Archive for the ‘Family History’ Category

Rail enthusiast Jimmy Maher,  who spent 40 years working on the railway,  returns to Navan library on Thursday 27th September at 7.30 with the second  in a series of talks  on aspects  of the Railway in Meath.

The first of these, which looked at Navan and the men who worked on the railway, took place under the auspices of Navan and District Historical Society  in July and proved a great success.

Meath County Library is pleased to host this second offering in the series.

On this occasion Jimmy Maher is taking the subject of the cattle trade by the horns and is looking at the importance of the railway to the movement of livestock into the county and onwards to the Dublin market.

Jimmy’s interest in his subject is inexhaustible; he is currently working on ” A Social History of the Railway in Meath” and is interested in hearing from families and individuals who’d like to share stories and photographs relating to all aspects of the history of the railway in the county.

There’ll be a cup of tea for everyone and all are welcome.
The Railway in Meath & the Cattle Trade by Jimmy Maher

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 Bealtaine Poster


Meath County Council Library Service & Meath County Council Arts Office has arranged a wide variety of events to celebrate the Bealtaine Festival this year. The Bealtaine Festival is held nationally in May each year and celebrates creativity among older adults

Events range from holistic and organic workshops to homeopathy and natural medicine workshops with Linda Boxwell in Slane and Duleek Libraries.

There are numerous musical events ranging from Musical Memories from The National Concert Hall, an evening with the County Council Choir and an Irish traditional music presentation on the history of Irish traditional Music in Meath from Anton MacGowan.

The Library Service has also organised art workshops, drama workshops, creative computing workshops and gardening workshops around the county. There is also a storytelling event on Irish legends with storytellers Nuala Hayes and Kate Corkery in Oldcastle, Duleek, Slane and Kells libraries.

Angels in my hairLorna Byrne, International bestselling author of ‘Angels in my hair’ will be visiting Ashbourne Library and discussing her books during this month. At the time of printing this event is fully booked with a reserve list in case of cancellation.

There are also ‘Trace your family tree’ workshops running in Trim, Navan, Dunboyne and Ashbourne Libraries by Local studies Librarian Tom French.

Ashbourne, Dunboyne and Navan Libraries are offering Silver Surfer Sessions, where members of the public can book one to one IT sessions, on searching the web or setting up new email accounts with the Librarian.

There is also a wide range of exhibitions in our libraries from local artists to photo exhibitions. Our libraries have also ordered in new audio books and large print books for the festival.

Brochures and details of all these events are available in any Meath Library and via the library website at http://www.meath.ie/ . All events are free of charge but booking is essential.



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Pity of War Come along and join us at Armistice Day commemorative readings in Dunboyne Library on Thursday 10th of November at 7 pm and in Navan Library on Friday the 11th of November at 11 am. Please feel free to bring a poem, song, letter or any piece of fiction that you may have relating to The Great War.

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