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Stories must be previously unpublished and not accepted for future publication elsewhere.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

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Healthy Ireland at Your Library

Public Library Survey  4 - 11 March

Let us know what you think!

Just click on this link to take part in a short survey about the  Healthy Ireland Initiative at your local library.

Tá leagan Gaeilge curtha ar fáil anseo 

The Healthy Ireland at Your Library service is taking place across the library network nationwide, including Cork County Library. Healthy Ireland at your library is a Dept. of Health funded programme which enhances current health information in public libraries by providing new book stock, e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines on health and wellbeing and a wider selection of health information for all users. Titles will cover areas such as healthy eating and active living, wellbeing and healthy childhood. A list of items which have been recently added to the collections are available here
 Events, including talks and workshops, are also being offered with a focus on physical health, mental health and health literacy. A wide and varied programme of events is currently being planned in branches throughout the county. These include talks on diabetes and healthy eating, mindful walking and positive aging. 


Library Branch

Title of event

Date and time

Baile Bhuirne

(026) 45767

Mindful walking – a talk by Hugh O’Donovan

Thurs February 22 at 2.30pm


(023) 8844830

Mindful Walking – a talk by Hugh O’Donovan

Thurs March 22 at 12.00 noon


027 50460

Mindful Walking – a talk by Hugh O’Donovan

Thurs February 22 at 11.00am


(021) 4382115

Water and Road Safety for Children with Caroline Casey, CCC


All about Diabetes – symptoms, prevention and more with Pauline Lynch, Diabetes Ireland

Wed April 11 (check with Branch)


Thurs March 1 at 2.30pm


021 4371888

Singing for the Brain with Patrick D’Alton


The ultimate nutrition myth buster with Niamh O’Connor, Dietitian

Fri  March 2 at 11.00am


Fri March 9 at 11.00am


(027) 70233

Helping your anxious child with Jo Boniface, HSE

Tues April 10 at 1.00pm


(063) 89769

Water and Road Safety for Children with Caroline Casey, CCC


Wed March 21 (check with Branch)


(023) 8834275

Helping your anxious child with Jo Boniface, HSE

Wed June 6 at 7.00pm


(021) 4811130

Introduction to Mindfulness with Rosarie Crowley, HSE


All about Diabetes – symptoms, prevention and more with Pauline Lynch, Diabetes Ireland

Fri January 19 at 11.00am



Wed February 28 at 2.30pm


(023) 8855411

Mindful walking- a talk by Hugh O’Donovan

Thurs March 8 at 11.00am


(025) 31318

Singing for the Brain with Patrick D’Alton


Bone Health with Alice Lucey, UCC

Wed March 14 at 12.00noon


Thurs March 1 at 2.00pm


(021) 4821627

All about Diabetes – symptoms, prevention and more with Pauline Lynch, Diabetes Ireland

Wed February 28 at 11.00am


(021) 4774266

Mindful Walking – a talk by Hugh O’Donovan


Positive Mental Health for Older Adults with Riana Vermaak, HSE

Thurs March 22 at 3.00pm


Tues March 13 at 2.30pm


(021) 4546499

Nutrition for Older people with Niamh O’Connor, Dietitian


Fri March 23 at 11.00am


(026) 42483

Mindful walking – a talk by Hugh O’Donovan

Thurs March 8 at 2.30pm


(022) 21821

All about Diabetes – symptoms, prevention and more with Pauline Lynch, Diabetes Ireland

Thurs March 1 at 11.00am


(021) 4613929

Positive Mental Health for Older Adults with Veronica Byrne, HSE

Thurs February 22 at 10.00am


(029) 21920

Positive Mental Health for Older Adults with Riana Vermaak, HSE

Wed March 7 at 11.00am


(025) 41939

Bone Health with Alice Lucey, UCC

Time TBC

Passage West

(021) 4863727

All about Diabetes – symptoms, prevention and more with Pauline Lynch, Diabetes Ireland


Living it up when you retire with Rosarie Crowley, HSE

Wed February 21 at 2.30pm




Thurs March 1 at 2.00pm


(028) 28290

Helping your anxious child with Jo Boniface, HSE

Wed May 16 at 6.00pm


(028) 22400

Positive Mental Health for Older Adults with Riana Vermaak, HSE

Thurs March 22 at 11.00am


(024) 93459

Singing for the Brain with Patrick D’Alton


Thurs March 22 at 2.00pm

All events are free to attend but booking is required. To book a place, please contact the Branch library where the event will take place.
Further events will be added to this list.

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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. 


The current Library Development Plan is available to view here.


Tá an Plean Forbartha Leabharlainne ar fáil anseo.

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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.


100 years on: How far have we come?On International Women’s Day, 8th March 2018, Cork County Library hosted a panel discussion to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, looking at the role women play in the modern social and political order, both in Ireland and internationally. The event was well attended with approximately 50 people attending, all very engaged. There were alot of comments/questions from the floor afterwards, all expanding the discussion further and providing really interesting food for thought.
Author Denyse Woods chaired the discussion which, among other topics, looked at the level of engagement of women in traditional politics, in democracy and in the wider social system. The panellists were Fiona Finn, Chief Executive Officer of NASC, Colette Sheridan, Journalist, Rola Abu Zeid-O’Neill, Lecturer in Women’s Studies, Centre for Adult Continuing Education, UCC, and Liz Maddox, Chairperson of the Older People’s Council in County Cork.
This interesting and thought-provoking discussion took place, appropriately, in the Council Chamber at County Hall, and is one of a number of events that Cork County Library is organising during 2018 to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage. The event is sponsored by Creative Ireland.