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2018 – Anniversaries Vol II with Michael Grant

AnniversariesThursday 13, 20 and 27 September at 1.00pm in the Music Library.


The year 2018 marks significant anniversaries of a number of significant composers and artists. and Michael Grant, Following on from his Spring series Michael Grant will host illustrated talks this Autumn, discussing lives, loves and, of course, the careers of some more of them.

  • Thursday 13 at 1pm. 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of Gioachino Rossini’s death in 1868.  In this talk, which is part of the 2018 Anniversaries series, Michael Grant will discuss Rossini, the enigma who wrote 39 operas in the period 1812 to 1829, at which point, aged 39, he brought his career as writer of operas to a close.
  • Thursday 20 at 1pm. 2018 marks the 125th anniversary of Tchaikovsky’s death in 1893. In this talk, which is part of the 2018 Anniversaries series,  Michael will discuss the Russian composer Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, some of whose works are among the most popular music in the classical repertoire.
  • Thursday 27 at 1pm. In this third and final talk of the 2018 Anniversaries series, Michael Grant will discuss the life and career of the great Swedish Dramatic Soprano, Birgit Nilsson (1918 – 2015).  Birgit Nilsson was blessed with musicality, technique and imagination and 2018 marks the centenary of her birth.

Sing for Suffrage

SuffrageSaturday 15, 22, 29 September from 2.30pm to 4pm in the Music Library, Central Library.

Would you like to get involved in a new adult choir with a difference? Join Dublin City Public Libraries Musician in Residence, Ríona Sally Hartman, as she leads the Pop-Up “Suffrage” choir for a rendition of her new song, written specially for the Festival of History in celebration of the 100th anniversary of votes for women. Following 3 weeks of rehearsals, the celebratory performance will take place in the foyer of Printworks, Dublin Castle on Saturday 6 October at 4.15pm, as part of the Dublin Festival of History. the events are free. Booking is essential.

Spanish Film Club - Film Screening

También la LluviaWednesday 19 September at 5.30pm at Pearse Street Library.

También la Lluvia (Even the Rain), Director: Icíar Bollaín, (2010) 104 min.

Sebastián (Gael García Bernal) and Costa (Luis Tosar) have set out to make a film about Christopher Columbus and the discovery of America. While Sebastián, the director, tries to demystify the character by presenting him as an ambitious and unscrupulous man; Costa, the producer, only cares about adjusting the film to the modest budget available; that's precisely why he will choose Bolivia. The film is shot in Cochabamba, where the privatization and sale of water to a multinational plant among the population will blow up the Bolivian War of Water of 2000.

Supporting Positive Behaviour in Children

Healthy Ireland at Your LibraryThursday 20 September from 6pm to 7pm at Pearse Street Library

Managing Meltdowns & Helping Your Child to Behave Well, presented by Assistant Psychologists: Toni Galligan, B.A., MSc., and Sara Daly-Butz, B.A., MSc. This talk aims to discuss temper tantrums and some of the reasons they may be happening with our children. We aim to provide different strategies for managing temper tantrums and diffusing challenging situations! Questions welcome.

A selection of books to support parents and children, chosen by psychologists at Pearse Street Primary Care, is available to borrow from Pearse Street Library.

Beannaithe/ Blessed - an Irish Language play.

BeannaitheThursday 20 September at 6.30pm in Rathmines Library

Beannaithe/ Blessed is a A new Irish-language play by Biddy Jenkinson. Performed in Irish with English subtitles.

Oirniú ban is ea príomhthéama dhráma nua Biddy Jenkinson, ceist atá éirithe iontach tráthúil le tamall anuas. Cuirimid aithne ar bhean rialta atá ag agóidíocht ar son oirniú ban, agus ar Easpag atá ar leaba a bháis agus ar mian leis athrú mór suntasach a chur i bhfeidhm roimh bhás dó. An bhféadfadh go ndéanfaí oirniú ar bhean rialta? Ná caill dráma dána dúshlánach nua Biddy Jenkinson.

This bold new play by one of Ireland’s leading writers hits on a question that has become increasingly urgent; should women be allowed to be priests? An unconventional nun becomes involved in an group advocating for ordination of women, and drags her fellow nuns reluctantly into the movement. Meanwhile, a dying Bishop regrets not doing more to reform the Church. Are the stars aligning? Provocative and funny, Biddy Jenkinson’s new play is not to be missed.

Start Your Own Business Autumn Programme

Thursday 20 September to Thursday 25 October at 6.30pm for each talk 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.

