'History on your Doorstep' is back with a second volume of six short essays with the Historians in Residence bringing their research and stories to the page for your reading pleasure. Did you know that Lemon Street in Dublin city centre is named after Graham Lemon, the famous Dublin sweet-maker who set-up Lemon’s Sweets in 1842? Or that the Dublin Cattle market in Stoneybatter was once the busiest in Europe?From the ground breaking St. Ultan’s hospital for children, to the life-story of the gifted traditional musician Séamus Ennis, social housing on Dublin’s southside 100 years ago or the city and the War of Independence, there is something to show the history of Dublin, wherever you are in the city.'History on your Doorstep' is brought to you by Dublin City Council’s Historian in Residence programme. A team of six Historians in Residence work across Dublin city to talk to people about history and promote its sources, especially documents, photos, and books in Dublin City Libraries and Archives. The project is an initiative of Dublin City Council under the Decade of Commemorations (1919-22) and strives to break down barriers to history.History on your Doorstep Volume 2 is available in all Dublin City Libraries now in hardcopy only.In case you missed a copy of History on your Doorstep Volume 1, check out our online version of the booklet. (PDF). Or reserve it on our catalogue.
On 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 [email protected] details / how to purchase. | In the Catalogue | View large image of book cover.About the BookBeginning in the early 17th century and continuing to the present day, the city of Dublin has built up a portrait collection that is unique on the island of Ireland in terms of range and diversity, and is brilliantly expressive of the political aspirations and realities that have informed its creation. The collection contains sixty-six works in oil-on-canvas and eight statues in bronze and marble. These can be placed in three principal categories: royal personages; lord lieutenants of Ireland; and lord mayors and aldermen of Dublin. It includes works by Irish artists Thomas Hickey, Hugh Douglas Hamilton, Martin Cregan, Stephen Catterson Smith, Dermod O’Brien, Robert Ballagh and Carey Clarke and by leading English portraitists including Sir Joshua Reynolds, George Romney, Sir William Beechey and Sir Thomas Lawrence.This book contains a catalogue of the entire collection with an introduction placing it within the broader context of civic imagery and regalia, giving due regard to ceremony, heraldry, dress and accoutrements of office. The Dublin collection is placed within its historical context to show how developments in Dublin and in Ireland as a whole influenced its formation. This lavishly illustrated book illuminates the complex relationship between politics, pageantry, art and history in the Irish capital over a sustained period of 400 years.It is published by Four Courts Press and supported by Dublin City Council.