The Public Library is the world to me, you can enter the library as a boy and come out a man. I have learned everything I know from the Library. It has become my best friend and my most trusted one. The Library is always open for you and you should never forget that.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Dance With Dragons
Ciaran Behan is originally from Dublin now residing in the heart of the west of Ireland in Ballina, Co Mayo. From 1998 to 2009 he was employed in the pub trade in Dublin and moved to Mayo and was involved in the pub trade there from 2009 to 2011. He is the creator of the extremely popular and innovative #sundaycookoff on Twitter. Ciaran is an advocate for mental health in Ireland and has spoken on the topic on a leading national radio show and also in national and local papers. He also has a keen interest in news and current affairs.
On 11 November 2011, Michael D. Higgins was inaugurated as the ninth President of Ireland.
A passionate political voice, a poet and writer, academic and statesman, human rights advocate, promoter of inclusive citizenship and champion of creativity within Irish society, Michael D. Higgins has previously served at almost every level of public life in Ireland, including as Ireland’s first Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht.
Michael D. Higgins was born on 18 April 1941 in Limerick city and was raised in County Clare. He was a factory worker and a clerk before becoming the first in his family to access higher education. He studied at the University College Galway, the University of Manchester, and the University of Indiana.