Cruinniú na nÓg : A festival of ONLINE creativity for children and young people with Sligo Library

Cruinniú na nÓg at Sligo Library is moving online!

Celebrating Cruinniú na nÓg with some special guests, interactive events, plus opportunities for you to get involved and win some prizes.

Click here for more details on Cruinniú na nÓg nationwide

Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht  (5th May 2020) announced details of Cruinniú na nÓg 2020, Ireland’s national day of free creative activities for children and young people under the age of 18.  Full press release here; Minister Madigan launches Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 – Ireland’s national day of free creative activities for children and young people, Saturday 13th June 2020 | Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Announcing Cruinniú na nÓg 2020, Minister Madigan said: “Creativity and culture are powerful means through which children and young people can explore communication and collaboration, stimulate their imaginations to be inventive and harness their innate curiosity. Creativity also helps to encourage social responsibility and personal qualities related to wellbeing such as resilience, empathy, and a capacity for connection and friendship. Over the past 2 years Cruinniú na nÓg has been a key point in the calendar for children and young people to try something creative, develop an appetite for discovery and acquire new skills – and 2020 will be no different.”

In light of the public health restrictions currently in force, the Creative Ireland Programme and its partners have developed a number of creative, cultural and engaging “calls to action” which children, young people – indeed entire families – can create in their own homes and gardens on Saturday 13th June. Highlights will include:

Céilí in the Kitchen – A collective call to action for children, young people and their families to create a Céilí in their kitchen for Cruinniú, with Áirc Damhsa, who will guide us through the Irish tradition of these communal social events that take place in houses:


Let’s Go Fly a Kite – A collective call to action for children, young people and their families to make and fly a kite for Cruinniú, in your county colours. On Saturday 13th June, in partnership with the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, in your back yard or on your street, with your back to the wind slowly let your kite leave your hand and watch it majestically rise into the air.

Become a Young Story Keeper – To celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg, Great Lighthouses of Ireland and Fighting Words are inviting 7-12 year-olds to become Young Storykeepers! All you have to do is create a story inspired by lighthouses!
All our lighthouses brim with terrific tales, legends and lore about light keepers, shipwrecks, maritime life and much more. Today they play a vital role along with buoys and other aids to navigation in guiding the safe passage of ships. This is all managed and cared for by the Commissioners of Irish Lights:

Create a Video Game App – If you could click your fingers and create a video game app, what would it be? A racing game or a coin collector? A target game or a platform? The choice is endless and it’s time for you to decide. Let us know and together with Whizz Kids Training, via their ground-breaking Digital Skills Virtual Classroom, we will help bring young people into the world of software design in 4 easy tutorials. https://www.whizzkids.io/cruinniu-na-nog

Sligo Central Library: The First Word of the Decade 2020!

The Word returns to Sligo Central Library in 2020 on Wednesday 29th of January at 6.30pm.

Garrett Carr, author of The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland’s Border.

Garrett Carr is a writer and map-maker. He lives in Belfast and is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Queen’s University. His book The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland’s Border is a portrait of Ireland’s border, its people and culture. It is published by Faber & Faber.

Dr Marion Dowd, author of The Archaeology of Caves of Ireland.

Dr Marion Dowd is an archaeologist and lecturer at IT Sligo. Her research focusses primarily on how people have engaged with caves in Ireland over the past 12,500 years. Her first book, The Archaeology of Caves in Ireland, won the Current Archaeology Book of the Year 2016, and the Tratman Award 2015. Her work explores the interplay between folklore, landscape and archaeology. She is also interested in the changing biographies of monuments and artefacts.

The writers will read from their work followed by a Q& A and an open-mic session. Local writers are welcome to read at the open-mic which operates on a first come, first served basis. The Word is a collaboration between Sligo Central Library and the BA in Writing & Literature at IT Sligo. There is no charge for this event.

Sligo Library & Museum Christmas Opening Hours

Sligo Library staff would like to wish all of our users and readers a very Happy Christmas and New Year!

Remember all library items, including books, audio and DVDS, can be renewed and reserved online via our Always Open Online Services. There are many online services on our website that can be accessed 24 hours/365 days a year, including downloadable ebooks and audio books, magazine and newspaper access, research and learning portals. You can access these with your FREE Library Card barcode number and PIN.

The My Open Library service is available at Tubbercurry Community LIbrary library. My Open Library offers extended opening hours to library members on a self-service basis outside normal opening hours, seven days a week, from 8am to 10pm, 365 days a year.

