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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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Following appeals on yesterday’s Six One News and in the National Newspapers the identity of the Good Samaritan who returned the book ‘The Eucharistic Congress 1932 a Pictorial Record’ to Navan Library 80 years after it was borrowed remains a mystery. Despite assurances from County Librarian Ciaran Mangan that the library would not levy the €4160 fine, to date nobody has come forward to explain the mystery of where the book has been all this time. However we have had many people coming into Navan Library to see the book which is currently on display and we very kindly received this photograph from Sean Reilly, Kells that his father brought home following his attendance of the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in 1932.

 Eucharistic Congress 1932

If you happen to have any other photographs, mementos or stories from the Congress, Navan Library would be very interested in hearing from you, it goes without saying that we would also love to hear from the Good Samaritan that returned it to the library for others to enjoy.

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Overdue library book turns up 80 years late…but person who returned it doesn’t have to pay €4,160 fine.
80 years overdue
A library book that’s been 80 years overdue has been returned to Navan library. The book ‘The pictorial record of the 31st International Eucharistic Congress, Dublin, 1932’was borrowed from Navan library shortly after it was first published and never returned. The book was returned through the letter-box of Navan library over the week-end. Speaking from the newly refurbished County Library HQ the County Librarian said

 “It is a very unusual occurrence and of course we are delighted that this book has been returned after all these years .We are certainly intrigued as to the identity of the borrower as we do not hold records of loans dating back to the 1930’s. However I can assure the borrower that we will not be charging overdues on this occasion”

 Asked to speculate on the identity of the person who returned the item theCountyLibrarian said

“Perhaps it is one of our existing 7,000 borrowers at Navan library or maybe a lapsed borrower? But whoever it is we are very grateful to them and the book will now be on display at Navan library during normal opening hours. Navan library is open 49 hours per week, Monday through to Saturday,so the good Samaritan will have ample opportunity to call in and view the book returned to its rightful place.


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Macdara WoodsJoin us as we celebrate Macdara Woods at 70 in Navan Library on Thursday 12th of April at 7.30pm. Macdara was born in Dublin in 1942 and has published a number of collections including his Selected Poems (1996) and The Nightingale Water and Knowledge in the Blood (2002). His work has been translated widely, into some 12 languages, and has has been set to music and perfomed by artists such as Anuna and Bonita Hill. A member of Aosdána, the Irish Arts Council’s affiliation which recognises outstanding contributions to the arts in Ireland, Woods is also one of the founder editors of the long-running literary journal Cyphers, along with poets Pearse Hutchinson, Leland Bardwell, and his wife the poet Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin. His latest collection of poems is The Cotard Dimension (2011).

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Kilmessan, a short historySt Mary’s Church of Ireland, Kilmessan: A Short History by Mary Gannon will be formally launched by John P. Preston tonight Thursday the 9th of February at 7.30 in Navan Library. All are welcome to attend.

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Dermot Somers

Meath County Library service & ENFO present an evening with Dermot Somers in Oldcastle Library on Thursday 17th of November at 8pm. Writer, broadcaster and mountaineer Dermot has presented many travel and adventure programmes on TG4 and RTE. His fiction, history and travel writings have been published in English and Irish, winning awards in both languages. This is an evening not to be missed.

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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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