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Gala Night Winner


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.

All Ireland Hurling Final Competition

The winner of the All-Ireland Hurling Weekend Competition was Ms. Julie Ryng, Bishopstown.  She correctly answered all three questions in the competition,  identifying the matches involved as

  • 1) the All-Ireland Hurling Final of 1983 between Cork and Kilkenny;
  • 2) the Cork County Hurling Final of 1982 between St Finbarr’s and Blackrock; and
  • 3) the All-Ireland Hurling Final of 1990 between Cork and Galway.

The prize was two Hogan Stand tickets for the 2009 All-Ireland Hurling Final, with overnight accommodation in Bewley’s Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Julie’s husband Jim is a son of Bobby Ryng of Ballinacurra, who played in the ‘Thunder and Lightning’ Final of 1939, on the day when World War II broke out.

Julie Ryng receives her prize from Liam Ronayne, City Librarian, with her daughter Orla on left.

Léigh is Léirigh Comórtas Léiriúcháin do Pháistí / Children's Illustration Competition

Congratulations to Brian Boylan, age 6 who is the winner of the Family Break in the Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht.

Léigh is Léirigh prize winner
Brian Boylan, Léigh Is Léirigh competition winner, with prize sponsor Chris Dorgan, Oifigeach Gaeilge

Barcelona Quiz

Congratulations to David O'Kelly from Ballinhassig who is the winner of the weekend for two in Barcelona in our Barcelona Quiz.

Barcelona Quiz winner

David O'Kelly receiving his prize from City Librarian, Liam Ronayne, and Michael Conway from the competition sponsor Frinailla Developments.

Holidays in West Cork

Congratulations to Loretta Kennedy and Margaret Higgins who are the winners of our Holiday in West Cork competition.

LorettaThe Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty wrote about The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty by Sebastian Barry. She said 'The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty was one of my anticipated reads now gathering dust on my bookshelf stockpile. This is a novel which has made its way to me many times through conversations, recommendations, and even once on loan from a friend. Sebastian Barry's language has always transfixed me with its beauty, loneliness and lyricism.'

Rattle BagMargaret wrote about The Rattle Bag edited by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes. She wrote 'I first started reading this book in 1986 - I had finished school - anything seemed possible. That summer was one where the sun shone on, thats's how I remember it. I cycled to the beach with friends and read the book, I copied out some of the poems and stuck them in a journal, which is still in the attic, I read the book in my own back garden at home. We had done poetry at school for the Leaving but this was poetry to be read by me and interpreted by me alone and to be enjoyed for what it was.'

Loretta and Margaret were presented with their prizes at a ceremony in Central Library during Cork World Book Fest.

Ask Val

The winners of the Ask Val McDermid A Question competition are:

Denis Wilson, Silvia Wedekind and P. Twomey.

All winners won a signed copy of Val McDermid's new book Fever Of The Bone.

Reader's Choice Winners

For current Readers' Choice competitions and results from past months, visit our Readers' Choice page.

February - Best Opening Lines Winner: Pat O'Hagan

March - Favourite Irish Novels 1999 - 2008 Winner: Rosemary Lynch

April  - Favourite Irish Love Stories Winner: P. O'Shea

May - Favourite Travel Books Winner: Denis Wilson