History Events in South Dublin Libraries in May 2013

There are lots of history lectures and events coming up in South Dublin Libraries during the month of May. As usual all events are free and all are welcome! The only event that requires booking is the Selina Guinness reading at Whitechurch Library, which you can book by calling 01 4930199.

Ballyroan Library
Thursday 23rd May, 7:30 pm
Dublin in the Early 20th Century
Exploring the 1911 Census with Caitriona Crowe, Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland

County Library Tallaght

Tuesday 14th May, 7:00 pm
Tallaght Historical Society Lecture – The Irish at Gallipoli, 1915, a talk by Michael Whelan

Tuesday 21st May, 7:00 pm
Electing the Popes, how and why the process came about with Miriam Moffit, Department of History, NUI Maynooth

Tuesday 28th May, 7:00 pm
The Building of the Dublin Suburbs: an exploration of houses and furniture using newspaper advertisements.
with Dr. Miriam Moffit, Department of History, NUI Maynooth

Whitechurch Library
Thursday 23rd May, 2:00 pm
A Crocodile by the Door: Selina Guinness of Tibradden reads from her award winning memoir. Booking essential.


Red Line Book Festival Local History Events

Red Line Book Festival logo

As part of the Red Line Book Festival, South Dublin Libraries is delighted to present the following talks: 

The Speaker at the Speaker

Wednesday 14th November, 7pm at the Speaker Conolly Pub, Firhouse Road, Dublin 24. Admission Free – all welcome.

Connecting the local with the historical past Dr Michael Keyes will give a talk on the life and times of William (Speaker) Conolly in the pub that bears his name. A rags to riches story of a man who moved from humble beginnings to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in Ireland.

The Shadow of James Joyce: Chapelizod and Environs, a talk by Motoko Fujita

Wednesday 14th November, 7.30pm at Stewarts Library Palmerstown. Admission free but booking essential (phone 01-6518129).

Motoko’s book The Shadow of James Joyce: Chapelizod and Environs contains 55 images with original essays by Joyceans, local scholars and historians, which enliven these original photographs. Whilst at Baiko Gakuin University (MA) Japan, Motoko studied the Irish author James Joyce. Upon moving to Ireland she was attracted to the quaint, old-world, picturesque look of Chapelizod and quickly began to capture images of the village; these and others have led directly to her work The Shadow of James Joyce.

The Book of Kells and other Treasures: a talk by Anne Marie Diffley, TCD.

Thursday 15th November at 10:30 am in Castletymon Library Admission Free – Booking essential (phone 01 4524888).

An interesting and informative talk by one of the most informed staff of Trinity College Library exploring the famous 9th Century gospel manuscript and other treasures held in this magnificent library. 

1916 Rising Lecture Series

Dr. Miriam Moffitt of the Department of History, NUI Maynooth, will give a series of eight lectures on the 1916 Rising every Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. from 2nd May to 20th June 2012 at the County Library, Tallaght.

Wednesday 2nd May: The Growth of Irish-Ireland

The first lecture details the growth of the Irish-Ireland movement from the establishment of the Gaelic Athletic Association (1884) and the Gaelic League (1893) which promoted Irish language and culture. The secret infiltration of these cultural movements by the Irish Republican Brotherhood is explained, as is the establishment of other, more overtly political associations such as Cumann na nGaedheall (1900), Inghinidhe na hÉireann (1900) and Fianna Éireann (1909).

Wednesday 9th May: The Irish Volunteers and the Ulster Volunteers

Lecture 2 examines Ulster’s opposition to Home Rule, exploring the reasons underlying this. The establishment of the Ulster Volunteer Force (1912) and the signing of the Ulster Covenant (September 1912) is outlined and also the consequent foundation of the Irish Volunteers (1913). The escalation of these rival paramilitary forces is explained. The impact of the outbreak of World War I (August 1914) on these organisations is examined, as is the formation and growth of the Irish Citizens Army.

Wednesday 16th May: Planning the Rising, Part I

Differing attitudes to World War I caused a split in the Irish Volunteers, with some enlisting in the British Army (John Redmond’s National Volunteers) and others withholding support from Britain (Eoin MacNeill’s Irish Volunteers). The subsequent growth of MacNeill’s Irish Volunteers and the establishment within this grouping of a secret Military Council, intent on instigating a rising against Britain, is examined.

Wednesday 23rd May: Planning the Rising, Part II

The formation of plans for a Rising at Easter 1916, and their partial unravelling is the focus of this lecture.

Wednesday 30th May: The Rising in Dublin

The events of Rising, which began in Dublin when Patrick Pearse proclaimed an Irish Republic on Easter Monday, are explored in this lecture. Experiences throughout the week at the various locations of activity are outlined, as is the British response. The support or otherwise of Dublin’s citizens for the Rising is also examined.

Wednesday 6th June: The Rising in the Provinces *POSTPONED until 13th June*

Wednesday 13th June: The Rising in the Provinces

This lecture looks at the manner in which the planned rebellion of Easter 1916 was carried out in the provinces, both in places were a rising of sorts took place and were planned risings were cancelled.

Wednesday 20th June: The Surrender

By Friday of Easter Week, it was clear to the rebels in the centre of Dublin that the battle was being lost and that the civilian loss of life could not be conscienced. The surrender of the rebels and their subsequent imprisonment is outlined, as is the execution of the leaders. The initial reaction of the Irish people to the Rising, and the manner in which they experienced a growing resentment towards the British response to the Rising is outlined.

Wednesday 27th June: The Aftermath

The Irish response to the Rising is further explored in the final lecture, explaining the manner in which the attitude of the people changed during the weeks and months after the event.

All lectures are free and all are welcome!  Booking is not necessary and it is not required to attend the full series.


21/5/12 EDIT: Please note that the lecture on 6th June is cancelled, and lectures will now run until Wednesday 27th June.

Once Upon a Time in Tallaght…

Mervyn Ennis will read excerpts from his book

Once Upon a Time in Tallaght, Tinker Tales and Traveller Stories

and will invite comments, questions and stories from the audience next Thursday evening 22nd March 2012

at 7:00 p.m. at the County Library, Tallaght.

All Welcome!

The County Library is also currently hosting Altered Images, an exhibition of George Gmelch’s photographs of the Travelling community in Rathfarnham in the early 1970s.  George Gmelch is currently Professor of Anthropology at the University of San Francisco. The photographs on display were taken during 1971 and 1972 when he and his wife Sharon, both American college students, came to Ireland to study Traveller life. They purchased a wagon and lived among the Travelling community for a number of months in Holylands, Rathfarnham while they carried out their fieldwork.

This striking exhibition runs until the end of March 2012.

Mary Joyce, Kathleeen McAleer Joyce, and Mick Donoghue. From the George Gmelch Collection, South Dublin Libraries.

Policing and Crime in 1830s Tallaght

We’re delighted to host this year’s Old Dublin Society County Lecture which will take place next Wednesday evening, 30th November at 6:30 p.m. at the County Library, Tallaght.

Tallaght native Seán Bagnall will give a talk on Policing and Crime in 1830s Tallaght.

All Welcome!