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.

Dancehall Days in Clondalkin

As part of Clondalkin Library’s celebration of Culture Night 2014, we are very interested to hear from people who remember the Mayfair Ballroom or any other venue in the Clondalkin area which was used as a dancehall or social venue in the 1950’s and 1960’s – including Clondalkin Library itself! Did you go there? What was it like? Do you remember the music and the bands? Did you go to the Irish music sessions at Clondalkin Library? Who did you go with? We would particularly love to hear from you if you have any old photographs.

We want to build up a picture through comments, reminiscences and photos from people who have experienced the social music scene in Clondalkin at the time. All contributions will form part of an exhibition and a special library event for Culture Night on Friday 19th September.

If you would like to contribute to this very special event, please get in touch with the library. Tel: 01-4593315 or email clondalkin@sdublincoco.ie.

Clondalkin Incident on RTE’s ‘My Civil War’

A Clondalkin Civil War incident will feature in RTE’s documentary ‘My Civil War’ which will be shown next Monday December 3rd at 9:35pm on RTE 1. The bodies of three young men from Drumcondra, Edwin Hughes, Brendan Holohan and Joseph Rogers were discovered near Red Cow in Clondalkin in October 1922. Their bodies were taken to Tallaght Aerodrome on the Belgard Road, and the inquest into their deaths was later held in Clondalkin Library.

Las Fallon, author of South Dublin Libraries’ latest publication Dublin Fire Brigade and the Irish Revolution, also features in the documentary.

Tune in if you can, it’s sure to be an interesting programme!

The Arts and Crafts Movement in Ireland: lecture by Dr. Eimear O’Connor

As part of our Year of Craft 2011 events, and also to celebrate the centenary of Clondalkin and Whitechurch Libraries,  Dr. Eimear O’Connor of the History of Art Department at Trinity College Dublin will give a lecture entitled From Architecture to the Decorative Arts: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Ireland next Tuesday evening 22nd November at 7:00 p.m. at the County Library Tallaght. Dr. O’Connor is an art historian and is the Clare and Tony White post-doctoral research fellow at TRIARC-Irish Art Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin. Her research interests are wide-ranging. The subject of her PhD research was Irish artist Seán Keating (1889-1977) and she curated an exhibition of his work for The Hunt Museum in Limerick. She is also the author of Seán Keating in Context: Responses to culture and politics in post-civil war Ireland.

Everyone is welcome to this event!

For more on the Arts and Crafts style architecture of Clondalkin and Whitechurch Libraries, see the T.J. Byrne Image Collection in Source.