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Updated: 2018-01-15T16:32:56.122+00:00


The Atlas of the Irish Revolution - Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year for 2017


The Atlas of the Irish Revolution, a book which tells the full story of Ireland’s revolutionary history from 1913 to 1923, has been voted the Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year for 2017. It was chosen by a public vote from the list of category winners announced at the recent Irish Book Awards.
The atlas has nearly 1,000 pages, weighs 5kg and there is a copy of this book available in every library in Galway, courtesy of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Cork University Press.
After the initial print run of 8,000 sold out in September, publisher Cork University Press ordered another 14,000 copies to meet demand ahead of the Christmas present rush. Diarmaid Ferriter’s review in The Irish Times called it “mammoth and magnificent”.

Galway’s Great Read 2017


Galway’s Great Read 2017
Pádraic Ó Conaire; his life, his works and his legacy, celebrates the internationally renowned Galway born author.
On behalf of Galway Public Libraries I wish to sincerely thank our contributors for their passion and enthusiasm in bringing Ó Conaire’s works to life and extending our knowledge of one of Galway’s literary treasures.

Healthy Ireland at your Library


Healthy Ireland is a national framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of Ireland and the Healthy Ireland Fund was launched on Oct. 2nd by the Taoiseach, Mr. Leo Varadkar, T.D., joined with Minister for Health, Mr. Simon Harris, T.D. and Minister of State, Ms. Catherine Byrne, T.D. This understanding calls for a partnership approach.
The Healthy Ireland at Your Library service will take place across the library network nationwide. The programme will enhance current health information in public libraries by providing new book stock, e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines on health and wellbeing and a wider selection of health information for all users. Talks, discussions and workshops will be offered in library services with a focus on physical health, mental health and health literacy.
Healthy Ireland at your Library looks to complement, support and expand existing programmes in public libraries and to provide reinforcement of the Healthy Ireland national framework throughout all communities and developing a locally cohesive,

Loughrea Library Book launch


Loughrea Library Saturday 9th September 3.00 - 4.00pmUnder the Bed Monsters storytime & book launch with author Gaw Ward.All welcome[...]

Remembering 170th anniversary of Black 1847


Remembering 170th anniversary of Black 1847 – the #Galway #workhouse #archives record 12 deaths at the end of July. Visit  to learn more about our collections and holdings. [...]

Clifden Library - Art Exhibition


Clifden Library
- Art Exhibition of Oil paintings for sale in #Clifden Library, Co #Galway by Diana Shephard. Please pop in and view if you are in the area. During the month of August 2017

Summer Stars Lego Competition in Westside Library


Westside Library
Create a Lego display piece using the theme of 'Summer Star'.
Participants are asked to leave their piece into Westside Library between 1 - 4 August and they will be available for collection from 26 August.

Summer Events in Ballybane Library


Carraroe Library Exhibition


Leabharlann na Ceathrún RuaTaispeántas Báid Bheaga Macashamhail Húicéirí na Gaillimhe déanta ar chúrsa Múnla Bád Seoil I dTír an Fhia  reachtáilte ag comhairle Ceantar na nOileán & Ionad Oidhreachta Leitir Mealláin le maoiniú ó Bord Oideachais agus Oiliúna Gaillimh & Roscomáin.. Beidh said ar taispeántas sa leabharlann ar feadh cúpla seachtain. [...]

Galway City Library - June Exhibition


The Irish Underwater Council presents the CFT Underwater Photography Group 2017 Exhibition. A number of contributors have taken part in this exhibition
“The purpose of the CFT Underwater Photography Group is to show and tell the type of pictures that divers are taking throughout the world. We encourage people of all levels to post their marine pictures, good or bad and to generate a conversation from which we all learn. If you want a picture to be strongly critiqued that just ask for it when posting. Otherwise, if you post a picture where the group can see ways for improvement, we will continue to give advice in a constructive manner. Those posting pictures are encouraged to tell us what type of camera set up and settings were used. Also please let us know how you took the shot if it’s something we can all learn from.”

Portumna Library Launch


Portumna Library
As part of the '2017 East Galway Library Art Trail', Bernard Dooley launches his show on the 3rd of May at 7pm.
Locally based artists are involved in the pioneering East Galway Art Trail, an innovative idea that is concerned with art awareness and library awareness, which has been taking place around the area at half a dozen different library locations.
Its objective is to bring art and artist into the community by using the space available in rural libraries.
These artists are working and living within local communities; by bringing both the artist and the libraries together, small communities can benefit from the enjoyment of art and engage with their library’s facilities.
All welcome

Ballybane Library Music Collection


Ballybane Library are currently highlighting their music collection, why not pop in and browse their extensive selection of classical music CDs

'One Book, One Tuam'


Tuam Library

'One Book, One Tuam'... will take place during the month of March.
This year, children and adults will be reading 'Wonder' by R .J. Palacio.
Classes from Mercy Primary and Presentation will visit Tuam library to become members and take a copy of the book with them.

