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Special Events

September 2019

Tuesday, 3rd September 2019
Film Screening 'The Twist'
Scariff Public Library at 11.30am

The Scariff Community Arts Project, funded by the LCETB and the Brothers of Charity, presents 'The Twist'. 'The Twist' is a short comedy horror about a drama class that delivers a few surprises to the participants!
This is a free event and all are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, 4th September 2019
Climate Change: Heading for Extinction and what to do about it.
Kilrush Public Library at 7pm

Aisling Wheeler, Environmentalist and Permaculture Farmer, will speak about the challenges of Climate Change and how to build resilience at a local level. This is a Free Event and All are Welcome.

Thursday, 5th September 2019
Back in Balance with Alexander Technique for Everyday Living
Scariff Public Library, 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Free introduction to the Alexander Technique with Penelope Easten. Come and get simple steps for better posture, less pain, more poise, strength and fitness. For more information contact Scariff Public Library on 061 922893 or visit This is a free event and all are welcome.

Thursday, 12th September 2019
Yoga for Kids - A Healthy Ireland at your Library Event.
Sixmilebridge Public Library at 4pm

Yoga for children aged 8 to 11 years old. Booking is essential as places are limited. For booking and further information please contact Sixmilebridge Library at (061) 369678

Friday, 13th September to Friday, 4th October 2019
A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries History Week Event
Exhibition: ‘The Limerick Soviet: the General Strike of 1919’
Shannon Public Library

In April 1919, a general strike took place in Limerick City where for two weeks, workers took over the city controlling food production, prices and even creating their own currency. The story began with the attempted rescue of Robert Byrnes who died in Meelick of injuries sustained in the attempt. Martial law was imposed after his funeral and the unions voted for a general strike in protest. This series of panels developed by Watch House Cross Library in Limerick tell the story of the Soviet. A screening of the documentary ‘The Limerick Soviet’ will take place on Friday 13 September at 6.30pm.
Free exhibition during library opening hours. Contact the library for more information on (061) 364266.

Saturday, 14th September 2019
Summer Stars Certificate Presentation
Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon from 10.30am to 1.30pm

Join us for a morning of fun with puppets, facepainting, arts and crafts, spot prizes, certificate presentation and more for children who have participated in Summer Stars 2019. For further information contact Shannon Library on (061) 364266.

Saturday, 14th September 2019
A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries History Week Event
History Ireland Hedge School: The War of Independence in Co Clare: reassessment of David Fitzpatrick’s Politics and Irish Life 1913-1921: provincial experience of war and revolution
Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis at 2pm to 3.15pm

Clare County Library presents a History Ireland Hedge School, a lively round-table discussion featuring some well-known historians. The theme of this event arose from the untimely passing of Prof David Fitzpatrick (UCD) earlier this year. This provides an opportunity to reassess his ground-breaking 1977 local study of Co Clare which was to become the template for many similar local studies of the War of Independence. How does it measure up to the intervening 42 years of scholarship, in particular the release of primary sources such as the Bureau of Military History and the Military Service Pensions Collection? To discuss this and related matters join History Ireland editor Tommy Graham and Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc, Eve Morrison, Cécile Gordon and Tomás Mac Con Mara for a lively debate on the subject.
Free event but capacity will be limited. Contact the library for more information on (065) 6899082.

Tuesday, 17th September 2019
A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries History Week Event
Drama: ‘Greyhound on a Train’ with Carnation Theatre
DeValera Public Library, Ennis at 1pm to 1.45pm

A War of Independence story that no one has told. This play is a jolt back in time to a turbulent period in Irish history. Meet four women, not ordinary women, but fighters in a struggle to achieve Irish independence. Never mind your Countesses or your Maud Gonnes, it’s time to hear about these women – Elizabeth Bloxham, teacher, pamphleteer, rabble rouser, radicaliser, Peg Flanagan – waitress, gun runner, spy and witness to Bloody Sunday, Josephine Stallard – doctor, dispatcher, whirlwind romancer, Bridget Fitzpatrick – a central figure in the ambushes at Knocklong and Soloheadbeg. A telegram from her that read ‘Greyhound on Train’ was instrumental in securing the escape of Seán Hogan in the famous ambush at Knocklong. This drama is based on the real testimonies of these four extraordinary women interspersed with songs and drama.
Free event. All are welcome. Contact the library for more information on (065) 6846353.

