Historians in Residence – exciting new public history project in Dublin City Council

Dublin City Council has put history and communities at the heart an innovative new project which builds on last year’s commemoration of the 1916 Rising. The centenary of the Rising saw unprecedented engagement with history in the city as hundreds of thousands of citizens, visitors and community groups remembered this pivotal moment in our history.  Now Dublin City Council has recruited six Historians-in-Residence to build on this enormous public interest in history. The historians are working across the city and are talking history with the general public, community groups and schools from now until January 2018 and can be contacted at commemorations@dublicity.ie
The six historians are Darragh Gannon, Maeve Casserly, Cathy Scuffil, Brian Hanley, Cormac Moore and Donal Fallon and they bring a wealth of knowledge, research and public engagement to this project. They will give talks and tours, will lead walks and workshops, write blog posts and books and help communities to research their local area and showcase the findings.  Decoding street names, photographing local monuments and memorials, meeting history groups, quizzes, debates and oral history projects are just some of the topics that have engaged them so far.
To begin, the historians are delivering a three-part lecture series on the Irish Revolution, 1917-1923 in June in libraries across the city. With 38 lectures in total on offer in 14 libraries across the city, topics covered include “Dublin in 1917”, “What was the War of Independence?” and “What was the Civil War?”. All the lectures are free and have been attracting wide interest, you can attend the series or each lecture stands alone.  
The Historians-in-Residence project will be managed by Dublin City Public Libraries. Dublin City Librarian, Margaret Hayes said: “I am delighted to welcome these historians to Dublin City Council to continue the work under the Decade of Commemorations and to champion history in Dublin and its neighbourhoods where they will work with communities, schools and families on local history and stories. The City’s Library & Archives Service is custodian of amazing collections of documents, manuscripts and artefacts, all of which add to the memory of Dublin for its citizens, and the historians will be promoting these collections in the course of their work.”
One historian is based in each of the administrative areas of the city.  Further details on the project and on the lecture series in June:  http://www.dublincity.ie/decadeofcommemorations
Historians are available for interview and can be followed on Twitter @DubHistorians

Photos available on request.
Notes to the Editor
The following historians are based in the following administrative areas of Dublin City:
North Central Area. Historian in Residence is Cormac Moore.
Raheny Library on Monday 12th, 19th and 26th June at 6.30pm.
Coolock Library on Tuesday 13th, 20th and 27th June at 6.30pm
Marino Library on Wednesday 14th, 21st and 28th June at 6.30pm.
Donaghmede Library on Thursday 15th, 22nd and 29th June at 6.30pm.
South East Area. Historian in Residence is Maeve Casserly.
Rathmines Library on Monday 12th, 19th and 26th June at 6pm.
Ringsend Library on Wednesday 28th June at 6.30pm. Dublin After the Rising: 1916-1918 and the rise of Irish nationalism (single lecture)
South Central Area. Historian in Residence is Cathy Scuffil
Walkinstown Library on 14th, 21st, 28th June at 7pm
Inchicore Library on 19th June at 6.30pm. Dublin in 1917 (single lecture)
Central Area. Historian in Residence is Dr. Darragh Gannon
Drumcondra Library on Thursday 15th, 22nd and 29th June at 6.30pm.
Phibsboro' Library on Monday  19th, 26th June and 3rd July at 6.30pm
Central Library on Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd June at 1pm.

North West Area. Historian in Residence is Donal Fallon
Cabra Library on Wednesday 28th June, 5th July and 12th July at 6.30pm
Ballymun Library on Tuesday 27th June and 4th and 11th July at 6.30pm
Dublin City Library and Archive, Historian in Residence is Dr. Brian Hanley
Lunchtime lectures in Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street on  Monday 12th, 19th, 26th June at 1.10pm