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All events are free unless indicated.

Christmas & New Year Closure
Please note the library will close on Friday afternoon 21st December and reopen on Friday 28th December at 10am.
New Year Closure: The library will close on Monday afternoon 31st December and reopen on Wednesday 2nd January at 10am.
The Library staff would like to wish all our customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Christmas Events

Christmas Colouring Competition

Ages under 6 years and 7 to 10 years. Sheets are available from the desk. Closing date Wednesday 19th December,

Christmas Stories and Songs for the under 5’s
Every Tuesday in December at 11.45 with Mary.
A short story and songs session for the younger ones. Parents must attend with their child. No booking necessary.

Christmas Arts & Crafts
Tuesday 3rd December 6pm Ages 11+
Come along and make fabulous recycled Christmas Decorations. Please leave your name at the desk if you wish to attend.

Christmas Stories, Crafts and Songs
Saturday 8th December 3pm. Ages 5- 8 years
Come along for a fun session with stories and Christmas songs including
‘Santa’s  Magic Key’ followed by craft session where  the children decorate a tag for their own magic key. Cookies and warm chocolate included.

Children’s Book Clubs Christmas Party
All our book club members will receive an invite to our end of year party mid December.

Christmas Crafts Event for Adults
Tuesday 11th December 6.30pm
Recycle old books to create great Christmas Decorations.
Please leave your name at the desk if you wish to attend.

Music Appreciation Club
Every Wednesday morning in December 11am – 12.30pm.
Come along and join our informal club, which will have a Christmas theme throughout December. On 19th December we have Christmas carols and songs from Teresa & Louise Carley with the Encore Vocal Group. New members welcome.
Refreshments provided. Enquire at the desk for details

Lego Christmas Club
Friday 28th December 10am – 2pm.
Come along for some Christmas Lego fun with Rachel. Please note there is a charge for this event. To book call Rachel on 0868469815.

New Events

Ashbourne Women’s Group
Thursdays 11.15am
Is it time for you? Are you over 18?
Are you interested in learning something new? Do you have skills and talents you could share with others?
Contact Mary at Meath Partnership for more information on 046 9280790

Fit Steps: Dance for the over 50s
Tuesdays 1pm
The dance class mixes the graceful steps of ballroom with the steps of Latin dance. The dance moves are simple, easy to learn and suitable for complete beginners. Please note there is a charge for this event. Contact Gwen on 0871354047 to book a place.

Call to Community Groups
We now have meeting spaces/rooms in the library, available from
5pm – 9pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If you are interested please call or drop in to our Librarian Mary Murphy.

Yoga Classes for Adults starting soon
Wednesdays 1pm – 2pm
For details contact Catherine on 0879119617. Please note there is a charge per class.

Regular Adult Events
Beginners Italian Conversation
Wednesdays at 10am
A free informal conversation session. Contact Jim on 0876781077 if you would like to attend.

Grow in Ireland: Mental Health Ages 18+
Thursdays 2pm – 4pm
A free informal 12 Step recovery programme to deal with issues such as depression, stress, or worry. Call 1890 474474 for details.

Ciorcal Gaeilge
Tuesday mornings 11am – 12pm
Weekly Informal Irish Conversation Circle, beginners welcome.
Ask at the desk for details.

Failte Isteach – Learn English Workshops
Wednesday 10am – 12pm and Thursdays 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Contact Patricia on 0894366800 for details. All levels welcome.

Spanish Conversation Circle
Tuesdays 4pm – 6pm
Come along and take part in our Spanish conversation circle,
contact May on 0863956272 for details.

Music Appreciation Club
Every Wednesday morning 11am – 12.30pm.
Come along and join this informal club, which explores aspects of classical music, traditional Irish music and popular musicals. New members welcome. On November 14th November we have a guest speaker Michael Grant on the work of Tchaikovsky.
Refreshments provided. Enquire at the desk for details.

Adult Book Clubs
First Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm
New members welcome. Ask at the desk for details.
Last Tuesday of each month at 7.15pm
New members welcome. Ask at the desk for details.

Comhrá Group
A social group for men over the ages of 18 to get together and chat.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10.30am – 12.30pm. Tea/Coffee provided.
All welcome.
Contact Dave on 0876880316 or Anthony on 0872025246 for details.

Over 55’s Exercise Class
Every Tuesday & Friday 10am – 11am. €10 per class.
The class focuses on improving overall health and well being.
Refreshments provided. Call Catherine on 0872883729 for details.

Angel Meditation Classes
Tuesday evenings at 7pm.
Learn the art of angel meditation, €7 a class. For details call Ann on 0863670410.

Crafts for Adults Group
Every Tuesday from 6pm – 8.30pm.
Learn a new or old craft or share your craft experience.
Contact Aine on 01 8350609 for details.

