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!