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Dublin Festival of History 2014

To err is human, to arr is pirate

Ok, I stole that heading, but in a blog about piracy, a bit of thieving is only to be expected. Of course, the romance of piracy is very different from the reality, which usually meant an outlaw life of hardship and brutality – and still does; nevertheless the romantic view lives on, and is especially celebrated every year on September 19: International Talk Like A Pirate Day. This is a convention that’s been going on for a good few years now, and has a substantial following, replete with costumes, grog, and pretty much every cliché going. Say arr. Read more »

New ‘Gateway’ to Archival Treasures Launched

Archivists at LaunchDublin City Archives is one of 30 prominent archival repositories who have contributed to  www.iar.ie  Ireland’s only archive web portal. The website was re-launched on Wed 16 September 2014 by Minister Heather Humphreys T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to mark the expansion of the website and the provision of access to hundreds of unique archival collections.  

The IAR portal enables visitors to access a free database of archival collections from archival repositories all over Ireland, north and south, many of which contain archives of relevance to the period 1912 to 1922, commonly referred to as the Decade of Centenaries.  Read more »

2014 Man Booker Shortlist is Announced

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Man Booker PrizeThe six shortlisted titles for this year's Man Booker Prize include three by British authors, two by US authors and one by an Australian. So no Irish representative this year, sorry to say, despite the presence of two on the longlist of thirteen ('History of the Rain' by Niall Williams, and 'The Dog' by Joseph O'Neill). You might recall that last year 'The Testament of Mary' by Colm Tóibín was shortlisted. Read more »

The Monica Roberts Collection Now Available Online!

Corporal Arthur William BrennanAt the outbreak of the First World War, Monica Roberts was a young upper-class woman who lived at Kelston, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin. Together with her friends, she set up a 'Band of Helpers to the Soldiers' to provide gifts and comforts to men at the Western Front, who were members of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers or the Royal Flying Corps. The group sent cigarettes and tobacco, socks and vaseline for tired feet, handkerchiefs, boot-laces, chocolate, peppermint, oxo and dried fruit. Monica Roberts included a letter with her gifts and the recipients replied to her, setting up a correspondence. The letters from the soldiers give a vivid picture of conditions at the Front, and also include comments on contemporary politics. Read more »

Getting Started! Are You Ready?

Getting Started! Free Lectures - Booking Essential

Interested in starting a business? Do you have what it takes? If so read on…Bright idea

The Start Your Own Business Autumn programme (SYOB) will commence on September 11th, and promises to contain 6 great interactive workshops concentrating on what it takes to start and grow a business using the “if you can conceive it, believe it, then you can achieve it” philosophy.

It runs from Thursday, 11th September, 6.30pm – 8.00pm and continues for 6 consecutive Thursdays until 16th October.

The topics covered include An Introduction to Self Employment, Ideas Generation & Market Research, Ethnic Entrepreneurship, Digital Marketing Strategy, Financing Your Business and finishes with Writing the Winning Business Plan.   Read more »

the war to end all wars

Red poppies for remembrance. White poppies for a peaceful futureAs you’re probably aware, last year we entered what’s being called the decade of commemoration. It began with the centenary of the lockout, and continues now with the onset of World War One. This war was such a catalyst: The world was a completely different place at the end of those four years than it had been at the start of them; and the sheer bad luck of that generation, finding themselves plunged into a maelstrom, is heartbreaking. The centenary brings a surfeit of material, and with it a danger of overkill, but that will pass, and the commemorative material and research will be invaluable down the line. In the meantime, here is a sample of both fiction and non-fiction looking at the war from different viewpoints. Read more »

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