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Solar Bones by Mike McCormack wins the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award

Literary Award logoIrish author Mike McCormack has won the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award for his novel Solar Bones. 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. Mike McCormack is the fourth Irish author to win the prize in its 23-year history.

Uniquely, the Award receives its nominations from public libraries in cities around the globe and recognises both writers and translators. The winner was nominated by Galway Libraries and by Nottingham Libraries

Musician in Residence - Ríona Sally Hartman

Dublin City Council is delighted to announce that Ríona Sally Hartman is to be the first Musician in Residence with Dublin City Public Libraries.

The residency is an innovative programme which will start in June and run for an initial 6-month period. Aimed at teen and adult audiences, the programme will feature a variety of events from ukulele taster sessions and lyric writing workshops to digital composition and production workshops.

Lord Mayor's Certificate in Oral History, 2018-2019

Lord Mayors CertificateAs part of its commitment to Life Long Learning, Dublin City Library and Archive is offering The Lord Mayor's Certificate in Oral History from September 2018 to April 2019.

The course will equip participants with skills in the preparation and conduct of oral history projects, including best practice in the collection and archiving of oral history interviews. It examines the wealth of recorded oral narrative sources in Ireland in both oral history and folklore. Classes are held on Monday evenings to facilitate attendance by a broad range of people. 

Father O'Flanagan's Suppressed Speech 1918

SpeechThis flyer is an extract from a speech given by Fr. Michael O’Flanagan to 10,000 people at Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan on Sunday May 26, 1918. O’Flanagan mentions the arrest of De Valera, the suppression of Arthur Griffith’s newspaper, and the ‘poison-gas of lies’ spun by ‘the Little Welsh spider’ (Prime Minister David Lloyd George) against the Irish people in the ‘German Plot’.

Comics Plus - comics for your computer, tablet or phone.

Comics Plus logoComics Plus is the new app from Dublin City Public Libraries. It gives you unlimited access to thousands of digital comics and graphic novels. I’ve been using the app for a couple of years now and it’s worth spending some time poring over it.

 

Digital Repository of Ireland Membership

DRIDublin City Council is delighted to announce its membership of The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI). Commenting on the membership, Brendan Teeling, Deputy City Librarian, said:

"The increased public interest in all things historical, sparked by the Decade of Centenaries, is great to see, and Dublin City Council is delighted to respond to that interest through our membership of the DRI.

Although we have digitized a significant amount of material so far, we have an awful lot more to go and we are confident that via the DRI our digital collections will be stored within a robust infrastructure, facilitating long term digital preservation and access.

Kate Middleton Curtis

Kate Middleton CurtisIt is fitting on International Nurses Day 2018 to remember one of the most notable figures in Irish nursing before and during the First World War. Katherine Elizabeth Middleton Curtis was born in London in 1860 and married to the noted Engineer and Merchant William Charles Middleton Curtis. Moving to Ireland, she became a member of the Blackrock Nursing Division of the St John Ambulance Brigade in Dublin and was a regular contributor to the Irish Times on nursing and medical matters. Always an innovator, Kate was involved in various public initiatives to raise public awareness of hygiene and health; she ran first aid courses for women from 1911 and was also involved in Kingstown ‘Health Week’, held in April 1913. Kate was one of the best-known members of St John Ambulance and noted in her diary on 20 October 1914 that she was also ‘the oldest ambulance lady in Ireland.’

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.

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