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More Career & Development Workshops

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The Business & Reference Centre are holding 2 Career & Development workshops in January. Have you secured a place yet?  The dates are 23rd January "Looking for work in 2014 - Working towards a model of employability" with Jane Downes and on 30th January, Richie McRitchie will speak on "Social Welfare and other supports to help you get ahead".

Both these workshops run from 1.30pm - 2.30pm and are free to attend. Booking is advised however.

Venue: Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Dublin 1.

Phone: 01 873 3996

Look forward to seeing you there.

Our Stable Companion – the Dublin Horse

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January 31st sees the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Horse, and this gallery is a tribute to an animal which has been a friend to Dubliners through the centuries. Whether as a working horse, a military high-stepper, a means of transport or simply a beloved companion, these images show the important role Dublin horses played in daily life throughout the last century, from those pulling the Lord Mayor’s Coach to those feeding from an old car in Labre Park.

Many of us still remember how the working horses of Dublin pulled carts for coalmen. Not so many of us will have seen the horse-drawn barges which ceased working in the 1930s and probably none of us the great war-horses that once paraded proudly though the city. During the 19th century, Ireland was a huge supplier of horses for the British Army, with one of the major remount depots in the country located at Islandbridge (Clancy) barracks. The tradition of the fine army horse can still be seen in the Horse Show photographs of the Irish equestrian teams of the 1980s and the connection between the horse and the defence forces has been renewed in more recent years with the establishment of the Garda Mounted Unit in 1998. Read more »

READ The Powers - citywide reading promotion for children

TRead the Powers launchhis Spring children in Dublin and beyond are encouraged to READ The Powers – a fun story about superheroes and pirates that will appeal to boys and girls aged 8 and upwards.

Left: The Lord Mayor, Councillor Oisín Quinn, with some superheroes and pirates at the launch of the reading initiative at the Mansion House, 16th January. (click to view larger image)

The Citywide Reading project for children is organised by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Public Libraries, in conjunction with Little Island Publisher and runs from January to March 2014. The campaign encourages children to read for pleasure. Read more »

Belfast Poet Sinéad Morrissey wins the TS Eliot Prize!

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Sinéad MorrisseyBelfast poet Sinéad Morrissey was last night named as the winner of the prestigious TS Eliot Prize for Poetry for her latest collection 'Parallax'. This is her fifth collection and it was chosen from a shortlist of ten. With her win she collects a prize of £15,000.

ParallaxSinéad Morrissey is reader in creative writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University and the city’s inaugural Poet Laureate. Born in 1972 in County Armagh, she is the author of five poetry collections - There was fire in Vancouver (1996), 'Between Here and There' (2002), 'The State of the Prisons'(2005), 'Through the Square Window' (2009) and 'Parallax' (2013). The last four have all been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. Read more »

'Opportunities for All' - The New Public Library Strategy

Opportunities for AllIf you could build your ideal public library, what would it be like? A bright, spacious place to work, study, relax or enjoy community events? Free access, longer opening hours, wifi, self-service, ebooks and professional staff to help you with any research you might need? Or maybe you'd prefer to enjoy the digital library from the comfort of your own home? All of the above...or is that too much to ask?

Back in early September you were asked to contribute towards a new startegy for public libraries covering the period 2013 - 2017. Well, on 17th December last Phil Hogan, Minister at  the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, launched the new strategy, "Opportunities for All: the public library as a catalyst for economic, social and cultural development" (pdf, 1.2mb, 104pp.).

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Playing Catch Up with Some Crime Reads

It's been some time since I last posted about crime fiction, November it was, in fact I last reviewed my own reads on the 7th November. So time to catch up, not another moment to be lost! I have in fact been reading away, and here I am going to mention five books I read before Christmas, and unusual enough for me, it is my second time to read one of these. That book is 'Echo Park' by American Michael Connelly, while I will also mention two books by Sweden's Hakan Nesser and a book each by Italians Andrea Camilleri and Maurizio De Giovanni. 

Echo ParkThough I missed Michael Connelly's visit to Dublin in late November, I thought it a good time to revisit his Harry Bosch series, it being some time, years even, since I had last read him. My choice was 'Echo Park' 3 stars, for no particular reason other than it being ready to hand. 'Echo Park' was first published in 2006 and is the 12th in the series featuring Los Angeles detective Harry Bosch. In it a convicted killer is ready to admit to a killing thirteen years previously as part of a plea bargain to avoid the death penalty, a case Harry was involved in but which remained unsolved. Harry over the years had revisited the case time after time to see if any further progress could be made, but never to any avail, despite his resolute belief in the guilt of one particular suspect. And now this new development suggests that his long time chief suspect was innocent all along. Read more »

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