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Picturing Dublin in the late 20th century

A Screen Cinemaremarkable collection of photographs held at Dublin City Library and Archive brings Dublin of the late 20th century to life. The Donal McEnroe Photographic Collection, comprising some 17,000 images, puts the spotlight on life in the capital from the late 1970s to the early 2000s. Covering people, places, events, transport, shops, social issues and Dublin by night, the collection captures everyday life in the city. The range and quality of the images makes this collection very suitable for digitisation. Read more »

Gilbert Lecture - Pictures

Kevin WhelanThe 18th annual Sir John T. Gilbert Commemorative Lecture, 'Dublin as a global city: through time and space' was given by Kevin Whelan, Director, Keough-Naughton Institute, Notre Dame Centre in Dublin at the Dublin City Library & Archive on Thursday 22 January at 6pm.

A slideshow of photographs from the event is posted below.

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Art and Architecture of Ireland, 5 Volume Set

Dublin City Library & Archive is delighted to receive a donation of the full 5 Volume Set of 'Art & Architecture of Ireland' from the Royal Irish Academy. The Volumes can be accessed in the Reading Room in the Dublin City Library & Archive in Pearse Street, Dublin 1.

5 Volume set of Art & Architecture in Ireland

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'Art and Architecture of Ireland' is a five-volume scholarly work which spans the period from medieval times through to the end of the twentieth century. The complete set includes: Volume I: Medieval c.400-1600, Volume II: Painting 1600-1900, Volume III: Sculpture 1600-2000, Volume IV: Architecture, and Volume V: Twentieth century. Read more »

Christmas at the Front: Insights from the Monica Roberts Collection

Christmas CardThe Monica Roberts Collection Database is well-worth examining for insights into the personal stories of Irish soldiers fighting at the Front and their experiences at Christmas time. The letters have recently been transcribed and digitized by Dublin City Council and the user-friendly database allows for keyword searching across the collection and also searching by ‘month and date’. This allows researchers to explore different themes and topics.  A search using  key-words such as ‘Christmas’ and 'New Year' finds vivid pen-pictures of  different soldiers and their efforts to keep their spirits up during the Christmas period. Read more »

Dublin at War

WW114 Uniforms

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The period 1914 to 1918 was the last time Ireland was involved as a combatant in war on an international scale. Though we cannot say that Ireland has been a country at peace, during the past hundred years it has not suffered from the fear of invasion, the loss of thousands of young lives and the hardship of full-scale war.

At the time of the outbreak of World War I, nationalist Ireland was eagerly awaiting the introduction of Home Rule, while unionists were preparing to use all means within their power to prevent it. When the war began, Irishmen were called on to join the fight against the German Empire, placing national politics to one side for the duration of the war, with the promise of Home Rule at the end of it. At local level, Dublin, a city suffering great poverty, rife with disease and almost uninhabitable slums, had these major civic issues pushed into the background by the outbreak of war. Dublin was also a city with a tradition of having a strong military presence, and during the war years Dubliners bore witness to thousands of soldiers passing through their streets to embark for England for training or to return to the Front.  In terms of everyday life, the coming of war also resulted in food and fuel shortages and more restricted movement in terms of social life and entertainment. Read more »

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