History and Heritage 2017

South Dublin Libraries is delighted to present History and Heritage 2017 Stair agus Oidhreacht – a wonderful programme of heritage events which runs from July – September 2017.

The programme kicks off with the ever popular heritage walks of South Dublin County’s Villages. Whether you’re a local, once lived in the area or are just interested in the heritage and history of Newcastle, Palmerstown, Templeogue, Tallaght, Clondalkin, Lucan or Rathfarnham, you can start exploring and learning on these guided walks. If you fancy getting out into the countryside, there are guided walks at Bohernabreena Reservoir, or you can head to Massy’s Woods and learn all about the fascinating history of this estate with historian Frank Tracy.

 

style sneakersAnd whilst the big kids amongst us may have our heads in the clouds, we can’t forget the young ones in the family. There is plenty for children, from Irish History Live, the hands on museum where children can experience the world of round towers and Vikings, to craft workshops and family tree events.

The events will also include talks, exhibitions, storytelling and much more!

So immerse yourself in the history and heritage of South Dublin County this summer with this FREE programme of guided heritage walks, talks, workshops and exhibitions. There really is something for everyone!

Check out the full programme of events here.

Rathfarnham Walk and Talk

Rathfarnham Historical Society Walk and Talk

“Rathfarnham – Touched by Faith, Surrounded by History”

7, The Moravians in Dublin opened a burial ground

Image from Patrick Comerford

 

 Saturday 20th May

11.30 am (sharp)- Meet at the Moravian Graveyard, Whitechurch Road.

 Duration approx. 1 hour 15 mins.

All are welcome – sub €4.00

 

The tour will include the ancient church, old and private graveyards, private     houses, and famous people that lived in the area.

 

Rathfarnham Historical Society 1916 History Walk

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Volunteers at Church of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham. Courtesy of the Pearse Museum.

Rathfarnham Historical Society are holding a  History Walk Commemorating ‘Pearse’s Own’ Rathfarnham 1916 Volunteers

 

 on Saturday 29th April, commencing at 11.30 am

Meet outside the old cemetery gate in Rathfarnham Village (near AIB bank) at 11:30 am. The walk will proceed through the village finishing at the Pearse museum St Enda’s Park. The duration of the walk is approx. 90 minutes. Along the way you’ll pass the homes of most of the local volunteers who fought in the GPO in 1916.
 

All are welcome

Battle of Tallaght 150

South Dublin County Council Libraries is delighted to present events in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Fenian Rising and the Battle of Tallaght, which occurs on 5th March 2017.

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Contemporary print depicting the Battle of Tallaght, which was printed in the London Illustrated News

As part of the Dublin Fenian uprising in March 1867, several thousand members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood made their way to gather on Tallaght Hill, ready for rebellion. Their tactic was to draw the military out of Dublin while a separate rising took place in the city. A small contingent engaged in battle at the police station in Tallaght village. The RIC Sub-Inspector at Tallaght was watching the exodus of men from the city, and sent 14 armed officers out to the crossroads of the Main Road and Greenhills Road, where a battle with about 40 Fenians ensued. The ‘Battle of Tallaght’ was really just a skirmish in the village, but Tallaght was to be the site of the main battle of the Fenian uprising. However, the city centre was heavily fortified and the expected rising there didn’t happen. The large gathering of up to eight thousand men on Tallaght Hill was left leaderless, and eventually dispersed. The hoped for rising petered out.

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Tallaght RIC Station, site of the Battle of Tallaght

Local historian Seán Bagnall will give a lecture on ‘The Battle of Tallaght’ on Thursday 2nd March at 7:00 pm at the County Library, Tallaght. All welcome, book your place here.

An exhibition on the Battle of Tallaght can be viewed at the County Library, Tallaght from 2nd March to 31st March during library opening hours.

5th and 6th class students from local Tallaght schools will be invited to visit the library for a presentation and a tour of the exhibition.

For further information, please contact Síle Coleman or Michael Keyes at the County Library, Tallaght on 01 4620073 or localstudies@sdublincoco.ie