Tuesday, 17th September 2019
A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries History Week Event
Drama: ‘Greyhound on a Train’ with Carnation Theatre
Shannon Public Library at 6pm to 6.45pm

A War of Independence story that no one has told. This play is a jolt back in time to a turbulent period in Irish history. Meet four women, not ordinary women, but fighters in a struggle to achieve Irish independence. Never mind your Countesses or your Maud Gonnes, it’s time to hear about these women – Elizabeth Bloxham, teacher, pamphleteer, rabble rouser, radicaliser, Peg Flanagan – waitress, gun runner, spy and witness to Bloody Sunday, Josephine Stallard – doctor, dispatcher, whirlwind romancer, Bridget Fitzpatrick – a central figure in the ambushes at Knocklong and Soloheadbeg. A telegram from her that read ‘Greyhound on Train’ was instrumental in securing the escape of Seán Hogan in the famous ambush at Knocklong. This performance is based on the real testimonies of these four extraordinary women interspersed with songs and drama.
Free event. All are welcome. Contact the library for more information on (061) 364266.

Tuesday, 17th September 2019
A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries History Week Event
Lecture: ‘Guerrilla War in Clare' by Dr. Joe Power
DeValera Public Library, Ennis at 6.30pm

Dr Joe Power is a historian who specialises in local history with many published titles to his name on various aspects of Clare history including World War One. His next book will be based on the War of Independence. This talk will explore the War of Independence in Co Clare and the guerrilla aspect of the conflict. Free lecture. All are welcome. Contact the library for more information on (065) 6846353.

 

Tuesday, 17th September 2019
A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries History Week Event
Adult Movie Screening of ‘Michael Collins’
Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Library, Miltown Malbay at 7 pm

Join us for the adult movie screening of ‘Michael Collins’ to celebrate History Week. The theme is The War of Independence in Clare 1919. We will also have a book display on this topic throughout the week.
Free event and all are welcome. Call Miltown Malbay Library on 065-7084822 for further information.

Tuesday, 17th September 2019
A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries History Week Event
Lecture: ‘The Incarceration of Brigadier General Lucas’ by Tom Toomey
Scariff Public Library at 7pm

Tom Toomey is author of ‘The War of Independence in Limerick 1912-1921’ and a member of the Meelick-Parteen and Cratloe Commemoration Committee. He has been involved with local history for over 30 years and has lectured widely on local history. This event occurred in 1920 but has been included in our programme because of its relevance to Co Clare. Free lecture. All are welcome. Contact the library for more information on (061) 922893

Wednesday, 18th September 2019
A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries History Week Event
Lecture: "By heavens, Joe, but there are great men in Ireland still": Commandant Joseph Barrett (1888-1971) by Dr Paul O'Brien
Kilrush Public Library at 6.30pm

A talk on the recently discovered Archive of Joe Barrett from Moore Street in Kilrush. Barrett was part of a well-known Clare family and a member of the IRB and Irish Volunteers and served as a leader of the Mid Clare Brigade's Flying Column during the War of Independence. Paul will bring some documents from the Archive to the talk.
Free lecture. All are welcome. Contact the library for more information on (065) 9051504.

Wednesday, 18th September 2019
A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries History Week Event
Movie Screening of ‘Michael Collins’
Ennistymon Public Library at 6.30pm

Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, this 1996 film stars Liam Neeson aas Michael Collins and Alan Rickman as Éamon DeValera and was directed by Neil Jordan. It follows the life of Michael Collins through the War of Independence and up to his death at Béal na Bláth. Free event and all are welcome. Call Ennistymon Library on (065) 7071245 for further information.

Thursday, 19th September 2019
A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries History Week Event
History Presentation by author Brian Gallagher
Ennistymon Public Library, 11.30am to 12.30pm

Dublin author Brian Gallagher’s most recent novels for young people, Pawns and Spies were specially commissioned by The O’Brien Press to mark the centenary of the War of Independence this year. Brian will discuss the importance of our shared past with senior classes in local primary schools, as well as revealing the nuts and bolts of how a historical story for children is created including inspiration, research, plotting and characterization. Free event. Contact the library for more information on (065) 7071245.

