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December Events at the Linen Hall

30 November 2015

Northern Ireland Writers Strike a Pose in New Art Exhibition at the Linen Hall Michael Longley, Ciaran Carson, Jennifer Johnston, Sheena Wilkinson….these are just a few of the well known Northern Ireland writers in Read to Me, a new Linen Hall Library exhibition launching on 1 December which studies each writer reading his or her own work to artist Joanna Mules. Also in December...

Linen Hall Staff Member Cuts Ribbon on New Maghera Cultural Centre

27 November 2015

Linen Hall Library Assistant Mary Delargy was recently invited to officially open the new Maghera Historical Society Heritage and Cultural Centre located on the Coleraine Road. During the opening ceremony, Mary praised the relatively young Maghera Historical Society for the hard working and dedicated team of volunteers who gave their time and expertise to enable the new centre to become a reality. She stressed that the history of the town will now be...

Holiday Schedule 2015 - 2016

20 November 2015

The following Holiday Schedule applies for 2015 - 2016   Christmas Holidays 2015 The Library will close at 2pm on Thursday 24th December 2015, re-opening at 9.30am on Monday 4th January 2016.   St Patrick’s Day Thursday 17th March   color:rgb(51, 0,...

Readathon Raises Money and Profile for the Linen Hall

06 November 2015

At 9am on Thursday 5 November, the doors to the Linen Hall Library were opened to begin a twelve-hour fundraising Readathon. Throughout the day actors, schools, authors, members of the public, members of the Library , MLAs and more came through the doors to support the event. Director Julie Andrews says: “Everyone enjoyed the day and we would like to say a very big Thank You to everyone who helped make the Readathon a success. It is so important that we get the message...

November Events at the Linen Hall

02 November 2015

20th Century Irish Socialist James Connolly Fights For the Common Man in November Exhibition Irish icon James Connolly (1868 – 1916) championed the downtrodden and demanded dignity for the working masses in the United States as mass industrialisation took hold in the early 20th century. His story is the focus of the Linen Hall Library’s main November exhibition Labor & Dignity – James...

Leading Lights in Northern Ireland’s Arts Scene Take Part in Library Fundraising Readathon

30 October 2015

Actors, writers, poets, performers…..all have signed up to read for 15 minutes at the Linen Hall Library’s 12-hour fundraising Readathon on 5 November. Names such as Roma Tomelty, Anne Devlin, Glenn Patterson, Dan Gordon, Tim McGarry, Jo Egan, Jonathan Bardon, Sophia Hillan, Wilson Burgess…. are all supporting the Library by reading a book of their choice for 15 minutes and giving a donation...

Linen Hall Based NIPR Celebrates 15 Years of Collecting

30 October 2015

The National Collection of Northern Ireland Publications (NIPR), which collects every book, magazine, leaflet, government publication and journal produced in Northern Ireland, celebrated its 15 year anniversary this week. Based in the Linen Hall Library, NIPR was set up in 2000 when it was identified that Northern Ireland did not have a repository of this kind. The collection now numbers over 10,000 books and leaflets and several hundred journals. Joan...

Wanted For Linen Hall Library Charity Shop

21 October 2015

Do you have any books you no longer require? If so, the Linen Hall Library Charity Bookshop would be very pleased to accept: Irish Interest / Literature / Mystery / History / Romance / Crime / Humour / Horror / Sci-Fi Foreign / Language / CDs / DVDs / Vinyl Records Unfortunately we are unable to accept: color:rgb(51,...

Linen Hall Library Appoints First Ever Female Librarian

19 October 2015

Linen Hall Library Welcomes First Female Librarian in 227-Year History The Linen Hall Library is delighted to announce the appointment of Samantha McCombe as the new Librarian. Samantha is the first-ever female in the institution’s 227-year history to take up this prestigious post. She is the Linen Hall’s twenty-second Librarian. Her appointment also completes the...