Friday, 24 October 2014

Lovely Leitrim Library Visit

It was especially nice to be asked back to Drumshanbo library in Co. Leitrim yesterday. They've made amazing progress in just a few months, the upper part of the library space has now been converted into smart studios for local artists and there is also an events room for visiting speakers etc... It's so inspiring to see public libraries evolving or recreating themselves like this, therefore enhancing community connectivity.

I met St Patrick's and St.Bridget's National Schools yesterday and we were the first to test out the events room (I think we can say we've left our mark there.)
As always, they were a pleasure and the craic was mighty!
Lough Allen

Lough Allen

Senior infants

Very hard work

Children's Book frolics...Children's Book... Children's Fe-Book something or other... 2014

2nd and 3rd class pupils

Halloween frieze
Halloween frieze

Monday, 20 October 2014

Amococo - Architects of air

We all had such a busy week but we did manage to get to see a show and the awe-inspiring Amococo at BaborĂ³ this year. Is it really nine years since we saw Eggopolis? (it's smaller brother). Feeling totally sated and inspired.
Amococo is the most labyrinthine luminarium, featuring as it does 86 triaxial domes and 71 pods that together create a complex of pathways where the visitors may happily lose themselves.
Built in 2008, Amococo’s common visual motif is the ‘oculus’ – an ovoid window that allows light to gently diffuse into the domes. This is most strikingly effective in the cupola of the central dome where the ceiling resonates with iridescent rainbow hues.
Amococo is the luminarium with the potential to be set up in a very long narrow configuration approaching 80 metres in length.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Clare libraries tour


There's so much I want to say about the incredible work happening in Clare libraries, all under the protective wing of Patricia Fitzgerald (executive librarian). There is connectivity and a wonderful flow which is also very apparent in Meath. What is it that makes everything work so well? Is it vision and dedication or sheer hard work? 
It took so long to edit the photos that I'll save the 'schpeel' for another time. Today I just wish to say, Children of Ireland, I LOVE YOU. YOU TRULY MAKE MY HEART SING!!!
Thank you Kilkee, Kilrush, Six-mile-bridge and Ennis for a wonderful, wonderful time!



Below are photos of the simply stunning Kilkee library

Beautiful Kilkee library

Percent for art contribution in the library courtyard

Looking good

Fantastic balloon sculpture by local artist 

Second class pupils getting creative

Kilkee library also has a state of the art theatre space


This little girl goes to Kilrush library most days with her father., it's her playground. She adores the books and demands attention from all the staff

Exciting ideas forming

Definitely not double trouble

Two gorgeous girls collaborating from different schools

Fantastic 2nd class pupils


Looks spooky on the outside (a perfect setting for Halloween frieze making)

Bet this place looks great at night-Imagine it lit with tea lights

But warm and friendly inside

A beautiful window but a Harry Clarke window once resided in it's place

Chris Haughton's eye catching poster

Six-mile-bridge National School

2nd class children who are definitely 1st class

Halloween frieze


2nd class children from Barefield National School

Spooky Hallloween Frieze