Thursday, 19th September 2019
A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries History Week Event
Performance: Mike Hanrahan’s Clare: Songs of Independence: The Beginning
DeValera Public Library, Ennis at 1.15pm

This show from Mike Hanrahan of Stockton’s Wing is based on the events and stories that created Irish songs of Independence in Clare. The Beginning focuses on 1919 – the First Dáil, the early days of the War of Independence, mobilisation and the emerging leaders. Research, writing and performance by Mike Hanrahan. Free Event. All welcome. Further information from DeValera Public Library at 065 6846353.


Thursday, 19th September 2019
A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries History Week Event
History Presentation by author Brian Gallagher
Miltown Malbay Public Library, 1.30pm to 2.30pm

Dublin author Brian Gallagher’s most recent novels for young people, Pawns and Spies were specially commissioned by The O’Brien Press to mark the centenary of the War of Independence this year. Brian will discuss the importance of our shared past with senior classes in local primary schools, as well as revealing the nuts and bolts of how a historical story for children is created including inspiration, research, plotting and characterization. Free event. Contact the library for more information on (065) 7084822.

Thursday, 19th September 2019
A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries History Week Event
Performance: Mike Hanrahan’s Clare: Songs of Independence: The Beginning
Scariff Public Library at 6pm

This show from Mike Hanrahan of Stockton’s Wing is based on the events and stories that created Irish songs of Independence in Clare. The Beginning focuses on 1919 – the First Dáil, the early days of the War of Independence, mobilisation and the emerging leaders. Research, writing and performance by Mike Hanrahan. Free Event. All welcome. Further information from Scariff Public Library at (061) 922893.

Friday, 20th September 2019
A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries History Week Event
History Presentation by author Brian Gallagher
DeValera Public Library, Ennis, 11.20am to 12.20pm

Dublin author Brian Gallagher’s most recent novels for young people, Pawns and Spies were specially commissioned by The O’Brien Press to mark the centenary of the War of Independence this year. Brian will discuss the importance of our shared past with senior classes in local primary schools, as well as revealing the nuts and bolts of how a historical story for children is created including inspiration, research, plotting and characterization. Free event. Contact the library for more information on (065) 6846353.

Friday, 20th September 2019
A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries History Week Event
Performance: Mike Hanrahan’s Clare: Songs of Independence: The Beginning
Kilrush Public Library at 1.15pm.

This show from Mike Hanrahan of Stockton’s Wing is based on the events and stories that created Irish songs of Independence in Clare. The Beginning focuses on 1919 – the First Dáil, the early days of the War of Independence, mobilisation and the emerging leaders. Research, writing and performance by Mike Hanrahan. Free Event. All welcome. Further information from Kilrush Public Library at 065 9051504.

Friday, 20th September 2019
A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries History Week Event
History Presentation by author Brian Gallagher
Shannon Public Library, 1.30pm to 2.30pm

Dublin author Brian Gallagher’s most recent novels for young people, Pawns and Spies were specially commissioned by The O’Brien Press to mark the centenary of the War of Independence this year. Brian will discuss the importance of our shared past with senior classes in local primary schools, as well as revealing the nuts and bolts of how a historical story for children is created including inspiration, research, plotting and characterization. Free event. Contact the library for more information on (061) 364266.

Friday, 20th September 2019
A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries History Week Event
Movie Screening of ‘The Wind that Shakes the Barley’
Kilrush Library at 6pm

Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, this is a human drama set against a bloody historical backdrop. The film was directed by Ken Loach and stars Cillian Murphy. In the 1920’s, a young doctor (Murphy) joins the Irish Republican Army and insists that Ireland must be totally independent from Britain. His uncompromising position on this issue eventually puts him at odds with his brother (Padraic Delaney), who reluctantly concludes that as a practical matter, Ireland must settle for only partial independence. This leaves the brothers on opposite sides of the Irish Civil War. Free event and all are welcome. Call Kilrush Library on 065-905 1504 for further information.

Friday, 20th September 2019
A Clare County Library Decade of Centenaries History Week Event
Movie Screening of ‘The Wind that Shakes the Barley’
Ennistymon Public Library at 6.30pm

Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, this is a human drama set against a bloody historical backdrop. The film was directed by Ken Loach and stars Cillian Murphy. In the 1920’s, a young doctor (Murphy) joins the Irish Republican Army and insists that Ireland must be totally independent from Britain. His uncompromising position on this issue eventually puts him at odds with his brother (Padraic Delaney), who reluctantly concludes that as a practical matter, Ireland must settle for only partial independence. This leaves the brothers on opposite sides of the Irish Civil War. Free event and all are welcome. Call Ennistymon Library on (065) 7071245 for further information.

