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J W Egan


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Charity Book Shop is Back

18 August 2016

We're delighted to announce that the Linen Hall Charity Bookshop will be back in business from Monday 22 August at 9am. Our new location is 63 Fountain Street. Hours will be Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm and Sat 9am -...

Substantial Set of Fortnight Magazine For Sale

05 August 2016

The Library is pleased to offer for sale a substantial but incomplete set of the political and cultural magazine Fortnight that was published in Belfast from 1970 – 2011. This is a rare opportunity to purchase this iconic publication that captured the highs and lows of some of Belfast’s most turbulent years. Nearly everyone who was anyone had their ‘spake’ in the magazine. Fortnight also featured illustrations by some of...

August Events at the Linen Hall

29 July 2016

Linen Hall Reaches for the Stars in Exclusive August Astronomical Exhibition Exclusive to the Linen Hall in August is the astonishing astronomical photographic exhibition Images of Starlight. This stunning display of astrophotography, launching on 2 August, captures the many phases and faces of the universe. Also in August, human rights campaigner and theatre pioneer Alice...

Linen Hall Reaches for the Stars with Astonishing Astronomical Exhibition Images of Starlight

25 July 2016

On Tuesday 2 August at 12midday, the Linen Hall Library will exclusively launch Images of Starlight, an astonishing collection of astronomical pictures jointly produced by the Irish Astronomical Association (IAA), in conjunction with the Irish Astronomical Society (IAS) and the Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies (IFAS). Includes previously unseen pictures taken in Northern Ireland. From the sparkling curtain of the Milky Way to romantic moonscapes to...

July Events at the Linen Hall

01 July 2016

LINEN HALL GOES BACK TO BECKETT WITH WEEK OF EVENTS HONOURING THE GREAT IRISH WRITER Possibly the most influential writer of the 20th century, Samuel Beckett is centre stage in the Linen Hall events calendar for July. A series of events including a workshop, lecture and book launch illuminate the genius behind Beckett’s style. Also in July we cameo social reformer Mary Ann McCracken as...

Holiday Schedule 2016

24 June 2016

The following Holiday Schedule applies for 2016   Late Summer Bank Holiday Monday 29th August   Christmas Holidays 2016 The Library will close on Friday 23rd December 2016, re-opening on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

Linen Hall Charity Shop to Relocate

13 June 2016

The popular Linen Hall Charity Book Shop, currently located at 21 Fountain Street, will be closing on 30 June and moving to new premises. To mark the move, selected titles will be on sale for 50p. Details of the new location will be announced soon.

Do You Have Information on a 1955 Hanging?

13 June 2016

New Zealand novelist, poet and scriptwriter Dame Fiona Kidman DNZM, OBE has been in Belfast for the Belfast Book Festival talking about her novel The Infinite Air, and conducting research into a fascinating new book she is writing about the hanging of a Belfast man in New Zealand in 1955. Albert from Belfast was the second to last person hanged in New Zealand. He had become embroiled in a fight during which a man was killed. Many felt that Albert’s blame for...

Library Welcomes Battle of Jutland Artefact

09 June 2016

Most donations to the Library are books or magazines and occasionally letters, but one recent gift is somewhat more unusual. Last week Library visitor Mrs Myrtle Montgomery appeared at the Irish and Reference desk on level 4 with a miniature teak barrel made from H.M.S. Iron Duke, the flagship at the Battle of Jutland. She has kindly donated this historical artefact to our archives. On the front of the barrel is a label which reads ‘From the teak of H.M.S. Iron Duke Admiral...