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Library membership: Adult fees reduced

From January 2011 the standard Adult membership fee in Cork City Libraries has been reduced from €22 to €15 - a reduction of 32%.  The standard fee for the Rory Gallagher Music Library has been reduced from €40 to €20. 

In addition you can now borrow more items – books, CDs, DVDs – on your Library Card.  These and other changes are aimed at making library membership fairer and simpler.

You do not need to be a member to make use of many of the Libraries’ resources, such as Local Studies, Learning & Reference resources, newspapers & journals, or to attend any of the talks, readings, classes or other events which take place regularly in Cork City Libraries.  Use of these is free to the public.

You do not need to be a member to use library PCs, but there is a charge of €1 for a 30-minute slot on a PC. 

Cork City Council revised the fees payable by members of the library service to encourage greater usage of the Libraries’ resources.

The new fees are:

Everyone up to 18 years       FREE
      Standard                         €15
      Concession*                     €5
65 years of age and older     FREE
Visually impaired persons     FREE

You may borrow CDs and DVDs from the Rory Gallagher Music Library for an additional €5.
Young People                           €5
      Standard                           €20      
      Concession*                      €10
65 years of age and older         €5

*If one of these categories applies to you, you qualify for the concession fee:
1. Persons on disability pension & dependent spouses
2. Persons in receipt of carer's allowance.
3. Unemployed persons, persons on disability benefit and dependent spouses.
4. Lone parents.
5. Asylum seekers.
6. Students over 18 in full-time education.

Up to ten items — whether books, CDs, DVDs — may be borrowed at one time, for a period of two weeks.  You can renew these items online or on the phone.

Anois Tacht an Eala

Anois Tacht an Eala

Tadgh Ó Dúshláine
26 May 2011

City Librarian Liam Ronayne, Monsignor Pádraig Ó Fiannachta, and Dr Tadhg Ó Dúshláine at the launch of Anois tacht an eala: filí INNTI Chorcaí agus an réabhlóid chultúrtha by Tadhg Ó Dúshláine

Cork: A Scrapbook Through Time

Eabha Landers

Cork City Libraries is hosting an exhibition  called ‘Cork, A Scrapbook Through Time’ by  Éabha Landers a 12-year-old sixth class pupil of St Joseph’s National School, Glanmire.  The exhibition is part of  a ‘Discover Cork Schools’ heritage project

Using this year’s theme of Cork’s “Hidden Corners” Éabha matched a collection of old  photographs with her own photographs taken from the same positions that the original photographs were taken.

This interesting approach reflects the many changes, architecturally, culturally and socially, that Cork has gone through over the years. In some cases, however, the photographs show that many of Cork’s architectural structures have hardly changed.

For further information, search for 'Éabha Landers' at

Sir Henry Browne Hayes - Rebel Convict

Rolf1 Cllr. Kieran McCarthy, LordMayor Rt Hon. Michael O'Connell, Rolf Grunseit, Michael O'Leary and City Librarian Liam Ronayne at the presentation

Rolf Grunseit, an Australian historian and former teacher, visited Cork City Libraries on 17 February to present copies of his book on Sir Henry Browne Hayes, together with a raft of documents about this remarkable Corkman.  These were accepted by Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Michael O’Connell, on behalf of the city.   Browne Hayes, referred to in Rolf Grunseit’s book as a ’rebel convict’, was convicted of the abduction of the young Cork heiress Mary Pike some two hundred years ago.  First sentenced to death, his sentence was then commuted to transportation to Australia.

Browne Hayes's home was the celebrated house at Vernon Mount in the southern environs of the city,  and he later built a home on similar lines called Vaucluse House in Sydney.

According to Rolf Grunset “ a great deal has been written about Sir Henry and Vernon Mount and most of it is incorrect. For a start, Sir Henry never owned Vernon Mount, his father Atwell owned it”

The book and many of the documents support Rolf Grunseit’s contention that “the photographs of the ground plans and paintings inside Vernon Mount clearly indicate that they are Masonic and symbolize Masonic values. They are not the innocuous pretty pictures so elegantly described in an article by the Georgian Society”.

 Rolf2 Local Studies Librarian Kieran Burke, Rolf Grunseit and local historian Michael O'Leary at the presentation

Choral Festival Scores & Programmes

Choral festival 001Choral Festival Scores & Programmes

A collection of unique scores and programmes were presented to the Cork Music Archive on 11 January 2011.  The collection was accepted by Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Michael O’Connell on behalf of the city and presented by Ms. Liz Powell, Chief Executive of the Association of Irish Choirs who had maintained the collection up to January 2011.

The scores were composed by participants in the Seminar on Contemporary Choral Music, an integral part of the Cork International Choral Festival for almost half a century. The Seminar was first developed in 1962 by the late Emeritus Professor Aloys Fleischmann, Professor of Music at University College Cork from 1934 to 1980.  The handover of the scores marks the completion of Cork City Libraries extensive programme for the Aloys Fleischmann Centenary Celebration.

The scores are thus a unique resource for modern choral music, including works by Fleischmann himself, Sean Ó Riada, Gerald Barry, Seamus de Barra, Raymond Deane, and international composers such as Milhaud, Walton, Roxanna Panufnik, among others.  It is the intention of Cork City Libraries to digitize the collection and make it available online.         

The collection also includes a comprehensive collection of programmes for the Cork International Choral Festival, beginning with the first Festival in 1956.

Cork Music Archive is a service of Cork City Libraries.  Cork City Libraries gratefully acknowledge the kindness and assistance of the Association of Irish Choirs, the Cork International Choral Festival, and the Fleischmann family in making the presentation possible.

Contemporary Catalan Writers

Catalan Writers

Peter Bush will be in the Central Library on Saturday, 2 April to talk about five contemporary Catalan writers, Quim Monzo, Emopar Moliner, Najat El Hachmi, Dolors Miquel and Teresa Solana.

The lecture will be in the Central Library, Grand Parade at 2.30 p.m. Admission is free. The event is organized by the Department of Hispanic Studies,  UCC.

In recent years there has been a strong literary relationship built up between Cork City and Barcelona. The World Book Fest is celebrated on 23rd April and coincides with the great Catalan tradition of celebrating books and roses on that day. Catalan literature and music has always figured prominently in the Cork World Book Fest for this reason.

In UCC the Department of Hispanic Studies has also established close connections with Catalonia and Catalan writers. Students have an option to study both the languages and cultures of Cataluña as part of their studies. The Department frequently hosts seminars and conferences on various aspects of Hispanic culture.

Peter Bush, an award-winning literary translator, He has translated more than 50 novels and screenplays including Pedro Almodovar’s The Flower of My Secret. His recent translations include  The Enormity of the Tragedy by Quim Monzo. He is currently on GarcÍa Lorca’s Sketches of Spain.