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. 

The Dublin and Blessington Steam Tram

South Dublin County Libraries have just published a new book by Aidan Cruise, The Dublin and Blessington Steam Tram: a Pictorial and Social History. Long before the Luas came to Tallaght, this tram trundled through the Village, and also had stops at the Belgard Road, Jobstown, Embankment, Saggart and Brittas, before making its way on to Blessington. In this book Aidan details the social aspects of the tram – the effect it had on the commercial life of the county, as well as the difference it made to the lives of the people who used it. The book was launched by Mayor Mick Duff at the County Library last Thursday evening and all the signs are pointing towards it being a bestseller! The book is available for purchase in all branches of South Dublin County Libraries priced €10.

Launch of South Dublin Rambles

Mayor Marie Corr will launch South Dublin Rambles by Frank Tracy at the County Library in Tallaght on Wednesday 10th June at 7:30 p.m.

 The publication of the book is most timely – summer has at last arrived, the days are growing longer and the weather is improving. This guidebook contains six urban and six rural walks and the lively text also informs about the history, heritage, nature and landscapes of South Dublin County and of neighbouring Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County.

 After the launch copies of the book will be on sale in branches of South Dublin County Libraries,  priced €5.

All are welcome to the launch on Wednesday evening!

Kildare County Council marks its 110th birthday

News of local studies interest from our neighbours in Kildare:
The 110th anniversary of Kildare County Council will be marked on Wednesday, 22 April at 8pm in the council’s award-winning new headquarters at Aras Cill Dara, Naas with a public talk on the first meeting of the council in 1899. The talk by local historian, Liam Kenny, will take place 110 years to the day since the inaugural council took office following the local elections of April 1899. The event will reflect on the excitement — and the controversies — generated by the first election in which the people of county Kildare were given a say in the choice of their elected representatives. For generations before participation in county administration had been confined to the landed elite; the 1899 elections were the first to bring a level of democracy to the county. The timing of the commemoration is particularly apt given that campaigning is in full swing for the 2009 local elections with twenty-five seats to be filled on the council from electoral areas throughout the county.

Tallaght Historical Society Lecture Series 2008/2009

18th September
Tallaght History Society – Information Evening
All Welcome

October 22nd 2008 8.00 pm
Leo Swan Memorial Lecture
From Deserted to Vagrancy – The Pre-Famine Poor of Tallaght
By Sean Bagnall

The talk will be preceded by the Tallaght launch of Sean’s new book Tallaght 1835-1850 – A Rural Place, published by Four Courts Press. Copies of the book will be on sale in the library on the night

November 20th 2008 8.00pm
History of Donadea and the Forest Park
Séamus Cullen

December 18th 2008, 8.00pm
1916 – North King Street
Dublin’s Stalingrad
Chris Shouldice

21st January 2009 8.00pm
The Poulaphuca Survey and the Old Farmhouses of Wicklow
Chris Corlett author of the recent book “Beneath the Poulaphouca Reservoir

!8th Feb 2009, 8.00pm
Illustrated Talk on The Doorways of Ireland – title to be announced
Michael Fewer
Michael’s new book on the Doorways of Ireland will be launched on 12th November

Wednesday 18th March 2009 8.00pm
Bumps in the Fields and Crumbling Walls – Practical Archaeology for Sunday Afternoons
By Hermann Geissel
Hermann’s new book of the same title was recently published by South Dublin Libraries

Wednesday 15th April 2009, 8.00pm
From the Jacobs Archive
By Douglas Appleyard

Clondalkin History Society Lecture Series 2008/2009

Joe Williams has just given us details of the Clondalkin History Society Lecture Series 2008/2009 which is as follows:

Monday 20th October

Monday 24th November
Katharine Tynan’s Cobbler
Joe Williams

Monday 26th January 2009
From Kingstown to Dalkey by Air Atmospheric Railway 1844-54
James Scannell

Monday 23rd February 8.00pm
W&R Jacob – Irish Biscuit Making
Séamus Ó Maitiú

Monday 30th March 8.00pm
Bringing Ireland into line with Rome in 19th Century
Frank Sweeney

Monday 27th April 8.00pm
The Monica Roberts letters from the Front 1914-18
Bryan Mac Mahon

Monday 25th May 8.00pm
Members at Home – Your Own Stories and Photographs

All Lectures take place in  Áras Chrónáin, Watery Lane, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

For more information on the society, please visit http://www.clondalkinhistory.com