Stones of Dublin: the History of Dublin in Ten Buildings

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This year’s Red Line Book Festival takes place from 14-19 October.

As part of the festival, on Wednesday 15th October at 7pm, author Lisa Marie Griffith will be visiting Tallaght Library to talk about her book ‘Stones of Dublin: a history of Dublin in ten buildings‘.

Behind the façades of the city’s most historic buildings, is the story of Dublin. The buildings are Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Trinity College Dublin, the Old Parliament House (Bank of Ireland), City Hall, Kilmainham Gaol, St James’ Gate Brewery, the GPO, the Abbey Theatre and Croke Park. Bringing together the story of these landmark buildings takes us on a wonderful journey through the shifting social, political and cultural history of Ireland’s capital.

Dr. Lisa Marie Griffith is from Waterford. She studied history at University College Dublin obtained a PhD from Trinity College. She became fascinated by the history of Dublin and throughout her studies worked as a walking tour guide in Dublin. She also presented a series on Anna Livia (now Dublin City FM) for two years on Dublin History. She taught history and is now Coordinator of the Cultural and Heritage Studies Programme at the National Print Museum in Dublin.

To book for this free event, please call us on 01 4620073 or email talib@sdublincoco.ie

The full line up for the Red Line Book Festival is available at http://www.redlinebookfestival.com/

Culture Night 2014 at South Dublin Libraries

This Friday, 19th September is Culture Night and Tallaght, Ballyroan and Clondalkin Libraries are open late with special Culture Night events!

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Join us at the County Library, Tallaght  from 6-8 pm for a commemoration of World War I, with a display by the Irish Great War Society, guided tours of our Great War Exhibition, and an Edwardian Tea Party! All welcome, please phone us on 01 4620073 (or email talib@sdublincoco.ie) to book. Edwardian dress is optional but encouraged!

Courtesy of the Irish Great War Society

Courtesy of the Irish Great War Society

Ballyroan Library also has a Great War theme with their Culture Night event. Padraig Yates, historian and author of A City in Wartime: Dublin 1914-1918, will give a talk titled ‘Was the Great War Good for Ireland?’ at 7:30 p.m.. To book, phone 01 4941900 or email ballyroan@sdublincoco.ie.

Meanwhile, Clondalkin Library will be reliving Clondalkin’s showband days with a very special event where Carl Philips and his Band will be playing the showband hits of the 50s and 60s. There will also be a display of memorabilia from the Mayfair Ballroom and Clondalkin’s other dance halls. Don’t miss this! Call 01 4593315 or log onto http://www.culturenight.eventbrite.ie to book your place.

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All events are free of charge.

South Dublin County Guided Heritage Walks

As part of our History and Heritage events this year, the following guided heritage walks are happening around the county over the coming weeks. No booking necessary & all welcome!

Templeogue
Saturday 16th August 11am. Meet at The Templeogue Inn (The Morgue) in Templeogue Village. Guide: Tomás Maher.

Massy’s Woods, Killakee
Thursday 21st August 11am. Meet at the Hell Fire Club Car park, Killakee Road. Guide: Frank Tracy.

Tallaght
Saturday 23rd August—time TBC. Part of Tallafest. Meet at The Priory at 3pm. Guide: Tomás Maher.

Newcastle
Tuesday 26th August 11am. Meet at St. Finian’s Church, Main Street, Newcastle. Guide: Tomás Maher.

Clondalkin
Wednesday 27th August 7:30pm. Meet at the Round Tower, Tower Road, Clondalkin. Guide: Bernadine Nic Giolla Phadraig.

Saggart
Friday 29th August 11 am. Meet at Saggart Parish Church, Main Street, Saggart. Guide: Liam Roche

Palmerstown
Saturday 30th August 11am. Meet at the Coach House, Old Lucan Road, Palmerstown. Guide: Hugh O’Connor.

Rathfarnham
Saturday 6th September 11am. Meet at the Anne Devlin statue at the junction of Butterfield Avenue and Main Street, Rathfarnham. Guide: Tomás Maher.

Lucan
Thursday 11th September 11am. Part of the Lucan Festival. Meet at the Topaz Garage, Old Lucan Road, Lucan. Guide: Joe Byrne.

Can’t make these walks? You can explore the heritage of South Dublin County in your own time using our audio guides at http://heritagewalks.sdcc.ie/

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Landy’s Bakery of Rathfarnham and Knocklyon

The Landy Family owned a bakery as well as a garage in Rathfarnham Village. They were members of Rathfarnham Parish Church (Church of Ireland) and this 1940s film was part of the bicentenary celebration of the church in 1995. Last year, the video was donated to South Dublin Libraries. It was transferred from the original 16mm cine film to video and then, in 2013 to DVD by South Dublin Libraries. Narration is by Beulah Landy (who worked in the bakery and married the boss’s son), and a fellow parishioner who both comment on the film scenes, which include views of the Dodder in flood, the old Landy’s Bakery in Rathfarnham Village, the building of the new factory on the Knocklyon Road, bread delivery trucks and queues for bread during the Emergency.

The video can be downloaded in Source.

Jacob’s Biscuits Football Team

Jacobs V Evergreen (Cork) FAI Cup programme cover, 1953. With thanks to Richard McGarry.

Jacobs V Evergreen (Cork) FAI Cup programme cover, 1953. With thanks to Richard McGarry.

As part of the recreational opportunities that Jacob’s Biscuits offered their staff, they had a football team, which actually competed in the League of Ireland (then known as the Free State League) in the 1920s and 30s. Their home games were played at Rutland Avenue. Jacobs reached the FAI Cup semi-finals in 1923 and 1926. Once they left the League of Ireland in the thirties, the team’s high point came when they won the Football Association of Ireland Intermediate Cup in 1950, beating St. Patrick’s Athletic in the final.

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Jacob’s Football Team, known as “The Red Necks”, probably late 1920s. Back row from l-r Jem Looney, L. Cunningham, Mick O’Brien, Jim Kelly, John Temple, Barney -. Front row l-r Paddy Courtney, Mick O’Reilly, Christy Seery, Kit Smith, Ned McNamara, Joe Ward. Thanks to Michael O’Reilly for the photo.

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The Jacob’s team c. 1950, and at a social outing. Know anyone in these photos? Please let us know! Contact us at localstudies@sdublincoco.ie or on 01 4620073. Thanks again to Michael O’Reilly for the photos.

Dancehall Days in Clondalkin

As part of Clondalkin Library’s celebration of Culture Night 2014, we are very interested to hear from people who remember the Mayfair Ballroom or any other venue in the Clondalkin area which was used as a dancehall or social venue in the 1950’s and 1960’s – including Clondalkin Library itself! Did you go there? What was it like? Do you remember the music and the bands? Did you go to the Irish music sessions at Clondalkin Library? Who did you go with? We would particularly love to hear from you if you have any old photographs.

We want to build up a picture through comments, reminiscences and photos from people who have experienced the social music scene in Clondalkin at the time. All contributions will form part of an exhibition and a special library event for Culture Night on Friday 19th September.

If you would like to contribute to this very special event, please get in touch with the library. Tel: 01-4593315 or email clondalkin@sdublincoco.ie.