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Heritage Week in Ballyfermot Library

Heritage WeekSaturday 19, Thursday 24 and Tuesday 29 August in Ballyfermot Library.

Saturday 19 August from 10.00am to 4.30pm - Ballyfermot Heritage Open Day
Ballyfermot Heritage Group will display old photos and film footage of Dublin and highlight Ballyfermot and its people. Local bands will play traditional Irish music through the course of the day. Why not join in the activities and take a nostalgic trip down memory lane.   Booking is not required.

Thursday 24 August at 6.30pm - Birth of a Nation Ireland & Ballyfermot.
The years following the 1916 Rising were significant ones in Ireland's history, paving the way for the birth of the nation we live in today.  Cathy Scuffil, Dublin South Central Historian-in-Residence explains the politics and events behind the War of Independence, the Truce, Treaty and Civil War, drawing on events that occurred locally to Ballyfermot and the surrounding areas. Booking essential
Tuesday 29 August at 6.30pm - The Fast and the Fancy
This presentation is a fascinating insight to the world of pigeon fanciers based on a photography project undertaken by John Carroll. He looks behind the scenes and discusses the people, the birds and the activities that make up this unique pastime for many dedicated followers.  Photography exhibition will be on display in the library for the month of August.  Booking recommended

Heritage Week in Coolock and Marino Libraries

Heritage WeekMonday 21 and Tuesday 22 August in Coolock and Marino Libraries.

Monday 21 August at 6.30pm in Marino Library. Sporting Divisions – the Irish Soccer Split
Just how did the Football Association of Ireland come into being? Cormac Moore, Historian-in-Residence with Dublin City Council takes a look back on why we have two national soccer teams on the island compared to most other sports who have just one representing all of Ireland.

Tuesday 22 August at 6.30pm in Coolock Library. Discover Dublin’s amazing biodiversity and learn to reconnect with nature
Dublin is listed in the top ten European cities for biodiversity, even though it has been cut off from Europe since the ice-age. The city's green areas, parks and wetlands add to its appeal for wildlife and natural heritage. In his presentation that will inform, surprise and inspire, Conn Flynn will introduce you to a Dublin not many are aware of and even fewer see.

Heritage Week - the Wide Street Commission Maps

Wide Street CommissionThe Wide Street Commission was established in 1757, and was Ireland’s first planning authority. Over its 94-year existence, it had a major impact on the development of Georgian Dublin.
The records of Wide Street Commission are preserved by Dublin City Archives, and include over 900 manuscript maps of Dublin dating from 17th to 19th century, which are subject to an ongoing conservation project. The maps were conserved with part funding from the Heritage Council under the Heritage Management Grant Scheme. To celebrate this, Maeve Casserly, Dublin City Council Historian-in-Residence hosts two events:

Monday 21 August from 6pm to 7pm - A guided tour around the City Centre exploring the work and legacy of the Wide Streets Commission. Meeting point: Main entrance of Dublin City Hall.  Apologies this event is now fully booked.

Tuesday 22 August from 6pm to 7pm - A workshop exploring the maps of the Wide Streets Commission. Location: Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street. In this workshop you'll see how the city architects reshaped the medieval city through their maps and sketches.

Yeats' Women - A performance in the Music Library

Yeats's WomenTuesday 22 August at 1pm in the Music Library, Central Library, ILAC Centre. Apologies, this event is fully booked.

Yeats’ Women is a musical performance that celebrates the life of W.B. Yeats and the extraordinary women who loved, inspired and supported him. With song, poetry and music – written by Glynis Casson and performed by Glynis, Daniel Costello and Claire Roche. The event is free. Booking is essential.

Heritage Week in Ballymun and Cabra Libraries

Heritage WeekTuesday 22 August at 2pm in Ballymun Library and Wednesday 23 August at 6.30pm in Cabra Library

Ballymun Library - People for Bees - Dublin Bee Monitoring Talk
Join Kieran Flood from the Irish Wildlife Trust for a talk on Bee identification and monitoring. This talk will provide training in bee identification and recording techniques. This is a beginners level workshop and will introduce you to the fascinating world of bees and the importance of  bee monitoring in Ireland. The event is free and is suitable for families and all age groups. Booking not required.

