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OCTOBER EVENTS AT THE LINEN HALL

The Linen Hall revisits and reinterprets the 1921 partition of Ireland in an insightful, new exhibition starting 4 October. This is complemented by a series of events featuring luminaries from academia, showbusiness, and politics. 

Are you happy? Or almost happy? On 11 October join Brian Kaplan MD and art therapist Hephzibah Kaplan as they unpack the secret to happiness with their new book Almost Happy: Pushing Your Buttons With Reverse Psychology. 

October event schedule: 

Irish Language Reading Group
Saturday 2 October at 11.00am
Online ZOOM event
Want to brush up on your Irish language skills? Join the Linen Hall’s Irish Language Reading Group which meets online. The title for discussion in October is Inní by Réaltán Ní Leannáin. 

Ireland Divided: A Linen Hall Perspective
Exhibition
4 October – 29 October
The Linen Hall Library has revisited and reinterpreted its collections from the 1920-1922 period and this exhibition is the product of that work. There is no singular or agreed narrative of the events that led to the partition of Ireland and the birth of the Northern Ireland state; it is a contested history of many perspectives. This is the Linen Hall’s perspective. 

Tim McGarry’s ‘The Long and the Short of it’
Live Centenary Special
Monday 4 October at 7.00pm
In the Library
Comedian Tim and historian David Hume turn their attention to a very topical and controversial subject – the partition of Ireland and the birth of the Northern Ireland state. David may have more facts than Tim, but you can expect Tim to bring more jokes than David. 

Almost Happy: Pushing Your Buttons With Reverse Psychology
Monday 11 October at 7.00pm
Online ZOOM event
It’s a proven fact; we are healthier and happier when we are laughing.  In their new book, authors Brian Kaplan MD and art therapist Hephzibah Kaplan explore reverse psychology as a way of achieving positive mental health. Through a collection of 114 wearable buttons, each containing a provocative message, such as ‘Moaner’, ‘if only…’, and ‘Blame my parents’, subjects that usually ‘press our buttons’ can be revisited and turned from negative feelings into positive healing. The authors will give a talk about the book followed by audience discussion.   

Northern Perspectives on Partition
Panel discussion
Wednesday 13 October at 7.00pm
At the Linen Hall Library
Join host Seamus McKee (former BBC radio presenter and now Linen Hall governor) for a lively panel discussion with representatives from the NI Centenary Historical Advisory Panel featuring: Professor Lord Bew, Professor Marie Coleman, Dr Margaret O’Callaghan, and Professor Graham Walker. 

Southern Perspectives on Partition
Panel Discussion
Wednesday 20 October at 7.00pm
At the Linen Hall Library
Join host Seamus McKee (former BBC radio presenter and now Linen Hall governor) for a lively panel discussion with representatives from the Irish Government’s Expert Advisory Group on Centenary Commemorations including Dr Maurice Manning (historian and member of the Oireachtas for 21 years), Dr Martin Mansergh (historian and former Fianna Fail minister), and Dr Mary McAuliffe (UCD).

Digging the Ballykelly Beaufort
With aviation archaeologist Jonny McNee
Thursday 21 October at 7.00pm
At the Linen Hall Library
Aviation archaeologist Jonny McNee recounts the emotional story of how he found, licensed and excavated the crash site of Bristol Beaufort AW 271 from the front garden of the Church of Ireland rectory in Ballykelly. The plane went down on 30 April 1942 carrying three crew, all of whom perished.

Linen Hall Reading Group
Thursday 28 October at 1.00pm
Online ZOOM event
The Linen Hall’s popular reading group meets via ZOOM. September’s title for discussion is The Watch House by Bernie McGill, a former runner up in the Linen Hall’s prestigious Michael McLaverty Short Story competition.

The Linen Hall Library is open Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm. It is free to enter and enjoy.

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