of the programme for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann which takes place from Sunday 13th - Monday 21st August 2017. The workshops will take place on Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th August from 10.30am-12pm. Workshops are free and all are welcome.
  • Friday 11th August – Wednesday 30th August 2017
    East Clare By-election 1917 – Clare County Library display
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon

    Clare County Library has produced an 8 panel illustrated display to commemorate the East Clare by-election of 1917. With easy-to-read text and contemporary illustrations, this display gives an introduction to the election and its significance locally and nationally. The display can be viewed during library opening hours and will travel to a number of venues in the coming months. Contact your local branch library or visit www.clarelibrary.ie for more information.
  • 10th August to 6th September 2017
    Karl Ove Knausgaard Book Promotion
    Ennistymon Public Library

    Karl Ove Knausgaard, (born December 6, 1968), is a Norwegian writer whose six-volume autobiographical novels proved to be a runaway best seller in Norway and also captivated a large and growing number of English language readers. Some considered him the greatest Norwegian writer since playwright Henrik Ibsen.
    Knausgaard, by his own account, began to be bored by fiction, particularly the presentation of life as a neat package carefully organized. Further, he was haunted by his past and wished to be free of his personal demons. He further determined not only to tell the story of his own life—without hiding behind a character’s persona—but also to examine it in excruciating detail in an attempt “to find meaning in an ordinary life.”
    The full selection of Knausgaard’s “My Struggle” books are currently running as a book promotion in Ennistymon library.
  • Thursday 10th August at 2.30pm
    Art Session with Artist Alan Shoosmith
    Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge
    Free Event. Suitable for Children aged 7 to 12 years old
    For Booking call 061-369678
  • Tuesday, 8th August
    Teen Film Club – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
    Scariff Public Library at 6pm

    Come to the library for a film on the big screen with popcorn and drinks. When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time, he finds Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. But the danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.
  • Saturday, 5th August 2017
    Author Visit with Michael Harding
    Scariff Public Library at 2.30pm

    Novelist and playwright Michael Harding will open this year's Scariff Harbour Festival and appear in Scariff Library on Saturday afternoon 5th August. In addition to Staring at Lakes, Hanging with the Elephant and Talking to Strangers, Michael Harding has written three earlier novels (Priest, The Trouble with Sarah Gullion & Bird in the Snow). Writer of 19 plays, they have been performed at the Abbey and Peacock Theatres and at Dublin Fringe Festival. He played the Bull McCabe in the 50th Anniversary production of John B. Keane’s ‘The Field’ in 2015. He will read from his works and engage with the audience. Free event in conjunction with Scariff Harbour Festival. For information call Scariff Public Library on (061) 922893
  • Friday 4 August 2017
    Film Screening for Kids - 'Home'
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 11am

    Home is a 2015 computer animated film starring the voices of Jim Parsons, Steve Martin, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez. The story takes place on planet Earth where an alien race called the Boov invade the planet. One girl avoids capture and goes on the run with a fugitive Boov called Oh. Films are shown every Friday at 11am in Shannon Library. This is a free event and all are welcome to attend.
  • Thursday, 3rd August 2017
    Free Dog Safety Workshop (Family Workshop)
    Kinfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge at 2.30 pm.

    Learn how to 'Be Dog Smart' with Aoife from Dogs Trust. Learn what to do if you're frightened of a dog, and how to keep yourself safe around dogs at home and out and about.
    This event is free and all are welcome.
  • Wednesday, 2nd August 2017
    Free Dog Safety Workshop (Family Workshop)
    Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 11am.

    Learn how to 'Be Dog Smart' with Aoife from Dogs Trust. Learn what to do if you're frightened of a dog, and how to keep yourself safe around dogs at home and out and about.
    This event is free and all are welcome.
  • Tuesday 1st August – Wednesday 9th August 2017
    East Clare By-election 1917 – Clare County Library display Killaloe Public Library
    Clare County Library has produced an 8 panel illustrated display to commemorate the East Clare by-election of 1917. With easy-to-read text and contemporary illustrations, this display gives an introduction to the election and its significance locally and nationally. The display can be viewed during library opening hours and will travel to a number of venues in the coming months. Contact your local branch library or visit www.clarelibrary.ie for more information.
  • Tuesday, 1st August 2017
    Free Dog Safety Workshop (Family Workshop)
    Ennistymon Public Library at 2.30 pm

    Learn how to 'Be Dog Smart' with Aoife from Dogs Trust. Learn what to do if you're frightened of a dog, and how to keep yourself safe around dogs at home and out and about.
    This event is free and all are welcome.
  • Tuesday, 1st August 2017
    Free Dog Safety Workshop (Family Workshop)
    Kilrush Public Library at 11am.

    Learn how to 'Be Dog Smart' with Aoife from Dogs Trust. Learn what to do if you're frightened of a dog, and how to keep yourself safe around dogs at home and out and about.
    This event is free and all are welcome.

July 2017

  • Monday 31st July 2017
    Launch of 2017 Creative Ireland County Clare Plan
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 3pm

    The 2017 Creative Ireland plan for County Clare will be launched at Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon, on Monday 31st July from 3–3.30pm. Creative Ireland is a culture based programme designed to promote individual, community and national well-being. It demonstrates two critically important aspects of local governance: first, local authorities are the primary instruments of community engagement and second, local authorities have a particular capacity for local programme delivery, especially in the context of citizen engagement. Clare County Council is delighted to be part of this important national initiative.
  • Friday, 28th July 2017
    Movie Screening – “Ex Machina”
    Killaloe Public Library at 7.30 pm

    Ex Machina is a 2015 independent science fiction psychological thriller film written and directed by Alex Garland (in his directorial debut) and stars Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander. The film follows a programmer who is invited by his CEO to administer the Turing test to an intelligent humanoid robot. (Cert 15). This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.
  • Wednesday 26th July 2017
    Summer Stars flower workshop for 7 – 12 year olds.
    Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Library, Miltown Malbay at 11 am.

    Children are invited to take part in an interactive flower workshop hosted by Cora O’Grady. Activities will include the picking and naming of flowers and foliage and putting them together to create a table centre for each child to take home. This workshop is free and all materials will be supplied.
    Phone 065-7084822 for further details.
  • Tuesday, 25th July
    Teen Gaming Night
    Scariff Public Library at 6pm

    Play video games on the big screen in the library. Play Mario games on the Wii and PlayStation games. Snacks and drinks provided.
  • Friday 21st July
    ‘Summer Stars’ storysacks for 3-7 year olds
    Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Library, Miltown Malbay at 12 o clock.

