This Culture Night marks the beginning of a fantastic opportunity for teenagers to borrow a musical instrument from Dublin City Libraries. Dublin City Libraries and Girls Rock Dublin are proud to present “GRD Gear Library”, the gear loan service designed for teenagers under 18 and launching on Culture Night with “Instrument Carousel”. Girls Rock Dublin is a non-profit, volunteer-led organisation that builds girls’ self-esteem through music creation and performance. On 20 September at 6pm 16 teenagers will take over Pearse Street Library in a fun and loud experiment involving electric guitars, basses, synths, keyboards, ukulele, glockenspiel, pedal effects and drums. By moving through different rooms and engaging with GRD coaches, participants will learn a song on each instrument, and finish by performing the song together. This is open to teenagers of all genders. From Culture Night any teenager who is a member of Dublin City Libraries can borrow their preferred instrument for three weeks. All you need is your library card! . Dublin City Libraries are free, fun and easy to use. Joining is easy and completely free. Get access to great online resources, borrow books, DVDs and now musical instruments. There are no fines and you can use your card in any library in Ireland.The GRD Gear Library is a collection of instruments, amplifiers and musical accessories that Girls Rock Dublin use for their summer camp and events and are now making available throughout Dublin City Libraries all year round. Teenagers will need the signature of a parent or guardian when completing the membership form. Their parent or guardian will need to bring photo I.D. and proof of address.Take a look at the instrument gallery, then call into Pearse Street library and borrow what you need! Email Pearse Street Library to make a booking.The collection is made up of donated instruments from people in the community who value the work of Girls Rock Dublin and purchases made through funding from Reverb.com.It's is an ongoing project so donations are welcome!
Down by The Salley Gardens, Thíos cois garraithe na Saillí le WB Yeats
Bhain slua maith taitneamh as seo ó Ghuthanna Binne Síoraí (Everlasting Voices) ar Lá Filíochta na hÉireann, Déardaoin, 26 d’Aibreáin i mBliain na Gaeilge, 2018. Bhí filíocht ó WB Yeats curtha i láthair i mbéarla agus Gaeilge ag Cathal Quinn, Acadamh Lir agus seinnteoir, Enda Reilly. D’aistrigh Gabriel Rosenstock na dánta ó bhéarla go Gaeilge.We celebrated Poetry Day Ireland, 26 April and Bliain na Gaeilge with a great event, "I Hear It in the Deep Heart’s Core" with Guthanna Binne Síoraí at Dublin City Library and Archive.
On Wednesday, 9th December, in Pearse Street Library, we had the dual pleasure of listening to members of Clogh Writers' Group reading a selection of their writings, poetry and prose, and music provided by the Carlow Ramblers. Indeed the Ramblers put on a set dancing performance as well!From a village in north Kilkenny, The Clogh Writers' Group have published a number of anthologies, namely Only Wanted Andy Brennan (1996), From the Heart (1997), The Echo of Familiar Voices (2000) and most recently Kilpatrick (2014) .You can view below the photo slideshow from the event in Pearse Street Library.View the photos on flickr. Photos provided with the permission of Seamus Massey, PhotographerWhat a great event! Many thanks to the Clogh Writers Group and the Carlow Ramblers.
Mary Louise O’Donnell gave a talk and recital titled "Ireland's Harp: shaping a nation's identity" in the Central Library, Ilac Centre on 12 March. Her talk traces the history and evolution of this treasured national emblem and glorious musical tradition. You can listen to a recording of the event below or download to listen to offline.The image of the harp – symbolic of the political and cultural landscape of Ireland for centuries – evokes strong sentiments in the collective Irish imagination. This iconic instrument became the emblem on Irish coinage in the sixteenth century. Since then it has been symbolic of Irish culture, music, and politics – finally evolving into a significant marker of national identity in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.TranscriptMary Louise O'Donnell holds a doctorate from the University of Limerick and is a former Irish Research Council postgraduate scholar and postdoctoral fellow. Her first book 'Ireland's Harp: the Shaping of Irish Identity c.1770 to 1880' was published by UCD Press in 2014.Book DescriptionThe harp became the emblem on Irish coinage in the 16th century. Since then it has been symbolic of Irish culture, music, and politics - finally evolving into a significant marker of national identity in the 18th and 19th centuries. The most important period in this evolution was between 1770 and 1880, when the harp became central to many utopian visions of an autonomous Irish nation, and its metaphoric significance eclipsed its musical one. Mary Louise O'Donnell uses these fascinating years of major social, political, and cultural change as the focus of her study on the Irish harp.