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March Events at the Linen Hall

06 March 2014

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME… LINEN HALL REMEMBERS THE COUNTY SOCIETIES IN IRISH AMERICA Dedicated to the men and women who tried to establish a bit of ‘home’ in the US, the Linen Hall opens The Fifth Province: County Societies in Irish America. The exhibition, opening on 18 March, is exclusive to the Linen Hall and charts the rise and popularity of county societies formed by Ireland’s diaspora. Also in March, Belfast photographer John Lynn shares his...

Linen Hall Library Seeks Writers for Mclaverty Short Story Competition

11 February 2014

The Linen Hall Library has announced the launch of the 2014 Michael McLaverty Short Story Award. The purpose of the award, which has run biennially from 2006, is to foster and encourage the tradition of the Irish short story. Entrants must have been born in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland and be over 18 years of age. The prize is £2,000. Michael McLaverty (1904 – 1992) was one of the foremost proponents of the Irish short story. A few years ago John Killen, Linen...

Linen Hall Library a Top Tourist Draw

03 February 2014

LINEN HALL BEGINS 2014 WITH PLANS TO REMAIN ONE OF TOP NI TOURIST ATTRACTIONS The Linen Hall Library has introduced a new series of tours to show the world why it remains one of Northern Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions. At a recent event promoting the new brochure, a new three-star visitor rating plaque awarded by the NITB Quality Grading Scheme for Visitor Attractions was also unveiled. Arlene Foster, MLA Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, officially...

February Events at the Linen Hall

27 January 2014

THE UNIQUE CHARACTER OF BELFAST IS INTERPRETED BY TWO LOCAL ARTISTS IN NEW LINEN HALL LIBRARY EXHIBITION In February two artists based in Northern Ireland, Elizabeth Donaldson and Pauline Matthew, give their artistic interpretation of the great city of Belfast in an exhibition entitled ECHOES. Also in February there’s music from the popular Percy French Quartet and spellbinding storytelling from Billy Teare and Kathleen O’Sullivan. The schedule of events in the Linen Hall...

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...