  • Thursday 20 September at 6.30pm: Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur - How You Can Create and Produce Ideas. Brendan Fitzpatrick will examine what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.
  • Thursday 27 September at 6.30pm: Creating the Best Business Plan for Your Business. Brendan Fitzpatrick will take you through the key steps needed to help you develop your business plan more efficiently and effectively
  • Thursday 4 October at 6.30pm: Market Research Skills – What you need to do to be Successful. Michael Keogh will help you take your idea and explore the impact it will have on the market.
  • Thursday 11 October at 6.30pm: Managing Your Online Presence – Having a Digital Plan to Help You Increase Sales. Michael Keogh will help you manage your websites and social media message, make an impact and add value to your online customers.
  • Thursday 18 October at 6.30pm: Entrepreneurial Finance and Grants. Rory Finegan will talk you through what to expect from the banks and explain other sources of funding available..
  • Thursday 25 October at 6.30pm: Essential Supports and Services for Entrepreneurs - Who’s Out There To Help You.  Rory Finegan will help you explore the essential supports and services available around the country for all entrepreneurs.

Writing Lyrics - a drop-in Workshop

Culture NightFriday 21 September from 12.45pm to 2.30pm in the Music Library

Drop in Workshop: Writing Lyrics Using the Cut-Up Method. Whether you're an experienced lyricist, want some inspiration for something you're working on, or a complete beginner, come along to this lyric writing workshop. Musician in Residence Ríona will guide you in the cut-up lyrics writing technique, famously used by many songwriters, including David Bowie and Radiohead. We'll discuss and try out a few different ways to use the technique which can be a great way to jumpstart creativity. Just bring along a pen & paper.
In conjunction with Culture Night.

Culture Night in the Libraries

Culture NightFriday 21 September in Kevin Street, Pearse Street and Rathmines Libraries. Enjoy culture on your doorstep -

Kevin Street Library from 5pm-9pm
Come visit this attractive and modern library space in the heart of the city centre for an evening of music, drama and art. While viewing the beautifully restored surroundings, take time out to view the exhibition My Place - a fascinating portrait of Dublin through words and images.

  • Enjoy World Dance Music arranged for two classical guitars.
  • Martin Black will regale with Dublin Songs and Stories.
  • A performance of one woman play Daddy’s Girl.

Pearse Street Library from 5pm-8pm

  • 5.15pm Learn about the ever changing face of our capital city as Enda Leaney, Senior Librarian at Dublin & Irish Collections tells the story behind selected images from the city libraries’ digital collections.
  • 6pm Cathal Quinn of Everlasting Voices reads from The Ballad of Reading Gaol, the classic poem by Oscar Wilde. Cathal will also read from De Profundis, a letter written by Wilde during his imprisonment to “Bosie” Lord Alfred Douglas. With musical interludes.
  • 7pm Musician in Residence Ríona Sally Hartman performs a selection of her own original music including material from her debut album Big Starving Thing.

Rathmines Library from 5.30pm to 8:45pm - Clár Cruthaitheachta i do Leabharlann Creativity at Your Library.

  • A Different Kind of Day – A short film by Maria Doyle Kennedy, set in Rathmines
  • Penelope’s Experiences – A short film by Anne-Maree Barry, based on a book found in the basement of Rathmines Library
  • Poetry: Readings from The Lea-Green Down, a collection of responses to the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh, edited by Eileen Casey. Featured poets read from the works of Patrick Kavanagh, delivering their response poems and reflecting on the continuing influence his poetry has on generations of new Irish poets.
  • Local Lore: Pop in and fill out our local lore quiz sheet – you could be with a chance to win a book token!
  • Music: Sit back and relax to the mellow sounds of the Boyle Tobin Duet as they perform World Dance Music arranged for classical guitar to round off the evening from 8-8.45pm

Documentary screening and Q&A: 20-S - A day Catalonia will never forget

20SSaturday 22 September at 2pm at Pearse Street Library

"20-S"  is a detailed reconstruction with the help of eye-witness accounts and people who took part in the events of what happened outside the Catalan Finance Ministry buildings in Barcelona and at the CUP party offices in Barcelona on the 20th September 2017.
Produced by Mediapro (2018) 57mins. Catalan with English subtitles.

The Dublin Docker

Monday 24 September at 1.10pm in Dublin City Library and Archive.

The distinctive working lives and dockland ways of the Dublin docker are an important part of Irish urban culture. In an illustrated talk Aileen O’Carroll will explore all aspects of dock work, from the tasks undertaken and commodities handled, to the heritage, language and lore of the docker. No booking required. All welcome on a first come, first served basis.

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