If Ever You Go to Dublin
Published on 21st February 2014
Soon to be upon us is Dublin: One City, One Book, the Dublin City Council initiative, led by Dublin City Public Libraries, which encourages everyone to read a book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year. This year's choice of book, 'If Ever You Go: a Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song' is something completely different yet very Dublin.
'If Ever You Go: a Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song' is a collection of poems, ballads and songs from a range of literary luminaries connected with Dublin. Edited by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth and published by Dedalus Press, it is a unique volume of writing about Dublin, from early to modern times, and very soon you will be able to borrow it from our branch libraries or buy a copy in bookshops.
But did you know...?
"If ever you go" are the first words in a poem by that famous Irish poet and novelist Patrick Kavanagh (1905-1969). The rest of the verse goes as follows:-
If ever you go to Dublin town
In a hundred years or so
Inquire for me in Baggot Street
And what I was like to know.
But did you also know that 'If ever you go to Dublin town' is the title of a number of books? Dublin-related books of course, and as luck would have it (Nonsense, luck has nothing to do with it!), the three titles that come to mind can be accessed in Dublin City Public Libraries. In author order, they are:
'If ever you go to Dublin town, a historic guide to the city's street names' by Carol and Jonathan Bardon (110pp. Belfast, Blackstaff, 1988)
'If ever you go to Dublin town', written and illustrated by William Hemp (55pp. Old Greenwich, CT, Devin-Adair, 1978). Twenty-six pen and ink annotated sketches of street scenes in Ireland's historical capital which capture its Georgian architecture and Old World aura by recreating some of its unique elements including Guinness's Brewery, Fitzwilliam Square and Kilmainham Jail.
'If ever you go to Dublin town', photographs, Elinor Wiltshire, text, Orla Fitzpatrick (83pp. Dublin, National Library of Ireland / Women's History Project, 1999). Photographs, Dublin, 1950-1970. View the Wiltshire Collection Online (National Library) and read about the digitization project.