Tallaght Historical Society’s Lectures for the 2016/17 season have commenced. All lectures take place at 7:00 p.m. in the County Library, Tallaght, and all are welcome. No booking required.
October 11th – Life after the Twelve Locks by Mick Kinehan
November 8th – Dublin from Old Photographs by Cormac Lowth
November 22nd – The Shape we’re in: the history of the map of Ireland by Michael Keyes
December 13th – Leo Swan Memorial Lecture – Archaeologist Neil Jackman will give a talk on his recent findings at the Hell Fire Club.
January 10th – History of the Garda Siochána by Gerry Lovett
February 14th – A History of the GAA by David Griffith
March 14th – Edward Trevor, beast of Kilmainham by Michael Ó Doibhilín
April 11th – If those Trees Could Speak: the Massys of Killakee by Frank Tracy
May 9th – History of Ireland’s Round Towers by John Dolan
May 23rd – The Collection of the Irish Air Corps Museum by Michael Whelan
June 13th – Dublin Housing in the 1800s by Seán Bagnall
Lucan Library will host a three part practical course given by Mary Jackson, a Lucan-based genealogist, on using online and original sources for Irish local and family history projects. It will run from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm on Monday evenings and there are 10-15 places available.
A knowledge of computers and using the internet is essential.
Over the three sessions, participants will work on a project of their choice – topics of interest to Lucan can be suggested if none springs to mind! Projects can include oral history or records based research.
The first session (29 June 2015) will focus on getting the most from popular online resources and on identifying the public archives and institutions where original records relevant to the chosen topics might be located.
At the second session (13 July 2015), participants will report back to the group on their research to date and they will be given an opportunity to discuss how they propose to advance their project.
At the third and final session (14 September 2015) participants will present a short paper (four minutes to deliver it) on their chosen topic or some key aspect of it. Afterwards, a folder containing copies of the papers will be lodged, for reference, with the Local History Section of Lucan Library.
If you are interested please contact Lucan library on 01-6216422, email email@example.com or call in.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discover how to maximise your marks for your History Project in this workshop with experienced history teacher Stephen Tonge (author of Junior and Leaving Certificate history books and web administrator for HIST website). Our Local Studies team will suggest possible topics for your project and introduce you to the vast array of resources available for use in your project. Suitable for 5th and 6th year students.
Wednesday 9th October at 6:30pm at the County Library, Tallaght. To book, please phone 01 4620073 or email email@example.com
Suggested local history topics with source lists are also available in SOURCE.
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.
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
Thursday 23rd May, 2:00 pm
A Crocodile by the Door: Selina Guinness of Tibradden reads from her award winning memoir. Booking essential.
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.