Séamus Ennis HIR Blog

Historians in ResidenceThis year marks the centenary of the birth of Séamus Ennis, the renowned musician, singer, folklorist and broadcaster who left behind, to quote from one obituary, “a priceless heritage of Irish tradition to the nation”. Inspired by on-going centenary events taking place across Dublin and at the Séamus Ennis Arts Centre, this blog briefly examines Ennis’s final years and death.

Easter Fun at Ballymun Library!!

Spot!For the month of April, Ballymun Library’s junior book clubs are celebrating ‘Spring Into Storytime’. This is a national storytelling initiative organised by the Local Government Management Agency.  It’s designed to encourage families to read together. With over 40 people in attendance, we had a super morning of magic and fun at Ballymun Library last Tuesday, 16th of April.  The Easter Bunny paid a surprise visit and left lots of surprises for our junior patrons. 

Dublin Cattle Market – A workplace that has disappeared

Historians in Residence Work and the availability of it is one of the features of human society that can be very contradictory in nature but has a huge impact, on the individual, on the community and on the shape of the physical environment in which they are situated. Dublin has expanded enormously since the beginning of the 20th century and many of the industries that were providing employment at that time have changed; either disappearing altogether or adapting to technological and other developments in the intervening century.


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2019 Award shortlist announced!

Literary Award logoThe shortlist for 2019's International Dublin Literary award has just been announced and it includes two Irish authors! The award is for novels written in English or translated to English. As well as the entries form Ireland this year's shortlist of ten includes books from France, Pakistan, the UK and the USA.

The International DUBLIN Literary Award is proudly sponsored by Dublin City Council and managed by Dublin City Libraries. The award is worth €100,000 to the winner. If the book has been translated the author receives €75,000 and the translator received €25,000.

New non-fiction books for April

Non-fiction BooksToday we’re showcasing a selection of non-fiction titles that are new to Dublin City Public Libraries this month. You’ll find dozens of titles to choose from in the PDF document below, including books by big names such as Nora Ephron, Neil de Grasse Tyson, Dr Rangan Chatterjee, Dolly Alderton and Andre Agassi. You'll also find books on a wide variety of topics such as 'The Autoimmune Protocol Made Simple Cookbook',' Zen in the Art of Writing', 'The Feminism Book', 'The Golden Age of Science Fiction' and' It's Not About the Burqa'.

New Fiction for April

New FictionNew fiction at Dublin CIty Public Libraries this April.

Looking for a page-turning book to keep you up all night? We may have just the thing! You’ll find plenty of titles to choose from in the PDF document below, including Everyday Sexism Project founder Laura Bates's The Burning, Haruki Murakami's short story Birthday Girl and new copies of 20th century classics The Catcher in the Rye and Of Mice and Men.

"Three o'clock in the morning. The soft April night is looking at my windows and caressingly winking at me with its stars. I can't sleep. I am so happy" - Anton Chekov

New Children's Books for April

 Kids BooksToday we’re showcasing a selection of children's titles that are new to Dublin City Public Libraries this month. You’ll find plenty of titles to choose from in the PDF document below, including Dav Pilkey's Dog Man series, 'Big Nate and Friends' and 'Winnie the Witch'.

Womens National Health Association HIR Blog

Monica's BabyclubThis photograph (larger image below) from the Dublin City Library and Archive shows groups of women with their babies and young children outside St Monica’s Babies Club in St. Augustine Street, close to John’s Lane Church in the heart of Dublin’s Liberties.  This club, - one of about 170 set up throughout Ireland - opened in 1909 and aimed to educate mothers in the overall care of their infants by holding classes and appropriate lecture series on the premises.

Dora Maguire Historian In Residence Blog

Black and White portrait of DoraThis week I have had the great pleasure of visiting Massachusetts and presenting a paper at the annual national meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies held in Boston. It was my second time attending such a gathering, having also presented a paper on Dublin poet Maeve Cavanagh MacDowell two years ago, when ACIS met in Kansas City, Missouri. This time around I spoke about the life of Dora Maguire, another woman who happened to be profiled in R. M. Fox’s 1935 book of essays Rebel Irishwomen.