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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.


Lord Mayor launches ‘Crumlin Cookies’ recipe booklet

Crumlin Cookies 
Lord Mayor Cllr Terry Shannon being greeted by recipes compiler Mrs Nancy Looney and by children from Scoil Niocláis, Frankfield, to Cork City Library where he launched ‘Crumlin Cookies’ on 7 June 2012. 

Exhibition of oil paintings at Bishopstown Library

An exhibition of oil painting by artists Harry and Karen O’Halloran was launched by the Lord Mayor of Cork at Bishopstown Library on Thursday, 31 May. The exhibition will run throughout June 2012.

Bishopstown art exhibition
At the exhibition launch in Bishopstown Library were (left to right): artist Karen O’Halloran, Executive Librarian Breda Hassett, Lord Mayor of Cork Councillor Terry Shannon, Lady Mayoress Ursula Shannon, and artist Harry O’Halloran


Cork World Book Fest 2012

Paul Durcan
Paul Durcan reading on Thursday, 19 April

 Barbara Hubert
Bookbinding workshop with Barbara Hubert

Brian Lalor and Alannah Hopkin
Brian Lalor in coversation with Alannah Hopkin

Dermot Healy
Dermot Healy reading on Saturday, 21 April

 John Stack
Author John Stack at writing workshop on 21 April

Book stalls on Grand Parade
Book stalls on the Grand Parade, Saturday 21 April

Arno Camenisch
Arno Camenisch reading on 23 April

Liam Ó Muirthile
Liam Ó Muirthile ag léamh dánta nua sa Leabharlann Cathrach ar an 23ú Aibreán

Joan Denise Moriarty: Ireland's First Lady of dance

Ruth Fleischmann and Deputy Lord Mayor Michael Ahern
Deputy Lord Mayor Michael Ahern and editor Dr Ruth Fleischmann at the launch of Joan Denise Moriarty: Ireland's First Lady of Dance on 21 March at the City Library, Grand Parade

Dancers from Cork City Ballet
Dancers from Cork City Ballet performing at the launch of Joan Denise Moriarty: Ireland's First Lady of Dance on 21 March at the City Library, Grand Parade.


Goradh Leis an nGréin

Liam Hodder

Dr Tomás Ó Canainn, author Liam Hodder and Cork City Librarian Liam Ronayne at the launch of Goradh Leis an nGréin on 14 March at the City Library, Grand Parade.