You need to sign up for My Open Library service in Tubbercurry Community Library.

Please find below the opening hours for Sligo Libraries & Museum over the Christmas period:

Ballymote Community Library:

Closed Saturday 21st of December at 1.30pm. Re-open Thursday, 2nd of January 2020 at 12Noon.

Enniscrone Branch Library:

Closed Wednesday 19th of December at 4pm. Re-open on Thursday, 2nd of January at 11am.

Sligo Central Library:

Closed Saturday 21st of December at 5pm. Re-open Thursday, 2nd of January 2020 at 9.30am.

Tubbercurry Community Library:

Closed Saturday 21st of December at 1.30pm. Re-open Thursday, 2nd of January 2020 at 9.30am.

Local Studies and Reference Library:

Closed Friday 20th of December at 12.45pm. Re-open Thursday, 2nd of January 2020 at 9.30am.

Sligo Museum:

Closed Saturday 21st of December at 12.45pm. Re-open Thursday, 2nd of January 2020 at 9.30am.

Ba mhaith le foireann Leabharlann Shligigh Nollaig agus Bliain Nua an-mhaith a thabhairt dár n-úsáideoirí agus dár léitheoirí go léir!

Decade of Centenaries : Martin Savage : The Story of a Young Man

Join us in The Oratory in Ballisodare as we commemorate Martin Savage on the centenary of his passing. The event will take place on Thursday, 5th of December at 6pm.

This commemoration evening will feature music and spoken word of the some of the best local artists and voices.

With special contributions from those who have been inspired by his legacy.

Admission is FREE with light refreshments on the evening.

Official Launch: Commemorating the Centenary of the Connaught Rangers Mutiny in India 28th June 1920

An official launch for this memorial project will take place in Tubbercurry Community Library on Saturday 9th of November at 1pm.
 
The memorial project involves the erecting of an inscribed monument in Wolfe Tone Square, Tubbercurry, dedicated to the memory of the three Sligo men who took part in the mutiny: James Gorman Tubbercurry, Martin Boy Conlon Sligo town and Jack Scanlon Sligo town.
 
The project is designed to tell the story and to honour the memory of the courageous men who while far from home stood in solidarity with their native country men fighting for our Independence.
 
The proposed dedication date is June 28th, 2020 on the centenary anniversary of the mutiny.
 
In advance of the memorial, an official launch will take place in Tubbercurry Community Library.
 
Key aspects of the launch will be a series of short talks over the afternoon, by three historians on the history of the mutiny, followed by a light refreshment.
 
They include:
 
  • Dr. Eunan O’Halpin, Professor of Contemporary Irish History, Trinity College (Grandnephew of Kevin Barry).
  • Dr. Mario Draper, Professor of Modern History, Kent University.
  • Danny Tiernan, Connaught Rangers, Historian, Boyle, Co. Rosommon.
 
Each talk will be followed by a brief Q&A.
 
The memorial launch is a chance to remind ourselves of the significance of Ireland and Sligo’s forgotten heroes.
 
This is a FREE event.
 
The memorial project is part of Sligo Co Council’s Decade of Centenaries, the State Commemoration of significant historical events that took place between 1918-1923.
 
In association with the Connaught Rangers Memorial group and Creative Ireland.

                                     The Connaught Rangers Mutiny in India 1920

The Connaught Rangers were a regiment in the British army and were based in Wellington barracks Jalandhar in the Punjab India

When the news of martial law in Ireland and the reprisals by the Black and Tans reached them they protested by refusing to obey orders.

The protest spread to Solan, a military outpost near the Tibetan border, and the Rangers there led by Private James Daly, protested by grounding arms and refusing to obey orders

In August 88 mutineers were court- martialled at army headquarters at Simla seventy seven were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment, 10 were acquitted, 14 were sentenced to death, 13 had had their sentences commuted to life in prison and some were given up to 20 years penal servitude.

Private James Daly, spokesperson for the Rangers in Salon, was executed by firing squad on November 2nd. 1920 and was the last member of the British forces to be executed for mutiny.

The Rangers were returned to England to serve the remainder of their sentences

After a number of weeks they were removed to prisons around England.

The Connaught Ranger mutineers were released on January 2nd. 1923 following an amnesty as part of the signing of the Anglo Irish Treaty.

