Songs of Murder, Madams and Mayhem

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. 

Niamh Buckley and Anne Buckley

The Bonny Light Horseman

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.

Pirate Jenny

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.

The Spoons Murder

The Spoons Murder is a grisly murder ballad written by an extraordinary Cork man, Con "Fada" Ó Drisceoil. Con is a singer, songwriter and accordian player and member of The Four Star Trio. Con's humourous songs and ballads are published in Spoons Murder and other mysteries which also features a CD (2006).

Listen to Anne Buckley singing 'The Spoons Murder' in front of a live audience at Marino Library on Culture Night, 20 September 2013.

Madam I'm a Darling

Frank HarteThis is Frank Harte's version of Madam I'm a Darling. Frank Harte (1933-2005) was a Irish traditional singer, song collecter, architect and lecturer from Chapelizod, Dublin. He collected and published traditional folk songs and ballads of Dublin in Songs of Dublin.  He is celebrated every September with the annual Frank Harte Festival.

Listen to Anne Buckley and Niamh Buckley singing Madam I'm a Darling in front of a live audience at Marino Library on Culture Night, 20 September 2013.

The Two Sisters

The Two Sisters is Child Ballad number 10. The Child Ballads are a collection of 305 traditional songs collected by Francis James Child in the 19th century. They were originally published as Popular English and Scottish Ballads between 1882 and 1898. The Traditional Tunes of the Child Ballads are available for reference in the Music Library.

Listen to Anne and Niamh Buckley singing Child Ballad number 10, 'The Two Sisters', in front of a live audience at Marino Library on Culture Night, 20 September 2013.

The 16th Annual Sir John T. Gilbert Lecture

"Dublin after Dark: Glimpses of Life in an Early Modern City", by Maighréad Ní Mhurchadha, Local Historian

On 23 January 2013 sixteenth annual Sir John T. Gilbert Commemorative Lecture was held at Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street. The lecture was given by Maighréad Ní Mhurchadha, who has published many books on the history of Dublin including Early Modern Dubliners (2008) and Fingal, 1603-60, contending neighbours in North Dublin (2005).


Listen to the talk while following the presentation:

The Irish Economy. What happened? What next?

Sean FitzpatrickThis March saw a series of lunch time talks take place in the Central Library entitled ‘The Irish Economy; What happened, what next?’

The series was aimed at helping to answer, or at least providing possible answers to some questions around the Irish Economy:

  • How have we reached the point we are at now?
  • What has the policy of successive governments been?
  • How has this contributed to the current situation?

Where possible we recorded the talks and you can access them below. You will also find links to more information on each contributor, other talks they have given and blogs or books they have put out.

What Podcasts are Available?

Headphones and iPodYou may well ask - what podcasts are available from Dublin City Public Libraries, and how can you access them? Well, let's answer those questions and hopefully put you on the road to many hours of gainful listening!

While we organise and host many talks in our branch libraries throughout the year, only a handful of you are in a position to attend, plus our venues can only accommodate so many. So while you may wish to attend and listen to a speaker on a topic of interest, it can often be the case that you are unable to, or that we cannot accommodate the demand for places. And isn't it often the case that you only learn of a talk after it has taken place? But don't despair! We endeavour to record a good selection of our talks, readings and workshops as they happen and make them available online soon after.

The 15th Annual Sir John T. Gilbert Lecture

John T. Gilbert'Sir John T. Gilbert (1829-1898): Life, Works and Context' by Brendan Twomey.

Brendan Twomey delivered the 15th Annual Sir John T Gilbert commemorative lecture at Dublin City Library and Archive on 23 January 2012.

Born in 1829, Gilbert was author of the influential three volume 'History of the city of Dublin', published from 1857-59. He was a firm advocate of documenting the history of his native city using primary sources. His work on manuscripts relating to the city alerted him to the need for the preservation of Irish public records, many of which were in a neglected and vulnerable condition. He commenced a campaign, which eventually led to the setting up of the Public Records Office in the Four Courts. He calendared the records of Dublin Corporation, which date from the twelfth century, and began the series of printed volumes The calendar of ancient records of the city of Dublin.