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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 When coupled with McAdam’s own English-Irish dictionary (also unpublished) this work represents a major contribution to the canon of Irish scholarship.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...

Save the Children Chooses Linen Hall to Launch New Education Message

18 November 2013

Education is the key to equality of opportunity and a stronger economy says Save the Children NI. The organisation chose the dedicated children’s section of the Linen Hall Library in which to launch a new initiative  to tackle the achievement gap limiting poorer children’s opportunities and creating a lost generation.   Linen Hall Librarian John Killen and Fergus Cooper, Head of Save the Children NI, were given a lesson in economics by 10-year-old Eden Haycock....

?Of Mouth? Finds A Voice at Linen Hall

18 November 2013

A new lunchtime reading event organised by the popular Word of Mouth Poetry Collective kicked off on 15 November to a packed audience in the Library. ‘Of Mouth’ is to be a periodic event giving voice to established poets and those new on the scene. There is even an open mic element where audience members can read their own poetry (limited to one poem each). The inaugural event featured a celebrated line up with Eiléan Ní Chuillean in, who was awarded the 2010...

Nashville VIPs Welcomed into Linen Hall

14 November 2013

A group of VIPs from Nashville, Tennessee, were invited for a special tour of the Library this week while in town to take in Belfast Music Week. Librarian John Killen took them around the Library and selected a few archived items that would have particular interest for them. Included were maps of the United States in 1707 and 1796, the year Tennessee became the 16th state of the Union. They were interested to discover that Nashville was founded by three Ulstermen, James Robertson, Richard...

20 Facts About The Linen Hall Library

02 November 2013

1.  The Linen Hall Library was founded on 13 May 1788. 2.  The Library moved to its present location, a listed Victorian linen warehouse, in 1892. 3.  The Library’s oldest book is De Anima (1490) written by the Eastern physician, Avicenna, about health and well being. 4.  Recent VIP visitors to the Library have included HRH Prince Charles, former US President William Clinton and former Irish President Mary McAleese. 5.  Patrons of the Library include...

C.S. Lewis Exhibition Launch

01 November 2013

WORLD RENOWNED CHILDREN’S ILLUSTRATOR LAUNCHES FIRST- EVER NORTHERN IRELAND EXHIBITION AT LINEN HALL LIBRARY Sail away into the world of Narnia with internationally celebrated children’s book illustrator Jonathan Barry who will exhibit a series of his stunning paintings for the first time in Northern Ireland as part of the Library’s exhibition C.S. Lewis: Through the Wardrobe running from 7 November – 24 December. The Dublin-based artist and illustrator...