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Doing their Bit: Irish Women and First World War

Dublin womenApril 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. 

Using eResources for research

eResources trainingThursday 26 April, 17 May, 7 June and 26 July from 2.00pm-3.00pm at the Business Information Centre, Central Library

Training on using E-resources successfully to progress your research requests provided by a librarian on Thursday afternoons from 2.00pm-3.00pm.

To learn tomorrow’s skills today, please reserve your place at the Business Information Desk.

Start Your Own Business Spring Programme

Thursday 5 April to 10 May (6.30pm), at the Business Information Centre, Central Library, ILAC Centre.

Avail of these free talks which are designed to give you all the information you need on starting your own business and the benefits of working for yourself.

Booking/registration is advisable to secure a place. Book your place online, in person or by telephoning 01 873 3996 or by emailing with full name and contact telephone number.

Computer classes for beginners

computerFriday 13 April - Friday 11 May from 10am - 12pm at Ballyfermot Library

Computer classes on Fridays for beginners starting Friday 13 April for five weeks.

Interested? Contact Ballyfermot Library 01 626 9324 /

Around the Table Exhibition

Around the TableApril in Rathmines 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.

Suffragist City: Women and the Vote in Dublin

SuffragistsApril in Raheny Library

In February 1918 the Representation of the People Act was passed and women who were over 30 years of age were finally allowed to vote. Eleven months later, the voters of Dublin elected Constance Markievicz, the first woman to win a seat at Westminster. Suffragism was the conviction that votes should be extended to women. By the early years of the twentieth century, the suffrage campaign had gained sufficient momentum to be regularly debated in parliament. The 1910s was a decade of great social and political turbulence.

Healthy Food Made Easy

VegetablesMonday 16 April to 28 May from 6pm to 8pm in Ballyfermot Library

Are you interested in healthy eating? If the answer is YES, then the 6 week ‘Healthy Food Made Easy’ course is for you! The project has been running in Ballyfermot/Chapelizod for the past 11 years and has become a great success. Course participants have thoroughly enjoyed the courses.  Some feedback includes:
‘Healthy eating is not as expensive as I thought’
‘I love to make my own brown bread now’
‘I have lost weight since starting the course simply by eating healthy and watching portion sizes’

The course is FREE! Come along and bring a friend with you!

Exhibitions on display for April 2018

Exhibitions will be displayed in Ballyfermot, Ballymun, Cabra, Central, Dublin City Library and Archive, Finglas, Raheny and Rathmines libraries.

  • Ballyfermot Library - Celebrating Women in Ballyfermot
  • Ballyfermot Library - 1916 Street Banners & Art Exhibition
  • Ballymun Library - Photographic exhibition by Lar Boland highlighting the work of 3D printing technology at Corsu Hospital, Uganda.
  • Cabra Library - Mairead Harkin's Oil Paintings ( a local 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’
  • Raheny Library -   Suffragist City Exhibition
  • Rathmines Library -  Around the Table
  • Rathmines Library - Dublin’s Culture Connects: The National Neighbourhood - South East Area

The 1918 Conscription Crisis

Monday 30 April at 6.30pm in Raheny Library.

Presented by Cormac Moore Historian in Residence with Dublin City Council, this talk marks the 100th Anniversary of the Conscription Crisis which saw nationalist Ireland vigorously oppose the British Government's plan to introduce conscription to Ireland. The event is free. Booking recommended.

Fuss on the Bus - a lively musical play

Fuss on the BusWednesday 2, 16 and 30 May in Rathmines, Ballymun and Walkinstown Libraries respectively. See times below

Carnation Theatre’s new musical play tells the story of life by way of a bus journey. Nell and her best friend, Rita take the 33 bus each year to Balbriggan. A whole life will be lived and loved from school days to free travel. An invitation to remember shops, pubs, characters and local history along the journey. Comedy, drama, music, soundscapes, colourful costumes and sets  – a bus not to be missed!! Admission is free. Booking is essential.

  • Rathmines Library on Wednesday 2 May at 1.30pm
  • Ballymun Library on Wednesday 16 May at 11am
  • Walkinstown Library on Wednesday 30 May at 6.30pm