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Tom MacSweeney

Tom MacSweeney
Tom MacSweeneyTom MacSweeney worked as a reporter for The Cork Examiner, The Southern Star, the Irish Press and RTÉ in Belfast, Dublin and Cork. He had never owned a boat until he was assigned to Cork in the 1970s as RTÉ’s first Regional Correspondent. Serving as Munster Correspondent, an old fisherman in Kinsale told him …. ‘down here you should have a boat …’ So it was that, pushing thirty, he first learned to swim and took an adult training course on National 18 dinghies at Monkstown Bay Sailing Club, of which he is still a member. Currently seafaring correspondent for RTÉ, he has presented Seascapes for over 30 years; a programme that has become a national institution.
Tuesday 7 July, Central Library, 7.30pm Free but ticketed.

Introduction to Computers: Presentation of Certificates

Introduction to Computers: Presentation of Certificates
In May 2009, Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Tom O’Driscoll presented certificates to adults who completed an Introduction to Computers course in Cork City Libraries between autumn 2008 and spring 2009.  Fifty-five members of the public successfully completed this series of courses, organized between Cork City Libraries, the City of Cork VEC, and the City Council’s Connect Cork initiative.  To facilitate people from different areas of the city, the scheme was organized at libraries throughout the city: Tory Top Library; St Mary’s Road; Mayfield; Douglas; Bishopstown, and the Central Library.  The numbers receiving certificates were up from the previous two seasons, when 36 received certificates at last year’s ceremony for courses organized during autumn 2007 and spring 2008.

Intro computers group
At the Introduction to Computers awards ceremony:  Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Tom O’Driscoll (centre) with (from left): Community & Enterprise Director of Service Jim O’Donovan; recipient Joe Hosford, VEC Community Education Facilitator Denis Barrett; recipient Harry Couch; VEC Tutor Ann Brannigan; City Librarian Liam Ronayne

An Evening with Jan Morris

An Evening with Jan Morris
Jan MorrisOne of the world’s leading travel writers, Jan’s early books include The Market of Seleukia (1957) and the Pax Britannica trilogy (1968-78). After she completed her sexual transition from male to female, written about in Conundrum (1974), she continued to write beautifully crafted work such as Hong Kong: Xianggang (1988), Pleasures of a Tangled Life (1989), O Canada! (1992) and the book that she claimed would be her last: Trieste and the meaning of nowhere (2001). But recent years have proved too creative and in 2006 she published two books Europe: an intimate journey and a work of fiction, Hav.

Tuesday 26 May, 7.30p.m. Central Library, Grand Parade. Admission free but ticketed through City Libraries.

Gibbings' Journeys

Gibbings' Journeys
Continuing our events for the Year of the Constant Reader, Cork City Libraries celebrate the life and works of Robert Gibbings, one of the most important wood-engravers and book designers of the past century, with an exhibition of his travel books and prints in the Central Library, Grand Parade.  Born in Cork in 1899, Gibbings studied medicine at UCC and art and wood-engraving in London. He fought in the First World War and was wounded at Gallipoli. He wrote many well-loved books, including his Lovely is the Lee and Sweet Cork of Thee .

The exhibition continues for the month of May. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Gibbings book covers

Cork People Read

Cork People Read
As part of the Constant Reader celebration of books and reading, a group of well-known Cork people will give free lunchtime readings at the Central Library, Grand Parade from Monday 9th to Saturday 14th February. This is a very special series of readings, intimate and familiar, and it will give us an insight into the personal lives of other readers.

Reading is such a personal matter and each one of us takes to a particular author or a particular book for very particular reasons. There are the hugely popular authors who we all want to read, Maeve Binchy, Ian Rankin, Wilbur Smith or Jilly Cooper, for example, but then there are other books – obscure titles by forgotten authors – that mean something special to smaller groups of readers. So come listen to our reader’s personal choices, including stories by Italo Calvino, John Banville’s “The Sea” or the lyrics of Leonard Cohen.

When Cork people read to us this week, whether it’s Lord Mayor Bermingham or Senator Dan Boyle, or the gifted young poet Leanne O’Sullivan or our own Stevie G., we will hear the new voices of new readers, voices that call us to read again, to restore us to that world of enchantment that every Constant Reader knows.

Cork People Read
Monday-Saturday 9 – 14th February
1.00 – 2.00 pm, Central Library, Grand Parade

Running Order   A range of Cork people 14 in all, will read from a favourite book;
 Monday – Saturday at 1.00-2.00pm, Central Library
 Monday 9  Lord Mayor,  Cllr. Brian Bermingham,  Ted Crosby
 Tuesday 10  Tom McCarthy,  Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald
 Wednesday 11  Declan Hassett,  TBC
 Thursday 12  Stevie G,  Michael Moynihan,  John X Miller
 Friday 13  Sen Dan Boyle, Ann Luttrell
 Saturday 14  Liam Ronayne,  Kathleen Lynch TD,  Leanne O’Sullivan

The Readers 

DECLAN HASSETT: former Arts Editor and theatre critic for the Irish Examiner, has written a beautiful memoir All Our Yesterdays , but he is now a well-established playwright with such successes as Up the Rebels and Sisters.

