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“I will honour Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.” 
                                                                                              - Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol 

Friday, December 7th 2018

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support this year and to wish you all a very Peaceful & Joyful Christmas.

We've some events lined up this month

(as well as visit from a certain jolly VIP), so be sure to come and join us...

STORY TIME WITH SHELLEY - NOT ONE BUT TWO IN DECEMBER!
Saturday 8th AND Saturday 15th December 11.15am to 12pm
 
A chance to join Shelley for TWO storytimes - a very special Christmas Storytime on the 15th - wear your favourite Christmas PJs, Jumper or hat!
It's going to be FUN and everyone's welcome - admission is FREE.
THURSDAY TRANQUILLITY
Fionnuala O'Dowd continues to offer holistic therapy sessions upstairs at Books@One every other Thursday. Reflexology, Colour & Sound Therapy, Reiki and Energy Healing.
 
For Appointments contact Fionnuala direct on 086 845 6517
“CARING FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT” – A TALK BY WESTPORT ECO-CONGREGATION
Saturday 8th December in the Bookshop (2pm)
 
Caroline Goucher of Westport Eco-Congregation will be here to present a new dialogue for how we are shaping the future of our planet, and the need to include everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all. 

Admission FREE - ALL WELCOME

CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH
Starting Monday 10th December in the Bookshop (8-9.30pm)

Join Qualified language teacher Maria Daley to practice your Spanish conversational skills. All ages and levels are welcome, facilitating a space to gain confidence in a relaxed environment, completely FREE OF CHARGE.

Contact Maria direct at maria.daley@live.com or on 087 697 4740 for more details or to book a place.

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LIVING YOUR JOY: WINTER SOLSTICE EVENING GATHERING WITH FIONNUALA O'DOWD
Friday 21st December (7-10pm)
 
Last of the year in this series of gatherings around the theme of "Living Your Joy".  
Booking is essential as places are limited. €20 admission.
Contact Fionnuala direct on 086 845 6517
SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO BOOKS@ONE!
Saturday 22nd December (4-6pm) 
We've started to get ready for a VERY important visitor...the tree is up in the "Grotto" and we're adding a few finishing touches every day.  It's going to be magical by the time Santa arrives!  While you wait to see Santa there'll be a Christmas Craft making table with local artist Anne McCabe that all the family can get involved in, as well as Hot Chocolate for the kids and Mulled Wine for the Mammies & Daddies.  Admission is free ALL WELCOME!
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BOOK READING: THE CROWDED EARTH
Sunday 23rd December (4-6pm) 
 
Join us for a relaxed pre-Christmas Sunday afternoon when David Whelan will be reading from his latest novel,
The Crowded Earth (see Book of the Month below!).  There'll be mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies.
Admission is free and all are welcome.

BOOK OF THE MONTH

Speaking of which...there are several reasons behind this month's choice - the third novel by local writer David Whelan (there's one right there...). 

From its beautifully illustrated lino-print cover to it's insightful depiction of one man's descent into madness, this book delivers on many counts and I for one took away a very valuable lesson from my encounter with Rupert, whose story this is - what we see is not always the full picture. 

We're delighted to have been involved in this very community spirited and socially-aware project, having printed The Crowded Earth on our Espresso Book Machine (TM)  as well as helping launch it at the Rolling Sun Festival last month with record sales so far.

The Crowded Earth is available in the shop or online here...and don't forget to join us for David's reading (see above!)

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Christmas Eve

                          -Celia & Ruth Duffin

A cup of milk

And a wheaten cake,

And a spark of fire

For the Travellers’ sake.

A door on the latch,

A light on the pane...   read on...

Word of the Month: 
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Please don't forget to Shop Local for Christmas, wherever that may be. Here in Louisburgh there are plenty of places in which to be entertained, wined, dined and to buy amazing food, gifts & vouchers!

P.S. Want to keep up to date with local news? Don't forget the Louisburgh Parish Newsletter is updated weekly online - just go to louisburghparish.ie to download the pdf.  Hard copies always available at the Church. Be sure to check out Louisburgh Lines in the Local Notes section of the Mayo News and if you're "into" Facebook follow the Louisburgh Community Futures page! End of Informational Broadcast...