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Statue of King William III

Dublin supported James II at the Battle of the Boyne, but following his defeat by William III, a protestant ascendancy resumed control of the city and began to forge links with the new and successful monarchy.  This process intensified after the death of Mary II in 1695 left William III as sole monarch. Dublin Corporation added William’s arms to the City Sword  in 1697 and in the following year, the king presented a chain of office to the Lord Mayor of Dublin, carrying the monarch’s bust on a medallion, which is in use to this day.

Freegal Free Music Streaming

Freegal and Libraries LogoOur featured online resource this week is Freegal ,a free music service which offers access to about 15 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists, and over 40,000 music videos.

City Wide Reading 2019

Cover of BumpFizzleThis spring children in Dublin are urged to keep their eyes peeled for mysterious aliens at their local library as Bumpfizzle – the Best on Planet Earth by Patricia Forde, has been chosen for the 2019 Citywide Reading Campaign for Children.

Removal of Fines

Fines Free ZoneFrom the 1st of January, library members will not have to pay fines for overdue items and no existing fines will be collected.

There will be no overdue fines charged on any materials taken out from the library by library members from the 1st of January 2019.  All charges on members' accounts as of the 1st of January 2019 will also be removed.

World Book Online

World Book Online LogoThe e-resource featured in this week’s blog is World Book Online. A suite of three websites from the publishers of the famous World Book encyclopedias. Supplying you with accurate information at age appropriate levels in a controlled safe learning environment.

The Great Courses

Great Courses LogoWhatever your area of interest, we have an online resource for you.  Today we’re going to take a look at The Great Courses Library Collection. This resource gives our library members access to an amazing world of knowledge.

Coolock Library Temporary Relocation

Coolock LibraryDublin City Public Libraries are pleased to announce that refurbishment work will commence in Coolock Library, Barryscourt Road, Dublin 17, in December 2018. To facilitate these refurbishments, this location will be closed from 5pm, Saturday, 1st December.

Whilst the Barryscourt Road location is closed for refurbishment, library services will be delivered from a temporary location in the Northside Shopping Centre (Unit 43), opposite Supervalu, from the 5th December.

Marx, Engels and Ireland Historian In Residence Blog

Karl MarxAs the world commemorates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, it may come as some surprise to hear that both Marx and Fredrich Engels, authors of The Communist Manifesto and creators of modern-day Marxist thought, were both strong proponents of Irish independence. In November 1867 Marx wrote that what Ireland really required was ‘Self-government and independence from England, an agrarian revolution and protective tariffs against England’.

Anna Manahan and The Rose Tattoo

Anna Manahan PortraitIn advance of the Irish Theatre Archive moving to its new home in the planned new City Library at Parnell Square Cultural Quarter, Dublin City Archives are focusing on cataloguing their backlog of theatre collections. I began working as the theatre archivist in July of this year and the first collection I tackled was the Anna Manahan Papers. One of the most interesting incidents in her career was her performance of the lead role in the Irish premiere of The Rose Tattoo in 1957. The run proved to be a historic moment for Irish theatre and in Anna’s words sent her career “rocketing”.

Raheny Library Closure, 26 October

Raheny LibraryPresidential Election Notice. Raheny Library will be closed all day on Friday, 26 October, as the premises will be in use as a polling station. 

The library will re-open as normal at 10am on Tuesday, 30 October.

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