Saturday, April 25, 2015

Illustrated talk on 'Liam O’Flaherty’s works and O’Flaherty the Man' - Galway City Library

Galway City Library, Thursday April 30 at 6pm.

Illustrated talk on 'Liam O’Flaherty’s works and O’Flaherty the Man' by his publisher, Seamus Cashman.

The talk is hosted by The Liam & Tom O’Flaherty Society. Admission is free to this illustrative talk and all are welcome.
A major figure in the Irish literary renaissance, O'Flaherty's hallmark is his depiction of nature and country life in the west of Ireland and his native Aran Islands before modern influences brought irreversible change.
The novels of Liam O’Flaherty, like nearly all great Irish writers of the 20th century, were banned by the Irish state’s censorship board. Indeed, back in 1929 O’Flaherty had the dubious honour of being the first novelist to endure the wrath of the censors, when his “Galway novel”, The House of Gold, was proscribed.

While Liam O'Flaherty's works were first published by Jonathan Cape, Victor Gollancz and others, it was not until the founding of Wolfhound Press by Seamus Cashman in 1974 that many of the works of Liam O’Flaherty found an Irish publishing house. Cashman’s publishing house re-printed many of Liam’s novels and collections of short stories throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including works such as Skerrett, The Puritan and The Pedlar's Revenge and Other Stories.
Seamus Cashman, who is an author in his own right, has an intimate knowledge of the works of Liam O’Flaherty and the world of publishing having founded Wolfhound Press and developed it into a leading literary and cultural publishing house.
Seamus Cashman also developed a great rapport with Liam O’Flaherty. In 1983 he returned with O’Flaherty and Liam’s lifelong partner Kitty Tailer for the last time back to the novelist’s family home at Gort na gCappal on Inis Mór.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

‪‎Cúirt‬ Kitchen Readings in Westside Library


‪#‎Cúirt‬ Kitchen Readings

‪#‎Westside‬ Library 25-04-2015 2:30 pm

For the past four years, Cúirt in association with the Galway Library Service have hosted Kitchen Readings. These are informal gatherings of poets and musicians in homes across Galway, offering an intimate and fun experience to neighbours and friends. Participating in the kitchen readings this year will be: Sarah Clancy, Elaine Feeney and Little John Nee.
Contact the Library
(091) 520 616

Friday, April 17, 2015

Loughrea Library Music Recital

This Music Recital will take place in ‪#‎Loughrea‬ Library on Sunday April 19th, proceeds of which will go to Loughrea Family & Community Resource Centre.
Loughrea FRC would be very grateful for the support of the local community for this event as the proceeds will be used for their continuing work in the community.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Clifden Library Exhibition

Ahead of his new exhibition in Clifden library, artist John Brennan explains the importance of the Caribbean La Ceiba tree in his work.
The ‘La Ceiba’ tree is a prolific but not common tree in the Caribbean area – the specimen I enjoy using as my motif is a 275-plus year old, massive tree covered with prickly spear growth on its trunk and root system. The canopy spread is about 100 feet across, while the root system extends about 35 to 40 feet or more.
It is the roof and lower structure that fascinates me – I have gone back to Vieques, Puerto Rico, for about 10 years for a painting-drawing holiday. I work from many other objects while there, but it’s the tree keeps pulling me back.
The tree itself is becoming metaphor for me in that its forms are becoming more symbolic of human form – I find I now am searching for a way of seeing it out of context, using my mind’s eye to simply imagine it and see what happens.
It remains to be seen where this might lead – or if I have the courage to pursue where it may go!
John Brennan’s exhibition runs at Clifden Library from March 24-April 25

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