The stunning knitted GPO that Dunmanway Library's Knit and Natter group created to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising is on the move again... this time to grace the real GPO in Dublin.
The 6ft long replica which was originally created for display in the library during Easter 2016 was featured in many newspaper articles from The Southern Star to The Irish Times. It became a talking point on radio with an in-depth interview with Áine O'Brien group facilitator, about the piece and the group who created it on 103FM. It was also featured on TV3's Seven o'Clock Show.
All this publicity was bound to reach the eyes and ears of the staff of the real GPO, and during the summer Dunmanway Library was approached by Anna McHugh, Head of Corporate Communications in the GPO about the possibility of exhibiting the piece as part of their Christmas displays. The staff organising the collaboration were sworn to secrecy to keep it a surprise, and on Tuesday 15th November the display was unveiled to the public. It forms the centrepiece of the Christmas displays inside the main hall and looks stunning amid a snowy winter scene.
The Knit and Natter Ladies were invited to Dublin to the grand opening and had an amazing day and were treated like celebrities. They received a complimentary guided tour around the GPO Witness History centre and were treated to lunch. The Knitted GPO will be on display in the main hall of the GPO, Dublin for the Christmas season and if you happen to be in the big smoke it's well worth a visit.
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Dunmanway Library offers a wide range of books for adults, children and teenagers, including audio books on both CD and cassette and Large print books. A selection of general reference books is also held.
The following newspapers are available for reading in the library: The Irish Times, Irish Examiner, Irish Independent and the Southern Star.
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- Irish Newspaper Archive
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- Oxford Art Online and Oxford Music Online
- Historic Graves
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Regular Events and Activities
Knit and Natter, a weekly knitting and crochet group, meet every Friday morning from 10am to 12 noon during term time. New members are always welcome. Contact the library for details.
Dunmanway Library regularly hosts displays and exhibitions for a variety of different groups including schools, artists and community groups. The library's large shop-front style windows make a great focal point for all exhibits and have a very prominent position on the town's main square. Enquiries about displays and exhibitions can be made to the library staff.
Regular festivals are held throughout the year in conjunction with the County Arts office:
- Feile Bride in February
- Library Ireland Week and Seachtain na Gaeilge in March
- Summer Arts in July and August
- Children's book Festival in October.
Please contact the library for details of any upcoming events and activities.