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The War of Independence and Mountjoy Prison

Phibsboro Library; Wednesday 2 October at 6.30pm  *event booked out*

An illustrated talk by Margaret Ryan focussing on events in Mountjoy during the war, icluding the execution of Kevin Barry, the role of prison staff who acted as Michael Collins' men inside the prison and the many protests organised by Cumann na mBan outside the gates of Mountjoy.  

Rethinking the World - Bauhaus celebrates 100 years

Raheny Library, Wednesday 2 October at 6.30pm 

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus, a German art and design school whose innovative ideas are influential to this day. Niamh McNally will talk about its history, key figures, and its continuing legacy.   

Jews and Protestants in the era of the Tan War

Ballymun Library, Wednesday 2 October at 6.30pm 

Jews and Protestants in the era of the Tan War with Ida Milne, Melanie Brown and host Berni Dwan with music by Eddie Sherlock and Eoin Dillon. Part of the Near FM series on Dublin in the time of the Black and Tans, 1920-21.    

Dublin's Housing Crisis in Revolutionary Times 1913-1923

Dolphin's Barn Library; Wednesday 2 October at 6.30pm  

This talk looks at four estates built on Dublin's south side against a backdrop of unrest, war and revolution. Discover how Dublin Corporation overcame difficulties of the times to provide modern, sanitary housing for its citizens.  With Cathy Scuffil, DCC Historian in Residence.  

The Revolutionary and the Soldier: a love greater than all divisions

Central Library, Thursday 3 October at 1.10pm  

Walkinstown Library, Wednesday 9 October at 6.30pm    

Rathfarnham Theatre Group presents this dramatic piece about the story of Winifred Carney ( James Connolly's secretary) and her husband George McBride, two Belfast people from very different backgrounds and religions who met and fell in love. 

Limerick and other 'Soviets'

Ballyfermot Library, Thursday 3 October at 6.30pm

Against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence and the Civil War, numerous so-called 'Soviets' emerged across Ireland, most famously in Limerick in 1919. What motivated these events, and what impact did they have on the broader revolution?   

We choose to go to the Moon: Politics, Progress and Apollo 11

Dublin City Library and Archive, Thursday 3 October at 6.30pm  

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Cecilia Hartsell will reflect on the Cold War politics and conflicting perspectives on progress that shaped the American race to the moon.  

The life of traditional musician and folklorist Séamus Ennis

Cabra Library, Thursday 3 October at 6.30pm  

This year marks the centenary of the birth of Séamus Ennis, a legendary figure in both Irish folklore and traditional music circles. DCC historian-in-residence James Curry will uncover the story of this renowned uileann piper.   

Tourism in Ireland on the 20th Century: Selling a Nation

Kevin Street Library, Thursday 3 October at 6.30pm

Using images from 20th century guidebooks, maps, magazines and posters, DCC historian-in-residence Maeve Casserly will reveal how post-independence Ireland was sold as a tourist destination at home and abroad. 

Remembering Cathal MacDowell

Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street; Friday 4 October at 1.10pm 

A discussion on Cecil Grange MacDowell, revolutionary, artist and musician with a day-job as a draughtsman in Dublin Corporation where he was involved in several notable civic schemes for improving the city.