This Dublin City Libraries publication is a treasure trove of information on a distinguished line of Irish horror writers, from Charles Robert Maturin, through the great J.S. Le Fanu to Ireland's most prominent cult-creator and proponent of the vampire myth, Bram Stoker, and beyond.
In June 1963, the collapse of tenements at Bolton Street and Fenian Street led to the deaths of four people. On Sunday, 2nd June 1963, the collapse of 20 Bolton Street led to the death of Leo and Mary Maples, an elderly couple who were residents of the building.This was followed by the collapse of tenements at 2a, 3, and 4 Fenian Street on the 12th June 1963 which resulted in the deaths of Linda Byrne and Marion Vardy, both of whom were young girls who lived locally and happened to be passing the building at the time the collapse took place. These tragedies led to a Local Inquiry in Dublin City Hall. The Law Department of Dublin City Council transferred their records from the inquiry to Dublin City Archives for preservation and storage. A copy of the report into the Local Inquiry is available in the Minutes of the Muncipal Council of the City of Dublin in the Reading Room upstairs in the reading room in Pearse Street Library. Dublin City Archives are currently digitising photos pertaining to the collapses of tenements at Bolton Street and Fenian Street for publication. Of our two featured photos, the first one is of Bolton Street and the second is of Fenian Street.
On Wednesday, 27th May 2015, Dublin City Council's Public Library Service took possession of a copy of a rare eye-witness account of the outbreak of the 1916 Easter Rising. The account was in the form of a letter written by Elsie McDermid (seen on the right), a popular opera singer of the era, to her mother in England on the occasion of Elsie's visit to Dublin. She was in Dublin to perform in Gilbert and Sullivan shows at Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. However, the performances were cancelled as a result of the dramatic outbreak of the Easter Rising on Monday 24th April 1916.
This 18th century manuscript is the meticulous record by an early Dublin meteorologist, who documented the weather in the city on a daily basis during the period 1716 to 1734. The manuscript is part of the Gilbert Collection and is held in the Special Collections of Dublin City Libraries.
1916 Rising Dublin Fire Brigade log-book goes on display
Dublin City Council has acquired a unique Dublin Fire Brigade Ambulance log-book which covers the period of the Easter Rising, 24-29 April 1916. The log-book relates to Tara Street Fire Station and records hour-by-hour the response of the Dublin ambulance service to those injured in the Rising.Right: Fire Brigade historian Tom Geraghty, City Archivist Mary Clark and City Librarian Margaret Hayes seen here with the Fire brigade log book. (Click image to view larger version)View the Logbook below | View a transcript of the Logbook.Details are given regarding the call-out of ambulances throughout Easter Week, giving names, addresses and ages of victims with an account of injuries suffered and the name of the hospital to which they were delivered.Victims include civilians (including children) and military personnel - but not members of the Irish Volunteers or Irish Citizen Army, as each garrison had its own cohort of nurses. As the week progresses, there are more entries recording fires in the city and towards the end of the week, both the ambulance and fire brigade are forbidden by Lieutenant Myers from responding to calls within the area of the Rising, as he deemed this to be too dangerous. Inserted into the volume are loose-leaves giving an account, compiled in July 1916, of the activities of Thomas Street Fire Station during the 1916 Rising.The 1916 Rising began at 12 noon on Monday 24 April 1916. The Tara Street ambulance was called out to Charles Street at 1.52 p.m. and left three soldiers from the 6th Lancers dead and two wounded in Jervis Street Hospital.The first civilian casualty attended by the Tara Street ambulance was John Reilly of Rathfarnham who was collected in Abbey Street and was ‘wounded in Stomack.’The Tara Street ambulance’s first female casualty was Alexandra Wilson aged 18 of 23 North Brook Avenue, who was collected in North Earl Street suffering from a bruised shoulder struck by rifle.The first child collected by the ambulance during the 1916 Rising was James Hoare, aged 13 of 26 North Cumberland Street who was cut on his nose when plate glass fell on him.Lord Mayor Christy Burke was today presented with the Log-Book in the Mansion House. The Lord Mayor remarked "I am delighted that Dublin City Council has obtained this important contemporary record of the 1916 Rising. This volume details the impact of the Rising on Dublin and particularly the citizens who were caught up in these historic events. It also records the bravery of those who staffed the ambulance and fire brigade services, continuing to look after the public even under fire." The volume will be available for viewing from Monday 24th November at Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. You can also now view the digital copy below.Note: Copyright: Dublin City CouncilAlternatively, view the PDF document in an external viewerNote: Transcript to follow.