Friday, December 18, 2015

New Ballinasloe Library Christmas Concert

It's our little Christmas gift to our supporters and friends in Ballinasloe.  We hope you can come along.

Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year from the Library Staff.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Gort Library REading Circle

Gort Library Evening Reading Circle enjoying a tipple at their Christmas Gathering.

L-R: Pat Farrell, Margaret Parry, Josephine Hynes, Hazel Gilchrist, Margaret Bourke (‪#‎Gort‬ Library) and Annie Fahy.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

'West Connemara and the Great War'' open evening in Clifden Library

Some photos from 'West Connemara and the Great War'' open evening held in Clifden Library on 27th Nov last.

L. Tom Burke with medals & plaque of his uncle Joseph Burke who died on the Somme 9 Sept 1916

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Dráma agus Ceol - Leabharlann na Ceathrún Rua

Leabharlann na Ceathrún Rua
Dé Sathairn 21 Samhain,6.00i.n. – 8.00i.n.
Dráma agus Ceol
An Cat agus an Ghealach le W.B. Yeats

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Author visit for Ballybane library

Author Kathleeen Curtin who hails from Tournafulla in County Limerick will discuss her debut novel “Madame Lune” in Ballybane Library on Friday 13th November at 12pm.
All are welcome and the event is free of charge.
Here is an Irish Times review.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

'Dreams on Paper: A Vision of Galway’s Changing Landscape' in Tuam Library

Galway's Great Read 2015
'Dreams on Paper: A Vision of Galway’s Changing Landscape'

Galway Libraries will be hosting exhibitions and a large number of events to celebrate the centenary of the birth of novelist and playwright Walter Macken
In Tuam Library on Thursday 5 November between 6.30pm and 8pm Ultan Macken will give an entertaining account of his father’s life and work, based upon his much-acclaimed biography, ‘Dreams on Paper’ (2009)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Win an IPad in Ballinasloe Library's Europe Direct’s Soapbox Competition

The regional competition of Europe Direct’s Soapbox Competition, called ‘Charity Begins at Home’, will be held in ‪#‎Ballinasloe‬ Library on Friday, October 16, at 6 pm.
Entry is open to all and contestants can compete in one of two categories: 18 and under and 19 and over. Each contestant must present a three-minute speech for or against the topic at the regional event before a public audience and a panel of judges.
The winner from each category will receive an iPad and there are electronics vouchers for the runners-up. Both winners will qualify for the grand final in Farmleigh House, Dublin, in November, where the first prizes in each category will be presented by Environment Minister Alan Kelly.
The first-prize winners in each category will win €1,000 and a trip to Brussels. Last year’s local winner, Siobhan Fitzgerald, from Ahascragh went on to win the national title.
The regional competition is organised by Ballinasloe Europe Direct Information Centre and is hosted by Ballinasloe Library.

For further details and entry forms, see Alternatively, contact Ballinasloe Library by telephone on 090-9643464 or by email at

Saturday, September 26, 2015

'You are Here'...Tuam Library

Tuam’s Public Art project “You are here…” an art project for Tuam by Limerick based graphic artist David Lilburn in collaboration with architect Jan Frohburg is currently being exhibited in Tuam Library.
This project has taken the Tuam chair as its starting point and it recognises that this historic type of chair is rooted in the rural origins of the town of Tuam and ties into local craft tradition and Tuam is the only place where this particular type of chair is still made today.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Summer Reading Buzz in Westside Library

Westside Library had a full house on Saturday the 19th of September for the Summer Reading Buzz presentations to over 450 children who completed the Challenge.
The challenge was to read ten books during the summer holidays. More than 4,500 books were read in Westside in ten weeks!
Each child received a certificate and gift presented to them by Galway City Mayor, Councillor Frank Fahy.
They were also treated to a surprise visit from Jeffrey Lynskey, manager of the Galway Minor Hurling Team, All-Ireland Champions. A former student of Scoil Bhride, Jeffrey gave an inspiring speech about the importance of reading. (He also brought along a rather shiny cup).

