Events at Cork County Library


On this page you will find regular updates on news and events taking place at Cork County Library.

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The Cork County Library and Arts Service is launching the From the Well Short Story competition 2018  The competition invites entries from writers aged 18 and over who are registered library members in any country. 

Twenty stories will be shortlisted by writer Billy O’Callaghan and will be announced end of April 2018

A winner from the shortlisted stories will be selected by a panel of judges including Billy O’Callaghan, Claire Kilroy and Eimear Ryan.

The winning story and the nineteen other shortlisted stories will be published in an anthology in June 2018
The winning story title will be the title of this publication

The winning writer will be awarded a place on a week long workshop of their choice at the West Cork Literary Festival 2018 and €250 towards accommodation.

Conditions of Entry

Entrants may submit only one short story which must be the original work of the author.

Stories must be less than 2,000 words. 

Stories must be previously unpublished and not accepted for future publication elsewhere.

Stories must be typed and entries must be accompanied by an entry form. The name of the entrant must not appear on the story itself.

The Judges’ decision is final

Copyright of each story will remain with the author; however Cork County Library and Art Service reserves the right to one publication and/or one broadcast of shortlisted stories

For further information please contact Sinead Donnelly, County Arts Office 021-4346210.

Entries should be sent to Arts Office, Library Headquarters, Carrigrohane Road, Cork or

The closing date for receipt of entries is 5pm on Friday 16th February  2018
The entry form is downloadable from here.

Writer in Residence 2018

The residency is a part-time position (5 days per month, for seven months) from March 2018. The principal objective of the programme is to support creative writing activity in local areas, by providing an engagement and interaction with people interested in writing, using the local library service as the centre for the programme. The writer will provide a group workshop for two hours and one to one sessions for two hours with adult writers.

The designated libraries for 2018 are Midleton, Millstreet, Passage West, Youghal Skibbereen, Mallow and Bantry. (These may be subject to change)

Administrative support will be provided by the Arts Office.
As part of this residency, the successful applicant will be required to stimulate greater 
awareness of the art of creative writing.  
The writer’s ability to mentor emerging writers, and those interested in developing their writing skills, must be clearly demonstrated in the application material.
The Residency is open to writers in all genres.


The residency will support individual writers and existing writing groups based in the designated libraries.
It will lead to the establishment of new groups in other branches.
The residency will develop the capacity of new and existing groups to be self-directed  by the end of the residency.
It will present a number of public readings
It will raise awareness of publishing and competition opportunities for writers
It will support networking between individual writers and writing groups
It will support opportunities for engagement between the Cork County Library and Arts Service and local communities 
A contract for services fee of €5,950 inclusive of travel is offered, i.e.  €850 per month
The contract period will involve 5 days work per month for seven months – March, April, May, June, September, October and November 
Payment will be on a monthly basis
Cork County Library and Arts Service may extend the 2018 residency into 2019 should circumstances require it, subject to mutual agreement with the appointed 2018 writer.


Application Requirements  

Applicants are requested to submit the following material: 
A curriculum vitae
Examples of previous work such as publications, programmes or published articles and/or reviews
A proposal outlining artistic ideas and approaches (max 500 words) which should include ideas in relation to public engagement during the residency and detailed suggestions for workshops or public/community engagement. 
The proposal should also set out how the group will be enabled to function independently once the residency has ceased.
Two letters of reference
Applicants must submit three copies of CV and proposal. 
Applicants may be called to interview on the basis of their submission.
Criteria for Selection 
Activity in the writing profession
Suitability of the proposal 
Experience in teaching creative writing 
Experience in developing and successfully delivering programs, workshops, and readings.


Closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 30th January at 5pm.
Arts Office, Library Headquarters, Carrigrohane Road, Cork or 

Musical InstrumentsCall for donations of musical instruments

Cork County Library is currently looking at the possibility of making musical instruments available to borrow through its branch library network on a pilot basis, to allow members of the public to road test their musical skills before investing in a costly piece of equipment themselves.  To get this pilot off the ground, we are seeking donations of portable musical instruments no longer in use by the owners and in good condition. Unfortunately we cannot accept any wind instruments, for health and safety reasons. Please contact us on (021) 4546499, or at if you have a musical instrument that you’d be happy to donate to the library.

The public consultation for the new Public Libraries Strategy 2018-2022  is available to view here.

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Manchester Martyrs the Local Studies Library has compiled the following information posters on the subject. The posters are on display at the County Library on Carrigrohane Road and are available to view online here: 

Manchester Martyr Posters

Heritage WeekFeatured here are Local Studies Librarians Karen O' Riordan, Kim Smyth and Mary McPhillips.

On August  22nd, the Local Studies library launched its new Local Studies Digital Library, in Bandon library. In conjunction with the launch there was an accompanying talk by local historian, Paddy O’Sullivan, entitled: Thomas Adderley and the golden years of flax in Innishannon. The event was attended by about fifty people. 

On August 23rd, Local Studies staff member and genealogical expert, Karen O’ Riordan, gave a talk on Family History Curiosities: an illustrated talk on the strange and interesting finds in family history research. The talk was very well received and attended by about forty people. 


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Cork County Council

Data Protection 
Privacy Statement

This statement relates to our privacy practices in connection with this website and associated library services and the Library Management System. Cork County Council is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of other websites. Any external links to other websites are clearly identifiable as such.


Cork County Council takes its security responsibilities seriously, employing appropriate physical and technical measures including the use of a Staff Access Control system with audit controls and staff training and awareness. We have internal procedures and computer interfaced protective barriers to keep your information as safe and secure as we possibly can. We cannot, however, guarantee the privacy or confidentiality of any information, whether or not relating to you as the user, passing over the Internet via non-secured email.

Collection of Customer Personal Data

In order for to provide you with the Library Service and a Single Management Library System services we collect and use the data relating to you as a library user. The only information that is collected by us is information which you chose to send us by email, information provided when opting to take out library membership online or information provided when logging on and using our online services. This data is used to manage and administer the library user’s account and for operational reasons and includes:

  • your name,
  • your address
  • your age range
  • Email Address
  • Mobile number (optional service)

Any personal information volunteered will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, in accordance with the Data Protection Acts, 1988 and 2003.

We will only share your data with other Irish Local Authority Libraries for the purpose of providing shared library services and a Single Library Management System and with trusted third parties who provide support to us and to the Single Library Management System and process data on our behalf in accordance with appropriate data sharing confidentiality agreements.

We will only contact you if you have indicated that you wish to receive notifications in connection with the use of the service and wish to receive notifications for forthcoming library events.

Right of access, rectification or erasure

If you would like a copy of the details we hold about you, please write to the Data Protection Officer, Cork County Council, County Hall, Carrigrohane Road, Cork. Please enclose the correct fee (€6.35).

You also have the right to correct any errors in the information held about you, block certain uses or object to the processing of your personal data. Such an instruction must be in writing. A request will be dealt with as soon as possible and will not take more than 40 days to process.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

If we change our privacy policy, we will post the changes on this page, so you will be aware of the information we collect and how we use it at all times. Continued use of the service will signify that you agree to any such changes.


The current Library Development Plan is available to view here.


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