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Patrick O’Connell: The Man who Saved FC Barcelona Exhibition

Friday 10 November to Tuesday 21 December 2017 at Dublin City Library & Archive

Born in Drumcondra in 1887, Patrick O’Connell played for Liffey Wanderers, Belfast Celtic and Manchester United before moving to Spain to manage FC Barcelona in the 1930s where he is credited with saving the club from financial ruin.

This exhibition traces the life and career of this outstanding football manager, all but forgotten in his native city until recently.
Featuring football memorabilia from Patrick’s career, the exhibition will also be accompanied by a series of talks throughout November. The display also includes information on the Sports Archive in Dublin City Library and Archive. The exhibition is curated by the Patrick O’Connell Committee.

Library Communiversity - NUIM course at Ballyfermot Library 2017

17-week free course Ballyfermot Library. New Course starts in October 2017.

The Communiversity initiative is currently recruiting new participants for its forthcoming free university course.  The course runs over 17 weeks and consists of 4 modules of 4 weeks duration each, one morning per week, 2.5 hours per session. The course is discussion led with no exams or essays, just a curiosity and willingness to learn are all that’s needed. Places are limited.  Contact Ballyfermot Partnership for further details.

Children's Christmas in the Libraries

SantaVarious dates and times in December in Ballyfermot, Central Library, Charleville Mall, Coolock, Marino, Raheny, Rathmines, Terenure and Walkinstown Libraries. All events are free. Booking is recommended.

Puppet Shows with the No Strings Theatre Company

  • Charleville Mall Library -  Santa and The Alien Xmas Puppet Show on Wednesday 13 December at 11am
  • Coolock Library -  Santa and The Alien Xmas Puppet Show on Wednesday 13 December at 3pm
  • Walkinstown Library - The Very Hungry Caterpillar Puppet Show on  Tuesday 12 and Thursday 15 December at 11am

Crafts, Storytime and movies

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. Closed for Christmas period 22nd December until 3rd January 2018

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

Christmas in the Music Library

The NotabellesMonday 11 and Wednesday 13 December at 1pm in the Music Library, Central Library, ILAC Centre.

Enjoy a medley of songs and music to celebrate the Christmas season with The Notabelles Ladies Barbershop Chorus. Formed in mid 2013, this group of enthusiastic women love to sing in four part harmony, barbershop style. Under the musical directorship of Noreen O'Flynn, the group have developed their own style, repertoire and technique. This reflects  the joy, friendship and camaraderie that is a vital part of the Chorus. The Notabelles have performed at the IABS (Irish Association of Barbershop Singing) in Cork and Athlone, the Irish International A Cappella Festival and at various Dublin venues on Culture Night. Special guest is Leon Agnew on flute.

To keep you in the spirit of Christmas, "Jingle All the Way"  is a lunchtime recital featuring Stephen Carroll & Kevin Boushel & students from Maynooth College, accompanied by Aileen Cahill on piano.

Spanish Film Club - Film Screening

La Muerte en La AlcarriaThursday 14 December at 5.30pm at Pearse Street Library.

La muerte en La Alcarria. A minimalist musical set in the land of La Alcarria. Two brothers, musicians, travel to their roots. While travelling they perform their songs, music, and lyrics to evoke a world of roots that once was but no longer exists. La muerte en La Alcarria is an ode to art by the Cubero Brothers and the world their songs portrait. This is a film for the senses, made of silence and good traditional music, intense and personal.

In Spanish with English subtitles. Admission free.

Christmas Carols

Christmas TreeThursday 14 December at 6pm at Cabra Library

Come along and enjoy a performance Christmas Carols sang by The Dublin City Council Choir.

Location details: Cabra Library

Exhibitions on display for December

Exhibitions will be displayed in the Ballyfermot, Cabra, Charleville Mall, Dublin City Library & Archive, Finglas, Inchicore and Rathmines libraries.

  • Ballyfermot Library  - Joseph Conrad Exhibition to celebrate centenary of Joseph Conrad
  • Ballyfermot Library - 1916 Street Banners & Art Exhibition
  • Cabra - Gaelscoileanna Art Exhibition
  • Charleville Mall Library - Dublin Culture Connects: The National Neighbourhood. Dublin Central Area display poster/photographs
  • City Hall - Jacob's Biscuit Factory and Dublin: An Assorted History
  • Dublin City Library & Archive - Patrick O'Connell: The man who saved FC Barcelona
  • Finglas Library - Befrienders Dublin Photography Exhibition
  • Inchicore Library - Children’s Art Competition Display
  • Rathmines Library - Edward Lee Exhibition

Films at Rathmines Library

film screeningTuesday 5, 12, 19 December at 3.00pm

"Young at Heart". Films in December centre around younger characters. 

Book Clubs

BooksBook clubs are a popular way for book lovers to discuss books, both fiction and non-fiction, in an informal friendly setting. Some book clubs meet in libraries or each other's homes, some in pubs or restaurants. While there are book clubs active in most of our branch libraries, dates and times can vary, so check with the library in advance if interested in participating in one of the book clubs. Due to the popularity of some book clubs, there may unfortunately be restrictions regarding the intake of new members from time to time, so it is advisable to check on that also.

The following is a list of libraries that host book clubs:-