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A City Reading Podcast

A City Reading is Cork City Libraries' Talking Newsletter podcast, with reviews, news and features on library projects, history, poetry and literature. The podcast is written, created and presented by library staff. 

Visit the links below to listen to individual episodes on Soundcloud. Also available through Podcast Addict, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, and other podcasting platforms.

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Podcast episodes

A City Reading Talking Newsletter 20
As Cork City Libraries' Writer-in-Residence term comes to an end, we bring you a special episode featuring writings by members of the Cork Non-Fiction Group written during workshops with our Writer-in-Residence Tina Pisco. We feature: Thoughts on a day in spring by Jane Killingbeck, Enlightenment on a river in Prague by Sara O’Mahony, Perceptions and Facts an informal essay by Marie Guillot, Saving Planet Earth by Cecily Lynch and Lockdown Lessons as I say Goodbye by Tina Pisco.

A City Reading Talking Newsletter 19 – Grow It Forward
In this episode we bring you: some Tips to Begin the Growing Season by Eleanor Twomey; we replay 'Shoots and Roots' and 'Liquid Gold' from previous podcasts also by Eleanor Twomey; and Ann Riordan brings us eGardening - books, magazines and lifestyle memoirs available online to borrow with your library card.

A City Reading Talking Newsletter 18
In this episode we bring you: a preview of Cork World Book Fest happening online from April 20 - 25 2021; part 3 in our step-by-step guide to researching your family tree by Johnathon Fehily; writing tips from our Writer-in-Residence Tina Pisco; revisiting old favourites -  Joanne Harris’ Chocolat Series by Fionuala Ronan and The First Hot Air Balloon in Cork by Michael Lenihan.

A City Reading Talking Newsletter 17
In this episode we bring you: Part 2 in our step-by-step guide to researching your family tree by Johnathon Fehily; Come Again by Robert Webb a book review by Fionuala Ronan; Homeless Moments - poems on homelessness; and St Peter's Church by Michael Lenihan.

A City Reading Talking Newsletter 16 – Ireland Reads
This is a special episode to celebrate Ireland Reads, featuring a profile of Ireland Reads celebrations; Help your child's reading take flight at Cork City Libraries; a review of The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes; Hidden Gems on BorrowBox; and Tina Pisco reads her short story Imagine This, Imagine That.

A City Reading Talking Newsletter 15
This episode features, Remembering Derek Mahon by Dr. Sorcha Fogarty; a step-by-step guide to researching your family tree by Johnathon Fehily part one of a four part series; a review of Hilary Mantel's The Mirror and the Light by Kate O'Callaghan; and the history of Cork's Berwick Fountain by Michael Lenihan.

A City Reading Talking Newsletter 14 – Christmas
This episode is a special seasonal episode featuring a preview of A Carol's Christmas by Cork City Libraries Writer in Residence Tina Pisco; Cork Christmas Memories by Michael Lenihan; Christmas Music on Freegal by Conor MacHale; and we finish with a seasonal poem Scarlet Evergreen by Ed Cashman.

A City Reading Talking Newsletter 13
This episode features a look at what's happening in your library during lockdown, Frederick Douglass and the Cork Anti Slavery Movement by Máire Walsh, a profile of Growing Imaginations, and a review of Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh by Dr Sorcha Fogarty.

A City Reading Talking Newsletter 12 - Children's Book Festival
Welcome to a special episode of A City Reading to celebrate Children's Book Festival 2020. In this episode we bring you a profile of our online Children's Book Festival events, Thomas Ryan gives advice on how to foster your child's reading, Deirdre Swain profiles her favourite children's author Madeline L'Engle, and Ann Riordan tells us what your teenagers and young readers are reading online.

A City Reading Talking Newsletter 11
In this episode we bring you, a profile of One City One Book 2020; a trip around Cork in 1920 with a look at the recently digitised Guy’s Cork City & County Almanac and Directory 1920; a review of Actress by Anne Enright and Ed Cashman reads his poem Treasure.

A City Reading Talking Newsletter 10 Heritage Week episode
In this special National Heritage Week episode, we feature: A profile of Cork City Libraries online events for Heritage Week; A Brief History of Cork City Libraries; Deirdre Swain reads An Dubh by Máirín Lankford; Claire tells us the most popular books about Cork borrowed from our libraries, and Stone Meant The Most To Him : Séamus Murphy Remembered In Poems.

