Road to the Revolution Talks at Ballyroan Library

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Ballyroan Library presents a series of three talks by historian Ann Matthews, dealing with the prelude to the 1916 Rising.

Cumann na mBan and its Role in 1916 Tuesday 21st July at 7:00pm

An Examination of the Buildings in Moore Street from where the 1916 Leadership Surrendered Tuesday 18th August at 7:00pm

The Irish Citizen Army: Summer 1915 to Easter 1916 Date TBC

All talks are free of charge but booking is essential. To book, please phone Ballyroan Library on 01 4941900 or email ballyroan@sdublincoco.ie

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History and Heritage 2015 Events

Whilst we are all looking forward to National Heritage Week which runs between 22nd and 30th of August, sometimes, you have to admit, a week is not enough, especially when it relates to something you have a particular interest in. That is why the Library Section of South Dublin County Council have devised a programme of walks, talks, tours and workshops around history and heritage that lasts the whole summer long. I know it is a cliché at this stage, but there really is something for every one, from outdoor events to craft classes and history lectures.

History and Heritage 2015 events brochure

The programme kicks off with the ever popular heritage walks of the villages within South Dublin County. Whether you’re a local, once lived in the area or are just interested in the heritage and history of Newcastle, Palmerstown, Saggart, Templeogue, Tallaght, Clondalkin, Lucan or Rathfarnham, you can get out and about and start exploring and learning on these guided walks. Another of the heritage walk highlights is Massy’s Woods and Hell Fire Club Heritage Walk on Saturday 25th July and Wednesday 26th August, led by Historian Frank Tracy. I’m sure Frank will explore some of the scary stories one hears about the ominously named Hell Fire Club. Besides, the views over Dublin City from the top of Mount Pelier are magnificent. There’s nothing like a bracing walk followed by bracing views!

Talking of things of yore, have you every wanted to know how to restore and preserve old family photographs? As part of a ground breaking initiative developed by the Gallery of Photography, the County Library in Tallaght are hosting events around the Photo Album of Ireland project during the month of July. Staff of the Gallery will host a talk on restoring your family album on Saturday 18th July, followed by a scanning workshop where you can contribute to this amazing project by bringing along photos from your own family album.

Did you know there used to be an airport in Tallaght? Well, during August and September the County Library in Tallaght will host a photographic exhibition exploring the history of Tallaght Aerodrome.

And whilst the big kids amongst us may have our heads in the clouds, we mustn’t forget the young ones in the family.Irish History Live workshops where children from aged 8 to 12 can experience life in Dublin during the 1916 Rising take place in Ballyroan, Castletymon and Tallaght Libraries. And if that is not enough, Lucan Library are inviting children to place their Hands On History to explore the story of the Irish at Gallipoli through an interactive history workshop.  Children aged 6 – 10 year old  can create scenes from history using Lego and use webcams to transform them in their own comic in County Library, or for the sporty kid, why not design and make your own sliotar inspired textile balls at the Stitched Sliotar workshops on 17th July. Booking for these events opens on 30th June.

This is just a flavour of the over 50 events taking place throughout the summer. For the full programme click here or pick up a copy in your local South Dublin Libraries branch, as well as other locations around the city.

For further information and bookings, contact  Sίle Coleman at 01 462 0073 or e-mail localstudies@sdublincoco.ie.

Genealogy Workshop at Ballyroan Library

 

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Would you like to trace your ancestors?

On Saturday 17 May Paul Gorry will provide “An Introduction to Genealogy” at Ballyroan Library between 11.00am and 1.00pm. Paul, who is a professional Genealogist, will tell you how to get started and guide you through the many online resources available to those wishing to get back to their roots.

To book ring Ballyroan Library on 01 4941900.

Celebrating the Work of Seán Keating

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Art Historian Dr. Eimear O’Connor will give a talk on the work of local artist Seán Keating at Ballyroan Library on Friday 18th October at 7:00 p.m. All welcome!

Eimear O’Connor is an art historian and Research Associate with the TRIARC-Irish Art Research Centre at Trinity College, Dublin. She specializes in Irish art and its complex contexts in the twentieth century, Her  ‘mastermind’ topic is the life and work of Irish artist Seán Keating PPRHA, HRA, HRSA (1889-1977).