Dublin City Council Historians-in-Residence
Dublin City Council’s Historian-in-Residence and the Historian-in-Residence for Children work across the city to talk to people about history and promote its sources and discussion.
Since 2017, Dublin City Council’s Historians-in-Residence have worked in neighbourhoods across Dublin City to encourage local people to engage with history, and to promote its sources and discussion, especially the historical collections in Dublin City Library and Archive.
The historians work in the five administrative areas of Dublin City Council to make history and historical sources accessible and enjoyable for all. They are:
James Curry – Dublin North West Area
Cormac Moore – Dublin North Central Area
Mary Muldowney – Dublin Central Area
Cathy Scuffil – Dublin South East and South Central Areas
In 2020, the Creative Residency @ Richmond Barracks, made by Dublin City Council Culture Company, appointed Dervilia Roche as Dublin’s first Historian-in-Residence for Children. The project seeks to provide space, opportunity and resources to help children uncover the stories of our city and its people.
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Irish Civil War Lecture Series:
In June and July 2022, Dublin City Council’s Historians-in-Residence presented a series of talks covering two distinct periods of the war:
The Irish Civil War Part 1: From Treaty Talks to Fire at the Four Courts
The Irish Civil War Part 2: From Béal na Bláth to Arms Dump
Each historian offered their own perspective, based on their own areas of research.
We hope to make recordings of the talks available on the Dublin City Libraries Soundcloud at a later date.
2022 Programme Highlights:
Children's History Workshop: Secrets of the Solstice
Sat 18 June, 15:00. Richmond Barracks.
Children's History Workshop: The Battle of Dublin
Sat 25 June, 15:00. Richmond Barracks.
Children's History Workshop: Sea Voyages
Wed 6 July, 11:00. Richmond Barracks
Children’s History Workshop: Building History in LEGO® Bricks
Wed 27 July, 14:00. Richmond Barracks
Children's History Summer Camp
Wed 10 - Fri 12 August, Richmond Barracks
Children's History Workshop: Ancient Civilisations
Fri 19 August, 11:00 Richmond Barracks
'History on your Doorstep' Discussion Group with Mary Muldowney
Second Wednesday of each month, 11:45 - 12:45. Central Library.
E: [email protected] T: (01) 222 8300
History Lectures with Mary Muldowney
First Wednesday of each month, 13:00. Central Library.
E: [email protected] T: (01) 222 8300
Commemoration of Michael Collins & Arthur Griffith Lying in State at Dublin City Hall
Wed 24 to Sat 27 August. Dublin City Hall.
Dublin Festival of History
Programme of free events in September and October 2022. In-person and online.
History on your Doorstep: Celebrating DCC History Publications
Autumn date TBC. Richmond Barracks
History on your Doorstep
History on your Doorstep is an annual publication by the Historians-in-Residence, with each historian contributing a chapter exploring an area of local history.
Copies of History on your Doorstep are made available, free of charge, through branches of Dublin City Libraries.
You can also borrow eBook copies of the publication from BorrowBox, using your library card.
Dublin City Council's Historians-in-Residence, James Curry, Cormac Moore, Mary Muldowney and Cathy Scuffil, can be contacted at [email protected].
Historian-in-Residence for Children Dervilia Roche can be contacted at [email protected].
Further information about her residency can be found on the Richmond Barracks website.
Dublin City Council's Historian-in-Residence programme is created by Dublin City Libraries, and is delivered in partnership with Dublin City Council Culture Company.
The Creative Residency programme is made by Dublin City Council Culture Company. The Historian-in-Residence for Children, as part of the Creative Residency @ Richmond Barracks, is a partnership with Dublin City Council Culture Company and Dublin City Libraries.