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Special Events

September 2019

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, 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

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.

Monday, 16th September to Frida,y 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 during History Week.
Free exhibition during library opening hours. Contact the library for more information on (061) 364266.

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, Ennis 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.

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.

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
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.

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.