Knocklyon History Society November Event

Knocklyon History Society’s November 2015 Talk is

St. Columban – an Irish Monk and a Great European

An Illustrated talk by Dr. Enzo Farinella


Wednesday 11th November at 7:45 p.m. in the Iona Centre, Knocklyon, Dublin 16 (beside St. Colmcille’s Church). All welcome. Admission is €3 for members and €4 for friends.

Rathfarnham Historical Society Event

Rathfarnham Historical Society will meet on Thursday 29 October 2015 at 8 P.M. in The Church of Ireland Parish Centre, Main Street, Rathfarnham Village.


The Dublin and Blessington Steam Tram at Templeogue. Photo: H.C. Casserley (South Dublin Libraries)

The Dublin and Blessington Steam Tram at Templeogue. Photo: H.C. Casserley (South Dublin Libraries)

A talk on The Dublin and Blessington Steam Tramway will be given by Roger White (Secretary and Treasurer of the Society)

Note: the talk will be preceded by a short video on the old Landy’s Bakery in the Village. All welcome! Admission for non-members is €4

Knocklyon History Society October Event

Knocklyon History Society’s October 2015 Talk

Making Manuscripts and the early Irish Manuscripts in Switzerland

a talk by Dr. Timothy O’Neill, historian and calligrapher


Wednesday 14th October at 7:45 p.m. in the Iona Centre, Knocklyon, Dublin 16 (beside St. Colmcille’s Church). All welcome. Admission is €3 for members and €4 for friends.

Dublin City Libraries Local History Day

Dublin City Libraries will hold their annual Local History Day on Saturday 7th November 2015
in Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

9.45: Registration and Welcome
10.00 – 10.45 James Scannell, ‘The Last Voyage of the RMS Lusitania, 7 May 1915.’
10.45 – 11.30 Rob Goodbody, ‘Irish Historic Towns Atlas, Dublin part III, 1756-1847.’
11.30 Tea / Coffee
12.00 – 12.45 Eamonn Casey, ‘:The historic role of the Dublin Pub in Irish social, economic and political life.’
12.45 – 2.00 Lunch (not provided)
2.00 – 2.45 Raymond McGovern, ‘Palmerstown: its history and its mills in the Liffey Valley.’
2.45 – 3.30 Daniel Byrne, ‘Artisans’ dwellings in The Coombe.’

All welcome, no booking required but come early to ensure a place.
Enquiries to:

Riots Rifles and Rebels-1916 Rising Schools’ Pack launched

One of South Dublin Libraries’ ongoing Decade of Centenaries projects has been a series of information packs for schools aimed at late primary and early secondary school pupils. The 1913 Lockout and the Great War information packs were released in 2013 and 2014.

The latest in the series is now available, covering the 1916 Rising. It is profusely illustrated throughout with rare and interesting photographs and documents from the Local Studies digital archive collection, Source.


The pack covers the causes and results of the Rising in language suitable for the age group, and contains many rarely seen images and documents that all ages will find interesting, including the original surrender document, some “before and after 1916” images of Sackville Street and a rare photograph of British Army lancers in action near the Four Courts.

Copies of the 1916 pack and of the previous packs in the series are available to download from our digital archive, Source, by searching for “Schools Pack” in the archive, or by following these links:

1916 Pack:

Great War Pack:

1913 Lockout Pack:

History Ireland Hedge School Comes to Tallaght

As part of the Red Line Book Festival, History Ireland’s Hedge School is coming to the Civic Theatre, Tallaght on Thursday 15th October at 8:00 pm. The topic up for discussion is

Patrick Pearse: proto-fascist eccentric or visionary?

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Whatever one’s point of view, Patrick Pearse has always engendered strong emotions. Shortly after the Easter Rising, he became widely revered, some even suggesting he should be made a saint. In the decades surrounding the outbreak of the troubles in Northern Ireland, however, he was frequently described as a ‘fascist’. In recent years a more sophisticated view of Pearse has been developed in academic works but in popular perception he is still seen as a proponent of doubtful ideas, while allusions to autism and homosexuality have also hit the headlines. To discuss these and related matters, join History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, for a lively round table discussion with Joost Augusteijn, Roisín Higgins, John Gibney and Ruth Dudley Edwards.

Tickets are available now from the Civic Theatre, priced €8/€6 concessions 


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Tommy Graham is a history graduate of Trinity College and a founder (1993) and editor of History Ireland, the country’s only illustrated history magazine. He currently lectures in Irish history and politics at Griffith College and formerly at Tisch NYU. A presenter of Newstalk’s ‘Talking History’, he’s also a regular contributor to the station’s Moncrieff show. At the 2010 Electric Picnic he kicked off his latest project, History Ireland Hedge Schools, an ongoing series of round table discussions of historical and contemporary interest.

Dr. Roisín Higgins is a Senior Lecturer in history at Teeside University. Her work focuses on social and cultural history with particular interest in the politics of historical memory.  Her research on commemoration examines both the impact of landmark anniversaries and the capacity of acts of remembrance to transform the meaning of historical events. Her book, Transforming 1916: meaning, memory and the fiftieth anniversary of the Easter Rising, won the 2012 ACIS James S. Donnelly Sr Prize for the best book in History and Social Science.

Dr. Joost Augusteijn studied history at the University of Amsterdam where he also obtained his PhD (1994) on the history of the Irish Republican Army. He subsequently worked as Lecturer in Modern Irish History at Trinity College, Dublin (1994-5) and Queen’s University, Belfast (1995-2000). Since 2000 he has been Assistant Professor in European History at Leiden University. He is the author of Patrick Pearse: the making of an Irish Revolutionary (2010).

Dr. Ruth Dudley Edwards was born and brought up in Dublin, and was educated at University College Dublin and Cambridge University. She is a historian, prize-winning biographer, journalist, and crime fiction writer. In the 1970s Ruth wrote her first book, An Atlas of Irish History, the third edition of which was published in 2005. Her biography of Pearse, Patrick Pearse: the triumph of failure, which won the National University of Ireland Prize for Historical Research in 1978, was reissued in 2006 with a new foreword. Since 1993 Ruth has written for almost every national newspaper in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom and appears frequently on radio and television in Ireland, the UK and on the BBC World Service.

Dr. John Gibney is from Dublin and got his doctorate in history from Trinity College Dublin. He has taught Irish history at Trinity College and UCD, and has been a research fellow at the University of Notre Dame, the Huntington Library in California and NUI Galway. He was a contributor to the Royal Irish Academy’s Dictionary of Irish Biography and is a regular contributor to History Ireland magazine. He has written three books – Ireland and the Popish Plot (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), The shadow of a year: the 1641 rebellion in Irish history and memory (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013), and 16 Lives: Seán Heuston (O’Brien Press, 2013).