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Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon, 21st Birthday celebrations 1983—2004

Sean Lemass Public Library is celebrating its 21st birthday this year. The Library was opened on February 1st 1983 and currently has a stock of c.35,000 volumes. The Library is home to the Shannon Language Centre, a state-of-the-art language learning centre which accommodates the needs of independent language learners across various media, including print, sound and image. The Shannon Scrabble Club meets once a week here, and there is a weekly storytime and crafts session for children. There is also a successful junior chess club which meets weekly during winter & spring. In 2003, the library had 2,273 members, borrowing 46,901 books. There were 19,610 free Internet sessions availed of during the same year.

Programme of Events:

Wednesday 29th September
11.30 am & 1.30 pm;
Friday 1st October, 9.30 am:
Ré Ó Laighléis:
Punk, Ecstacy agus Scéalta eile.
A writer in Irish and English, Ré’s work is required reading for secondary school students.
His talks will be worthwhile and entertaining for students and lovers of the Irish language.

Tuesday 5th October, 6.30 pm:
Philip Brennan:
Local artist and author of Philip Brennan’s Clare talks about his paintings.

Tuesday 12th October,
6.30 pm:
Louis Byrne:
The author of the Dare you Ripple my Pond trilogy discusses his writings.

Tuesday 19th October,
7.00 pm:
Brian Callanan:
How Shannon started.
The author of Ireland’s Shannon Story talks about the origins of Shannon.

Friday 29th October, 7.00 pm:
John N. Murphy, Austin Cooney, John Rattigan & Tom Lynch:
The authors of The Shannon Airport Lagoon: A unique Irish habitat present a talk and slide show based on their book.
Events running throughout the celebration:
Group Art Exhibition of work in mixed media by graduates of the Limerick School of Art and Design:
Siobhan Murphy: Ceramics
Ann O’Dowd: Fashion Drawings
John Sherlock: Graphic Design & Paintings
Bridgid Hynan: Print

Exhibition of children’s mosaic, made during the library’s Craft session.
Little pictures from the Past: who’s that there?
Photographs of library users and events over the years.

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