Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Doegen Records Web Project

This digital archive of Irish dialect recordings made during 1928-31 comprises an important collection of early Irish language recordings of folktales, songs and other material. It includes recordings from many regions of Ireland where traditional Irish dialects have disappeared since the time the recordings were made.

The collection includes 137 Gaelic speakers from 17 counties. This initial edition of the web site provides digitized versions of recordings originally produced on shellac records. These audio files will be supplemented by transcriptions and translations of the recordings, information on the people recorded, and other related content as it becomes available, enhancing an already rich resource.
The Doegen Records Web Project offers a unique opportunity for linguists, social historians, anthropological researchers, educators, musicologists, genealogists, local communities, and anyone interested in Ireland's cultural heritage. The materials provide a fascinating and priceless legacy of now extinct Irish-language dialects. Users can browse and listen to these recordings and appreciate the spoken record of the early twentieth century in rural Ireland.
This digital archive is a project of the Royal Irish Academy Library in collaboration with the Digital Humanities Observatory.The project is funded by the Higher Education Authority. The archive consists of digitized versions of recordings made originally on shellac records in the period 1928-31, and will be accompanied by transcriptions and translations of the recordings, information on the people recorded, and other related content. Currently the archive includes 68 recordings from county Galway.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Most popular titles of 2009 in Galway Public Libraries

For the third year in a row, "A thousand splendid suns" is Galway Libraries most lent title. According to our lending records the most popular book issues in Galway Public Libraries for 2009
were as follows: See most popular for 2008 here and 2007.

The images to the left are of Clifden Library's Festive Windows

Hosseini, Khaled - A thousand splendid suns

Gilbert, Elizabeth - Eat, pray, love : bone woman's search for everything across Italy, India and Indonesia
Edwards, Kim - The memory keeper's daughter
Binchy, Maeve - Heart and soul
Cornwell, Patricia - Scarpetta
Ahern, Cecelia - The gift
Mayes, Frances - Under the Tuscan sun
Picoult, Jodi - My sister's keeper
McEwan, Ian - On Chesil Beach
Roberts, Nora - Tribute
Scanlan, Patricia - Happy ever after
Patterson, James - Sail
Patterson, James - Cross Country
Connelly, Michael - The brass verdict
La Plante, Lynda - Deadly intent
O'Flanagan, Sheila - Someone special
Scanlan, Patricia - Forgive and forget
Hazzard, Shirley - The transit of Venus
Ahern, Cecelia - Thanks for the memories
Picoult, Jodi - Salem Falls

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Last Over The Edge Open Reading for 2009

The final Over The Edge Open Reading of 2009 takes place in Galway City Library, St. Augustine Street, Galway on Thursday, December 17th, 6.30-8pm. The Featured Readers are Gerry Galvin, Liam Duffy & Geraldine Mills.

There will be an open-mic when the Featured Readers have finished. This is open to anyone who has a poem or story to share. New readers are always especially welcome. The MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars. For further details phone 087-6431748.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Costa Book Awards 2009

The Costa Book Awards recognise the most enjoyable books - published in the last year by writers in five categories - First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book based in the UK and Ireland. This year's Costa Book Awards attracted 592 entries - the second highest-ever number of submissions in one year.

2 02009 Costa Novel Award short list
Penelope Lively for Family Album (Fig Tree)
Hilary Mantel for Wolf Hall (Fourth Estate)
Christopher Nicholson for The Elephant Keeper (Fourth Estate)
Colm Toib?n for Brooklyn (Viking)

2009 Costa First Novel Award shortlist
Rachel Heath for The Finest Type of English Womanhood (Hutchinson)
Peter Murphy for John the Revelator (Faber and Faber)
Raphael Selbourne for Beauty (Tindal Street Press)
Ali Shaw for The Girl with Glass Feet (Atlantic Books)

