Submitted by Your Library on Tue, 29/04/2014 - 12:28
2014 is the millennium of the Battle of Clontarf, which took place on Good Friday 23 April 1014. Commemorating Clontarf: the battle and its legacy was the theme of the City Hall lunchtime lecture series this April. It was standing room only at each of these popular lectures. So in case you missed them we are giving you the chance to listen back to two fascinating lectures. Dr Colm Lennon's lecture explores how the legend of Brian Boru and the battle of Clontarf has been adopted as a means of advancing different ideologies throughout Irish history, and how modern scholarly research using antiquarian sources and textual and scientific research are helping separate fact from myth. Dr Howard Clarke re-examines the reputation of Queen Gormlaith and Brian Boru while looking at the rules of marriage, and the bewilderingly complicated nature of the relationships between some of the key players in the battle of Clontarf.
The City Hall lecture series is organised by Dublin City Archives.
Submitted by Your Library on Wed, 16/04/2014 - 13:20
'In other towns, clever people go out and make money. In Dublin, clever people go home and write their books.' Anne Enright
Dublin is a city that is famed for its poets, writers and storytellers - it is a city of literature after all. In Dublin City Public Libraries members of writers' groups meet informally to talk about their writings, improve their skills, and to offer encouragement to one another, facilitated by Orla Ní hAonigh.
Pictured right: Members of Cabra Library Creative Writers' Group
Like to write? Want to try? Fiction, poetry, it matters not. A little ambition can go a long way! Meeting times may vary so phone or email in advance if interested in participating in a Writers' Group.
Submitted by Your Library on Fri, 07/03/2014 - 12:41
Alleys, annals and anecdotes: a new look at Gilbert's History of Dublin given by Séamas Ó Maitiú, on Thursday 23rd January 2014 at 6.00pm, at Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Dr. Séamas Ó Maitiú holds an MA in local History and was awarded a PhD by the National University of Ireland for his thesis on the development of Dublin suburbs in the 19th century. He is the author of several books including Dublin's Suburban Towns, 1834-1930 and W. & R. Jacob: celebrating 150 years of Irish biscuit making.
Listen to the talk while following the presentation:
Submitted by Your Library on Wed, 29/01/2014 - 10:42
Established in 2008 the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival (DCNYF) showcases the best of Sino Irish Culture in Ireland. This year the festival as always will be delivering a high profile cultural programme including many diverse and exciting events.
The Libraries' programme includes a range of events for both children and adults, including storytelling sessions, and arts and crafts workshops.
For a taste of what you can expect, listen to storyteller Aideen McBride telling the tale of General Five Tiger, from Chinese Fairy Tales and Folk Tales. Translated from the German by Desmond Parsons, 1937:
Submitted by Your Library on Fri, 15/11/2013 - 09:43
Crime is serious business in Dublin and we love to read about it. From novels about detectives to accounts of serial killers, from gangster biographies to analysis of social issues, we have an appetite for all of it. During October the Central Library hosted 'Crime in the City: Crime and History', a series of talks and readings looking at the broad issue of crime in Dublin through the ages. This series of events brought together writers of fiction, historians, researchers and bloggers to inform, entertain and promote discussion.
So if you are a lover of crime fiction, historical fiction or just interested in the history of Dublin, you are sure to enjoy listening back to these fascinating talks and readings.
If you can't get enough crime don't forget the Irish Crime Fiction Festival is on soon! Michael Russell and Kevin McCarthy will join Conor Brady, Stuart Neville and Eoin McNamee to discuss historical crime fiction on Saturday 23rd November 10-11.15am.
Submitted by Your Library on Fri, 18/10/2013 - 10:35
The Lockout 1913 inspired many poems, ballads, songs and rhymes. Many of which were published in The Irish Worker. These poems and ballads provide a vivid portrait of the conditions faced by Dubliners during the Lockout, the battle between the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union and the Dublin Employers’ Federation and the key personalities of the time.
As part of the City Hall Springtime Lectures Francis Devine and Fergus Russell performed ballads and songs of the 1913 Lockout. Songs include 'Freedom's Pioneers' by James Connolly and 'The Red Hand Badge' by AP Wilson.
Right: Image from A Capital in Conflict, Dublin City and the 1913 Lockout. Copyright: Dublin City Library & Archive
Submitted by Your Library on Fri, 11/10/2013 - 12:53
Vincent Lavery is a retired secondary school teacher who taught U.S. Government and Economics in the States. He is an active member of the United States of America Democratic Party. He worked with Senator Robert F Kennedy's campaign for president in 1968. He was a County Chairman in Central California and a delegate to the 1968 Convention in Chicago. He worked for Senator Kennedy for sixteen months. He promoted concerts in California during the 1960s and he turned down the opportunity to manage The Doors and Jim Morrison. He has coedited four books on soccer and football and coached soccer at several levels ranging from under 16 to adult.
Submitted by Your Library on Thu, 03/10/2013 - 09:11
To celebrate Culture Night 2013 Marino Library held an evening of Dublin ballads with Anne and Niamh Buckley. The sisters delighted the packed audience with ballads that ranged from hearbreaking to gruesome. With these songs of murder, madams and mayhem perhaps staff member Anne is falling under the influence of the ghost of Marino born Bram Stoker and the library's Gothic Literature Collection!
If you'd like to hear more, good listeners are always welcome at An Góilín, Traditional Singer's Club based in The Teacher's Club, Parnell Square, Dublin.
Submitted by Your Library on Wed, 02/10/2013 - 09:16
The Bonny Light Horseman is a traditional English lament from the Napoleonic wars. This version is from Oisín and Geraldine MacGowan's 1980 LP Over the Moor to Maggie. Planxty also recorded a version on their 1979 album After the Break.
Listen to Anne Buckley and Niamh Buckley singing 'The Bonny Light Horseman', a traditional English lament from the Napoleonic wars, in front of a live audience at Marino Library on Culture Night, 20 September 2013.
Submitted by Your Library on Wed, 02/10/2013 - 09:11
Pirate Jenny is from The Threepenny Opera by German dramatist Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill. It was adapted from The Beggar's Opera (1728) by John Gay and was first performed in Berlin in 1928. Check availability The Collected Plays of Bertolt Brecht in the library catalogue.
Listen to Anne Buckley and Niamh Buckley sing 'The Pirate Jenny' from The Threepenny Opera in front of a live audience at Marino Library on Culture Night, 20 September 2013.