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.  Third Monday of the month. Please note date change for November:  27 November from 10.15am - 12 noon, instead of 20 November.
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 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.

Ridiculous! - a performance

The ArkThursday 26 April at 3.30pm in Central Library.

The Ark presents RIDICULOUS!

Whether you’re as big as a house or as small as a shoe, strap on your custard wings and tune your gnu! We have 40 RIDICULOUS minutes for you! Performers Darina Gallagher and Sinead Murphy will take you on a journey through crazy poems, silly songs and nonsense verse from some of the best loved children’s’ poets. Featuring work from Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, James Joyce, E E Cummings, Shel Silverstein, Spike Milligan, Tom Lehrer, Jack Prelutsky, Marriott Edgar and Pat Ingoldsby. This is a performance that will be loved by both adults and children alike. Suitable for children aged 6+. The event is free. Booking is recommended.

Suffragette’s Green Walking Tour

Suffragists at Dublin CastleSunday 15 April at 11am and 1pm (Apologies, both tours are now fully booked)

Suffragette’s Green: a walking tour of Stephen’s Green and its environs, exploring the local area connections with the Irish suffrage movement.



Suffrage in the Suburbs Walking Tour

Nothing for their paneseSunday 15 April at 3pm. Meet outside Rathmines Library. Apologies, the tour on 15 April is fully booked.

Suffrage in the Suburbs: a walking tour of Rathmines and its environs, exploring the local area connections with the Irish suffrage movement. Tour will be delivered by Maeve Casserly, Dublin City Council Historian in Residence.

Doing their Bit: Irish Women and First World War

Dublin womenApril at The Dublin Room, Dublin City Library and Archive

From working in munitions factories, V.A.D. nursing, supporting the war effort through charitable works, and leading the anti-conscription movement, World War 1 led to a multitude of different experiences for Irish women. The exhibition draws on the collections of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive and other material held at Dublin City Library and Archive to explore different aspects of these experiences and how they were impacted by class, religion and political persuasion. 

Musical Tales

1 City 1 Book: Long Gaze BackMonday April 23 at 1pm in the Music Library, Central Library and at 6pm in Rathmines Library

Concert presenting works ranging from the songs of Ina Boyle almost 130 years ago to some of today’s leading young composers from Ireland to mirror the chronological survey of the Long Gaze Back.

Solo and ensemble pieces and short interviews with some of the composers about the pieces being performed.

Emerging Artists feat. Cult Called Man & The Motives

Emerging ArtistsSaturday 21 April from 2.30pm to 4.30pm in The Music Library, Central Library

As part of The Music Library's Emerging Artists series, Dublin City Public Libraries presents Cult Called Man and The Motives for an afternoon of music, song and chat.

Both bands will play a 30 minute set and take part in a Q&A with the audience, with compere Marky Edison (Musos’ Guide). Both acts will then play a set together to close the show, showcasing the MusicTown spirit of collaboration.

NEW! Learn to Play the Violin for Free

ViolinMarch - April in Donaghmede and Rathmines Libraries

A free beginner 8 week course on learning the violin will take place at Donaghmede and Rathmines libraries in Spring 2018.  Violins & tutorial books will be provided to all learners who are members of the group.

Around the Table Exhibition

Around the TableApril in Rathmines Library

Around the Table, a Dublin Culture Connects project about food in Dublin connected with communities old and new across Dublin’s historic Central Area. An exhibition of photographs, taken by artist Jeanette Lowe over a five-month period as part of Dublin’s Culture Connects: National Neighbourhood, will be on view in the Central Library (Ilac Centre) until the end of June. This project worked collaboratively with communities, artists and The National Library of Ireland tracing the passage of food from the docks to the markets and from our streets to our tables.

The images on display reflect strong communities built on camaraderie and loyalty forged through work, through shared interests and passions, through family ties and through networks of support. They reflect the life generated by the food we buy, cook and share moving through the city.