Saturday, March 28, 2015

'The Latvian Tragedy, 1941' Exhibition in Ballinasloe Library

On Tuesday March 31st at 6.00pm His Excellency Dr. Gints Apals will launch an exhibition entitled 'The Latvian Tragedy, 1941' , as part of the Latvian Presidency of the European Union.

The exhibition was prepared by Museum of the Occupation of Latvia in collaboration with the Museum "Jews in Latvia". Latvia, along with Estonia and Lithuania, had the terrible misfortune of experiencing two occupations in 1941. Each regime, while their ideological facades may have differed, committed political repressions, grave acts of persecution and genocidal atrocities.

The occupying power of the Soviet Union repressed and killed the citizens of Latvia and on June 14, 1941, sent approximately 15000 people to Siberia. Less than two weeks later, Nazi Germany occupied Latvia and subsequently destroyed almost entirely the Latvian Jewish community, murdering approximately 70,000 innocent people in that one year.

The exhibition will be on display until April 20th and all are welcome to the launch.  Mayor of Galway, Councillor Mary Hoade will be in attendance and refreshments will be served.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Daffodil Day Fundraising in Loughrea Library

Daffodil Day is the biggest and longest running fundraising day for the Irish Cancer Society, Ireland’s national cancer charity. On the run up to Daffodil Day, Friday 27th March, 2015 volunteers sell daffodil pins and flowers to raise money for the Society’s free, nationwide services for those with, and affected by, cancer in Ireland.

Forming part of the Daffodil Day fundraising campaign, the following are events taking place in Loughrea Library
Grey Lake Quartet, and St. Brendan’s Cathedral Choir will perform in Loughrea Library on Sunday 22nd March from 7.30pm.
Thursday 26th March 11am-1pm and 2-4pm Drop in Coffee Dock in Loughrea Library.
Friday 27th March Daffodil Day Fresh Daffodils, Pins etc. will be on sale. Support for this very worthy cause would be appreciated.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Designing the Book of Claddagh - Westside Library

Designing the Book of Claddagh - 5th & 6th class from Scoil Chroi Íosa and Scoil Bhride will visit Westside Library on Wednesday 11th & 18th of March between 9.15-13.30. The children will be take part in art workshops with Midi Corcoran as part of the One Book One Galway events.

The event is supported by Design Ireland 2015.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

'I Will Arise and Go Now' - Launch in Gort Library

'I Will Arise and Go Now', the first line of W.B. Yeats poem The Lake Isle of Inisfree, gives the name to a week’s celebration of Yeats 2015 taking place in the town of Gort, Co. Galway from March 13th to 22nd. A week of cultural events for all ages will culminate in a spectacular, Yeats themed St. Patrick’s parade at 12.30pm on Sunday 22nd March, grand marshalled by W.B. Yeats & Lady Gregory.
There is a prize for the best spectator’s costume. The crowd can take their insp...iration from 1900-1930 dress and the people and places associated with W.B. Yeats. All interested groups are welcome to take part in the parade or enter a float. So, arise and go now and go to Gort, the spiritual home of W.B. Yeats and birthplace of the Irish Literary Revival. Full details can be found at
The festival will be launched at 7pm Friday 13th March in Gort Library with an exhibition by KAVA (Kinvara Assoc. of Visual Artists) and music by Sonic Strings. The exhibition will run for one month. An Over The Edge Yeats 2015 Special will take place at 6.30pm on Wed. 18th with Featured Readers and Open Mic with MC Kevin Higgins, writer. There will be a screening of Seamus Heaney: Out of the Marvellous at 8pm on Thurs. 19th in The Lady Gregory Hotel, accompanied by a short film Analogue People in a Digital Age filmed in Gort. Other events include storytelling for adults by Eddie Lenihan, a family puppet show by Yer Man’s Puppets and an Open Mic for Teenagers. All culminating in the Grand Parade at 12.30pm on Sunday 22nd complete with trad music, brass bands, a fleet of High Nellies and a tug of war.
The I Will Arise and Go Now festival is the third in a series of events in South Galway in association with Yeats 2015 nationally. The festival is a collaboration between community groups in South Galway, centring around the town of Gort, adjacent to Thoor Ballylee and Coole Park, the home of Lady Augusta Gregory, famous for its literary associations with Yeats and many other great Irish writers. A big thank you must go to the Gort St. Patrick’s Committee in association with the Kiltartan Gregory Museum, Galway Co. Libraries, Burren Lowlands, The Lady Gregory & Yeats Trail Group, KAVA (Kinvara Assoc. of Visual Artists), Gort Vibes Cinema Club, Gort No Name Club and South Galway Athletic Club for coming together to celebrate their Coole poet and reminding us all of the genius that was W.B. Yeats.