ICA Crafts & Chat group
Tuesdays from 11am – 1pm.
Contact the library for details. New members welcome.

Adult Bridge Club
Every Monday morning at 10.30am
Call Martin on 0879978610 for details. New members welcome.

Surfer Sessions
Book in for one to one sessions on how to search the web or set up an email account.

Regular Children’s Events

Parent & Baby Room
We have a relaxing parent & baby room, including a nappy changing unit, bottle warmer, parent magazines and a CD player for relaxing music.  Ask at the desk if you wish to use the room..

Parent & Toddler Group
This runs term time only. Tuesday & Thursday mornings between 10am – 12pm.
Bring your child along for games & activities. There is a charge of €2 per morning. On Tuesdays there is also a free stories and songs session with Mary our Librarian, which begins at 11.45am. Ask at the desk for details.

Stories and Songs for the under 6s
Every Tuesday 11.45am – 12.15pm
Come along for stories and songs with Mary. If Mary is unavailable we have stories and songs on DVD. No booking required.

Children’s Book Clubs ages 10 – 13 years
First Thursday of the month.
3.30pm – 4.30pm

Children’s Book Club Ages 8 – 10 years
Third Friday of the Month. 4pm – 5pm.

Gymboree Play & Music Classes
Every Friday Morning
Music 1 (ages 6 - 16 mths) @ 10am
Music 2 (ages 16mths - 5 yrs) @ 11am
Gymboree is recognised as a world leader in Music classes for young children. Enhance your child's development and love of music through song, dance, movement games and instruments. Cost: Trial session €10 or 7 weeks for €60. Discounts for additional children. Booking is essential, call Tracy on 086-8592561 to reserve a place or book a preview class online at

Lego Clubs for Kids- Returning soon
To book a place and for more details call Rachel on 0868469815

Baby Massage Course
Every Wednesday 11am
A 5 week course for babies and parents. There is a charge of €70 for this course. For details contact Catherine on 0879119617.

Centre for Russian Culture Workshops
Every Saturday 10.00am – 2.30pm.
For children aged 7 – 11years. The workshop includes Russian language lessons, Music and Drama. Free of charge. Call Natalya for details on 0862470493.

Creative Writing Classes for Children: Back in January
Ages 10 – 12 years. Every Saturday at 3pm.
An 8 week course for children interested in creative writing. There is a fee of €85 for the course. Contact Sinead on 0872737677 for details.

Tina Mation Animation Art Classes
Every Thursday at 3.30pm.
Join RTE’s Tina Mation for computer animation and animation art classes. There is a charge for this 8 week course. Contact Tina on 0851114006 for details.

Ashbourne United Pre Academy Club
A fun fundamental basic movement course for ages 2-4 years
Every Saturday 10am – 11am.Ages 2-4 years.
With Paul Thorpe. Call 0872100049 for details.

Children’s Singaling Club with Susan Rowland
Thursdays 10.15 – 11am & Saturdays 11.30 – 12.15pm.
Music for parents and toddlers
6mths – 4 years. 8 euro per child.
Book your place with Susan on 0873178169

Children’s Speech and Drama Classes
Every Friday: Junior & Senior Infants 2.30pm
1st class to 6th Class from 3.30pm
Join Penelope Moorhead for all aspects of speech and drama. There is a fee of €65 for this 10 week course. Call Penelope on 0872899404 for details

Children’s Irish Dancing Classes
Every Tuesday at 5.30pm and Thursdays at 5.45pm.
Join dance teacher Michelle Power in the art of Irish dancing.
There is a fee of €6 per class for this event. Call Michelle on 0861713651 for details.

Ashbourne Young Adult Scout Group
Meets every Thursday from 7pm.
Ages 15 – 17 years. Focuses on adventure and outdoor skills. Places available contact Susie Rafter on 0878288357 or email: Places available. Check the website at for details.

Coderdojo Club – Looking for volunteers to help
Coderdojo is a global collaboration providing free and open learning to young people, especially in programming technology.
Next meeting 8th December. Ages 7—14 years. Book your place for each session via the Ashbourne Coderdojo facebook page. Like the page and leave a message that you wish to attend. All children need a laptop with the ‘Scratch' 2.0 offline editor' ’ programme downloaded from the MIT Scratch website. Parents must attend with their children.

Student Study
Please note that due to the demand for quiet study space, upstairs space is available for Leaving Cert. and College exam study, ask for details at the desk, due to one off events some of these quiet times may vary. Students are welcome to use the spaces at other times but have to bear in mind as a community library, other events may be running.

If you like what we’re doing or want to get in touch, let us know by liking our facebook page ‘Meath County Library’ or contacting our Librarian Mary Murphy: Alternatively contact our County Librarian Ciaran Mangan on

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