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Eighty years ago, Belfast was hit with a massive and sustained air attack by the Luftwaffe. On 7 April hear the stories from the women of Belfast who saw first- hand the effects of the Blitz.

What does Italy have to do with the Partition of Ireland? Find out on 14 April with NATO instructor on terrorism Dr James Dingley.

April event schedule:

Memories of the Belfast Blitz
With Scott Edgar
Wednesday 7 April at 7pm
Online ZOOM event
Belfast was heavily bombed during WWII. The city contributed significantly towards the Allied war effort producing ships, aircraft and munitions, so was an obvious target for the Luftwaffe. The attacks in April and May 1941 killed more than 1,000 people. This is the story of the women who saw first- hand the effects of the Blitz on the working class. Book at


How the Unification of Italy led to the Partition of Ireland
With Dr James Dingley
Wednesday 14 April at 7pm
Online ZOOM event
Two major factors, economics and religion, created the greatest division in Ireland that proved insuperable by 1921. In this online talk, Dr James Dingley will explore how both of these factors were directly related to the unification of Italy (1860-71) known as the Risorgimento.  Dr James Dingley is a former international lecturer and NATO instructor on terrorism and editor of: Combating Terrorism in Northern Ireland (2008, Routledge). Book online at


Club Leabhar - Irish Language Reading Group
Saturday 24 April at 12 noon
Online ZOOM event
Speak Irish? Or want to brush up on your skills? Take part in our free Irish book club. April’s title is: Ceo Bruithne by Colin Ryan (available through An Ceathrú Póilí in An Chultúrlann amongst other places). To register contact:


LGBT History Club
Cross-border LGBT activism in Ireland 1977 – 1999
By Abigail Fletcher
Tuesday 27 April at 8pm
Online ZOOM event
A public talk by Abigail Fletcher (PhD researcher, University of Edinburgh). Hosted by the LGBT History Club & the LGBT Heritage Project in collaboration with the Linen Hall Library Belfast. If you would like to attend, please email: Dr Richard O’Leary


Linen Hall Reading Group
Thursday 29 April at 1pm
Online ZOOM event
The Linen Hall's popular reading group meets via the ZOOM conferencing platform ( This month we’re delighted to welcome the author of the chosen title Geraldine Quigley who will join the group for a Q&A session following the general discussion session. To attend the virtual group, please email April’s title is Music Love Drugs War by Geraldine Quigley (2019, Fig Tree)

The Linen Hall Library is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please keep an eye on their website and social networks for updated information. The Linen Hall Library’s social network channels can be found at: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

For more information about the Linen Hall Library go to:

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Tue, 27 Apr 2021 8:00 - 9:00pm
Thu, 29 Apr 2021 1:00 - 2:00pm

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