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SUFFRAGIST CITY: Women and the Vote in Dublin

25 August - 14 October
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One event on 4 October, 2018 at 4:00pm

Suffragism was the conviction that votes should be extended to women. In February 1918 the Representation of the People Act was passed and women who were over 30 years of age were finally allowed to vote. Eleven months later, the voters of Dublin elected Constance Markievicz, the first woman to win a seat at Westminster. Suffragists in Ireland had endured ridicule, assault, and imprisonment in their quest for social justice. This exhibition tells their story. Women in Traditional Irish Music:…

‘DOING THEIR BIT’: Irish Women and the First World War

1 September - 29 October

Drawing on the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive and other materials held at Dublin City Library and Archive, this exhibition explores different aspects of womens’ experiences during the First World War. With stories of munitions factory workers, nurses, separation women and those involved in the anti-conscription movement, the exhibition shows how war-time experiences accelerated changes which had been slowly taking place in Irish society before the outbreak of war. Free guided tours available. Booking required for tours.

WHERE DOES THE LAW STAND WITH LEPRACHAUNS? a new exhibition by Michele Horrigan

7 September - 28 October

In 1938 two young girls, dressed up in green and red, hid behind a ditch near Munster’s famous spiritual hill, Knockfierna (mountain of the fairies). They jumped out and frightened a passerby, who ran away, knowing of the reputation of the site as a place of mysterious supernatural activity. Soon the story was appearing in the national newspapers, as an apparition of small Leprechauns in the sleepy countryside. Buses full of tourists began to arrive to seek out what had…

HOME BIRD a new exhibition by Sean O’Rourke

7 September - 28 October

Sean O’Rourke’s latest paintings, layered on the rusted metal boards used to board up the windows of derelict flats, consider a city in flux. His work is influenced by the city’s flats and streetscape seen through an autobiographical lens. He is interested in how we are influenced by our exterior surroundings, and how the built environment contributes to the individuals we become. His reflections on how young men might mask their authentic selves in particular environments is considered through ideas…

THE DUBLIN DOCKER with Aileen O’Carroll

24 September @ 1:10 pm

The distinctive working lives and dockland ways of the Dublin docker are an important part of Irish urban culture. In an illustrated talk Aileen O’Carroll will explore all aspects of dock work, from the tasks undertaken and commodities handled, to the heritage, language and lore of the docker.

No booking required. All welcome on a first come, first served basis.



24 September @ 2:00 pm

In partnership with Dublin’s Culture Connects and the National Library of Ireland, join us for a free Culture Club tour of the exhibition ‘From Ballots to Bullets 1918-1919’

Booking required: cultureclub@dublinscultureconnects.ie or 01 4853732

RMS Leinster sinking


24 September @ 6:30 pm

SORRY - BOOKED OUT On the 10th October 1918, the German submarine UB-123 sank the Dún Laoghaire to Holyhead mail boat RMS Leinster with over 560 deaths. UB-123 was lost in a minefield with all of its crew while attempting to return to Germany. Most of them were aged 18 and 19. This talk will look at both sinkings. Booking required: terenurelibrary@dublincity.ie or 01 490 7035


24 September @ 6:30 pm

Frances Power Cobbe of Newbridge House, Donabate, was one of the leading female political figures of the 19th century and one of the first female professional journalists. Cathal Dowd Smith will reveal her work for animal rights, women’s rights in divorce and abuse cases, the enfranchisement of women, higher education and social reform. Booking required: library.events@fingal.ie @fingallibraries  

DUBLIN 1918 with Cathy Scuffil

24 September @ 6:30 pm

1918 was a pivotal year in Irish history. Workers and women mobilised against the threat of conscription, with key events like a national strike and Lá na m-Ban making newspaper headlines. Internationally, November brought the end of the First World War, followed by a general election in which some women and a considerable number of younger men had the vote for the first time. Booking required: inchicorelibrary@dublincity.ie or 01 453 3793



