Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Galway Film Centre ID Projects 2013 - Information evening in Westside & Ballybane Libraries

Galway Film Centre invites community, social and voluntary groups from around Galway city and county to take part in an exciting project that will enable them to make their own documentary.

Funded principally by The Arts Council, Galway City Council, and Galway County Council, this project is now in its fourteenth year, during which time Galway Film Centre have built up an impressive track record of giving people from a wide range of backgrounds access to the art-form of documentary making. The project aims to facilitate community groups to take an active part in the filmmaking process, to develop and create a short documentary in order to tell their own story.

Free Open Information Evening:
Westside Library: Wednesday April 3rd at 6pm
Ballinasloe Library: Thursday April 4th at 5pm

For more information and application form please contact:
Nuala Broderick at Galway Film Centre, phone (091) 770748 or

Closing date for entries is 19th April 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

One Book, One Tuam Library

Author Marilyn Taylor visited Tuam Library on Thursday, the 28th of February and Friday the 1st of March. Her book, Faraway Home was this year’s choice of book for ‘One Book, One Tuam’.
The book is about two Jewish children, Karl and Rosa, who are sent from Vienna to Northern Ireland in 1938, as part of the Kindertransport, to ensure their safety. There they have to adapt to a very different community and way of life, and when Belfast is bombed, they are made aware that war is never far away. With the help of other local children they learn that out of conflict and despair extraordinary friendships can grow.
Speaking to over 300 children over the two days, Marilyn told those present that she had very much drawn on her own life story and family background to inform her writing. ‘One Book, One Tuam’ is an annual community reading project, now in its fourth successive year, the aims of which are to improve literacy, promote reading for pleasure and to encourage a deeper sense of community. It is fully supported by local schools, training facilities and businesses.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Europe Direct in Ballinasloe Library

The competition ‘The European Parliament : Why should I care ?’ invites young citizens from EU member states and Croatia to express in an innovative and convincing manner why the European Parliament is important to them, or not if that is the case, and why there is a need to vote in the next EP elections.

European Policy Centre would like to remind you to spread the message as much as possible as the deadline is on the 28th of March.

This competition gives the chance to young people to express themselves and share their opinions.  It will also give the opportunity for the twenty awarded participants to discover Brussels, learn more about the EU Institutions and share ideas with the EU decision makers.

More information about the competition and how to apply can be found on the EPC website:  

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Tuam Hunger Strike of 1978 remembered in Tuam Library

Almost a hundred people were in attendance Saturday the 9th of March in Tuam library to hear Dr. Gabriel O’Connor deliver a much anticipated talk on the Tuam Hunger Strikes of 1978.
All though all of the principal protagonists involved , former Tuam Town Commissioners Harold Campbell & Joe Burke, and Brian McNamara of the Tuam Chamber of Commerce are now departed, numerous members of their families, including many of their grandchildren were present. Dr. O’Connor gave an impressive on lecture on the exciting events of April 1978 . The Hunger Strike was undertaken by two town commissioners and a member of the Tuam Chamber Commerce and lasted almost seven days, the aims of which were to avert the removal of the rail link to Tuam and the withdrawal of major industries.

Oranmore Heritage in Oranmore Library

Friday, March 01, 2013

The Tuam Hunger Strike, 1978 - Tuam Library

The Tuam Hunger Strike of 1978 – A Tribute to Harold Campbell, Joe Burke and Brian McNamara

This is the heroic story of the late Tuam Town Commissioners Harold Campbell & Joe Burke, and Brian McNamara of the Tuam Chamber of Commerce, who in April 1978 went on hunger strike to protest the threat to Tuam of the removal of the town’s railway and of Erin Foods. As part of the commemorations for Tuam’s 400th anniversary, Dr. Gabriel O’Connor will give a talk on the fascinating story of the hunger strikers and their legacy. 

The talk will be held on Saturday, the 9th of March at 1pm in Tuam Library. All are welcome.