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Debut Novel Wins Costa Book Award

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The Shock of the FallThe Costa Book of the Year 2013 overall winner is the debut novel, 'The Shock of the Fall' by Nathan Filer (Harper Collins Publishers).

As the judges had to say - "It’s hard to believe this is a first novel – it’s so good it will make you feel a better person."

About the Book

The Shock of the Fall tells the story of Matthew and Simon, two brothers who are separated yet united by a tragic accident. Exploring themes of loss, grief and mental illness, this extraordinary novel transports the reader directly into the mind of Matthew and his slow descent into madness as he confronts his role in the boyhood death of his older brother ten years ago.. Read more »

2013: My (Crime Fiction) Year in Review

2013 5-star readsUpon reading a blog post recently where book reviewers highlighted their favourite crime fiction reads of 2013, I got curious as to how my year just gone had fared in similiar respect. So I took a look back over my 2013, what I had read, what I had thought of the various authors and their books, and in so doing see what overall impression I was left with, and what books made it to the top of my list.

Right: The Top 4 of 2013 (see below for more details)

I should preface what is to follow by stating that most, but not all, of the books I read tend to be either recently published or, if in translation, recently translated. After reading a book I give it a star rating, 5 being the maximum number of stars. Anything that gets 3.5 stars or more I can well recommend, 3 stars is borderline, while anything less disappointed. The star sytem of course is not a precise measure, but can be used as a rough rule of thumb. But enough of that! Read more »

Sir John T. Gilbert, Irish Historian and Archivist

Sir John T. GilbertJohn Thomas Gilbert, born in Dublin on the 23rd January 1829, was the author of the influential three-volume 'History of the City of Dublin', published from 1854-59. He was a firm advocate of documenting the history of his native city using primary sources. His work on manuscripts relating to the city alerted him to the need for the preservation of Irish public records, many of which were in a neglected and vulnerable condition. He commenced a campaign, which eventually led to the setting up of the Public Records Office in the Four Courts. He calendared the records of Dublin Corporation, which date from the twelfth century, and began the series of printed volumes 'The calendar of ancient records of the city of Dublin'.

Brief Biography

John Thomas Gilbert was the son of John Gilbert, an English Protestant, and Marianne Costello, an Irish Catholic. He was born in house no. 23 Jervis Street, Dublin, on the 23rd January 1829. He was educated at Bective College, Dublin, and at Prior Park, near Bath, England. In 1846 his family moved to Blackrock, County Dublin, where he lived until his death in May 1898. Read more »

More Career & Development Workshops

Various occupations represented by people

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 »

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