Pearse Street Library

Collapse of Tenements 1963

Tenement collapse In June 1963, the collapse of tenements at Bolton Street and Fenian Street led to the deaths of four people.
On Sunday, 2nd June 1963, the collapse of 20 Bolton Street led to the death of Leo and Mary Maples, an elderly couple who were residents of the building.

Storytime is such fun!

StorytimeEvery Tuesday morning there is storytelling for our younger folk at Pearse Street Library, and we will have you know there is a bit of play involved as well! As you will see from the photo slideshow below the children have a great time, and get totally involved in the fun. We aim to please!

Storytime at Pearse Street Library takes place from 10.30am to 11.30am on Tuesday mornings. Tel 01 6744888 for more information.

Poetry Reading with Ronan Brown

Ronan Brown'A Poet in Bits' was a poetry reading by Ronan Brown at Pearse Street Library on 19th August 2015.

Ronan Brown was born in Manchester and grew up in Dalkey in the 50s and 60s. He worked as a chartered surveyor but has been writing poetry since the 1970s. Browne was a former member of 'Chapter and Verse', the writers' group which met in the Killiney Court Hotel. His work has been published in anthologies.

Poetry Reading with Ross Donlon

Bookcover: The Blue Dressing Gown by Ross DonlonPoetry reading by Australian poet, Ross Donlon at Pearse Street Library on 13th May 2015.

Ross Donlon lives in Castlemaine in Australia. His poems have been widely published in Australia and Ireland. The Blue Dressing Gown was published in 2011 by Profile Poetry. Tightrope Horizon (Five Islands Press) was published in 2003. Shh and Other Love Poems and My Ship were published  by Mark Time Books in 2009. Shh has been anthologised in Poems for All Occasions and elsewhere. In 2014 Ross published Awakening: Poems from the collection of the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Light Travelling: a sampler of new and collected poems. His latest book is Sjøvegan (The Sea Road).

Poetry Reading with Christine Broe

Christine Broe Christine Broe reading from her poetry collection Lifting Light: Poems and Artwork in Pearse Street Library on Wednesday, 14 October 2015. Christine accompanied her reading with a presentation of her artwork from Lifting Light.

Born and still living in Dublin, Christine has worked as an art teacher, arts facilitator, and art therapist while looking after a family of seven. She has been writing poetry since the 1990s, winning the inaugural Brendan Kennelly Award in 2001. Christine gained international recognition when she was awarded the Premio Cittá di Olbia prize in 2002. Swan Press published her debut collection Solas Sólás in 2003.

Poetry, Prose and Music at Pearse St Library

Crogh WritersOn Wednesday, 9th December, in Pearse Street Library, we had the dual pleasure of listening to members of Clogh Writers' Group reading a selection of their writings, poetry and prose, and music provided by the Carlow Ramblers. Indeed the Ramblers put on a set dancing performance as well!

From a village in north Kilkenny, The Clogh Writers' Group have published a number of anthologies, namely Only Wanted Andy Brennan (1996), From the Heart (1997), The Echo of Familiar Voices (2000) and most recently Kilpatrick (2014) .

You can view below the photo slideshow from the event in Pearse Street Library.

Because I'm Human

Dave LordanDave Lordan gave a talk on poetry and bullying to a group of students at Pearse Street Library this morning (13th Nov).

Dave's poem, Because I’m Human, is used as an anti-bullying resource by schools and youth groups worldwide. Dave read the poem and told the story of its origins. He discussed with the teenagers how poetry helped him, and may help others, overcome traumatic childhood bullying.

Watch Because I'm Human by Dave Lordan Directed by Pádraig Burke:

Children Design Their Own Theatre Sets

theatre designChildren were this morning exploring Irish theatre costume and stage designing,  and in the process creating their very own pop-up theatre designs, inspired by the work of set designer, illustrator and painter, Jack B Yeats.

This event took place in Pearse Street Library, and in the slideshow below you can see the fruits of their labour.

The ‘ReCreate Revolution’ in Pearse Street Library

ReCreate WorkshopPearse Street Library was delighted that RECREATE could give this creative workshop on Wednesday 16th September 2015.

ReCreate promote ‘Make Art not Waste’. Participants explored the endless possibilities of creative reuse using items from ReCreates’ ‘Warehouse of Wonders’, such as wool, paper, plastics, fabric, tubing and foam. They experimented with printing, weaving and much more in this artist led workshop.

What a great turnout and display of creative flair resulting in many wonderful creations!

View the slideshow below.

Dressing for History at Pearse Street Library

Dressed for HistoryA group of of children visited Pearse Street Library this morning and were enthralled with Laura Thorp's informative and colourful talk on the history of fashion, so much so that they delighted in trying out some costumes themselves. As if proof were ever needed that learning can be fun!

View the slideshow of photos from this morning below.

You might call this a trial run for the main event which takes place in City Hall on the 26th September coming. Part of an expansive programme of events for adults and also this year for families and children at the Dublin Festival of History (25th Sept - 10th Oct).