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Durkan Drops In

16 January 2014

Environment Minister Mark H. Durkan made his first visit to the Linen Hall Library today to find out a bit more about this Northern Irish cultural gem. Director Julie Andrews (left) and Deputy Director Patricia Saunders (right) took Mr Durkan on a tour of the many collections housed in the Library and showed him some of our treasured items.

January Events at the Linen Hall

21 December 2013

BLINDESS IN NORTHERN IRELAND – EXPLORED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NEW LINEN HALL LIBRARY EXHIBITION On 16 January the Linen Hall will introduce A Sense of the Past, the first-ever Northern Irish exhibition exploring the social history of blindness in the province from 1800 to the present day. Burns is also back at the Linen Hall in January with the popular Burns Night Supper and exhibition of the Bard’s material unique to the Library. The schedule of events in the Linen Hall...

Ending 2013 on a high note?

20 December 2013

Last night’s Service of Thanksgiving in St. Anne’s Cathedral concluded the Library’s 225th birthday year. Patrons, VIPs, members, supporters and friends joined together to complete what has been a busy, but very successful, 2013. The Very Reverend John Mann, Dean of Belfast, welcomed the congregation. What followed was a service of carols, music and readings from a number of Library patrons including Dame Mary Peters, Michael Longley, Dan Gordon and Roma Tomelty. Musician...

Hamilton and Peover Drop By

19 December 2013

Northern Ireland Finance Minister Simon Hamilton and Department of Finance and Personnel Permanent Secretary Stephen Peover accepted a recent invitation from the Linen Hall Library to have a look around one of Northern Ireland’s top tourist destinations. They were given a tour of the collections and shown some of the Library’s most treasured items by Director Julie Andrews and Assistant Librarian Andrew Dunlop. Pictured (l-r) DFP Permanent Secretary Stephen Peover, LHL...

The Halls Have Been Truly Decked At the Linen Hall

13 December 2013

Last night at the Linen Hall’s annual Christmas Xtravaganza, the mulled wine flowed while the silver band made great music. Children had their faces painted, and sat spellbound as a Victorian storyteller spun seasonal yarns. The event, which has become a regular in the December calendar of events, brings visitors of all ages into the Library to celebrate the season. It’s an opportunity to relax from the hustle and bustle of the streets below and browse the Library’s range...

Literary Gems of the Library

06 December 2013

One of the Linen Hall’s literary gems is Robert McAdam’s Comparative Lexicon, a ten-volume work which gives an Irish word with its equivalent in twenty-eight different European and Indo-European languages. It was written in the mid-1800s at a time when Celtic studies and comparative linguistics were in their infancy. When coupled with McAdam’s own English-Irish dictionary (also unpublished) this work represents a major contribution to the canon of Irish scholarship. The...


03 December 2013

Author Kathryn S. Olmsted from the University of California gave a lecture about one of the most talked about murders of the 20th century to a packed audience in the Linen Hall Library this week. The talk was organised by the Linen Hall Library and the US Consulate in Belfast.  Kathryn’s talk focused on her latest book Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War 1 to 9/11. She discussed the psychological underpinnings of the theories in her book,...

December Events at the Linen Hall

28 November 2013

IT’S A WRAP… LINEN HALL LIBRARY COMPLETES ITS 225th YEAR WITH SPARKLING DECEMBER SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 2013 has been a fun-filled, remarkable year for the Linen Hall Library as it has celebrated its 225th year in operation. December wraps it all up with a seasonal events line up including a service of carols, music and words at St. Anne’s Cathedral and a family Christmas Xtravaganza with storytelling, a silver band and face painting. The schedule of events in the Linen...

Book of the Year Launches Road Show at Linen Hall

22 November 2013

Enthusiasts from the world of Irish language came together in the Linen Hall Library on Monday 18th November to celebrate the launch of an all-island road-show promoting the Book of the Year in Irish. One adult and one children’s book were awarded the title, they are respectively Leabhar Mor na nAmhrán edited by Micheál O Conghaile, Lochlainn Ó Tuairisg and Peadar Ó Ceannábhain; and Gráinne Mhaol by Gisela Pizzatto. The Book of the Year is an...