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.

Soccer Players and the Irish Revolution

Ballyfermot Library, Wednesday 12 February at 6.30pm  

Among the notable sporting casualties of historical myopia are Ireland’s revolutionary soccer players, whose stories have only recently received their due attention. What was it like to be a soccer-playing revolutionary, what influenced their choice of sport, and to what extent did their past-time reflect their political and cultural outlooks, if at all? This case-study examines these prepositions in order to shed some light on the experience of Irish soccer players within the revolutionary movements of the War of Independence and Irish Civil War.
Hosted by Aaron O Maonaigh as part of Euro 20 Dublin Football History Legacy project.  

Exploring the Aran Knit - Presentation and Practical Workshop

Walkinstown Library, Saturday 22 February 10.15am-12.45pm  

Vawn Corrigan is the author of Irish Aran: History, Tradition, Fashion ( O Brien Press 2019 ).  She will explore the fascinating stories around Aran, travelling through the years with wonderful images illustrating how the Aran sweater came to be a marker of Irishness across the world. Textile artist Marja Almqvist will demonstrate using her own-designed hat pattern which features a great combination of Aran stitches.  

Joanna Trollope in Conversation

Pearse Street Library, Thursday 27 February at 6pm ***Apologies, this event is now fully booked***

Dublin City Libraries, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Mantle Books present Joanna Trollope in conversation with Madeleine Keane, Sunday Independent Literary Editor. They will discuss Joanna's writing career and in particular her new book Mum and Dad.  In her new novel, Sunday Times number one bestseller Joanna Trollope explores the issues at the heart of a modern family with her trademark wit and warmth. Followed by book signing.

A Bridge Over Troubled Waters - Seamus Heaney and the politics of the North

Rathmines Library, Monday 27 January at 6pm  

A talk on the relation between the poetry of Seamus Heaney and the politics of the North. Hosted by Sophie Doyle from the Listen Now Again exhibition. A partnership project between the NLI, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Bank of Ireland, the exhibition draws on the National Library’s extensive archive of Heaney documents and features Heaney’s original manuscripts as well as letters, unpublished works, diary entries, photographs, note books, and multi-media recordings.  Sophie will draw on archive material from the display in the course of her presentation.  

Passports, Pilots and Planes: a history of Dublin Airport

Raheny Library; Thursday 27 February at 6.30pm

Dublin Airport, or Collinstown Airport as it was originally known, is 80 years old this year but the site has an aviation history stretching as far back as 1917. This talk focuses on how Dublin Airport has developed from one flight a day on grass runways to the European Union's 11th largest airport and Ireland's gateway to the world.  

Stress Management

Cabra Library, Thursday 12 March at 6.30pm

Drawing upon a cognitive behavioural approach to stress management, attendees will gain an understanding of what stress is, of the lifestyle factors that cause it, and of its physical and psychological effects. With an introduction to skills and strategies for combating stress effectively, attendees will gain an insight in how to increase one's potential to live with greater fulfilment and enjoyment. 

Introduction to Mindfulness

Drumcondra Library, Thursday 27 February at 6.30pm  

In this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of what minfulness is and learn to identify ways in which to embrace mindfulness in everyday tasks. Attendees will develop an awareness on the postive effect that mindulness practice can have on our wellbeing.