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Exhibition for April

Exhibition for April

Currently on display in our exhibition space is an exhibition called “We Exercise the Power:100 Banned Books in Ireland”. The exhibition includes 16 paintings of book covers out of 100 books which were previously banned in Ireland. John Jones, who has compiled the exhibition has spent a number of months visiting the Irish Censorship Office to view theregister of banned books.

When a book was deemed unfit for Irish readers for reasons such as obscenities, religious views, abortion, it was automatically banned for 12 years. When 12 years had passed, the title would be looked at again and could be banned again. Some authors found their works banned over and over. Titles that were banned include “The Country Girls” by Edna O’Brien, “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac and “The Catcher in the Rye” by JD Salinger. If you would like to read some of the titles to see why they were banned, just ask a member of staff! This exhibition will be on display for the month of April.


For Bealtaine, the library is hosting a number of events. These include a talk on Wills by a local solicitor, a craft workshop and a genealogy talk. Full details will be announced in the next few weeks. For information on the Library why not pop into us on the Birr Road, visit our website at email us at or phone us on 0505 22032.