Dublin City Library & Archive

Dublin City Archaeological Archive Formally Opened

Dublin City Archaeological ArchiveThe Dublin City Archaeological Archive [DCAA], first launched in July 2008, was last night formally opened to the public by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Oisín Quinn. The DCAA originated as an action of the Dublin City Council Heritage Plan 2002-2006 and is managed jointly by Dublin City Archaeology, Dublin City Archives and Dublin City Council’s Heritage Office. The DCAA’s remit is to preserve records arising from archaeological investigations conducted in Dublin City by archaeologists working in the private sector, with special reference to excavations carried out before 2004.

The Romance of Air Travel

Dublin airportWhere has the romance gone? There was a time when it was a great adventure to fly, it was very glamorous, you dressed the part, and your luggage did not cause major grief. The role of air hostess was a top job for attractive young women. The Flying Boat Museum at Foynes, Co. Limerick, the excitement of the early days of passenger flight. 

Newspapers as historical research tools

The Dublin IntelligenceFrom the oldest cave paintings found in Chauvet, France, via Egyptian hieroglyphs to ancient Rome’s 'Acta  Diurna' government announcements carved in metal or stone and hung in public places, to 2nd and 3rd century A.D. Chinese  ‘Tipao’ or 'news sheets' and on  to 8th Century A.D. Chinese ‘Kaiyuan Za Bo' handwritten on silk and read aloud by government officials, until Johannes Gutenberg perfected ‘movable type' printing in the 15th century and instigated the ‘Printing Revolution', the need to document and reflect the world around us has long been an aspiration of all human societies.

The Abecedarian Society 1789

Abecedarian Society small portfolio extractOn 26 March 1789 a group of teachers, clergy, booksellers and other interested persons instituted a new society. It was the first of its kind "for raising a Fund for the Relief of distressed School Masters, School Mistresses and their families" called originally the Abecedarian Society, but later renamed the Society for the Relief of Reduced Literary Teachers. Its originator was John McCrea, principal of the Academy in Fade Street, Dublin, "who was the steady furtherer of the society", remaining its "unalterable Friend and Parental Guardian". He became the society's first secretary.

Favourite stories for 18th-century children

Robinson CrusoeWe all have our favourite books from childhood: fairy tales, Alice in wonderland, Paddington bear, Where the wild things are, The railway children, Matilda, The secret garden, The wind in the willows, Gulliver’s travels and Robinson Crusoe. These books affected us profoundly and maybe even changed our lives. But suppose we grew up in the 18th century, what could we have read? We would have had Robinson Crusoe (1719) and Gulliver’s travels (1726), in versions specially geared towards children, with simplified language and pictures. Fairy tales excited and terrified children then as now, and created fantasy worlds that adults did not always approve of.

The 16th Annual Sir John T. Gilbert Lecture

"Dublin after Dark: Glimpses of Life in an Early Modern City", by Maighréad Ní Mhurchadha, Local Historian

On 23 January 2013 sixteenth annual Sir John T. Gilbert Commemorative Lecture was held at Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street. The lecture was given by Maighréad Ní Mhurchadha, who has published many books on the history of Dublin including Early Modern Dubliners (2008) and Fingal, 1603-60, contending neighbours in North Dublin (2005).

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'Narrative of a residence in Ireland' (Anne Plumptre). Published in 1817

Anne PlumptreContemporary with the time-period covered by Anne Plumptre’s ‘Narrative of a Residence in Ireland’ (1814-15), available in a three volume set in the Special Collections of the Dublin and Local Studies Collection, was the Congress of Vienna, a Pan-European meeting of nations to try to undo some of the political damage caused by the Napoleonic Era. Ms Plumptre, staunchly pro-Napoleon since the time of her earlier Residence in France (1802-05), declared that she ‘would welcome him if he invaded England, because he would do away with the aristocracy and give the country a better government’.

James Joyce's Dubliners advertised

Announcement of publication of Dubliners by James JoyceThis advertising sheet from the publishers Maunsel and Company, Abbey Street, Dublin, announces the imminent publication of James Joyce’s collection of short stories Dubliners. The collection was due for publication on 24 November 1910 at a cost of 3s.6d. It was due out in good company with illustrated books by Lady Gregory, Ella Young and Seosamh MacCathmhaoil, James Connolly’s Labour in Irish history, and Tom Kettle’s The day’s burden.

On the brink of nuclear war

Bás Beatha coverMid October 1962: the crisis began on 14 October when photographs of Soviet military installations in Cuba, taken by a U2 spy plane from the United States air force, showed that nuclear missile sites were being constructed. The United States government demanded that the missiles be withdrawn, and they put in place a naval blockade of Cuba with the intention of preventing any further military equipment being delivered. The crisis came to a head when a Soviet convoy approached some of the blockading ships. However at the last minute the Soviet ships halted and after a tense stand-off they eventually turned around.

News from Lisbon: November 1755

News boyI woke last Tuesday morning to the terrible news that my beloved city of Lisbon had been devastated by a natural disaster. The news crier in the street had the breaking news as a Portuguese ship had docked in the night. A massive earthquake shook the city; it was followed by a tidal wave which swept all before it. The tremors were followed by a series of fires which lasted most of the week and gutted the city. The ship coming from Porto had the news and it is believed that thousands have been killed. The captain and some of the officers have been in Dick’s Coffee House and the Globe telling their story to all interested customers; never have the Dublin coffee houses been so busy. Since then further reports have been coming in via London and Paris.

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