Paths to Freedom Conference

As part of South Dublin County Council’s 1916 Rising Centenary events, South Dublin Libraries is delighted to present Paths to Freedom, a day long conference at Tallaght Stadium on Saturday 27th February.

RTÉ broadcaster and historian Dr. Myles Dungan, accompanied by leading academics and entertainers will present a unique package of lectures and presentations to remember the Rising, 100 years on.

Paths to Freedom Poster Tallaght

10:30am Registration

11:00am Introduction

11:15am The Personalities of the 1916 Rising – Turtle Bunbury

12:00 noon Children of the Rising – Joe Duffy

1:00pm Lunch (light lunch provided)

2:00pm Ireland Before the Rising – Caitriona Crowe

2:45pm Sentenced to Death: The Rebel Courts Martial – Dr. Myles Dungan

3:30pm What Did the Women do Anyway? – Elizabeth Gillis


The event is free but booking is essential. Click the link below to book, or call 01 4149285 (office hours)

Eventbrite - Paths to Freedom Conference

1916 Rising Talks in South Dublin Libraries

As part of South Dublin County Council’s 1916 Centenary Programme, South Dublin Libraries will host a series of lectures on the subject of the 1916 Rising. All events are free.

Aerial View of the GPO after the Rising

Aerial View of the GPO after the Rising

Tuesday 9th February 2016 at 7:00 p.m. County Library, Tallaght

Roger Casement – a talk on the life of Roger Casement by barrister and historian John McGuiggan. All welcome.

Monday 22nd February 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Ballyroan Library

The Women of the Rising  – a talk by historian and author Liz Gillis. All welcome

Saturday 27th February 2016 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tallaght Stadium

Paths To Freedom – a day long conference aimed at explaining the many “shades of green” that existed in the run-up to the Easter Rising. Speakers include Myles Dungan, Joe Duffy, Elizabeth Gillis, Caitriona Crowe and Turtle Bunbury. Booking essential. For further details and booking see:

Tuesday 8th March 2016 at 7:00 p.m. County Library, Tallaght

Josie: A Brief Flame – To mark International Women’s Day, Micheál Ó Doibilín will give a talk on Josie McGowan, Cumann na mBan, Marrowbone Lane Garrison, 1916. All welcome.

Tuesday 8th March 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Lucan Library

Cumann na mBan and the 1916 Rising – a talk by Ann Matthews to mark International Women’s Day. All welcome.

Tuesday 15th March 2016 at 7:00 p.m. County Library, Tallaght

Thomas McDonagh, Jacobs Factory and the Easter Rising of 1916 – a talk by historian and author Shane Kenna, biographer of Thomas McDonagh as part of the O’Brien Press 16 Lives Series. All welcome.

Tuesday 22nd March 2016 at 7:00 p.m. County Library, Tallaght

The Lives of the 1916 Leaders – a talk by Seán O’Gorman. All welcome.

Monday 4th April 7:00pm Lucan Library, Wednesday 13th April 7:00pm Ballyroan Library & Thursday 21st April 7:00pm Clondalkin Library.

South Dublin and the 1916 Rising in Oral Histories. Since 2012, Maurice O’Keeffe has been recording interviews with the children, grandchildren and relatives of those central to the events of the Rising. In these presentations he will share these recordings, focusing on the South Dublin area, bringing to life the personal stories of why people participated in the Rising, and the historical legacy felt by their families. All welcome.


Launch of Irish Life and Lore 1916 Project

South Dublin Libraries Local Studies are proud to have been part of the creation of this important oral history endeavour by Maurice and Jane O’Keeffe.  Irish Life and Lore launched the set of interviews today, handing over the first copy to Dr. Sandra Collins, director of the National Library of Ireland. President Michael D. Higgins was present at the launch, and spoke of the significance of the project. His speech is available HERE

The set of interviews contains the collective memories of 245 descendents of 1916 participants and gives some unique personal insights into the pivotal events of 100 years ago.
A copy of the collection will be held in the County Library, Tallaght, and will be available for public consultation.



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