Events in Branch Libraries

The Reverend Thomas Goff (1772-1844): Property, Propinquity and Protestantism

Tuesday 30th September at 6.30pm in Pembroke Library – Please book by email or at 01 6689575

David Doyle has recently fulfilled a long held ambition by completing his M.A. in Local History at NUI Maynooth. His research is based upon nine volumes of diaries left by Thomas Goff, a Church of Ireland Minister, landlord and bibliophile. After a sojourn of more than eighty years the diaries were unexpectedly returned to Carriglea House, Goff’s former home, now the home of IADT Dún Laoghaire where David is Academic Affairs Manager.

The Origins of the First World War

Saturday 4th October at 2.00pm in Ballyfermot Library – Please book by email or at 01 6269324

William Mulligan is a senior lecturer in modern history at University College Dublin. His most recent books are The origins of the First World War (2010) and The Great War for Peace (2014).

Dublin’s eighteenthcentury Coffee Houses

Wednesday 8th October at 6.30pm in Inchicore Library – Please book by email or at 01 4533793

Dr Máire Kennedy is Divisional Librarian with Dublin City Public Libraries and Archives in charge of Special Collections, Early Printed Books and Manuscripts. Her research is on the 18th-century Irish book trade, literacy and reading.

Ghost signs of Dublin

Monday 6th October at 6.30pm in Donaghmede Library – Please book by email or at 01 8482833

Antonia Hart is a freelance writer and journalist who was born and brought up in Dublin. Ghost Signs of Dublin is her first book and looks at the stories behind old shop and business signs in the city. However well you think you know Dublin, or any city, it’s always worth looking again – and looking up!

The Rising Movie


Monday 6th October at 1.10pm in Central Library, ILAC Centre – no booking necessary

Join producer/director Kevin McCann and historian Meredith Meagher for a discussion on bringing the 1916 Rising to film and the challenges of history on the big screen.

The Vietnam War and the end of the Cold War consensus in the United States

Thursday 2nd October at 6.30pm in Rathmines Library – Please book by email or at 01 4973539

Sandra Scanlon is a lecturer in American History at University College Dublin, where she teaches on US history and International Relations. She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge and is the author of The Pro-War Movement: Domestic Support for the Vietnam War and the Making of Modern American Conservatism. During 2013, she was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Emory University in Atlanta.

The Down Survey and Cromwellian Ireland: window on a lost world

Thursday 2nd October at 6.30pm in Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse St – no booking necessary

Micheál Ó Siochrú is Associate Professor of History at Trinity College Dublin. He is author of numerous books and articles on seventeenth-century Ireland, including God’s Executioner: Oliver Cromwell and the conquest of Ireland, and recently completed the Down Survey of Ireland project.

The life and times of Rosie Hackett

Wednesday 1st October at 6.30pm in Marino Library – Booking advised by email or at 01 8336297

James Curry is a doctoral history student at the Moore Institute, NUI Galway, where he is researching the early twentieth-century Irish labour press. He is the author of Artist of the Revolution, the cartoons of Ernest Kavanagh. The Rosie Hackett Bridge is Dublin’s newest bridge over the River Liffey.

Irishwomen and the First World War, ‘a historically hidden Ireland’

Wednesday 1st October at 6.30pm in Ballymun Library – Please book by email or at 01 8421890

Fionnuala Walsh is an Irish Research Council funded doctoral candidate in the Department of History, Trinity College Dublin. She is researching the impact of the First World War on women in Ireland 1914-1919, under the supervision of Professor David Fitzpatrick.

National Traitor or Scapegoat?: the legacy of John Redmond

Wednesday 1st October at 6.30pm in Raheny Library – Please book by email or at 01 8315521

Dermot Meleady is author of John Redmond: the National Leader published in 2013. Dermot was born in Dublin in 1949 and studied science at University College Dublin and history at University of London. He lives in Co. Wicklow.

‘Get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton’: The life and times of Ernest Shackleton to mark the centenary of the ‘Endurance’ Expedition

Wednesday 1st October at 6.30pm in Cabra Library – Please book by email or at 01 8691414

ISL interpretation provided

Kevin Kenny is a member of the organising committee of the Athy Ernest Shackleton Autumn School which is now in its 14th year. He has been fascinated by Shackleton since first coming across him as a teenager, and believes his fellow Kildare man has a lot to offer as an inspiration and role model.

Blood Brother, Swan Sister 1014 Clontarf; a Battle Begins

Wednesday 1st October at 10.30am in Coolock Library – class visit only

Eithne Massey is a graduate of University College Dublin and NUI Maynooth, and a short-story writer who lives in Dublin. She has worked with the Arts Council and as a librarian. Her interest in mythology has been a lifelong one.

‘Of guns and drums and wounds’ wartime historical novels

Tuesday 30th September at 1.00pm in Central Library, ILAC Centre – Please book by email or at 01 8734333

Why do novels set during dim-distant wars have such an enduring appeal for writers and readers? Two writers, Lia Mills and Audrey Magee will discuss this in the light of their own wartime novels. Lia Mills’ Fallen is set during the First World War and the 1916 Rising while Audrey Magee’s debut novel, The Undertaking, features a German soldier and his new wife as they battle to survive World War II. With moderator Tara Doyle.

Fr. Browne’s First World War

Tuesday 30th September at 11.00am in Charleville Mall Library – no booking necessary

John Looby spent much of his life in education and has been editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger for eight years and publisher of the last five Father Browne books.

The life and times of Crumlin housing estate: an architectural account

Monday 29th September at 6.30pm in Walkinstown Library – Please book by email or at 01 4558159

Dr Ellen Rowley is the White post-doctoral fellow in Irish art, Trinity College Dublin (2013-2015) and co-editor of the forthcoming Irish Architecture 1600-2000, Vol IV Art and Architecture of Ireland for the Royal Irish Academy and Yale University Press. Since 2011 she has been working closely with the Heritage Office of Dublin City Council in making the first extensive research survey of Dublin’s twentieth-century architecture.

Dorothy Stopford Price: Rebel Doctor

Monday 29th September at 6.30pm in Phibsborough Library – Please book by email or at 01 8304341

Dr Anne Mac Lellan is a historian and medical scientist. She is the author of Dorothy Stopford Price: Rebel Doctor and the co-editor of Growing Pains: Childhood Illness in Ireland 1750-1950.

‘To satisfy the almost insatiable craving’: Ireland’s popular interest in the Crimean War, 1854-6

Monday 29th September at 6.30pm in Terenure Library – Please book by email or at 01 4907035

Paul Huddie is a researcher of nineteenth-century Ireland, specialising in war and society. He is a graduate of University College Dublin and recently completed his doctorate on Ireland’s response to the Crimean War at Queen’s University Belfast.