2009 Costa Biography Award shortlist
Graham Farmelo for The Strangest Man - The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius (Faber and Faber)
William Fiennes for The Music Room (Picador)
Simon Gray for Coda (Co-published by Granta Books and Faber and Faber)
Caroline Moorehead for Dancing to the Precipice (Chatto & Windus)

2009 Costa Poetry Award shortlist
Clive James for Angels Over Elsinore (Picador Poetry)
Katharine Kilalea for One Eyed Leigh (Carcanet)
Ruth Padel for Darwin: A Life in Poems (Chatto & Windus)
Christopher Reid for A Scattering (Arete Books)

2009 Costa Childrens Book Award shortlist
Siobhan Dowd for Solace of the Road (David Fickling Books)
Mary Hoffman for Troubadour (Bloomsbury)
Patrick Ness for The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking: Book Two) (Walker Books)
Anna Perera for Guantanamo Boy (Puffin)

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Lunchtime Music @ the City Library

Enjoy the sounds of Christmas when ConTempoand the Sunus chamber choir, under the direction of Audrey Corbett, perform a special lunchtime holiday concert at the Galway City Library, St. Augustine Street on Tuesday 8th of December.

The performance begins at 1.00pm and is open to the public, free of charge. The programmes will include Corelli's Christmas Oratorio, Bach's Air, Haydn's Serenade and Minuet, Mozart's Allegro from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Presto from the Divertimento in D, Dvorak's Andante from the 'American' Quartet, Romanian Folk Dances, Byzantine Christmas Songs and a Christmas Carol medley. All are welcome

The ConTempo Quartet are Galway County Council's musicians in residence, at the heart of a project to develop music in Galway. Throughout the past year they have presented workshops for school children, performed in Libraries throughout the county, worked with local artists and choirs, hosted chamber music workshops and a summer school for young musicians.

Friday, November 27, 2009

IMPAC Literary Award Longlist

The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is the largest and most international prize of its kind. It involves libraries from all corners of the globe, and is open to books written in any language.
Novels by two Irish writers; The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry, winner of the 2009 Costa Prize and Netherland by Joseph O’Neill, longlisted for the 2009 Man Booker prize have been nominated for the prestigious 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The nominations come from 163 libraries in 123 cities and 43 countries worldwide. See the 2010 longlist here.

The Award is open to works of fiction written in, or translated into, English and published within a specified period of time.The nomination process for the Award is unique as nominations are made by selected libraries in capital and major cities throughout the world.

Participating libraries can nominate up to three books each year for the Award: the books must meet the criteria for eligibility which are distributed to libraries each year.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Science Week event in Tuam Library

NUIG held a workshop in Tuam Library on Tuesday 17th November as part of Science Week.

Students from Transition year in the Presentation College attended the workshop and debated the issue of adult stem cell research. This workshop was in preparation for Debating Science Issues, a debating competition which invites students to engage in debate on biomedical science.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Ballinasloe Library, 20 Years since the Fall of the Berlin Wall:Wir waren so frei:Momentaufnahmen 1989/1990

An exhibition of film and photographs,currently at ED Ballinasloe/Ballinasloe Library, until early December, commemorates the Fall of the Berlin Wall twenty years ago. This event is one of the European Commission’s priorities for this year.
The exhibition, from Deutsche Kinemathek Museum Fur Film und Fernsehen in Berlin, conveys a wide range of very personal impressions and atmospheres, affording the observer a unique glimpse of these historical events and their effects on daily life in both the East and the West....the atmosphere preceding the fall of the wall and daily life during changing times.
A DVD supplied with the exhibition runs continually at the centre and class visits may be booked in advance .
Special thanks to Judith Lehinger in Berlin and to Isabel, a German student, working with Galway County Libraries in Ballybane Library for their help with this exhibition.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

'Sources' launched by National Library

Sources is a National Library of Ireland database for Irish research, contains over 180,000 catalogue records for Irish manuscripts, and for articles in Irish periodicals.

You can search across:
All of the National Library's manuscripts catalogued up to the 1980s.

