Tuesday 10 December 2013

Christmas opening hours

The Christmas opening hours in Cathal Brugha St library are as follows:

Monday 16th - Thursday 19th December
9:00AM - 5:15PM
Friday 20th December
9:00AM - 5:00PM
Closed from 21st December 2013 - January 1st 2014 inclusive
Thursday 2nd January
9:00AM - 5:15PM
Friday 3rd January
9:00AM - 5:00PM

Normal opening hours will resume on Monday 6th January.

Merry Christmas everybody!

Monday 2 December 2013

Saturday Opening

Cathal Brugha St library will open on Saturdays approaching the exams and over the exam period. We will be open from 10AM to 5PM on the following dates:
7th December
14th December
4th January
11th January

Friday 29 November 2013

Space in the library

During exam time, there is often a lack of space for students in the library.

To facilitate maximum use of the library during exam time, places left unattended for longer than 30 minutes will be cleared.

Friday 15 November 2013

Donal Skehan homecooked tour

The presenter of Kitchen Hero, Donal Skehan, is promoting his new book, Home Cooked, with a nationwide tour this month.

Donal cooks onstage during the Home Cooked show and asks members of the audience onstage to cook with him. There will also be a book signing after the show.

Tour dates for the show are available here. You can also read Donal's blog here.

Friday 8 November 2013

Online Q&A with food experts

November is Food Month in the Irish Times. The newspaper will be running food-related content in all sections of the paper both online and in print this month.

There will also be an online Q&A forum between 1pm and 2pm every Friday with chef Domini Kemp, wine writer John Wilson, baking expert Eunice Power, food writer and restaurant critic Catherine Cleary and food writer Marie Claire Digby.

Wednesday 30 October 2013

Event management for Halloween

Events management students and horror fans might be interested in an article in today's Irish Times about tourism events that revolve around Halloween. The article looks at events, like the Tayto House of Horrors and the Haunted Spooktacular Horror Farm, that are run just for Halloween. Companies that run events all year, like the Dublin Bus Ghost Tour, ghosthuntireland.ie and the Nightmares Fear Factory in Niagara Falls, Canada, are also reviewed. 

Click here for the article.

Thursday 24 October 2013

Halloween Bank Holiday

The library will be closed on Monday 28th October for the Halloween bank holiday. We will be open again as normal on Tuesday 29th October. Opening hours for that week will be as follows:

Monday 28th October       Closed
Tuesday 29th October       9am to 9pm
Wednesday 30th October  9am to 9pm
Thursday 31st October      9am to 5:15pm
Friday 1st November         9am to 5pm

Happy Halloween!

Friday 13 September 2013

Term time opening hours

From 16th September, the library will be open at the following times:

Monday - Wednesday
9:00am to 9:00pm
9:00am to 5:15pm
9:00am to 5:00pm

The library will also be open on Saturdays on the run up to the exams.

Readers who need to use the library on Thursday evenings, and on Saturdays when the library is not open, can access other DIT libraries. Click here for their opening hours

Thursday 5 September 2013

Grand reopening

The library is reopening on Friday September 6th following maintenance and painting work.

Along with other improvements, there are now electrical sockets on or beside each desk space so you can plug in or recharge your laptop while using the library.

We apologise for the disruption but we hope you will be pleased with the improvements.

Tuesday 13 August 2013

Library maintenance

DIT Cathal Brugha St library is being redecorated from the 19th August to 6th September. There will be limited access to the library's facilities.

Students and staff can request books from a member of library staff who will be available at the entrance to the library. The computer rooms will be open on the fourth floor of the college as normal, and a classroom near the library will be made available to students who wish to study in the building.

For further updates please check the blog and twitter.

The library can also be contacted on cbs.library@dit.ie or you can call us on 01 402 4424.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Friday 2 August 2013

August Bank Holiday

DIT Cathal Brugha St library will be closed for the bank holiday on Monday, 5th August.

The library will reopen on Tuesday, 6th August. Summer opening hours will apply.

Summer Opening Hours - Cathal Brugha St Library

Thursday 11 July 2013

Maintenance work

Maintenance work will be carried out in DIT Cathal Brugha Street Library over the next two weeks (15th-26th July). The library will remain open but there may be some issues with noise and some areas of the library will have to be closed.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Friday 21 June 2013

State visits and diplomatic dining

Elaine Mahon, a DIT Cathal Brugha St student who recently completed her BA in Culinary Arts, has had two articles on John F Kennedy's visit to Ireland in 1963 published in the Irish Independent. She was also interviewed on the subject of diplomatic dining by Neil Delamere on Mooney on RTÉ Radio1.

Elaine's final year thesis, Eating for Ireland: An investigation into Ireland's diplomatic dining since the inception of the state, concentrated on three major diplomatic events in Irish history; the Eucharistic Congress in 1932, President Kennedy's visit in 1963, and Queen Elizabeth II's visit in 2011. You can now read A French chef, fine china... and beef!, Elaine's piece on the state dinner and reception given in honour of JFK, and About the little known dining club..., her article on the now defunct Civil Service Dining Club, by clicking on the links above or by searching for them on the Irish Independent website.

For more on the fascinating subject of state visits and diplomatic dining you can listen to Elaine's interview on Mooney by accessing the podcast here.

Friday 31 May 2013

Summer Opening Hours

The library will be closed for the bank holiday on Monday 3rd June.

Summer opening hours will be in place from Tuesday 4th June until term begins in September. The hours will be:
Monday - Friday
9:30 to 5:15

Wednesday 22 May 2013

Don't forget your library books!

The exams are nearly over and it won't be long before students can head off on their summer holidays. However, every year some students forget to leave their library books back after the exams only to return in September to discover that they have to pay huge library fines.

