Christmas Craft Fair 2014

This year’s Christmas Craft Fair is less than a week away! Join us at the County Library, Tallaght for three days of festive fun from Thursday 27th November – Saturday 29th November. There will be over thirty stalls of handmade items from local craftspeople, craft demonstrations, Christmas carols and special guests! A bread making competition will be judged on Thursday 27th at 7:00 pm – download the application form here:  Application Form Bread Making

The fair takes place during library opening hours – 9:45 am to 8:00 pm on Thursday 27th and 9:45 am – 4:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Hope to see you there!



Treasures from Source Digital Archive



Next in our series of Treasures from Source,  another historic piece of ephemera  from our digital collection of items relating to Ireland’s Revolutionary Period 1913 to 1922.

At first glance it seems to be a British Government proclamation with the Royal Coat of Arms at the top, a headline of “Your King and Country Calls”, some text and the usual footer of names at the bottom. It bears a superficial resemblance to the warning notice posted in 1913 by the British government warning against a “seditious assembly” in Sackville Street (right)



Closer inspection reveals it to be an anti-Free State pamphlet published by the Anti-Treaty side of the Civil War, denouncing Michael Collins and the Pro-Treaty side as being no better than than the previous British administration.

The use of the British coat of arms, the referencing of British Army regiments in the body of the text and the mention of the “Empire” makes this a particularly scathing piece of propaganda,  and is typical of the bitterness that characterised many such pamphlets printed during the Civil War.



From the collection of the Capuchin Archives. Reproduced with thanks.

Sackville Street poster by kind permission of the Irish Labour History Society.

Browse our Revolutionary Collection here:


Treasures from Source Digital Archive



Last year, we set about creating a digital collection of items relating to Ireland’s Revolutionary Period 1913 to 1922.

We contacted many institutions across the country and internationally and acquired seldom-seen photographs, digitised historically important documents and ephemera and photographed some rare and fascinating items from private collections.

These items are now available to view on our Digital Archive which also contains the entire history of the South Dublin County area in photographs, books, newspapers and maps. This is the first of a series of updates where we will showcase items of interest from the collection.

Here’s a unique addition to our archive, a cheque drawn on the Royal Bank of Ireland, dated 1914, signed by Patrick Pearse. The payee on the cheque is “Miss Byrne” who has endorsed the back of the cheque as “Mary Byrne”. She is mentioned in the last line of Pearse’s last letter to his mother.

Thanks to Joe Kane for the item.

Browse our Revolutionary Collection here:

Cheque signed by Patrick Pearse. Courtesy of Joe Kane


J.B. Malone – Walking Trails Pioneer

Photos by Rob O' Connor (

The J.B. Malone: Walking Trails Pioneer Exhibition, which was launched at the County Library, Tallaght last week, marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the death of J.B. Malone, the prime mover behind the establishment of Irish walking routes such as the Wicklow Way, and a passionate advocate of hill-walking as a recreation activity.

County Librarian Kieran Swords with Mayor Fintan Warfield

County Librarian Kieran Swords with Mayor Fintan Warfield

John James Bernard Malone was born in Leeds on 13th December 1913, the son of Irish parents. He came to Ireland at the age of eighteen and shortly after his arrival, he began to explore the foothills of the Dublin Mountains. It was the start of what was to become a lifelong involvement with country walking, the fruits of which can be seen in the many articles he wrote for the Evening Herald from 1938 until 1975.

Rose and John Malone with Mayor Fintan Warfield

Rose and John Malone with Mayor Fintan Warfield

In 1940 he joined the army and was trained as a cartographer, in which capacity he served until 1947. In that year he took up employment with the Department of Posts and Telegraphs as a draughtsman, and married Margaret Garry, with whom he had three children. In 1950 his first book, The Open Road, was published by Independent Newspapers, followed in 1964 by Walking in Wicklow.

J.B., as he became known, had a deep interest in many subjects including history and architecture, and in 1966 he got together with the artist Liam C. Martin to produce a series of illustrated articles on lesser-known aspects of well-known Dublin places and buildings. The first of these daily articles appeared in the Evening Herald in January 1967, illustrated with Martin’s pen and ink drawings. They were eventually to complete upwards of fifteen hundred articles and a book with the same name as the column, Know Your Dublin, was published by Sceptre Books in 1968.

J.B. Malone's desk

J.B. Malone’s desk

The J.B. Malone: Walking Trails Pioneer Exhibition runs at the County Library, Tallaght until 22nd November 2014.

A listing and index of J.B.’s articles in the Evening Herald is available in Source.

“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: Queen’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:



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