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.

Discover your Irish Roots this St. Patrick’s Day

Ancestry.com are doing a nice promo of their Irish records for St. Patrick’s Day but did you know that these records are available for free through your public library?

Griffith’s Valuation is available as part of the Public Library Information Services on Ask About Ireland.

You can browse Ordnance Survey Historical Maps for free at your local library & South Dublin Libraries also have a historical map viewer which includes pre-Ordnance Survey Maps.

The index to the  Tithe Applotment Books can be searched computers in the Local Studies section at the County Library, Tallaght.

The Lawrence Collection of photographs can be viewed freely online on the National Library’s Digital Archive.

As well as these, there are many other free online tools for researching your Irish family history, including of course the Census for 1901 & 1911. South Dublin Libraries’ Digital Archive Source includes Thom’s Directories for the South Dublin County area. For more information on researching your family history at the County Library, Tallaght please see our guide at http://www.southdublinlibraries.ie.