 

Friday, 20th September 2019
Open Mic Evening
De Valera Public Library from 6.30 - 8.00pm.

An opportunity for musicians and artists of all genres – vocalists, instrumentalists, actors, poets, spoken word artists – to step out to perform for their friends, family and community. To book your slot contact us at 065 6846353 or devalera@clarelibrary.ie or sign-up at the library over the next few weeks.

Friday, 20th September 2019
Culture Night 2019 Open Mic Evening
Seán Lemass Public Library from 7 to 9pm

Culture Night 2019 will be celebrated in Shannon Library with an Open Mic session for poetry and prose from 7 to 9pm. This will be hosted by Paddy Costelloe of Clare FM with a guest appearance on the night by storyteller Mike Glynn. All are welcome to come and read their own work, tell a story or read a favourite poem. Free event. Call Shannon Library for further information on (061) 364266.

Saturday, 21st September 2019
Summer Stars Certificate Presentation
Ennistymon Public Library from 10am to 1pm

Join us for our annual Summer Stars certificate presentation celebrations. There's lots of fun to be had with a puppet show, a cartooning workshop, face painting and more. For further information contact Ennistymon Library on (065) 7071245.


Saturday, 21st September 2019
Children’s storytime/craft session for 3 to 7 year olds.
Kilrush Public Library at 11am

Listen to the timeless story Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall and join in some fun craft activity based on the book. Refreshments will be provided. Booking is necessary. Contact Kilrush Library on 065 9051504

Monday, 23rd September 2019
Creative Writing Workshops for Adults
Sweeney Memorial Library, Kilkee 6 to 8pm

A series of Creative Writing Classes will take place in Kilkee Library, each Monday from 6pm to 8pm.
Arranged by LCETB, the Workshops are facilitated by Marc Ryan and are free to the public. Booking is essential, as numbers are limited.
Contact the library at 065 9056034 for further details and information.

Tuesday, 24th September 2019
Film Club - Stan and Ollie
Scariff Public Library at 2.30pm

Laurel and Hardy, the world's most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song - a grueling theatre tour of post-war Britain. Starring John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson and Steve Coogan. Cert PG. Free event and all are welcome. Tea and coffee provided.

Tuesday, 24th September 2019
Film Book Club – The Secret Life of Bees
Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon at 6.00pm

Our September film is ‘The Secret Life of Bees based on the novel of the same name by Sue Monk Kidd. Haunted by memories of her late mother and abused by her father, 14-year-old Lily Owens runs away with her friend and caregiver Rosaleen to the South Carolina town that holds the key to her mother's past. There, Lily meets the Boatwright sisters who take her in and teach her about beekeeping, honey, and the Black Madonna. Lily also discovers that the truth about her mother is closer than she thinks.
This is a free event and all are welcome. Tea and coffee provided. Call Shannon Library on 061 364266 for more information. CERT 15

Wednesday, 25th September 2019
Tea, Talk and Technology - A Positive Ageing Week event
DeValera Public Library from 11am to 12.00pm

Join library staff for tea, coffee and snacks and talks about some of the free great services the library has to offer. Along with borrowing books from any of Ireland’s public libraries, we’ll cover some of the lesser known services found through the library too like genealogy resources, accessing e-magazines, e-books and e-audio books, online training, language learning and more! Feel free to bring along your tablet or smartphone. For more information, contact DeValera Public Library on 065 6846353.

Saturday, 28th September 2019
Summer Stars Certificate Presentation
Scariff Public Library from 11am to 1pm

Join us for our annual Summer Stars certificate presentation celebrations. There's lots of fun to be had with a puppet show, a cartooning workshop, face painting, spot prizes, and more. For further information contact Scariff Library on (061) 922893.

Monday, 30th September 2019
Creative Writing Workshops for Adults
Sweeney Memorial Library, Kilkee 6 to 8pm

A series of Creative Writing Classes will take place in Kilkee Library, each Monday from 6pm to 8pm.
Arranged by LCETB, the Workshops are facilitated by Marc Ryan and are free to the public. Booking is essential, as numbers are limited.
Contact the library at 065 9056034 for further details and information.