LORD MAYOR, CLLR. BRIAN BERMINGHAM: was first elected to Cork City Council in 1979. The City Adult Education Officer  by profession, Cllr. Bermingham has spent a lifetime in the service of adult learning and community empowerment.

CLLR. TONY FITZGERALD: is Deputy Lord Mayor and a member of  the Cork City Development Board and many other organisations dedicated to the social and economic improvement of Cork life.

TED CROSBIE: Retired Chairman of Examiner Publications, Ted Crosbie is the great-grandson of Thomas Crosbie who took over The Cork Examiner from Thomas Francis Meagher in 1872. Sailor and scholar, Ted Crosbie is a life-long supporter of Opera and Opera culture within Munster.
STEVIE G.  is one of the most famous and best-loved of Cork DJs. Presenter of the hugely popular Red Drive and Hitlist on REDFM, his BLACK ON RED radio show won best weekly music show at the PPI National Radio awards in 2002. STEVIE G. is also a columnist with the Evening Echo.

JOHN X. MILLER: Novelist, voyager, bon-viveur and famed Director of the Cork Vision Centre in North Main Street, Miller is one of the most charismatic cultural leaders in Cork.

SENATOR DAN BOYLE: The first Green Party councillor elected to Cork City Council (in 1991), Dan Boyle is a former TD and current Senator. He has organised meetings on the Ringaskiddy incinerator and EPA reform as well as publishing Bills on Ethical Investment and the Presidential Office.

ANN LUTTRELL: Has worked at Triskel Arts Centre for many years where her love of literature and her enthusiasm has been a powerful element of Triskel’s continued success.

KATHLEEN LYNCH: TD for Cork North Central, Kathleen was first elected to Cork City Council in 1985 and first elected to Dail Eireann nine years later. Passionate about Equality and Social Justice, she has always been a great supporter of artists and writers.

LEANNE O’SULLIVAN: Born in the Beara Peninsula in 1983, O’Sullivan is one of the most brilliant poets of the new generation in Munster. Her latest collection CAILLEACH: The Hag of Beara is published by Bloodaxe Books, and adds to a body of work that has already won international praise from such figures as Billy Collins and Belinda McKeon.

Graphic Novel anthology published by Cork City Libraries.

Graphic Novel anthology published by Cork City Libraries.
Redshift coverREDSHIFT is the first graphic novel anthology for teenagers published by Cork City Libraries. It was launched during Cork World Book Fest 2009 by Stéphane Heuet, a master of bandes dessinées BD (graphic novels in the French language.)  Heuet is an inspiration to his fellow BD artists throughout Europe and the world. 

This graphic novel anthology has been written over a series of Saturday morning sessions in early 2009, during workshops held in Cork City Library. The workshops were directed by graphic artist Alan Barrett and poet, children’s novelist and short story writer John W. Sexton.  The teenagers involved were chosen from the more than 50 who submitted their art or writing, an indication of the interest there is in graphic novels. They also got the opportunity to attend a master class with Stéphane Heuet during his visit to Cork.

The 22 page anthology comprises of seven stories which explore identity, death, transformation, escapism, and much more. As the name suggests blood is to be found oozing from the pages. This book is not for the faint hearted!

Lauch of graphic novel
Stéphane Heuet, French graphic artist, Breda Hassett and Patricia Looney, Executive Librarians Children’s and Young People, and some of the teenagers who were involved in the graphic novel project

Teen Short Story competition winners announced

Teen Short Story competition winners announced
The winners of the Cork City Libraries Teen Short Story competition were announced on Teen Day, Friday, 24 April.
This celebration of emerging writers was adjudicated by published author Kevin Doyle, and prizes were awarded by Liam Ronayne, City Librarian.
The overall winner was Ciarán Kavanagh, and runner-up was Niamh Stockil.

As usual, this annual event was hugely popular, with many entries from Cork city and county. The standard was also very high, making judge Kevin Doyle’s job simultaneously difficult yet enjoyable. In a time when many adults are bewailing the loss of literacy in our youth, this short story competition makes it obvious that many teenagers retain vivid imaginations and a proficient use of language – ensuring that Ireland will not be short of award-winning authors in the future.