    Young children can have some fun using our hand puppets while the ever popular stories of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ and ‘The Three Little Pigs’ are read to them.
    Free event and all are welcome
    Phone 065-7084822 for details.
  • Thursday 20th July
    ‘Summer Stars’ activities
    Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Library, Miltown Malbay at 12 o clock
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    Storytime and craft session based on the theme of space, planets and stars.
    Free event and all are welcome.
    Phone 065-7084822 for details
  • Thursday July 20th @ 2.30pm
    Summer Stars Craft activity
    Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge

    Booking essential on 061-369678
  • Thursday 20th July to Thursday 10th August 2017
    ‘Summer Stars’ Activities
    Scariff Public Library

    Scariff Library will host 3 weeks of summer activities for children including, arts, crafts, themed storytime sessions and workshops. All events are free but booking is required for some activities. Phone Scariff Library on 061 922893
    Visit Scariff Public Library Children's Summer Activities for full programme of events. .
  • Tuesday, 18th July
    Movie Screening – "Circle of Friends"
    Scariff Public Library at 2.30p.m
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    Scariff Library film club will be showing the ever popular Circle of Friends on the 18th July.
    This is a free event and all are welcome.Tea/coffee and biscuits for all.
    at 2.30pm
  • Saturday, 15th July 2017
    Summer Stars Storytime & mini craft session for 3 – 7 year olds.
    Kilrush Public Library at 11am

    This storytime will be based on the beautiful book ‘The Rainbow Fish’ by Marcus Pfister, followed by a themed craft activity. Refreshments will be provided.
    Places are limited, contact 065 9051504 for booking.
  • Thursday 13th July 2017 & Friday 14th July 2017
    Summer Stars Activities
    Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Library, Miltown Malbay at 12 o clock

    Children are invited to attend a storytime and craft session based on the book ‘Rainbow Fish’ by Marcus Pfister on Thursday 13th July.
    Friday 14th July 2017 at 12 our stories are based on jungle animals followed by jungle animals mask making.
    This is a free event and all are welcome.
    For futher details phone 065-7084822.
  • Tuesday, 11th July - Thursday, 20th July 2017
    The 1917 East Clare By-election, a talk with Colm Madden
    Scariff Public Library at 7pm

    To coincide with Clare County Library's display in Scariff Library based on the 1917 East Clare By-election, historian Colm Madden will visit the library to give a talk on that topic. On June 7th 1917 Willie Redmond, the Member of Parliament for East Clare, was killed in the battle of the Messines Ridge and a contested election (the first in fifteen years) took place in the following month. The candidates were Patrick Lynch K.C., a native of Ennis (Home Rule Party) and Eamon De Valera (Sinn Fein), the Irish Volunteer Commandant at Boland’s Mills during the 1916 Rising who had been recently released from an English jail. The election campaign and its result became pivotal in the emergence of Sinn Fein as a National party and is equally as significant in Clare political history as the 1828 by-election, won by Daniel O’Connell. This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Monday 10th July to Friday 14th July 2017
    ‘Summer Stars’ Activities
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis

    The De Valera Library will host a week of summer activities for children including visits to local attractions, themed storytime sessions and workshops. All events are free but booking is required for some activities. Phone Ennis Library on 065-6846353
    Visit De Valera Public Library Children's Summer Activities for full programme of events.
  • Thursday, 6th July 2017
    Dr Siobhán O’Connor presents her book, "Irish Government Policy and Public Opinion towards German-Speaking Refugees, 1933-1943"
    Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge at 6.30pm

    Dr Siobhán O’Connor will host an event at Sixmilebridge Library to formally present Clare County Library with a copy of her book, "Irish Government Policy and Public Opinion towards German-Speaking Refugees, 1933-1943". Having utilised the library in Sixmilebridge for a place to work, for access to the internet and for acquiring books needed for her research, Dr. O'Connor felt it was fitting to return to the Library to present them with the result of her extensive research. She commented that the library staff "were hugely valuable to me and were a fantastic help". This book investigates the first time Ireland, with an autonomous legislative parliament, met with large inward migration in the modern era. It has been published by Cambridge Scholars and was released on the 1st April 2017. Dr Siobhán O’Connor has researched and published both nationally and internationally on historical and contemporary migrant issues, including government policy and public opinion, racism, direct provision, violence against women and gaps in the Irish state’s international obligations. For more information visit www.cambridgescholars.com/irish-government-policy-and-public-opinion-towards-german-speaking-refugees-1933-1943.
  • Tuesday 4th July 2017
    Summer Stars Reading Adventure Launch with Niall de Búrca
    Kilrush Public Library at 3pm

    World-famous storyteller Niall de Búrca will visit Kilrush Library to launch the county’s annual summer reading programme for children, Summer Stars. Join him for an hour-long family event begining at 3pm on Tuesday the 4th of July to which participants and children who are interested in joining the Summer fun at the library are welcome.
    The Summer Stars Reading Adventure runs in all libraries during the summer from the 3rd of July to the end of August and is available free of charge to children across the country. Children are invited to register for the reading programme that is statistically proven to help prevent the summer reading slide that occurs when schools close over the months of July and August. Further information is available from Clare County Library branches, on the library website www.clarelibrary.ie and on www.librariesireland.ie
  • Tuesday 4th July to Friday 14th July 2017
    ‘Summer Stars’ Activities
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon

    Shannon Library will host 2 weeks of summer activities for children including, arts, crafts, themed storytime sessions and workshops. All events are free but booking is required for some activities. Phone Shannon Library on 061-364266
    Visit Shannon Public Library Children's Summer activities for full programme of events.
  • Saturday 1st July to Friday 14th July 2017
    ‘Summer Stars’ Activities
    Ennistymon Public Library

    Ennistymon Library will host 2 weeks of summer activities for children including, arts, crafts, themed storytime sessions and workshops. All events are free but booking is required for some activities. Phone Ennistymon Library on 065-7071245
    Visit Ennistymon Public Library Children's Summer activities for full programme of events.

June 2017

  • Friday, 30th June 2017
    Movie Screening – “I, Daniel Blake”
    Killaloe Public Library at 7.30 pm

    Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is a 59-year-old widowed carpenter who must rely on welfare after a recent heart attack leaves him unable to work. Despite his doctor's diagnosis, British authorities deny Blake's benefits and tell him to return to his job. As Daniel navigates his way through an agonizing appeal process, he begins to develop a strong bond with a destitute, single mother (Hayley Squires) who's struggling to take care of her two children. Directed by Ken Loach. (Cert. 15A). This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.
  • Friday 30th June – Wednesday 26th July 2017
    East Clare By-election 1917 – Clare County Library display
    Scariff Public Library

    Clare County Library has produced an 8 panel illustrated display to commemorate the East Clare by-election of 1917. With easy-to-read text and contemporary illustrations, this display gives an introduction to the election and its significance locally and nationally. The display can be viewed during library opening hours and will travel to a number of venues in the coming months. Contact your local branch library or visit www.clarelibrary.ie for more information.
  • Tuesday, 27th June 2017
    Movie Screening – “Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dog Days”
    Kilrush Public Library at 3.15 pm

    It's summertime, and Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) is looking forward to playing video games and spending time with his friends. However, Greg's dad (Steve Zahn) has other plans: He's decided that some father-son bonding time is in order. Desperate to prevent his dad from ruining summer vacation, Greg pretends he has a job at a ritzy country club. But Greg's plan backfires, leaving him in the middle of embarrassing mishaps and a camping trip gone wrong. (PG rating). (134 minutes).
    This is a free event and all are welcome. Refreshments provided.
  • Tuesday, 27th June
    Movie Screening – "Driving Miss Daisy"
    Scariff Public Library at 2.30p.m.

