Knowing Dublin – Know Your City Council

Knowing DublinOn Tuesday, 3rd October, 2017 in the Mansion House, Dawson Street, an tArdmhéara Míchéal Mac Donncha, launched a new Guide ‘Knowing Dublin – Know Your City Council’; an introduction to the work of Dublin City Council and the role of our elected representatives in the life of the city. Download a copy of Knowing Dublin - available in English and Irish.

Knowing Dublin – Know Your City Council is a simple introduction to the work of Dublin City Council and the role of the elected representatives in the life of the city. It is a nuts and bolts piece, told in plain language, designed to inform those with little or no knowledge of the many services that the Council provides. As such, it is relevant for young adults, new citizens, immigrants, and anyone who wants to know more about how Dublin City functions.  It is also a useful tool for teachers as a basis for class lessons.

2016 Gilbert Lecture Publication Available

Pádraig YeatesThe 19th annual Sir John T. Gilbert Commemorative Lecture,  'Rioters, Looters, Lady Patrols & Mutineers: Some reflections on lesser visited aspects of the Irish Revolution in Dublin', is now available for purchase in book form. The lecture was given by Pádraig Yeates (in photo), at Dublin City Library & Archive on Thursday 21 January 2016.

The book was launched on Wednesday, 25 January, on the occasion of the 20th Gilbert lecture at the Dublin City Library & Archive in Pearse Street. Price is €8 and details are available on how to purchase / check availability in the library catalogue.

Book Launch: Dublin Civic Portrait Collection

Dublin Civic PortraitOn Tuesday 14 June, at 7.00pm, 'The Dublin Civic Portrait Collection: patronage, politics and patriotism, 1603–2013' by Dublin City Archivist Dr. Mary Clark will be launched in the Oak Room of Dublin's Mansion House. Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaigh will officially launch the book and Professor Christine Casey, Department of the History of Art & Architecture, Trinity College Dublin will be a guest speaker.

Please join us to celebrate the publication of this unique and momentous book. Booking required in order to attend, please email

Dublin City Council and the 1916 Rising

DCC & the 1916 RisingDublin City Council had a strong connection to the 1916 Rising through the involvement of elected members and Dublin Corporation employees, while the City Hall was a garrison building, held by the Irish Citizen Army. A new book, Dublin City Council and the 1916 Rising, published on 9 May, is the first detailed study of the impact of Dublin City Council on the 1916 Rising and in turn its effect on the council. The thirteen essays in this book, researched and written by experts in their field, explore the events and strategies leading into and following the Rising as it concerned the City Council.

The book features biographies of 151 persons who were involved in the Rising and were either employed by the Council at the time, or subsequently. This wide-ranging book is essential for a complete understanding of the Rising.

New Publications from Dublin City Council

Pat KennySeeing the year that's in it, Dublin City Council and its Library Service are delighted to be publishing three new titles in the Decade of Commemorations series. The first of these, 'Richmond Barracks 1916: We were there, 77 women of the Easter Rising', was launched  on Tuesday night last (8th March), and we just yesterday posted photos of the launch here on our blog.  Another publication in this series is due to follow in April, namely 'Dublin City Council and The 1916 Rising' edited by John Gibney. But lest you think that's it, read on!

Launch of Richmond Barracks 1916: We were there - photos

Richmond Barracks 1916 publication launchThe Lord Mayor of Dublin, Críona Ní Dhálaigh, launched the book 'Richmond Barracks 1916: We were there, 77 women of the Easter Rising' to a packed audience at the Chapel, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8, on International Women's Day, Tuesday, 8 March 2016.   This new publication gives voice to the 77 women who were arrested and held at Richmond Barracks following the Easter Rising. A leather bound edition of the book was presented to President Higgins and Lord Mayor Críona Ní Dhálaigh. The audience was entertained by an instrumental performance by Cora Venus Lunny and and Kate Ellis, poetry recitals by Jo Kennedy and Jane Clarke and Damien Dempsey singing Aunt Jennie.

The 77 Women Commemoration Quilt was also unveiled at the event. This unique quilt commemorates the 77 women arrested after the Easter Rising and forms a link to the present through the 77 contemporary women who crafted each special panel.

View the photo slideshow of the event below.

We were there, 77 Women of the Easter Rising

Richmond Barracks 1916This International Women's Day we remember the women of the 1916 Rising and their place in Irish history.  You can discover more about these women and their determined commitment to Ireland’s revolutionary movement in a new book Richmond Barracks 1916: We were there, 77 women of the Easter Rising.

All over Dublin city on Easter Monday morning 1916 hundreds of women assembled and marched with their male comrades to their appointed garrison positions to take part in the uprising. Women of the Irish Citizen Army, Cumann na mBan, the Clan na nGaedheal Girl Scouts and individual women spent the next few days running first aid stations, cooking, provisioning, fighting and, crucially, delivering dispatches and food between the insurgent outposts, running the risk of death as they dodged bullets in a city in revolt.

2015 Gilbert Lecture Publication Available

Kevin WhelanThe 18th annual Sir John T. Gilbert Commemorative Lecture,  'Dublin as a global city: through time and space', is now available for purchase in book form. The lecture was given by Kevin Whelan (in photo), Director, Keough-Naughton Institute, Notre Dame Centre in Dublin at the Dublin City Library & Archive on Thursday 22 January 2015.

New Book Rediscovers Dublin Wit and Satire of a Century Ago

Thomas Fitzpatrick and The Lepracaun Cartoon Monthly 1905-1915Book Launch - Thomas Fitzpatrick and The Lepracaun Cartoon Monthly 1905-1915.

Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive has announced the publication of a new book which promises to offer the reader an irreverent take on a tumultuous period in Irish History.

James Curry and Ciarán Wallace’s new book 'Thomas Fitzpatrick and The Lepracaun Cartoon Monthly 1905-1915' introduces a new generation of readers to the work of Thomas Fitzpatrick owner and chief cartoonist of the ‘Lepracaun’ monthly which was a best seller on Dublin’s news-stands a century ago.

View Book Launch Photo slideshow below.

Crossing the Liffey in Style: Rosie Hackett Bridge

Cover Rosie Hackett Bridge Booklet

The Rosie Hackett Bridge - the newest bridge to span the Liffey opens this month. If you are curious to learn more about Rosie and how the bridge came to be named in her honour, Dublin City Council have published a booklet which was launched this morning, 9 May, by Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisín Quinn.

The booklet contains an original essay on Rosie Hackett written by James Curry based on research carried out for his Ph.D. thesis. It also includes short biographies of the four other names shortlisted - Kay Mills, Willie Bermingham, Bram Stoker and Frank Duff, as well as the full list of suggested names. Visit your local library for more information on the names featured on the longlist. 

Note: The booklet had a limited print run and unfortunately there are few hard copies now left, and they too will likely soon run out. Distribution is through the library branch network, so check with your branch re. availability. Rest assured though you can always access the digital version, see link below. (3 June 2014)