Friday, 29 November 2013
Thursday, 21 November 2013
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
The premise is simple: reverse genealogy. Instead of waiting for people of Irish origin to trace their roots, groups of community volunteers work together under the auspices of Ireland Reaching Out to trace those individuals and families who left their local area throughout the 1800’s and 1900’s.
Episode 2 features two descendents who are tracked down and brought home by Tulla Reaching Out. Brenda Cavillin from Ontario is overcome with emotion as she discovers the story of her great, great great granduncle who served as a curate in Tulla for a year, dying from cholera as a result of tending to the sick in the community and Blake Dickie, a Chicago native who was adopted as a baby, shook the hands of dozens of blood relatives first the very first time in his life.
Tar Abhaile airs from November 17th @ 9.30pm, for 6 weeks, on TG4 and is available to view on the TG4 player by clicking on the Tar Abhaile logo on www.tg4.ie under the ‘Check it out’ section.
Friday, 15 November 2013
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
The Irish titles are: The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan, The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín and The Light of Amsterdam by David Park. The 152 books eligible for the 2014 award were nominated by libraries in 110 cities and 39 countries worldwide. 41 are titles in translation, spanning 17 languages, and 47 are first novels. The Award is managed by Dublin City Council’s library service.
The most nominated books this year are Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel and Canada by Richard Ford, both of which received nine nominations from libraries in Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Switzerland, Britain and America. Other books nominated by multiple libraries are The Dinner by Herman Koch, The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson, The Round House by Louise Erdrich and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.
The shortlist will be announced on 9th April 2014 with the winner announced on 12th June 2014.
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
The presentation had lots of exciting, interactive experiments and interesting scientific facts making for a very accessible session for all. Pupils attention never flagged and it was commented that it was the best presentation ever seen in the library. By far the most popular experiment of the session was when a teacher was asked to sit on a stool of nails!
Monday, 11 November 2013
Valerie also presented the original photographs used in her sold-out book, “Shannon Airport – A Unique Story of Survival” to the Library. Many of these photographs have never been seen before. The collection includes pictures of stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin and Frank Sinatra at Shannon Airport. Valerie also presented Dúchas na Sionna with 37 original recorded tapes, all her research and photos of the early crashes at Shannon as well as a variety of photographs for the group’s “Social History of Shannon” project.
Over 100 guests were in attendance as Valerie spoke of her memories of the early days of Shannon airport. Former managers of Aer Rianta and Aer Rianta International, Michael Guerin and Liam Skelly were present at the event as was guest of honour Danny Ryall, aged 96 years of age, who posed for photographs beside a picture of himself as a very young man servicing an Air Corps Anson aircraft.
The evening was a huge success with speakers Carmel Daly, Executive Librarian, Helen Walsh, County Librarian, Mayor of Shannon Greg Duff and Shannon Airport's new chief executive Neil Pakie thanking Valerie for her wonderful contribution to Shannon library, Dúchas na Sionna and to the people of Shannon.
The second event, on Tuesday 15th October was a Bookmaking Workshop with Lisa Fingleton. 14 children attended from St. John's National School. This was an excellent and truly interactive experience for the children involved. Lisa was keen to hear about their favourite books and why they love particular authors. The children created their own books during the workshop and were then invited to read their stories out to the rest of the group.
On the 17th October, Shannon library hosted the Ice Age Adventure Show. 60 children from 4th class at St. Conaire's National School attended. The children were shown fossils and images which illustrated the Ice Age and as they were studying it in school, they had lots of questions and comments to make on everything discussed.
The last event for Children's Book Festival in Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon was not one but two puppet shows from the Callback Theatre company. The shows called 'Dorothy DoLittle's Magical Adventure' took place on the morning of Friday 18th October. Two groups of children from junior classes in St. Conaire's and Cratloe National Schools were lucky enough to be in the audience for these events. The Dorothy DoLlittle show was all about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity and children particularly loved the characters of Ronnie-Run-A-Lot and Clarence Carrot and of course, Dorothy DoLlittle herself.
Friday, 8 November 2013
Tuesday, 5 November 2013
Schools, libraries and bookshops are invited to focus weekly on the themes of Animals, War, Legends and Voyages, all common to Morpurgo’s writing and one of his books will be highlighted each day of the month via social media.
The website www.michaelmorpurgo.com will host author videos, author downloads and other free resources.
Monday, 4 November 2013
Primary School Children from Scariff and Killaloe will celebrate Science Week in their local libraries on the 11th of November 2013. In a fast-moving show exploring the forces that are so important in allowing us to move, children will discover how propellers and rocket engines can push us forward and how friction and air resistance can hold us back. The hour long show takes place in Scariff at 10am and in Killaloe Library at 1.15pm
Children attending will be invited to travel to a world with little friction on an amazing hovercraft and they will witness the explosive power of rockets! And that’s not all; they will also enjoy finding out how to inflate marshmallows using the pressure of air!
This exciting science week show is brought to you courtesy of Learn Differently Ltd., Antrim and is facilitated by Terence Finnegan as part of Science Week Ireland which will see hundreds of events taking place nationwide from the 10th to the 17th of November 2013.
Speaking at the launch of Science Week 2013 well known science and maths educator Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin said, “I am delighted to be involved with Science Week and encourage everyone to get involved to see how science influences their lives! With over 550 events taking place nationwide there is something for everybody to take part in. Science can be found in everything we do and Science Week provides people with the opportunity to explore what’s happening behind the scenes of everyday life, which we sometimes don’t think about!” Clare County Library’s science week event is free to children in primary schools in the Scariff and Killaloe area.
See Science Week Website for more information.