    Scariff Library film club will be showing the ever popular Driving Miss Daisy on the 27th June.
    This is a free event and all are welcome.Tea/coffee and biscuits for all.
    at 2.30pm
  • Saturday, 24th June 2017
    Children’s Storytime & mini craft session.
    Kilrush Public Library at 11am

    Theme: Summertime.
    Listen to two beautiful stories followed by a craft session. Refreshments provided.
  • Friday, 23rd June 2017
    Movie Screening for World Refugee Day– “The Good Lie”
    Killaloe Public Library at 7.30 pm

    After their village is destroyed and their parents killed by Northern militia, Sudanese orphans Theo, his siblings and other survivors make a difficult journey to a refugee camp in Kenya. Thirteen years later, the group gets the chance to settle in the U.S. They are met in Kansas by Carrie Davis (Reese Witherspoon), who has been charged with finding them jobs. However, seeing how adrift they are in 20th-century America, Carrie endeavours to help them in rebuilding their shattered lives. (Cert. 12A). This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.
  • Tuesday 20th June – Friday 7th July, 2017
    Photographic Exhibition of The Skellig Islands
    Scariff Library Gallery

    From June 20th the Scariff Library gallery will showcase an exhibition of unique photographs of The Skellig Islands from a collection by Catherine Merrigan, OPW Caretaker/Guide on The Skellig Islands.
    Over the years she has developed a substantial collection of stunning photographic images that depict her long relationship to the island and its birds.This event is free and all are welcome to attend.
  • Friday 16th June – Wednesday 28th June 2017
    East Clare By-election 1917 – Clare County Library display
    Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge

    Clare County Library has produced an 8 panel illustrated display to commemorate the East Clare by-election of 1917. With easy-to-read text and contemporary illustrations, this display gives an introduction to the election and its significance locally and nationally. The display can be viewed during library opening hours and will travel to a number of venues in the coming months. Contact your local branch library or visit www.clarelibrary.ie for more information.
  • Thursday 1st June - Wednesday 14th June 2017
    East Clare By-election 1917 – Clare County Library display
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis

    Clare County Library has produced an 8 panel illustrated display to commemorate the East Clare by-election of 1917. With easy-to-read text and contemporary illustrations, this display gives an introduction to the election and its significance locally and nationally. The display can be viewed during library opening hours and will travel to a number of venues in the coming months. Contact your local branch library or visit www.clarelibrary.ie for more information.

May 2017

  • Tuesday, 30th May 2017
    Movie Screening – Atlantic
    Seán Lemass Public Library at 6pm

    Narrated by Emmy-award winning actor Brendan Gleeson, Atlantic follows the struggle of three fishing communities in Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland as they battle with the oil explorers and international fishing companies for control of the resources in their waters. Film Ireland review said "Atlantic is an absolute must-see, which will make your blood boil, and make you feel impassioned by an often over-looked issue".
    This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.
  • Friday, 26th May 2017
    Movie Screening – “A Date for Mad Mary”
    Killaloe Public Library at 7.30 pm

    "Mad" Mary McArdle (Seána Kerslake) returns to her hometown after a brief stint in prison and is immediately labelled as undateable, but she is determined to find a date to accompany her to her best friend's wedding.
    (Cert. 15A). This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.
  • Thursday, 25th May 2017
    Children celebrate Africa Day
    deValera Public Library at 12 noon

    Clare County Library will celebrate Africa Day 2017 on Thursday the 25th of May at its branch in Ennis. Children from nearby Scoil Chríost Rí, Cloughleigh will visit the library at 12 noon to hear African folktales and stories read by librarian, Seamus Ryan and will get a wonderful and interesting insight into growing up in Kenya, courtesy of Ennis resident Shola Kogbodoku.
    The children will have an opportunity to dress in native African clothes and to join in Shola’s rhymes and traditional Kenyan games.
  • Thursday, 25th May 2017
    ‘There’s Life in the Old Rocks of Clare’, a Bealtaine Festival event
    Ennistymon Public Library at 11.30am

    Eamon Doyle, the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark Geologist, will visit Ennistymon Library on Thursday 25th May at 11.30am to give a talk on the variety of fossils found in the rocks of County Clare and the interesting stories they tell. This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Tuesday, 23rd May 2017
    'Hello Delia Murphy', a Bealtaine Festival event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 12pm

    Carmen Cullen presents her show 'Hello Delia Murphy', a tribute to her aunt, the singer Delia Murphy, in the De Valera Library, Ennis on Tuesday 23rd May at 12pm. Delia Murphy, from Hollymount, Co. Mayo, was one of Ireland's best known recording stars of the 30s and 40s in Ireland. A revered figure in Irish music Delia is thought of today as being one of the major figures of Irish song. She was a mold-breaker and pioneer in her field and created a role for herself as an Irish female popular singer that, some would say, hasn't been equalled yet. She became a pioneering folk singer in Ireland and abroad in the 40s and 50s and established ballad singing as an acceptable song form. She was the first person to become a celebrity in this tradition and gave the Irish Ballad and folk songs the importance they hold in Irish and international music today. Delia recorded her songs with HMV in Abbey Road, London initially and then in Ireland. As well as recording she was a natural performer and her fame extended to many countries, including those where her husband, Thomas Kiernan, became ambassador to. She was known for such songs as 'The Spinning Wheel', 'If I were a Blackbird' and 'Three Lovely Lassies from Bannion'. Along with musician Gerry Anderson, Carmen Cullen will give the audience a special opportunity to hear about Delia's life as well as listening to her songs. Carmen will also give a dramatised reading from her novel 'Two Sisters Singing', published by Liberties Press in 2013 and loosely based on Delia's life. Carmen says, "We are making a special effort to bring back memories of my aunt to people who recall her, as well as attracting new interest in her as a unique woman and artiste". This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Tuesday, 23rd May 2017
    Declutter your life with the Declutter Expert, a Bealtaine Festival event
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 6.30pm

    Breda Stack, the Declutter Therapist, will host an event in Shannon Library on Tuesday 23rd May at 6.30pm. Breda teaches her audience how to break free from being overwhelmed by clutter so you can enjoy a simpler, happier life. Breda is author of ‘Declutter Therapy’, founder of Ireland’s National Declutter Day and International Declutter Day, creator of The Declutter Academy for professional student training and a regular contributor to TV, radio and print media. Breda’s talk covers a variety of practical wardrobe and home decluttering information, tips and guidelines on personal style, organisation, storage and lifestyle as well as her uniquely specialised and essential area of decluttering mindset, challenges and benefits. This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Saturday 20th May 2017
    Children’s storytime & mini craft session.
    Kilrush Public Library at 11am

    Theme: Jungle animals
    Listen to two beautiful stories followed by a craft session. Refreshments provided.
    Suitable for 3 – 7 year olds. Booking is necessary. Contact (065) 9051504.
  • Thursday, 18th May 2017
    Movie Screening - 'Dare to Be Wild', a Bealtaine Festival Event
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 11am

