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Decisive battle at Waterloo

Waterloo headlineBrussels Monday 19 June 1815

News is just coming in of a major battle between the English and French which has taken place in the countryside south of Brussels. The battle site centred on Mont-Saint-Jean near the village of Waterloo.

Since his escape from Elba earlier in the year and his astonishing overland march through France to Paris, the Emperor Napoleon, has once again threatened the peace of Europe. He fielded an army of some 72,000 soldiers, among them his battle-hardened old Guards. The Emperor could be seen on his distinctive white mare, Desirée, inspecting his troops before the battle was commenced, and at intervals throughout the battle galloping across the field of slaughter.

Yeats in Translation

Swedish translationThe Dublin City Library's Collection of W.B. Yeats's books holds about 200 translations which I have gathered together during my work on a new bibliography of his writings

W.B. Yeats's works have been translated into and published in dozens of languages, four dozen plus one and a couple of dialects at my present count, and maybe more we don't know about. The alphabetical list looks impressive -

The funerals of W. B. Yeats, 1939 and 1948

WB YeatsWilliam Butler Yeats (1865-1939), poet and dramatist, senator of the Irish Free State, Nobel Prize laureate, founder of the Abbey Theatre and guiding light of the Irish literary revival, died at Rocquebrune, in the hills above Monaco, in the South of France on 28 January 1939. Yeats was a delicate child, and as an adult he suffered from a series of complaints; on medical advice his spent many of his winters in Italy and the South of France from 1927 onwards. In the winter of 1938 he left Ireland for the Riviera as his health was failing, and his death occurred the following January. His funeral and burial took place at Rocquebrune.

Yeats Collections at Dublin City Library & Archive

WB YeatsIn this the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) people from around the world will be reassessing the contribution to world cultural heritage made by William Yeats and by other members of his family. Dublin’s libraries and galleries are very well furnished with the artistic output of the family, from the world-renowned poetry of William, to the paintings of his father John Butler Yeats (1839-1922), the exquisite paintings and drawings of his younger brother Jack Butler Yeats (1871-1957), and the stunning hand-printed books, broadsides and greeting cards published by his sisters Susan Yeats (1866-1949) and Elizabeth Corbet Yeats (1868-1940) at the Dún Emer and Cuala presses. The National Gallery holds a renowned collection of Jack Yeats drawings as well as some of his finest paintings and the National Library hosts the fine Yeats exhibition.

Newly Catalogued Collection Added to RDFA Archive

Henry KavanaghA newly catalogued collection has just been added to the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association (RDFA) Archive at the Dublin City Library and Archive in Pearse Street. The RDFA Archive is managed by Dublin City Archives.

The collection contains letters and photographs relating to the 1914-18 war time experiences of Corporal Henry Kavanagh, his brothers Enoch and Norman, and their friend George Poulton.

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

WB YeatsWilliam Butler Yeats, known to friends and family as Willie, was born in Sandymount Avenue, Dublin, on 13 June 1865. He was the eldest son of John Butler Yeats, portrait painter, and his wife Susan Pollexfen, whose family came from County Sligo. The family moved to London when Willie was a baby and remained there until 1880, but he spent his summers with his mother’s family in Sligo. When the family returned to Dublin he attended the High School in Harcourt Street. He originally studied art at the Metropolitan School of Art and the Royal Hibernian Academy School, but later decided to devote himself to literature, especially poetry and drama.

Computer/Internet Access Affected, Finglas Library, 21 May

Finglas LibraryTo facilitate Surfbox printer installation, there is no computer access in Finglas Library on Thursday, 21st May. Internet access is via Wi-Fi only. Our sincere apologies.

Print - Scan - Copy. Improved Printing Service.

In addition to using a library computer to have your document printed, the Surfbox service allows you to email the job, upload it to the web or use the HP ePrint app on your phone or tablet. Read more about the Surfbox printing service.

Contact Finglas Library.

Tragedy off the south coast – Sir Hugh Lane one of the casualties

Freeman JournalDublin, Monday, 10 May 1915. Following the tragic loss of RMS Lusitania, on Friday afternoon 7 May, off the south coast of Ireland near the Old Head of Kinsale, in which 1,198 passengers and crew were drowned, it is reported that Sir Hugh Lane, benefactor to this city, is among the casualties. The ship, en route from New York to Liverpool, with civilian passengers, seems to have been torpedoed by a German U-Boat.

Remembering Gallipoli - Books and Exhibitions

Memorial Book CollectionTwo complementary exhibitions were launched yesterday in the Dublin City Library and Archive. These are the 'Çanakkale: Road to Peace out of War' and the 'Fragments: Stories from Gallipoli 1915' displays which will appear in the Dublin City Public Library and Archive from Wednesday, 22 April, 2015 until Friday, 29 May, 2015.

The 'Fragments: Stories from Gallipoli 1915' exhibition, curated by Dublin City Archives, draws mainly on sources from the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive which is held at Dublin City Library and Archive. It gives an overview of the failed 1915 Campaign by the Allies and highlights the personal experiences of a number of Irish-born World War I soldiers who fought in Gallipoli by utilising diaries, photographs and correspondences.

Picturing Dublin in the late 20th century

 Screen Cinema A remarkable collection of photographs held at Dublin City Library and Archive brings Dublin of the late 20th century to life. The Donal McEnroe Photographic Collection, comprising some 17,000 images, puts the spotlight on life in the capital from the late 1970s to the early 2000s. Covering people, places, events, transport, shops, social issues and Dublin by night, the collection captures everyday life in the city. The range and quality of the images makes this collection very suitable for digitisation.

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