local studies

JSTOR at Dublin City Public Libraries

JSTORJSTOR is a comprehensive online resource that spans a variety of topics. Access to The Ireland Collection – JSTOR can be accessed at Dublin City Public Libraries free of charge. The Ireland Collection is an interdisciplinary collection of journals and other materials. The Collection contains titles and resources across the arts, humanities, and sciences in disciplines such as music, art, history, literature, archaeology, mathematics, and biology. Materials span from the 1780s to the present.

Find out more about this and other research materials available at Dublin City Public Libraries

Whether you want to satisfy your curiosities, increase your content knowledge or for personal research the information is at your fingertips. For example you can find a copy of every Dublin Historical Record article ever written since 1834. Students can access further information to assist their studies. Researchers who may not have access to journal databases will find a wealth of information available.

The Golden Age of Dublin Bookbinding

The Coat of Arms of the Putland familyDublin in the late 18th century was a consumer paradise. A building boom had resulted in fine streets and squares of classical houses. Interior design flourished with ornate plasterwork ceilings, painted wallpaper, beautiful furniture of polished wood and gilt, paintings and sculptures, print collections, and libraries filled with books in exquisite bindings. A stroll down Dame Street in the 1780s and 1790s would bring you by shops selling jewellery, perfume, lace, hats, silk, linen and wool, fine wines and luxury groceries, lottery tickets, music, prints and books.

Right: The Coat of Arms of the Putland family, the source of the elephant motif used in the spine design of the plain calf bindings belonging to the Putland family and visible in Image 05 below (click image to view larger version).

George Faulkner's Pamphlet Shop, over in Parliament street, could be depended on for the latest bestsellers direct from London, or in better value editions published by himself in Dublin. Here you could go for the latest Voltaire, that ever provoking and controversial writer; you could buy it in French, or in English translation. For your Christmas and new gifts you could buy an almanac for the coming year, or a pocket sized prayer book from Grierson's at the King’s Arms and Two Bibles in Essex Street, then you could get them beautifully bound in McKenzie's so that your friends would have something to treasure. Luke White's in Crampton Court has to be the trendiest bookshop in town, full of the latest imported books from Paris and Switzerland. But if you wanted the latest Madame de Genlis in French you could buy his own Dublin edition, which is just as good and much cheaper.

The Civil War In Dublin: Images from Irish Life (July 1922)

Royal Bank of IrelandView The Civil War In Dublin Gallery

On 28 June 1922 the forces of the Provisional Government of the Irish Free State, led by Michael Collins, attacked the Anti-Treaty garrison at the Four Courts. This action is generally believed to mark the beginning of the Irish Civil War. Fighting spread to the centre of the city with Anti-Treaty troops occupying part of O’Connell Street (including the Gresham, Crown, Granville and Hammam Hotels) as  well as outposts on Gardiner Street, Parnell Street, and Aungier Street. The Anti-Treaty forces were defeated after a week of heavy bombardment and street fighting. Over three hundred combatants were killed or wounded with Republican leader Cathal Brugha among the fatalities. Over two hundred civilians were killed during ‘the Battle of Dublin’ that lasted from 28 June to the 5 July 1922.

A Visitor's Guide to Dublin in 1811

National Bank, Image from Picture of Dublin for 1811. Dublin City Public Libraries plans to digitise some of its early books and manuscripts, in order to bring the history of the city before a wider public. Many of the proposed works are hard to find and are very expensive to buy.

North Strand Bombing, a Documentary

Why not pop along this Saturday (18 June) at 2.00 pm and view a screening of a new documentary on the North Strand Bombing at Charleville Mall Library? Entry is free and all are welcome.

About the North Strand Bombing

The bombing of Dublin's North Strand was the most serious atrocity inflicted on neutral Eire during the Second World War. Four high-explosive bombs were dropped by German aircraft on the North Strand area of Dublin City on 31 May 1941. The casualties were many: 28 dead and 90 injured, with 300 houses damaged or destroyed.

Memory Lane: 'Dublin in the 'Rare Oul' Times

Moore Street StallView the Memory Lane Image Gallery.

The Digital Projects Section of Dublin City Public Libraries presented a series of events at public libraries during May 2011 as part of the Bealtaine Festival. Members of the public were invited to share their memories of the City through a selection of images from the Dublin City Council Photographic Collection. The images prompted much debate and craic among the participants and are presented here online so that all members of the public can take a ‘stroll down Memory Lane’.
Sincere thanks to all who participated!

The Boys of Summer

For many Irish men and women, the sound of summer means the stamp of studs on dry ground and the slap of leather on ash. For some counties there is always the sense that the expectation of May will lead to celebrations in September. For others a victory over nearest rivals will suffice. The past decade has seen an explosion in the number of books published on Gaelic Games. Here are a few worth packing with the sandwiches and flasks of tea. Up da Dubs!

The ClubThe Club, Christy O’Connor (2010)

Christy O’Connor is that rarest of things – a sports writer who has played at the highest level. The Club is his account of his club – St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield - during the 2009 season. It was a year of tragedy. O’Connor lost his new-born daughter and his comrade and friend Ger Hoey. Doora-Barefield raged against the dying of the light in the Clare League and Championship but there was no glory. Very few books on sport escape the narrow confines of their genre. The Club is one of those. It is no exaggeration to state that this is one of the best works of social commentary published in Ireland in the past decade. Time will only confirm its greatness.

Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive

The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association (RDFA) was established in 1996 to commemorate all Irish men and women who volunteered, served and died in the First World War 1914-1918. The RDFA fulfils its remit by organising public exhibitions, lectures, seminars, visits and the publication of a journal, Blue Cap. In 2005, the RDFA decided to place its archive with Dublin City Library and Archive, where it is available for public consultation in the Reading Room. The RDFA Archive is managed by Dublin City Archives.

Inspired by Ghostlight

Ghost LightWhile reading Ghostlight by Joseph O’Connor the One City One Book for April 2011, my interest was sparked.

The library has copies of John Millington Synge’s writings, including his plays, poetry as well as numerous biographies.

I discovered a book of photographs taken by John Millington Singe My Wallet of Photographs the collected photographs of J M Synge arranged and introduced by Lilo Stephens. 1971.

I decided to photograph these same places in Wicklow and Dun Laoghaire in 2011. Places that feature in Synge’s letters to Molly Allgood, the woman who inspired Ghostlight. These photos are currently on display in the Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street.

Take Me Up To Monto!

Dublin Buildings

Anyone with an interest in old photos of Dublin should take a wander down Foley Street and have a look at The Lab's exhibition 'The Lab Looks Back'. The exhibition depicts the history of Foley Street - formerly Montgomery Street and one of Europe's most notorious red-light districts - in a series of photos dating from the 1910s, 1930s, and 1970s. Bravo to all involved!