Human Sacrifice in Ancient Ireland

CeltsBog bodies suffered violent and grisly deaths. Of these bodies, the most famous, Cashel Man was discovered near Portlaoise in 2011, and at over 4000 years old, is said to be the oldest European bog body ever found with skin intact; then there is Old Croghan Man from Co. Offaly, and Clonycavan Man from Co. Meath.

Recommended reads if the world is making you anxious

anxiousIs the modern world doing our heads in? Here are some books that may throw some light on the subject and give us food for thought and some laughs along the way. How do we stay human in a technological world? and other questions are treated with wit, tenderness, and honesty.

Faith: Embracing life in all its uncertainty

readingIn this book Tim Costelloe examines the concept of faith on many levels, moving from his own personal experience to wider society and the various cultures and institutions that shape the world in which we live. Outlining the impact of historical religious events e.g. the Reformation as well as more recent tribal ones e.g. the war in Rwanda, he emphasises the significance of one’s values or lack of, on the life that’s lead.

The Not So Secret Lives of Pets

dogSo we’re all spending more time at home at the moment, much to the joy or indifference of our pets. I have learned quite a bit about my doggie and my moggy, my dog sleeps 20 hours per day only rousing himself to go to the other couch to catch the sun’s slow movement throughout the afternoon and my cat has made very good use of my extra time at home, he now thinks I am his personal slave!

One step at a time

feetFor most of us, our world has temporarily shrunk to the four walls around us, and the streets and roads of our locality. As someone who loves to walk - on the beach, up a mountain, through the woods – I feel the loss of this freedom. I spoke to a good friend yesterday who lives in a cottage in rural Sligo.  She can no longer visit the sea to swim and has taken to submerging herself in a container of icy water instead. It’s a poor substitute but it’s keeping her sane.

Non fiction reads on BorrowBox

nonfictionSome more recommended reads on BorrowBox, this time from our colleague Brian.

Common literary examples of nonfiction include expository, argumentative, functional, and opinion pieces; essays on art or literature; biographies; memoirs; journalism; and historical, scientific, technical, or economic writings (including electronic ones).

The titles listed below are available on BorrowBox; see more on how to access BorrowBox at the bottom of this post.

The Irish Revolution on BorrowBox

photoOur colleague Anne-Marie has some reading recommendations for you on the Irish War of Independence.

The War of Independende was fought by the Irish Republican Army against the British forces between 1919 and 1921 when the fighting stopped while a peace treaty was worked out.

The titles listed below are available on BorrowBox; see more on how to access BorrowBox at the bottom of this post.

It's a dog's life, using eResources to train your pet.

dogWith the current restrictions many of us are spending more time at home with our pets for company. Some lucky dogs may be getting more walks than ever before but many, just like their human companions, are spending more time indoors.

10 New Non-Fiction Books: November

New non-fiction We add hundreds of new books to our collections every month at Dublin City Libraries, including the most recent bestsellers. But how do you go about getting your hands on them?

Lost in the Stacks: Essay Collections

Lost in the stacks Welcome to the third entry in our blog series 'Lost in the Stacks' - recommendations by Dublin City Libraries staff exploring overlooked gems and helping you find your next read!

Our entry today comes from one of our wonderful librarians, Jessica, and looks at some of the best essay collections in our libraries!