“Our Heroes” a Supplement to Irish Life 1914-1918. Database Now Online



During the period 1914-1918, the magazine “Irish Life” published a supplement called “Our Heroes” which contained photographs and short biographies of Irish officers and men in the British Army who were either killed in action or were mentioned in despatches for acts of bravery.



As part of the Decade of Centenaries 1913-1922, South Dublin Libraries embarked on a collaboration to digitise and put online this hitherto unavailable resource. Using photographs of pages from the original publication supplied by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, with the permission of the National Library of Ireland, South Dublin Libraries Local Studies created searchable text from the page images using Optical Character Recognition software, isolated the portraits of the men and enriched the data by including the place of burial of those who fell, which was not included in the original work.


Some highlights from the Our Heroes database

Guinness Brewery: Guinness’s has 8 mentions including Walter Edward Guinness, a member of the family who survived the war only to be assassinated in Egypt in 1944. This example shows the scope for studying those who survived, and their lives after the war.

66 mentions of Banks: Provincial Bank, Royal Bank of Ireland The Munster and Leinster Bank (these three amalgamated later to Allied Irish Bank), Canadian Bank of Commerce, National Bank (later Bank of Ireland), Ulster Bank and Northern Banking Co (still trading today).

Mentions of 500 Colleges, 140 Universities and 310 Schools: including: ueen’s University Belfast, Royal College of Physicians, Sir Patrick Dun’s Hospital, Royal College of Science, Royal College of Surgeons, Royal University of Ireland, Royal Veterinary College, Old Wesley, Stephen’s Green School, Wesley College, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork and University College Dublin.

Sports mentioned: Football, Hockey, Rugby, Hunting (Tipperary Hounds)

All 32 counties in Ireland are covered.

The database is available at:  http://ourheroes.southdublinlibraries.ie/



Launch of Landscapes of War and Peace

The launch took place on Monday night, of ‘Landscapes of War and Peace 1914-2014: War Poetry and Peacekeeping’ by Michael J. Whelan.

This exhibition, which is part of the Red Line Book Festival, includes an Irish soldier’s poems and images inspired by the poets of the Great War and his own peacekeeping duties in modern day conflicts in the Middle-East and Balkans. Also being exhibited are historical artefacts and documents of family history over the past 100 years, poems and other paraphernalia from World War I and UN Peacekeeping duties.

Thank you to Mayor Fintan Warfield and Brigadier General Paul Fry who launched the exhibition.

The exhibition can be viewed at the County Library, Tallaght until 23rd October 2014, during library opening hours.


Mayor Fintan Warfield launching the exhibition

Mayor Fintan Warfield launching the exhibition

Michael J Whelan with David Power (South Dublin Libraries), Brigadier General Paul Fry and Maria Donohoe (South Dublin Libraries)

Michael J Whelan with David Power (South Dublin Libraries), Brigadier General Paul Fry and Maria Donohoe (South Dublin Libraries)

Mayor Fintan Warfield with Ambassador Dominick Chilcott, British Ambassador to Ireland

Mayor Fintan Warfield with Ambassador Dominick Chilcott, British Ambassador to Ireland

Photos by David Power

Knocklyon History Society October Event

Knocklyon History Society 

October 2014 Talk

Whitefriar Street Church


The Carmelite Order in Ireland

An illustrated talk by Fr. Jimmy Murray O.Carm

Wednesday 8th October at 7:45 pm

at The Iona Centre, Knocklyon (beside St. Columcille’s Church)

Admission is €3 for members and €4 for friends and all are welcome!

Take the No. 15 bus to Supervalu, Knocklyon.



Stones of Dublin: the History of Dublin in Ten Buildings



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!


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!

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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/