Tallaght Historical Society 2015/16 Lecture Series

Tuesday 8th September 2015

Defending Ireland from the Irish   James Devitt

Tuesday 29th September 2015

Calligraphy: Codes and Catastrophies  David Smith

Tuesday 13th October 2015

The Sinking of the Lusitania  Cormac Lowth

Tuesday 10th November 2015

History of Dublin’s Fruit and Vegetable Markets  John Conroy

Tuesday 8th September 2015

Leo Swan Memorial Lecture – TBC

Tuesday 12th January 2016

James Connolly  James Connolly Heron

Tuesday 9th February 2016

Roger Casement  John McGuigan

Tuesday 8th March 2016

Josie: a Brief Flame  Michael Ó Doibhilín

Tuesday 22nd March 2016

The Lives of the 1916 Leaders  Seán O’Gorman

Tuesday 12th April 2016

The Irish Poets of World War One  Frank Tracy

Tuesday 10th May 2016

Early Irish Farming  John Dolan

Tuesday 14th June 2016

19th Century Beggars in Ireland  Seán Bagnall


All lectures take place at 7:00pm in the County Library, Tallaght, and all are welcome.

Tallaght Historical Society Contact: Anne Hanrahan at 01 2441463 or 0876315773


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.

Christmas Craft Fair 2014

This year’s Christmas Craft Fair is less than a week away! Join us at the County Library, Tallaght for three days of festive fun from Thursday 27th November – Saturday 29th November. There will be over thirty stalls of handmade items from local craftspeople, craft demonstrations, Christmas carols and special guests! A bread making competition will be judged on Thursday 27th at 7:00 pm – download the application form here:  Application Form Bread Making

The fair takes place during library opening hours – 9:45 am to 8:00 pm on Thursday 27th and 9:45 am – 4:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Hope to see you there!



1916 Rising Lecture Series

Dr. Miriam Moffitt of the Department of History, NUI Maynooth, will give a series of eight lectures on the 1916 Rising every Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. from 2nd May to 20th June 2012 at the County Library, Tallaght.

Wednesday 2nd May: The Growth of Irish-Ireland

The first lecture details the growth of the Irish-Ireland movement from the establishment of the Gaelic Athletic Association (1884) and the Gaelic League (1893) which promoted Irish language and culture. The secret infiltration of these cultural movements by the Irish Republican Brotherhood is explained, as is the establishment of other, more overtly political associations such as Cumann na nGaedheall (1900), Inghinidhe na hÉireann (1900) and Fianna Éireann (1909).

Wednesday 9th May: The Irish Volunteers and the Ulster Volunteers

Lecture 2 examines Ulster’s opposition to Home Rule, exploring the reasons underlying this. The establishment of the Ulster Volunteer Force (1912) and the signing of the Ulster Covenant (September 1912) is outlined and also the consequent foundation of the Irish Volunteers (1913). The escalation of these rival paramilitary forces is explained. The impact of the outbreak of World War I (August 1914) on these organisations is examined, as is the formation and growth of the Irish Citizens Army.

Wednesday 16th May: Planning the Rising, Part I

Differing attitudes to World War I caused a split in the Irish Volunteers, with some enlisting in the British Army (John Redmond’s National Volunteers) and others withholding support from Britain (Eoin MacNeill’s Irish Volunteers). The subsequent growth of MacNeill’s Irish Volunteers and the establishment within this grouping of a secret Military Council, intent on instigating a rising against Britain, is examined.

Wednesday 23rd May: Planning the Rising, Part II

The formation of plans for a Rising at Easter 1916, and their partial unravelling is the focus of this lecture.

Wednesday 30th May: The Rising in Dublin

The events of Rising, which began in Dublin when Patrick Pearse proclaimed an Irish Republic on Easter Monday, are explored in this lecture. Experiences throughout the week at the various locations of activity are outlined, as is the British response. The support or otherwise of Dublin’s citizens for the Rising is also examined.

Wednesday 6th June: The Rising in the Provinces *POSTPONED until 13th June*

Wednesday 13th June: The Rising in the Provinces

This lecture looks at the manner in which the planned rebellion of Easter 1916 was carried out in the provinces, both in places were a rising of sorts took place and were planned risings were cancelled.

Wednesday 20th June: The Surrender

By Friday of Easter Week, it was clear to the rebels in the centre of Dublin that the battle was being lost and that the civilian loss of life could not be conscienced. The surrender of the rebels and their subsequent imprisonment is outlined, as is the execution of the leaders. The initial reaction of the Irish people to the Rising, and the manner in which they experienced a growing resentment towards the British response to the Rising is outlined.

Wednesday 27th June: The Aftermath

The Irish response to the Rising is further explored in the final lecture, explaining the manner in which the attitude of the people changed during the weeks and months after the event.

All lectures are free and all are welcome!  Booking is not necessary and it is not required to attend the full series.


21/5/12 EDIT: Please note that the lecture on 6th June is cancelled, and lectures will now run until Wednesday 27th June.