Thursday, 23 February 2012

Cavan Orphange Fire 23rd Feb 1943

On the night of the 23rd February 1943, a devastating fire occured in St. Joseph's Orphanage, Main St. Cavan. As a result thirty five children and one adult died. The youngest child was Elizabeth Heaphy who was four years old.

Now for the first time the Report of the Tribunal of enquiry into the fire at St. Joseph's Orphange from the Official Publications Collection has been scanned and made available through the Library's Digitisation Service.

This tragedy was to lead to the Department of Local Government issuing a forty seven page list of recommendations: Fire Protection Standards for Public Buildings and Institutions.
One footnote is that Brian Ó'Nualláin, better known as Flann O'Brien, was then an official  in the Department of Local Government and worked as secretary at the tribunal and on the later report.

Hugo Kelly,
Law, Official Publications and EDC Librarian
091 (49) 3359

Monday, 20 February 2012

Standards Database Demonstration 21/02

There will be two 30 minute demonstration of the NSAI standards database on Tuesday February 21 at the following times:

11:30 Nursing Library Training Room, JHL
12:30 Nursing Library Training Room, JHL
Places are limited and booking is required. Please book at the JHL training events page here:

Friday, 17 February 2012

Silent Zones in Library

The Library has introduced two Silent Zones into the Library in response to repeated requests from students for a silent place to study. There is one on the first floor of the Library to the rear of the building, and a second on the top floor towards the front of the building.

The Silent Zones mean:
  • No talking
  • No use of phones
  • Laptops must be kept on silent
  • Headphones are not permitted
Study spaces in the rest of the Library are designated as Quiet Zones, where short, whispered conversations will be tolerated. Mobiles should be switched to silent and calls taken outside the Library. There should be no noise emanating from headphones. Note that the consumption of food and drink, other than bottled water, is not allowed in any part of the Library.

Group Study Rooms are available for Collaborative Study.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Finding Books and Journals Training - Cancelled

Our daily 'Finding Books and Journals Training' will not be taking place today at 11.00 as usual.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

This training will still be available at 7 pm this evening, and at 11.00 Monday to Thursday next week.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Research your Legal Essay -places available

Make your legal essay research a more straightforward process with this overview of the major legal journal resources. Find out the best tips and searching techniques for using WestlawUK, WestlawIE, GoogleScholar, Nexis and and other sources.

Book a place by clicking on the sessions below:

Research Your Legal Essay  Tues 10-11am Feb 21
Research Your Legal Essay  Thurs 4-5pm Mar 1
Research Your Legal Essay Tues 1-2pm Mar 6

All sessions held in the Library Training Room (beside Browsing Room)

Check out all our available Law Library training sessions .

Thursday, 9 February 2012

The deadline for the writing competition is tomorrow (10 February 2012).
Full details and set topics are at
Do not miss this opportunity to win 100 and see your work published in the Sin Newspaper.
If you have any questions email

Soc&Pol Essay Help

Most undergraduates who attend Library training say 
"If only I'd know that sooner..."

Get wise, and get wise now!  

We're running training sessions for Soc and Pol undergraduates who are due to submit their essays soon. This session gives hands-on training on the relevant resources you'll need to get great grades. We will give sample searches relevant to essay topics. And you will have the opportunity to direct questions on Library resources to an expert. 
Click the dates below, to get more information and to book your place. All sessions will be in the Library training room.
You need this training, you just may not know it yet!