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These days knitting is news.  There have been several theories bandied about about why this is.  Some of the theories espoused in the US were connected with a need for security that was felt in the US after September 11th.  There are other theories that suggest that people want better fitting and more personalised clothing, whatever the reason, knitting and other crafts are taking an upswing.

In Ireland, and indeed Dublin, there are meetings almost daily, and these are the publicly known ones. Knitting groups meet on a weekly or monthly basis in Dublin City Libraries. Irish Knitting also has a log of all the groups it could find both in Dublin and throughout Ireland The Dublin Knit Collective regularly interviews Dublin Knitters and Crocheters  If you haven't joined yet, Ravelry is both a wonderful resource and a time-sink, it's free to join and there are a number of Irish groups on it and some Irish Shop linked groups as well

There are many Irish knitters, Crocheters and crafters who blog about crafts (and some who blog about other things).  The Irish Knitting blog was founded in order to address an issue of visibility of Irish Knitters and Crocheters and expanded somewhat since it started.  They try to do a weekly update with what's happening in the Irish Crafty World.

Dublin City Public libraries has a number of books on knitting, from older to new.

Phoenix Con in 2011

I'm an unashamed Fantasy and Science Fiction Reader.  I firstly blame my uncle who gave me a box set of the Chronicles of Narnia when I made my Communion and later a neighbour who answered my mother's plea to save her from having to buy a lot of books for the summer when I was 11 or 12 by introducing me to Andre Norton's Witch World and Anne McCaffrey's Pern novels (

Learning Opportunities at the Open Learning Centre

Want to learn a new language or just brush up on your school French? Or would you like to improve your computer skills or acquire new ones? If so, we at the Open Learning Centre can help you. We're located in the Central Library in the Ilac Centre and provide free self-learning courses in both language and computer skills.

Take Me Up To Monto!

Dublin Buildings

Anyone with an interest in old photos of Dublin should take a wander down Foley Street and have a look at The Lab's exhibition 'The Lab Looks Back'. The exhibition depicts the history of Foley Street - formerly Montgomery Street and one of Europe's most notorious red-light districts - in a series of photos dating from the 1910s, 1930s, and 1970s. Bravo to all involved!

Lunchtime Concerts and Talks

The Music Library, which is part of Dublin City Public Libraries, has run a series of lunchtime concerts and talks in the library over the last two years, which usually take place on Thursdays at 1p.m. Concerts so far have averaged one per month, sometimes two.

Trading Places: Images of Commercial Dublin

Bolands MillView the Commercial Dublin Image Gallery.

This gallery consists of images of commercial premises (e.g. small businesses, factories, banks) from the Dublin City Council Photographic Collection. We hope that these images will serve as memory triggers for Dubliners who may have worked or conducted business in these ‘trading places’.

2011 Shortlist International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Logo of International IMPAC Dublin Literary AwardOn the 12 April the Shortlist of the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award will be announced. This will be chosen from the longlist of 162 titles which is uniquely based on nominations from libraries around the world. Most of these novels are available to borrow from Dublin City Public Libraries and can be found on our catalogue.

Free! Start your own business lectures and workshops.

The Dublin City Enterprise Board in association with Dublin City Public Libraries will be running a series of free Start Your Own Business lectures from 21st April to 26th May. These lectures, six in total, will assist new and existing small business owners and managers. Topics such as Ideas Generation & Market Research, Ethnic Entrepreneurship, Marketing on a Shoestring, Financing and Planning your Business will be covered this year. Hard to imagine but this course has been running for 16 years and feedback from other years had been brilliant.

Norwegian Crime on the Rise!

Jo NesboI just recently finished reading 'The Leopard', the latest novel from Jo Nesbo, the Norwegian crime writer often compared to Steig Larsson. He was recently in Dublin and in conversation with Irish writer John Connolly in Easons, and I was thrilled to be able to attend and hear him speak. Also got a signed copy of 'The Snowman', so am a happy camper!

Derelict Dublin: Images of the City from 1913

Temple LaneView the Derelict Dublin Image Gallery.

"These bricks were returning once more to dust, one by one these walls would bulge outwards, crack, collapse into rubble. They were despised and uncared for, like the tenants they sheltered, who lived for the most part on bread and tea and bore children on rickety beds to grow up in the same hardship and hunger".

James Plunkett, Strumpet City (1969)

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