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Roscrea Library News Exhibition Space

Roscrea Library News

Exhibition Space

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 the register 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, as we have some available in the Library! For further information on any aspect of the library,  contact the library on 050522032, email us at, call into us on the Birr Road or visit our website at

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Host Families

We are URGENTLY looking for host families to host a child or two from Belarus who will be visiting Roscrea and the surrounding areas from the 30th June 2013 to the 28th July 2013 - Following a recent trip to Belarus and a number of orphanages we seen where there is a great need to give the children from the orphanages a break to Ireland and give them a chance to better their health and wellbeing. By giving those Children a months holiday it greatly improves their health and gives them a great chance to cope with the future when they return to Work is well underway in organising this trip and the Children themselves are overwhelmed with excitement with the thoughts of coming over to Ireland. If you can accommodate a child it would be fantastic , For an information pack and the relevant forms and we will take it from there.

Copper Beech Parent and

Toddler Group

Copper Beech Parent and Toddler Group meet every Wednesday from 11am-12.30pm in the Community House on this estate. It is an opportunity for parents to come together informally for a cup of tea and a chat and children can learn to socialise and interact with one another. It is free of charge and all are welcome. Any enquiries to Aideen Connolly, Family Support Worker, North Tipperary LEADER Partnership, 087 6840551