Oranmore Library closed for maintenance


Oranmore Library will be closed on Tuesday 28th February until Tuesday 7th of March inclusive for essential maintenance work. We will reopen Wednesday 8th March at 11am.
Patrons can renew their books online at alternatively, drop them in the returns box outside the Library.
Also, your library card can be used in any branch in Galway, check for opening hours.

Mind Your Mental Health Workhop in Gort Library


Mind Your Mental Health Workhop at Gort Library on Wednesday 22nd February 10.30am - 1.30pm. Free Admission including refreshments & sandwiches. Aimed at general public and community workers.
This interactive workshop is delivered by Mental Health Ireland. It is a one day workshop comprising 4 units: understanding mental health & wellbeing; stress and thinking patterns; mental health difficulties, support and recovery; self-care strategies.

Bibliotherapy at Gort library - a collection of self-help books approved by Irish health practitioners.

Drama in Loughrea Library


Loughrea Library on
Friday 27th January, 7.30pm

The Seumas O’Kelly Players Original Script Night will highlight four new plays by local writers.
All welcome

Ballybane Library Book Launch & Signing


Ballybane Library Saturday 28th January, 2.30pm Book Launch & Signing. Emma Heatherington will visit the library to launch and sign copies of her new book The Legacy of Lucy Harte.All welcome[...]

‘The Road to Equality’ in Ballinasloe Library


‘The Road to Equality’ is an exhibition depicting the events and milestones that led to the passing of the 2015 Marriage Referendum and is on display  until Friday January 20th in the Church Gallery of Ballinasloe Library.

Ballybane Library 10th Anniversary



 Ballybane Library recently celebrated 10 years serving the community with a Christmas storytelling session from Rab Fulton. The celebration also included the launch of 'The Fairy Tale of Oscar' - an original story written by the members of Oirthear le Chéile, with Rab Fulton and the East Galway Home School Liaison Programme.

Loughrea Library - two more events


Loughrea Library - two more events this week...why not come along...All welcome
Thursday 15th December @ 6.30pm. Launch of online teen emagazine ‘Cinders’....
Friday 16th December @6.30pm. Children’s Christmas movie – “The Snowman” by Raymond Briggs. - Spaces are limited so booking is
essential contact Loughrea Library on 091 847220.

A Busy week in Loughrea Library


Here's the first two events in a busy week for Loughrea Library - All Welcome...

- Tráth na gCeist. Irish language table quiz for all the family. Dé Máirt 13 Mí na Nollaig (Tuesday 13th December) 7-9pm

- 8pm Wednesday 14th December 'Loughrea Literary & Historical Society' present a talk by Bishop Willie Walsh, the retired bishop of Killaloe on his memoir, ‘No Crusader’.

Ballybane Library will host a storytelling session to celebrate the creativity of local parents and grandparents


Ballybane LibraryWednesday 14th December, 10.30amBallybane Library will host a storytelling session to celebrate the creativity of local parents and grandparents. Co-ordinated by the Eastside Home School Community Liaison (HSCL) service, the group meets weekly in the library. Working with storyteller and author Rab Fulton, members of the group have created a Christmas Fairy Tale loosely based on the story of “Little Red Riding Hood”. “The Fairy Tale of Oscar" features a wolf, a granny, a young girl and a cottage in the woods. This new fairy tale tells the story of Oscar, a child abandoned in a dark wood and living under a curse which turns him into a wolf when he is angry. As Oscar grows up, his anger and the effects of the curse grow more terrifying. Is there anyone who can save him? Rab Fulton will be reading “The Fairy Tale of Oscar” and telling some seasonal stories. In addition, there will be refreshments and an opportunity to chat with the authors. See attached poster.[...]

Certificate of Excellence in Local Government 2016 for Ballinasloe Library


Presentation of Certificate of Excellence in Local Government 2016- Ballinasloe Library to Galway Libraries at Chambers Ireland function in Dublin recently.
Presentation to Ballinasloe Library 25th Nov 2016
-Peter Rabbitt, Cathaoirleach Michael Connolly and the brilliant Ballinasloe Library staff. Brid Grehan, Mark Sweeney, Kieran Shaughnessy

-Peter Rabbitt, Mary Kennedy, Minister Damien English, Cathaoirleach Michael Connolly