The Count, Countess and Tommy

Following the great success of The Great War Roadshow at the Red Line Book Festival in 2014, we are delighted to welcome a new musical show, written by RTE broadcaster and historian Myles Dungan, to this year’s festival programme.

The Count, Countess and Tommy features popular songs and stories from the Ireland of the 1916 Rising era, centering on the life and works of the celebrated Irish tenor, John, Count McCormack and also featuring the music of Ivor Novello, Stanley Kirkby and George M. Cohan.

The show stars international singing sensations Lisa Lambe and Matthew Gilsenan, baritone Brendan MacQuaile and pianist Ronan Murray.

The show takes place in the Civic Theatre, Tallaght on Friday 14th October at 8:00 p.m., tickets are €15, and €12 for concessions. Book online now at the Civic Theatre Box Office or by phone at 01 4627477.

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Knocklyon History Society 1916 Lecture

Knocklyon History Society’s April 2016 event is their 1916 Commemorative Lecture titled

Thomas Clarke: Leader of the Rising

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Postcard of Norman Dewar’s portrait of Thomas J. Clarke, courtesy of the National Library of Ireland. 

which will be given by Helen Litton, author and grandniece of Tom Clarke

Wednesday 13th April at 7:45 p.m. at the Iona Centre, beside St. Colmcille’s Church, Knocklyon.

All welcome. Admission is €3 for members and €4 for friends.

South Dublin Libraries 1966 Capuchin Annual Reprint

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South Dublin Libraries, by kind permission of the Capuchin Franciscan Order and with the generous assistance of Eneclann, are proud to present this reprint of the 1916 commemorative pages of this iconic publication as part of South Dublin County Council’s Decade of Centenaries programme 1913-1923.

The Capuchin Annual was published in Dublin by the Irish Province of the Capuchin Franciscan Order between the years 1930 and 1977. The subject matter of the publication was eclectic. Many of the articles dealt with matters of ecclesiastical and church interest. However, the Annual also contained short stories, poetry, articles about current affairs, photographic content, art (regularly printing works in full colour), and historically-themed subject matter.

The most collectable Capuchin Annual is the 1966 edition which included an extended section marking the fiftieth anniversary of the 1916 Rising containing rarely-seen images and previously unpublished accounts of events in various parts of Dublin, Enniscorthy, Limerick, Kerry, Belfast, Cork and Galway. Most of these accounts were written by eyewitnesses including some which were published anonymously.

Of particular interest is the memoir by Fr. Aloysius Travers OFM Cap. (1870-1957), a Capuchin Friar. This day-by-day memoir provides a narrative account of his movements throughout Dublin from the outbreak of fighting on Easter Monday (24 April) to the execution of James Connolly on 12 May. His account includes poignant descriptions of many of the executed leaders’ last hours.

€5 of the cover price of this book will be donated to the Capuchin Day Centre run by Br. Kevin Crowley OFM Cap. For over forty years Br. Kevin has worked tirelessly serving the homeless and poor of Dublin.

Copies are available now from all branches of South Dublin Libraries and www.southdublinlibraries.ie/bookstore