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.
Monday 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.
Wednesday 25 October from 2pm - 4.30pm at Dublin City Library and Archive
Remembering Life in Jacob’s Biscuit Factory in association with Dublin City Library and Archive & Valeo Foods.
Did you work for Jacob’s at either the Bishop Street or Tallaght factory?
Our first event was fully booked so we have now organised a second event for former employees of Jacob’s Biscuit Factory! We are inviting former employees from Jacob’s Biscuit Factory to join us at Dublin City Library and Archive for a special event on 25 October from 2pm - 4.30pm. The afternoon will include talks, an opportunity to share stories and memorabilia from your working life, and a visit to our exhibition Jacob’s Biscuit Factory & Dublin: An Assorted History.
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.
Thomas Ashe and his Comrades – the Volunteers of the Fingal Brigade, 1916 –17 le Seosamh Ó Maolalaí
Fuair Tomás Ághas bás céad bliain ó shin. Sa léacht seo tabharfar léargas ar a shaol, ar an bpáirt a ghlac sé i gCath Chill Dhéagláin agus an tréimhse a chaith sé fé ghlas ag Gallaibh. Déanfar trácht chomh maith ar shochraid Ághais i Reilig Ghlasnaíon agus an tábhacht a bhain leis an sochraid sin. (Dá-theangach).
This is the 100th anniversary of the death of Tomás Ashe. This lecture will look at his life and death including the Battle of Ashbourne, imprisonment, his funeral in Glasnevin Cemetery and its significance. (Bi-lingual).
Wednesday 11 October at 6.00pm in Dublin City Library and Archive, 138 - 144 Pearse Street.
The Kearneys – a father and two sons – were hanged together in Bohernabreena c. 1815 in a public spectacle that drew thousands. But there may have been a miscarriage of justice and this talk with John Fitzgerald will reveal some of the facts behind the folklore surrounding their conviction and execution. No booking required. All welcome on a first come, first served basis.
Thursday 12 October at 1.10pm in Dublin City Library and Archive, 138 to 144 Pearse Street.
Hosted by Georgina Laraghy, this talk with will look at the various state and charitable provisions made for the poor of Dublin in the post-Famine period exploring the workhouses, the night shelters and the Mansion House Relief Committee which provided for the people of Dublin and beyond during the ‘Little Famine’ of 1880 –1881. No booking required. All welcome on a first come, first served basis.