Autumn Programme

Concepts of American Freedom

America FlagMondays 6, 13 and 20 November at 6.15pm in Rathmines Library

Concepts of American Freedom is a series of talks by Historian Cecelia Hartsell.

  • Monday 6 November 6.15pm -  What the Declaration Declared: The American Revolution and Freedom
  • Monday 13 November  6.15pm - The Second American Revolution: The Road to the Civil War
  • Monday 20 November  6.15pm - The Civil Rights Movement: Integration and American Identity

Swift 350 - celebrating Jonathan Swift's life and legacy.

Swift 350Swift 350 - Illustrated talks in November.

Jonathan Swift was born in Dublin on 30 November 1667 and is the author of Gulliver’s Travels, the most popular Irish book ever written. To celebrate Swift’s life and legacy, Dublin City Public Libraries will have a programme of talks, exhibition and events as part of a citywide programme for Swift 350 Festival.

In a series of illustrated talks Brendan Twomey will describe and celebrate the complexity of Swift’s life, his personality and works unfolding the story of a clergyman, philanthropist, and writer. In addition Enda Leaney, Senior Librarian will give a brief overview of the Dublin City Library & Archives’ extensive Swift Collections, including first editions of Swift’s works, illustrated children’s editions, and rare items relating to the life and work of Jonathan Swift, including Wood’s Halfpenny.

Join us to find out about the man and ‘the brand’, a Dubliner of world renowned status, a celebrity now as he was 350 years ago.  All the talks are free. Booking is essential.

Halloween at Walkinstown Library

HalloweenTuesday 31 October at 2.30pm in Walkinstown Library

Join us for a special No Strings Puppet Show suitable for children up to 6 years old.

Bookings: Walkinstown Library.

These Lives of Jazz Musicians

musicMonday 13 November at 1pm in The Music Library, Central Library

Enjoy this solo performance and talk by Czech guitarist Peter Moc. Peter will perform his own arrangements of compositions by American jazz icon Duke Ellington. Duke Ellington was a composer, pianist and a bandleader, who had a big impact on shaping and directing course of jazz music for decades.
Admission is free. Booking is essential.

Exhibitions on Display for October

Exhibitions will be displayed in Ballyfermot, Ballymun, Cabra, Charleville Mall, Coolock, Dublin City Library & Archive, Raheny and Walkinstown Libraries

  • Ballyfermot Library - Art Exhibition by Will Nolan – Portraits & Landscapes
  • Ballymun Library - Ballymun Painting Group – Art Exhibition
  • Cabra Library - St Josephs Adult Learning Art Exhibition
  • Coolock Library - Central Remedial Clinic's Art Exhibition
  • Coolock Library - Donnycarney Family Support Service - Childrens Art Piece   - for children.
  • Dublin City Library & Archive - Jacob's Biscuit Factory & Dublin:  An Assorted History (8 September - 28 October)
  • Raheny Library - Raheny Camera Club Exhibition
  • Raheny Library - HSE Dublin North City Rehab Team Art Exhibition
  • Raheny Library - Dublin After the Rising, 1916-1918 – developed by Glasnevin Trust & funded by Irish Research Council - to Friday 13 October.
  • Rathmines Library - Dublin After the Rising, 1916-1918 – developed by Glasnevin Trust & funded by Irish Research Council - from Tuesday 17 to Friday 27 October
  • Rathmines Library - Paul Abell Art Exhibition from Thursday 12 to Saturday 14 October
  • Walkinstown Library - Photographic Exhibition of Crumlin

City Hall Autumn Lunchtime Talks: Ireland and The Russian Revolutions

Russian Revoltuion 1917A series of lunchtime talks at Dublin City Hall curated by Francis Devine to commemorate the Russian Revolution of 1917. Courtesy

All are welcome. Admission free: Maximum number 130 persons so come early to get a seat; doors open 12.30p.m. Bring your own headphones for enhanced sound

Tuesday 24 October at 1pm – 1.50pm - The Czarist Crown Jewels and the Irish State with Dr Michael Quinn, Author and Historian

Tuesday 31 October at 1pm – 1.50pm - The Russian Revolutions: Cultural reactions in Ireland with Prof Justin Doherty, Dept. of Russian, TCD

Series curated by Francis Devine. Organised by Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street Dublin 2

Open House: Dublin City Library & Archive tours

Open HouseSaturday 14 October 11am to 4.30pm at Dublin City Library & Archive

Free 30 minute guided tours

The Library and Archive complex boldly stitches together ‘old’ and ‘new’ through the redevelopment of a 1909 building and the addition of a 21st century Library headquarters. The original building has interesting architectural features including a Mount Charles sandstone façade, portico, a Palladian window and triangular pediment. The 2003 extension consists of two adjoining late Georgian houses and a semi-circular glazed atrium, which was built to the rear. Material for the dramatic extension - steel metal decking, structural glazing and curtain walling - make an appropriate contrast with the old building, while the form echoes the curved industrial roofs of nearby Pearse Station.

First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers. This tour is not suitable for children. Photography is not allowed on this tour.

Open House: Free drawing workshop for children (8 – 14 years)

Open HouseSaturday 14 October from 2.30pm - 4pm at Dublin City Library & Archive NOTE: Event booked out, sorry!

How do you begin to draw what you see?

Using the canvas of Dublin City Library & Archive, Dublin City Council architects will share their tips on how they draw buildings.

Children will explore this building full of character and be inspired to draw aspects they find interesting.

The session will then end with a grand exposition of drawings. Part of Open House Dublin, 13-15 October 2017.

Thomas Ashe: his life and legacy

Thomas Ashe's FuneralMonday 25 September at 6.30pm in Raheny Library

Marking the 100th Anniversary of the death of Thomas Ashe, Cormac Moore (Historian-in-Residence, Dublin City Council) looks at Thomas Ashe's life and the impact his death and funeral at Glasnevin Cemetery had on the Irish Revolution.

This talk is free. Booking is recommended.