Irish manuscripts held in other libraries and archives in Ireland and worldwide, listed between the 1940s and the 1970s.
Articles, reviews and other content that appeared in over 150 Irish periodicals (download a full list of the journals) up to 1969.
Article records give details of the author, the title, and the citation, as well as information about how to access the periodicals in the
National Library of Ireland or elsewhere. Manuscript records provide key details about the manuscript including the title, in addition to where it is held and its manuscript number. All records have subject headings, which can themselves be used as searches.
Copies of any periodical articles that the National Library of Ireland holds can be ordered through our Reprographics department, using the citation details (including page numbers) and the call number given in the records. Copies of the Library's manuscript material need to be requested through our Manuscripts department. Full details on ordering material, including pricing, are available on the Copying Services section of the National Library's main website.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Ballybane Library Knitting Circle

This new group meets on the first Tuesday of each month in Ballybane Library from 2.30p.m. – 4p.m.

Contact the Library on 380590 if you are interested

Art and Creative Writing Exhibition in Ballybane Library

The launch of an Art and Creative Writing Exhibition by the Brothers of Charity service users from the Aisling Centre took place in Ballybane Library on Thursday 22ndOctober.
Local Councillor Hildegarde Naughton did the honours with help from the pupils of local school, Coláiste na Coirbe.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Age Action volunteer tutors in Ballybane Library

On Monday 9th November a presentation of certificates to Age Action volunteer tutors took place in Ballybane Library.

All the tutors are involved in the “Getting Started” computer classes which are held in Ballybane Library.
The tutors were nominated in the category of “IT Volunteer of the Year” as part of the “Getting Started” initiative.

The Mayor of Galway city, Cllr. Declan McDonnell, presented the certificates.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Gombeens bring their show to 10 Galway Libraries.

The Gombeens, Jonathan Gunning and Miquel Barcelo are two self confessed social clowns who spread the word of a more just society, through laughter. Their show Stories of a Yellow Town was created from interviews with both Brazilian and Irish residents of Gort. The show gives a voice to the migrants in the area while helping people to understand and empathise with their struggle.
The show is being brought to schoolchildren across Galway over the next two weeks as the Gombeens visit 10 Branch Libraries in Galway. The shows are funded by The Arts office, Galway Co. Council.

Gort, Nov 4th
Westside, Galway City, Nov 5th
Oranmore, Ballybane, Nov 6th
Loughrea, Ballinasloe, Nov 11th
Athenry, Tuam, Nov 12th
Dunmore, Glenamaddy, Nov 13th

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

EU Direct Essay Competition in Ballinasloe Library

Comórtas Aiste ar “Thitim an Chuirtín Iarainn”.

I mbliana, tá ceiliúradh dha dhéanamh ar an 20ú cuimhneachán de Thitim an Chuirtín Iarainn. Chun Aird a thabhairt ar seo, tá comórtas aiste eagraithe ag Ionad Eolais Choimisiún na h-Eorpa, atá ionnaithe i ED Ballinasloe/Leabharlann Phoiblí Bhéal Atha na Sluaighe, do scoileanna dara leibhéal faoin teideal:

“Ag maireachtáil taobh thiar don Chuirtín Iarainn...lá i mo shaol”.

Ta an comórtas oscailte do gach rang dara leibhéal agus siad na duaiseanna :
1ad duais : 200 Euro. 2 adh duais: 100 Euro. 3 adh duais : 75 euro. 6 dhuais de 40 euro an ceann. Sé Dé Mairt an 8ú lá de mhí na Nollag an dáta deireannach a nglacfar le h-iarratais.

Is féidir iad a phostáil chuig M.Dillon, Ionad Eolais Choimisiún na h-Eorpa, Leabharlann Phoiblí Bhéal Atha na Sluaighe, Co. na Gaillimhe nó ar riomhphost:

Europe Direct “Fall of the Iron Curtain”Essay Competition

The 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Iron Curtain is being celebrated this year. In order to highlight this ,the Europe Direct Centre at ED Ballinasloe/Ballinasloe Library has organized an essay competition for second level schools entitled

“Living behind the Iron Curtain...a day in the life”.

