Clondalkin Paper Mills Oral History Collection

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Clondalkin Paper Mill operated from the early 19th century right up until its ultimate and unfortunate closure in 1987. The mill provided huge employment in the area and constituted a big part of life in Clondalkin.

In recognition of this, and to capture the story of the mill, as told by the people who worked there, South Dublin Libraries commissioned Irish Life and Lore to collect the Clondalkin Paper Mills Oral History Collection.


The collection is available now in Source, our digital archive and the collection’s catalogue is available to download here.  Printed copies of the catalogue can be purchased from Tallaght and Clondalkin Libraries, priced at €10.

A collection of photographs and memorabilia from the mill is also available in Source.

Thanks to everyone who took part in the project!

Treasures from Source Digital Archive – Poppet: The Countess’s Best Friend


Constance Gore-Booth. Rebel daughter of an Ascendancy family, she turned her back on her privileged upbringing by marrying a Polish Count and was thereafter known as Countess Markievicz.

She helped in the Liberty Hall soup kitchen during the Lockout, and later founded Na Fianna – a group of Republican boy scouts that trained with firearms, drilled, practiced signalling and learned first-aid. She held the rank of Staff Lieutenant in the Citizen Army, and fought with distinction during the 1916 Rising. She was saved from the British Army firing squad because of the fear of a backlash if a woman were to be executed.

She was famously a dog-lover (her cocker spaniel’s name was “Poppet”), and evidently a law-abiding owner. 25 days before the 1916 Rising she renewed her dog licence:

To the rear of the licence are helpful hints on identifying “Madness in Dogs”:


Here she is in a studio portrait with Poppet and two unidentified men:

A bronze statue of Countess Markievicz stands outside the swimming pool in Townsend Street that bears her name. At her feet stands her faithful canine friend:



Thanks to the Defence Forces’ Military Archives ( ) for the dog licence.

Also thanks to Kilmainham Gaol Museum ( ) for the studio photograph
Browse our Revolutionary Collection here:


Ballyroan Library hosts WWI Exhibition


Back by Popular Demand!

The Great War Exhibition travels to Ballyroan Library

Orchardstown Avenue, Rathfarnham

Exhibition runs until December 23rd 2014.

Following the recent run of the very successful “Ireland and the Great War” exhibition in the County Library in Tallaght, it has now travelled to Ballyroan Library and will be on display in the exhibition space there until the 23rd of December.


Each piece in the exhibition tells a story, especially so the Irishmen’s service medals on display. These were issued after the war with the recipient’s name and number impressed on the edge (and on the back in the case of the 1914 and 1914/15 Star). This has enabled their stories to be researched and retold. They are remembered and presented here in an attempt to personalise the tragedy that was the Great War.


As before, the exhibition includes a concise timeline and a set of information panels courtesy of the Imperial War Museum covering the main battles, plus seven panels by the Local Studies section, detailing aspects of the conflict that uniquely affected Ireland


The exhibition serves as a tribute to the many hundreds of thousands of men and women of both sides who perished in the conflict, each one leaving grieving parents and next of kin. It also commemorates those who returned, mentally and physically scarred by their experiences, to a world utterly changed by the war.

Clondalkin History Society 2015 Lectures

Monday 26th January
The Sabbath Disturbed: the Curragh Mutiny Recalled
Liam Kenny and James Durney

Monday 23rd February
Palmerstown House and the Earls of Mayo
Brian McCabe

Monday 30th March
Trim: Fairly Typical Medieval Town
Mary Hayes

Monday 27th April
Mount Jerome – A Protestant Cemetery
Henry Fairbrother

Monday 25th May
The Last Voyage of the RMS Lusitania
James Scannell

All lectures take place at 8:00 pm in Arás Chronáin Irish Cultural Centre, Watery Lane, Clondalkin. All welcome!

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: