A Big day in the Blooms

by Lorna from Athlone Library It’s the week before Christmas, I have very little organized for the big day- there is shopping to be done, presents to be wrapped, and a house to make presentable.  So, with one day’s leave left, I decided to do the sensible thing and ignore my responsibilities for another while... Continue Reading →

Patchwork Poetry #10

Leanne O’Sullivan is a young poet who hails from Cork.  Her Collection entitled “Waiting for my Clothes”, was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2004.  Her full Works come across as brutally honest, and poignant, and a personal journey of the physical is mapped in detail.  I hope that these snippets below portray the richness of... Continue Reading →

Patchwork poetry #9

The following Patchwork Poem comprises Lines from the work of Fintan O’Toole, a lover of music and of words, and frequent visitor to Athlone Library in his time.  The poems in full can be read in the fourth Collection by the local Poetry Collective called “Poetry in the Park”, and this was published in 2018... Continue Reading →

Patchwork Poetry #8

Orfhlaith Foyle is an intriguing Wordsmith – a Poet, Novelist, Playwright and Short Story writer.  Orfhlaith was born in Nigeria to Irish parents.  Around 1976 she came St. Peter’s N.S., Athlone.  She made a gentle entrance, not knowing how to us she was quite exotic.  Her life and career took her to numerous countries, ensuring... Continue Reading →

Kathleen reviews The Glass Castle

Kathleen from Athlone Library reviews The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. This is a memoir of a successful journalist's journey from the deserted mining towns of the American Southwest. Jeanette’s father was an intelligent man, but was an alcoholic unable to support his family. Her mother was an Artist,  in her own world, and was... Continue Reading →

Lorraine reviews Elsewhere by Rosita Boland

In the year 2000, Irish Times journalist and poet Rosita Boland set herself the task of reading the 13th edition of the Chambers Dictionary from cover to cover, collecting words which delighted her in a notebook. She uses some of these unusual and evocative words as chapter headings in this beautifully written book which documents... Continue Reading →

Kathleen makes Raspberry Cheesecake

Kathleen from Athlone Library recently showed us how to make a wonderful cheesecake over on facebook. If you are interested the video and full recipe are below. Don't forget to check out all the wonderful baking and cooking ebooks you can download now with your library card & BorrowBox. We also have new digital magazines... Continue Reading →

Athlone in the Spring light

Aine from Athlone Library Do you feel that the routes you take for regular exercise are currently “On Repeat”?  Well here is your opportunity to shake that up!  With the “Fresh Eyes” project, you are being asked to observe, notice, admire; then capture what you loved in a photo. Whereas we get many days in... Continue Reading →

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