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The funerals of W. B. Yeats, 1939 and 1948

WB YeatsWilliam Butler Yeats (1865-1939), poet and dramatist, senator of the Irish Free State, Nobel Prize laureate, founder of the Abbey Theatre and guiding light of the Irish literary revival, died at Rocquebrune, in the hills above Monaco, in the South of France on 28 January 1939. Yeats was a delicate child, and as an adult he suffered from a series of complaints; on medical advice his spent many of his winters in Italy and the South of France from 1927 onwards. In the winter of 1938 he left Ireland for the Riviera as his health was failing, and his death occurred the following January. His funeral and burial took place at Rocquebrune.

Muc from Twigín visits Cabra Library!

MucMuch to our delight, Muc the pig visited Cabra Library on the 9th June with the RTÉjr crew to do some filming! If you didn't already know (shame on you!), Muc is one of the characters in the TV programme 'Twigín'.

Muc took great delight in paging through some of our picture books (hoping we expect to see himself in one. Those film stars!). No mucking about there!

Solar-Powered Lego at Coolock Library!

Coolock lego eventIn Coolock Library recently children from a local school learned how to produce solar-powered electric cars using lego! The photo slideshow below will give you some idea as to the fun that was had, not to mind the knowledge acquired!

They were taking part in a Renewable Energy Lego Workshop involving Codema and Learnit that is also taking place in our branch libraries in Ballymun, Cabra and Raheny this June for invited classes.

Elsie's Letter - Extracts

Elsie McDermidOn Wednesday, 27th May last, Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service took possession of a copy of a rare eye-witness account of the outbreak of the 1916 Easter Rising. The account was in the form of a letter written by Elsie McDermid, a popular opera singer of the era, to her mother in England on the occasion of Elsie's visit to Dublin. She was in Dublin to perform in Gilbert and Sullivan Shows at Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. However, the performances were cancelled as a result of the dramatic outbreak of the Easter Rising on Monday 24th April 1916. Elsie wrote the 26-page letter and in it she relates, among other things, the digging of trenches in St. Stephen’s Green and eye-witness accounts of the first casualties on the streets of Dublin.

Here are some extracts from Elsie's letter:

Rare and Dramatic First-Hand Account of 1916 Rising

McDermid letterDublin City Council’s Public Library Service organised a preview of a rare eye-witness account of the outbreak of the 1916 Easter Rising at The Mansion House, Dawson Street today (Wednesday, 27th May 2015).

The letter was written by Elsie McDermid, a popular opera singer of the era. She was in Dublin to perform in Gilbert and Sullivan Shows at Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. However, the performances were cancelled as a result of the dramatic outbreak of the Easter Rising on Monday 24th April 1916. Elsie wrote a 26-page letter home to her mother in England dated 25th April in which she related, among other things, the digging of trenches in St. Stephen’s Green and eye-witness accounts of the first casualties on the streets of Dublin.

Print - Scan - Copy. Improved Printing Service Rolling Out!

SurfboxDublin City Public Libraries & Archive is pleased to announce the final roll-out of the Surfbox print service. Available in Cabra Library and the Central Library since May 2014, the service has now been extended to Ballyfermot, Ballymun, Coolock, Donaghmede, Finglas, Pearse Street, Raheny, and Rathmines branch libraries. (Originally posted 8 May, updated: 27 May)

In addition to using a library computer to have your document printed, you can now email the job, upload it to the web or use the HP ePrint app on your phone or tablet. You will receive a “Privacy Release Code” which you can enter on the touch screen of the Print Server to retrieve your documents.

Learning Through Football Winners

Chloe and EveRaheny Library has just participated in a new project called 'Learning Through Football',  in which children’s literacy and numeracy skills are improved through a football skills-based programme. 'Learning Through Football', a project initiated by Minister Aodhan O Riordain, was delivered in partnership with the FAI and local schools in early May.

Sharing Memories at the Mansion House

Jimmy JohnstonWe thought this scan from last Saturday when members of the public came along to the Mansion House to share their memories of said beautiful building particularly interesting. Might you agree?

The photo (see below) shows the winner of the 1977 Men's World dancing championship, Jimmy Johnston from Dundalk, centre, together with the runner-up and third placed. . The event of course took place in the Round Room of the Mansion House.  Many thanks to Jimmy for permissions to use the photo.

Note the runner-up, one Mike Flatley from Chicago. I wonder... ?

Recommended Reading: Coming of Age Adult Fiction

In Between DreamsThe journey into adulthood isn't the same for everyone. Each person has their own coming of age story, and literary characters are no different. Perhaps that's what makes coming of age fiction so appealing; it's so much easier to read about the struggles of a fictional character than focus on our own! In any case, the tragic, heart-warming, and sometimes even hilarious coming of age tales can be entertaining to any sort of audience. Read on for a few stories in this genre that are recommended by your Dublin City Public Library & Archive.

Teddy Bears Take Over Cabra Library!

Tedy BearForty very special teddy bears came to Cabra Library on Monday, 11th May for a teddy sleepover! The teddies brought their owners to the library where they all listened to bedtime stories, sang teddy bear songs and had a few snacks before they were tucked up for the night. Here are some photos of what the bears got up to around the library…

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