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The Magic Table

Magic table thumbnailDo you work with people with dementia or with learning disabilities? If you do, we have an exciting new product available in two of our libraries which you will want to know about.

The Magic Table (or ‘Tovertafel’ in Dutch) is an award-winning innovation from the Netherlands, and it uses specially designed technology to help people with mid-to-late stage dementia and also adults with learning disabilities. 

Collinstown Aerodrome Raid 1919

Old Photo of Dublin AirportThe Soloheadbeg Ambush in January 1919 did not lead to a wide scale conflict immediately. For much of 1919, the Irish Volunteers embarked on a mainly defensive campaign, primarily searching for arms. As a result, some skirmishes broke out leading to some deaths.

Grangegorman HIR Blog

Henrietta Entrance Kings InnLast month I was in the King’s Inns building for the launch of a remarkable short film. Trish McAdams directed and wrote Confinement for the Grangegorman Development Agency, who asked her to create a public art project. The film’s 30-minute running time evokes three hundred years of the history of the King’s Inns, Henrietta Street and the Grangegorman Asylum. The story is told through the imagined voice of Tony Rudenko, an artist who lived in Henrietta Street until his death in 2014, who was also a friend of the director.

St. Patrick's Day arrangements

St Patrick's Day PostcardDublin City Public Libraries will be closed from Saturday 16 March until Monday 18 March (inclusive).  Branch libraries will re-open on Tuesday, 19 March.

Image right: St Patrick's Day Souvenir Postcard from the Postcard Collection held at Dublin City Library & Archive.

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.

Computer and Internet Access Unavailable

Computer
We regret to say that public Internet and computer access at a number of our branch libraries is still unavailable while we address some network-related issues. We are endeavouring to to have the matter rectified as soon as possible, and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The following libraries are affected -

News from Nelson: My Strange Birthday

Nelsons HeadI often wonder if I’m a cat. I’m on my third life already with perhaps many more to come!  Let me explain – my name is Nelson’s Head, denizen of the Reading Room at Dublin City Library & Archive.  I’m a solid citizen – many people describe me as a lump of stone, which is true – but when this is Portland stone, fashioned by sculptor Thomas Kirk, well, I think I have something to boast about.

Classmate Magazine

ClassmateClassmate is a free children’s magazine published by Dublin City Council. In the latest issue you can win a Kindle Fire in Classmate's Irish Book Quiz. But hurry the closing date is 5 April! Here's a sample of what else you'll discover in this Spring's Classmate:

  • Discover more out about Freegal, our new free music streaming app available for free with your library card
  • The History Detective has the inside scoop on the storied history of Richmond Barracks
  • Bliain na Gaeilge 2019
  • The Earth Defenders explain how much plastic is involved in our daily life
  • Tech Week - celebrating new technologies, their power to change our lives and how to get involved
  • The Daily Mile - An exercise initiative to run or jog for 15 minutes during the school day
  • Do your bit for the environment with National Spring Clean

The Country Girls Trilogy, One City One Book 2019

Edna O'BrienLord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring, launched today (27th February) the programme for the 2019 Dublin: One City One Book which this year features The Country Girls Trilogy by Edna O’Brien. The Country Girls Trilogy joins a long list of illustrious titles as this year’s featured book in the Dublin: One City One Book Festival. Dublin One City One Book is a Dublin City Council initiative, led by Dublin City Public Libraries, which encourages everyone to read a book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year.

Hoonuit

Hoonuit LogoThe online resource we are looking at this week is Hoonuit  is a web-based repository of online, on demand, technology tutorials. It offers unlimited library member access to video-based software training on hundreds of common software applications and devices, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Google Docs, and iPad.

History Document of the Month: Rally round the banner boys!

Banner Boys FlyerGerald Crofts (1888–1934) was one of a small group of musicians and lyricists who made a huge contribution to the Irish independence movement in the early 20th century. He came from Capel Street originally, where his family had a shop and he was a popular singer. His brother Joseph was a composer who arranged the words and music for this marching song, which was dedicated to Crofts.

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