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Press Release: Celebrating Europe Day

Mullingar European History Reading Group Celebrates Europe Day in Mullingar Library

Mullingar Library was delighted to host the Mullingar European History Reading Group on 9 May for a celebration on EU50, marking 50 years of Ireland’s membership of the EU.

The Reading Group was founded by Jane Massy and Ruth Illingworth. Over the last five years, the group has been  reading and discussing the history of European Union member states.

On 9 May, Europe Day, they met in Mullingar library to launch their recommended reading list – Understanding our European Family through history.

Members were encouraged to share their favourite book or speak about the country whose history surprised them.

In addition, guest speaker Francis Jacobs provided a fascinating insight into the European Parliament and the evolving institutions. Francis Jacobs is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at University College Dublin, and a Visiting Professor at the Collegio Europeo in Parma. Francis worked for the European Parliament from just before the first direct elections in 1979 until May 2016. He also worked as a staff member on various European Parliament committees, and as the head of the European Parliament’s Liaison Office in Ireland from 2006-2016. His work allowed for a unique perspective on the European Union and how it works.

Copies of the recommended reading list are available in Mullingar Library. New members are welcome to join the group as they now look at exploring other European countries.



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