    The library will take part in the Bealtaine Film Tour, which is presented by access>CINEMA in partnership with the Irish Film Institute, with a special screening of the 2016 movie 'Dare to Be Wild'. Mary (Emma Greenwell) is a young Irish woman with a passion for the environment and gardens, who is looking to break into the world of landscape design. Her ultimate dream is to win a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show with her "wild" garden design, which showcases the important connection between nature and man. With many obstacles in her way, Mary soon realises that she will need the help of others, including handsome botanist Christy (Tom Hughes), if she has any chance of achieving her goal. Based on the true life story of Wexford landscape designer Mary Reynolds, who became the youngest woman to win a gold medal at the UK's most prestigious garden event, 'Dare to be Wild' is a charming and passionate story with a powerful environmental message. "Dare to be Wild is a visual feast." - Film Ireland
    Director: Vivienne De Courcy; Cast: Emma Greenwell, Tom Hughes, Don Wycherly, Carrie Crowley; Certificate: PG
    This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Wednesday, 17th May 2017
    Movie Screening - 'Pride', a Bealtaine Festival Event
    Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee at 6pm

    The library will take part in the Bealtaine Film Tour, which is presented by access>CINEMA in partnership with the Irish Film Institute, with a special screening of the 2014 movie 'Pride'. United Kingdom 1984. A group of gay activists decides that it has a common cause with the miners' strike - the battle against the oppression of Thatcherism - and sets about raising money for workers in a Welsh pit village. When the activists travel to Wales to deliver the funds in person, they are initially met with ignorance and hostility, but this soon gives way to an unlikely alliance. Based on a true story, and featuring wonderful performances from a cast which includes Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton, 'Pride' is a funny and heart-warming comedy about the importance of friendship, solidarity and courage in the fight for justice. "Tapping the formula that worked so well for 'The Full Monty' and 'Billy Elliot', 'Pride' adds some feel-good moments of its own in a broad, light and characterful romp that smuggles in some powerful, serious points about unity and togetherness in between the ribald one-liners." - The Radio Times
    Director: Matthew Warchus; Cast: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Andrew Scott, Paddy Considine, Dominic West; Certificate: 15A
    This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Tuesday, 16th May 2017
    Movie Screening - 'Pride', a Bealtaine Festival Event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 12.30pm

    The library will take part in the Bealtaine Film Tour, which is presented by access>CINEMA in partnership with the Irish Film Institute, with a special screening of the 2014 movie 'Pride'. United Kingdom 1984. A group of gay activists decides that it has a common cause with the miners' strike - the battle against the oppression of Thatcherism - and sets about raising money for workers in a Welsh pit village. When the activists travel to Wales to deliver the funds in person, they are initially met with ignorance and hostility, but this soon gives way to an unlikely alliance. Based on a true story, and featuring wonderful performances from a cast which includes Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton, 'Pride' is a funny and heart-warming comedy about the importance of friendship, solidarity and courage in the fight for justice. "Tapping the formula that worked so well for 'The Full Monty' and 'Billy Elliot', 'Pride' adds some feel-good moments of its own in a broad, light and characterful romp that smuggles in some powerful, serious points about unity and togetherness in between the ribald one-liners." - The Radio Times
    Director: Matthew Warchus; Cast: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Andrew Scott, Paddy Considine, Dominic West; Certificate: 15A
    This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Tuesday, 16th May 2017
    Poetry writing workshop for Adults with Teresa Lund.
    Kilrush Public Library 10.30am – 12.30pm

    This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.
  • Saturday 13th May 2017
    The Art of Decoupage, a Bealtaine Festival Event
    Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Library, Miltown Malbay at 11.00 am

    As a celebration of Bealtaine Festival 2017, Cora O’Grady will hold a workshop on the art of Decoupage. People present will learn how to transform everyday objects into works of art by pasting cut-out images (typically coloured paper) on to an object and then covering the object with several coats of varnish or lacquer. Cora will first give a demonstration followed by a workshop with audience participation. People are advised to bring a small sturdy cardboard box to decorate (ie jewellery box).
    This is a free event and all are welcome to attend. For further details ring 065-7084822.
  • Friday 12th May 2017
    Movie Screening - 'Dare to Be Wild', a Bealtaine Festival Event
    Ennistymon Public Library at 11am

    The library will take part in the Bealtaine Film Tour, which is presented by access>CINEMA in partnership with the Irish Film Institute, with a special screening of the 2016 movie 'Dare to Be Wild'. Mary (Emma Greenwell) is a young Irish woman with a passion for the environment and gardens, who is looking to break into the world of landscape design. Her ultimate dream is to win a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show with her "wild" garden design, which showcases the important connection between nature and man. With many obstacles in her way, Mary soon realises that she will need the help of others, including handsome botanist Christy (Tom Hughes), if she has any chance of achieving her goal. Based on the true life story of Wexford landscape designer Mary Reynolds, who became the youngest woman to win a gold medal at the UK's most prestigious garden event, 'Dare to be Wild' is a charming and passionate story with a powerful environmental message. "Dare to be Wild is a visual feast." - Film Ireland
    Director: Vivienne De Courcy; Cast: Emma Greenwell, Tom Hughes, Don Wycherly, Carrie Crowley; Certificate: PG
    This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Thursday, 11th May 2017
    Movie Screening - 'Dare to Be Wild', a Bealtaine Festival Event
    Scariff Public Library at 7pm

    The library will take part in the Bealtaine Film Tour, which is presented by access>CINEMA in partnership with the Irish Film Institute, with a special screening of the 2016 movie 'Dare to Be Wild'. Mary (Emma Greenwell) is a young Irish woman with a passion for the environment and gardens, who is looking to break into the world of landscape design. Her ultimate dream is to win a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show with her "wild" garden design, which showcases the important connection between nature and man. With many obstacles in her way, Mary soon realises that she will need the help of others, including handsome botanist Christy (Tom Hughes), if she has any chance of achieving her goal. Based on the true life story of Wexford landscape designer Mary Reynolds, who became the youngest woman to win a gold medal at the UK's most prestigious garden event, 'Dare to be Wild' is a charming and passionate story with a powerful environmental message. "Dare to be Wild is a visual feast." - Film Ireland
    Director: Vivienne De Courcy; Cast: Emma Greenwell, Tom Hughes, Don Wycherly, Carrie Crowley; Certificate: PG
    This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Wednesday, 10th May 2017
    Movie Screening - '12 Angry Men', a Bealtaine Festival Event
    Kilrush Public Library at 6pm

    The library will take part in the Bealtaine Film Tour, which is presented by access>CINEMA in partnership with the Irish Film Institute, with a special screening of the 1957 movie '12 Angry Men'. On a hot summer's day, a jury of 12 men is sent to begin deliberations in the first-degree murder trial of an 18-year-old Latino accused of killing his father. A guilty verdict will mean an automatic death sentence for the young man and on the surface it appears to be an open-and-shut case. When juror no. 8 (Henry Fonda) casts the only not-guilty vote in the first jury ballot, tensions begin to rise. He must persuade the other 11 jury members to take a fresh look at the evidence and convince them of their duty to reach a verdict that is beyond reasonable doubt. "... too few films take on the art of arguing as a subject; we could certainly use more of them, but until then, Lumet's window into strained civic duty will continue to serve mightily." - Time Out
    Director: Sidney Lumet; Cast: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall, Jack Warden, Jack Klugman; Certificate: G
    This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Tuesday 2 May- Friday 2 June 2017
    Shannon Camera Club Exhibition
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon

