Frances Browne Book Display

Frances Browne Book Display

We are delighted to showcase a selection of Paddy Bonar's remarkable collection of books by and about Frances Browne in the Twin Towns Library throughout the month of October.

Viewing: 1st October to 31st October during normal Library opening hours
Location: Stranorlar
Venue: Twin Towns Library, The BASE Enterprise Centre, Railway Road, Stranorlar, F93 VAK6
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Paddy Bonar has been the instigator of a large body of research into both the life of Frances Browne and into her work that has emerged in the last 30 years. Through his own research, and by working with and encouraging others, he has brought Frances to life and restored her to a place of pride in her community. In particular, his book 'The Life and Works of Frances Browne' published in 2007 is a hugely valuable resource for anyone who wants to know more about 'The Blind Poetess of Ulster'. Throughout this time he has collected a large volume of memorabilia, pamplets and books by and about Frances Browne, many of which are rare and some unique. We are delighted that Paddy has given us permission to put on display a small and fascinating selection of his collection.

The Twin Towns Library also has a connection to Frances Browne.  2017 saw the installation of a new feature - 'Granny's Wonderful Chair' - designed and created by Alan Hanafin.  The very first story in the chair in was told by our own Chairperson, Celine McGlynn in 2017.

The display will the opened formally by Rev Raymond Blair, historian and Frances Browne enthusiast, and Angeline King, Ulster Scots and children's author at a small event for children from local national schools. This event is not open to the general public.

Twin Towns Library Opening hours are: 

Opening Hours 

Monday: 10am - 2:30pm 

Tuesday: 12pm - 4.30pm & 5.30pm – 8pm 

Wednesday: 9.30am – 1pm & 2pm - 5.30pm 

Thursday: 9.30am – 1pm & 2pm - 5.30pm 

Friday: 9.30am – 1pm & 2pm - 5.30pm

[Picture courtesy of Donegal County Council.  Pictured at the Unveiling of the new Storytelling Chair in Twin Towns Library on Friday morning is Alan Hanafin, Designer, Cllr Patrick McGowan, Donna Cavanagh, Donegal Library Service, Joe Peoples, Donegal County Council, Frances Crampsie, Donegal Library Service, Brian O'Donnell, St Columbas College, Cllr Martin Harley, Eva Browne, Donegal Library Service with Eileen Harkin and Hilda Bradley enjoying the new storytelling chair.]