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Manuscript of the Month: Reformation 01

Reformation 01The Monastery of All Saints (usually called All Hallows) was founded by Dermot Mac Murchadha, King of Leinster, in 1166 – it is said, as an act of penance for eloping with Dervorgilla, wife of Tiernan O’Rourke.  It was an Augustinian foundation, and the monastery buildings were situated to the east of Dublin City, outside the city walls.  This was a precarious location, and the monastery and its immediate lands were sacked by the O’Byrnes and O’Tooles of Wicklow on a regular basis.  Nevertheless, All Hallows quickly became the wealthiest monastery in the Dublin area, as it received donations from pious benefactors of land in counties Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Louth, Tipperary and Kilkenny. In 1478, the Prior of All Hallows was appointed as Admiral of the Port of Baldoyle, a most prestigious position. At the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the surrender of the Priory and lands of All Hallows to King Henry VIII was undertaken by Prior Walter Handcock (16 Nov 1538) with (18 Nov 1538) memorandum attesting to the voluntary nature of the surrender witnessed by Symon Geoffrey, rector of Howth, Thomas Alen, gentleman, and others.  (DCLA/Recorder’s Book, entry No. 12-12a).  It was noted that at the time of surrender there were only four monks in All Hallows.

News from Nelson: Absent Friends

filming nelsonWhen you reach my age – 209 and counting - you start to think about your old friends and long to meet up with them for a chat.  So I was delighted when Ken Dolan called in to see me the other morning. It was an important occasion – we were both being interviewed by the BBC for ‘The One Show’ which is hugely popular.   Nowadays Ken is a distinguished academic at the National College of Art and Design but in 1966 he was an impecunious student there and like many young men he was eager for the craic.  At that stage I had been blown off my Pillar and was nursing my wounds amid the remnants of my dignity, in a Dublin Corporation storage depot. St. Patrick’s Day arrived and it was cold and wet as usual – when over the wall came seven fit young men.  Acting together, they managed to lift me  – I’m really very heavy – and then they scarpered off, bringing me with them.

The IRA in the Twilight Years

IRA, June 1932Listen back to Dr Brian Hanley discussing the IRA and Nazi Germany during the 1930s and 1940s.  Brian details the growth of the IRA during this era, looks at key IRA figures, and cites examples of conflict with 1932 Fianna Fáil government, the Blue Shirts and the Gardaí.  He discusses IRA contact with Germany in the hope of gaining support and arms to attack Britain. Brian also looks at how an escalating campaign of IRA violence led to politicians fearing it would cause problems for Irish neutrality during the Emergency. 

Brian Hanley is a historian and author. He has written widely on Irish republicanism and radicalism, including The IRA: A documentary history, 1916-2005, The IRA, 1926-36 and (with Scott Millar The Lost Revolution: the Story of the Official IRA and the Workers Party. He is currently Historian in Residence at Dublin City Library and Archives, 2017. His areas of expertise include society, politics and culture of 19th and 20th century Ireland, on the Irish Revolution and Civil War, on the IRA from 1923-2005.

Fun at the Rose Festival 2017

Rose FestivalWe had lots of fun in the library tent and mobile library at the Rose Festival in St Anne's Park Raheny on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July 2017. It was a busy day full of books and reading themed events, arts and crafts and performance.  Ruth Concannon, Reader in Residence at Dublin City Public Libraries read stories to younger children in our library tent and Book Advisors Patricia and Catherine enjoyed chatting to children about what they like to read and offering some book recommendations.  Lots of young readers dropped by to find out about the best summer reads and sign up for our Summer Stars Reading challenge.

Two Irish Authors on 2017 Man Booker Longlist

Barry McCormackCongrats to Sebastian Barry and Mike McCormack, who both make the 2017 Man Booker longlist. Of the thirteen authors longlisted, probably the most notable inclusion is Indian author Arundhati Roy who won the prize 20 years ago for her debut novel 'The God of Small Things', and who is now longlisted for her second only novel, 'The Ministry of Utmost Happiness'.

Sebastian Barry's novel 'Days Without End' was announced the winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award back in January of this year. Mike McCormack's' Solar Bones' was awarded the Goldsmith Prize in November 2016; this award celebrates innovative fiction. 'Solar Bones' was also chosen as the Eason Book Club Novel of the Year in the same month. The last Irish winner was Anne Enright in 2007 for 'The Gathering'.

Dublin and the Great War 1914-18

Dublin & WW1Listen back to a series of three talks on the topic of Dublin and the Great War hosted by Near FM in Coolock Library this April. The talks looked at a range of subjects including women in war time, anti-war agitation, the influence of the Russian Revolution and the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, and includes songs from the era performed by An Góilín Singers.

In the first talk, Near FM's Ciarán Murrary talks to Pádraig Yeates about the influence of the Russian Revolution and to John Dorney about anti-war agitation in Dublin, socialists, pacifists and republicans. Fergus Russell from An Góilín sings songs from the era. Recorded at Coolock Library on 5 April 2017.

Mobile Library Service - August Closure

Mobile libraryThe Mobile Library service does not operate during the month of August. This allows essential maintenance and safety checks to be carried out on our vehicles, and for us to provide a service with the minimum of disruption during the other 11 months of the year.

Items may be renewed online or by telephone (Tel. 01 8691415, Monday – Friday, 9.30am - 1pm and 1.45pm - 5pm). Items may also be returned to any branch of Dublin City Public Libraries.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Highlights from the International Dublin Literary Award 2017

José Eduardo AgualusaOn Wednesday, 21 June author Jose Eduardo Agualusa and translator Daniel Hahn were announced as winners of the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award for Agualusa's novel A General Theory of Oblivion.  The Award is organised and sponsored by Dublin City Council and at €100,000 is the world's largest prize for a single novel published in English. Uniquely, the Award receives its nominations from public libraries in cities around the globe and recognises both writers and translators.

In case you missed it we have photos and videos from the Award ceremony.

Manuscript of the Month July 2017: The Mystery of the Summer Islands

Usher IslandIn its natural state, the River Liffey is shallow – the Irish name for Dublin is ‘Baile Atha Cliath’ or the town of the ford of hurdles, which were put down on the river bed to allow people to have a firm footing while wading across.  Further east, the Nightingale Sands, which appeared in summer at the mouth of the Liffey at low tide, were used during the Riding of the Franchises to cross from Clontarf to Ringsend on horseback. 

And again in summer, a varying number of islands appeared in the River Liffey.  These were owned by the then Dublin Corporation which leased them out to citizens who hoped to build the summer islands up and reclaim them. Many of the summer islands appeared in the vicinity of Rory O’More Bridge and are shown on Bernard de Gomme’s 1673 map of Dublin; these were probably sand and gravel banks.  In 1670, the merchant Henry Orson secured a lease of these small islands and in 1685 Phillips’ map of Dublin shows them as a single island with a house – an indicator of Orson’s success in effectively consolidating them.  Orson’s islands were incorporated into the north bank of the Liffey by 1728 and the land is now known as The Esplanade and Wolfe Tone Quay.

Dublin Literary Award 2017 Winners Reading and Q&A

Hahn & AgualusaOn the evening of Thursday, 22 June, literary award winners José Eduardo Agualusa and Daniel Hahn gave a reading, followed by a Q&A session, introduced and moderated by Sinéad Crowley, in Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street. Author José Eduardo Agualusa and translator Daniel Hahn were announced as winners of the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award for Agualusa's novel A General Theory of Oblivion at a ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House on Wednesday, 21 June 2017.

Listen to the reading and interview [play time: 53:46 minutes]:

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