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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.

Chance to watch Muc from Twigín visit Cabra Library!

MucMuch to our delight, Muc the pig visited Cabra Library on the 9th June 2015 with the RTÉjr crew to do some filming! If you didn't already know, Muc is one of the characters in the TV programme Twigín.

As we promised back in June, we are now delighted to tell you that Muc's visit featured on Twigín, broadcast on Monday, 30th November 2015, on RTÉjr, where Emma and Muc taught Séamus all about the library.

You can now catch up with the episode on the RTE player.

Below are some screenshots from Muc's visit and the TV show.

Because I'm Human

Dave LordanDave Lordan gave a talk on poetry and bullying to a group of students at Pearse Street Library this morning (13th Nov).

Dave's poem, Because I’m Human, is used as an anti-bullying resource by schools and youth groups worldwide. Dave read the poem and told the story of its origins. He discussed with the teenagers how poetry helped him, and may help others, overcome traumatic childhood bullying.

Children Design Their Own Theatre Sets

theatre designChildren were this morning exploring Irish theatre costume and stage designing,  and in the process creating their very own pop-up theatre designs, inspired by the work of set designer, illustrator and painter, Jack B Yeats.

This event took place in Pearse Street Library, and in the slideshow below you can see the fruits of their labour.

Magical book found in Dublin - READ All About It!

The Boook of LearningWe invite children to delve into the world of Ebony Smart, a 12-year old girl whose world has just changed forever  - a new home in Dublin that is full of secrets, a magical book that unlocks the mystery to her past and a mysterious boy called Zach who befriends her – for the Citywide Reading Campaign for Children 2016.

The campaign is run by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Public Libraries, in partnership with Mercier Press, and runs from January to March 2016.

Fallen is One City One Book Choice for 2016!

FallenWe are delighted to announce that Lia Mills’ novel Fallen, published by Penguin Ireland, is the Dublin: One City One Book choice for 2016.

We are also delighted to announce that, for the first time, Dublin will team up with Belfast for a 'Two Cities One Book' Festival.  2016 will see a partnership with Libraries NI (the library authority for Northern Ireland) so that next April readers in Dublin and Belfast will engage with the same book at the same time. The initiative was launched at noon today (14th) by an tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh and the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD.

The ‘ReCreate Revolution’ in Pearse Street Library

ReCreate WorkshopPearse Street Library was delighted that RECREATE could give this creative workshop on Wednesday 16th September 2015.

ReCreate promote ‘Make Art not Waste’. Participants explored the endless possibilities of creative reuse using items from ReCreates’ ‘Warehouse of Wonders’, such as wool, paper, plastics, fabric, tubing and foam. They experimented with printing, weaving and much more in this artist led workshop.

What a great turnout and display of creative flair resulting in many wonderful creations!

View the slideshow below.

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