Teen Day Short Story Comp winner Ciaran

Short story competition winner Ciarán Kavanagh pictured with author Kevin Doyle

For more pictures of the Teen Day events visit our Kids and Teens Picture Gallery

Archaeology Lecture Series 2009

Cork revealed: what stones and bones can tell us

Cork City is one of the oldest cities in Ireland and this lecture series will provide an introduction to the rich and varied archaeological remains discovered in the city.
Recent development projects in the city have given the opportunities for archaeologists to explore various archaeological features. Ciara Brett, Archaeologist with Cork City Council will give an overview if these discoveries. Niamh O’ Rourke, Consultant Archaeologist, and Colin Rynne,
Industrial Archaeologist, UCC will discuss other aspects of the archaeology of the city to conclude
the series.

Admission is free, all lectures will take place in the Central Library, Grand Parade.

Lecture Date 
Life in Early and Medieval Cork
Ciara Brett, Cork City Archaeologist

 Tuesday, 30 June
Cork's Medieval City Wall
Ciara Brett, Cork City Archaeologist
 Tuesday, 25 August
Churches and Burial Grounds in Cork City
Ciara Brett, Cork City Archaeologist with
Niamh O'Rourke, Archaeologist
 Monday, 31 August
Cork City Breweries:
History and Archaeology, c. 1650-1930

Colin Rynne, Dept of Archaeology, UCC
 Tuesday, 27 October

Gala Night Celebration


The culmination of the Children and Young People’s summer programme took place at the Central Library on Friday, 28 August, with a Gala Quiz.  The prize, a family trip to Parc Astérix in France and sponsored by International Education Services Ltd, was won by Ailbhe Woods (above with family, flanked by City Librarian Liam Ronayne and Executive Librarians Breda Hassett and Patricia Looney). Ailbhe, representing Mayfield Library, saw off opposition from the other local libraries to claim the top prize. Prizes were also presented for the ‘Constant Colouring’ and ‘Book Attack!’ competitions.

Children's Book Festival 2009

Children's Book Festival 2009

Space is the theme of this year’s festival, not just stars and planets but making space in your life to encourage your child to read.
The festival will be launched on Thursday, 1 October by the Blackrock Observatory and award winning author Philip Ardagh. Philip will announce the winner of the Cork City Libraries’ What Your Children Want Survey .
The National Book Festival Poster designed by Children from Cork City Libraries will be revealed by graphic artist Alan Barrett and Mags Walsh from Children's Books Ireland.
For festival event details and survey results check out:
Children's Book Festival 2009: programme for Cork City Lilbraries

Culture Night 2009

Culture Night 2009

As part of the wider celebration of Culture Night Cork, Cork City Libraries will be hosting a number of events on the evening of Friday, 25 September at Central Library, Grand Parade. The full list of events taking place in the libraty can be found on our Library Events page.
The complete listing of events throughout the city can be accessed from Cork City Councils website

Art Exhibition - Mary Murphy

Art Exhibition - Mary Murphy
Mary's work explores the human frame in line and form and the experiences which mould our bodies and alter them. The resulting studies of sinued muscles, paper dry wrinkles, bone jutting through skin and the play of light over them make for powerfull viewing. She explores a variety of media including threads stitched through cotton as a method of drawing.
"Stitching has now taken over my life as a relentless activity for me. It feeds all of my work and it is itself developing at a furious pace, so while I can work out new proposals for paintings in other materials through it, it also digs deep into itself.I'm happy for it to go this way and in some ways it is very difficult for me to control what's happening.I feel that I do direct these works but that they also direct me. It is to this constant struggle that I am addicted." 
After receiving a Degree in Fashion Design, she won the National Designer of the Year Award for Ireland. This enabled her to work and travel in Milan and her Fashion Illustrations have been published in Image and L'Official.
After further studies at l’Atelier Creatifs, Paris she taught art and fashion design before setting up her present successful commercial creative studio.Trading under the name Absolute Signs,she creates bespoke and unique handpainted signs to order.This specialised area of the market is in high demand with loyal clients, such as Murphy's & Beamish Brewery's and various catering distributers.
August of this year saw her portrait of Samuel Beckett  featured recently in the 2009 RDS National Annual Exhibition and was highly praised for its "spontaniety of markmaking and ability to convey character"
Janet Edmunds,Judge.
Most recently,Mary had a major solo exhibition at Alliance Francaise during October and Novebmer.
We invite you to join us where you may find your own meanings in these images.

Mary Murphy
Deg. in Fas.Des.H.Dip in Ed.
Contemporary Artist

US National Book Awards

US National Book Awards
cmccannThe winner of the fiction category in the New York National Book Awards 2009,  is

Let the Great World Spin by Dubliner Colum McCann. McCann, who lives in New York, has previously published four novels and two collections of short stories. The winning novel recalls the daring tightrope walk by French trapeze artist Philippe Petit between the newly built Twin Towers in 1974, and features eight fictional New Yorkers, whose disparate lives are brought into contact by the events of that day. The title is taken from Tennyson’s Locksley Hall : “Forward, forward let us range / Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change”