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‘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…


2 October - 29 October

Founded in 1928 by Micheál Mac Liammóir and Hilton Edwards, the Gate Theatre marks its 90th anniversary this year. As part of the Decade of Commemorations, Dublin City Library and Archive has compiled an exhibition from its own Irish Theatre Archive collections to celebrate both men, who at the end of their careers received the Honorary Freedom of Dublin. Micheál was prodigiously talented as an actor, playwright, set and costume designer, graphic designer and as a fluent Irish speaker, while…

On the Edge: Ireland’s off-shore islands, a modern history

18 October @ 6:30 pm

SORRY- BOOKED OUT Historian Diarmuid Ferriter discusses his new book On The Edge – Ireland’s off-shore islands: a modern history. Followed by Q&A. By documenting the island experiences and the social, cultural and political reaction to them over the last 100 years, On the Edge, examines why this exodus has happened,and the gulf between the rhetoric that elevated island life and the reality of the political hostility towards them.It uncovers, though state and private archives, personal memoirs, newspaper coverage, and the author’s personal travels, the realities behind the “dreadful rocks”, and the significance of the experiences of, and reactions to, those who were and remain, literally, on the very edge of European civilisation. Booking is required

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