Cabra Library - The People, Places and historical buildings of Dublin 7. (Apologies this is now fully booked)
Local Historian and well-known author Bernard Neary from Cabra West will bring you on an interesting oral and visual tour of Dublin 7, including the people, places and buildings of interest to the visitor or resident alike. Discover interesting facts about local landmarks including the Royal Canal, Broadstone Railway Station and The Four Courts. Reminisce about skipping and conkers games played by children and the picturehouses that dotted the area. The illustrations from Bernard’s presentation are taken from his new book Dublin 7 published by The Lilliput Press. The event is free. Booking is essential

Heritage Week in the Central Library

Wild Dublin  Heritage WeekWednesday 23 August at 1pm in the Central Library

The Amazing Wildlife of Dublin City is an illustrated talk by Éanna Ní Lamhna (environmental consultant, radio and television presenter) with slides of the great variety of wildlife that lives inside the M50 in a city of 1 million people. Éanna will explain why we have so many different bird species, mammal species and insect species here. She will also justify their place in the city – and explain how wasps, foxes, bats all play a important role and are part of our Natural Heritage. <--break->

The event is free. Booking is essential

Heritage Week in Raheny Library

Heritge WeekThursday 24 and Wednesday 30 August in Raheny Library.

Thursday 24 August at 6.00pm. Heritage Week Table Quiz
Test your knowledge on local history, architecture, music, sport, literature and more! Teams of 4 can register. Individuals are most welcome to come along and will be assigned a team on the night. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team.

Wednesday 30 August at 6.30pm. The Clontarf and Marino Allotments of 1917 - a war-time food supply initiative
Allotments, more commonly called ‘plots’ were first laid out in inner city Dublin in the early 20th century. Their purpose was to allow ‘plot-holders’ to grow vegetables primarily for their own use. A range of state and voluntary organisations supported the allotment movement. Following the introduction of Government regulations in 1917, learn how unoccupied lands in Clontarf and Marino were compulsorily acquired for cultivation. Talk and presentation by Noel Carolan, in association with Raheny Heritage Society

Living in Victorian Dublin: Free Seminar

GPO c.1850sSaturday 26 August from 10am - 5pm at City Hall, Dame Street. Apologies, this event is now fully booked.

Living In Victorian Dublin is a free full day seminar exploring  a wide range of contrasting topics relating to this influential era  in Dublin’s history including architecture, tenements, bourgeoisie homes, and homelessness.   Confirmed speakers include Michael Barry, Dr. Jacinta Prunty, Dr. Susan Galavan, Barry Kennerk, and Elizabeth Smith. Full program details will be published closer to date at

The Seminar is organised by Dublin City Archives for Heritage Week 2017 and as part of the 2017 Community Heritage Grants Scheme.

Heritage Week - Women's History Walking Tours

Kathleen Ni HoulihanSaturday 26 August at 12 noon from Rathmines Library. Sunday 27 August at 12 noon from Pembroke Library

Women’s History Walking Tour - Join Maeve Casserly, Historian-in-Residence with Dublin City Council, on this tour exploring the lives of women from from all walks of life from Medieval times to the 20th century. Maeve will lead both tours, which are free. Places are limited and are on a first come first served basis.

  • Rathmines Tour - Meeting at Rathmines Library on Saturday 26 August at 12pm, this walking tour will delve into the historically rich areas of Rathmines, Ranelagh, Portobello and ending in the city centre  – from the women’s perspective.
  • Pembroke Tour - Meeting at Pembroke Library on Sunday 27  August at 12pm, this walking tour will delve into the historically rich areas of Ballsbridge, Ringsend, Grand Canal Dock and ending in the city centre  – from the women’s perspective.