The Competition is open to all second level classes and the prizes, sponsored by the ED Centre are:
st prize:200 euro. 2nd prize:100 euro. 3rd prize:75 euro. 6 runner-up prizes:40 euro each

Closing date for entries is:Tuesday,8th December 2009.

Entries may be posted to: M.Dillon, ED Centre, Ballinasloe Library, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway or email.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Ballybane Library Annual Chess Tournament 2009

A very successful chess tournament was played out recently in Ballybane Library. Three Schools- Briarhill, St. Michael’s and Gaelscoil Dara entered two teams of 4 children. Each child played as individuals for first, second and third places. Then
the top four scores from each school were totalled to get an overallwinner for the perpetual trophy.

After five rounds of chess the following were declared the winners.
Overall winner on 5 points Matthew Kilgannon - Briarhill National School.

Runner up on 4 points Alan Duggan – Briarhill National School
Third place on 4 points Andreas Kozlous – St Michael’s Boys National School.
Team winners on 16 points– Briarhill N.S.
Hot on their heels with 13 ½ points - St Michael’s Boys N.S.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Quest Seeker's prize-giving in Tuam Library

Summer Reading Challenge Prize-giving:
On Saturday 26th September, 270 children received certificates for completing the Summer Reading Challenge. The certificates were presented by Mayor Tom McHugh.
422 children participated in The Summer Reading Quest Seekers Challenge and 60 children took part in a challenge for 3-5 year olds ‘Read With Me’.
Due to the large numbers of children receiving certificates, three prize-giving sessions took place over the day.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Children’s Book Festival 2009

Children’s Book Festival, the national celebration of children’s books and literature, is held during the month of October. Galway County Libraries are celebrating with events in a number of Branch Libraries.

Galway City Library hosted a number of events in conjunction with Baboro. Wendy Hayes told stories from Woodpecker Wood , Tuesday 13th Oct -- Sat 17th Oct. Classes from Local schools attended the performances.
Brian Moses, one of Britain’s favourite poets entertained children in Westside Library on Wednesday 14th at 3.30pm. The event was very well attended.
Megan Sayres, an American writer, author of Anahita’s Woven Riddle, spoke to children in Westside and Ballybane.
Portumna Library has an interesting list of imaginative art and craft competitions. They also have activities from Monday 19th to Friday 23rd such as Jenga, Table Quiz, Shadow Puppetry with Hayley Aldous, Nature Collage Workshop with Marie, Teddy Bear’s Picnic and Fancy Dress on Friday.
Tuam Library have storytelling session on the 21st and 22nd and two sessions with Kate Mc Mahon, local children’s author on the 23rd. Halloween is celebrated on the Thursday 29th with spooky stories and arts and crafts. They also have art, poetry and short story competitions.
Roundstone Library had a Fancy dress party with ghost stories on Friday 17th at 12am.
Eyrecourt Library celebrated with a Junior and Senior Table Quiz, Jenga and Draughts. Junior and Senior Infants enjoyed Nursery Rhymes and Stories.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

October Events in Gort Public Library

Music & Poetry 8pm Friday 23rd October:

An evening of poetry and music with Australian poets, Alison Croggon and Robert Gray accompanied by local string quartet, Shan-walla from Coole Music. Organised in association with the Western Writers’ Centre and the Australian Poetry Society.

Art Exhibition by local artist, Heidi Reich (pictured, left) runs until end October.

Children’s Book Festival
2.30pm-4.30pm Saturday 31st October

Children’s Book Festival Hallowe’en Party. Children’s string quartet, Kyle-na-no from Coole Music will perform at the party and there will be face painting, fun and games. Come along in Fancy-Dress!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Positive Ageing Week in Ballybane Library

Positive Ageing Week was officially launched in Ballybane Library, by the Mayor of Galway City, Cllr. Declan McDonnell,

and the Deputy Mayor of Galway County, Cllr. Bridie Willers.

