To mark the 100 year anniversary of the First Dáil, South Dublin Libraries is hosting an exhibition which can be viewed in Tallaght, Ballyroan, Clondalkin and Lucan libraries. The exhibition shows how the events of the First World War paved the way for Sinn Féin's landslide election victory in 1918, along with the events of... Continue Reading →
In the Christmas Daily Freeman (covered in our last post) published exactly 105 years ago today, among the ads for festive goods there is a small unassuming advertisement for the Cunard shipping company. It details the ships that traversed the Atlantic at the time, and includes the ill-fated RMS Lusitania, which was to be torpedoed... Continue Reading →
Among our collection of archival material to be digitised is a copy of the Weekly Freeman (Christmas Number) dated the 13th of November 1913. It is a fascinating insight into Christmases of yesteryear, and proof (if any were needed) that the Festive Season must have been every bit as stressful then as it is nowadays, with advertisements... Continue Reading →
The Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire) Mailboat was a lifeline between Dublin and the rest of the United Kingdom. As well as postal cargo, it carried civilians, much as car ferries do today. On the fateful morning of the 10th of October 1918, at 9 in the morning, the R.M.S. Leinster set sail as usual with a... Continue Reading →
To mark the centenary of 1918 South Dublin Libraries is hosting an exhibition in the County Library, Tallaght. The exhibition 'Changed Utterly' : 1918 - Ireland's path to war' shows how the events of 1918 in Ireland fed a rapidly changing public opinion and laid the ground for the war of independence the following year.... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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.