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Photographic Exhibitions in 1930s and 1940s Dublin

Tuesday 21 August at 6.30pm in Pearse Street Library.

The remarkable history of Irish amateur photography in the 1930s and 1940s is the subject of  this fascinating talk presented by Orla Fitzpatrick. Photography exhibitions of the period played out the tensions between modernism  and ‘pictorialism’, and were hotly debated in the press, particularly in the Dublin amateur photography magazine, The Camera. From the consequences of technological advances in photography, to debates over the true ‘Irishness’ of the amateur scene, this talk is a real treat for all photography enthusiasts. Admission free, booking recommended.

Sparks from the Comet

Tuesday 21 August at 6.30pm in Kevin Street Library.

Before The Nation there was The Comet - D’Oier Street paper The Comet burst onto the Dublin market on Sunday 1 May 1831 and quickly became one of the most popular newspapers in Dublin. Its popularity was short-lived however, folding in April 1832 following legal action which saw both the editor and the proprietor gaoled for a libel against the established church. Join Maurice Earls as he charts the short, but sparkling history of The Comet. Admission free. Booking not required.

Mapping the City

Tuesday 21 August at 6.30pm in Pembroke Library.

In this presentation Leslie Brown will discuss the importance and benefits of digital historic maps and how they can contribute to our overall heritage. As well as being practical, maps can be seen as objects of beauty and nostalgia and help create links between past and present. A suite of historic maps will be displayed and examined to provide valuable information on this important topic. Admission free. Booking recommended.

EVER READY - the Factory and the People

Ever ReadyWednesday 22 August at 6pm in Rathmines Library.

Come and share the story of Ireland’s dry battery business over the past 100 years. This talk will focus on the role played by Ever Ready’s factory at Portobello Harbour, Dublin 8 est. 1938. This story sheds light on the contribution made by thousands of local employees who
produced more than a billion batteries during the lifetime of this factory. Co-presenters and researchers Albert Adamson and Denis Tipple dedicate this project to all who were Ever Ready. Admission is free. Booking recommended.

Finglas; Then and Now

Finglas Wednesday 22 August at 6.30pm in Finglas Library.

Come and share your stories and anecdotes as you embark on a nostalgic trip down memory lane, tracing the changing face of Finglas from 1900 to 2018. This illustrated talk with Tony Smullen will highlight notable residences, landmarks, faces and characters from Finglas in days of yore. Admission is free and Booking is essential.

The Influenza Pandemic and Ireland

Wednesday 22 August at 6.30pm in Marino Library.

One hundred years ago, the influenza  pandemic tore across the globe, killing an estimated 50 million people worldwide. With over 20 thousand deaths officially recorded in Ireland, it is an oft maligned episode of Irish history. On the centenary of the outbreak, this talk with Cormac Moore, Historian in Residence, reflects on the impact of the influenza pandemic in Ireland. Admission is free. Booking is recommended.

Sharing Stories about your Ancerstors

Wednesday 22 August at 6.30pm in Walkinstown Library.

This workshop with Cathy Scuffil, Dublin City Council's Historian in Residence is for all ages and is a special opportunity for grandparents to share their stories with grandchildren.  So bring along your family photos and share your family story this Heritage Week! Admission is free. Booking recommended.

Young Adult Band in Residence Wanted

Thursday 23 and 30 August at 4.30pm in the Music Library, Central Library.

Ríona Sally Hartman is the first Musician in Residence with Dublin City Public Libraries. Ríona and The Music Library are looking for young adults who want to make music! Over the course of a few months our musician in residence Ríona will guide them from start to finish in writing, playing, recording and performing their own songs. Whether you like to sing, play an instrument, rap, write lyrics or produce we’d love for young adults interested in making music to come along, meet Ríona, find out more about the project and see if they’d like to sign up for more. The Young Adults Band in Residence will meet weekly, some music experience would be great but not necessary, if you do play an instrument please bring it along.

Thursday 23 August at 4.30pm (Taster afternoon)
Thursday 30 August at 4.30pm (Taster afternoon)

From Carnagie to Dublin City Council -

CarnegieThursday 23 August at 6.30pm in Kevin Street Library.

The evolution of local libraries - the public libraries of Dublin City are part of our built heritage and have served Dublin’s citizens from 1884 until the present day. The idea at the heart of the public library system is simple: that anyone can have access to education, information, and knowledge. Join Dublin City Council Historian-in-Residence Maeve Casserly to hear how the architecture of our libraries has changed and adapted over the past 150 years. The event is free. Booking is not required.

The Missing Bicycles and other artefacts

Thursday 23 August at 6.30pm in Ballyfermot Library.

Ballyfermot Library are delighted to welcome Cathy Scuffil, Historian in Residence - Dublin South Central, to present her talk ‘The Missing Bicycles and other artefacts: Chapelizod and Islandbridge 1916’. The Rising affected the daily lives of ordinary people in a variety of different ways.
From research based on  the compensation claims submitted post-Rising, together with the extensive archive of the Chapelizod History Group, this talk tells the story of the people of Chapelizod and Islandbridge during the events of Easter Week.