Sligo Library Update: Covid-19 Emergency

  • If you have any library items checked out, you can keep hold of them until we re-open.  There will be no overdue notices sent during this time.
  • The return drop box is closed and we will not be taking in any returned items at this moment
  • The reserves function has now been disabled from our website. You cannot currently reserve an item.
  • You can now join Sligo Library online for FREE and get Newspapers, eBooks, audiobooks and online magazines for free straight away. You can also access our online courses, including lanugage courses:

https://sligolibrary.ie/digitalservices/

  • To become a member, just click the link and follow the instructions:

https://www.librariesireland.ie/news/online-services-during-coronavirus

  • You will be given a temporary Barcode number and will be asked to set up your own PIN. Once this is done, you will be able to access all our online services. There is also a short guide in how to use the services
  • If you think your membership has lapsed, please contact the Library to update it, in order to access online services.
  • Please note, if your SligoLibrary Membership Card has a four digit number, your card will not work with the online services. Please, phone 0719111675 or email sligolib@sligococo.ie for details on how to update this.
  • If you are waiting for an available Hold, these items will be available for you when we re-open.
  • For more details or any other information, please, contact Sligo Library as follows:

Phone: 0719111675

Email: sligolib@sligococo.ie

Via our social media pages: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Take A Closer Look at Your Library on National Library Open Day, February 29!

On Saturday, February 29th, Sligo Central Library will be taking part in the first ever National Library Open Day.

* Ocean FM will be broadcasting live here from 11:00am – 2pm.
* We will have a Special, Saturday Storytime at 11am.
* This will be followed by two shows of The Flea Circus by Pignut Productions, (how does he train those fleas!!🦟🦟🐜) 11.30am and 12Noon
* Imelda Ryan-Jones will be here for story time and puppet show at 2.30pm


Libraries are open most days of course but on Saturday 29th we are issuing a special invitation to everyone in the country to come in and see everything that’s on offer.
If it’s been a while since you’ve been in your local library, you might be surprised at what you can find there!
Libraries are open community spaces with lots going on for everyone of all ages and interests. Come along to your local library on the Open Day to get a taste of the clubs, classes, exhibitions, activities and more on offer at your library.


As well as that, our library staff will be on hand to show you how your library membership allows you to borrow from 12 million items; choose from more box set options than Netflix, get eBooks, audiobooks and eMagazines free and straight to your device, or try free online learning classes.


So, if it’s been a while since you’ve visited your library or even if you’re a regular user, please come and Take a Closer Look at what’s on offer on Saturday 29th February!

Award-Winning Writers to Read at The Word

The Word will be back in Sligo Central Library on the 26th February. Gerard Beirne (author and lecturer on IT Sligo’s BA Writing and Literature Program) will host Mary Costello and Siobhan Mannion.

Mary Costello was born in Galway and has published two novels and a collection of stories to great acclaim. Her collection of short stories, The China Factory, published in 2012, was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. Her novel, Academy Street, was shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award, the Costa First Novel Prize, the EU Prize for Literature, and the Prix Littéraire des Ambassadeurs de la Francophonie en Irlande in 2014. The novel went on to win the Irish Novel of the Year Award as well as the Irish Book of the Year. Her most recent novel, The River Capture, has been described by The Times as “One of the most surprising and original novels of 2019.”

Siobhan Mannion will read alongside Mary. Siobhan worked for many years as a radio producer in RTÉ and is a past winner of the Hennessy First Fiction and New Irish Writer of the Year awards. Her stories and essays have appeared in Irish and international publications including Granta, Winter Papers, Banshee, Eighteen Bridges, Stand, The Moth, and The Long Gaze Back and Silver Threads of Hope anthologies. She has a degree in English and French from Trinity College, and a Master’s in Film from UCD.
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. 26th February, 6.30 pm, Sligo Central Library.

Digitise the Nation: Internet Access Classes

Introduction Digital Skills Classes. Four week course on either a Tuesday OR Wednesday afternoon. Starts Tuesday 28th OR Wednesday 29th of January, 2pm-4.30pm.

Group setting. Devices will be provided or you can bring your own.

Phone 0719111675 for more details or to reserve your name.😀📲💻

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.

The Word at Sligo Central Library: Wednesday 27th of November

‘More of a bonfire than a beacon’: women writing for change at this month’s Word

The Word returns to Sligo Central Library on Wednesday 27th.  Writer Jessamine O’Connor from the BA Writing and Literature will host guests Sarah Clancy and Bairbre Flood. Sarah Clancy is a poet from Galway City although she now lives in Clare. She is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently The Truth and Other Stories (Salmon Poetry). The poet Martin Dyar describes her “rich, rhythmically insistent and often thrillingly confrontational poetry” and Rita Ann Higgins applauds the refreshing style and humanity of Clancy’s poems that ‘act as more of a bonfire than a beacon in these dark times.” She has won the Cuirt International Festival of Literature Grand Slam Championship and was runner up in the All- Ireland Grand Slam Championships. Her new collection will be published by Salmon Poetry.

Reading with Sarah is Bairbre Flood, a writer and journalist living in West Cork. Her story Fejira // to cross won first prize in the Fish Memoir Competition 2019, with publication in the Fish Anthology 2019. The judge Chrissie Gittins described it as ‘a vivid, clear-eyed account which witnesses the facts of these precarious ‘blow-apart lives struggling to start again’ and makes them plain to see.’ Her video-poem, Illegal was runner-up at the Doolin Writers’ Weekend 2019 inaugural video-poem competition; a lament connecting our coffin ship history with modern-day experiences of exile. She has written two books of poetry, and her most recent poems explore migration, loss and identity.

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. 27th November, 6.30 pm, Sligo Central Library.

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