24 September @ 6:30 pm

The campaign for women’s rights to vote in Ireland was part of a long fought struggle for social and political equality. Maeve will trace its origins in early 18th and 19th century social reform movements and tell the stories of the men and women, from many different beliefs and backgrounds, who joined together to campaign for suffrage for women. Booking required: rathmineslibrary@dublincity.ie or 01 497 3539

Tenement and Suburbia

TENEMENTS AND SUBURBIA: the changing face of early 20th century Dublin with Donal Fallon

24 September @ 6:30 pm

Join Donal, Historian in Residence, as he examines Dublin’s tenements in the early years of the 20th century, looking at the rise of the suburb as a solution to the crisis and the pioneering work of housing architect Herbert Simms. Booking required: finglaslibrary@dublincity.ie or 01 834 4906.

‘BOILING VOLCANO?’: the south responds to the Troubles, 1968-1979 with Brian Hanley

24 September @ 6:30 pm

This talk examines how the conflict in Northern Ireland impacted on life south of the border and the ways in which people responded to events there during the 1970s.

Booking required: cabralibrary@dublincity.ie or 01 869 1414


TEACHING THE NATION’S PAST: Irish History in Secondary Schools, 1922-1969 with Colm Mac Gearailt

24 September @ 6:30 pm

What we teach shows what we value. This talk will consider how Irish history was taught in secondary schools in the post-Independent period up until the late 1960s and the period of ‘modernisation’.
Booking is required: phibsborolibrary@dublincity.ie or 01 830 4341


LÁ NA MBAN: the women of Ireland’s response to the threat of conscription in 1918 with Liz Gillis

24 September @ 6:30 pm

When the British government threatened to introduce conscription to Ireland in 1918, the country rallied together to resist. The women of Ireland played their part which culminated in Lá na mBan, on the 9th June 1918, when three quarters of women in Ireland made a stand against the British government. Booking required: marinolibrary@dublincity.ie or 01 833 6297


24 September @ 6:30 pm

On the 10th October 1918, the German submarine UB-123 sank the Dún Laoghaire to Holyhead mail boat RMS Leinster off the Kish Bank with over 560 deaths. UB-123 was lost in a minefield with all of its crew while attempting to return to Germany. Most of them were aged 18 and 19. This talk will look at both sinkings. Booking required: (mailto:terenurelibrary@dublincity.ie) or 01 490 7035.


25 September @ 11:00 am

Visit the new exhibition titled ‘Mythical Creatures’ and find out about the library, a wonderful collection of rare books, bequeathed to Dr Steevens’ Hospital by Dr Edward Worth (1676-1733). Tours of the exhibition and library at 11am and 2pm on 25th and 27th September, 2nd and 4th October. No booking required.

BEHIND THE MAPS WORKSHOPS: Navigating the Irish Historic Towns Atlas With Jennifer Moore

25 September @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on 2 October, 2018 at 1:00pm

Jennifer Moore of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas, a research project based at the Royal Irish Academy, will deliver two workshops examining how the atlas is a platform for multiple types of urban historic research. Booking is required.

REMEMBERING OUR REFERENDA: the role of ephemera in libraries and archives/the 1983 Referendum campaign with Enda Leaney and Mary Muldowney

25 September @ 1:10 pm

Ephemera refers to items that are not meant to last e.g. leaflets, stickers, badges and posters. Dublin City Library and Archive has been collecting all types of political ephemera for many years but why? Enda Leaney, will talk about these special collections while Mary Muldowney, will look at the divisive 1983 referendum campaign. No booking required.


25 September @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Find out about the parallels between Irish and Polish women’s fight for suffrage and independence in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The conference is co-hosted by the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies at TCD and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland. Booking required: Eventbrite: suffrage-conference.eventbrite.ie

THE TEN DARK SECRETS OF 1798 with Paddy Cullivan

25 September @ 2:00 pm

A fascinating historical entertainment bringing you the vital moments and darkest secrets of the 1798 rebellion through visuals, narrative and song.

Booking is required:
charlevillemalllibrary@dublincity.ie or 01 874 9619



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