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Linen Hall Bestows Honorary Membership on Four Exceptional People

15 December 2016

This week the Linen Hall Library formally bestowed Honorary Membership on four people who have given generously of their time and skills to ensure the continuing success of this wonderful organisation. They are: former staff and board member Jennifer Campbell, comedian Tim McGarry, actress Roma Tomelty and former board member Brian Walker. Director Julie Andrews said: "Without people like Jennifer, Tim, Roma and Brian, the Linen Hall Library would not be nearing its 229th year! These...
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Director Julie Andrews Chosen to Sit on New NI Executive Advisory Panel

13 December 2016

Julie Andrews, Linen Hall Library Director, has been selected to sit on the NI Executive's Compact Civic Advisory Panel. The six-person panel was chosen by First Minister the Rt. Hon. Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. The advisers will consider specific strategic issues relevant to the Programme for Government and report to the Executive. Julie Andrews said: "I am honoured and very excited to have been chosen to join the NI Executive's Compact Civic...
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Kevin Doyle Named Winner of the McLaverty Award

07 December 2016

Kevin Doyle is Named Winner of the Linen Hall Library 2016 Michael McLaverty Short Story Award Cork resident Kevin Doyle was today announced as the winner of the prestigious Michael McLaverty Short Story Award. Doyle received a cheque for £2,000, and his story ‘Lake Disappointment’ has been published in a limited-edition anthology entitled Lake Disappointment and Other Stories which is available to purchase exclusively in the Library. The two runners-up are...
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Linen Hall Library is Awarded Museum Accreditation

02 December 2016

The Linen Hall Library is delighted to announce that it has been awarded museum accreditation by Arts Council England in partnership with the Northern Ireland Museums Council. The accreditation applies to three of the Library’s renowned collections: Burns and Burnsiana which is the largest collection of Robert Burns material and ephemera outside of Scotland; the Northern Ireland Political Collection which numbers around 350,000 items relating to the ‘Troubles’; and...
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What's On in December

01 December 2016

LINEN HALL PLANS A MERRY DECEMBER WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS ‘Tis the month of Christmas, and the Linen Hall has a schedule of events focusing on fun. On Wednesday 7 December we announce the winner of the popular Michael McLaverty Short Story Award. Later in the month, on 15 December, eat, drink and be merry at our Victorian Christmas featuring a silver band and storyteller. And don’t forget to visit our gift shop to start the present-buying ball rolling! The December schedule...
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Become a Member and Win Sumptuous Wildflower Print Portfolio

29 November 2016

Take out membership of the Linen Hall Library in December or January for yourself, or as a gift, and you will automatically be entered into a competition to win a stunning limited edition portfolio of wild flower paintings worth £125. Entitled Wild Flowers and Plants of Rathlin Isalnd, this gorgeous set of eight carefully selected botanical prints was painted by sisters Catherine and Barbara Gage who lived on Rathlin Island in the mid 19th century. The original albums were acquired by...
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What's On in November

01 November 2016

LINEN HALL OPENS THE WARDROBE DOOR TO EXPLORE C.S. LEWIS’ ULSTER SCOTS’ ROOTS IN NOVEMBER The Linen Hall delves into the past of C.S. Lewis, one of the intellectual literary giants of the 20th century, in the new exhibition C.S. Lewis and the Island of His Birth which runs from 2 – 30 November. Discover how Lewis’ early years in Northern Ireland inspired his writings and the characters within his stories. November is also fundraising month at the Linen Hall....
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Linen Hall Library Welcomes President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins

31 October 2016

On 27 October, the Linen Hall Library was honoured to welcome President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. The red carpet was rolled out for this special event. As a poet, President Higgins has always wanted to visit the Library in an official capacity and view the many world-renowned collections held here. He was greeted by Director Julie Andrews and Linen Hall Board President Anne Davies. Other VIPs included Communities Minister Paul Givan, US Consul General Daniel Lawton, Department for...
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Linen Hall Library Readathon Returns

30 September 2016

We’re excited to announce that the Linen Hall Readathon is returning on Friday 4 November from 10am – 5pm to kick off another month-long fundraising drive. The first Readathon took place in November 2015, and at the end of the month over £4,000 was raised. To participate, just show up, pay £5 and read anything you like for fifteen minutes on the pop-up stage located in the General Reception area on Level 2. Or you can book your slot by contacting the Library on...