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.
“I love reading because I love stories. Reading a book is like entering into a focused daydream, where anything can happen. And even though it’s a way of escaping the world, which is sometimes a miserable place, it’s also a way of understanding it and finding the good in it.”
Claire Hennessy is the author of nine novels for young adults, most recently Big Picture (Poolbeg, 2008) and Every Summer (Poolbeg, 2009). Her love of books led her to recently completing a MPhil in Popular Literature. She regularly teaches creative writing workshops in Dublin and for festivals throughout the country, and is currently working on her next book for young adults.
Favourite books: Matilda by Roald Dahl, Malory Towers series by Enid Blyton, The Babysitters Club by Ann M Martin, Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes, Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon, Hood by Emma Donoghue, A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle, Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy, Election by Tom Perrotta
“A library is to the mind what the Sam Maguire is to a GAA Fan – and it’s a lot easier to get to!”
To read a book is to become part of another person or another work. You can travel; have adventures; explode with laughter; cry for someone you’ve never heard of before – you can learn about everything from the life of the earthworm to that of the distant stars. All this and much, much more.
How could you not be as enthralled as I am with a library?
I like books because they open up the Universe to me
Deirdre Kelleghan lives in Ireland; she is an artist and amateur astronomer. She has a passion for experimentation in her approach to lunar, solar and deep sky sketching. Her work has been internationally acknowledged as unique.
This overwhelming passion also feeds into public expression as Deirdre is an avid informal educator. She relishes in developing drawing workshops and talks to share the wonders of the Universe with children and adults. Her workshop Deadly Moons is the recipient of the prestigious SPORE Award from the American Society for the Advancement of Science.
Deirdre is captivated by the explorations of interplanetary space probes. Currently she is working on a new and exciting phase of multi-media paintings, journeying through surfaces on other worlds, and bringing them to canvas.
Deirdre is a co author of a book on Moon Sketching
Sketching the Moon an Astronomical Artist Guide is to be
published by Springer later this year.
Vice Chair IFAS
National Coordinator for Astronomers Without Borders
National Rep The European Association for Astronomy Education