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November 2019

PenFest 2019: Why I Write with Beau Williams

1st November 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Carlow Central Library,

"Why I Write" focuses on the importance of being vulnerable in your writing. This pushes the boundaries on what a poem is "supposed to be" and gives the writers the proper tools to address their emotions or experiences and express them in an effective way on the page. The workshop starts with a short introduction, then I'll share a poem or two of mine and we'll discuss what we think makes a poem. We will then talk about the importance…

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PenFest 2019: Book Launch: Ah, Men! by Simon Lewis

1st November 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Carlow Central Library,

Ah, Men! is the 2nd poetry collection by Simon Lewis, winner of the 2016 Hennessy Prize for Poetry and finalist in the 2017 Shine/Strong Prize for his first book, Jewtown. In these new poems, Lewis considers what it means to be male in 21st century Ireland. Reflecting on how the role of the male in Irish society is changing rapidly, he hones in on fathers, husbands and sons in their comfortable and uncomfortable relationships, in urban and rural settings, and…

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February 2020

National Library Open Day – February 29th

February 29 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Everyone is invited to visit their local library and take a closer look at all it has to offer on National Library Open Day, Saturday, February 29th. Libraries all around the country will be taking part in National Library Open Day on February 29th, and are issuing a special invitation to members and non-members to come along and see all that’s on offer for them at their library completely free. Libraries will be putting on a special showcase of their…

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Comic Book Workshop with Declan Pierce

February 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Muinebheag Library,

As part of our national Library open Day on February 29th, join us in Muinebheag Library for a very special Comic Book Workshop with the amazing Declan Pierce. Suitable for children between the ages of 8-12 years. Book your place now by emailing Fiona at library@carlowcoco.ie #TakeACloserLook #LeapIntoLibraries

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Saturday Storytime with Irish Sign Language (ISL)

February 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Carlow Central Library,

Join us in Carlow Central Library on national Library Open Day on February 29th for Storytime with Nicola and ISL by Teresa. Suitable for children under 6 and a warm welcome for anyone who is deaf or hearing impaired. If you can't make it, the Storytime will be LIVE streamed on Facebook. No booking required. #TakeACloserLook #LeapIntoLibraries

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Borris Lace Makers Demonstration

February 29 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Borris Library,

Visit Borris Library on February 29th as part of the national Library Open day and experience the wonderful craft of lace making with the Borris Lace Makers from 11am - 1pm. All welcome to this demonstration of a beautiful traditional craft. #TakeACloserLook #LeapIntoLibraries

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November 2020

Kevin Barry: a conversation with Professor Eunan O’Halpin

November 2 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online Event YouTube Channel,

Carlow County Council Decade of Centenaries Event: As part of the Carlow County Council Decade of Centenaries Programme 2020, you are invited to join the conversation with professor Eunan O’Halpin and Dermot Mulligan, Carlow County Museum Curator on Monday, November 2nd at 8pm. Eunan will discuss his own roots as grand nephew of Kevin Barry and talk about tow of his most recent publications: "Kevin Barry : An Irish Rebel in Life and Death" and "The Dead of the Irish…

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An Irish Hero for Children with Carmel Uí Cheallaigh

November 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online Event YouTube Channel,

Carlow County Council Decade of Centenaries Event: Join Carlow County Council Library Service online as we facilitate the event Kevin Barry: an Irish Hero for Children with author Carmel Uí Cheallaigh who will discuss her recently published book with 6th class from Rathvilly National School. The event will be streamed online for all school children in the county at 12pm on November 3rd through the Library YouTube Channel: https://youtube.com/user/carlowcountylibrary About Carmel's book: On a dark November morning in 1920, Kevin…

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A Memoir of Kevin Barry with Síofra O’Donovan and Michael Moriarty

November 4 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online Event YouTube Channel,

A Carlow County Council Decade of Centenaries Event: Join Carlow County Council Library Service online for the event A memoir of Kevin Barry with Síofra O’Donovan and Michael Moriarty in conversation with Christopher Power, Library Assistant on November 4th at 8pm. Síofra and Michael will discuss their connections to Kevin Barry and their recently published books on him. "Yours ‘Til Hell Freezes: A Memoir of Kevin Barry" by Síofra O'Donovan The 1st of November marks 100 years since young Kevin…

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Kevin Barry and the Oral Tradition

November 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Online Event YouTube Channel,
Kevin Barry and the Oral Tradition

Carlow County Council Decade of Centenaries Event: When Kevin Barry was executed, on November 1st, 1920, he had packed a lot of living into his eighteen years on this earth. From his own comments and letters, from comments of family and friends, we know that he played rugby and hurling, he loved dancing, he enjoyed the company of his friends, male and female, and the camaraderie of sing-songs. He had a promising medical career before him, as well as potential…

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