“Dublin: A Great Place To Start”

Parnell Square Cultural Quarter Digital Storytelling Project


Cllr. Janice Boylan, representing an tArdmhéara, Críona Ní Dhálaigh, and Dublin City Public Libraries are delighted to announce the launch of “Dublin: A Great Place to Start” digital storytelling project on Thursday, October 22nd at 6:45 in the Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, Dublin 1.

This project, which celebrates the City Library’s new start at Parnell Square, brings together stories of new starts in the city, celebrating the diversity and excitement of the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter. Participants from Ireland, Brazil, Somalia, Italy, Moldova and South Africa, working with our storytelling team, have created a unique collection of 11 short films which will be available to view on the project website www.parnellsquare.ie

These stories from past and present, capture a fascinating range of experiences in Dublin 1 - stories of first experiences in Dublin and seeing the city change with new life, new neighbours and new opportunities. Stories move from Nelson’s Pillar to Moore Street, from the Ha’penny Bridge in the rain to the dancehalls of Parnell Square and from Summerhill to North Great George’s Street.

Councillor Boylan remarked that, “Dublin City Council’s libraries are mentioned in several of the stories, as a point of contact, a resource for information and as a crucial ‘landing point’ for people starting out in the city.”

City Librarian, Margaret Hayes said, “This project was conceived to contribute to Dublin’s plans for a new City Library at the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter, a landmark destination at the northern point of Dublin’s ‘Civic Spine’. We’re very excited that the long-held ambition for a City Library will be realised here at Parnell Square, projected to open in 2020”

This development will involve the construction of a new and innovative Dublin City Library at this historic Georgian Square in the north inner city centre. The new City Library and the existing Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane will be connected by a civic plaza.

The new City Library will bring 21st century services to children and families, learners and researchers, readers and writers, workers and businesses with a space to learn, create and participate. It will celebrate the stories of Dublin through a new Storyhouse, showcasing Dublin’s place as a UNESCO City of Literature, a place for writers and readers.

We especially thank all participants for sharing their personal stories. They will receive copies of their films on the night and have an opportunity to meet each other and share their perspectives on the Dublin they know.


Photos will be circulated to picture desks by Jason Clarke Photography




Notes to the editor:


More information about the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter and City Library project may be found at www.parnellsquare.ie