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The Irish Revolution 1917-1923 - Maeve Casserly

The Irish RevolutionWhat happened in Ireland after the 1916 Rising? How did the political, economic and social landscape change and what brought about independence in 1922? Listen back to a three-part lecture series delivered by Maeve Casserly Dublin City Council’s Historians-in-Residence for the South East Area.  The lecture topics are:

  • Lecture 1 - Ireland in 1917
  • Lecture 2 - What was the War of Independence?
  • Lecture 3 - What was the Civil War?

Listen back to Dublin Festival of History 2016

Dublin Festival of HistoryHighlights from the Dublin Festival of History 2016 recorded live at Printworks Venue, Dublin Castle and at Dublin City Public Libraries featuring talks by Saul David, Roger Moorhouse, Alex Von Tunzelmann and many more Irish and International historians. The centenary of the 1916 Rising was marked with talks looking at key figures of the Rising and a panel discussion on how 1916 was commemorated. Other topics covered include Stalin's personal library, the Suez crisis, the First World War and the campaign for truth behind Hillsborough.

Dublin Festival of History is brought to you by Dublin City Council and is managed by Dublin City Public Libraries.

Don't forget Dublin Festival of History 2017 with over 90 free events in Dublin Castle, libraries and other venues begins this Friday, 29 September.

Anthony Horowitz in Conversation with Sinéad Crowley

Anthony HorowitzListen back to bestselling author Anthony Horowitz in conversation with author and RTÉ correspondent Sinéad Crowley, recorded in Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse St on Thursday 14 September 2017 at 7pm. Hear the wonderfully entertaining Anthony Horowitz​ read from his latest novel 'The Word is Murder' and talk to Sinéad Crowley about what he reads, how he writes and the way he's seeking to change the classic template for murder mysteries.

We love this quote where Anthony remembers when he first discovered libraries and reading as a young boy at boarding school:
"I found a library and I began to read books. And books became to me much more than just a read, they became a lifeline, they became an escape"
 Anthony read from, and talked about his latest novel The Word is Murder, which is the first of a brilliant new detective series set in London featuring Detective Michael Hawthorne.

The Long Gaze Back chosen as Dublin: One City, One Book 2018

The Long Gaze BackDublin City Council’s Public Library Service is delighted to announce that The Long Gaze Back, An Anthology of Irish Women Writers edited by Sinéad Gleeson, is the Dublin: One City One Book choice for 2018. Published by New Island, the anthology spans four centuries and features some of Ireland’s most gifted writers.

Sinéad Gleeson said: "I'm thrilled and delighted on behalf of the 30 writers, past and present, that The Long Gaze Back is this year's Dublin: One City One Book choice. Anthologies are a platform for telling multiple stories and so many of the writers and their work included here are intrinsically connected to Dublin and its people. The book arose from a desire to amplify the voices of women who write, and being chosen for Dublin: One City One Book will help to introduce these talented writers to all kinds of new readers."

Dublin: A Year in Words

Darragh O'ReillyDublin: A Year in Words is a Dublin UNESCO City of Literature project which showcased the breadth and diversity of our city’s living poets through a year-long series of poetry videos filmed across 12 Dublin bookshops.

Like the city itself, the poets featured in the series are more than the sum of their parts. Collectively they tell of a Dublin full of light and shade, a city of contradictions, in constant flux. They show us that the story of Dublin is everybody’s to tell. It has no fixed points. Beyond wild, it exists far more in the unspoken and the unseen than any attempt to distil it down to a neat package can do justice to. And yet it is our poets perhaps more than anyone who have grappled with the task of laying our lifelines bare and bringing voice to the city. Dublin A Year in Words presents a cross-section of 12 poets who do just that, filmed in establishments that keep the city’s essence alive.

Here's a playlist featuring all 12 poems from the series:

Making Millions by Erika McGann is 2018 Citywide Reading Choice

Making MillionsWe are delighted to announce Making Millions by Erika McGann as the 2018 Citywide Reading for Children. This exciting adventure story about the Bubble Street Gang is suitable for boys and girls aged 7-9 years.

“I’m so excited and delighted that Making Millions is the 2018 Citywide Read. I live in the heart of the city and I’ve already met and shared stories with a lot of kids through Dublin City Libraries. I’m looking forward to meeting many more and to hearing their stories about secret forts, jumble sales, ghost stories and getting up to (just a little bit of) mischief.” Says Erika.

The campaign is run by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Council Public Libraries, in partnership with Puffin Books, and runs from January to March 2017.

Living in Victorian Dublin

GPODublin City Hall was the venue for our third Heritage Week event, our seminar ‘Living in Victorian Dublin’. This is the second in our annual series, the first was ‘Living in Georgian Dublin’ in 2016 and the next will be ‘Living in Restoration Dublin’ in 2018.  Our five speakers each spoke on a different topic, in order to cover all aspects of the Victorian city.  Michael Barry was our first speaker.  Author of Victorian Dublin Revealed he gave an overview of the entire city, demonstrating how many buildings, both public and domestic, have remained from that era and introducing them through his own splendid photography. 

The Irish Revolution 1917-1923 - Brian Hanley

The Irish RevolutionWhat happened in Ireland after the 1916 Rising? How did the political, economic and social landscape change and what brought about independence in 1922? Listen back to a three-part lecture series delivered by Brian Hanley Dublin City Council’s Historians-in-Residence for Dublin City Library & Archive.  The lecture topics are:

  • Lecture 1- Ireland in 1917
  • Lecture 2 - What was the War of Independence?
  • Lecture 3 - What was the Civil War?

News from Nelson: my dear old Friend

Bang BangAs regular readers of my Blog will know, I have made many friends down the centuries – but probably my best friend of all was Bang Bang.  Born as Thomas Dudley, I used to follow his escapades from the top of my Pillar by placing a spyglass to my one good eye.  Such adventures as he had!  ‘Shooting’ people with an old church key – and these to be grown-up adults – well they went down like tenpins shouting and roaring with ‘pain’.  Bang Bang’s inspiration was the Westerns which he saw when he went to the flicks – he was usually admitted free of charge and if he went in the afternoon his young friends were also let in with him.  He fancied himself as a cowboy riding a horse but as he couldn’t afford a horse he went for the next best thing – the buses!   In those days (I speak of the 1950s and early 1960s) the buses in Dublin had an open platform at the back and while the bus was already moving Bang Bang launched himself triumphantly onto the platform and from this his trusty steed he resumed ‘shooting’ calling out ‘Bang Bang’!

Kevin Street Library Refurbishment

Kevin St Library[Updated: 12 September 2017] Townlink Construction have advised Dublin City Council of an extension of their programme due to a delay on site. The updated timetable for completion of the refurbishment works is as follows:

  • Contract commencement date: 30 January 2017
  • Commencement of works: 8 February 2017
  • Completion/handover: 25 October 2017*
  • Fit-out/move in (2 months): Opening January 2018

The Design Concept have been awarded the contract for the fit out of the library. Examples of their previous work can be seen here: thedesignconcept.co.uk/inspiration-gallery

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