    Shannon Camera Club will show a selection of their 2016 and 2017 photographs in their 'As We See It' exhibition. The Club have been 'capturing the light' since 1977 and celebrate their 40 year anniversary this year. They meet at 19:30 on Mondays in the Oakwood Arms Hotel in Shannon. Any one wishing to join is welcome to attend meetings. The club can be contacted on manorphoto@eircom.net. This exhibition will run during library opening hours. All are welcome to come along.
  • Tuesday, 2nd May 2017
    Movie Screening - '12 Angry Men', a Bealtaine Festival Event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 12.30pm

    The library will take part in the Bealtaine Film Tour, which is presented by access>CINEMA in partnership with the Irish Film Institute, with a special screening of the 1957 movie '12 Angry Men'. On a hot summer's day, a jury of 12 men is sent to begin deliberations in the first-degree murder trial of an 18-year-old Latino accused of killing his father. A guilty verdict will mean an automatic death sentence for the young man and on the surface it appears to be an open-and-shut case. When juror no. 8 (Henry Fonda) casts the only not-guilty vote in the first jury ballot, tensions begin to rise. He must persuade the other 11 jury members to take a fresh look at the evidence and convince them of their duty to reach a verdict that is beyond reasonable doubt. "... too few films take on the art of arguing as a subject; we could certainly use more of them, but until then, Lumet's window into strained civic duty will continue to serve mightily." - Time Out
    Director: Sidney Lumet; Cast: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall, Jack Warden, Jack Klugman; Certificate: G
    This is a free event and all are welcome.

April 2017

  • Friday, 28th April 2017
    Movie Screening – “Florence Foster Jenkins”
    Killaloe Public Library at 7.30 pm

    Florence Foster Jenkins is a 2016 British biographical comedy drama directed by Stephen Frears and written by Nicholas Martin. The film stars Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who became an opera singer known for her painful lack of singing skill. Hugh Grant plays her husband and manager, English Shakespearean actor, St. Clair Bayfield. Other cast members include Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Nina Arianda.
    (PG). This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.
  • Friday, 28 April 2016
    Computers for Beginners
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon 10.30am-12.30pm

    Volunteers from Friends Ireland, www.friendsireland.ie, will provide introductory computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone classes in Shannon Library each Friday morning. The classes are free but places are limited. Names can be placed on a waiting list for future classes. A course of classes runs for 4 weeks, contact the library on 061-364266 for further information.
  • Thursday, 27th April 2017
    Poetry Reading with The Poetry Collective, a Poetry Day Ireland event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis

    Poetry Ireland is presenting Poetry Day Ireland on Thursday 27 April 2017. This year's theme is Poetry Connects and everyone is invited to join-in, link-up, and connect through the power of poetry. Clare County Library will celebrate the day with an event in the De Valera Library, Ennis from 1-2pm with a lunchtime poetry reading. You are invited to join the members of The Poetry Collective to enjoy readings from their work and also to bring a favourite poem of your own to share if you wish. This is a free event and all are welcome.
    Pocket poems will also be available to take away and enjoy in selected branches of Clare County Library on the day.
  • Wednesday, 26th April 2017
    Seven Virtues of the Rising, a reading with actor & author Diarmuid de Daoite
    Ennistymon Public Library at 6.30pm

    Clare native Diarmuid de Faoite will visit Ennistymon Library at 6.30pm on Wednesday 26th April to read from his new translation of Pádraic Ó Conaire’s seminal collection of short stories, 'Seacht mBua an Éirí Amach/Seven Virtues of the Rising'. Listed in The Irish Times/ Royal Irish Academy’s 'Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks' and first published in 1918, 'Seacht mBua an Éirí Amach' is considered the first literary response to the Rising in any language and is beautifully presented here as a dual language book with a fascinating and detailed introduction by Brendan McGowan of Galway City Museum. The idea for this publication is the result of a collaboration between Galway City Museum, publishers Arlen House and Cló Iar-Chonnacht, Galway City Council and the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. The book will be part of RTE’s Book-On-One throughout the month of April. This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Wednesday 26 April 2017
    Storytime and Craft Session
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 10.30pm

    Harmony Montessori will join us for a storytime and craft session to continue to celebrate April as our 'Spring into Storytime' month. Looking forward to a fun morning of stories and crafts.
  • Tuesday 25th April 2017
    Movie Screening – “The Dressmaker”
    Scariff Public Library at 2.30 pm

    A bittersweet comedy drama set in early 1950s Australia. Staring Kate Winslet in the role of Tilly Dunnage, a dressmaker who returns home from the fashion capital of Paris to a tiny middle of nowhere town to right the wrongs of th past
    (Cert. 12). This is a free event and all are welcome.
    Tea/coffee provided.
  • Tuesday 25th April 2017
    'Spring into Storytime'
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 4pm

    Join us for our fourth 'Spring into Storytime' session with stories about Lambs. Suitable for 3-5 year olds, Elaine will read some stories to the children and they are welcome to stay on and do some colouring afterwards. All are welcome to come along, no booking required.
  • Friday, 21 April 2016
    Computers for Beginners
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon 10.30am-12.30pm

    Volunteers from Friends Ireland, www.friendsireland.ie, will provide introductory computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone classes in Shannon Library each Friday morning. The classes are free but places are limited. Names can be placed on a waiting list for future classes. A course of classes runs for 4 weeks, contact the library on 061-364266 for further information.
  • Thursday 20th April 2017
    Spring Into Storytime
    Dr. Patrick J, Hillery Library, Miltown Malbay at 12 noon

    Join us for a Spring Into Storytime session with music, stories, rhythm and rhyme. Percussion instruments will be available where children can unfold their musical talents, while enjoying our stories in a fun way.
    Suitable for 3-5 years. All welcome. No booking required.
  • Tuesday 18 April 2017
    'Spring into Storytime'
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 4pm

    Join us for our third 'Spring into Storytime' session with a 'Farm' theme. Suitable for 3-5 year olds, Elaine will read some stories to the children and they are welcome to stay on and do some colouring afterwards. All are welcome to come along, no booking required.
  • Thursday 13th April
    Easter-themed Craft Session
    Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Library, Miltown Malbay at 2.00 p.m.

    Children between the ages of 5-9 years are welcome to come along and make an Easter Bonnet or an Easter Bunny Mask. All materials will be supplied. Booking is essential as spaces are limited. Please ring 065-7084822 to secure a place or leave your name at the library desk.
  • Thursday, 13 April 2017
    Easter Crafts with Siobhán
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 11am

    Children are welcome to join Siobhán for an Easter-themed Craft Session suitable for 5-8 year olds. Please book at the library desk or by phone at 061 364266.
  • Wednesday, 12 April 2017
    'Spring into Storytime'
    Ennistymon Public Library at 3.30pm

    As part of our Spring into Storytime project, Ennistymon Library will hold an Easter themed story session. Bring your own bunny/chick on the day and enjoy some stories. All are welcome to come along, no booking required.
  • Tuesday 11 April 2017
    'Spring into Storytime'
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 4pm

    Join us for our second 'Spring into Storytime' session with an Easter theme of chicks and bunnies. Suitable for 3-5 year olds, Elaine will read some stories to the children and they are welcome to stay on and do some colouring afterwards. All the Easter-themed colouring will be displayed in the library. All are welcome to come along, no booking required.
  • Friday, 7 April 2016
    Computers for Beginners
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon 10.30am-12.30pm

