Ballinasloe Library is back open, and they are starting to welcome back their regular groups for their meet-ups. The Crochet and Knitting group, Cuidiú breastfeeding group, Babies/Toddlers meet-up and the Women’s group have all been able to resume their activities in the last few weeks, with the reading groups and computer classes to resume shortly also.
Following on from the lifting of restrictions the library has been able to host numerous events yet again which have drawn in many visitors and participants. Ireland Reads Day is the national day celebrating reading in Ireland. To celebrate the day the library commissioned a Storytrail, ‘Dee the Bee’ by author Dolores Keaveney for the Courtyard area. The Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council, Cllr. Peter Keaveney was also there to launch the project.
For International Women’s Day there were Personal Development Classes and Community Leadership Courses for women. There was plenty to talk about on the day including presentations on inspirational women, creativity and a book display. They hope to run follow-up courses in the autumn.
As part of the Cúirt festival the library hosted 2 writing workshops ‘Words in Motion’ for kids and teens who live in Direct Provision to explore and build their creativity through words, songs and stories. The event was supported by writer Chiamaka Emyi-Amadi and rapper Celaviedmai. Chiamaka’s workshop involved learning about different writing styles, showcasing their own creativity & expressing their emotions through words and building confidence in performing. Celaviedmai spoke to the children about the art of performing on stage and self-confidence.
The library is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 - 1:00 PM and 2:00pm and 5:00pm. If you have any questions on how to get involved in any of the activities, or what events are coming up you can email the library on firstname.lastname@example.org and follow their Facebook and Twitter pages @EDBallinasloe for updates.
Meet local crime writer Eoghan Egan at the official lanuch of his second novel: The Other Side of Fear!
Come along to Bistro 18, Ballinasloe on 26th March from 7pm to 9:30pm for an exclusive chat with the author about books, writing, narration and publishing.
Admission is free but registration is required: CLICK HERE to book your place!
The Other Side of Fear, set in modern day Irish Midlands, tells the story of reporter, Sharona Waters, who gets pulled into a people trafficking story, only to find that her desire to expose the most sordid secrets collides with a ruthless gang whose only aim is to protect their business. At all costs.
About this author
A native of Co. Roscommon, Ireland, Eoghan wrote his first story aged nine. At college, he studied Computer Programming, works in Sales Management & Marketing, but his passion for reading and writing remain.
Eoghan’s stories were shortlisted for the 2018 Bridport Short Story Prize, and Listowel’s 2019 Bryan McMahon Short Story Award Competition. Others have been published in various anthologies. He has also completed two crime fiction novels in a planned trilogy set in the Irish Midlands, and has started work on the third.
Digital copies of The Other Side of Fear are available online at:Salmon's Department Store, Ballinasloe.
Physical copies will also be available for purchase at the book launch.
Comórtas na bhfuinneog 2022
Beidh duaiseanna ar fáil dos na fuinneoga is gaelaí ar an mbaile i rith Seachtain na Gaeilge.
Beidh an moltóireacht déanta idir 9 -16 Márta.
Windows Competition 2022
Conradh na Gaeilge Béal Átha na Slua will present prizes to businesses with the best cultural/language themed windows during Seachtain na Gaeilge. Judging will take place from 9-16 March.
Go n-eirí Libh,
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