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Women’s Voices 1914-1918

Nora Guilfoyle2018 marks the 100th anniversary of World War 1 Armistice. From 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. Here we read from some archival sources from Dublin City Library and Archive to highlight four Irish women whose lives were impacted by the First World War in very different ways.

The four women featured are Anna Haslam, Nora Guilfoyle (pictured right), Monica Roberts and Maeve Cavanagh.

The Conscription Crisis

Conscription CrisisThe Conscription Crisis – After Russia’s withdrawal from the First World War, Germany started an offensive on the western front in March 1918. The British Government subsequently introduced the Military Services Act in April 1918, extending conscription to every Irish male between the ages of 18 and 50. Most strands of Irish life vigorously opposed conscription, leading to a retreat from the British authorities some months later.

Na Fianna article by Countess Markieviecz – January 1916 Digital.libraries.dublincity.ie

Clear it Out!

bagsWhen you open your wardrobe do you risk life and limb from the ensuing avalanche of clothing that you have kept since your first communion? Are you afraid to look in your attic lest you discover, behind the heaving boxes of ancient Christmas decorations, the earthly remains of Shergar? Would your shoe collection make Imelda Marcos weep tears of sheer joy? Do your kitchen cupboards make you speculate, like Disney’s Ariel, as to ‘How many wonders can one cavern hold?’

If so then help is at hand! For the month of April Rathmines library will be hosting a display of books on de-cluttering your home to help you get rid of all the junk and unwanted bits and bobs that you may have accumulated over the years so you can create more space and enjoy a more organised, harmonious environment.

Suffrage Stalwarts: Anna and Thomas Haslam

Haslam benchStrolling around the centre of St. Stephens Green, amongst the flowers, swans, tourists and lunchtime-time sandwich eaters, stands an unassuming seat which you might easily pass-by without noticing. Going in for a closer look, the curious onlooker will note that this bench is dedicated to one Anna and Thomas Haslam for their tireless work campaigning for equal rights for women.

 

Two Irish Novelists Make the International Dublin Literary Award Shortlist

Literary Award 2018Two novels by Irish authors and six novels in translation are among the 10 shortlisted for the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award.  The two novels by Irish authors are The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride and Solar Bones by Mike McCormack; the six novels in translation hail from France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Mexico and South Korea, while the remaining two come  from South Africa and the USA.

The International DUBLIN Literary Award is worth €100,000 to the winner. If the book has been translated the author receives €75,000 and the translator received €25,000. The award, sponsored by Dublin City Council and managed by the City Library Service. was launched on 7th April 1995 and is now in its 23rd year.

Digital Archivist position.

Dublin City Library and Archive, which houses Dublin City Archives and the Dublin and Irish Collection, has over 43,000 digital objects currently available online, plus an additional 9,000 objects (approx.) which have been digitised and catalogued offline.

In 2018, Dublin City Library and Archive will initiate an exciting new partnership with the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) to upload existing digital object collections to the Digital Repository of Ireland.

Easter bunny loves reading too!

Easter fun at BallymunWith over 30 people in attendance, we had a morning of magic and fun at Ballymun Library last Tuesday, 27th March.  The Easter Bunny paid a surprise visit and left lots of surprises for our junior patrons.

The Baby/Wobbler Book Club met at 11am and read ‘Spot’s First Easter’ by Eric Hill.  We’ve read many books so far about our doggy friend, Spot, including ‘Where’s Spot?’ and ‘Spot Says Goodnight’.  In this story, we joined Spot and his friends as they go on an Easter Egg Hunt together.

Photo: Maria Sheahan (Book Club Facilitator, left) with Daniel Heenan and his mother, Gabriela Arakaki

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If you haven't been into your local library in a while now is a good time to check it out, and if you have never been a member then we think you're going to be pleasantly surprised at the range of services and resources that are available. Join up for free today!

As you might expect the library is the place to go to check out books, newspapers and DVDs but you might not realise that we also offer a range of online resources. Highlights include:

Classmate Magazine

ClassmateClassmate is a free children’s magazine published by Dublin City Council. In the latest issue you can win a Kindle Fire in Classmate's Irish Book Quiz. But hurry the closing date is 6 April! Here's a sample of what else you'll discover in this Spring's Classmate:

  • Do you like comics? Find out about Comics Plus an exciting new app available with your library card
  • Children's Books Ireland's fantastic Bold Girls Reading Guide
  • The History Detective uncovers the story of The Abbey of St Thomas the Martyr
  • Bliain na Gaeilge 2018
  • Looking at Art: Plan a visit to Dublin City Gallery - The Hugh Lane
  • Learn to code - get involved with CoderDojo
  • Startbox - Introduction to boxing
  • Do your bit for the environment with National Spring Clean and #2minutestreetclean

Easter Fun at Ballymun Library

Spot's First EasterDon’t miss our Easter-Themed Book Club sessions for babies to preschoolers next Tuesday 27 March at Ballymun Library.  Maria Sheahan (Book Club Facilitator) has invited the Easter Bunny to check out what fantastic services the Library provides and to leave some treats for our junior patrons.

The Baby/Wobbler Book Club will meet at 11am and will read ‘Spot’s First Easter’ by Eric Hill.  We’ve read many books so far about our doggy friend, Spot, including ‘Where’s Spot?’ and ‘Spot Says Goodnight’.  In this story, we join Spot and his friends as they go on an Easter Hunt together.

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