The Count, Countess and Tommy

Following the great success of The Great War Roadshow at the Red Line Book Festival in 2014, we are delighted to welcome a new musical show, written by RTE broadcaster and historian Myles Dungan, to this year’s festival programme.

The Count, Countess and Tommy features popular songs and stories from the Ireland of the 1916 Rising era, centering on the life and works of the celebrated Irish tenor, John, Count McCormack and also featuring the music of Ivor Novello, Stanley Kirkby and George M. Cohan.

The show stars international singing sensations Lisa Lambe and Matthew Gilsenan, baritone Brendan MacQuaile and pianist Ronan Murray.

The show takes place in the Civic Theatre, Tallaght on Friday 14th October at 8:00 p.m., tickets are €15, and €12 for concessions. Book online now at the Civic Theatre Box Office or by phone at 01 4627477.



Paths to Freedom Conference

As part of South Dublin County Council’s 1916 Rising Centenary events, South Dublin Libraries is delighted to present Paths to Freedom, a day long conference at Tallaght Stadium on Saturday 27th February.

RTÉ broadcaster and historian Dr. Myles Dungan, accompanied by leading academics and entertainers will present a unique package of lectures and presentations to remember the Rising, 100 years on.

Paths to Freedom Poster Tallaght

10:30am Registration

11:00am Introduction

11:15am The Personalities of the 1916 Rising – Turtle Bunbury

12:00 noon Children of the Rising – Joe Duffy

1:00pm Lunch (light lunch provided)

2:00pm Ireland Before the Rising – Caitriona Crowe

2:45pm Sentenced to Death: The Rebel Courts Martial – Dr. Myles Dungan

3:30pm What Did the Women do Anyway? – Elizabeth Gillis


The event is free but booking is essential. Click the link below to book, or call 01 4149285 (office hours)

Eventbrite - Paths to Freedom Conference

1916 Rising Talks in South Dublin Libraries

As part of South Dublin County Council’s 1916 Centenary Programme, South Dublin Libraries will host a series of lectures on the subject of the 1916 Rising. All events are free.

Aerial View of the GPO after the Rising

Aerial View of the GPO after the Rising

Tuesday 9th February 2016 at 7:00 p.m. County Library, Tallaght

Roger Casement – a talk on the life of Roger Casement by barrister and historian John McGuiggan. All welcome.

Monday 22nd February 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Ballyroan Library

The Women of the Rising  – a talk by historian and author Liz Gillis. All welcome

Saturday 27th February 2016 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tallaght Stadium

Paths To Freedom – a day long conference aimed at explaining the many “shades of green” that existed in the run-up to the Easter Rising. Speakers include Myles Dungan, Joe Duffy, Elizabeth Gillis, Caitriona Crowe and Turtle Bunbury. Booking essential. For further details and booking see:

Tuesday 8th March 2016 at 7:00 p.m. County Library, Tallaght

Josie: A Brief Flame – To mark International Women’s Day, Micheál Ó Doibilín will give a talk on Josie McGowan, Cumann na mBan, Marrowbone Lane Garrison, 1916. All welcome.

Tuesday 8th March 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Lucan Library

Cumann na mBan and the 1916 Rising – a talk by Ann Matthews to mark International Women’s Day. All welcome.

Tuesday 15th March 2016 at 7:00 p.m. County Library, Tallaght

Thomas McDonagh, Jacobs Factory and the Easter Rising of 1916 – a talk by historian and author Shane Kenna, biographer of Thomas McDonagh as part of the O’Brien Press 16 Lives Series. All welcome.

Tuesday 22nd March 2016 at 7:00 p.m. County Library, Tallaght

The Lives of the 1916 Leaders – a talk by Seán O’Gorman. All welcome.

Monday 4th April 7:00pm Lucan Library, Wednesday 13th April 7:00pm Ballyroan Library & Thursday 21st April 7:00pm Clondalkin Library.

South Dublin and the 1916 Rising in Oral Histories. Since 2012, Maurice O’Keeffe has been recording interviews with the children, grandchildren and relatives of those central to the events of the Rising. In these presentations he will share these recordings, focusing on the South Dublin area, bringing to life the personal stories of why people participated in the Rising, and the historical legacy felt by their families. All welcome.


The Great War Roadshow – Coming to South Dublin County

The Great War Poster Civic Theatre.indd

The Great War Roadshow, presented by Myles Dungan, is touring the country and we are delighted to bring it to Tallaght this September/October.

The roadshow is a two fold event, with a day long history conference happening on September 13th 2014 in The County Library Tallaght and and A Lovely War!, an evening of songs and stories in the Civic Theatre, happening during the Red Line Book Festival on October 17th 2014.

You do not have to attend both events, you can come along to either one or both!

Admission is free to the conference but booking is essential – phone the County Library at 01 4620073 or email Please note that the conference is now booked out, but we are still taking names for the reserve list.

Tickets for the music evening in the Civic Theatre are on sale at €12/€10 and are available from The Civic Theatre Box Office 462 7477; or online at Bookings open now!

Part 1: The Great War History Conference

The history conference takes place on Saturday 13th September in the County Library, Tallaght, and features Myles Dungan, Ciaran Wallace, Turtle Bunbury, John O’Keeffe and Michael Whelan.

Myles Dungan
Lions, Donkeys and Paddies: The Irish Experience of the Great War

John O’Keeffe
Moral Insanity and the Great War: Bad Men in Good Jobs

Ciaran Wallace
Women And Children First: The Home Front During World War 1: rationing, ‘war fever’ and anti-conscription sentiment during the years 1914 to 1918.

Turtle Bunbury
The Glorious Madness: Tales of the Irish in the Great War, from the Irishwoman in the Serbian Army to the Irish-Austrian air ace and more besides

Michael Whelan
The Great War – The South Dublin Perspective.

Part 2: A Lovely War! An evening of Songs & Stories presented by Myles Dungan

Civic Theatre, Tallaght: Main Auditorium, Friday 17th October at 8pm. Admission: €12 & €10 concession

Bookings at 01 4627477; or online at

Presented and produced by historian and broadcaster Myles Dungan, this stirring show tells the story of the music of the Great War – how and why the best-known songs came to be composed, who sang them, what the men in the trenches thought of them, and how they retaliated with music of their own. The songs will be performed by The Brook Singers, Sadhbh Fitzgerald and Jonathan Creasey.

Brought to you by South Dublin County Council Heritage Office and The Red Line Book Festival.