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.