local studies

Dublin City Public Libraries 1884-2009

Charleville Mall Library'Dublin City Public Libraries 1884-2009: 125 years of service to the community', a talk by Deirdre Ellis-King, Dublin City Librarian commemorates 125 years of Public Library Service in Dublin City. The talk was part of Local History Day 26 September, 2009.

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Ceithre seachtaine, Carnán scéalta: Cromail i mBaile Atha Cliath, 1649

Oliver Cromwell'Ceithre seachtaine, Carnán scéalta: Cromail i mBaile Atha Cliath, 1649' (Four Weeks, a collection of stories of Cromwell in Dublin 1649) by Dr Maighréad Ní Mhurchadha. Thug Dr Maighréad Ní Mhurchadha, (léachtóir agus staraí), léacht gearr mar gheall ar na scéalta atá ag baint le saol Cromail i mBaile Átha Cliath. Is as Cathair Bhaile Átha Cliath ó dhúchas í Maighréad agus tá roinnt leabhar agus roinnt altanna sna hirisí stairiúla foilsithe aici.

On 9 March 2009, Maighréad Ní Mhurchadha, (lecturer and historian), gave a talk on stories relating to Oliver Cromwell. Maighréad is a native of Dublin and has published books and journal articles including Early Modern Dubliners, published by Dublin City Public Libraries.

The 12th Annual Sir John T. Gilbert Lecture

Dublin's civic buildings in the early modern period by Colm Lennon Early modern Dublin was a massive time of growth from Dublin as it transformed from a small medieval city to the modern city we recognise today. In this lecture, 'Dublin's civic buildings in the early modern period' Professor Colm Lennon takes us on a journey through the city, highlighting the key buildings, many of which have become landmark features of Dublin. Professor Lennon draws on sources including Malton's prints and famous maps of Dublin by Rocque, Brooking and de Gomme to trace the development of civic buildings in the 17th and early 18th centuries.

The twelfth annual Sir John T. Gilbert Lecture was recorded on 22 January 2009 at Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street.


Dublin in 1608

Early Modern Dubliners by Maighread Ní MhurchadhaDublin City has a remarkable collection of historical documents, many of which are under the care of Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive. Dr Maighread Ní Mhurchadha has drawn on the contents of these and other records to tell the stories of some of Dublin's residents during the Renaissance period in her book Early Modern Dubliners. Despite many difficulties, including plague, riots, the threat of war and serious religious differences, the citizens combined to maintain a spirit of independence, a belief in the importance of their city and a strong sense of community, often using unorthodox means to achieve their ends and, occasionally, even managing to enjoy themselves!

This talk marked the launch of the Early Modern Dubliners on the 28th August, 2008.

The 11th Annual Sir John T. Gilbert Lecture

River, Rivalry and RevoltOn 23 January 2008 the eleventh annual Sir John T. Gilbert Lecture, 'River, rivalry and revolt: history of the built fabric of Dublin City' by Dr Christine Casey was held at Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street. Dr Christine Casey is lecturer at the School of Art History and Cultural Policy, UCD. Her lecture looks at how three elements the river, rivalry with London and revolution helped influence and shape the topography of Dublin.


This lecture was published by Dublin City Public Libraries in 2009. Details of Christine Casey's publication.

The Underestimated Mr Wesley: Charles Wesley 1707-1788

Charles WesleyTo celebrate the tercentenary of Charles Wesley's birth Dublin City Library presented The Underestimated Mr Wesley, a lecture by Dudley Levistone Cooney.

Charles Wesley was a leader of the Methodist movement and younger brother of John Wesley. Wesley is primarily remembered as a writer of hymns including the Christmas favourite Hark! the Herald Angels Sing. He was also one of the most prolific poets in the English Language.

Dudley Levistone Cooney historian and writer is President of Wesley Historical Society in Ireland and President of Old Dublin Society and author of Methodists in Ireland: a short history.

The 10th Annual Sir John T. Gilbert Lecture

Through streets broad and narrow by Michael CorcoranIn this podcast, entitled "Through streets broad and narrow": a history of Dublin’s trams', Michael Corcoran discusses the history of Dublin's trams, the men who drove them and how they intersected with events in Dublin's history such as the 1913 Lockout and the 1916 Rising. The tenth annual Sir John T Gilbert Commemorative Lecture was recorded at Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street on 23 January 2007.

Michael Corcoran is a retired staff member of Dublin City Council and founding member of the National Transport Museum at Howth. Michael’s illustrated lecture, "Through streets broad and narrow": a history of Dublin’s trams, was received with enthusiasm by the audience. Michael's large range of slides and entertaining delivery made it a memorable evening. Members of the audience shared many memories of Dublin trams. One former tramway worker, Jimmy Wylie, was present and he brought some wonderful staff photographs to show everyone.