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New Treasures from the Collections Galleries

Rich and Rare 011Four new image galleries highlighting treasures from the collections of Dublin City Public Libraries have been added recently. These are: 

Little Treasures - The Special Collections hold a wealth of material for children, from early chapbooks to current Irish publications. Much of the material is of artistic interest, including many fine examples of illustrations by well-known Irish and international artists of classic children’s fiction. This Image Gallery also contains some examples of educational material, including schoolbooks from the 19th and 20th centuries. Dublin City Public Libraries has published a booklet, Once Upon A Time based on its collections for children.

Dublin remembers 'Bang Bang'

'Bang Bang's' Key On 3rd Feb 2011, The Lord Mayor Gerry Breen presented Dublin City Archivist, Dr. Mary Clark with a key that belonged to Thomas Dudley (affectionately known as 'Bang Bang'). Thomas Dudley was a big fan of cowboy films and in the 1950s and 60s he travelled all over Dublin staging mock shoot outs with people using a large church key as his 'gun'.

Bang Bang“Bang Bang was a great and entertaining character from Dublin.  Many people remember his energy and his love of fun and humour.  This year marks the 30th anniversary since his death and I think that it is very fitting that his key will now remain in safe keeping in the city he gave so much joy to,” said the Lord Mayor.

Left: Click thumbnail to see larger image.

Working for the City

LamplighterThis image gallery depicts the working lives of Dublin Corporation/Dublin City Council Staff. This short selection of images show  staff at work and, also, how things have changed over the years. It reflects the challenges they encountered and the diversity of skills required by staff in the performance of their everyday duties.

Dublin Pubs

Brazen Head“Good puzzle would be cross Dublin without passing a pub”
      James Joyce, Ulysses

This gallery consists of images of Public Houses from the Dublin City Photographic Collection. Some of these pubs are still open for business but most have vanished from our streets. It is hoped that these images will serve as ‘memory triggers’ for those Dubliners who frequented them, passed them by, or avoided them.

The 14th Annual Sir John T. Gilbert Lecture

Mr J Kennedy Miller's Very Capable Company of Irish Players by Christopher Fitz-SimonOn 24 January 2011 the fourteenth annual Sir John T. Gilbert Commemorative Lecture was held at Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street. The lecture was delivered by Christopher Fitz-Simon, author of 'The Boys', 'Eleven Houses' and 'Buffoonery and Easy Sentiment'. The lecture detailed Mr Kennedy Miller's successful Irish theatre company which toured Ireland and Britain during the period 1889 - 1906. Dr Fitz-Simon discussed plays Kennedy Miller directed, outlined the strengths and signature roles of some of the Company's accomplished actors, and considered what made Irish melodrama so distinct and so popular at that time.

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In Other Words - Irish Literature in Translation in Your Library

John Boyne, Hugo Hamilton, Tadhg Mac DhonnagáinDublin City Public Libraries and Ireland Literature presented a series of talks and readings, 'In Other Words . . .Irish Literature in Translation in Your Library' in the Central Library in November 2010.

Right: John Boyne, Hugo Hamilton, Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin

Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian says:

This initiative, organised by Ireland Literature Exchange and Dublin’s Central Library, offers an opportunity to showcase the impressive range of Ireland’s literature in translation. It is particularly apt in the year that Dublin achieved recognition as a UNESCO City of Literature that members of the public can meet with some of the writers who made this designation possible.

Vanishing Dublin

Wood QuayView the 'Vanishing Dublin' Image Gallery Collection. Fifteen images displayed per page. When there, click on first image to start slideshow of images on page, then select pages 2,3, etc., and do same. Options with slideshow: pause, view image details, download original. Selecting text link beneath thumbnail in gallery links to image details. Many of the image details pages contain Google street view image of location beneath photograph for comparison with today.

'For Dublin keeps on changing, 
And nothing stays the same…' 
Pete St John, Dublin in the Rare Oul Times

Treasures from the Collections

W.B. Yeats poemThe Special Collections of Dublin City Public Libraries contains a wealth of rare and beautiful material spanning centuries of Dublin’s history. The collections encompass a wide range of material; from the first Dublin newspapers to hand-tinted maps, from 18th century manuscripts to early editions of the works of Jonathan Swift, from propaganda leaflets of the Civil War period to exquisite examples of the craft of Dublin bookbinders. Highlights include a unique Yeats collection and the complete library of the historian John T. Gilbert.

Capital Letters

The Happy PrinceAs a city, Dublin has always punched well above its weight in terms of the number and quality of the writers it has produced. Its literary heritage is world famous and was recognised in 2010 when it was awarded the status of City of Literature by UNESCO. It has also always had more than its fair share of enthusiastic and sometimes critical readers, a group which has been well served by the public library service of Dublin since its foundation in the late 19th century.

Dublin Bombings of 1974

Welcome Inn, Parnell StreetThis collection of 148 images of the aftermath of the Dublin bombings of May 1974 provides a valuable source of information on the tragedy. The material is of particular relevance to second-level students studying Northern Irish history and provides the basis for original research.

On the evening of May 17th 1974 Dublin city centre was rocked by three explosions. The first, at 5.28 pm, was in Parnell Street and resulted in the death of eleven people. The second explosion, which took place almost immediately after the first, was in Talbot Street. This blast killed fourteen people. The third explosion, in South Leinster Street, which occurred just after 5.30 pm, was responsible for the death of two more.

Just before 7.00pm that evening, there was a further explosion in Monaghan Town in which seven people were killed.

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