Educational Yet Fun Events Going On Around Town This Week

I keep collecting little circulars and notes about events going on around town then forget to blog about them. In a rare instance, I didn’t forget so here’s a list with some photos to break up the text.

Would You Like A Cup of Tea?


The Central Library on Grand Parade presents the launch of James Harpur’s Angels and Harvesters (Anvil Press, available from and and Mary O’ Malley’s Valparaiso (Carcanet, available from and or if you’re in Galway pick up your copy at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop) on Tuesday, 22 May. O’Malley’s and Harpur’s writings were featured on Sunday Miscellany on 25 March, 2012

Now this one has me tempted! Morning coffee with Alice Taylor on Thursday, 24 of May. This is a bus trip to Innishannon House Hotel to enjoy coffee and a scone while listening to a reading by author Alice Taylor. Alice Taylor wrote To School Through The Fields (available from and, An Irish Country Christmas (available from and and Quench The Lamp (available from and The bus departs Grand parade at 10:00 a.m., returning by 1:00 p.m. Contribution for refreshments and bus is just €8. Contact Eamonn Kirwan at 021-4924922 or to book your spot.


A lecture by Thomas McCarthy about Roses of Picardy: Poets of the Great War will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, 22 May at the Hollyhill Library. Book your free seat for this online. I’m wondering if it’s The poet Thomas McCarthy. That would be an interesting lecture!

Open Day with Cork Non-Fiction Writers at Cork City Library on Grand Parade


The Cork Non-Fiction Writers Group meets at the Central Library on Grand Parade the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month. Start time is at 11:30 a.m. though this may change to 11:00 a.m. in the future. The discussion with opportunity for members to read their short non-fiction writings and receive feedback from fellow writers lasts 90 minutes to two hours.

Martin Luther King Jr, Washington DC


Rory Gallagher Music Library on the Grand Parade (in the way back on the left of the main library) presents Gramophone Recital ‘An American Legacy’ with Jim Ahern on Friday, 25 of May at 11am. All are welcome and admission is free. For those of you who may not know, his recital falls on Memorial Day Weekend in the U.S. so it is an especially nice way to mark the occasion.

Come along and enjoy a pleasant morning of songs and singing presented by Ann Buckley on Wednesday, 31 of May at 11:00 a.m. at Tory Top Library.

Everybody Wants It


Denis O’Sullivan shares his unique collection of Cork hurling and camogie archive at the Bishopstown Library on Saturday, 26 May ALL DAY. Personally, I think this would be particularly interesting if it’s THE Denis O’Sullivan from Ballinascarthy who plays Gaelic football for his local club and has been a member of the Cork Senior Inter-county Team since 2011. Seems like a great thing to bring the kiddies to so they’re inspired to get out and play sport this summer.

Knitting Up Nicely


New members are always welcome to the Mayfield Library Knitting Club. They meet at 11:00 a.m. on the 11th and 25 of May.

In Stitches Craft Group meets at the Blackpool Library at 10:00 a.m. on the 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st of May.

Vibes & Scribes Knitting and Crochet Group meets every Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. and every Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. in their craft shop on Bridge Street. All levels are welcome. Contact the store at 021-4505370 for more details or to enquire about their extensive knitting, sewing, beading, arts and crafts inventory.


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