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Musician in Residence, the story so far.

Riona Sally Hartman“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” Victor Hugo verbalises it best, throughout the ages, music has played an outsized role in Irish society. From the bards of old, regaling stories and legends through song and verse to our ancestors, to the modern artists of Phil Lynott, Sinead O’Connor and Hozier who tell their stories to the world.

Woolen Mill on North Great Clarence Street

Woollen Mill, Clarence StreetRecently, I was asked if I knew anything about the woolen mill on North Great Clarence Street. I had to admit that I had never heard of one but immediately resolved to find out more about it. The premises in question (No. 46) now houses the D-Lightg Studios, described on their website as ‘a creative, multi-functional space housed in a converted woolen mill’.

 

Local Historian Honoured

Cathy Scuffil with her medalWe are delighted to announce that Cathy Scuffil, Historian in Residence with Dublin City Council (South Central area) has been awarded a silver medal by the Old Dublin Society for her paper on the South Circular Road on the eve of the First World War.  Professor Frank Barry from Trinity College Dublin presented the medal to Cathy on 21st June and praised her research which she undertook initially for an MA in Local History from Maynooth University.  Cathy brings her knowledge and love of history to groups and schools all over the Crumlin, Ballyfermot, Dolphin’s Barn, Walkinstown, Kimmage and Dublin 8 areas of the city.

Internship at Dublin City Libraries and Archives

My internship in the web department at Dublin City Libraries started on Monday the 18th of June 2018 and ended on Friday the 24th of August 2018. This means that by the end of this period I will have spent 10 weeks working in the web unit. I was appointed three different tasks: create twitter content, write guides and reports on Google and Twitter analytics and to work on the Jacob’s Biscuit Factory project.
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Mellows Bridge Historian In Residence Blog

Child at Mellows BridgeMellows bridge, situated towards the Heuston Station end of the quays, sits on the site of one of the oldest bridges in Dublin city. The original was built in 1688, was named Arran bridge and it collapsed in 1763. Its replacement, completed in 1768, was known as the Queen’s Bridge and has been renovated several times since. In the post-independence rush to rebrand structures with imperial connections, the Dublin Municipal Council renamed the bridge after Queen Maeve of Connacht in 1922.

Dublin Festival of History 2018

Dublin Festival of History logoDublin Festival of History returns for it's sixth year and takes place from the 24th September to 7th October. This year will see over 140 events across the city, with talks, walks, tours and exhibitions on a wide range of topics, including the historical impact of gaming, former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass’ time spent in Ireland, a queer history of Kilmainham Gaol, an evening of conversation and music with Christy Dignam, as well as numerous events marking 100 years of Irish women’s suffrage. All events are free.

The Festival will culminate with a ‘Big Weekend’ series of talks at City Hall and the Printworks, Dublin Castle, taking place from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th October featuring many best-selling historians. Michael Palin will bring to life the history of the ship HMS Erebus, Anne Applebaum will discuss Stalin’s war on the Ukraine in the 1930s, while Helen Rappaport will shed new light on the murder of the Russian Imperial Family after the Bolshevik Revolution, 100 years after their death.

Political Cartoons (1885-1894)

The following political cartoons come from the United Ireland and the Weekly Freeman and the National Press, Irish nationalist newspapers that commented on the last few decades of nineteenth-century Ireland. These cartoons illustrate Irish nationalist sentiments at the time by commenting on political events and figures, in particular the Home Rule Movement, the Land War, and the 1892 General Election.

Pope John Paul II in Dublin: September 1979

Pope John Paul IIPope John Paul II’s visit to Ireland in 1979 was seen as an acknowledgement of the strong faith of the Irish by the Vatican. The Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park on Saturday 29th September 1979 was the largest single public gathering in the history of the state.  In 1979 95.1% of the population of the Republic of Ireland was Catholic. In 2018, 78.3% consider themselves to be Catholic. During the Mass at the Phoenix Park, Pope John Paul II addressed and advised on the challenges he feared Ireland would face. He warned against the corrosive effect of consumerism and emphasised the indissolubility of marriage.

View Pope John Paul II in Dublin Image Gallery.

 

Vacancy - Dublin City Librarian

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Dublin City Council invites applications from suitably qualified persons who wish to be considered for inclusion on a panel from which vacancies for the following position may be filled:

Dublin City Librarian
Salary:                            €91,358 - €107,969 per annum
Applications must be made online at www.publicjobs.ie

Eligible:                          Suitably qualified persons
Closing Date:                 Thursday, 23rd August 2018

Three Irish Authors on 2018 Man Booker Longlist!

Man Booker logoThirteen may be considered unlucky for some, but not to the thirteen on the Man Booker Prize longlist which includes three Irish authors this year. Donal Ryan’s "From a Low and Quiet Sea" is his second nomination for the prize after "Spinning Heart" in 2013. Anna Burns and Sally Rooney both receive their first nominations for "Milkman" and "Normal People" respectively.

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