Family History and Genealogy Advice Service

Family treeMonthly in Donaghmede and Raheny Libraries.
Find out how to go about tracing your family tree, with an advice session presented by Margaret Bonar and Betty Craven.

Donaghmede Library host the advice session on the 3rd Monday of every month in the afternoons.

Raheny Library's Family History and Genealogy advice service. Meets the third Monday of the month (10.15am - 12 noon.)
To book, ring 087 6491605, email impossibleancestors@gmail.com

All are welcome and admission is free.  Booking is essential with Margaret Bonar at T. 087 6491605.

Book Clubs for Children

The New PolicemanThere are children's book clubs in branch libraries across the city, namely Ballymun, Ballyfermot, Cabra, Coolock, Donaghmede, Finglas, Pembroke (Ballsbridge), Raheny, Rathmines and Walkinstown libraries. Dates and times listed below may vary so it is advisable to check with the library in advance if wanting to participate in a Book Club.

The members of most clubs choose a book to read and get together every 3-4 weeks to discuss it. The library provides the books of course. Library staff often research the authors and books as a background to the discussion. Some clubs offer members the chance to come along and talk about the book they are reading currently - these clubs can take place more often as there is no set book to read.

Looking for reading inspiration? Check out Who Next...? A guide to children's books and recommended children's books on our library blog.

What in the World?

Kevin Street Library, 16-31 January  

The exhibition What in the World?  50 countries in 50 stories, is taken from the RTE Television series of the same name. The exhibition features compelling human rights stories using still photographs, quotations from people featured in the films along with a montage of footage from the series. The issues highlighted reflects the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, a set of 17 goals which were co-facilitated by Ireland as a path to a more sustainable future. 

Minecraft Meets City Planning

Charleville Mall Library, Saturday 15 February at 2.30pm

Walkinstown Library, Saturday 7 March at 2.30pm

Plan and create your own neighbourhood in a shared Minecraft world. Workshop suitable for children aged 12- 14 years old. Part of STEMsational Saturdays at Your Library series.

World Braille Day at the Central Library

Louis BrailleCentral Library, Saturday 4th January, 10am - 3pm

In celebration of World Braille Day, there will be display of Braille material and also an opportunity to experience a "hands on" Braille activity such as making your own name in Braille format.

This is as a drop-in activity ( no booking necessary) facilitated by INBAF, the Irish National Braille and Alternative Formats Association at the  Central Library, Ilac Centre from 10-3pm Saturday 4th January. All ages welcome.

Percy French - 100th Anniversary of his death

Walkinstown Library, Wednesday 22 January at 6.30pm  

Pearse Street Library, Wednesday 29 January at 6.30pm 

Percy French is best known as a writer of humorous songs, but was also active as an editor, writer, poet, painter and stage entertainer.  He left a rich legacy of songs, many of which were inspired by the characters and places he encountered on his travels around Ireland. The performance will celebrate the life of Percy French, his music and poetry, in the week of the 100th anniversary of his death. Performed by leading exponents of Percy French's music: Toni Walsh (soprano), Bryan Murray (actor), and Teresa O'Donnell (harp).  

Ray Keogh - A Football Life

Drumcondra Library, Tuesday 21 January at 6.30pm  

Ray Keogh was one of the star players for a Drumcondra team that captured the imagination of Irish football fans in the 1960s as they played out a storied rivalry with Shamrock Rovers. Apert from being a skilful attacking player for Drums, Ray was a trailblazer of another sort as he was likely the first black player to play in the League of Ireland. Sports historian Gerard Farrell presents this talk based on archival research and conversations with Ray and his family.  

Christmas Concert with Rathmines DIT Trad Ensemble

Rathmines Library, Monday 16 December at 1.10pm   

Join members of the Rathmines DIT Trad Ensemble for this special lunchtime concert. The students will perform traditional favourites and some with a special Christmas twist.  All welcome. 

Christmas Carol Concert

Cabra Library, Monday 16 December at 1.15pm   

A special lunchtime Christmas Carol Concert with students from St. Dominic's College, Cabra. A mix of traditional carols and some with a more modern twist. A perfect lunchtime treat to set the mood for Christmas.  All welcome.  

Pavee Roads Home Exhibition

Finglas Library, Tuesday 10-Monday 23 December

Pavee Roads Home ia an innovative project designed by a group of Traveller men exploring cultural identity through research and personal history. The men, who are part of the Men's Health Programme at Pavee Point took a number of months to document the history and journey of their families from when they travelled the roads to when they arrived in Dublin. The men worked on developing their family trees. Thery had to collect and research the information from older members of the family - as some Traveller births and deaths were not registered.