Sherlock Holmes mini display in the library.

House Reading Challenge

The House Reading Challenge returns! With the success of our first House Reading Challenge last year, we are delighted to run this event again in conjunction with our House System here at Cluny. What is the House Reading Pledge? Each House will take part in a reading challenge to read the most pages. Over the course of this term, each House will create a team consisting of the House Captains, house members and members of staff. The maximum size of these teams is 23 members. While not a requirement to have 23 team mates, the more that are on the team, the better! These teams will read as much as they can and record the total number of pages they have read over this time period. There will be a team member for every year […]

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Winter Readathon

Winter Readathon 2022 Our Winter Readathon returns this year! Last year we had lots of students and staff take part in our reading challenge and we are delighted to run it again this year. All students and staff are invited to take part in what is sure to be a fun initiative! What is a Readathon? During a readathon, participants are invited to read as much as they can during a set period of time. For this readathon, there is no prescribed reading list so participants can choose whatever they’d like to read. How to take part All students interested in taking part should let Ms. Curtin know. All participants are added to a shared document where they can highlight the books that they have read. This readathon takes place between the 21st of November […]

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Summer Reading Challenge 2022

What is the Cluny Summer Reading Challenge 2022? Starting this month, we are delighted to announce our next reading initiative. Over the summer, we would like to challenge you to a reading challenge. For this, you must read a book that meets one of each criteria listed below. You then record the name of the book and author you read, which prompt it meets and if you like, a star rating out of five for how much you enjoyed it. Reading challenges like these can be a great way to try and read books you normally wouldn’t. For example, if you only read science fiction, trying to read a spy novel or historical fiction piece may come as a change of pace but also a chance to come across a new genre you might love! […]

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World Book Day display

World Book Day

World Book Day – 03 March 2022 World Book Day took place on the 03 March 2022. We celebrated the 25th anniversary of World Book Day this year at Cluny Library. All students were given their €1.50 book tokens to spend on their favorite books or to avail of some of the special free titles for this years annual event. We were visited by the Cluny Book Fairy who hid some books around the school. Students were tasked with finding these books. Whoever found them was allowed to keep them! Well done to all who took part in the book hunt and happy reading! A themed reading display was put together with a selection of recommended titles for all reading levels and interests. This display featured beloved stories including One by Sarah Crossan, The Boy […]

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Harry Potter book display

Harry Potter Week 2022

A week of mischief, magic and more! We have come to the end of our second annual Harry Potter week here at Cluny library. We were delighted to bring back our displays of 3D printed wands at Olivander’s Wand shop, finding all 12 of the flying keys for the Philosopher Stone and lots more! Students loved seeing the 3D printed wands and trying to name the witch or wizard they belonged to. The TY library committee were busy making decorations for the week, from Hogwart’s house themed ties to making a Marauder’s Map, we had lots of wonderful decorations around the library. The House sigils made by last years committee also decorated our walls. Our suggested reads for Harry Potter fans as well as a Harry Potter book display were also ready for all who […]

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St. Brigid’s Day Creative Competition

St. Brigid’s Day Creative Competition 2022 To celebrate St. Brigid’s Day on the first of February, we are inviting students to create something on the theme of St. Brigid and/or spring. You can do a piece of creative writing, make or craft something or create a piece of artwork based on the prompt! If you make, draw or craft something, drop these into Ms. Curtin in the library. You can email your completed creative writing pieces to All entries will be displayed in the library throughout February. The deadline for entries was the 31st of January. And the winner is….! Well done to our winner Clodagh in fifth year for her excellent watercolour painting! Thank you for entering.

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House Reading Challenge 2022

The House Reading Challenge 2022 Congratulations to St. Lucia who won the House Reading Challenge 2022! Together, they read over 23,000 pages during the challenge time. Well done to all teams who took part. As a school we read 233 books and over 80,000 pages! Wow! We hope you are all looking forward to our next reading challenge. To find out more about what this challenge was, read the below! What is the House Reading Pledge? Each House will take part in a reading challenge to read the most pages. Over the course of this term, each House will create a team consisting of the House Captains, house members and members of staff. These teams will read as much as they can and record the total number of pages they have read over this time […]

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Christmas Reading Challenge

From the 6th of December until the 10th of January 2022, we will be holding a Christmas readathon! What is a Readathon? Do you know what a readathon is? A readathon is where you read as much as you can over the course of a specified time. You can choose whatever books you would like to read – including non-fiction! You record the books you’ve read and then add them to a record where all other participants can see what you read over the time period. Whoever reads the most from each group will win a prize! All are welcome to take part. We have lots of new books in the library including The Henna Wars, Heartland, The Ballad of Snakes and Songbirds, Midnight Sun and lots more. You can borrow these from the library […]

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History of Animation Week

Last week in the library we ran a themed week around the history of animation.

