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Poetry Reading with Ronan Brown

Ronan Brown'A Poet in Bits' was a poetry reading by Ronan Brown at Pearse Street Library on 19th August 2015.

Ronan Brown was born in Manchester and grew up in Dalkey in the 50s and 60s. He worked as a chartered surveyor but has been writing poetry since the 1970s. Browne was a former member of 'Chapter and Verse', the writers' group which met in the Killiney Court Hotel. His work has been published in anthologies.

Poetry Reading with Ross Donlon

Bookcover: The Blue Dressing Gown by Ross DonlonPoetry reading by Australian poet, Ross Donlon at Pearse Street Library on 13th May 2015.

Ross Donlon lives in Castlemaine in Australia. His poems have been widely published in Australia and Ireland. The Blue Dressing Gown was published in 2011 by Profile Poetry. Tightrope Horizon (Five Islands Press) was published in 2003. Shh and Other Love Poems and My Ship were published  by Mark Time Books in 2009. Shh has been anthologised in Poems for All Occasions and elsewhere. In 2014 Ross published Awakening: Poems from the collection of the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Light Travelling: a sampler of new and collected poems. His latest book is Sjøvegan (The Sea Road).

Poetry Reading with Christine Broe

Christine Broe Christine Broe reading from her poetry collection Lifting Light: Poems and Artwork in Pearse Street Library on Wednesday, 14 October 2015. Christine accompanied her reading with a presentation of her artwork from Lifting Light.

Born and still living in Dublin, Christine has worked as an art teacher, arts facilitator, and art therapist while looking after a family of seven. She has been writing poetry since the 1990s, winning the inaugural Brendan Kennelly Award in 2001. Christine gained international recognition when she was awarded the Premio Cittá di Olbia prize in 2002. Swan Press published her debut collection Solas Sólás in 2003.

Dublin Burning: the Easter Rising and its consequences

Sackville Street in ruinsAs part of Dublin Remembers 1916, Dr Brian Hanley presented a lecture series which examined in detail the lead up to the Rising, what really happened over those momentous days and its impact on future generations.
Image: Corner of Sackville Street (O'Connell Street) and Eden Quay. Postcard from the Birth of the Republic Collection at Dublin City Library & Archive.

Dr Brian Hanley is a historian and author. His publications include The IRA : a documentary history 1916-2005 (2015), The lost revolution : the story of the official IRA and the workers' party (2009) and A Guide to Irish Military Heritage (2004).

The 19th Annual Sir John T. Gilbert Lecture

Gathering firewood(Podcast) "The women were worse than the men: crime in Dublin in 1916", the 19th Annual Sir John T. Gilbert Lecture, was given by Pádraig Yeates at the Dublin City Library and Archive on Thursday, 21 January 2016, at 6:00pm.

Pádraig Yeates is a journalist, trade union activist and distinguished social and labour historian. He is an expert on the history of Dublin in the early decades of the 20th century. He is best known as the author of a series of books on Dublin in the revolutionary period as published between 2000 and 2015: A City in Wartime: Dublin 1914-1918, A City in Turmoil: Dublin, 1919-192 and A City in Civil War : Dublin, 1921-1924. He is the author Lockout, the standard work on the great 1913 labour dispute in Dublin. 

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Poetry Reading with Rosemarie Rowley

Rosemarie Rowley'Girls of the Globe' was a poetry reading by Rosemarie Rowley held at Pearse Street Library on 17 June 2015.

Rosemarie Rowley has been writing for four decades, often in formal verse, and often about women and their experiences.  A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, she has worked abroad and presented papers at conferences worldwide.

Poetry Reading with Iggy McGovern

Mystic DreamThe life of 19th century mathematician and poet, William Rowan Hamilton, was told through a sequence of sonnets by poet Iggy McGovern and friends Paula Murphy and Noel Duffy at Pearse Street Library 26 February 2015.

William Rown Hamilton (1805-65) was the foremost mathematician of the mid nineteenth century.  Iggy McGovern's 'A mystic dream of 4' is a sonnet sequence based on the life and time of this remarkable Irishman.

The Darker Side of Children's Literature

Come CloserCoinciding with the launch of a new database of children's books and accompanying exhibition,  Timothy Young (Yale University) delivered a lecture at Dublin City Library & Archive on 28 September 2015 entitled 'Happy Deaths and Urban Dangers: The Darker Side of Children's Literature'.

Young is curator of the Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection of American Children's Literature, Yale University.

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Ireland's Harp: shaping a nation's identity

Irish HarpMary Louise O’Donnell gave a talk and recital titled "Ireland's Harp: shaping a nation's identity" in the Central Library, Ilac Centre on 12 March. Her talk traces the history and evolution of this treasured national emblem and glorious musical tradition. You can listen to a recording of the event below or download to listen to offline.

The image of the harp – symbolic of the political and cultural landscape of Ireland for centuries – evokes strong sentiments in the collective Irish imagination. This iconic instrument became the emblem on Irish coinage in the sixteenth century. Since then it has been symbolic of Irish culture, music, and politics – finally evolving into a significant marker of national identity in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

The 18th Annual Sir John T. Gilbert Lecture

Kevin Whelan"Dublin as a global city: through time and space", the 18th Annual Sir John T. Gilbert Lecture, was given by Kevin Whelan at the Dublin City Library and Archive on 22 January 2015.

Kevin Whelan, Director Keough-Naughton Institute, Notre Dame Centre in Dublin, has worked as a visiting professor at New York University, Boston College and Concordia University (Montreal). He has written or edited fifteen books and over a hundred articles on Ireland’s history, geography and culture. He has also lectured in over a dozen countries, and at the Sorbonne, Cambridge, Oxford, Torino, Berkeley, Yale, Dartmouth and Louvain.

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