Dublin One City One Book 2014 Launch

Brendan Kennelly reading at the launchDublin: One City, One Book 2014 "If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song" was today (Tuesday, 25th March) launched by Lord Mayor, Oisín Quinn, in the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Present also were Owen Keegan, Dublin City Manager, Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian, and renowned poets Dermot Bolger, Brendan Kennelly, Paula Meehan, Gabriel Rosenstock, Enda Wyley, as well as that famous musician and poet, John Sheahan (The Dubliners).

Right: Brendan Kennelly reading at the launch

A day in the life of Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive

Have you ever wondered what a typical day in Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive looks like? Here's a sneak peak:

#MyDCCDay activities in libraries


Sir John T. Gilbert, Irish Historian and Archivist

Sir John T. GilbertJohn Thomas Gilbert, born in Dublin on the 23rd January 1829, was the author of the influential three-volume 'History of the City of Dublin', published from 1854-59. He was a firm advocate of documenting the history of his native city using primary sources. His work on manuscripts relating to the city alerted him to the need for the preservation of Irish public records, many of which were in a neglected and vulnerable condition. He commenced a campaign, which eventually led to the setting up of the Public Records Office in the Four Courts. He calendared the records of Dublin Corporation, which date from the twelfth century, and began the series of printed volumes 'The calendar of ancient records of the city of Dublin'

Summer Buzz Survey

Summer Reading Buzz posterDid your child take part in the summer reading programme in Dublin City Public Libraries this year? If so, please give us some feedback on the programme by completing this survey before the 10th January 2014. And there are only seven questions so it won't take long!


The Summer Reading Challenge (@SummerBuzz) for children was launched by Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald in Tallaght Library on Monday, 17th June, in the presence of some 60 excited children and two bees!

3D Christmas Papercrafts in the Central Library

 3D Christmas Papercrafts at the Central Library

Come enjoy some fun festive paper crafts in the Central Library - construct cut-out paper sculpture, fold origami decorations and more! This is a free event, for children aged 7 to 10 years.

We will also have a selection of origami and papercrafts books to borrow on the day.

The Irish Crime Fiction Festival: A Virtual Who's Who of Irish Crime Authors

// festival devoted to Irish crime fiction, featuring some seventeen or so of the most exciting Irish and Irish-American crime novelists, takes place on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November in Trinity College, Dublin. The festival concludes with the highlight event, best-selling American author Michael Connelly being interviewed by Irish crime writer John Connolly. The event marks the occasion of the Irish launch of his newest novel, 'The Gods of Guilt'. I for one have my ticket booked and I hope to get to attend most of the sessions during the festival.

Irish crime authors appearing are (with links to library catalogue entries):

Conor Brady. Probably best known as the former editor of The Irish Times and also a former member of the Garda Síochána (Police) Ombudsman Commission. Author of, amongst other works, two crime novels - 'A June of Ordinary Murders' and the just released 'The Eloquence of the Dead' (October 2013, not yet in stock).

Anne Frank [+ You} - An Exhibition

Anne Frank + You ExhibitionThe Anne Frank Trust UK and the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, in association with Dublin City Public Libraries, proudly present the touring exhibition "Anne Frank [+ You}".

The exhibition, based on the ‘The Diary of a Young Girl' tells the story of a young Jewish girl and her family hiding in occupied Amsterdam during World War II. It will be on display in the Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, from 23rd October until 11th December 2013.

This exhibition is free and is suitable for adults and children from 6th class and up.

Rathmines Library - 100 Years at the Heart of the Community

Rathmines LibraryOn the 24th October 1913, Rathmines Library opened its doors to the public for the first time in its current location, 157 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6.

Right: Rathmines Library is all its splendour. (click to view larger image)

To mark the 100th anniversary of this landmark library, Dublin City Public Libraries (DCPL) have great pleasure in presenting a programme of lectures, exhibitions and children’s events during the month of October.

Its History

The first library in Rathmines was opened in 1887, in rented premises at 53 Rathmines Road. In 1902 Rathmines and Rathgar Urban District Council applied for a grant to Andrew Carnegie (links to Britannica Library Ed., DCPL borrower number required to view from home), who was at that time dispensing large sums of money for the building of libraries the world over. The application was successful and in 1903 a sum of £7,500, later increased to £8,500 was granted. It took the Council some time to find a suitable site for the library, but they did eventually and in 1912 building work began. The Library and Technical Institute were opened on October 24th, 1913. 

The Dublin Festival of History Launched!

Dublin Festival of History 2013 Programme coverToday sees the launch of the Dublin Festival of History 2013 website and programme of events. The festival is an initiative of Dublin City Council's library and archive service, and it will run from 26th September until the 9th October.

Right: Programme cover, click to enlarge.

Anniversary of the 1913 Lockout

Abbey Street, 1 Sept 1913Monday, 26th August, marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the strike in Dublin of 700 tramway-men belonging to James Larkin’s Irish Transport and  General Workers’ Union (IT&GWU), a strike that developed into a general lockout of union members. On 30th August 1913 there were riots in Ringsend, Beresford Place and Eden Quay, during which the police baton-charged the crowds. One hundred years ago next Saturday (31st August) James Larkin, wearing a beard as a disguise, spoke to striking tramway workers from the balcony of the Imperial Hotel, O’Connell Street (now Clery’s Department Store). A riot followed Larkin's arrest at the event, and over 600 people were treated in hospital for injuries. That day became known as "Bloody Sunday".

Left: Image from A Capital in Conflict, Dublin City and the 1913 Lockout. Copyright: Dublin City Library & Archive