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City Hall Autumn Lecture series 2014

Dublin - Where Elephants Roam

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Where Elephants RoamThis is the Month of the Elephant and during the ‘elephantastic’ month of October, Dublin City Libraries will be hosting puppet shows, storytelling and Zoo talks all about elephants. Drop into your local library to see the wonderful displays of books and to book a place at one of our children’s events. As Children’s Book Festival also takes place in October, we have lots of your favourite authors visiting as well – so check out the website for all the details. Read more »

Man Booker Winner is... The Narrow Road to the Deep North

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The Narrow Road to the Deep NorthAustralian Richard Flanagan was last night announced as the winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize for his sixth novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North (448pp.). His was selected from the six shortlisted titles, the other authors of which came from Britain (3), and the US (2). He becomes only the third-ever Australian to win this coveted prize in its 46-year history, previous Australian winners being Thomas Kenneally and Peter Carey, who won it twice.

The storyline follows an Australian surgeon in a Japanese POW camp in 1943. "In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever." (book description)

Whilst otherwise considering the longlist when announced as "uninspiring", Irish Times columnist Eileen Battersby described the book as "one of the finest novels published in English this year", and picked it as the title that "could and should emerge as winner". Read more »

Ireland beat Germany 5 – 2!

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Jakob, the German keeper, saves a shotYou might think we have lost the run of ourselves with a wild prediction for tomorrow night's Euro 2016 qualifier against the might of Germany, but then you might think why not given our two wins to date against Georgia (2-1 away) and Gibraltar (7-0 home) in the same competition. But the fact is that the scoreline above in Ireland's favour is not a thing of fantasy but rather the result to the second-ever football game between the two countries.

The date of this historic 5-2 Irish win over Germany was 17th October, 1936, a Saturday, the venue was Dalymount Park, and some 28,000 were in attendance.

Right: Jakob, the German goalkeeper, saves a shot from Moore of Ireland.(Photo: Sunday Independent, 18th October 1936) Click thumbnail to view larger image. Read more »

Contemplating our past

The Dublin Festival of History has just come to a close, after a very successful run. It covered a huge variety of topics, ranging from the Battle of Clontarf to the Spanish Civil War, and hopefully the festival will have whetted your appetite for more exploration of our past. Public libraries offer plenty to read on all of the subjects covered in the festival, and plenty of other historical topics besides. Read more »

Another fascinating Dublin Festival of History

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Charles Spencer signing copies of Killers of the KingThe second annual Dublin Festival of History was again a great success with hundreds of history fans attending a fascinating range of lectures, films, debates and workshops. The programme featured renowned historians from abroad, including Alison Weir, Hew Strachan, Richard Evans, and Charles Spencer, as well as Irish historians such as Mary Daly, David Dickson and Sean Duffy. The main history talks took place at The Printworks Venue, Dublin Castle, between Friday 26th and Sunday 28th September. Expert speakers explored Viking Dublin, the Warsaw Uprising, women in war, and the Kremlin in history, while a Poetry Aloud session brought poems of the Great War to the stage. Read more »

Favourite elephants at the Zoological Gardens Dublin

The Dublin Zoological Garden was established by the Dublin Zoological Society, under the patronage of the Lord Lieutenant, and opened to the public on 1st September 1831. The site was in the Phoenix Park, near the Vice Regal Lodge, the Lord Lieutenant’s residence, now Áras an Uachtaráin, the residence of the President of Ireland. It was situated to the north of the smaller of two lakes, it later expanded to the south of the lake, and in the 20th century it was extended to take in the area around the larger lake also. Read more »

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