Tuesday 26 January - Friday 19 March 2021. Find out about your Heritage from the comfort of your own home this winter. Starting 26 January, and throughout February and March, Libraries NI will be running a series of online talks, events and workshops on four topics:• Ancient Ireland: history & myth• The environment: nature and landscape• Your family, your history• Partition: how it affected usAll these events will be delivered on Zoom and can be followed on PC, laptop, iPad and on most smartphones.It is essential to book, so if you would like to attend an event, please email e: email@example.com , specifying which talks you would like to attend and we will reply with a link and basic instructions on how to connect.The programme will be updated weekly, so keep checking this page for more events and follow our Facebook page for notifications.
The Earth Connects Us: The geology and landscapes of the Mourne Gullion Strangford Aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark
Dr Kirstin Lemon
To leave or to remain? Southern Irish Protestants and the partition of IrelandDr Marie Coleman
Between 1911 and 1926, the non-Catholic population of the twenty-six southern Irish counties declined by one-third. This talk will examine the socio-economic, demographic and political reasons for this change. In particular, it will explore the extent to which the decline was caused by Protestant departures during the Irish revolution. While some Protestants left, moving to Northern Ireland, Britain or beyond, a significant Protestant minority remained in the Irish Free State and the reasons why these opted to stay will also be examined.
Dr Marie Coleman is a Reader in Modern Irish History at Queen's University Belfast. She has written widely on the revolutionary period including a study of County Longford and the Irish revolution, 1910-1923. She is particularly interested in the role of women and gender relations during the period, the experience of the southern Protestant minority during the revolutionary decade, and the lives of revolutionary veterans after the conflict, including the award of pensions and medals. She is an advisor to the Department of Defence (Military Archives) Military Service Pensions Collection and to the Northern Ireland Office's centenary historical panel, and a member of the Church of Ireland's working group on historical centenaries.
Religion and belief in Iron Age Ireland
Dr Patrick Gleeson
Dr Patrick Gleeson is an archaeologist based at Queen’s University, Belfast. He specialises in the archaeology of cult, rulership, kingdoms and governance in the later prehistoric and medieval period in Northern Europe. He is particularly interested in the use of large scale remote sensing, G.I.S. and the application of new and novel methodologies at a landscape scale. He currently has ongoing field projects examining cult landscapes, power centres, and royal landscapes at a number of sites in Ireland, including Kedrah Fort, Lagore Crannog, the Rock of Cashel, Knockainy and Navan Fort in County Armagh.
Orla Chennaoui is a multilingual sports television presenter, a sports journalist, writer, columnist, mother of two and also a lifelong anxiety sufferer. Having always thought any successes were enjoyed in spite of her anxiety, Orla has come to realise more and more that it is just as likely to be because of it, and all the dedication, empathy and awareness it brings.
Published 03 Mar 2021
From 8 March onwards customers will be able to access IT and print at all public libraries. In order to maintain social distancing, there will be controls on the number of people allowed in libraries at any one time and customers will be asked to limit computer use to 60 minutes initially.
Libraries NI is offering you the opportunity to take part in a program of events to help you stay well and keep connected. Hopefully the events will give you inspiration and ideas to spring clean your minds and bodies.
Laugh out Loud!
Are you aged 12 years or under? What is your favourite laugh out loud joke? You could win a copy of Pete Johnson’s latest Louis the Laugh book, ‘How to Change your parents into Superstars’!
Published 01 Mar 2021
At its meeting on the 11 February, the Libraries NI Board responded positively to the public consultation by agreeing revised proposals for Cultural Heritage Services in Co. Armagh. Libraries NI consulted on a proposal to relocate the service provided at the Irish and Local Studies Library (ILS) in Abbey Street, Armagh with a view to improving access to heritage services, and increasing use whilst ensuring the service is financially sustainable.
Published 12 Feb 2021