Dublin Fire Brigade and the 1916 Rising Exhibition

 

The Dublin Fire Brigade and the 1916 Rising Exhibition was launched by Mayor Guss O’Connell at the County Library, Tallaght yesterday evening. Founded in 1862, Dublin Fire Brigade is a Dublin institution in every sense of the word. In the 154 years since it was founded it has served and protected the people of Dublin and visitors to our city and county.

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Deputy Chief Fire Officer Denis Keeley, Mayor Guss O’Connell and Las Fallon, Head of Heritage Projects, Dublin Fire Brigade.  

Dublin Fire Brigade has had many proud moments in its history and this exhibition brings one aspect of that history into particular focus: its role in the events of Easter 1916.

A small professional brigade under the command of Captain Thomas Purcell worked throughout the week of the Rebellion to save lives and property in a city which became a battlefield. In the immediate aftermath of the Rising they faced a city on the verge of destruction and went to work to stop the spread of the flames and bring the great fires under control.

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Throughout this year Dublin Fire Brigade has played a major role in commemorative events, including the parade during the State Commemoration on Easter Sunday, honouring those who wore the Dublin Fire Brigade uniform in 1916.

Speaking at yesterday evening’s launch, Mayor O’Connell commented, “That small band of firefighters wrote a long forgotten page in the history of the events of 1916 and it gives me great pleasure to see their story brought to light in this exhibition and highlighted for a new generation.”

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The launch was also attended by Deputy Chief Fire Officer Denis Keeley, and Las Fallon, Head of Heritage Projects with the Dublin Fire Brigade.

South Dublin County Council, through its library service, is delighted to host this exhibition as part of our 1916 centenary activities.

The exhibition runs at the County Library, Tallaght until 9th September 2016 (during library opening hours).

South Dublin Libraries Online Bookstore

Bookstore

 South Dublin Libraries’ local history publications as well as other locally published books are now available to buy online through our website.

The books available include:

  • Thomas Joseph Byrne: Nation Builder by John Byrne and Michael Fewer
  • Glenasmole Roads, Rathfarnham Roads, and All Roads Lead to Tallaght by Patrick Healy
  • Allegiances Compromised and The Battle of Jadotville by Michael Whelan
  • Dublin Fire Brigade and the Irish Revolution by Las Fallon
  • South Dublin Rambles and If Those Trees Could Speak by Frank Tracy
  • Bumps in the Fields and Crumbling Walls by Hermann Geissel
  • St. Mochua and the Round Tower and The Monastery of Mount St. Joseph by Joe Williams
  • Once Upon at Time in Tallaght by Mervyn Ennis and Alen MacWeeney
  • The Dublin and Blessington Steam Tram by Aidan Cruise
  • Tallaght Soundings 1 & 2 by Virigina House Writers

See www.southdublinlibraries.ie/bookstore 

If you’re thinking of purchasing one to put in someone’s stocking this Christmas, please remember that the last posting dates for guaranteed Christmas delivery are:

  • 6th December for USA and the rest of the World
  • 13th December for Europe
  • 19th December for UK
  • 20th Demember for Ireland

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!

Dublin’s Fire Brigades: 300 Years of Firefighting in Dublin, an exhibition

This exhibition, which is currently running at the County Library, Tallaght, explores the history of Dublin’s Fire Brigades from their origins in the ‘parish pump’ brigades, through to the insurance brigades and the Dublin Fire Brigade’s involvement in the 1916 Rising, War of Independence and Civil War. The exhibition features fantastic artefacts from the personal collection of Las Fallon, fireman and former curator of the Dublin Fire Brigade Museum. South Dublin Libraries will publish a book by Las Fallon, entitled Dublin Fire Brigade and the Irish Revolution in September 2012.

Dublin’s Fire Brigades: 300 Years of Firefighting in Dublin runs at the County Library, Tallaght until 20th September 2012 during library opening hours. All welcome!

Dublin Fire Brigade Exhibition

Dublin Fire Brigade Exhibition

Dublin Fire Brigade Exhibition