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Culture Night 2016 in Pearse Street Library

Culture NightDublin City Library and Archive was delighted to open its doors to the public on Culture Night, Friday, 16th September. Visitors enjoyed a mixed programme of live music, poetry, drama and exhibitions.

The schedule for the evening was:-

6.00pm - Poetry  Readings with Iggy McGovern and Catherine Ann Cullen
6.45pm - World Dance Music arranged for two Spanish Guitars with  Luke Tobin & Gerard Boyle
7.45pm - Poetry  Readings with Ronan Browne
8.00pm - Traditional Irish Music and Song with Síle Denvir and Valerie Casey, members of Líadan.

View the photo slideshow of the night below.

Remembering 1916 - Easter Weekend, a Look Back

SmithfieldThousands took to the streets on a glorious Easter Monday in March to remember the 1916 Rising. Dublin City Council was in Smithfield Square with library staff and the Dublin Fire Brigade. We unveiled the Learning Bus with its retro-fit Edwardian parlour, author Lia Mills was on hand to promote “Fallen” the One City One Book choice for 2016 and we were serenaded by the Drum and Pipe band from the Dublin Fire Brigade. Re-enactors from both sides, 1916 Rising rebels and First World War troops, joined us to talk to people about their uniforms and kit.

Watch the wonderful video below. And look out for one of the library staff acting the part of a newsboy!

Fun at the Rose Festival

Rose Festival 2016Our library tent and mobile library were a hive of book activity and fun at the Rose Festival at St Anne's Park, Raheny on Saturday 16 July. Thanks to everyone who popped by for chat, to register for a library card or borrow some books.

No Strings Theatre Company kept families entertained with their new lively puppet show The Salmon of Knowledge, which featured a new and unexpected character!

Library staff were on hand to offer book recommendations for anyone stuck in a reading rut with Book Doctor sessions. Don't worry if you missed us on the day, staff at your local library can suggest exciting new reads, recent publications by popular authors, a new genre to discover or old classics to rediscover!

North Strand Bombing, 75th Anniversary

Damaged buildingOn the eve of the 75th Anniversary of the North Strand Bombings, a set of files relating to compensation claims for property that was damaged or destroyed by the bombings  have been catalogued by Dublin City Archives and  can now be accessed by members of the public for the first time in our Reading Room.

The North Strand Bombing occurred on the night of 30/31 May 1941, when four bombs were dropped over the North Strand area by German aircraft. The impact of the bombing was strongly felt in the city of Dublin as it resulted in the death of 28 people, injured over 90 and caused the destruction of 300 houses.

The Business of Starting a Business

MoneyWe are half way through our Spring 'Start Your Own Business' programme here at the Business Information Centre, and as ever the workshops are proving a great success.  The workshops, which are taking place every Thursday from 6.30 – 8.00pm, attract entrepreneurs, innovators, start your own business enthusiasts, back to work job seekers and those who wish to go it alone in a  business world.

Reflecting the Rising

Reflecting the RisingOn Easter Monday, 28 March 2016 people from all over the country flocked to the streets of Dublin to commemorate the 1916 Rising. The atmosphere around the city was fantastic - and so was the weather! RTÉ's Reflecting the Rising filled the city's streets, squares, parks and buildings with history, drama, literature, music, talks, reenactments, arts, dance, play and crafts.

Launch of Richmond Barracks 1916: We were there - photos

Richmond Barracks 1916 publication launchThe Lord Mayor of Dublin, Críona Ní Dhálaigh, launched the book 'Richmond Barracks 1916: We were there, 77 women of the Easter Rising' to a packed audience at the Chapel, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8, on International Women's Day, Tuesday, 8 March 2016.   This new publication gives voice to the 77 women who were arrested and held at Richmond Barracks following the Easter Rising. A leather bound edition of the book was presented to President Higgins and Lord Mayor Críona Ní Dhálaigh. The audience was entertained by an instrumental performance by Cora Venus Lunny and and Kate Ellis, poetry recitals by Jo Kennedy and Jane Clarke and Damien Dempsey singing Aunt Jennie.

The 77 Women Commemoration Quilt was also unveiled at the event. This unique quilt commemorates the 77 women arrested after the Easter Rising and forms a link to the present through the 77 contemporary women who crafted each special panel.

View the photo slideshow of the event below.

Nelson's Pillar Commemorative Event - Photos

Nelson's PillarThe 50th anniversary of the destruction of Nelson's Pillar occurred on Tuesday, 8th March 2016, and to mark the occasion Dublin City Archives held a commemorative event entailing a talk by historian Donal Fallon, poetry read by Alastair Smeaton, and ballads by Luke Cheevers and Tony Fitzpatrick.

View the photo slideshow of the event below.

Dublin Remembers 1916 Programme

Dublin Remembers 1916To mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising, Dublin City Council has announced an exciting programme of commemorative events. You are encouraged to remember and reflect on the events of Easter Week 1916, which shook the capital’s streets 100 years ago.  An tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh launched the Dublin Remembers 1916  programme on Wednesday, 13 January at Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street, at a preview of the specially commissioned exhibition Citizens in Conflict, Dublin 1916.

The programme is packed full of lectures, talks by expert historians, exhibitions and conferences in Dublin libraries, City Hall, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and other venues in the city. This rich programme of events provides something for everyone. View the Dublin Remembers 1916 Programme of Events.

Poetry, Prose and Music at Pearse St Library

Crogh WritersOn Wednesday, 9th December, in Pearse Street Library, we had the dual pleasure of listening to members of Clogh Writers' Group reading a selection of their writings, poetry and prose, and music provided by the Carlow Ramblers. Indeed the Ramblers put on a set dancing performance as well!

From a village in north Kilkenny, The Clogh Writers' Group have published a number of anthologies, namely Only Wanted Andy Brennan (1996), From the Heart (1997), The Echo of Familiar Voices (2000) and most recently Kilpatrick (2014) .

You can view below the photo slideshow from the event in Pearse Street Library.

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