Lord Mayor's Certificate in Local Studies, 2017-2018

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Bang Bang*** The Lord Mayor's Certificate course in Local Studies 2017-18 is now full and not taking any more applications.   ***

However there are still places on the Certificate in Oral History. (11 August 2017)

The Lord Mayor's Certificate in Local Studies is offered by Dublin City Council as part of its commitment to life-long learning.  The course examines the local dimension of Ireland’s past and is presented in a lively and accessible manner.  Classes are held on Tuesday evenings to facilitate attendance by a broad range of people.

Commencing in September 2017, the Lord Mayor's Certificate in Local Studies will be taught at Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.  The closing date for applications is 5.00 p.m. on Friday 1 September 2017. See the following form:-

Local Studies Course Details (pdf, 777kb)

Local Studies Course Details (MS Word, 54kb)

Local Studies Course Brochure (pdf, 716kb)

Course Aims

The course gives participants a formal and practical training in how to carry out research in local studies, with an emphasis on the history and heritage of local places, and how to write up their findings in the form of a dissertation.

Course Duration

The course consists of 100 hours part-time from September 2017 to March 2018.  This comprises 77 hours of class-based tuition; a presentation of the holdings of Dublin City Library & Archive; and two full-day field trips.

Course Content

Section 1: Overview and background

  • An introduction to academic and community-based local studies in Ireland
  • Comparative traditions in other countries
  • Contemporary developments and challenges in the field of local studies

Section 2: Sources for Local Studies

  • Introduction to primary and secondary sources
  • Guidelines for critical appraisal of sources
  • Guidance on location and consultation of selected major sources

Section 3: Presenting Local Studies

  • Writing conventions
  • Oral and visual presentations
  • Fieldwork

Course Conventions

Conventions in place for the course will include Dublin City Council's Customer Charter and Code of Conduct for members of the public.  Copies of both documents are available on request, e-mail cityarchives@dublincity.ie

Who should apply?

The course will appeal primarily to people who have an active interest in local history and who would like to research a particular topic for a dissertation.  Topics don’t have to be based on Dublin – other places in Ireland are very feasible and welcome. Topics based on locations outside Ireland may also be considered.

Course Assessment Procedures

Participants will be required to:

  • Attend a minimum of 80% of classes
  • Prepare a dissertation containing between 3,500 and 5,000 words and submit this to the Course Tutor by the end of May 2018
  • Complete an in-class test set by the Course Tutor

Course Venue

The Certificate in Local Studies will be taught at Dublin City Library & Archive in Pearse Street. Dublin City Library & Archive consists of the Dublin & Irish Local Studies Library, along with the Dublin City Archives, which together contain historic collections of civic and national importance, providing unique and unrivalled public access to all aspects of Dublin’s multi-faceted history. 

Course Tutor

The Course Tutor for the Certificate in Local Studies at Dublin City Library & Archive will be Dr. Séamas O Maitiú.   Séamas O Maitiú holds an MA in Local History and was awarded a Ph.D. by the National University of Ireland for his thesis on the development of the Dublin suburbs in the 19th century.   For many years a secondary school teacher, he has lectured in UCD, NUI Maynooth and in other third-level colleges.


  • The fee is Euro 550 payable by cheque or bank draft made out to Dublin City Council. Receipts will be issued for all cheques/bank drafts received.  The course is subsidised by Dublin City Council; fees charged are essential to cover teaching expenses.
  • NOTE: In order for the course to proceed, a minimum of 12 participants will be required.  If the course does not proceed, cheques/bank drafts will be refunded.
  • An upper limit of 16 participants will apply.  Applicants will be given places on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to receipt of completed application form and cheque or bank draft for fees made out to Dublin City Council.
  • Please note: At present, tax relief is not allowed by the Revenue Commissioners in respect of fees paid for a one-year course of duration at or under 100 hours.  Fees paid in respect of the Certificate in Local Studies are not therefore eligible for tax relief.


Dublin City Council will offer two Bursaries in part-payment of fees for students taking the Certificate in Local Studies at Dublin City Library & Archive for the academic year 2017-2018.   Persons employed by Dublin City Council or employed by the public service are not eligible for these Bursaries. 

Closing date for applications for Bursaries is 5.00 p.m. on Friday 25 August 2017.

Presentation of Certificates

A ceremony for presentation of Lord Mayor's Certificates in Local Studies 2017-2018 will be held in December 2018.

Lord Mayor's Prize

Students taking the Certificate in Local Studies at Dublin City Library & Archive 2017-2018 will be eligible for the Lord Mayor’s Prize, which is awarded for the best dissertation submitted by that class.  The Lord Mayor's Prize will be presented during the ceremonial presentation of Certificates in December 2018.

Local Alumni Group

Students who have completed the Lord Mayor’s Certificate in Local Studies will be eligible to join the Local Alumni Group, which has been in operation at Dublin City Library & Archive for some years.  Membership of this group is free of charge.  Evening meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month.  Members give papers based on their research in a supportive setting; outings are arranged from time to time.

Course Timetable

Classes will take place on Tuesday evenings from September 2017 until April 2018 starting at 5.30 p.m. and concluding at 8.00 p.m.

19 Sept - 26 Sept - 3 Oct - 10 Oct - 17 Oct - 24 Oct - 31 Oct - 7 Nov - 14 Nov - 21 Nov - 28 Nov - 5 Dec

16 Jan - 23 Jan - 30 Jan - 6 Feb - 13 Feb - 20 Feb -27 Feb - 6 March - 13 March - 27 March



i wish to apply for a place on the local studies course. I completed the oral history course succesfully last year. I also wish to apply for a bursary as I am living on the pension.
My interest is in local authority housing specifically that in Marino d3

Thank-you for your interest Patricia. You are most welcome to apply for the Lord Mayor's Certificate in Local Studies, 2017-2018. Please follow the instructions listed in the Course Details attachments above and if you have any further queries please email cityarchives@dublincity.ie

Hello , I would like to apply for a place on the Lord mayors certificate in local studies oral history .

Hi, thanks for your enquiry.

There are still a small number of spaces available on the Lord Mayor's Certificate in Oral History course. Applications are processed on a  'first come, first served' basis. Email cityarchives@dublincity.ie if you require any further information, see also http://www.dublincity.ie/story/lord-mayors-certificate-oral-history-2017...

The Lord Mayor's Certificate course in Local Studies is now full and not taking any more applications.

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