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Total War in Flanders - the Irish Connection

Edward BrierleyThe Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive held at Dublin City Library and Archive holds the personal papers of a number of Irish men who fought at the Belgium Front in 1917.

Dubliner, Edward Brierley fought at the Battle of Messines during his remarkable army career which included winning three Certificates for bravery. He survived the war and on returning to Ireland he went on to have a second notable career, signing for Shelbourne Association Football Club (AFC) in 1922 and playing in the FAI Cup Final on St. Patrick’s Day 1923. He also played for the Ballsbridge team St. Mary’s United (AFC).

Photo: Edward Brierley seated, in uniform (Ref. RDFA/09/27)

100 Years since start of Battle of Wijtschate /Messines Ridge

Messines Peace ParkThe Battle of Messines (7–14 June 1917) was an offensive conducted by the British Second Army, under the command of General Sir Herbert Plumer, on the Western Front near the village of Messines in West Flanders, Belgium, during the First World War. Today on the centenary of the beginning of the battle, an island of Ireland commemoration, jointly led by the Governments of Ireland and the UK, in partnership with the Mayor of Messines, will take place at 14.00 at the island of Ireland Peace Park in Belgium.

Image: Turning of the first sod on the site of the Island of Ireland Peace Park, performed by representatives of the British and Irish armies. Private Dickenson and Trooper Paul Kellett. (Ref. RDFA.068 pg.14)

'Some good angel'

Strike in Lewes JailHarry Boland, a tailor, originally from Phibsborough, but living in Clontarf was 30 years of age in 1917. He had been prominent in the GAA as a member of the Dublin hurling team and county chairman and was a member of the IRB and the Irish Volunteers. During Easter Week he fought in the GPO and was sentenced to ten years in prison for his role in the Rising. Boland spent the early part of his sentence in Dartmoor alongside Eamon de Valera, Thomas Ashe and Eoin MacNeill. In the spring of 1917 the prisoners were moved to Lewes jail in Sussex. There the authorities tried to clamp down on the increasingly confident republicans who refused to do prison work or obey instructions unless they were treated as soldiers. After several confrontations on 5 June the prisoners were dispersed to other locations. Boland was among those sent to Maidstone.

All-Ireland Days: The Pursuit of Liam and Sam (1953-1984)

Anton O'TooleSummer comes around, the ground hardens, and the thoughts of many people turn to the playing fields of Clones, Thurles, Castlebar, and other venues throughout the land. All dream of a visit to Croke Park in September. These photos from the Fáilte Ireland Tourism Photographic Collection celebrate the lucky few who played in All-Ireland Finals in the second half of the twentieth century.

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Firing imaginations and teaching skills through books

Hugs and kissesBallymun Library received our largest attendances to date last week as the Baby and Toddler Book Clubs were packed to capacity!  Despite the sizeable gatherings, both sessions listened attentively to the book choices and joined in enthusiastically with the songs. It’s fantastic to see a love of books and reading develop amongst the groups.  It’s also becoming clear what a brilliant social opportunity the clubs are for adults and children alike.  Many of the toddlers, in particular, are good buddies and play with each other following the book readings.

At the Baby Book Club we returned to the idea of books promoting loving relationships between adults and children.  We read a beautiful book written by Judi Abbot entitled ‘Hugs and Kisses’.  This is a very cute story which is written in very simple language about different animals sharing hugs and kisses with each other.  We also sang ‘You Are Special’ to the tune of ‘Good Night Ladies’ to accompany the book.

Messines Peace Park: Its contribution to Irish-British reconciliation

speakers & organisersDublin City Library and Archive and The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association presented a seminar titled 'Messines Peace Park: Its contribution to Irish-British reconciliation' on Friday 19 May at The Council Chamber, City Hall, Dame Street. Many thanks to all speakers, Bertie Ahern, Barabara Walshe, Dr Chris McGimpsey, Dr Alasdair McDonnell and Tom Burke and to the Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr, who formally opened the seminar. Thank-you to Paddy Harte Junior who read Peace Pledge to formally close the seminar.

About The Messines Peace Park

Messines Peace ParkThe Island of Ireland Peace Park, more usually known as the Messines Peace Park, is a memorial to the soldiers on the island of Ireland who died, were wounded or went missing during World War I. It is located close to site of the June 1917 battle for The Wijtschate -Messines Ridge. The project was initiated by A Journey of Reconciliation Trust, a broadbased cross-border Irish organization which hopes to bring together people of diverse beliefs. The Trust comprised representatives of the main churches in Ireland, with professional and political representatives together with community leaders from both parts of Ireland under the leadership of Paddy Harte and Glenn Barr.

The Children's Book of 2017 is...Goodnight Everyone

Goodnight EveryoneGoodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton was announced as the winning title of the 27th Children's Books Ireland (CBI) Book of the Year Award on Tuesday (23 May) at a ceremony held in Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin. Congratulations to Chris who also won the Honour Award for illustration for Goodnight Everyone. This is a fabulous bedtime read for little ones - just be careful if you are a tired parent reading it you may find yourself getting very sleepy too! zzzzzz

The award judges said ‘Chris Haughton’s vibrant illustrations combine perfectly with deceptively simple narrative in this mesmerising bedtime tale. Chronicling a series of animal yawns, the colour palette gradually darkens as the world of the forest is painted in sunset. Haughton’s use of cut-outs is particularly effective and the star maps in the endpapers add a mystic dimension to this captivating story.’

First steps towards reading!

That's not my hedgehogWe had a full house again for the Baby and Toddler Book Clubs last week. It’s wonderful to see how the clubs are steadily growing in popularity.  One of the babies stole the show by taking her first few steps at the first session!  A very special moment and one we were all thrilled to share with her surprised Mum!!  No doubt she’ll be flying around the Library by the next session!!!

We returned to the publisher Usborne’s series of tactile books last Tuesday with ‘That’s Not My Hedgehog’. This series is aimed at very young children.  The books are designed to develop sensory and language awareness.  Each page contains bright pictures and patches with various textures. The books are ideal to read at home, on trips and at bedtime.  We sang ‘A Hedgehog is Very Prickly’ to the tune of ‘One Finger, One Thumb keep moving’ to complement the story.

June Public Holiday Arrangements

Summer readingDublin City Public Libraries will be closed from Saturday 3rd to Monday 5th June 2017 (inclusive). Branch libraries will re-open on Tuesday 6th June.

Online Renewals

You may renew items on loan if they are not required by another library member. Your item record will indicate the current return date, the renewal date, and any fines outstanding on the item on display.

Vote for the Home Energy Kit!

Home energy saving kitThe Home Energy Saving Kit is one of just 12 projects shortlisted for the Citizens' Award at this year's EU Sustainable Energy Awards. It is the only Irish project to be shortlisted, but as it is a public vote, we need your help! Voting closes at 12 am on June 14:   Vote for Home Energy Saving Kit!

The Home Energy Saving Kits have been developed by Dublin's energy agency Codema and are available to borrow at all branches of Dublin City Public Libraries. Each kit contains six practical tools to help you save energy at home.  The items in the toolkits address three key areas of energy use in the home - space heating, hot water and electricity consumption - and can help identify common problems such as lack of insulation, poor ventilation and the appliances in the home that might be driving up electricity bills.

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