cross-stream: ways of writing

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by Fingal Libraries on October 12, 2015 in Libraries

One of the major themes to emerge from Yes But Are We Enemies1 – last year’s Ireland-wide tour of poetry collaborations that I produced and co-curated with SJ Fowler as an extension of his remarkable UK-based Enemies Project, and which involved more than 40 poets – was a thirst from audiences for new ways […]

Information in the community – Age Friendly Skerries

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by Fingal Libraries on October 1, 2015 in Libraries

On Tuesday 25th August 2015, Skerries Age Friendly Town Working Group launched an information pack for people over 65 years. The Age Friendly Information pack was produced to address the information needs of older people in the town. The pack includes a Fridge Magnet of Emergency Services numbers, Contact details on Clubs and Leisure Activities […]

An intriguing book launch, a friend’s impressive achievement and a very absorbing read….

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by Fingal Libraries on September 24, 2015 in Libraries

Tarot cards, red buttons and beautifully decorated biscuits were all on show at the most intriguing book launch I ever attended and these mysterious items immediately piqued my interest (which was already high due to the fact that my friend’s wife Moira was the author). When I read The Accident Season, I understood and further […]

Swords Library Book Review Competition Winners

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by Fingal Libraries on September 18, 2015 in Libraries

During the summer, Swords Library ran a competition inviting our junior borrowers to submit a review of a library book of their choice. From the entries received, two reviews were judged to have significant merit, and were  joint winners of the competition. Each of the children received a prize of an Easons gift voucher, and […]

Swords Baby Book Club

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by Fingal Libraries on August 31, 2015 in Libraries

If you’re looking for something educational and fun for your baby or pre-schoolers we have a fantastic Baby Book Club at Swords Library.  The aim of the club is to introduce babies and very young children to the love of books and literacy and to socialise with others.  We encourage and support parents and carers […]

On the Story Bus (Guest Blog)

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by Fingal Libraries on August 18, 2015 in Libraries

I was delighted to be asked to tell stories on the mobile library bus all around Fingal in August. The audience was the children in the community preschools and creches. We had arranged dates and times and the library bus arrived on time and parked.  And everywhere we went the children and their carers were […]

Beach Body Ready!

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by Fingal Libraries on August 17, 2015 in Libraries

Most of us are not fit to be seen on the beach.  We will never be bikini/mankini ready.  If this does not apply to you, you are a) very young b) very lucky or c) delusional.  For the rest, the library is here to offer help.  We may not be able to transform you into […]

The Tales of Robert Aickman

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by Fingal Libraries on August 10, 2015 in Libraries

Indulging in some nostalgia recently, I treated myself to some episodes from two television anthology series from the past, each featuring tales of the strange and macabre. Tales of the Unexpected, made by Anglia Television for ITV between 1979 and 1988 and initially hosted by a delightfully unsettling Roald Dahl, featured adaptations of stories by […]

10 Top GAA Book

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by Fingal Libraries on August 5, 2015 in Libraries, Sports & Recreation
10 Top GAA Books

Gaelic games have flourished in Ireland since the founding of the GAA in 1884, but for most of the 20th century GAA sports books were largely unrepresented. The Irish domestic publishing market was very small, and it was not the practice for GAA players and managers to write their story. Veteran journalist Raymond Smith produced […]

“A Town Called Waverly” By Author Rod Smith (Guest Blog)

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by Fingal Libraries on July 27, 2015 in Libraries

Once upon a time, in a town called Waverly, there lived a very friendly and quiet man called Cyrus. He wore a grey shabby suit that he always kept clean and a pair of black shoes that had holes in the soles which he filled with plastic sweet wrappers that he would find thrown on […]

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