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Women of the Brigade: St John Ambulance & The First World War

St John Ambulance bookFrom working in munitions factories, V.A.D. nursing, supporting the war effort through charitable works, and leading the anti-conscription movement, World War 1 led to a multitude of different experiences for Irish women. In this talk Pádraig Allen looks at some women of St John Ambulance who contributed to the war effort during the First World War.

Recorded at Dublin City Library and Archive on 17 April 2018.

90 Years of The Gate Theatre

Micháel Mac Liammóir and Hilton EdwardsThis year the Gate Theatre is celebrating 90 years since its opening in 1928, a historical and momentous occasion that shaped and changed the theatrical world for Dublin. To commemorate this occasion Dublin City Archives have put together an exhibition, Aspects of Micheál Mac Liammoir and the Dublin Gate Theatre filled with the history of the theatre and photographs which display the costumes, stage designs and productions from the founders of the theatre Micheál Mac Liammóir and Hilton Edwards. Book a free guided tour of this fantastic new exhibition with Dr Mary Clark, Dublin City Archivist this June.

Image: Micheál Mac Liammóir & Hilton Edwards outside Gate Theatre, 1974 (see larger version) Image courtesy Irish Theatre Archive at Dublin City Library and Archive.

Watkins’ Brewery and Ardee Street

Ardee StreetThis photograph from the collections of Dublin City Library and Archive shows the distinctive building and carriage arch of the former Watkins' Brewery on Ardee Street, facing up Cork Street Dublin.  This brewery dates from the early 18th century, and was producing beer long before their near neighbour in the same trade at St. James’s Gate.  There has, however,  been a brewery on this site since the time of the Abbey of St. Thomas the Martyr in nearby Thomas Court.  Subsequently the site came into the possession of the Earl of Meath’s, from whom Meath Street, Earl Street and even Brabazon Street (Brabazon is their surname) all take their name.  The Earls of Meath also held the title Baron Ardee, hence the name of the street.

Access the Ireland Collection Online

JSOR logoThe Ireland Collection is an interdisciplinary collection of journals and other materials. The Collection contains titles and resources across the arts, humanities, and sciences, in disciplines such as music, art, history, literature, archaeology, mathematics, and biology. Materials span from the 1780s to the present.

Down by The Salley Gardens, Thíos cois garraithe na Saillí le WB Yeats

Enda ReillyBhain slua maith taitneamh as seo ó Ghuthanna Binne Síoraí (Everlasting Voices) ar Lá Filíochta na hÉireann, Déardaoin, 26 d’Aibreáin i mBliain na Gaeilge, 2018. Bhí filíocht ó WB Yeats curtha i láthair i mbéarla agus Gaeilge ag Cathal Quinn, Acadamh Lir agus seinnteoir, Enda Reilly. D’aistrigh Gabriel Rosenstock na dánta ó bhéarla go Gaeilge.

We celebrated Poetry Day Ireland, 26 April and Bliain na Gaeilge with a great event, "I Hear It in the Deep Heart’s Core" with Guthanna Binne Síoraí at Dublin City Library and Archive. Artistic Director Cathal Quinn and musician, composer and singer Enda Reilly took us on a journey through the poetry of Yeats, spoken and sung in English and Irish, with translations by Gabriel Rosenstock. Here's a video of Enda Reilly performing Down by the Salley Gardens, Thíos cois garraithe na Saillí:

Women and Wartime Propaganda

German AtrocitiesAs illustrated in the ‘Doing their Bit: Irish women and the First World War’ exhibition, women played a central role in the British wartime propaganda campaign, which aimed to both engage the public with the war effort and to persuade volunteers to join the forces. News of German atrocities against Belgian and French civilians were widely reported in the press, with the treatment of women often being emphasised, as this example from the Freeman’s Journal in December 1914 shows.

Suffragist City

SuffragistIn February 1918 the Representation of the People Act was passed and women who were over 30 years of age, owned property, or were married to a rate-payer were finally allowed to participate fully in the democratic process. Although women were still not on equal terms with men (who could vote from the age of 21 years), the breakthrough had been made.

Eleven months later, the voters of Dublin elected Constance Markievicz, the first woman to win a seat at Westminster.

View Suffragist City Image Gallery.

May Public Holiday Arrangements

Cherry blossomDublin City Public Libraries will be closed from Saturday 5 May to Monday 7 May 2018 (inclusive).   Branch libraries will re-open on Tuesday 8 May 2018.

Access eResources 24/7

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

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

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Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Le FanuThe official name of the Ballyfermot Dublin City Council park, known to the locals as The Lawns,  is Le Fanu Park and a nearby road also carries the same unique name.  

But who was Le Fanu, and why is his unusual name used in Ballyfermot?

Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu (24 August, 1814 – 7 February, 1873) was a newspaper publisher and writer who is best remembered for his classic ghost stories.  Born at 45 Lower Dominick Street in Dublin, his family were a mix of Huguenot, English and Irish ancestry.  His great-uncle was the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan. 

Furry Friends at Rathmines Library

My Cat GingerDuring February 2018, Rathmines Library hosted Tarsila Kruse’s exhibition 100 days of Dogs, which features gorgeous illustrations of man's best friend from her new book.  Inspired by Tarsila's exhibition, Rathmines Library decided to hold an art competition, inviting children to draw their own companion animal – whether it was one from a story, an imaginary beast or their own pet.  We were delighted with the results!  The competition entries, which reveal artistic skill, a love for animals, and a sense of fun, went on display in Rathmines Library during March.

Many thanks to all the children who submitted pictures and congratulations to the winners:

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