1. 17 September 2014: Retirement of Music Librarian Kitty Buckley. Kitty, after starting her library career in Cork County Library in 1974, moved to Cork City Library in 1977 to establish a new music department, which opened in 1978. This department grew and in 2004 was renamed the Rory Gallagher Music Library. Picture shows Kitty after receiving retirement gifts from her colleagues, presented to her by City Librarian Liam Ronayne, at her retirement function in the City Library.

    Earlier in 2014, Cork City Libraries lost two other colleagues to retirement: librarian and writer Thomas McCarthy and Local Studies Librarian Kieran Burke. Kieran was responsible for managing the Local Studies department since it too opened in 1978.

    Because of the government embargo on staff replacement, these three members of staff have not been replaced.

     
  2. Kellie Lewis, star of RTE’s Voice of Ireland, singing, and performing on electric piano, accompanied by Dylan Howe on guitar, before an engrossed audience in the Rory Gallagher Music Library. This very popular event included enthusiastic questions and suggestions from the audience — including ‘Please bring out an album!’

     
  3. Guided tour of Fota arboretum

    This tour for friends of the Blackpool Library book club takes place on Tuesday 16 September , leaving Kent train station, Glanmire road at 2pm./  it will be led by club member and keen ecologist Jens Reinhart. the tour will finish with coffee in Fota house and the return train to cork leaves Fota shortly after 5pm.

     
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    Mark Cronin giving a talk entitled ‘Blackpool to the front ! A local perspective on The Great War & Ireland’s layered history’ at Blackpool Library during Heritage Week.  This was based on his book ‘Blackpool to the front: A Cork suburb and the Great War 1914-1918’, which is available to borrow at Blackpool Library.

    Mark Cronin giving a talk entitled ‘Blackpool to the front ! A local perspective on The Great War & Ireland’s layered history’ at Blackpool Library during Heritage Week.  This was based on his book ‘Blackpool to the front: A Cork suburb and the Great War 1914-1918’, which is available to borrow at Blackpool Library.

     
  5. Heritage Week in Cork City Libraries: Events on Monday, 25/8/2014.
    (i) Washington Street: an architectural history — by Louise Harrington
    (ii) Illustrated talk on the history of the city centre — by Liam Ó hUigín
    (iii) A reading of ‘An ode to Cork scribes and wazzies’ — by Jack Lyons

     
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    Eleanor Twomey giving a gardening workshop to children at Blackpool Library as part of the summer programme.

    Eleanor Twomey giving a gardening workshop to children at Blackpool Library as part of the summer programme.

     
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    The Tallest Smallest Circus

Arran Towers performing in The Tallest Smallest Circus in Blackpool Library, as part of the summer programme.

    The Tallest Smallest Circus

    Arran Towers performing in The Tallest Smallest Circus in Blackpool Library, as part of the summer programme.

     
  8. Pictured at the presentation of a €500 cheque by Sinéad Dunne Bishopstown Credit Union to support the Growing Imaginations project run by Bishopstown Library are  some of the artists from the John Bermingham Day centre, with their coordinator Orla McDonnell, workshop leaders Sara O’Hara and Vicky Tammadge, and Executive Librarian, Bishopstown Library, Breda Hassett.
 

    Pictured at the presentation of a €500 cheque by Sinéad Dunne Bishopstown Credit Union to support the Growing Imaginations project run by Bishopstown Library are  some of the artists from the John Bermingham Day centre, with their coordinator Orla McDonnell, workshop leaders Sara O’Hara and Vicky Tammadge, and Executive Librarian, Bishopstown Library, Breda Hassett.

     

     
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    Exhibition in Bishopstown Library for month of July 2014: 
Sea of Secrets by Helen Barry

    Exhibition in Bishopstown Library for month of July 2014:
    Sea of Secrets by Helen Barry

     
  10. 11 June 2014: Jack Lyons (on left) speaking at the launch of storyboards reflecting some of his memories as a child and young man in Cork during the 1950s-70s. The storyboards, currently on display in our Blackpool Library until Saturday 28 June, grew from an ode about Cork city he published in ‘Where’s Me Culture’ magazine in 2005, reprinted in 2014 as ‘An Ode to Cork Scribes and Wazzies’ in the Cork Folklore Project magazine, ‘The Archive’.

    On the same evening, ‘Honour the Holy Ground’, a novel by Cork author Jim McKeon (on right above), was launched in the Central Library by Councillor Kenneth O’Flynn. The novel centres around controversial activities of an Irish emigrant in America who gets involved with the Mafia and IRA gunrunning.