Libraries

The Ha'penny Bridge

The Ha'penny Bridge was built in 1816 by William Walsh to replace his ferry that used to cross the Liffey at Liffey Street. He was allowed to charge a toll of a halfpenny for 100 years to repay him for building the bridge. It has become one of the symbols of Dublin.

Pearse Station

The first train that ever travelled from Ireland started from Pearse Station in 1834. The station was named in honour of Patrick Pearse, one of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising and his younger brother William, who also took part in the Easter Rising, who were born nearby.

Pearse Square

If you walk along Pearse Street today, you will come to a lovely park called Pearse Square, but 300 years ago, you would have needed a boat to get to it because it was underwater!

The Theatre Royal

The Theatre Royal on Hawkins Street was a huge theatre, the biggest in Europe at one time. Built in 1821, it had a theatre, cinema, wintergarden and restaurant and it was very popular. The theatre closed in 1962 because it wasn't making enough money.

The American Embassy, Ballsbridge

The American Embassy was built in 1964. Its round shape was to remind people of the old Celtic ring forts which can be found all over Ireland.

St Doulagh's Church

St Doulagh's Church probably dates from the twelfth century. St Doulagh was an anchorite which means a type of hermit. A hermit would have hardly any contact with the outside world, eat only basic meals and spend the day praying.

Pearse Street Library

Pearse Street Library was built in 1909. Andrew Carnegie, an American millionaire gave money to help pay for the library. Today there is a public library downstairs and a special study library upstairs. Here you can trace your family tree or look up the history of your area.

St Andrew's Resource Centre

St Andrew's Resource Centre is located in a lovely Victorian building, which was built in 1895. The Centre provides many services for the community: a job centre, home-help service, kindergarten, homework club, youth office, day-centre for older people and an adult education group.

The Moravian Church, Kevin Street

The Moravian Church, built in 1760, is situated on Kevin Street. On the front of the building is a carving of the Lamb of God holding a flag, which is the symbol of the Moravians. The church was closed for religious services in 1959.

Marsh's Library

Marsh's Library was the first public library in Ireland. It was built by Archbishop Narcissus Marsh in 1701.

This video is designed as a resource for primary and post-primary students up to Junior Certificate.

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