Swift 350 - celebrating Jonathan Swift's life and legacy.

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Swift 350Swift 350 - Illustrated talks in November.

Jonathan Swift was born in Dublin on 30 November 1667 and is the author of Gulliver’s Travels, the most popular Irish book ever written. To celebrate Swift’s life and legacy, Dublin City Public Libraries will have a programme of talks, exhibition and events as part of a citywide programme for Swift 350 Festival.

In a series of illustrated talks Brendan Twomey will describe and celebrate the complexity of Swift’s life, his personality and works unfolding the story of a clergyman, philanthropist, and writer. In addition Enda Leaney, Senior Librarian will give a brief overview of the Dublin City Library & Archives’ extensive Swift Collections, including first editions of Swift’s works, illustrated children’s editions, and rare items relating to the life and work of Jonathan Swift, including Wood’s Halfpenny.

Join us to find out about the man and ‘the brand’, a Dubliner of world renowned status, a celebrity now as he was 350 years ago.  All the talks are free. Booking is essential.

  • Wednesday 8 November at  6.30 pm in Rathmines Library
  • Wednesday 15 November at 6.30 pm in Cabra Library
  • Wednesday 22 November at 6.30 pm in Inchicore Library
  • Wednesday 29 November at 1.00 pm in Pembroke Library
  • Wednesday 29 November at  6.30 pm in Raheny Library


  • Brendan Twomey is a retired banker. He is currently a PhD student in TCD working on the topic of Personal Financial Management in early eighteenth-century Ireland. The financial management practices of Jonathan Swift are a central case study within this project. His research interests, and his publications include; the development of early eighteenth century Dublin, Jonathan Swift and the Southern Church of Ireland from disestablishment to the circa 1960.
  • Enda Leaney is a Senior Librarian at the Dublin and Irish Collections, Dublin City Library & Archive. He was educated at Dublin and Oxford. The Dublin City Library & Archive developed the 'Jonathan Swift & Baile Átha Cliath/Dublin' exhibition this year to celebrate the 350th anniversary of Swift's birth.

Swift and Dublin,  An Exhibition
This exhibition produced by Dublin City Public Libraries for Swift 350 places Swift within the context of his Dublin. From his birthplace in Hoey’s Court, St Werburghs to Trinity College where he was educated from St Patrick’s Hospital which he founded as the first hospital to cater for patients with mental health problems to his final resting place in St Patrick’s Cathedral, where he was Dean.

Exhibition location and dates

  • Rathmines Library  2  - 17 November
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral 20 - 30 November

Contact: Cabra | Inchicore | Pembroke | Raheny | Rathmines