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Let There Be Enlightenment!

The inaugural Linen Hall Library Enlightenment Festival is to launch on February 1st to 5th in a special creative collaboration with two of the world’s most highly acclaimed artistic producers in international multi-arts festivals and events, Seán Doran and Liam Browne. The packed programme, announced today will bathe the library,…...

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Linen Hall Recruiting for Head of Marketing and Digital Comms

The Linen Hall Library is currently recruiting for a Head of Marketing and Digital Communications. This is a unique opportunity to work for one of Northern Ireland’s most historic and popular organisations.  For full details click here....

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John Killen, former Linen Hall Librarian, Passes Away

We are very sad to hear about the passing of former Linen Hall Librarian John Killen.   John joined the Linen Hall as Irish and Reference Librarian in 1977 and began listing the collections and opening the resources of the Library to the public. In 1978 he was appointed Deputy…...

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Linen Hall Christmas Break

The Linen Hall Library will be closed for the Christmas holidays from 5.30pm Thursday 23 December until 9.30am Tuesday 4 January. The Linen Hall Charity Bookshop will be closed from 5.00pm Thursday 23 December until 9.00am Tuesday 4 January. We wish all of our members and visitors a happy holiday!...

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Linen Hall January – March 2022 What’s On Guides out now

The Linen Hall What’s On Guides for January – March 2022 are now available to pick up in the Library, at tourist destination centres around Northern Ireland and at many Belfast locations. Pick one up and start planning for an exciting 2022. To book for any event click here. Or…...

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Michael McLaverty Short Story Award Winners Announced

Niall Bourke from Kilkenny has won the prestigious Linen Hall Michael McLaverty Short Story Award for his story ‘The Catch’. The two runners-up are Sadhbh Moriarty for ‘Saint Caillín and The Carwash’ and Dawn Watson for ‘The Condition of Stopped Time’. (left to right: Sadhbh Moriary, Niall Bourke, Dawn Watson)…...

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Andrew Gibson- we celebrate the man who gave Burns to Belfast!

Starting Friday 10 December the Linen Hall Library will celebrate the 120-year acquisition of one of its most important archives – the Gibson Collection of Burns and Burnsiana – with a week-long online homage to Andrew Gibson, the man behind the phenomenal collection. The online series of events is funded by…...

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Winners of the Inaugural Ulster-Scots Writing Competition Announced

The Linen Hall Library has today announced the winners of the Linen Hall Ulster-Scots writing competition at a special ceremony to mark Ulster-Scots language week. The competition was sponsored by the Ulster-Scots Agency. First prize in the prose category went to Alan Millar (image left below) for ‘Sam an Jeck…...

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