History and Heritage 2015 Events

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.

History and Heritage 2015 events brochure

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 localstudies@sdublincoco.ie.

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Clondalkin Incident on RTE’s ‘My Civil War’

A Clondalkin Civil War incident will feature in RTE’s documentary ‘My Civil War’ which will be shown next Monday December 3rd at 9:35pm on RTE 1. The bodies of three young men from Drumcondra, Edwin Hughes, Brendan Holohan and Joseph Rogers were discovered near Red Cow in Clondalkin in October 1922. Their bodies were taken to Tallaght Aerodrome on the Belgard Road, and the inquest into their deaths was later held in Clondalkin Library.

Las Fallon, author of South Dublin Libraries’ latest publication Dublin Fire Brigade and the Irish Revolution, also features in the documentary.

Tune in if you can, it’s sure to be an interesting programme!

Tallaght Historical Society Lecture Series 2012

Thursday, 12th January 2012

Tallaght Through the Ages

Tomás Maher

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 Thursday 9th February 2012

The History of Glencree and the Reformatory

Frank Tracy

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 Thursday 8th March 2012

Alice Furlong, Tallaght Poetess

Eamonn Maloney, T.D.

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 Thursday, 12th April 2012

The History of Tallaght Aerodrome

Michael Whelan

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Thursday 10th May 2012

The History of the Dublin & Blessington Steam Tram

Aidan Cruise

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 Thursday 14th June 2012

The Battle of Tallaght

Seán Bagnall

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All lectures take place at the County Library, Tallaght, commencing at 7:00 p.m.

All Welcome!

Tallaght Historical Society Chairperson:  Anne Hanrahan—contact 2441463 or 0876315773