Events

Read Irish Women with the Cluny Library

In April, Instagram user @Bookaneer808 (also on Twitter as @Jabberwocky888) set other users a reading challenge: to name 30 Irish women writers during the month of April, ideally a book they had read. The hashtag is #ReadIrishWomenChallenge. The goal was to promote Irish Women Writers and to remind fellow users just how many wonderful, talented […]

Give Blood Exhibition

September 2018 marked the 100th year anniversary since the first human to human blood transfusion.  To mark this I had a small exhibition in the library, highlighting the importance of giving blood.  Mr. McLaughlin and Mr. White both dedicated a class to sixth year students on the importance of giving blood.    Students were also invited […]

Karen Ní Bhróin visits Cluny Library

Karen Ní Bhróin, conductor with the RTE Philharmonic Orchestra came to talk to our music students about how she became a conductor. I invited her as part of an inspiring women’s theme I have been having in Cluny Library. The reason I choose her was because there are still so few female conductors and I […]

Cluny Library Mock Election

To commemorate 100 years of the women earning the right to vote, I organised a mock election in Cluny Library where six authors were the candidates. Each house in Cluny was assigned an author and House Captains had to encourage students in their houses to campaign as much as they could for their respective authors. […]

Ireland from Maps

The National Library of Ireland have made certain exhibitions available in travelling format as part of an initiative to make collections more accessible and available to a wider audience. In September I borrowed ‘Ireland from Maps’ exhibition for Cluny Library. The exhibition consists of 8 collapsible banners which introduces basic mapping concepts and terminology as […]

Willy Wonka Week

Just the week before Easter I showcased a Willy Wonka themed week to celebrate Roald Dahls 100 birthday and to celebrate all things chocolate. There were a number of activities that students could take part in such as choosing a mystery book, guessing the number of chocolates in the box, reading about the story of […]

Fighting Words

On Tuesday 28 November, I brought a group of TY students out to beautiful Glencree to take part in a ‘Fighting Words’ creative story writing workshop. Fighting words provides free tutoring and mentoring in creative writing. For the first half of the session, students started a dialogue and from there together built the first half […]

Gallant Sons

In September 2017, I borrowed a travelling exhibition from the National Library of Ireland called Gallant Sons. This exhibition explores the experiences of some of the Irish Soldiers who served in the First World War and tells the stories of some of the families who were left behind. Their accounts of their own experiences bring […]

Ireland from Maps

The National Library of Ireland have made certain exhibitions available in travelling format as part of an initiative to make collections more accessible and available to a wider audience. In September I borrowed ‘Ireland from Maps’ exhibition for Cluny Library. The exhibition consists of 8 collapsible banners which introduces basic mapping concepts and terminology as […]

The Past from the Press

The National Library has a selection of travelling exhibitions for use in museums, schools and libraries. In February 2016, I borrowed an exhibition ‘The Past from the Press’ and displayed it in the library. Newspapers have played an important role in providing evidence about the past. However, as with all historical evidence, Newspapers cannot always […]

Alice in Wonderland

150 Years of Alice in Wonderland To mark the 150th Anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland I showcased an exhibition in the library in September 2015. Alice in Wonderland is an 1865 novel written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. The story was first told to the three Liddell sisters as […]

WW1

To commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1 I showcased an exhibition in the library in September 2014. During my research I found some fascinating information such as copies of old letters from sons writing to their parents from the front. Although 1914 seems so long ago it still is only a […]

“Love to Read” Week

Given student’s enthusiasm to reading in this school I thought it would be only fitting to organise a ‘Love to Read’ week in the library. The idea was simply to promote a love of reading among the whole school community. I decorated the library with the usual fanfare. Students were greeted with a floral archway […]

Numeracy Week

I organised a Numeracy Week in the library from 27th February to the 7th March 2014.  Examples of some of the activities that students could partake in were: calculating basketball stats, estimating the number of sweets in a jar, measuring the size of the school and calculating the cost of a recipe (where the winner […]

James Bond Murder Mystery Week

In March 2014 I organised a Murder Mystery Week in the library. The idea was to promote murder mystery books in the library but also to boost student’s problem solving and logic thinking skills in a fun way. The theme of the murder was that James Bond was shot in Bern, Switzerland and four teachers […]