Cork County Library and Arts Service is supporting “the gathering Ireland 2013 programme” with the launch of a set of postcards, depicting scenes of towns in Cork County past and present. The postcards will be launched by the County Mayor in LHQ, Cork County Library HQ, Carrigrohane Rd on Monday 11th February 2013 at 2.00pm. The postcard project, an initiative of County and City Libraries nationwide, features scenes from the past alongside a photograph of the exact same location as it is today. Cork County Library and Arts Service have chosen six photographs from their collections and produced a “Then and Now Postcard” for each of the towns of Charleville, Clonakilty, Cobh, Mallow, Rosscarbery and Youghal. The Gathering Ireland 2013 is an initiative promoting our country to the Diaspora living in all parts of the world and the postcards can be used to invite friends and relations living abroad to visit Ireland during 2013. As part of the launch on Monday 11th February, former County architect and current Tidy Town’s adjudicator, Mr Billy Houlihan, will give a short talk on the past, present and future of the six selected towns and the changes they have seen throughout the years. If you would like to invite someone from abroad back to Ireland during the year of the Gathering, the postcards will be available from mid February (in plenty time for St Patrick’s Day!) at branch libraries in Charleville, Clonakilty, Cobh, Mallow and Youghal as well as our Library HQ on Carrigrohane Rd Cork They will also be available on the West Cork Mobile library, which visits Rosscarbery every Tuesday from 2.30 – 4.00pm. The postcards were launched by the County Mayor, Cllr Barbara Murray yesterday.