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.

Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 Winners

Eavan BolandCongratulations to the winners of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards! The winners were announced last night, 28 November at a ceremony at the Dublin's Clayton Hotel. Irish poet Eavan Boland was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award 2017, "for her art, for her eloquence and for her stalwart advocacy for poetry". Browse Eavan Boland's poetry collections in our catalogue.  Bestselling author David Walliams was presented with the International Recognition Award for "his significant contribution to children’s literature in the past decade".

All Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards winning books are available to borrow in our libraries now!

Hitting the right note at the Music Library

Peter MocDid you know that in Dublin City’s music library we hold regular popular music events? Some of our very successful recent events included a drumming workshop with Neil Dowling, a recital with Chilian pianist Nelson Olivares and Irish song-writer and singer Shay Cotter, and a talk and performance of Duke Ellington’s music by Czech guitarist Peter Moc (pictured right).

Come join us in December and nourish the soul at lunchtime with The Notabelles – A female barbershop chorus singing a Christmas Medley on Monday 11th Dec, and on Wednesday 13th Dec Aileen Cahill and the students of Maynooth College present “Jingle all the Way” carols to celebrate the Christmas season.

Costa Book Award 2017 Shortlist announced!

Costa Book AwardsCongratulations to the three Irish authors shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards! Dublin born Karl Geary's moving debut Montpelier Parade is proving very popular with reviewers and readers. This beautifully written book set in 1980s Dublin, tells the love story of sixteen year old Sonny and a beautiful older woman.  Sarah Crossan's seventh book, Moonrise has been shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Awards. It's another fantastic read from this innovative author, of whom we are big fans! Northern Irish poet, and Trinity alumni Sinéad Morrissey is no stranger to awards, having won the T.S. Eliot Prize in 2014 for Parallax. Her latest collection On Balance, shortlisted for the Costa Poety Award, has already won the Forward Prize for Poetry. Best of luck to all three!

The category winners will be announced on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 and the Costa Book of the Year on Tuesday 30th January 2018.

Reading Room maintenance works

Reading RoomDue to essential maintenance works, we regret that there will be restricted services and reduced seating (including study spaces) in the Reading Room, Dublin City Library & Archive from Monday 20th November until mid-December.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please note that as part of these works, the Reading Room will be closed to the public on Saturday 25th November.

Borrow the Irish Book Awards 2017 shortlists

Irish Book awardsThe Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 shortlists were announced on 2 November and they are packed full of fantastic reads! There's something for everyone whether you're into crime fiction, non-fiction, cooking, sports, history,  or are looking for something to tempt the younger readers in your family. They are all ready to borrow from our libraries now! Don't forget to vote for your favourites and you'll be in with a chance of winning National Book Tokens.  Visit the Award website to register your vote before closing date midday 23 November!

The winners will be announced on 28 November.

The Irish Book Award categories and shortlisted titles are as follows (with links to our catalogue):-

New Library Mobile App!

Mobile appWe are delighted to announce the availability of our free mobile app for Android and iOS devices. With our library app on your mobile device you'll have a quick and convenient way of

  • searching the library catalogue,
  • accessing and managing your library account,
  • reserving and renewing items,
  • locating your nearest branch library and its opening hours,
  • viewing a list of upcoming library events,
  • downloading eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eComics and eGraphic novels, and
  • accessing a wealth of online resources courtesy of your library membership.

The app is available from both the Google Play store and the iTunes App store.  So get downloading now!

Manuscript of the Month: Grant of arms to the Dublin Guild of Tailors, 1655

Tailors' ArmsThe very existence of this document is somewhat surprising, as it was issued during the Cromwellian inter-regnum in Ireland, a regime that despised ostentatious show. Nevertheless, ‘Richard Carney, Principall Herald of Armes for the whole Dominion of Ireland’ prepared this grant of arms to the Dublin Guild of Tailors in 1655.  This guild was founded in 1418 by royal charter and was second in order of precedence in the Dublin City Assembly.  The grant of arms states that the Dublin guild used the arms of the Merchant Taylors of London but that it had now applied for arms in its own right.  Carney concurs with this request, ‘in perpetuall memorie of (not onlie the ever constant Loyaltie of the said Cittie of Dublin and the many greate and famous services by them done the Commonwealth).’  The grant is issued on parchment and the top portion consists of three coats of arms, those of Ireland (left) and Dublin (right) with the arms of the Commonwealth in the centre; their inclusion indicates support for this grant. The Tailors’ arms is in the left panel, with its motto ‘Nudus et Opervistis Me’ (I was naked and you clothed me) a quotation from the New Testament (Matt. 25, 36). Elements of the coat of arms include the head of John the Baptist (whose feast was the guild’s swearing-in day, 24 June).  The guild colours were white and watchett (light blue) and these are referenced in the arms.

Dublin City Writers in Residence

WritingDublin City Council is pleased to announce that Declan Burke and Elizabeth Reapy have been appointed as Dublin City Writers in Residence. The residency runs for the period October 2017 to September 2018 and will be managed by Dublin City Public Libraries through the Director of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, and will be supported in kind by The Irish Writers’ Centre.

The residency will allow time for the writers’ own work, in addition to engagement and interaction with both the general public and with groups associated with Dublin City Public Library branch libraries across the city.