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Bewitching Blanchardstown

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by Fingal Libraries on October 9, 2017.

There was magic in the air in Blanchardstown Library on Thursday, August 17, as staff members opened the doors of Blanchardstown School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In July, a small committee of witches and wizards came together to create a programme of ...

Fingal Festival of History

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by Fingal Libraries on September 20, 2017.

Fingal Libraries in partnership with Newbridge House and Farm presents The Fingal Festival of History – a weekend of talks and events in Newbridge House, Donabate, from Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October 2017.  History-lovers can expect fascin ...

Rediscovered Books! “Swords: A Social History” by Francis W. Coleman

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by Fingal Libraries on September 13, 2017.

I was tidying the store room in Swords library where all the older non-fiction stock is kept when I came across a gem of a book called Swords: A Social History. It stopped me in my tracks when I read the first page, a letter dated the 19th of September 19 ...

Inspirational Conference Encourages Women to Work Together

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by Fingal Libraries on September 5, 2017.

“Women make up 50% of the Irish population and if we truly work together, what a formidable and powerful force we could be.”  The words of the late Labour TD Maureen O’Carroll, relayed by her daughter Eilish at the recent Women in Politics Confere ...

Dunkirk : an immersive and overwhelming cinema experience

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by Fingal Libraries on August 28, 2017.

It’s a film with no particular star of the show, and a non-linear timeline of events. It doesn’t over-explain anything and leaves many things up to the audience to decide. It is a self-confessed selective and somewhat romanticised look at a truly ...

Spark Your Imagination – Fingal Libraries presents The Write Time Festival 2017

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by Fingal Libraries on August 15, 2017.

This September, Fingal Libraries presents the second annual Write Time Festival. The Write Time celebrates the written and spoken word in Fingal. Libraries across Fingal will host writing workshops and author talks to spark the imagination and inspire cre ...

Get Ready for National Heritage Week in Fingal Libraries, 19th – 27th August!

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by Fingal Libraries on August 1, 2017.

Each year, at the end of August, national and local community organisations facilitate a programme of events throughout the country highlighting the abundance of great work that is carried out to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural he ...

Full STEAM ahead at Fingal Libraries

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by Fingal Libraries on July 22, 2017.

In the last number of years, STEM or STEAM, has become the new buzzword in the educational world and it’s not hard to see why. It has been widely acknowledged that in order for Ireland to thrive in today’s knowledge-based economy, their workforce need ...

What has the EU Ever Done for Us?

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by Fingal Libraries on June 26, 2017.

It’s Friday evening, about tea time. Four middle aged men sit in a dimly lit corner of Flaherty’s Pub. The atmosphere becomes a little tense as our four friends begin to discuss the problems of the day. Sean and Padraig sit on one side of the table si ...

‘American Gods and Norse Myths’ – Neil Gaiman’s newest phantasmagorias from book to screen

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by Fingal Libraries on June 19, 2017.

Firstly, I will hold my hands up and say that I find it hard to read Neil Gaiman’s books, as much as I love the fantasy genre and the subjects of his books. The fault lies with the way I read – I scan pages rather than read every word. In the case of ...