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Dublin Festival of History 2018

Dublin Festival of History logoDublin Festival of History returns for it's sixth year and takes place from the 24th September to 7th October. This year will see over 140 events across the city, with talks, walks, tours and exhibitions on a wide range of topics, including the historical impact of gaming, former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass’ time spent in Ireland, a queer history of Kilmainham Gaol, an evening of conversation and music with Christy Dignam, as well as numerous events marking 100 years of Irish women’s suffrage. All events are free.

The Festival will culminate with a ‘Big Weekend’ series of talks at City Hall and the Printworks, Dublin Castle, taking place from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th October featuring many best-selling historians. Michael Palin will bring to life the history of the ship HMS Erebus, Anne Applebaum will discuss Stalin’s war on the Ukraine in the 1930s, while Helen Rappaport will shed new light on the murder of the Russian Imperial Family after the Bolshevik Revolution, 100 years after their death.

"Doing their Bit": Irish Women and the First World War

Irish SuffragettesThis fab exhibition, on display in Charleville Mall Library from 1 July  to 10 August, tells a multitude of Irish women’s stories during the First World War from Voluntary Aid Detachment nurses to munitions workers, home front volunteers, anti-enlistment activists and separation women. It draws on the archival records of the Royal Dublin Fusilers Association Archive and is curated by Dublin City Library and Archive and funded by Dublin City Council Decade of Commemoration.

Down by The Salley Gardens, Thíos cois garraithe na Saillí le WB Yeats

Enda ReillyBhain slua maith taitneamh as seo ó Ghuthanna Binne Síoraí (Everlasting Voices) ar Lá Filíochta na hÉireann, Déardaoin, 26 d’Aibreáin i mBliain na Gaeilge, 2018. Bhí filíocht ó WB Yeats curtha i láthair i mbéarla agus Gaeilge ag Cathal Quinn, Acadamh Lir agus seinnteoir, Enda Reilly. D’aistrigh Gabriel Rosenstock na dánta ó bhéarla go Gaeilge.

We celebrated Poetry Day Ireland, 26 April and Bliain na Gaeilge with a great event, "I Hear It in the Deep Heart’s Core" with Guthanna Binne Síoraí at Dublin City Library and Archive. Artistic Director Cathal Quinn and musician, composer and singer Enda Reilly took us on a journey through the poetry of Yeats, spoken and sung in English and Irish, with translations by Gabriel Rosenstock. Here's a video of Enda Reilly performing Down by the Salley Gardens, Thíos cois garraithe na Saillí:

"Doing their bit": Irish women and the First World War

Kate Middleton Curtis"Doing their bit": Irish women and the First World War’ is a new exhibition in Dublin City Library and Archive in Pearse Street. The exhibition centres on the impact that the First World War had on the lives of Irish women and the new opportunities that opened up for them.

Speaking about the exhibition senior archivist Ellen Murphy said  "The role of Irish women in World War 1 is a story that is yet to be fully told. Against the backdrop of the campaign for female suffrage and the struggle for Irish Independence, this exhibition explores how the First World War impacted the lives of Irish women and greatly accelerated the changes which had been slowly taking place in society before the outbreak of war.  By 1918 Constance Markievicz was the first woman elected to the British House of Commons and many Irish women had experienced new economic or social freedoms through the employment and volunteer opportunities offered by the war."

Dublin: One City One Book 2018

The Long Gaze BackArdmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath Mícheál Mac Donncha, launches the 2018 Dublin: One City One Book programme of events today on the eve of International Women’s Day.

The Long Gaze BackAn Anthology of Irish Women Writers edited by Sinéad Gleeson, joins a long list of illustrious titles as this year’s featured book in the Dublin: One City One Book Festival. As suggested by the title, this book is rooted in the present with emerging writers, while looking back to the flag bearers of Irish women’s writing.

The month-long festival will feature dramatised readings, music, song and poetry, discussions with the featured authors, walking tours, talks on topics such as the tradition of women’s short fiction in Ireland, gender balance and anthologies, writing workshops, exhibitions and much more.  Many of the events are free. Check out Dublin: One City, One Book events on in our libraries.

Dolphins Barn: Creative Digital Animation Series

Creative Digital Animation title In April and May of 2017 Dolphin's Barn Library hosted a series of workshops where young historians learned how to combine research, storytelling, drawing and digital animation to tell a tale from Irish history.

Expert facilitators included historian Conor Kostick and author and illustrator Alan Nolan.

The result is this exciting video set in Dublin 1920. In it Tadhg undertakes a dangerous mission to deliver a message to Countess Markievicz. On the way he evades policemen, befriends Victoria Jacobs and is shot at by the 'Black and Tans'!

The project was supported by the UNESCO City of Literature office.

A look back at Dublin Festival of History

DFoH is 5Dublin Festival of History celebrated its fifth birthday this year and in our opinion it was the best year yet! Our packed programme of events drew a record attendance at The Printworks Venue, Dublin Castle, city libraries and other venues around the city. 

Speakers included Third Reich expert and Hitler biographer, Ian Kershaw, former MP and the last Governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten and art historian Janina Ramirez well known for her insightful history documentaries on the BBC.

Thanks to the speakers, participants and history buffs who came along to our events and helped make this year's festival such a success.

Get creative in your library this Autumn!

pencilsBring a little colour and creativity into your life this autumn! We have lots of opportunities for you to get creative at your local library. Why not join one of our friendly groups and try your hand at creative writing, art, knitting, crochet or quilting.  If music is more your thing come along to a drumming workshop at our Central Library. Regular open poetry evenings at Inchicore and Pearse Street Library give voice to poets - new and experienced.

Our popular Children's Art in Libraries programme also returns this Autumn with visual arts, storytelling and music workshops.

Keep an eye on library events and Dublin City of Literature for ideas, inspiration and opportunities.

Dublin Festival of History 2017

Dublin Festival of History 2017The fifth annual Dublin Festival of History will take place from 29th September to 14th October in Dublin Castle and various venues across the city.  With over 90 free history events, this year's programme is the biggest and best yet! This specialist festival features Irish and international historians speaking on a myriad of historical topics as part of a jam-packed programme including lectures and discussions, film, exhibitions and walks. This year's speakers include Chris Patten, Janina Ramirez, Ian Kershaw and Robert Service. And this year the Festival takes over Richmond Barracks on 7th October for a history day for children; expect re-enactors, dressing-up, pop-up talks, craft, storytelling and lots to capture the interest of the young history lover.

Fun at the Rose Festival 2017

Rose FestivalWe had lots of fun in the library tent and mobile library at the Rose Festival in St Anne's Park Raheny on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July 2017. It was a busy day full of books and reading themed events, arts and crafts and performance.  Ruth Concannon, Reader in Residence at Dublin City Public Libraries read stories to younger children in our library tent and Book Advisors Patricia and Catherine enjoyed chatting to children about what they like to read and offering some book recommendations.  Lots of young readers dropped by to find out about the best summer reads and sign up for our Summer Stars Reading challenge.

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