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Auction brings in £000s for the Linen Hall

30 October 2013

After many months of planning and gathering a wide variety of items, many donated by patrons, supporters and local businesses, the Linen Hall fundraising auction took place on 16 October. The auction was bid called by Daniel Clarke from Belfast’s John Ross and Co. who kindly gifted the Library his time and expertise in raising as much from the bids as possible. The evening was successful in bringing in thousands of pounds of much needed funds for the Library.  One of the star lots,...

Linen Hall Practises Good Mental Health with Lloyds TSB Grant

30 October 2013

Lloyds TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland recently awarded the Linen Hall £1,140 towards the Mental Health Awareness Project. The Library will train staff in working with those with mental health issues.  Ruairí Donnelly, Lloyds TSB Grants Officer, said: “We wish the Linen Hall Library continuing success with their excellent work, supporting those in need within the community.”   Picture: Ruairí Donnelly, Lloyds TSB Grants Officer, presents...

Linen Hall Remembers Thomas Russell at Rosemary Street Church

30 October 2013

As part of the Library’s 225 year celebrations, a special tribute to its second Librarian, Thomas Russell, was held at the First Presbyterian Church on Rosemary Street on 3 October. Beautiful music, arranged by traditional musician Danny McGreevy, and narration by news presenter Michelle Napier made it an atmospheric night to remember.   Pictured right: Breagh McGreevy, Niamh McGreevy and Sarah McVeigh perform at the Life and Times of Thomas Russell.

October Events at the Linen Hall Library

27 September 2013

EXCEPTIONALLY RARE ITEMS UP FOR GRABS AT LINEN HALL LIBRARY OCTOBER AUCTION Signed items by Seamus Heaney, HRH The Prince of Wales, a Snow Patrol signed guitar, and original artwork by well known Northern Ireland artists – just a few of the items under the hammer in the Linen Hall auction on 16 October. Also in October a tribute to our second Librarian, Thomas Russell, and Halloween hysteria. The schedule of events in the Linen Hall Library in October is as follows in...


10 September 2013

SIGNED HEANEY ITEMS AND MORE GO UNDER THE HAMMER AT LINEN HALL LIBRARY FUNDRAISING AUCTION An opportunity to purchase a number of signed Seamus Heaney books and poems, signed first editions by other authors, artwork and collectables will take place at the Linen Hall Library fundraising auction at 6.00pm on Wednesday 16 October. Everyone is welcome, but please remember to reserve your place by contacting the Library on 028 9032 1707 or emailing p.saunders@linenhall.com. Signed items by...

September Events at the Linen Hall

02 September 2013

ARTIST’S ‘FABRIC AND THREAD’ EXHIBITION OF SEAMUS HEANEY WORK BECOMES A TRIBUTE TO THE GREAT POET Seamus Heaney was due to launch the Linen Hall Library’s latest exhibition Field Work, 1979, an Interpretation by Helen Heron, which is a series of textile pieces based on Heaney’s poetry. Sadly with Seamus Heaney’s passing away, the exhibition has become instead a tribute to the great poet. The Library has also opened a Book of Condolence for those who want...

Library deeply saddened at the passing of Seamus Heaney

30 August 2013

30 August 2013 Governors and staff of the Linen Hall Library were shocked and saddened at the news of the death of Seamus Heaney. Seamus was a Patron and active supporter of the Library for over fifty years. His contribution to Irish and world literature has been recognised in his own time, and his literary reputation will undoubtedly grow. In life, Seamus Heaney had time for everyone he met, made no distinction of status or reputation, was encouraging of all, and possessed of a rare human...

Seamus Heaney Photocall Cancelled

30 August 2013

MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT Contact: Rachel Wetherall FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       Tel: 028 9032 1707 LINEN HALL LIBRARY CANCELS SEAMUS HEANEY PHOTOCALL SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER Following the very sad news of the passing of Seamus Heaney, the Linen Hall Library photocall scheduled for Tuesday 3 September at 6.00pm to launch Helen Heron’s exhibition Field Work, 1979, An Interpretation has been cancelled. For more information please contact...

August Events at the Linen Hall

30 July 2013

Linguistic treasures, tantalising talks and a provocative performance at the Linen Hall in August A new exhibition featuring a rare multi-volume dictionary, a theatrical performance by Noel McGee about the colourful poet Patrick Kavanagh, and a schedule of scintillating talks take place in the Linen Hall Library in August. The schedule of events in the Linen Hall Library in August is as follows: Linen Hall Library World Police & Fire Games Exhibition / 1 – 10 August /...