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Win all TEN shortlisted books of the 2012 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award!!!

To celebrate the 2012 winner announcement on June 13 we are giving away 10 full sets of the shortlisted titles.



This week the Dublin Writer's Festival is taking place from June 4th - 10th.

There's a taste of everything from philosophy and fiction to poetry, music, film,discussions and workshops. Writers from home and abroad take part in the events. There are some interesting readings and creative writing workshops for children also. It is well worth having a look!  

Doc Watson Obituary

Trouble in MindDoc Watson was the best American Folk guitarist that lived. He died on the 29 May 2012 at the age of 89. He was born into a musical family and lost his sight before his first birthday. Although he never had a hit record or was in the American Billboard chart, he was a leader of the American folk music that became commercially popular particularly through the Coen Brothers film, "O Brother Where Art Thou?". His distinctive style was born out of playing fiddle parts in a country swing band. Before that the guitar was a background instrument to the ukulele and fiddle. His lightening quick finger and flat picking style is a pleasure to listen to as it accompanies his mellow voice filled with sincerity.

He has won seven Grammy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Kingdom of Heaven

The Cold Eye of Heaven by Christine Dwyer HickeyChristine Dwyer Hickey has won the Kerry Group Novel of the Year for Cold Eye of Heaven. Hickey's novel triumphed over a strong shortlist featuring Belinda McKeon, Anne Enright, Carlo Gebler and Kevin Barry. 

Cold Eye of Heaven is the warm and poignant tale of Farley, an old man living in Dublin, looking back over his life. It is an intimate story of one man and his hometown as they grow up through the 20th century. "This is Dwyer Hickey's most achieved, taut and nuanced novel to date." Irish Independent review.

The Irish Economy. What happened? What next?

Sean FitzpatrickThis March saw a series of lunch time talks take place in the Central Library entitled ‘The Irish Economy; What happened, what next?’

The series was aimed at helping to answer, or at least providing possible answers to some questions around the Irish Economy:

  • How have we reached the point we are at now?
  • What has the policy of successive governments been?
  • How has this contributed to the current situation?

Where possible we recorded the talks and you can access them below. You will also find links to more information on each contributor, other talks they have given and blogs or books they have put out.

Dublin City Council Photographic Archive on the RTÉ History Show

Moore StreetDublin City Public Libraries made it on to the RTÉ Radio One History Show last Sunday evening (27th May) when Enda Leaney of the Libraries' Digital Projects' Section talked to show host Myles Dungan about the Dublin City Council Photographic Archive, the online image gallery and the associated roadshows taking place throughout the libraries (two still to go this May!).

The podcast of the Show is available on the RTÉ Radio One History Show page and can either be listened to online or downloaded for listening to on your portable player. 

Smock Alley Theatre 1775

Smock AlleyI love the theatre, I’m fascinated by the spectacle, the costumes, the music, and of course people watching. The heavy smell and flickering images of the wax candles create an atmosphere like no other: combining the formality of church with the excitement and anticipation of the performance to come. All the gentry turn up in their carriages, especially on benefit nights. When it gets really busy the drivers are only allowed to drive the carriages in one direction along the street, they drop their passengers at the door and keep moving.

CWA International Dagger Shortlist Announced

CWAThe shortlist for the 2012 CWA (Crime Writers' Association) International Dagger has just been announced. This is an annual competition for crime, thriller, suspense or spy fiction novels which have been translated into English. The six shortlisted titles are:

Certificate in Local History 2012-2013

Certificate in Local HistoryThe Certificate in Local History, run by the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, will be offered at Dublin City Library and Archive beginning this autumn. The course runs from 4th September 2012 to 30th April 2013.

The course gives participants a formal and practical training in how to carry out research in local history and how to write up their findings in the form of a dissertation. The course carries 20 credits towards the NUI Maynooth B.A. in Local History.

The course consists of 100 hours part-time.

Folk, Folk, Folk!

Martin CarthyA quick blog for Musical Books, just want to tell you that I went to an amazing gig in Belfast last week to see Martin Carthy. This folk singer sings ancient songs from Irish, English and Scottish descent. His unusual and rhythmic guitar playing coupled with a distinctive voice keep ancient sea chanty and tales of war, woe and love alive in their purest form. His music has influenced Bob Dylan and his arrangement of Scarborough Fair was used by Simon and Garfunkel. His no nonsense stage presence and self-deprecating humour was a refreshing cherry on the top of an amazing performance. Check out this amazing album by him in the Music Library, Signs of Life.