April Events at Maynooth Library

Ciorcal Comhrá / Irish Language Conversation Group

Tuesdays 11.00am – 12.00pm

This is an informal group for adults who would like to meet on a weekly

basis to use and practise their conversational Irish.

No booking required. All welcome.


Maynooth Creative Writing Group

Tuesday 5th & 19th April 6.15pm

A monthly meeting for writers in the Maynooth area. Beginner writers always welcome. No booking required.


Maynooth Women’s Group

Saturday 9th & 23rd April 11.00am

New members welcome.

Contact the library for further details.


Maynooth Knitting Circle

Thursday 7th April, 11.00am – 12 noon

A monthly meeting for anyone interested in knitting. Share tips and secrets of the craft in a relaxed and friendly environment. All welcome.


English Conversation Exchange

Saturday 2nd & 16th April, 11.00am – 12 noon

Practice your English in a relaxed and friendly environment. Aimed at non-native speakers. Adults only.


“A New Beginning” in the Garden (Gardening Talk with Paul Dowling, Larine Garden Centre)

Wednesday 13th April, 11.30am-12.30pm

All welcome to come along for gardening tips and advice from an expert.


Parenting Talk: ‘Parenting When Seperated’ Presented by Martina Newe from HelpMe2Parent

Wednesday, 13th April 7pm

Parenting is a tough job for parents but even tougher when you find yourself separated or divorced and trying to handle everyday parenting challenges effectively. Whether a couple split amicably or acrimoniously, they are still parents to their children and must get on with their responsibility of co-parenting in a way that helps children to cope with the new family structure and also protects them as much as possible from stress. Martina will talk about:

Recognising the issues that children experience

Protecting your child and allowing them to recognise emotions and feelings

Allowing your child to love and know both parents without feeling that they are taking sides

The importance of parental communication and what should be shared between parents

Commitment letters – some suggestion for parents.

To book your place, please contact Maynooth Community Library.


Meditation for Stress Relief Workshop (with Chris McMahon, The Treatment Room)

Thursday 21st April, 11.00am – 12noon

A workshop on various techniques that can be used to alleviate stress and anxiety. Booking essential.



Age Friendly Festival: ‘Dance Hall Days’ (with Pat Lonergan)

Friday 22nd April, 11am

Come for a stroll down memory lane, to the days of dance hall queues and Hucklebuck shoes, with a particular look at some Co. Kildare connections, in the company of Pat Lonergan, who was there and remembers it. All welcome.


World Book Day Lecture: ‘The Greatness of John McGahern’ (with Professor Frank Shovlin, University of Liverpool)

Saturday 23rd April, 2.30pm

Ten years on from his death, where stands John McGahern’s reputation in an Irish and in a wider, international context? This talk will argue that McGahern is, after Joyce, the greatest writer of prose fiction that Ireland has produced, that his novels and short stories have entered the canon of classic literature and will remain there for generations to come. Drawing from research into his archive at the National University of Ireland, Galway and into a selection of his unpublished letters, Prof Shovlin will seek to remember and reinvigorate the reputation of this beloved Irish literary great.

Professor Frank Shovlin is Head of Department at the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool. He is the author of The Irish Literary Periodical 1923-1958 and Journey Westward: Joyce, Dubliners and the Literary Revival. His study of John McGahern, Touchstones: John McGahern’s Classical Style will be published by Liverpool Universityy Press this autumn and he is editor of the Letters of John McGahern to be published by Faber and Faber. All welcome.


Digital Photography Club

Saturday 23rd April, 2.30pm – 3.30pm

A monthly meeting for digital photography enthusiasts. Share skills, tips, and experiences in a friendly environment. Novices and experts equally welcome. Please contact Maynooth Community Library to book your place.


Be Active: Mindful Walking with Hugh O’Donovan

Tuesday 26th April, 8pm

Mindful Walking is about slowing down to bring a deliberate, non-judgemental, curious focus of attention to the present moment in movement. Bringing together the concept of mindfulness along with the three paths of change for a better life – talking, meditation and movement – Mindful Walking shows us how we can better manage the internal and external distractions that clog our path to mental happiness, while also improving our physical well-being. Mindful Walking brings physical and emotional fitness together. With simple exercises on how to incorporate mindful walking into our everyday lives: from walking up the stairs to walking in the park or climbing a mountain, Mindful Walking is for everyone – seasoned walkers, city amblers or people learning to walk again after illness. There are only two rules to Mindful Walking. SHOW UP and SLOW DOWN. All welcome.


Keep Learning: Food for the Mind with Rina Whyte

Tuesday 28th April, 11am

A nutritional talk and practical smoothie demonstration by Nutritionist Rina Whyte. This talk and smoothie demo will focus on foods and nutritional information that have been proven to aid brain function and mental health.

We’ll look at the most recent information about food and mental health and you will leave with simple nutritional tips and smoothie recipes to boost and nourish you and your family’s mood, memory, concentration and mental health. All welcome.


Reel Good Film Club

Thursday 14th April, 6.45pm

We are currently discussing Brighton Rock directed by Rowan Joffe. If you would like to join please contact (01) 6285530 or emailmaynoothlib@kildarecoco.ie