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Woody Guthrie (1912-1967)

Bound For GloryThis year sees the 100th anniversary of the birth of Woody Guthrie, American folksinger and songwriter. He wrote more than 1000 songs, which were all influenced by his travels, and dealt with such themes as the hardship of the Depression, the "Dust Bowl" drought and the Unions. He is best known for the song "This land is Your Land" and "So long it's been good to know ya". Many of the songs he wrote during his illness were lost as they were not recorded.

In 1940, Alan Lomax began recording Guthrie's songs for the American Library of Congress. Around this time, he also met Pete Seeger in New York where Guthrie also performed with other activists, such as Lead Belly. During the 1950s and 1960s he became famous as a folk hero, influencing the younger generation of protest singers, such as, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Bragg and others.

The Diary of the Weather and Winds

ship detailView the Weather and Winds Image Gallery.

This Image Gallery was created to provide a context for The Diary of the Weather and Winds which has now been made available on the web. The original document and a transcript have been placed on-line by Dublin City Public Libraries as part of its contribution to Dublin’s year as City of Science.  

This 18th century manuscript is the meticulous record by an early Dublin meteorologist, who documented the weather in the city on a daily basis during the period 1716 to 1734. The manuscript is part of the Gilbert Collection and is held in the Special Collections of Dublin City Public Libraries. Until recently it was not known who the author of the work was, but thanks to the research of historian Alan Smyth the diarist has now been identified as Isaac Butler (c1691 – 1755).

Music in Dublin: 1742

Rocque's map showing fishamble streetWe are so lucky in Dublin to have access to the world’s best music. Music in the churches can be sublime, and visiting companies perform French and Italian music in the city during the season. I notice that many of the wealthy, or aspiring families now engage music masters to teach their children to play the harpsichord or violin, to sing, and to appreciate the finer points of musical composition. I’m sure this can only have a civilizing effect, especially on the young men.

 Music Hall, Fishamble StreetThe new Music Hall in Fishamble Street has witnessed stunning events. Since its official opening last year this fine building hosts fashionable balls and assemblies. It has a wonderful vaulted roof which gives a great sound quality for musical evenings. It is decorated in the most elegant manner with fluted columns and pilasters and large mirrors to give extra light and to reflect the dancers. For concerts it holds about 600 people.

Dublin City Public Libraries: Part Of Our Built Heritage

Kevin Street

On August 18th we at Dublin City Public Libraries join the celebrations of our 'Built Heritage' as part of Heritage Week 2012. This image gallery presents a historical survey of some of the public libraries that have served Dublin’s citizens from 1884 until the present day. The idea at the heart of the public library system is simple, enlightened, and noble: anyone can have access to education, information, and knowledge. As the song so simply and eloquently put it: ‘Libraries gave us power’.

The Gaiety Theatre 1880s - 1930s

Gaiety Theatre InteriorView the Gaiety Theatre 1880s - 1930s Image Gallery.

Since opening its doors in 1871, the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin has been a cultural landmark.   The oldest continuously operating theatre in Dublin, the Gaiety Theatre has provided entertainment to audiences for generations. As the name ‘gaiety’ suggests, the theatre originally specialized in comedy and opera; today the theatre offers entertainment of all forms.   This gallery offers a peek into the Gaiety’s rich history, from the 1880s to the 1930s.  For more information on The Gaiety Theatre, take a look at Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre: The grand old lady of South King Street by Robert O’Byrne.

What am I entitled to?

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What Social Welfare payments am I entitled to?

Who can help me if I need financial assistance?

Where can I look for work?

Do I pay tax if I am on a low income?

Disease and Dirt: Public Health in Dublin, 1903-1917

Smallpox HospitalView Disease and Dirt Image Gallery

Dublin was one of the most depressed cities in Europe at the turn of the century. Declining industry, overcrowding, unemployment, and poor housing created a cauldron of poverty for many Dubliners. The connection between poverty and disease had been formally recognised in the nineteenth century. These rarely seen images from Dublin Corporation’s Reports Upon The State Of Public Health In The City Of Dublin show some of the measures taken by Dublin’s civic authority to curb the spread of infectious diseases. We hope that it may be of interest to anyone researching the social history of Dublin in the early twentieth century.

Maeve Binchy, the Most Generous of People

Maeve BinchyIt is with great sadness that we heard of the passing last evening (30 July) of Maeve Binchy, Dublin-born novelist, short story writer and journalist. We sadly mourn the loss of one loved by so many and forever a favourite amongst our readers. Her writings will ensure that she will always be with us. May she rest in peace.

Maeve's has sold over 40 million copies of her books and they have been translated into some 42 languages. Her debut novel, 'Light a Penny Candle', was published in 1982 and quickly became a bestseller, while her most recent, 'Minding Frankie', was published in 2010, despite her announcing some ten years before that she would write no more. 'Circle of Friends' (1990) and 'Tara Road' (1998) were both turned into feature films, while 'The Lilac Bus' and 'Echoes' were made into films for TV. In 2010 she received a lifetime achievement award from the Irish Book Awards. Much of Maeve's writings are centred around life in smalltown Ireland as well as family relationships. (tributes below)

Inchicore Library Book Club on TV3

On the 27th June, TV3 visited Inchicore Library where they filmed the book club discussing 'A Moment Like This' by Anita Notaro. The five minute piece was broadcast on Tuesday, 24th July on Ireland AM at approximately 9.20am, and you can watch it over on the TV3 3player.

Inchicore Library Book Club

College Green Dublin: 1791

College Green building Parliament House The grandest public space in Dublin is College Green. Roughly triangular in shape, it has three of Dublin’s finest public buildings fronting onto it: Trinity College West Front, the Houses of Parliament, and the General Post Office. In the centre is the equestrian statue of William III. Leading off it from the three corners are the great shopping streets, Dame Street and Grafton Street, and leading towards the river, College Street. It’s a lovely drive by carriage, sweeping down Cork Hill to Dame Street and entering the Green from the west. It is very fashionable to take an evening promenade by the Parliament House, strolling in the arcade formed by the columns. Posters for new plays, and other public notices, are displayed on the pillars and you can catch up with all the latest news as well as getting information about upcoming events here.