    Volunteers from Friends Ireland, www.friendsireland.ie, will provide introductory computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone classes in Shannon Library each Friday morning. The classes are free but places are limited. Names can be placed on a waiting list for future classes. A course of classes runs for 4 weeks, contact the library on 061-364266 for further information.
  • Tuesday, 4th April 2017
    Declutter your life this spring!
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 6.30pm

    Breda Stack, the Declutter Therapist, will host an event at the De Valera Library in Ennis on Tuesday 4th April at 6.30pm. Breda teaches her audience how to break free from being overwhelmed by clutter so you can enjoy a simpler, happier life. Breda is author of Declutter Therapy, founder of Ireland’s National Declutter Day and International Declutter Day, creator of The Declutter Academy for professional student training and a regular contributor to TV, radio and print media. Breda’s talk covers a variety of practical wardrobe and home decluttering information, tips and guidelines on personal style, organisation, storage and lifestyle as well as her uniquely specialised and essential area of decluttering mindset, challenges and benefits. This is a free event and all are welcome.
  • Tuesday 4 April 2017
    'Spring into Storytime'
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 4pm

    Join us for our first 'Spring into Storytime' session with the themes of 'Gardening' and 'Springtime'. Suitable for 3-5 year olds, Elaine will read some stories to the children and they are welcome to stay on and do some colouring afterwards. All the Easter-themed colouring will be displayed in the library. All are welcome to come along, no booking required.
  • Tuesday, 4th April 2017
    Computer Classes
    Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee

    West Clare Family Resource Centre is holding beginner computer classes for ten weeks in Kilkee library. The classes are suitable for older people who wish to learn how to use their computer, laptop or tablet. They will be part of a small learning group. Classes resume on Tuesday 31st January at 2.30pm and will continue each Tuesday until 4th April 2017. Please contact West Clare Family Resource Centre for further details on 065-9052173 or 086-3036500.
  • Monday 3rd April 2017
    Inis Artists Group Exhibition
    Scariff Library Gallery, Mountshannon Road, Co Clare, 10am – 5.30pm

    Since 2003 the Inis Artists have exhibited together in numerous venues around the county and country. They hold up to 14 exhibitions a year and estimate that they have held up to 150 exhibitions in total since their founding. Previous exhibitions venues have included the Adare Heritage Centre, Tides Gallery, Lahinch, The Riches of Clare Museum and Glór Ennis.
    This current exhibition at the Scariff Gallery represents an eclectic range of the group’s artistic styles and themes. The collection depicts Alan Shoosmith’s love of nature illustrated by his watercolour and ink drawings; Margaret Ray’s bold and colourful acrylic paintings celebrate new beginnings and growth; Inge Bergmann’s love of pattern and colour explored within an abstract and realism style. Within Tomás O’Maoldomhnaigh’s paintings a magical exploration of our Celtic past can be seen. Fionnuala O’Connell’s semi abstract acrylic paintings are inspired by summers spent in West Clare, while Tom Daly’s landscapes are colourfully rich, impressionistic and vibrant. For further info please visit: www.InisArtists.com . For details and info on the current exhibition please contact Tomás O’Maoldomhnaigh PRO, 065- 6840801
    Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/408953422798963/

March 2017

  • Friday, 31 March 2016
    Computers for Beginners
    Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon 10.30am-12.30pm

    Volunteers from Friends Ireland, www.friendsireland.ie, will provide introductory computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone classes in Shannon Library each Friday morning. The classes are free but places are limited. Names can be placed on a waiting list for future classes. A course of classes runs for 4 weeks, contact the library on 061-364266 for further information.
  • Thursday, 30th March 2017
    Creative Ireland Public Consultation
    Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis, at 7.30pm

    Creative Ireland is the Government’s legacy programme for Ireland 2016. It is a five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy and to mainstream creativity in the life of the nation. It is essentially a culture based programme designed to promote individual, community and national wellbeing. It follows the same design as the 1916/2016 programme with five pillars - the Local Authority curating the second pillar - ‘Enabling creativity in every community.’
    Clare County Council and the Creative Ireland national team will host an open meeting to share details about the Programme and to explore opportunities to increase access, engagement and collaboration in the local arts and creative industries. This public consultation will take place in the on
    For further details please contact County Librarian, Clare Library HQ., Mill Road, Ennis, Co. Clare.
    Email: mailbox@clarelibrary.ie Tel 065 6846350
    Full details of the Creative Ireland Programme are available at http://creative.ireland.ie/
  • Wednesday 29th March, 2017
    Public Consultation on proposed County Library for Clare
    Ennistymon Library (11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.) and Kilrush Library (3.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.)

    Members of the public and stakeholder groups interested in the proposed new County Library for County Clare are being asked for their input at one of seven public consultation events being held later this month.
    Clare County Council says the public consultation events are aimed at gathering information on the design and use of the new facility which will be developed at the site of the existing glór facility on The Causeway Link providing a new County Library and art gallery for Clare to replace the existing public Library on Harmony Row.
    A full design team has been appointed to progress the design and planning phases of the new build project and Clare County Council anticipates that a planning application will be lodged in early summer 2017.
    Submissions will be accepted at the open events. Written submissions and observations may also be made to the County Librarian, Library Head quarters, Harmony Row, Ennis, Co. Clare by 4.00pm on the 5th of April 2017.
    For more visit http://libraryproject.clarecoco.ie
  • Tuesday 28th March, 2017
    Public Consultation on proposed County Library for Clare
    Scarriff Library (11.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.), DeValera Library, Ennis, (3.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.) and Shannon Library (6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.)

    Members of the public and stakeholder groups interested in the proposed new County Library for County Clare are being asked for their input at one of seven public consultation events being held later this month.
    Clare County Council says the public consultation events are aimed at gathering information on the design and use of the new facility which will be developed at the site of the existing glór facility on The Causeway Link providing a new County Library and art gallery for Clare to replace the existing public Library on Harmony Row.
    A full design team has been appointed to progress the design and planning phases of the new build project and Clare County Council anticipates that a planning application will be lodged in early summer 2017.
    Submissions will be accepted at the open events. Written submissions and observations may also be made to the County Librarian, Library Head quarters, Harmony Row, Ennis, Co. Clare by 4.00pm on the 5th of April 2017.
    For more visit http://libraryproject.clarecoco.ie
  • Tuesday 28th March 2017
    Movie Screening – ‘Me Before You’
    Scariff Public Library @ 2.30pm

    Adapted from the bestselling novel by Jo Jo Moyes, Me Before You tells the story of the unexpected relationship that blossoms between a young woman and a quadriplegic man whom she is employed to take care of. (Cert 12A). This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee and biscuits provided.
  • Monday 27th March, 2017
    Public Consultation on proposed County Library for Clare
    glór, Ennis at 4.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

