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What happens when you're gone?

Last will and testamentHave you made a will or even considered making one? 

It is probably one of the most important things to do while you are still in sound mental health.  You can make a will yourself or get legal help from a solicitor to do so.  (I prefer the cheaper method myself!)

For the will to be valid it must be written by an over 18 and must be proved by 2 witnesses. These witnesses cannot profit from your will, and must only see your signature on the document.  They need not see how your fortune, or otherwise, will be parcelled out.

Classical Music Demystified

 Classical MusicFancy brushing up on your classical music in an enjoyable way? If so, The Eyewitness Companions: Classical Music gives an excellent overview of classical music in layman's terms.

The focus is classical music spanning the period 1000 A.D. to the present and it is  written in an easy style with beautiful illustrations to hold the reader's attention. The book is divided into ten main sections as follows.

Chislers: Images of Childhood in Dublin

Junior WardenView the Chislers Image Gallery

'Aisy, aisy, mind the chisler’.
Brendan Behan, The Confirmation Suit (1953)

This gallery consists of images of children going about their business in Dublin from the second half of the twentieth century up to the present day. It shows how Dublin’s childer and chislers filled their days from visits to the beach to dossing on street corners. It also shows the engagement of children in civic initiatives: the Junior Litter Wardens of Cabra and Ballymun, Community Pride events, Summer Projects, and the Community Games.

The Leitrim Fancy

McGahernPop Zeus found himself in lovely Leitrim last weekend for the opening of the John McGahern Summer School, run by Dr John Kenny of NUI, Galway.

George R R Martin

Game of ThronesSo I have to ask, was anyone else as glued to the Game of Thrones series as I was?  Oh man, it turned me from being fond of the series to completely caught up by it.  Eagerly awaiting the next episode to see what happened next.  I also managed to get my husband completely hooked on it and eagerly awaiting the next episode.

George R R Martin is an engaging man, I knit my way through a talk he did at Octocon where he was the guest of honour and I was very glad that the socks I was knitting weren't that complicated! 

We just got some new copies of the first book, Game of Thrones in, and if you're trying not to spoiler yourself for the rest of the series there's a Graphic Novel that involves some peripheral characters called The Hedge Knight and in the books Legends and Legends II where this story starts.

Swedish Crime is on the Climb! (Part Three)

Continuing my look at Swedish crime writers, this is the third instalment (of four) and introduces five more from the conveyor belt of Swedish crime writers.

Featured Swedish authors

‘The Jacks Are Back’ – The Dubs in the 1970s

Jacks are back'The Jacks are back,
The Jacks are back,
Let the Railway End go barmy,
For Hill 16 has never seen,
The likes of Heffo’s Army.'

Dublin Terrace Chant, 1970s

View The Jacks Are Back Image Gallery.

On 26 May 1974 Dublin played Wexford in the first round of the Leinster Championship as the undercard to the replay of the National League Final between Kerry and Roscommon. The quality of the football that day was such that the Kerry and Roscommon fans started laughing in the Hogan Stand. Five months later the Dublin Captain Sean Doherty lifted the Sam Maguire. The Dubs had arrived and Gaelic Football was changed forever.

Conversation Exchange at the Central Library

Conversation ExchangeIf you are currently learning a language or want to maintain your speaking skills in a particular language,  then come along to one of our conversation exchange sessions in the Central Library.

Dublin Literary Award Winner Colum McCann Reading and Q&A

Colum McCannTo mark the occasion of Colum McCann winning the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award with his book Let the Great World Spin, Pearse Street library played host to a reading by Colum McCann and a question and answer session between Niall MacMonagle and the author.

(Photo: Jason Clark Photography)

In this fascinating session Colum talks about his personal experience of 911, and how he chose to confront it obliquely in his writing, rather than head on as Roth and DeLillo chose to do. He discusses the process of developing and managing the many characters, voices and narrative strands of Let the Great World Spin.  The conversation then turns to the issues of identity and place and a familiar motif in Irish writing, the writer leaving home to live and write abroad.

Elemental Stories of India

‘Elements’ is a trilogy of films set in India, by Deepa Mehta, an Indian-Canadian film director.  The three films Earth, Water, and Fire are a loose trilogy in that they follow an elemental theme – Earth deals with territory, Water (nominated for an Academy Award) with purity, and Fire with passion -  but they are each standalone stories, and don’t need to be watched in sequence.  All are available on DVD.

EarthEarth (1998) is set in Lahore, in the run-up to the partition of India in 1947, and is told through the eyes of Lenny, a Parsee girl of about ten. Her Hindu ayah, Shanta, is the focal point of a group of friends, of different religions, whose friendship is shattered as partition takes its toll on the community and different faiths turn on each other.

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