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Muckross Hockey Club celebrates 100 years

Muckross Hockey ClubMuckross Hockey Club was founded in 1917 by the past pupils of Muckross Park College. Over the past 100 years it has won over 30 Leinster league titles, an unparalleled 29 Leinster Senior Jacqui Potter Cup wins, a strong representation at international and provincial level and a record seven past players inducted into the Irish Hockey Association Hall of Fame.

View Muckross Hockey Club Image Gallery.

The collection of 70 photographs includes material donated via international player Joan Priestman and was transferred to the Dublin City Sports Archive via Peter Agnew and the Irish Hockey Archive.

Love Leabhair Gaeilge an Nollag seo

Rita agus an Síog MhaithTá leabhair Ghaeilge den scoth le fáil i leabharlanna áirithe Bhaile Átha Cliath an Nollag seo i gcomhar le Love Leabhair Gaeilge.

Seo rogha de leabhair Ghaeilge le daoine óga a fháil ar iasacht:

Rita agus an tSíog Mhaith le Máire Zepf. Andrew Whitson a Mhaisigh. (An tSnáithid Mhór)

Is Cailín beag í Rita le smaointe móra. Nuair nach bhfuil fonn uirthi í féin a ghléasadh ar maidin,samhlaíonn sí go bhfuil Sióg Mhaith aicí.
Ní bheadh le déanamh ag an tSióg ach a slaitín draíochta a chroitheadh agus-sbhúis! Ach cad a tharlódh ansin?

A Merry Christmas from Nelson’s Head

PaintingThe British Navy was always proud to say that its best ships were crafted from Irish oak from Coolattin Woods in Co. Wicklow. As Admiral of the Fleet it was part of my remit to ensure that our ships remained seaworthy. They were sent in relays to dry-dock, where each vessel received ‘caulking’ – in other words any gaps in the hull were sealed with oakum, applied with a caulking gun – oakum is hemp fibre soaked in tar, and when properly applied it was fully water-repellent.  Ropes were checked for fraying and were replaced as necessary.  This painstaking work was carried out by the ship’s crew, who were trained especially for this work.   It is something akin to Spring-cleaning a house.

Healthy Ireland at Your Library

Healthy IrelandNew: Healthy Ireland at Your Library service is now available in all local libraries across the country. The programme will enhance current health information in public libraries by providing new books, e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines on health and wellbeing, a wider selection of health information for all users, and through a service delivered by trained library staff for this programme. Look out for special books collection, online health resources, programme of events from January to March with a focus on physical health, mental health and health literacy.

  • Health information - Guidance on access to information
  • Books on Health and Wellbeing: large collection of books on health and wellbeing
  • Online Health Information: eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines
  • Programmes and Events: talks, discussions and workshops relating to various health and wellbeing topics

Strategy for Public Libraries, Public Consultation

Minister RingThe Minister for Rural and Community Development, Mr. Michael Ring T.D., is seeking submissions in respect of the Government's new Public Library Strategy 2018-2022. The new Strategy will underpin the continued development of the public library system over the next five years and position the public library at the centre of the community, meeting the information, learning and cultural needs of individuals and communities. The new Strategy is being developed by the Department of Rural and Community Development, the Local Government Management Agency and Local Authorities.

Right: Minister Ring was joined by First Year students from Sandford Park School at Pearse Street Library in Dublin. (View larger image)

View an overview of the Strategy and relevant consultation documents

Embroidered postcards from First World War

WW1 Christmas postcardDCLA Manuscript of the Month December 2017:Embroidered postcards from First World War

Soldiers fighting at the Front welcomed any opportunity to write to their loved ones.  Seeing an opening, many individuals issued postcards for sale, including embroidered ones.  These were made by French and Belgian women many of whom had lost husbands and brothers in the war and welcomed this chance to make a little money.  The designs were picked out on gauze and worked in coloured silks to create an image.  The finished gauze was mounted on a cardboard frame and the postcard was then ready for sale.

Image right: Postcard with forget-me-nots and horse shoe theme: "With Greetings for Christmas and the New Year: Good Luck and Happy Days". Monica Roberts Collection, Ref. RDFA1.09.006cardA. (See larger version)

Irish Ramblers Club Archive

IRC badgeThe Irish Ramblers Club Archive is the newest addition to the Dublin City Sports Archives.  Since 2010, Dublin City Sports Archive has acquired material in written, visual and oral form, relating to a variety of sports and leisure activities from hockey, boxing, soccer, cycling, swimming and golf. The formal transfer of Irish Ramblers Club Archive was marked by a reception at Dublin City Library and Archive on 23rd November 2017, which included a talk by club historian Jack Morrissey and a poetry reading by first club president Sean Quinn.

The Irish Ramblers Club was founded in 1964 with the mission statement, “to explore, enjoy and protect our beautiful countryside”.  It has had 4000 members over a 50 year period and organises over 400 hikes per annum. The Club from the outset has taken a very proactive interest in conservation of mountains and forests of Dublin & Wicklow and has contributed to national issues – such as national parks, environmental awareness, rights of way and the development of the Wicklow Way.

Christmas Holiday Arrangements

christmas lightsDublin City Public Libraries will be closed from Saturday 23 December 2017 to Monday 1 January 2018 (inclusive). Branch libraries will re-open on Tuesday 2 January.

Seasons greetings to all!

eResources

Don't forget you can access our collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital magazines, comics, graphic novels and databases this Christmas: www.dublincity.ie/library-eresources

Plus explore Dublin's history through our digital repository with its vast collection of old photos, maps and ephemera.

Online Renewals

Exhibition to Legendary Footballer and Manager Patrick O’Connell

Patrick O'ConnellOn Friday 1st December 2017, Ardmhéara Mícheál MacDonncha launched an exhibition to Patrick O’Connell, the first Irishman to captain Manchester Utd and manager of FC Barcelona. This new exhibition will be on display at Dublin City Library and Archive until Friday 20th December 2017.

Patrick was born in Drumcondra, Dublin in 1887. He started his professional career with Belfast Celtic FC in 1908 and moved to Sheffield Wednesday FC in 1909.  During the British Home Championship of 1913/14 he captained the first Ireland team to beat England on English soil and also led the Irish to victory over Wales in Wrexham. In the final game against Scotland at Windsor Park, Patrick played the entire second half with a broken arm as Ireland clinched their first ever football title.

Dublin in the Coming Times

Dublin in Coming TimesFighting Words launched their new book, Dublin In The Coming Times on Wednesday 29 November 2017 in Dublin City Library & Archive to a packed audience of aspiring and established writers and illustrators.  The book features a selection of short stories, poetry and prose from members of Dublin City Libraries Creative Writing groups alongside writings from well known established authors.

In his 1893 collection, ‘The Rose’, WB Yeats included the poem ‘To Ireland in the Coming Times’. Borrowing its title, Dublin in the Coming Times was a free, citywide programme of creative writing in which Dubliners, young and old, created their own stories and poems as they looked to the future of their city.

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