“The Missing” by Jane Casey

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by Fingal Libraries on June 22, 2015 in Libraries

The Garristown Village Book Club recently read The Missing, a crime fiction novel by author Jane Casey. The main character is Sarah Finch, a teacher in a secondary school in England. One sunny afternoon when Sarah and her brother Charlie were young children, Charlie went out to play and never came back. Now one of […]

The Great Balbriggan Bake Off 2015!

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by Fingal Libraries on June 15, 2015 in Libraries

As part of Balbriggan Summerfest 2015 Balbriggan Library organised The Great Balbriggan Bake Off. Bakers had a choice of five categories to enter: Cakes, Small Bakes, Bread, Pies/Tarts or Junior Baker for those aged 12 and under.  The library’s cookery section was very busy in the run up to the Bake Off as contestants searched […]


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by Fingal Libraries on June 9, 2015 in Libraries

BookCrossing is defined as “the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise.” The term is derived from bookcrossing.com, a free online book club which began in order to encourage the practice, aiming to “make the whole world a library.” Anyone who […]

U3A Sutton Baldoyle (Guest Blog)

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by Fingal Libraries on May 29, 2015 in Libraries

U3A Sutton Baldoyle - OUR FIRST TEN YEARS 2005 – 2015  Small Beginnings The date was May 2005, when the late Joe Fitzpatrick, with the support of Baldoyle Library and Age Action Ireland, and a number of likeminded people from the locality came together to discuss lifelong learning opportunities in the area. The U3A seed was […]

Posthumously Famous Authors

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by Fingal Libraries on May 19, 2015 in Libraries

In recent times there have been many previously forgotten or unrecognised authors who’ve had individual works lauded after their death. It may be the most poignant and bittersweet kind of literary success but it is of some consolation to remaining family and friends, and to readers who can discover previously unheralded but remarkable talents.   […]

Building a People’s Archive: Leave a Record of your Life (Guest Blog by Dr Ciara Meehan)

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by Fingal Libraries on May 15, 2015 in Libraries

The Modern Wife, Modern Life exhibition opens at the National Print Museum of Ireland in July, and it explores the expectations of Irish housewives in the 1960s. As the curator of this exhibition, I appealed to members of the Irish public to search their homes for domestic items dating from the 1960s. A wedding dress, […]

The Great Balbriggan Bake Off 2015

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by Fingal Libraries on May 11, 2015 in Libraries

As part of this year’s  Balbriggan Summerfest, Balbriggan Library will host the “Great Balbriggan Bake Off 2015” on Thursday 28th May from 6.00-8.00pm. This is our third Bake- Off contest and as you can see from the photos of previous contests, the standard is always amazing! The competition is free and open to all amateur bakers […]

“Turn the radio up for that sweet sound………!”

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by Fingal Libraries on May 5, 2015 in Libraries

The Blanchardstown Library Radio Show is broadcast on 92.5 Phoenix FM four times per month. The Library Show began in 2008 and has had a number of different hosts over the years. It is currently hosted by Ronan O’Malley of Blanchardstown Library since November 2013. The show goes out on Wednesdays from 8.30 – 9pm […]

I tried to read the library…. (Guest Blog)

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by Fingal Libraries on April 28, 2015 in Libraries

I fell in love with a damp mobile library when I was five years old.  Unlikely as it may sound, this has been perhaps my most satisfying love affair to date – no waning of affection, no tedious and drunken fights, and no domestic grievances; just satisfaction, and the knowledge that if this book wasn’t […]

Fingal Libraries –Your library accessible 24/7 -continued

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by Fingal Libraries on April 21, 2015 in Libraries

My first Digital Services blog back in November 2014 covered details of our eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eNewspaper facilties. As Fingal Libraries have such a range of online services to offer people with something for everybody there was too much information for one blog.  Now I want to tell you about the other valuable […]

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