A full programme of events to celebrate the week was held around the city and county. The Age Action 2009 Positive Ageing Photography Exhibition was displayed in Ballybane Library from Friday 18th September

to Saturday 3rd October. One of the photographs on display features our

esteemed colleague, Máire Breathnach,branchlibrarian in Spiddal. The photo

also features Máire’s husband Padraic andgrandchildren, and was taken while on

holidays in Seattle ,Washington.

Creative Writers from the “Journeys” Creative Writing Group read from their work. The “Journeys” Creative Writers meet in

Galway city library . Music and refreshments were provided.

Photo 1: Máire Breathnach and her daughter Mairead

Photo 2: Mrs Carmel Sheeran reading . Mr Michael Lynskey, King of

the Claddagh, in the background

Photo 3:Mr Gerry McGough, ESB Customer

Supply, Mayor of Galway city, Cllr. Declan

McDonnell, King of the Claddagh

Mr. Michael Lynskey at the microphone, Pete

Mullineaux, Tutor, Journeys Creative Writing Classes

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Arts Week in Clifden Library

The longest running community arts festival in Ireland, Clifden Community Arts Week, now in its 32nd year took place this year between September 17th - 27th.
Showcasing the best of national and international poetry, drama, artists and writers. Some of the visitors to the library are featured below.

Top: Library Staff member Bernie Jeffries with Seamus Heaney

Artist Alanah Robins with Gerard Smyth launching her sculpture 'Owenglen River' in the library.

Bottom: Members of Galway Arts Centre
Poetry workshop.
Sean & Rosalind Coyne performing their Dramatic Recital fromSynge's Aran Islands.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Cinema in Gort Library

Where: Gort Public Library
Doors open @ 8 pm

24th September. The Visitor (2008)
Sixty-two-year-old Walter Vale (Jenkins) is sleepwalking through his life. Having lost his passion for teaching and writing, When his college sends him to Manhattan to attend a conference, Walter is surprised to find a young couple has taken up residence in his apartment. Victims of a real estate scam, have
nowhere else to go. In the first of a series of tests of the heart, Walter reluctantly allows the couple to stay with him.
Language: English. By Tom McCarthy.

15th October. Quiet Chaos (2008)
A gentle psychological drama directed by Antonello Grimaldi. Moretti stars as Pietro, a film executive whose life takes an irreversible and devastating turn one fateful morning. During a trip to the beach with his brother, Pietro's path intersects with that of a woman, Eleonora who is drowning in the ocean; horrified, Pietro rushes in to save her. He subsequently returns home only to discover that his wife, Lara, just died in a nasty falling accident. Language: Italian, English subtitles By Antonello Grimaldi.

26th November. Lemon Tree (2008)
A multifaceted drama straddling the Palestinian-Israeli divide that's full of irony, generosity, anger and pure crowd-pleasing optimism. Setting is Zur HaSharon, on the Israel-West Bank border, where handsome 45-year-old widow Salma Zidane from a Palestinian village, has a lemon grove her father planted half a century ago. When smooth new Israeli Defense Minister Israel Navon decide to build an upscale new house for him and his wife Mira right up against the grove, on the Israeli side of the fence. Salma's lemon trees are deemed a defense risk. Language: Arabic, Hebrew with English subtitles. Director:Eran Ricklis.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Dunmore Library History& Heritage Lecture

Dunmore History & Heritage Society's next lecture will take place on September 29th in Dunmore Library at 8pm.
This September is the 200th Anniversary of the Augustinian Eremites leaving
Dunmore. To honour the occasion we will have a short prayer service in the Abbey at 7pm, which will be followed by a lecture. The talk will cover the period in Dunmore before the Augustinians arrived and their illustrious history in Dunmore until they were up-rooted from Dunmore on September 30th 1809. The speaker will be Hubert Birmingham.