The Literary Works of Patti Smith

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by Fingal Libraries on October 18, 2016 in Libraries

When you hear the name Patti Smith what most likely comes to mind is her edgy 1970s New York punk music, her beat poetry style, the originality of her debut album Horses or those stunning black and white portraits taken by Robert Mapplethorpe. Further down the list we come to her books, and there are […]

Bowie and his favourite books

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by Fingal Libraries on October 10, 2016 in Libraries

New York 1987: During a commercially viable but artistically difficult period in his career, David Bowie made an advertisement for the American Library Association. He is pictured dressed in classical 1980s fashion, wearing a Letterman Varsity jacket and tight jeans, bare-footed, soaring through the air, reading Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel, The Idiot. ‘The Idiot’ was also the name […]

The “Outlander Series” by Diana Gabaldon

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by Fingal Libraries on September 15, 2016 in Libraries

Confession: I’ve never read any of Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” books – but as soon as it was recommended to me by colleagues, I was hooked. I wish I had more time to read it which I don’t, but I tend to make as much time as possible by delaying dinner for the family.  A bit […]

Culture Night in Blanchardstown Library

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by Fingal Libraries on September 10, 2016 in Libraries

Blanchardstown Library are delighted to invite you to a family friendly evening of culture on Friday the 16th of September 2016. Events for the night include traditional song and dance, a puppet show and a brass band. The schedule of events is: 6.00pm-6.45pm European Puppet Show for Children with Julie-Rose McCormick Award Ceremonies for Summer […]

Culture Night in Swords Library

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by Fingal Libraries on September 8, 2016 in Libraries

CULTURE NIGHT in SWORDS LIBRARY Friday 16th September 2016 The original meaning of ‘culture’ had to do with the land. The word is connected etymologically with Latin cultura ‘a cultivating, agriculture’ and had the figurative sense of ‘to care’ ‘to honour’ from past participle stem of colere ‘to tend, guard; to till, cultivate’ (Online Etymology […]

Tower House, Portrane

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by Fingal Libraries on September 1, 2016 in Libraries

Tower House in Portrane is the home of Terry Prone and her husband Tom Savage, founders of the Irish company The Communications Clinic. It is a Martello tower which they bought nine years ago and restored beautifully to turn it into their unique home. During Heritage week, Tom and Terry opened their house and invited […]

Collision Course: The Olympic Tragedy of Mary Decker and Zola Budd

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by Fingal Libraries on August 24, 2016 in Libraries, Sports & Recreation

Collision Course is a new sports book by Jason Henderson that revisits one of the most controversial incidents in modern Olympic history. The venue was Los Angeles in 1984, the city hosting the Olympics for the second time. The incident involved a disastrous tumble in the 3000 metres women’s final between the favourite, American Mary […]

Heritage Week in Fingal Libraries

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by Fingal Libraries on August 18, 2016 in Fingal, Libraries

Heritage Week Ireland runs from 20th to 28th of August in 2016.  Coordinated by the Heritage Council, events and activities are held all over the country that  build awareness and education about our heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation. A range of talks and activities have been organised in Fingal Libraries and all are free.

Top Bear not Top Gear - the connection between Jeremy Clarkson and Paddington Bear

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by Fingal Libraries on August 12, 2016 in Libraries

Thirty years ago I visited a Book Show in the RDS with my mother and sister.  One of the booksellers had a selection of Paddington Bear Books for sale.  On top of the display of Paddington Books proudly stood a Paddington Bear Teddy in his very smart duffle coat and wellington boots. There was a […]

What’s Happening at Garristown Library?

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by Fingal Libraries on August 4, 2016 in Libraries

 “So, please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookcase on the wall”. -          Roald Dahl Garristown Library is a hidden gem nestled in the north-west of Fingal. It’s one of the smallest branches of Fingal libraries, but what it lacks […]

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