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An Post Irish Book Awards 2019 Shortlist

BookAward The shortlist for the An Post Irish Book Awards 2019, features a diverse mix of exceptional writing from new and established writers across sixteen categories, including Novel of the Year, Children’s, Cookery, Crime Fiction, Popular Fiction, Nonfiction, Sports, Short Story, Poetry, Teen and Young Adult and Irish Language. Shortlisted writers include Kevin Barry, Edna O’Brien, Joseph O’Connor, Cecelia Ahern, Emma Dabiri, Fintan O’Toole, Samantha Power, Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen, Jamie Heaslip, Andrea Corr, Vicky Phelan, Diarmaid Ferriter, Sinéad Gleeson, Mary Costello, Rosita Boland, Joe Duffy and Freya McClements.

Toddler and Baby Wobbler fun at Ballymun Library

childrensactivitiesOctober was a busy month at Ballymun Library for children’s activities with many events organised in conjunction with Children’s Book Festival 2019 and Stemsational Saturdays’ activities for 8 to 12 year olds to name but a few.

History on your Doorstep Volume 2 is out now

Lemonsweets'History on your Doorstep' is back with a second volume of six short essays with the Historians in Residence bringing their research and stories to the page for your reading pleasure. Did you know that Lemon Street in Dublin city centre is named after Graham Lemon, the famous Dublin sweet-maker who set-up Lemon’s Sweets in 1842? Or that the Dublin Cattle market in Stoneybatter was once the busiest in Europe?

Parallels, Ireland and India, 1919.

leprecaun216Irish nationalists drew parallels between their own struggle and that in India, particularly the brutality of colonialism. In mid-1919, the British government faced rebellion both overseas and at home. India was consumed with unrest as demobilised soldiers and economic recession created unstable conditions in the region, particularly the Punjab.

“Join Up, Join In”, children design a library card

joinupjoininThe “Join Up, Join In” initiative aims to encourage schoolchildren in 4th class to join their local Library. The competition was launched by the Lord Mayor in Ballymun Library on October 10th.

Tim Healy first Governor General of Ireland

TimHealyOn December 6, 1922, the Irish Free State came formally into existence after the Free State Act gave effect to the Anglo-Irish Treaty.

The Open Learning Centre has moved location

CentrallibDon't panic! Everything you need for learning languages, upskilling on computers, and online learning is still here. Our large selection of foreign language newspapers and magazines, titles include Hola, El País, Le Monde, Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, Jeune Afrique, Bunte & Paris Match, are now located in the Lending section of the Central Library.

Music Lending, a smash hit at Pearse Street Library

girlsrockdublinInstrument Carousel - a partnership between Girls Rock Dublin and Dublin City Libraries was a smash hit with all the teenagers in Pearse Library on Culture Night last Friday. Instrument Carousel was an opportunity for participants to explore their musical potential.

Dubliners in D-Day

D-DayIt is impossible to say with any degree of certainty how many Irish took part in Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June, 1944. A precise figure for Irish enlistments in the British forces for the war as a whole is not available and estimates vary between 70–120,000 men and women.

The Irish Soccer Split 1921

football teamIn 1921, the Leinster Football Association separated from the parent body, the Irish Football Association (IFA), and subsequently formed the Football Association of Ireland (FAI). Soccer had been governed on an all-Ireland basis for 40 years beforehand. The split that happened in 1921 remains to this day, unlike most sports in Ireland that are still governed on a 32-county basis.

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