Included are photos of Jeffrey Lynskey with one of Galway’s biggest hurling fans, Librarian Mary McGinty.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Persse Family of Roxborough - Loughrea Library

The Persses of Roxborough

The Persse Family of Roxborough will be the subject of an illustrated talk on                  Wednesday: 23 September, 2015 at 8pm in  Loughrea Library, former Church of Ireland, #Loughrea.

This beautifully restored library has a strong connection to the Persse family including memorial tablets belonging to the Persses of Roxborough, Moyode and others.

The Guest Speaker will be Gerry Daly – former teacher and local historian. Gerry has recently completed a thesis on local history from the period of 1700 to 1850 at the University of Limerick.

The Persses settled in Roxborough in the 17th century and from them are descended most of the Persses of County Galway including Moyode, Castleboy, the Distillery Persses of Galway City etc. Lady Gregory of Coole Park , Sir Hugh Lane and Capt. John Shaw-Taylor are numbered among the many interesting famous people connected to the Persses of Roxborough.
Light refreshments will be served.
For further information please contact 087/9069191

Friday, September 18, 2015

Culture Night 2015 in Ballybane Library

Culture Night 2015 Galway City Library

Culture Night 2015 Loughrea Library

Culture Night Friday 18th September in Loughrea‬ Library

6.00-7.00pm - Whiden Toie: a Showcase of Traveller Culture and Heritage by Galway Traveller Movement, South East Galway

8.30pm - BAFFLE’s Cultural Mix: Ultan Macken will talk about the life and times of his late father Walter Macken.

Music by Sarah Cunningham & Co.
Readings by BAFFLE poetry group. Story telling.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Loughrea Library hosting book launch

Loughrea Library is to to host the book launch of ‘East Galway agrarian agitation and the burning of Ballydugan House, 1922’
on Thursday, 17th September at 8pm. All welcome.
This book, by Ann O’Riordan, is based on the burning of Ballydugan house in 1922, a middle-sized country house on a 1,500-acre estate near ‪#‎Loughrea‬ in east county Galway. The background to the burning of Michael Henry Burke’s house is charted alongside the rise of land agitation and unrest in east Galway. With branches all over each Galway, the Land League and the United Irish League voiced the disquiet of land-hungry tenants and sought relief for its landless members.
Ann O’Riordan is a native of east Galway who works in education. She holds an MA in Historic House Studies from Maynooth University

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Ballybane Library has a bright idea

Congratulations to Ballybane Library on being awarded €5,000 by KBC bank in a National Bright Ideas community support initiative for their Ballybane Welcome Project, Galway City.

This project will support the creation of reading groups for adults with literacy and mental health issues in the local community, providing much needed support and additional resources to the many community members who use the library.

The KBC Bright Ideas fund is open to anyone with a bright idea that can help improve his or her community within 12 months. While the ideas will be judged by our hubs panel in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Leinster or Limerick, everyone in every county of Ireland can take part.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Loughrea Library Speak Out

The Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture Team are coming to Loughrea on Thursday 3rd September.
This is an opportunity for people in ‪#‎Loughrea‬ and the surrounding areas to share their visions for their local communities and for Galway 2020.
Or just come along and find out what Galway 2020 is all about and how you can get involved. All Welcome!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Children’s Craft Session in ‪‎Loughrea‬ Library

Children’s Craft Session that is happening in ‪#‎Loughrea‬ Library this Saturday afternoon at 3pm.

Contact the Library...091 847220...

Friday, August 07, 2015

Preschooler craft sessions in Loughrea Library

Preschooler craft sessions in Loughrea Library on 8th August (Sat) @ 11.30/12.00

Age guide 5’s and under (must have a parent)- booking advised. Contact the Library on 091 847220