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Dubliners in D-Day

D-DayIt is impossible to say with any degree of certainty how many Irish took part in Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June, 1944. A precise figure for Irish enlistments in the British forces for the war as a whole is not available and estimates vary between 70–120,000 men and women.

The Irish Soccer Split 1921

football teamIn 1921, the Leinster Football Association separated from the parent body, the Irish Football Association (IFA), and subsequently formed the Football Association of Ireland (FAI). Soccer had been governed on an all-Ireland basis for 40 years beforehand. The split that happened in 1921 remains to this day, unlike most sports in Ireland that are still governed on a 32-county basis.

Dublin Festival of History 2019

festofhistDublin Festival of History returns for it's seventh year and takes place from the 1st October to the 21st October. This year’s Festival will see over 150 walks, tours, exhibitions and talks take place across 65 venues in the city. The Festival is an initiative of Dublin City Council, and all events are free and open to the public.

The Festival will culminate with a ‘Big Weekend’ of talks at the Printworks, Dublin Castle, taking place Friday 18th October to Sunday, 20th October. The best-selling author of Wild Swans, Jung Chang, radio presenter and author Joe Duffy, and popular historian and TV presenter Dan Jones have been announced as part of the line-up.

Weavers and The Liberties

weaverThe Dublin City Library and Archive holds a beautiful image of the old Weaver’s Hall on The Coombe Dublin, a  building still fondly remembered by older citizens in the area. The image shows a dignified guild hall, with a statue of King George II by Van Nost holding shuttles and other implements used in the weaving process set in an alcove above the main entrance. 

Although the Weaver’s Hall is long gone, there is still a lot of evidence of this once major industry that existed in this area over a 1,000 year timespan. The most obvious are various placenames.

Lost in the Stacks: New Comics

Lost in the stacks Welcome to the second edition of our new blog series 'Lost in the Stacks' - recommendations by Dublin City Libraries staff exploring overlooked gems and helping you find your next read!

This entry comes from one of our most prodigious blog contributors, library assistant Marc and focuses on some of the new comics available to borrow at Dublin City Librari

Liam Ó Briain’s Insurrection Memories 1916

speaker at podiumLast May, I was delighted to attend the Dublin launch of a book entitled 'Essays by an Irish Rebel: revolution, politics and culture' by Liam Ó Briain.  A very enjoyable read, the book features twenty-five essays by the Dublin academic and revolutionary Liam Ó Briain (1888-1974), all of which were published in Irish from 1934 to 1968, as well as three appreciations of the author.

All have now been edited and translated into English by Eoin Ó Dochartaigh, a retired doctor from Galway who graduated from University College Galway (now NUI Galway) and knew Ó Briain as a family friend.

How many miles to...

gpo219I was delighted to get such a great response from one of our Tweets about this fab marker on Terenure Road East, which I took en route to Terenure Library History Book Club.

Tatty, Dublin One City One Book 2020

dwyer hickey Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey is the Dublin One City One Book choice for 2020.  "I’m absolutely delighted. Tatty is a novel that is connected to the city of Dublin in so many ways – it’s an honour to have it chosen as Dublin One City One Book for 2020.”

A Snapshot of O’Connell Street in 1964

Dublin lamp The black and white photograph chosen for the cover of this year’s Dublin Festival of History programme was taken in 1964 and depicts a busy O’Connell Street teeming with pedestrians and traffic. It is one of almost 10,000 images contained in the Fáilte Ireland Tourism Photographic Collection, created by the Irish tourist authority and later donated to the Dublin City Library and Archive.

Ballymun improvement works

painter2019Due to essential improvement works, Ballymun Library will be closed to the public on the following dates:

16th to the 28th September inclusive

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