Students learned about the origins of animation, from the very first animated piece, early animation techniques and the origins of some of today’s most well known animation houses. Exploring the analogue methods of animation from the use of mirrors and stop-motion, we travelled through history to the foundations of technicolour, combining music and movement and eventually to the movement to computer generated images (CGI).

Our TY Library Committee were busy making posters on a selection of famous animated pieces including Song of the Sea and Cinderella. These posters were displayed around the library for the week and included facts about how each movie was made, some fun facts about it and how it was received in the box office.

Events for the weeks

Along with our display boards, we had lots of fun events and activities for students.

We had a visit from Boulder Media to our TY students to talk about working in animation. Students were shown the phases of animation from early concept art, background creation, rigging, colour and final animation pieces. Students thoroughly enjoyed this experience and asked lots of great questions. A huge thank you to Boulder Media for coming in to talk to us.

Our TY students, Neila and Sarah ran an animation workshop for first year students. Using an app called ‘Flipaclip’, Neila and Sarah showed the first years how to make a bouncing ball animation. Students each created unique drawings called frames which when combined and played in video showed a bouncing ball. The first years really enjoyed this time. Thank you to Neila and Sarah for running this workshop!

Over the week, we also ran Kahoot quizzes for class groups on the history of animation and had the opportunity to watch some classic examples of animated masterpieces like Nightmare before Christmas and Spirited Away.

Here is a gallery for the week of events we had here! 

Fighting Words Irish Times Creative Writing Competition call for submissions

Creative Writing Competition

Fighting Words Creative Writing Supplement in the Irish Times The annual Fighting Words creative writing supplement for the Irish Times is now accepting submissions. Each year, teenagers are invited to submit their creative writing pieces for a chance to be published. Fighting Words are looking for poems (max. 2 poems per person), prose and creative writing pieces (max. 1500 words) for their supplement. The deadline for entries is 17:00 on Wednesday 22nd of December. How to Enter All pieces must by typed up and emailed to Fighting Words for consideration. All entries should be emailed to As part of your submission you should also include the following information: Your name Your age Your school Your parents/guardians name, phone number and email address The word count of your submission For more information For more information […]

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Library Inktober 2021

Library Halloween Art Competition As mentioned in our Halloween blog post, as part of the festivities we ran an art competition here in the library. Students were invited to create something based on one of the following prompts: Raven Spirit Time Inktober is a social media tradition where artists challenge themselves to create something on a prompt for the full month of October. It is a great opportunity to be creative! And the winner is…. Well done to Paula Moreno Rubio in 3Y for her excellent drawing based on the prompt ‘raven’. Well done Paula!

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Fighting Words – Young Playwrights Online Workshops

Are you interested in learning how to write screenplays or what it is like to be a playwright? Fighting Words are running a series of online workshops on the crafting, creation and writing of plays and screenplays. Each workshop focuses on a different key aspect of writing. If you are interested in taking part, be sure to register quickly as places are limited. The online workshops will be taking place on the following dates: November 13th December 4th January 8th and 29th February 19th March 12th These workshops are completely free! For more information and to register, please visit the Fighting Words Playwright Workshop page.

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Halloween at Cluny Library

Halloween Decorations, Quizzes and More! With Halloween just around the corner, the library committee decorated the library in a truly spooky fashion with cobwebs, skeletons and even a graveyard to greet anyone who enters. Check out our scary book displays too! Both feature classics such as Dracula and Frankenstein alongside some newer contemporary scary stories like Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls. To celebrate the week, we held a spooky Halloween quiz for first years. Questions ranged from the origins of Halloween to Halloween in popular culture. The students loved testing their knowledge in teams! At the end, they got the chance to browse the shelves for books to read over midterm and check out the scary decorations. We also ran an #Inktober competition for all students to enter. #Inktober is a popular online art trend […]

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Halloween book display in Cluny Library.

Halloween Reading List

As we prepare for the Halloween break and celebrations, why not pick up one of these spooky reads for over midterm? Have a look at our recommended reading list below!

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