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Historians in Residence – exciting new public history project

HistoriansDublin City Council has put history and communities at the heart an innovative new project which builds on last year’s commemoration of the 1916 Rising. The centenary of the Rising saw unprecedented engagement with history in the city as hundreds of thousands of citizens, visitors and community groups remembered this pivotal moment in our history.  Now Dublin City Council has recruited six Historians-in-Residence to build on this enormous public interest in history. The historians are working across the city and are talking history with the general public, community groups and schools from now until January 2018 and can be contacted at commemorations@dublicity.ie<--break->.

Historians-in-Residence pictured l-r:  Back row: Brian Hanley, Cormac Moore and Donal Fallon; Front row: Maeve Casserly, Cathy Scuffil and Darragh Gannon

Reel Pride: Top 10 LGBTQ films

PrideLGBTQ Pride is here again! Traditionally celebrated throughout the month of June, this year Dublin Pride 2017 march will be taking place on Saturday 24th June assembling from 11am onwards at St. Stephen’s Green, departing at 2.00pm and finishing-up at Smithfield.  See: http://dublinpride.ie

Dublin City Council has for a long time been and remains a proud and enthusiastic supporter of this event and Dublin City Public Libraries have for several years hosted LGBTQ themed book displays / promotions in line with our strong commitment to LGBTQ inclusion and equality.

Of course, libraries are not just about the written word but information, education and entertainment in all their varied formats so we thought at Rathmines Library this year that we might showcase an array of films of LGBTQ interest – REEL PRIDE! While there are too many titles to mention, please see below a small (admittedly subjective) selection of some of the very best. Of course, no one need have an interest in LGBTQ themes to enjoy these titles – they all warrant viewing and are brilliant productions in their own right!

The History of Social Housing in Inchicore

HI001 Riversdale House, 40 Old Kilmainham, 1914This photo gallery tells the history of social housing in Inchicore which is a suburb of Dublin, 5km west of the city centre. It traces the history of the area from tenements and one of Dublin Corporation’s first social housing schemes to the conversion of Richmond Barracks to Keogh Square then St Michael’s Estate and beyond. It challenges some of the negative perceptions about Keogh Square and St Michael’s Estate and hopes to encourage former residents to share their memories. Although Keogh Square and St Michael’s Estate dominate the narrative, they are not the only social housing in Inchicore so this gallery also includes Tyrone Place, Bulfin Court, Emmet Crescent and Thornton Heights.

View History of Social Housing in Inchicore Image Gallery.

Libraries Ireland: Access over 15 million items!

Libraries IrelandAnyone with a Dublin City library card can now use all 333 public libraries across the country, to read, browse, study, borrow items such as books, DVDs, games or other formats, use Wi-Fi, PCs and printing services.

Dublin City, in co-operation with all the public library services in Ireland,  is part of Libraries Ireland, launched in Navan Library on 29 May 2017. Speaking at the launch, Mr Damien English, T.D. Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal said “the introduction of the service by public libraries across the country is an exciting and ground-breaking initiative, the first of its kind in the world.  Every library in Ireland is effectively now your local library”.

Fairies and elves reading experience at Raheny Library

Raheny fairy gardenThis May, children from Raheny and Edenmore schools had fun discovering the magic of reading - with a little help from some fairies and elves! Over 200 children visited Raheny Library where they enjoyed a storytelling session with Lisa Yeates, arts and crafts and a tour of Raheny Library's fairy and elf garden.   Raheny Library's new garden seems to have proved an attractive holiday destination for fairies and elves! It looks like the fairies have been relaxing, pottering in the garden, playing on the swings and slide, playing football and of course catching up on their reading!

Learn any language, any time with uTALK

uTALKDublin Public Libraries welcomes uTalk, a new and innovative way to learn a language. This programme uses verbal, visual and fun exercises to teach language and increase your chance of success. By stimulating both sides of the brain at the same time, the visual \ memory (right brain) and the verbal (left brain). This dual process improves recall and learning dramatically. Adding a fun element helps release the neurotransmitter chemical dopamine. This keeps you motivated and improves memory recall.

News from Nelson: The Greatest?

NelsonOne of the best parts of having ‘retired into the Corpo’ is that I have plenty of time to sit and think of how wonderful I am – it passes the day for me.   Did you know that I am the greatest naval commander who ever lived?  Did I mention this before? Taking part in the Napoleonic Wars, I was victorious in the battles of Cape St. Vincent, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, The Nile, Copenhagen and of course Trafalgar.  Most of these battles were referenced on my Pillar and their names are now on display in the Craft Courtyard in Kilkenny City – the clean lettering is an inspiration to the practitioners there.

Short Stories with Danielle McLaughlin and Roisín O'Donnell

Danielle McLaughlinListen back to authors Danielle McLaughlin and Roisín O'Donnell reading from their collections and discussing their creative writing process. Recorded in the Central Library on 7 April 2017 as part of their Contemporary Irish Literature Series which took place during March and April 2017.

Danielle’s debut collection of short stories Dinosaurs On Other Planets, was published in Ireland in 2015 by The Stinging Fly Press and in the UK, US & Canada by John Murray and Random House in 2016. She has won various awards for her short fiction, including the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Competition, The Merriman Short Story Competition in memory of Maeve Binchy, and the Dromineer Literary Festival Short Story Competition.

Letters Patent for the Theatre Royal Dublin, 1957

Theatre RoyalManuscript of the Month, June 2017. 
Dublin’s famous Theatre Royal went through three incarnations before finally succumbing to the developers’ wrecking ball.  The first version was founded in 1820 as the Albany Theatre – based in Hawkins Street, it boasted a 2,000 seater auditorium.  During his visit to Dublin in 1821, King George IV visited the Albany and subsequently issued it with letters patent, conferring the title of Theatre Royal.  This first Theatre Royal was burned to the ground on 9 February 1880 and was replaced on the same site by the second Theatre Royal in 1897.  This was designed by Frank Matcham and seated 2,011 people. But these numbers was not enough for all the people who wanted to enjoy an evening at ‘The Royal’ so in 1935 it was replaced by a behemoth, with room for 3,700 seated and 300 standing.   This third ‘Royal’ survived until 1962 when it was demolished and replaced with an office block, Hawkins House.

Stories for Young Children

Baby with bookHere is a small selection of stories available for young children to borrow at your local Library.  If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please ask a staff member.  Check this page for regular updates.

Colours

Tales from Acorn Wood: Colours (Based on the Tales from Acorn Wood books by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler)
My First Mr Men Colours

Alphabet

ABC by Kim Sebold

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