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Dublin Literary Award Winner Colum McCann Reading and Q&A

Colum McCannTo mark the occasion of Colum McCann winning the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award with his book Let the Great World Spin, Pearse Street library played host to a reading by Colum McCann and a question and answer session between Niall MacMonagle and the author.

(Photo: Jason Clark Photography)

In this fascinating session Colum talks about his personal experience of 911, and how he chose to confront it obliquely in his writing, rather than head on as Roth and DeLillo chose to do. He discusses the process of developing and managing the many characters, voices and narrative strands of Let the Great World Spin.  The conversation then turns to the issues of identity and place and a familiar motif in Irish writing, the writer leaving home to live and write abroad.

Dublin Revealed: author readings in the Central Library

Paul Murray, Carlo Gébler, Kevin Barry Dublin City Public Libraries and Ireland Literature Exchange presented a series of talks and readings, 'Dublin Revealed' in the Central Library in May 2011. Three of these talks and readings are available to listen to here.

Right: Paul Murray, Carlo Gébler, Kevin Barry

The 14th Annual Sir John T. Gilbert Lecture

Mr J Kennedy Miller's Very Capable Company of Irish Players by Christopher Fitz-SimonOn 24 January 2011 the fourteenth annual Sir John T. Gilbert Commemorative Lecture was held at Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street. The lecture was delivered by Christopher Fitz-Simon, author of 'The Boys', 'Eleven Houses' and 'Buffoonery and Easy Sentiment'. The lecture detailed Mr Kennedy Miller's successful Irish theatre company which toured Ireland and Britain during the period 1889 - 1906. Dr Fitz-Simon discussed plays Kennedy Miller directed, outlined the strengths and signature roles of some of the Company's accomplished actors, and considered what made Irish melodrama so distinct and so popular at that time.

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In Other Words - Irish Literature in Translation in Your Library

John Boyne, Hugo Hamilton, Tadhg Mac DhonnagáinDublin City Public Libraries and Ireland Literature presented a series of talks and readings, 'In Other Words . . .Irish Literature in Translation in Your Library' in the Central Library in November 2010.

Right: John Boyne, Hugo Hamilton, Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin

Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian says:

This initiative, organised by Ireland Literature Exchange and Dublin’s Central Library, offers an opportunity to showcase the impressive range of Ireland’s literature in translation. It is particularly apt in the year that Dublin achieved recognition as a UNESCO City of Literature that members of the public can meet with some of the writers who made this designation possible.

Sport and the City Seminar

Sinn Fein prisoner being conveyed to Dublin CastleSport and the City Seminar was held at Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street on 11 September 2010. The seminar focused on the sporting history of Dublin and featured talks on the GAA and the Irish Revolution, the history of the Maids of the Mountain Hockey Club, Bohemians FC, Dublin's sports grounds and how Dublin saved hurling. 

The seminar was organised to celebrate the launch of the Dublin City Sports Archive, held at Dublin City Archives, 138-144 Pearse Street. Dublin has a rich sporting heritage, with sport also playing an intrinsic role in the city’s social and cultural identity. Every local sports club or organization produces its own original records such as photographs, programs, minute books, financial records, correspondence, lists of membership, results of competitions, social events ephemera, and scrapbooks. These records are evidence of its activities and its significance at local and national level, and are of great value to researchers. Sports clubs and organisations who may wish to donate sports archives should contact cityarchives@dublincity.ie for further information.

North Strand Bombing and the Emergency in Ireland

Photograph showing the damage following bombing of North Strand on 31st May 1941.The bombing of Dublin's North Strand by Nazi aircraft on 31st May 1941 was an assault on Ireland's neutrality. The casualties were many: 28 dead and 90 injured, with 300 houses damaged or destroyed. The North Strand Bombing and the Emergency in Ireland seminar featured talks about various aspects of the bombing including censorship, compensation, and the role of the emergency services. This full day seminar to commemorate the tragedy was held at Dublin City Library & Archive on Saturday 29th May 2010.

Volume 2 of the North Strand Bombings Oral History Project was also launched at the seminar. Initiated in 2009, the North Strand Bombing Oral History Project aims to collect eyewitness accounts of that fateful night and its aftermath. Search and browse the North Strand Bombing Oral History Project online.

Dublin City Archives hold a collection of 57 photographs illustrating the aftermath of the North Strand Bombing, May 1941. Search and browse the North Strand Bombing Photographs online. The photographs were commissioned by Dublin Corporation as evidence for the assessment of insurance claims. Read more about North Strand Bombing, 1941.

Becoming John Gray

Bookcover: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar WildeListen to a talk by Jerusha McCormack on John Gray and celebrity culture. The lecture was held at Dublin City Library & Archive on 26 April 2010 as part of Dublin: One City, One Book 2010.

John Gray was an ordinary working-class man who, as the alleged model for the “Dorian” of Oscar Wilde’s novel, became a household name. How did this happen? Did Wilde in fact invent John Gray? What forces colluded to help manufacture this new kind of fame –known to us now as “celebrity culture” – and what was its price? By retelling the story of the man who became Dorian Gray, Jerusha McCormack seeks to throw new light on the power of Wilde’s novel: to create as well as to destroy those around him – and finally to conscript the very life of the author himself.

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Annual Emmet & Devlin Lecture 2010

'Rediscovering Emmet's Dublin through the Collections of Dublin City Libraries' by Dr Máire Kennedy, Divisional Librarian with Dublin City Public Libraries in charge of Special Collections. Introduction by Aidan O'Hara, Emmet and Devlin Committee. The 8th Annual Emmet Spring Lecture hosted by the Emmet and Devlin Committee and Dublin City Public Libraries, was recorded at Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street on 15 March 2010.

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The 13th Annual Sir John T. Gilbert Lecture

Commodious Temples by Brendan GrimesOn 21 January 2010 the thirteenth annual Sir John T. Gilbert Commemorative Lecture, 'Commodious temples: Catholic church building in nineteenth-century Dublin' was held at Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street. The lecture was given by Brendan Grimes, Dublin School of Architecture, D.I.T. Bolton Street. Brendan Grimes' lecture, Commodious temples: Catholic church building in nineteenth-century Dublin, brought the audience on a fascinating tour of Dublin churches such as Saint Nicholas of Myra's, Saint Audeon's and Saint Francis Xavier's.

Songlines: Culture Night 2009

Culture night 2008 speakersOn 25th September 2009 Dublin city’s museums, galleries, churches, historic houses, artists’ studios, libraries and more, opened their doors late for a night of entertainment, discovery and adventure. Hundreds of free talks, tours, performances and events were enjoyed throughout the city.

As part of Culture Night, 'Songlines' - an evening of words and music took place in Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street. A group of new writers read from their work and musicians performed traditional and classical music. The writers featured are members Cumann Scríbhneoirí Úra na Gaeilge and students from the 2008-2009 MPhil in Creative Writing at the Oscar Wilde Centre, Trinity College Dublin. The musicians featured are students at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

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