    Members of the public and stakeholder groups interested in the proposed new County Library for County Clare are being asked for their input at one of seven public consultation events being held later this month.
    Clare County Council says the public consultation events are aimed at gathering information on the design and use of the new facility which will be developed at the site of the existing glór facility on The Causeway Link providing a new County Library and art gallery for Clare to replace the existing public Library on Harmony Row.
    A full design team has been appointed to progress the design and planning phases of the new build project and Clare County Council anticipates that a planning application will be lodged in early summer 2017.
    Submissions will be accepted at the open events. Written submissions and observations may also be made to the County Librarian, Library Head quarters, Harmony Row, Ennis, Co. Clare by 4.00pm on the 5th of April 2017.
    For more visit http://libraryproject.clarecoco.ie
  • Friday, 24th March 2017
    Movie Screening – “Harold and Maude”
    Killaloe Public Library at 7.30 pm

    Harold and Maude is a 1971 American romantic dark comedy drama directed by Hal Ashby. It incorporates elements of dark humour and existentialist drama, with a plot that revolves around the exploits of a young man named Harold (played by Bud Cort) intrigued with death. Harold drifts away from the life that his detached mother (Vivian Pickles) prescribes for him, and slowly develops a strong friendship, and eventually a romantic relationship, with a 79-year-old woman named Maude (Ruth Gordon) who teaches Harold about living life to its fullest and that life is the most precious gift of all. Fans of Cat Stevens will enjoy the soundtrack!
    (Cert. 15A). This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.
  • Tuesday, 14th March 2017
    Scéalaíocht do Dhaoine Óga le Seamus, A Seachtain na Gaeilge event
    Lisdoonvarna Public Library

    Library staff member Seamus will visit Lisdoonvarna Library on Tuesday 14th March for a storytelling session as Gaeilge (in Irish) to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017. Two sessions will take place at 10.15am and 11.30am.
  • Saturday 11th March 2017
    ‘Fun Science’ Family Workshop, a Family Learning Day 2017 event
    Scariff Public Library at 12pm

    Join scientist Dipankar Biswas to try out lots of exciting experiments with your family to celebrate Family Learning Day 2016 including balloon rockets, colour volcanos and slime recipes! Places are limited so please call Scariff Public Library to book your family’s place on (061) 922893. Free event in conjunction with CABES family learning project.
  • Saturday 11th March 2017
    Children’s storytime & mini craft session.
    Kilrush Public Library at 11am

    Theme: Saint Patrick’s Day.
    Listen to two beautiful stories followed by a craft session. Refreshments provided.
    Suitable for 3 – 7 year olds. Booking is necessary. Contact (065) 9051504.
  • Thursday, 9th March 2017
    Scéalaíocht do Dhaoine Óga le Seamus, A Seachtain na Gaeilge event
    Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge

    Library staff member Seamus will visit Sixmilebridge Library on Thursday 9th March at 11.40am for a storytelling session as Gaeilge (in Irish) to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017.
  • Thursday, 9th March 2017
    Scéalaíocht do Dhaoine Óga le Seamus, A Seachtain na Gaeilge event
    Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon

    Library staff member Seamus will visit Shannon Library on Thursday 9th March at 10am for a storytelling session as Gaeilge (in Irish) to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017.
  • Tuesday, 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th March 2017
    Computer Classes
    Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee

    West Clare Family Resource Centre is holding beginner computer classes for ten weeks in Kilkee library. The classes are suitable for older people who wish to learn how to use their computer, laptop or tablet. They will be part of a small learning group. Classes resume on Tuesday 31st January at 2.30pm and will continue each Tuesday until 4th April 2017. Please contact West Clare Family Resource Centre for further details on 065-9052173 or 086-3036500.
  • Saturday, 4th March 2017
    Children’s Book Club with Caroline Busher, an Ennis Book Club Festival event
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis

    Clare County Library has partnered with the Ennis Book Club Festival to present a chidlren's book club event in the De Valera Library in Ennis on Saturday 4th March at 2.30pm. Author Caroline Busher will discuss her book 'The Ghosts of Magnificent Children' at this event. This is a first for Ennis Book Club Festival, to include a children’s book club event. We are very excited and hope many young people will come along to meet Caroline and discuss the book. We could even start a new children’s book club in De Valera Library through this event so we want to call out to all 11 & 12 year-old readers to come along to this free but ticketed event. Call De Valera Library on 065-6846353 for more information.
  • Thursday, 2nd March 2017
    Children’s Art Session with Alan Shoosmith, a World Book Day event
    Scariff Public Library

    Children are invited to dress up as and draw their favourite book characters at a World Book Day Art Workshop with Alan Shoosmith in Scariff Library on Thursday, 2nd March at 12.30pm. Phone the library on 061-922893 for more information.
  • Thursday, 2nd March 2017
    Scéalaíocht do Dhaoine Óga le Seamus, A Seachtain na Gaeilge event
    Tulla Public Library

    Library staff member Seamus will visit Tulla Library on Thursday 2nd March at 11.15am for a storytelling session as Gaeilge (in Irish) to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017.
  • Thursday, 2nd March 2017
    Children’s Art Session with Alan Shoosmith, a World Book Day event
    Killaloe Public Library

    Children are invited to dress up as and draw their favourite book characters at a World Book Day Art Workshop with Alan Shoosmith in Killaloe Library on Thursday, 2nd March at 10am. Phone the library on 061-376062 for more information.
  • Wednesday, 1st March 2017
    Children’s Art Session with Alan Shoosmith, a World Book Day event
    Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge

    Children are invited to dress up as and draw their favourite book characters at a World Book Day Art Workshop with Alan Shoosmith in Sixmilebridge Library on Wednesday, 1st March at 9.45am. Phone the library on 061-368411 for more information.
  • Wednesday, 1st March 2017
    Children’s Art Session with Alan Shoosmith, a World Book Day event
    Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon

    Children are invited to dress up as and draw their favourite book characters at a World Book Day Art Workshop with Alan Shoosmith in Shannon Library on Wednesday, 1st March at 11.30am. Phone the library on 061-364266 for more information.

February 2017

  • Tuesday, 28th February 2017
    Movie Screening - ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’
    Scariff Public Library @ 2.30pm

    Starring Meryl Streep in an Oscar nominated performance, ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ tells the hilarious and poignant story of a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite her terrible singing voice. (Cert PG). This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee and biscuits provided.
  • Saturday, 25th February 2017
    Illustration Workshop with Wayne O'Connor in commemoration of Caitríona Lucas
    Ennistymon Public Library at 11am

    In conjunction with the Clare Person of the Year Award Caitríona Lucas will be remembered in Ennistymon Library in a Roald Dahl-themed illustration workshop with Wayne O’Connor. This talented artist and storyteller will re-imagine some of our favourite Roald Dahl stories in a fun and energetic workshop. Fantastic Mr Fox masks will be made with the children after the workshop. Please contact Ennistymon Library at 065-7071245 to make a booking for this event.
  • Friday, 24th February 2017
    Movie Screening – “The Ladykillers”
    Killaloe Public Library at 7.30 pm

    The Ladykillers is a 1955 British black comedy film made by Ealing Studios. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick, it stars Katie Johnson, Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Danny Green and Jack Warner.
    (Cert. G). This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.
  • Friday, 17 February 2017
    Computers for Beginners
    Seán Lemass Public Library 10.30am-12.30pm

