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Rosscarbery steam engine

Rosscarbery Steam Engine 
Timothy Jerome O’Mahony, known as the Rosscarbery Steam Engine, was the greatest Irish athlete towards the end of the 1800s.  He was part of the founding generation of the GAA, when that organization was equally involved in athletics. In 1888 he travelled to the USA with the GAA, beating several American champions.  On his return to Ireland he was feted as a hero.

The above photograph, taken on 12 September 2012, shows journalist Paul O’Mahony (left), who researched the life of TJ O’Mahony, handing over his research file on the athlete’s life to Lord Mayor Councillor John Buttimer, to make this research accessible to members of the public in the City Library’s Local Studies department, in the presence of City Librarian Liam Ronayne. 

Heritage Week at Cork City Libraries

Antoin O'Callaghan
29 August 2012:  Antóin O’Callaghan, author of five books on Cork local history — including Where bridges stand : the River Lee bridges of Cork city — delivering a presentation, during Heritage Week 2012, on the historical background of Cork city’s bridges,

Tom Spalding and Kieran Burke

23 August 2012:  Tom Spalding (left), with Local Studies Executive Librarian Kieran Burke, before delivering a presentation on the chequered history and politics of, and social influences on, the naming of Cork city addresses, and on the design variety of street signage over the last couple of centuries. The presentation, ‘Layers: nameplates and street names of Cork city’, during a series of Heritage Week talks in Cork City Libraries, was based on research for Tom’s forthcoming book on the street names of Cork city. 

eReader prizewinner at launch of eBook–eAudiobook service

eBook winner
City Librarian Liam Ronayne with Eileen Skillington, Orrery Road, Gurranabraher, on receiving her prize of an eBook reader from Lord Mayor Councillor Terry Shannon for her slogan on why she wants an eReader.  Miss Skillington’s slogan was one of three winning slogans from a total of 107 entered in a competition to mark the launch of Cork City Libraries’  Web-download lending service for eBooks and eAudiobooks on Bloomsday 2012. 

Any adult member of the Library can download loans provided their membership is current and if they have registered a four-digit personal identification number (PIN) with a member of staff.  Items can be downloaded to personal computers, eReaders, MP3 players, and smartphones.  (Note:  Amazon does not permit library downloads to their Kindle product!)  A full list of compatible devices can be seen through the ‘Help’ section of our webpages.


Cork World Book Fest 2012

This year’s Fest ran from the 19th to 23rd April 2012 and once again featured internationally acclaimed authors such as Dermot Healy, Paul Durcan, RTÉ European Correspondent Paul Cunningham, acccomplished psychologist Dr Maureen Gaffney, Catalan writer Jaume Subirana, and writers who have been included in the Best of European Fiction 2012.   

The Fest was officially opened on Thursday, 19th April by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Terry Shannon.  The Lord Mayor praised the Fest’s emphasis on the joys and benefits of reading, especially for children and young people.

The opening night saw more than 230 enthusiastic readers attend Paul Durcan's reading.  Paul Durcan, one of Ireland’s foremost poets, read from his brand new collection   Praise in Which I Live and Move and Have My Being,  which finds the poet on the road in Paris, New York City, Chicago, Brisbane, and Achill Island, meditating upon the sanctuary of home and what it means to feel truly at home.     

Paul Durcan       
Paul Durcan reading on 19 April                                  

Earlier, young Gaelic-language poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa thrilled a large audience with her passionate and often humorous new poems.  

Doireann Ní Ghríofa WBF 2012                               
Doireann Ní Ghríofa reading from her work on 19 April

Earlier that day the Fest began with Teen Day - a range of events for creative teenagers. These included the announcement of the winner of the 5th Annual Short Story Competition and the winner of My Cork: Teenage Impressions of the City photography competition along with the publication of The Unfinished Book of Poetry 2012, and the 4th Annual Graphic Novel, a collaboration of graphics and stories from local teenagers. 

Cork City Librarian Liam Ronayne presenting Mirjam Konrad with first prize in the annual teen photography competition

Highlights on Friday, 20th April, were a special evening in the Library celebrating the life and work of author and artist Brian Lalor , and RTE European Correspondent and author Paul Cunningham in conversation with former journalist and current CEO of Storyful, Mark Little at 8.30 pm at Triskel Christchurch.  Brian Lalor was interviewed by Alannah Hopkin and read from his wonderful memoir Rosenheim and Windermere.  

Brian Lalor and Alannah Hopkin 
Brian Lalor in conversation with Alannah Hopkin

Saturday, 21st April, was as always the busiest day of the Fest.  Under the banner Park & Read, there were a host of events for families including three performances of Cork Community Art Link’s The Journey of the Book, a life size book where characters will come to life in Bishop Lucey Park, Niall de Búrca’s magical storytelling, and Dowtcha Puppets Grandma’s Garden at Triskel Christchurch. The WBF street fair attracted droves of browsers to the books stalls, with plenty refreshments on hand from the food and drink stalls on the Grand Parade. 

Book stalls on Grand Parade
Book stalls on the Grand Parade

  • Saturday afternoon highlights: a well attended reading by Catalan poet and cultural commentator Jaume Subirana;
  • three workshops for writers: on the writing lessons of the great writers with Billy O'Callaghan (see extract from Billy's talk here), on writing a cooking blog with Hester Casey, and on getting published by John Stack
  • readings and a discussion with highly acclaimed first time novelists Kathleen MacMahon and Greg Baxter, followed by
  • a presentation by renowned psychologist Dr Maureen Gaffney at Triskel Christchurch.

Later on Saturday Dermot Healy read from his 2011 novel, Long time No See, and a selection of his poetry at Cork City Library.  A huge crowd attended the launch of Jamie O’Connell’s first short-story collection at Christchurch.    

Dermot Healy
Dermot Healy reading on 23 April

World Book Day, April 23, brought a large crowd to a three-part reading at the City Library:

·         Seisiún INNTI: Liam Ó Muirthile agus Caitríona Ní Chleircín ag léamh dánta úra;

·         readings from the Best European Fiction 2012, a collection of stories from across Europe: Donal McLaughlin and Arno Camenisch. Cork World Book Festival began an association with the publisher, The Dalkey Archive, in 2012, which will grow into the future.

·         Tina Pisco and Kathy D’Arcy reading, in Spanish and English, the poems of Manuel Arana.  

Liam Ó Muirthile agus Caitríona Ní Chleircín
Liam Ó Muirthile agus Caitríona Ní Chleircín  

Arno Camenisch and Donal McLaughlin   
Arno Camenisch and Donal McLaughlin

The 8th Cork World Book Fest had been launched on 31st March 2012 by Paul Howard aka Ross O’Carroll Kelly, creator, author and journalist, with a reading from his hilarious bestselling book ‘Nama Mia’ and selections from his ‘autobiography’ of Roy Keane’s dog Triggs, at the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork.                            

 Paul Howard
Author Paul Howard at the launch of Cork World Book Fest 2012 on 31 March