Dublin: a City Made of Stories?

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Pictured left-right: Nessa O'Mahony, Ellen Rowley, Garett Fagan, Kelly Fitzgerald and Niamh PuirséilWhat do we think of when we think of Dublin?

How has the history and physical shape of the city influenced its poems, songs and stories? How do poems, songs, stories, history and the built environment create our sense of Dublin as a city? Join Garrett Fagan, for a lively panel discussion on what makes Dublin the city that it is.

Pictured left-right: Nessa O'Mahony, Ellen Rowley, Garrett Fagan, Kelly Fitzgerald and Niamh Puirséil

Listen to a recording of ‘Dublin: a City Made of Stories?’ Poets, folklorists, historians and city geographers discuss how poems, songs, stories, history and the physical space create our sense of Dublin as a city. This event was organised by Garrett Fagan, and was held in the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street on Saturday, 12 April as part of Dublin: One City, One Book 2014.

Poems read include "Other People's Grief" by Dermot Bolger, "Lines Written on a Seat on the Grand Canal, Dublin" by Patrick Kavanagh, "Trouble spot: General Post Office 1986" by Máire Mhac an tSaoi, "Aston Quay: January 2008" by MacDara Woods, "Flute-fixing in MacNeill's of Capel Street" by Nessa O'Mahony, "Haiku" (Milennium Bridge and Dún Laoghaire Harbour ) by Anatoly Kudryavitsky.

Speakers' Biographies

Garrett Fagan has taught at universities in Dublin including UCD and at Warwick University in the UK. He has interests in Renaissance literature, legal - literary relations and Anglo Irish writing.

Dr Kelly Fitzgerald, School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore and Linguistics in UCD is a folklorist with an interest in urban folklore and was involved with the setting up the successful Dublin Tenement Experience Henrietta Street in 2013.

Dr Nessa O'Mahony was born and lives in Dublin. Her poetry appears in If Ever You Go and she has won the National Women's Poetry Competition and has been shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Prize and the Hennessy Literature Awards. Her books include In Sight of Home and The Side Road to Star. Nessa teaches and conducts poetry workshops around Dublin. nessaomahony.wordpress.com

Dr Niamh Puirséil is a writer and historian and co-author of the bestselling We Declare: landmark documents in Irish history. Niamh has been a contributor to current affairs and history programmes on television and radio and has a particular interest in the Irish Labour Movement and political history. www.niamhpuirseil.ie

Dr Ellen Rowley is the White Postdoctoral Fellow in the Trinity Irish Art Research Centre at TCD and is currently finishing a book on housing in Dublin, 1930-1970. Her 'Cycling with Ellen' video is an online tour of some of Dublin's 20th Century buildings.

Dublin: a City Made of Stories?

Thanks to Brid O’Sullivan and the National Library, Jane Alger and Elizabeth Cuddy and Gillian Colton, Dublin City Libraries for their support.

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