    Volunteers from Friends Ireland will provide introductory computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone classes in Shannon Library each Friday morning. The classes are free but places are limited. Names can be placed on a waiting list for future classes. A course of classes runs for 4 weeks, contact the library on 061-364266 for further information.
  • Saturday 11th February 2017
    Children’s storytime & mini craft session.
    Kilrush Public Library at 11am

    Theme: Valentine’s Day.
    Listen to two beautiful stories ‘Because I Love You’, by D. Bedford & R. Harry. ‘Kiss it Better’ by S. Prasadam-Halls & S. Massini, followed by a craft session. Refreshments provided.
    Suitable for 3 – 7 year olds. Booking is necessary. Contact (065) 9051504.
  • Thursday 10th - Tuesday 14th February 2016
    Blind Date with a Book
    Various Branch Libraries

    This Valentine’s Day Clare County Library would like to play matchmaker for you and set you up on a blind date…with a book! From February 10th - 14th, during branch opening hours, you are invited to visit any of the eight participating library branches in Ennis, Ennistymon, Kilrush, Kilkee, Killaloe, Miltown Malbay, Scariff and Shannon where there will be a display of books wrapped in plain paper. Simply make your selection and bring it to the checkout desk where you will also receive a sweet treat, custom made by Wilde Irish Chocolates in Tuamgraney, to take home along with your newfound book love. The selected books will include a range of genres and themes but you won’t be able to judge any of them by their cover before you get to know them. Here’s hoping it will be love at first page! Don't worry if not though, there are plenty more books on the shelves! To view opening hours for Clare County Library’s branches visit www.clarelibrary.ie or phone 065-6821616.
  • Friday, 10 February 2017
    Computers for Beginners
    Seán Lemass Public Library 10.30am-12.30pm

    Volunteers from Friends Ireland will provide introductory computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone classes in Shannon Libraryeach Friday morning. The classes are free but places are limited. Names can be placed on a waiting list for future classes. A course of classes runs for 4 weeks, contact the library on 061-364266 for further information.
  • Thursday, 9th February 2017
    Toddler Storytime
    Scariff Public Library, 10.30 - 11.30 a.m
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    Parents/carers and toddlers are invited to Scariff Public Library for storytelling, songs, fun and toys on Thursday 9th February at 10.30a.m. and on every second Thursday thereafter. Tea/Coffee provided. All are welcome. For information please call Scariff Public Library on (061) 922893.
  • Tuesday, 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th February 2017
    Computer Classes
    Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee

    West Clare Family Resource Centre is holding beginner computer classes for ten weeks in Kilkee library. The classes are suitable for older people who wish to learn how to use their computer, laptop or tablet. They will be part of a small learning group. Classes resume on Tuesday 31st January at 2.30pm and will continue each Tuesday until 4th April 2017. Please contact West Clare Family Resource Centre for further details on 065-9052173 or 086-3036500.
  • Friday, 3 February 2017
    Computers for Beginners
    Seán Lemass Public Library 10.30am-12.30pm

    Volunteers from Friends Ireland will provide introductory computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone classes in Shannon Library each Friday morning. The classes are free but places are limited. Names can be placed on a waiting list for future classes. A course of classes runs for 4 weeks, contact the library on 061-364266 for further information.

January 2017

  • Tuesday, 31st January 2017
    Computer Classes
    Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee

    West Clare Family Resource Centre is holding beginner computer classes for ten weeks in Kilkee library. The classes are suitable for older people who wish to learn how to use their computer, laptop or tablet. They will be part of a small learning group. Classes resume on Tuesday 31st January at 2.30pm and will continue each Tuesday until 4th April 2017. Please contact West Clare Family Resource Centre for further details on 065-9052173 or 086-3036500.
  • Saturday 28th January 2017
    Children’s storytime & mini craft session.
    Kilrush Public Library at 11am

    Listen to the beautiful ‘Owl Babies’ and other owl related stories, followed by a craft session.
    Suitable for 3 – 7 year olds.
  • Friday, 27 January 2017
    Computers for Beginners
    Seán Lemass Public Library 10.30am-12.30pm

    Volunteers from Friends Ireland will provide introductory computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone classes in Shannon Library each Friday morning. The classes are free but places are limited. Names can be placed on a waiting list for future classes. A course of classes runs for 4 weeks, contact the library on 061-364266 for further information.
  • Friday 27th January 2017
    Chinese New Year Crafts for Children
    Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Library, Miltown Malbay 3.30 pm – 4.30pm

    To celebrate the beginning of the Chinese New Year children between 5-11 years of age are invited to come along and help library staff make Chinese Lanterns and Dragon Masks for each child to take home.
    This is a free event and all materials will be supplies but numbers are limited so please ring the library at 065-7084822 to secure a place.
  • Wednesday, 25th January 2017
    Computer Classes
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis 10am-12pm

    Volunteers from the Clare branch of Friends Ireland will provide computer classes in Ennis Library each Wednesday morning. Anyone interested in upskilling, learning about mobile devices, social media or what exactly an app is can sign up at the library for these classes. A course of classes runs for 4 weeks & classes are free of charge but places are limited. Names can be placed on a waiting list for future classes. Contact the library on 065-6846353 for further information.
    Friends Ireland is also looking to recruit volunteer tutors for this service. No experience necessary; full training provided; small groups with only 3 learners per tutor. Call 085-7043142 to find out more or visit the Friends Ireland website.
  • Tuesday 24th January 2017
    New Teen Book and Film Club
    Scariff Public Library at 6pm.

    Would you be interested in meeting other teenagers interested in books and film?
    Come along to our first meeting on the 24th to get more infomation on the club.
    Drink and snacks provided.
  • Monday, 23rd January 2017
    Ennis Book Club Festival 2017 Launch
    De Valera Public Library, Ennis at 6pm

    Mayor of Ennis, Ann Norton will launch the 2017 Ennis Book Club Festival programme in the De Valera Library on Monday, 23rd January at 6pm. The launch will feature a reading by award-winning author Lisa McInerney, and performances by the Clare Youth Theatre and Etain McCooey. This year's Book Club Festival includes a range of national and international contributors such as 2FM presenter Rick O’Shea, the host of Ireland’s largest online book club, poet Paul Durcan and author Rose Tremain. The Festival will also feature the staging of the first Irish Times Book Club in Ennis. There will also be events for children and young adults in conjunction with Clare County Library. For further details on the launch contact De Valera Library on 065-6846353. Further information on the Ennis Book Club Festival is available at www.ennisbookclubfestival.com.
  • Friday, 20th January 2017
    Movie Screening – “O Brother Where Art Thou?”
    Killaloe Public Library at 7.30 pm

    O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 adventure film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson, with John Goodman, Holly Hunter, and Charles Durning in supporting roles. Set in 1937 rural Mississippi during the Great Depression, the film's story is a modern satire loosely based on Homer's epic poem, Odyssey.
    (Cert. 12A). This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea/coffee provided.


Corofin Public Library

de Valera Public Library, Ennis

Ennistymon Public Library

Kilkee Public Library

Killaloe Public Library

Kilrush Public Library

Lisdoonvarna Public Library

Miltown Malbay Public Library

Newmarket-on-Fergus Public Library

Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon

Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge

Scariff Public Library

Tulla Public Library

 

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