Not only that, if you're graduating this year, the DIT reserves the right not to allow students owing fees to participate in the graduation ceremony. This includes library fines and overdue books.

So please try to remember to return your library books after the exams.

Friday 3 May 2013

May Bank Holiday

DIT Cathal Brugha St library will be closed for the bank holiday on May 6th.

However, the library will be open on Saturday May 4th from 10am to 5pm, and will be open as normal from Tuesday May 7th onwards.

Monday 29 April 2013

Saturday Opening in Cathal Brugha Street Library

To facilitate students studying for exams, DIT Cathal Brugha Street Library will be open from 10am to 5pm on the following Saturdays:
4 May
11 May
18 May

Please note that hours may change at short notice due to staff shortages. Please phone if you plan visiting the library on a Saturday.

To see the Saturday schedule for all of the DIT libraries click here.

Friday 5 April 2013

Call for food entrepreneurs

Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland, and Teagasc have come together to set up Foodworks, a programme to foster new Irish food export businesses. Standards are high to get onto the programme, amongst other things you must have a track record in business, or be part of a team of entrepreneurs one of whom has experience in the food industry; be able to show that your product is new or innovative in the food industry; and be able to show that there is an export market for your product. A full list of eligibility criteria is available here.

However, once on the programme, successful applicants will have access to all Bord Bia's consumer research, receive one to one mentoring, and visit an overseas market in the process of developing and sense checking their idea. They will also be given support in validating their product through access to research and development expertise, pilot scale production facilities, food incubation units and product testing. The final stage will involve testing the product's commercial viability, consumer value, and export potential, resulting in a detailed and financially sound business plan.

Stage one of the programme has already started but Foodworks is still accepting applications for stage two of the programme. For more information see the Foodworks website.

Wednesday 27 March 2013

Classes for chocolatiers

As they munch their way through their Easter eggs this weekend, budding chocolatiers might be interested to know that the Lorge Chocolatier School, based in Kenmare Co. Kerry, is currently running one and two day classes on making chocolate. The school offers a range of courses, from beginner to professional classes, that cover everything from the history of chocolate to marketing strategies for future businesses. The classes are expensive (the one-day 'pro chocolate course' costs €180) but they are limited to four students per class and given by Master Chocolatier Benoit Lorge.

For more information email info@lorge.ie

Friday 15 March 2013

Easter Opening Hours at Cathal Brugha St Library

DIT Cathal Brugha St Library will be open over Easter as follows:

9am - 9pm
26th March
9am - 9pm
27th March
9am - 9pm
28th March
9am - 1pm
29th March
1st April
2nd April
9am - 9pm
3rd April
9am - 9pm
4th April
9am - 5:30pm
5th April
9am - 5pm

Happy Easter!

Tuesday 12 March 2013

St Patrick's day long weekend

The library will be closed on Monday 18th March for the St Patrick's day bank holiday. We will be open again as normal on Tuesday 19th March. Opening hours for that week will be as follows:

Monday 18th        Closed
Tuesday 19th        9am to 9pm
Wednesday 20th   9am to 9pm
Thursday 21st       9am to 5:30pm
Friday 22nd          9am to 5pm

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Monday 11 March 2013

Culinary Arts lecturer and students on Six One News

Culinary Arts Lecturer, Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire, along with students, David Malone and David Kelly, and former Cathal Brugha St student Pádraic Óg Gallagher, the Chef/Owner of Gallagher's Boxty House, were interviewed last week on RTE Six One News about the reintroduction to the retail market of the Irish lumper potato.

The Irish lumper potato was widely cultivated in Ireland during the first half of the nineteenth century and by the 1840s Irish farmers had become massively dependent on the potato. After potato blight caused a series of crop failures, and ultimately the Great Famine of 1845-52 during which a over a million people died, the lumper potato ceased to be cultivated in Ireland.

Now, Michael McKillop of Glens of Antrim Potatoes, who became interested in the history of the lumper potato seven years ago, has reintroduced it to the retail market and it will be available from March 11th.

To see the item on Six One News click here.

Thursday 14 February 2013

UCC molecular gastronomy workshop

University College Cork are running a one day workshop on molecular gastronomy on 21st February. Speakers will include Ross Lewis (Chapter One Restaurant, Dublin), Professor Herve This (AgroParis Tech, Paris), Professor Jorge Ruiz (University of Extremadura, Spain), Dr Juan Valverde (Teagasc), and Quico Sosa (Sosa, Spain). Click here for more information on the workshop.

Students of molecular gastronomy will be aware that Prof Herve This is one of the world's leading experts on molecular gastronomy. He has written a number of books on the subject which are available in the library, for a list of Prof This' books click here.

There is also an article in today's Irish Times about the upcoming workshop. Click here for the article.

Thursday 7 February 2013


A number of relevant e-books have recently been uploaded onto the DIT library catalogue.

They are:

Atrill, P. Financial management for decision makers, 6th ed.

Coles, T. Student’s guide to writing dissertations and theses in tourism studies and related disciplines

Cooper, C. Contemporary tourism, 2nd ed.

Davis, B. Food and beverage management, 5th ed

Hall, C. Food tourism around the world

Larkin, E. How to run a great hotel

Medlik, S. Dictionary of travel, tourism and hospitality 3rd ed

Nickson, D. Human resource management for the hospitality and tourism industries

Rimmington, M. Entrepreneurship in the hospitality, tourism and leisure industries

Wirzba, N. Food and faith

These can be accessed via an author or title search on the library catalogue at http://library.dit.ie/

Users accessing these books from home will need to supply their student number and a PIN code.