Friday, March 26, 2010

ID Film Projects 2010 in Westside & Ballinasloe Libraries

Community, social and voluntary groups from around Galway are being invited to take part in a project that will allow them make their own documentary.
ID Projects aims to document a broad range of issues and subjects in society today by empowering groups to tell their own stories. The Galway Film Centre will give professional advice and support to four groups, two from the city and two from the county, throughout the entire production process free of charge. The groups then tell their own stories based on the common theme of identity.
The film centre, the Arts Council, and the Galway county and city councils will hold a free information evening in the Westside Library, Tuesday March 30 at 6pm and in ED Direct/Ballinasloe Library, Wednesday March 31 at 4pm.

For more information and application forms please contact Nuala at the Galway Film Centre at 091 - 770748 or email
projects@galwayfilmcentre.ieID Project

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sustainable Energy Week at Europe Direct Ballinasloe/Ballinasloe Library

Sustainable Energy Week takes place at Europe Direct Ballinasloe/Ballinasloe Library from March 22nd-26th.

The European Commission will also be promoting this week in Brussels and throughout Europe during the same period.

Energy is one of the present Commission’s priorities for the 2009-2012 period and during the week,information will be available on the various forms of sustainable energy in brochures,pamphlets ect.,at the ED Centre.We invite the public to visit and bring information with them and also to view an extensive selection of new books on the various forms of energy which are now available at the library.

This week has been organized in co-operation with Sustainable Energy Ireland,Dundalk,Co. Louth and Galway County Library.

Class visits are welcome,by appointment at the ED Centre @0909643464 or at

Europe Direct offers free information on the European Union and concentrates specifically on promoting the priorities of the European Commission 2009-2012.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The East Galway Art Trail

The East Galway Art Trail is in its third year and this year will see it host artists Emily Rainsford-Ryan, Fiona Moore, Tommy Campbell, Christine Courtney and Ciarán Coghlan. The East Galway Art Trail is an innovative idea, concerned with both art and library awareness. In this European Year of Combating Social Exclusion, its objective is to bring art and the artist into the wider communities by using the facilities available in rural libraries as focal points and points of interaction. These artists are working and living within local communities. Hence, by bringing both the artist and the libraries together, smaller communities can benefit from and be exposed to the enjoyment of art and engage with their library’s facilities, at the same time. The Art Trail aims to expose the wider community to art, in its various forms. That is the intention that the staff at Europe Direct Ballinasloe / Ballinasloe Library and Galway County Library staff, who are based in the East Galway area and Joyce Little, a local Ballinasloe artist had when they worked together to bring this project to fruition.
Emily Rainsford-Ryan: Educated in Crawford College of Art and GMIT. Her art concerns itself with the impact of her immediate surroundings. Her work has a playful engagement with colour and tone she specialises in paint and mixed medium. Her solo exhibition is in Ballinasloe library 24th march 7.30 p.m. and will run for two weeks. Ballinasloe Librarian: Mary Dillon, Colette Hanrahan and Brid Grehan.
Fiona Moore: Educated in GMIT. She works mainly in the medium of paint. Her work deals with the Irish landscape and environment. Fiona’s solo exhibition is in Portumna library 31st March at 7.30 p.m. and will run for two weeks. Portumna Librarian: Mrs. Teresa Tierney, Mrs. Louise Harte.
Tommy Campbell has been working in the medium of bog oak for many years. His work is hand crafted with traditional tools and most of the oak is sourced from local bogs. His solo exhibition is in Killimor library, 7th April 7.30 p.m. and will run for two weeks. Killimor Librarian: Mrs. Marie Mullins.
Christine Courtney Her hand made stoneware is recognised in Ireland and internationally. She is inspired by forests and seashores around the west of Ireland. Her solo exhibition is in Woodford library 14th April 7.30 p.m. and will run for two weeks. Woodford Librarian: Mrs. Eleanor Farrell.
Ciaran Coghlan Educated in GMIT, is a visual artist based in Ballinasloe, working in the medium of paint. His aim is to explore the notion of abandoned and derelict places. His solo exhibition is in Eyrecourt library 21st April 7.30 p.m. and will run for two weeks. Eyrecourt Librarian: Mrs. Laura Flynn.

The Europe Direct Centre / Ballinasloe Library provides free information on all aspects of the European Union. This project has received European Union funding

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Library Ireland Week in Portumna Library

Portumna Library had quite a busy but entertaining week of activities. Monday night saw the launch of the local art exhibition with the background choir of OMNA singers to really enhance the evening. Also present was Noelle Hayes who runs the local writing group Portumna Pen Pushers. Joining the wonderful art on display was their contribution of Poem of the Month, which will be on permanent display in the library. It was a wonderful evening with guests enjoying a cheese and wine reception and on hand as usual was the ever-obliging Jim Hynes to take photos. You can view these photos on
Wednesday evening was another creative night with Hayley Alduous giving a demonstration on crochet and if you managed to follow her instructions you ended the evening with a beautiful crocheted flower. It was an enjoyable and educational evening.
Many visitors called in later in the week to view the art and were very impressed with the amount of talent on display. It was another successful Library Ireland Week in Portumna and many enjoyed it.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Seachtain na Gaeilge i Leabharlann Bhéal Atha Na Sluaighe/Ionad Eolais Choimisún na h-Eorpa.

Chun ceiliúradh a dhéanamh ar ár dteanga agus ar ár gcultúr agus ar an stadás atá acu araon i saol na h-Eorpa anois, beidh taispeántas ealaíne as Naoiscoileanna an cheanntair ar siúl in Ionad Eolais Choimisiún na h-Eorpa/Leabharlann Bhéal Atha na Sluaighe i rith Sheachtain na Gaeilge.

Beidh taispeántas speisialta leabhair nua Gaeilge le feiceáil i gcaitheamh na seachtaine freisin.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Then and Now, Snapshots of change in the EU years - Ballinasloe Library

An exhibition from the European Union Representation in Ireland entitled 'Then and Now'...snapshots of change in the EU years can be seen at Europe Direct Ballinasloe/Ballinasloe Library until 19th March next.
This photographic exhibition focuses on showing the positive changes brought to Ireland through its membership of the European Union and is clearly illustrated through before and after photographs.
For many it will bring back memories and for others ,especially the younger generation,a sense of incredulity.
This exhibition clearly illustrates the EU’s role in the world and is well worth a visit.
Opening hours of the Europe Direct Information Centre can be accessed through