They returned to Ireland and became Ireland’s forgotten hero’s with families and communities seldom knowing all of the hardship they endured

In 1970 the remains of James Daly Peter Sears and Patrick Smyth were repatriated to Ireland

James Daly was buried in Tyrrellspass Co Westmeath. Patrick Symth and Peter Sears are buried in Glasnevin cemetery Dublin.

Sligo Central Library Event_Dacre Stoker reads Dracul

Wednesday  |  October 23  |  6.30PM

Sligo Central Library

In association with the Sligo Stoker Society

Dacre Stoker is the great grand nephew of Dracula author Bram Stoker, and a best selling novelist in his own right. Sligo Stoker Society is welcoming Dacre to Sligo town on Wednesday 23rd October, 2019.

Dacre’s great great grandmother Charlotte Thornley Stoker lived in Sligo during the cholera epidemic of 1832 and was the mother of Bram Stoker. Her tales of Sligo’s epidemic are said to have influenced the novel Dracula. Therefore it will be a spiritual homecoming of sorts for Dacre, and his first time to visit Sligo. He is based in the U.S. and has a large international following.

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/230960/dacre-stoker

Sligo Stoker Society, a voluntary society with a focus on historical research, are helping to organise the events and aim to launch signage (outlining the Sligo/Dracula historical connection) to coincide with Dacre’s visit. The signage was funded by Sligo County Council C&V Heritage grants scheme and Sligo LEADER partnership.

 

PUBLIC EVENT (FREE) 6.30pm – Sligo Central Library in association with the Sligo Stoker Society will host Dacre Stoker, great grandnephew of Bram Stoker. Dacre will read selected passages from Dracul which he co-authored with JD Barker, the origin story of Bram Stoker writing Dracula.

Q&A with Dr. Fiona Gallagher (Author of Streets of Sligo).

Music with Niamh Crowley and Anna Houston

Contact: 0719111675 or sligolibrary@sligococo.ie

Sligo EDIC Soapbox: Thursday 17th of October

Sligo EDIC is hosting a Soapbox event on Thursday 17th October at 6:30pm in Sligo Central Library.

This year the topic is “CLIMATE CHANGE IS NOT MY PROBLEM”.

There is an under 18 and over 18 competition and Sligo EDIC covers the counties of Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim.

The winners of both age groups receive an IPad and go forward to the national finals where the overall winners receive a weekend trip away to Brussels to visit the European Parliament along with some spending money.

The Under 18 Competition is run through the Secondary Schools so please contact the TY Form Teacher or an English teacher at your school.

The Over 18 Competition is run with the co-operation of the Toastmaster organisation so please contact your local Toastmaster group.

If you have any queries please contact europedirect@sligococo.ie

Soapbox Rules for Applicants 2019

Sligo Central Library: The Word with ITSligo

The Word returns to Sligo Central Library after the Summer break on Wednesday 25th of September at 6.30pm.

Louise Kennedy, just back from attending Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award ceremony in London for which she was shortlisted, will be reading her story, Silhouette.

 

Louise Kennedy grew up in Holywood, Co. Down. Her work has been published in journals including The Stinging Fly, The Tangerine and Banshee. She has won several short story prizes and was shortlisted for the 2019 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award.

Michael Nolan, writer and editor of The Tangerine, which first published Louise’s story, will also be reading.

Michael Nolan is from Belfast. His work has appeared and is upcoming in The Stinging Fly, Winter Papers and The Lifeboat. His story, Cenacle, was produced by BBC Radio 4. He is the fiction editor of The Tangerine. 

The writers will read from their work followed by a Q& A and an open-mic session. Local writers are welcome to read at the open-mic which operates on a first come, first served basis. The Word is a collaboration between Sligo Central Library and the BA in Writing & Literature at IT Sligo. There is no charge for this event.

PAULINE BRENNAN TO TAKE UP POST OF COUNTY LIBRARIAN WITH LEITRIM COUNTY COUNCIL

Pauline Brennan recently left her job of Senior Executive Librarian to take a post of County Librarian with Leitrim County Council. She is pictured receiving a presentation from the Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Tom MacSharry.

Sligo Library and Museum: Public Holiday Hours

Sligo Libraries, including, Ballymote Community Library, Tubbercurry Community Library, Enniscrone Library and Sligo Central Library will be closed on Saturday, 1st of June for the Public Holiday.

Sligo Museum will open 9.30am – 12.45pm, 2pm – 4.45pm.