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.

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History Ireland Hedge School Comes to Tallaght

As part of the Red Line Book Festival, History Ireland’s Hedge School is coming to the Civic Theatre, Tallaght on Thursday 15th October at 8:00 pm. The topic up for discussion is

Patrick Pearse: proto-fascist eccentric or visionary?

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Whatever one’s point of view, Patrick Pearse has always engendered strong emotions. Shortly after the Easter Rising, he became widely revered, some even suggesting he should be made a saint. In the decades surrounding the outbreak of the troubles in Northern Ireland, however, he was frequently described as a ‘fascist’. In recent years a more sophisticated view of Pearse has been developed in academic works but in popular perception he is still seen as a proponent of doubtful ideas, while allusions to autism and homosexuality have also hit the headlines. To discuss these and related matters, join History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, for a lively round table discussion with Joost Augusteijn, Roisín Higgins, John Gibney and Ruth Dudley Edwards.

Tickets are available now from the Civic Theatre, priced €8/€6 concessions 

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Tommy Graham is a history graduate of Trinity College and a founder (1993) and editor of History Ireland, the country’s only illustrated history magazine. He currently lectures in Irish history and politics at Griffith College and formerly at Tisch NYU. A presenter of Newstalk’s ‘Talking History’, he’s also a regular contributor to the station’s Moncrieff show. At the 2010 Electric Picnic he kicked off his latest project, History Ireland Hedge Schools, an ongoing series of round table discussions of historical and contemporary interest.

Dr. Roisín Higgins is a Senior Lecturer in history at Teeside University. Her work focuses on social and cultural history with particular interest in the politics of historical memory.  Her research on commemoration examines both the impact of landmark anniversaries and the capacity of acts of remembrance to transform the meaning of historical events. Her book, Transforming 1916: meaning, memory and the fiftieth anniversary of the Easter Rising, won the 2012 ACIS James S. Donnelly Sr Prize for the best book in History and Social Science.

Dr. Joost Augusteijn studied history at the University of Amsterdam where he also obtained his PhD (1994) on the history of the Irish Republican Army. He subsequently worked as Lecturer in Modern Irish History at Trinity College, Dublin (1994-5) and Queen’s University, Belfast (1995-2000). Since 2000 he has been Assistant Professor in European History at Leiden University. He is the author of Patrick Pearse: the making of an Irish Revolutionary (2010).

Dr. Ruth Dudley Edwards was born and brought up in Dublin, and was educated at University College Dublin and Cambridge University. She is a historian, prize-winning biographer, journalist, and crime fiction writer. In the 1970s Ruth wrote her first book, An Atlas of Irish History, the third edition of which was published in 2005. Her biography of Pearse, Patrick Pearse: the triumph of failure, which won the National University of Ireland Prize for Historical Research in 1978, was reissued in 2006 with a new foreword. Since 1993 Ruth has written for almost every national newspaper in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom and appears frequently on radio and television in Ireland, the UK and on the BBC World Service.

Dr. John Gibney is from Dublin and got his doctorate in history from Trinity College Dublin. He has taught Irish history at Trinity College and UCD, and has been a research fellow at the University of Notre Dame, the Huntington Library in California and NUI Galway. He was a contributor to the Royal Irish Academy’s Dictionary of Irish Biography and is a regular contributor to History Ireland magazine. He has written three books – Ireland and the Popish Plot (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), The shadow of a year: the 1641 rebellion in Irish history and memory (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013), and 16 Lives: Seán Heuston (O’Brien Press, 2013).

Launch of Landscapes of War and Peace

The launch took place on Monday night, of ‘Landscapes of War and Peace 1914-2014: War Poetry and Peacekeeping’ by Michael J. Whelan.

This exhibition, which is part of the Red Line Book Festival, includes an Irish soldier’s poems and images inspired by the poets of the Great War and his own peacekeeping duties in modern day conflicts in the Middle-East and Balkans. Also being exhibited are historical artefacts and documents of family history over the past 100 years, poems and other paraphernalia from World War I and UN Peacekeeping duties.

Thank you to Mayor Fintan Warfield and Brigadier General Paul Fry who launched the exhibition.

The exhibition can be viewed at the County Library, Tallaght until 23rd October 2014, during library opening hours.

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Mayor Fintan Warfield launching the exhibition

Mayor Fintan Warfield launching the exhibition

Michael J Whelan with David Power (South Dublin Libraries), Brigadier General Paul Fry and Maria Donohoe (South Dublin Libraries)

Michael J Whelan with David Power (South Dublin Libraries), Brigadier General Paul Fry and Maria Donohoe (South Dublin Libraries)

Mayor Fintan Warfield with Ambassador Dominick Chilcott, British Ambassador to Ireland

Mayor Fintan Warfield with Ambassador Dominick Chilcott, British Ambassador to Ireland

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Stones of Dublin: the History of Dublin in Ten Buildings

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This year’s Red Line Book Festival takes place from 14-19 October.

As part of the festival, on Wednesday 15th October at 7pm, author Lisa Marie Griffith will be visiting Tallaght Library to talk about her book ‘Stones of Dublin: a history of Dublin in ten buildings‘.

Behind the façades of the city’s most historic buildings, is the story of Dublin. The buildings are Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Trinity College Dublin, the Old Parliament House (Bank of Ireland), City Hall, Kilmainham Gaol, St James’ Gate Brewery, the GPO, the Abbey Theatre and Croke Park. Bringing together the story of these landmark buildings takes us on a wonderful journey through the shifting social, political and cultural history of Ireland’s capital.

Dr. Lisa Marie Griffith is from Waterford. She studied history at University College Dublin obtained a PhD from Trinity College. She became fascinated by the history of Dublin and throughout her studies worked as a walking tour guide in Dublin. She also presented a series on Anna Livia (now Dublin City FM) for two years on Dublin History. She taught history and is now Coordinator of the Cultural and Heritage Studies Programme at the National Print Museum in Dublin.

To book for this free event, please call us on 01 4620073 or email talib@sdublincoco.ie

The full line up for the Red Line Book Festival is available at http://www.redlinebookfestival.com/

In Search of Peaks, Passes and Glaciers: Irish Alpine Pioneers

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As part of the Red Line Book Festival, Frank Nugent will give a talk on the subject of his book In Search of Peaks, Passes and Glaciers: Irish Alpine Pioneers at the County Library, Tallaght on Wednesday 16th October at 6:30 pm.  All are welcome – just contact the library on 01 4620073 or talib@sdublincoco.ie to book your place.

 

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In Search of Peaks, Passes and Glaciers compliments Frank’s previous book,  Seek the Frozen Lands. An experienced Alpinist, Frank participated in expeditions to the Himalayas, Greenland and Iceland. Chairman of the Mountaineering Council of Ireland (1997–2000), he was Deputy Leader of the first and successful Irish Everest Expedition (1993), followed in the footsteps of Shackleton across South Georgia (1997), and sailed the Northwest Passage in Northabout, a shallow-draft boat in 2001. A member of the Alpine Club and the James Caird Society, he is a former curriculum and assessment expert with FÁS Training & Employment Authority – Ireland.

Red Line Book Festival Local History Events

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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.