Talking Newsletter 9 - 17 July 2020
This episode features an article on the benefits of play by Eibhlín Cassidy; Dr. Sorcha Fogarty reviews MLK on “The Other America” and “Black Power”, Deirdre Swain takes a look at Censorship of Children’s Literature in the USA and we finish with a review of Rory Gallagher’s Blues by Liam Ronayne.

Talking Newsletter 8 - 6 July 2020
This episode features an article on Bishop John Murphy by Michael Lenihan; Claire Mee reviews Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson; Maureen Cullinane  profiles the Holly Ukes, a ukulele group in Hollyhill Library; and we finish with Silence , a poem by Finbarr Bevin.

Talking Newsletter 7 - 15 June 2020
This episode features Remembering Roches Stores by Michael Lenihan, Triona Dunlea reviews The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell, we conclude our series of tips for short story writing by Sorcha Fogarty, and we hear from library staff member Liz McNamara who was redeployed to Friendly Call during the covid crisis.

Talking Newsletter 6 - 5 June 2020
This episode features Early Years of Cork Cinema, a profile of the ‘Movie Memories’ Exhibition, in association with Cork City Libraries and Dept of Film and Screen Media, UCC ; My Personal Experiences of Reading Books in Translation by Cecily Lynch ; Evening Grace a poem by Sara O'Mahony; and we hear from library staff member Nicola Lyons who has been redeployed to Park Rangers during this covid crisis.

Talking Newsletter 5 - 29 May 2020
In this episode we bring you No Longer Forgotten - Cork Women of the Revolution; Liquid Gold - more gardening advice from Eleanor Twomey; part three of our Short Story Writing guide by Sorcha Fogarty; we feature the poem The Water War by Kevin Doyle; and librarian Ann Riordan tells us about the most popular ebooks and eaudiobooks borrowed from the library's online service since shutdown.

Talking Newsletter 4 - 18 May 2020
In this episode we bring you a feature on Book Censorship in Ireland, a history of The Lottery and its Cork agents, City Librarian Liam Ronayne reflects on reading Camus's The Plague during lockdown, and Conor McHale recommends Music To Enjoy At Home.

Talking Newsletter 3 - 15 May 2020
In this episode we bring you an excerpt from ‘The Inner Light’ by Billy O’Callaghan from his 2009 short short anthology ‘In Too Deep & Other Short Stories’; Sorcha Fogarty continues her series on tips for short story writers; we hear from Reference Librarian Rose Smyth who is currently redeployed in contact tracing, and we feature a poem by library staff member Ed Cashman.

Talking Newsletter 2 - 8 May 2020
In this episode we bring you Ukuleles at the library, Roots and shoots - gardening tips from library staff member Eleanor, Movie memories - Before Cinema: Magic Lanterns, Phantasmagorias and Zoetropes.

Talking Newsletter 1 - 7 May 2020
This episode brings you Memories of Cork with Michael Linehan, Sorcha Fogarty gives us tips in short story writing, we hear from library staff member Conor who is deployed to the HSE during the covid-19 crisis, and Jim McKeon writes us a special poem. 

Music Streaming


Freegal is a music streaming service, free of charge for members of Cork City Libraries. Members have access to unlimited streaming of up to 16 million music tracks. You can also download 5 music tracks per week. Freegal also has music videos, and audiobooks. Full information can be found in their user FAQ:

Download the Freegal app from the App Store or Google Play. Search for Cork City Libraries. Enter your library barcode and PIN. Alternatively to access Freegal on your desktop, go to and log in with your library barcode and PIN.

The company behind Freegal is Library Ideas who are based in the USA. We do not share any of your personal data with them.  Any privacy questions can be directed to Freegal at Their privacy statement is available at:


  • Make sure your membership is up to date
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  • Reset your library PIN at 
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We offer free access to the Naxos Music Library through your library membership. Visit the link to the Naxos Music Library and enter your 14-digit library barcode.

Naxos Music Library is the most comprehensive collection of classical music available online and includes orchestral works, concertos, chamber music, vocal and choral works, opera and operetta, ballet music and film music. It is an outstanding resource for professionals, students and those listening for pleasure and included the complete catalogues or selected recordings from BIS, Chandos, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI Classics, Harmonia Mundi, Marco Polo, Naxos, Ondine, Sony Classical and many more, with over 1,000 new albums being added monthly.

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