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Doing their Bit: Irish Women and First World War

Dublin womenMarch and April at The Dublin Room, Dublin City Library and Archive

From working in munitions factories, V.A.D. nursing, supporting the war effort through charitable works, and leading the anti-conscription movement, World War 1 led to a multitude of different experiences for Irish women. The exhibition draws on the collections of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive and other material held at Dublin City Library and Archive to explore different aspects of these experiences and how they were impacted by class, religion and political persuasion. 

NEW! Learn to Play the Violin for Free

ViolinMarch - April in Donaghmede and Rathmines Libraries

A free beginner 8 week course on learning the violin will take place at Donaghmede and Rathmines libraries in Spring 2018.  Violins & tutorial books will be provided to all learners who are members of the group.

Jacob’s Biscuit Factory & Dublin: An Assorted History

Jacobs' Fig RollsDecember 2017 to March 2018 at The Vaults at City Hall

Drawing on the vast Jacob Biscuit Factory Archive held at Dublin City Library and Archive, this major exhibition explores all aspects of the factory’s twentieth century history and its impact on lives of Dubliners. Colourful panels demonstrate the history of the factory, the workers, the products it produced and its role in Irish life. Find out the fascinating history of the Jacobs cream-cracker, who was the marketing genius to develop the concept of Jim Figgerty, and how did major national and international events from World Wars to 1916 Rising impact the business, customers, and staff. 

Exhibition opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10.00 -17.15.

This exhibition is developed by Dublin City Archives and funded by Dublin City Council Decade of Commemorations.

Exhibitions on display for March 2018

Exhibitions will be displayed in Ballyfermot, Ballymun, Cabra, Central, Charleville Mall, Coolock, Dolphin's Barn, Dublin City Library and Archive, Finglas, Inchicore, Raheny and Rathmines libraries.

  • Ballyfermot Library - Celebrating Women in Ballyfermot
  • Ballymun Library  -  Suffragist City Exhibition
  • Cabra Library - Holy Family Parish artwork
  • Central Library -   Dublin’s Culture Connects: The National Neighbourhood - Central Area
  • Charleville Mall Library -  Around the Table
  • Coolock Library - "The Family" Children Art Competition with The Northside Partnership Exhibition.
  • Dublin City Library and Archive - Doing their Bit: Irish Women and First World War. March - April
  • Dolphin’s Barn Library  -  Dublin’s Culture Connects: The National Neighbourhood - South Central Area
  • Finglas Library - Finglas Camera Club Group Spring Exhibition: ‘Looking Up In Dublin’
  • Inchicore Library -   Spirit of San José Photography exhibition
  • Raheny Library -   Dublin’s Culture Connects: The National Neighbourhood - North Central  Area
  • Rathmines Library - My Furry Friend – local Children’s Art

Around the Table Exhibition

Around the TableFebruary and March in Charleville Mall Library

Around the Table, a Dublin Culture Connects project about food in Dublin connected with communities old and new across Dublin’s historic Central Area. An exhibition of photographs, taken by artist Jeanette Lowe over a five-month period as part of Dublin’s Culture Connects: National Neighbourhood, will be on view in the Central Library (Ilac Centre) until the end of June. This project worked collaboratively with communities, artists and The National Library of Ireland tracing the passage of food from the docks to the markets and from our streets to our tables.

The images on display reflect strong communities built on camaraderie and loyalty forged through work, through shared interests and passions, through family ties and through networks of support. They reflect the life generated by the food we buy, cook and share moving through the city.

Suffragette’s Green Walking Tour

Suffragists at Dublin CastleSunday 15 April at 11am. Fully booked, apologies.

Suffragette’s Green: a walking tour of Stephen’s Green and its environs, exploring the local area connections with the Irish suffrage movement.

This event is free, but booking is required at:

Suffrage in the Suburbs Walking Tour

Suffragists at Dublin CastleSunday 15 April at 3pm. Meet outside Rathmines Library

Suffrage in the Suburbs: a walking tour of Rathmines and its environs, exploring the local area connections with the Irish suffrage movement. Tour will be delivered by Maeve Casserly, Dublin City Council Historian in Residence.

This event is free, but booking is required at:

Emerging Artists feat. Cult Called Man & The Motives

Emerging ArtistsSaturday 21 April from 2.30pm to 4.30pm in The Music Library, Central Library

As part of The Music Library's Emerging Artists series, Dublin City Public Libraries presents Cult Called Man and The Motives for an afternoon of music, song and chat.

Both bands will play a 30 minute set and take part in a Q&A with the audience, with compere Marky Edison (Musos’ Guide). Both acts will then play a set together to close the show, showcasing the MusicTown spirit of collaboration.

Musical Tales

1 City 1 Book: Long Gaze BackMonday April 23 at 1pm in the Music Library, Central Library and at 6pm in Rathmines Library

Concert presenting works ranging from the songs of Ina Boyle almost 130 years ago to some of today’s leading young composers from Ireland to mirror the chronological survey of the Long Gaze Back.

Solo and ensemble pieces and short interviews with some of the composers about the pieces being performed.

Family History and Genealogy Advice Service

Family treeMonthly in Donaghmede and Raheny Libraries.
Find out how to go about tracing your family tree, with an advice session presented by Margaret Bonar and Betty Craven.

Donaghmede Library host the advice session on the 3rd Monday of every month in the afternoons.

Raheny Library's Family History and Genealogy advice service.  Third Monday of the month. Please note date change for November:  27 November from 10.15am - 12 noon, instead of 20 November.
To book, ring 087 6491605, email

All are welcome and admission is free.  Booking is essential with Margaret Bonar at T. 087 6491605.