‘December 1918: Ireland divided or united?’

Next Friday 21st. Sept. is Culture Night. Come and join us at County Library, Tallaght for a lecture at 7.00pm by Dr. Brian Hanley. Brian is an award winning author and historian who has written and lectured extensively on the Irish revolutionary period 1916-23. The lecture title is ‘December 1918: Ireland divided or united?’ and it compliments our Decade of Centenaries exhibition – ‘Changed utterly – 1918 Ireland’s path to War’ which can be viewed in the library. Come early to view the exhibition and share some light refreshments.


The Tallaght Motor Racing Circuit 1935 – 1948

This photographic exhibition on display in County Library Tallaght during August evokes memories of a time when Main Street, Tallaght resounded to the roar of racing car engines. The Tallaght circuit ran from Main Street, Tallaght to Templeogue bridge then along Firhouse Road to Oldbawn and back to Main Street. The races were major events on the Irish sporting calendar. They were covered on live radio and attended by Government Ministers.


Political Struggles of Irish Nationalists and African Americans in the Great War

Historian Cecelia Hartsell will give a talk at Ballyroan Library next Tuesday 15th May at 6:30 pm, on the parallel experience of Irish Nationalists and African Americans in World War One.
This promises to be a fascinating event.
Book your free place now here. Directions to Ballyroan Library can be found here.

Clondalkin Echo and Home Video

ce2The connection is not immediately apparent at first, but sometimes Local Studies can turn up some surprising reminders of how things were done long ago (but still within our lifetimes), and how dramatically our lives have changed since. We were recently donated the very first copy of the “Clondalkin Echo” The inaugural edition went to press in July 1982 and included some brilliantly nostalgic articles and advertisements.

Today, in the age of Netflix, we think nothing of being able to view films without leaving our seats, never mind our houses. Viewing films in the home in the 1980s involved traipsing to the nearest video shop and renting films by the day. There was even a fine for returning a tape without it being rewound.

According to the 1982 Echo, Clondalkin residents had their local rental shop, Electro Vision in Main Street Clondalkin. They rented not only videotapes, but also the means to play them. The video recorder in the ad is the impressively futuristically-titled Nordmende Video-Vision Spectra V200, complete with top loading video slot and reassuringly chunky buttons to press…


Meanwhile, County Town and Video, in the Tallaght Town Centre, were selling the Ferguson 3V23 recorder reduced from an eye-watering £1,179 (€1,497) to a slightly less startling £879 (€1,116)! Note the list of “Just Arrived” films…


Truly different times.

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Exhibition: Jesuit Chaplains and the Great War at the County Library, Tallaght.

32 Irish Jesuits served in the Great War, either as volunteers or by being appointed to serve at the front. In common with other Catholic orders who served as military chaplains, they were exposed to the same risks and discomfort as the men (of all denominations) to whom they provided ministry. Catholic sacraments necessitated priests being at the side of dying soldiers, giving them a high profile at the front line and making them very popular among the troops.

This exhibition contains information panels and original artefacts owned by several famous Jesuit chaplains, including Fr. Willie Doyle who died on August the 17th 1917 at Langemarck.

The exhibition also includes “A Perfect Trust”, award-winning illustrator Alan Dunne’s graphic short about a chaplain losing his faith in the trenches of World War I.

The exhibition, by kind permission of the Jesuit Archive, runs from the 1st to the 28th of February at the County Library, Tallaght.