Liam Ó Briain’s Insurrection Memories 1916

speaker at podiumLast May, I was delighted to attend the Dublin launch of a book entitled 'Essays by an Irish Rebel: revolution, politics and culture' by Liam Ó Briain.  A very enjoyable read, the book features twenty-five essays by the Dublin academic and revolutionary Liam Ó Briain (1888-1974), all of which were published in Irish from 1934 to 1968, as well as three appreciations of the author.

All have now been edited and translated into English by Eoin Ó Dochartaigh, a retired doctor from Galway who graduated from University College Galway (now NUI Galway) and knew Ó Briain as a family friend.

How many miles to...

gpo219I was delighted to get such a great response from one of our Tweets about this fab marker on Terenure Road East, which I took en route to Terenure Library History Book Club.

Tatty, Dublin One City One Book 2020

dwyer hickey Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey is the Dublin One City One Book choice for 2020.  "I’m absolutely delighted. Tatty is a novel that is connected to the city of Dublin in so many ways – it’s an honour to have it chosen as Dublin One City One Book for 2020.”

A Snapshot of O’Connell Street in 1964

Dublin lamp The black and white photograph chosen for the cover of this year’s Dublin Festival of History programme was taken in 1964 and depicts a busy O’Connell Street teeming with pedestrians and traffic. It is one of almost 10,000 images contained in the Fáilte Ireland Tourism Photographic Collection, created by the Irish tourist authority and later donated to the Dublin City Library and Archive.

Ballymun improvement works

painter2019Due to essential improvement works, Ballymun Library will be closed to the public on the following dates:

16th to the 28th September inclusive

Collapse of Tenements 1963

Tenement collapse In June 1963, the collapse of tenements at Bolton Street and Fenian Street led to the deaths of four people.
On Sunday, 2nd June 1963, the collapse of 20 Bolton Street led to the death of Leo and Mary Maples, an elderly couple who were residents of the building.

Phibsboro improvement works

painter219Due to essential improvement works, Phibsboro Library will be closed to the public on the following dates:

16th to the 21st September

Dublin City Libraries' Worldcon Diary

An Irish Worldcon Dublin hosted its first Worldcon convention from August 15th – 19th 2019, organized by The World Science Fiction Society. Dublin City Libraries was there for all five days and Marc, our prolific Library Assistant, has put together a diary of the experience!

Lost in the Stacks: Young Adult Verse Novels

Lost in the stacks Welcome to our new blog series 'Lost in the Stacks' - recommendations by Dublin City Libraries staff exploring overlooked gems and helping you find your next read!

Our first entry comes from one of our wonderful librarians, Jessica, and highlights the YA sub-category of the 'verse novel'. 

The Hugo Awards: Dublin 2019

Hugo AwardThe Hugo Awards took place in Dublin on Sunday 18 August 2019. The Hugos are science fiction's most prestigous award, voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention, which is also responsible for the handing out of the awards themselves.