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50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing, we have an exhibition on display in County Library, Tallaght. The exhibition covers the beginnings of the space race, the Apollo 11 flight in detail and the aftermath of landing on the moon. We are also lucky to have received a number of submissions from... Continue Reading →


The Nation 1845-1846

On the 28th February, South Dublin Libraries received a most generous donation of 'The Nation' newspaper to our Local Studies research library from Mícheál Beatty. The Nation was a nationalist, weekly newspaper that was founded by Thomas Davis, Charles Gavan Duffy & John Blake Dillon in 1842. They were members of Daniel O'Connell's Repeal Association,... Continue Reading →

An Cead Dáil – Centenary Exhibition

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 →

Cunard steamships, Christmas 1913

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 →

Christmas 1913

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 →

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