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

Your Library at the Rose Festival

Dublin City Public Libraries again brought the joy of books, reading and storytelling to the famous Rose Festival at Saint Anne's Park, Raheny, on the weekend of the 20th/21st July, 2013. Among the variety of events that took place were:-

The Gruffalo Puppet Show with No Strings Theatre Company - How are books made? with Úna Healy - Trade secrets from the illustrator of 'Look What Blew in from the Zoo' - 'St Anne's Park', a talk by Joan Sharkey from Raheny Heritage Society - Story session with Fiona Tierney, author of 'Look What Blew in from the Zoo' - Story telling session with Aideen McBride.

There was great interest in the library presence, the tented area and the mobile library being a hive of activity over the two days. Have a look at the following slideshow to get some idea of how wonderful an occasion it was.


Summer Reading Challenge at Your Local Library!

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!

Here are some photos from the launch and more besides!


Summertime for Kids in Dublin City Public Libraries

Summer Reading BuzzSchool might soon be out, and people might be travelling (or thinking of doing so) to foreign climes on their holidays, but with our younger library visitor in particular in mind that doesn't mean your local library slackens in its efforts to please and fulfil; to the contrary, with all that is happening, you could happily spend many a happy hour or more down at your local library with all that is planned for this (hopefully) long, warm, sunny summer.

Heading up our summer programme for our younger library visitor is the all new Summer Reading Buzz! To coincide with the Reading Buzz all branch libraries around the city are hosting a variety of activities for children of all ages during the months of July and August. So check out too the whole host of summer activities planned; think music, think creative workshops, think art, think magic!

Note that all events are free but some do require advanced booking.

Don't forget, you can keep informed and up-to-date by regularly checking our Library Events page, for events for our younger and older visitors alike!

You know you are getting old when …..

Cover of the Bealtaine 2013 brochure…the Bealtaine Festival begins to look as attractive as camping in a muddy field and listening to loud music once did.
Bealtaine used to be described as a festival ‘celebrating creativity in older age’ – which implies you have to be more or less in older age to take part.
Now it is ‘celebrating creativity as we age!’ Well, we are all aging (some of us faster than others I admit) so that means everyone doesn’t it?

Create a Digital Memory on Digital Dublin Day

Red corner shop DublinDublin Digital Day Event, Grafton Street, Friday, 8th March.

Create a digital memory, using your old photographs, on Digital Dublin Day, Friday 8th March. 

Do you have some old photographs of Dublin or Dubliners lying around at home? Perhaps a snapshot of friends meeting under Clery's Clock? Or photographs that show Dublin shops, pubs or other buildings in the background?