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At the same time as the Celtic Revival during the late 19th - early 20th centuries, the Arts & Crafts Movement was making its way across Europe. This movement saw an international increase in the making and purchasing of handmade things and included ‘cottage industries’ such as stained glass, woodworks, ceramics, tapestries, and more. The Yeats family, in particular, was greatly involved in several aspects of both the Celtic Revival and the Arts & Crafts Movement. While W.B. was making his mark in the literary world and Jack was working as an artist and illustrator, the Yeats sisters, Lily and Elizabeth, were running their own businesses. Read more »

Welcome to the new elephant calf in Dublin Zoo!

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New baby elephant. Image: Dublin ZooWe are very excited to hear about the new arrival at Dublin Zoo, where a bull elephant calf was born on Thursday, 17 July 2014. Congratulations to mum Yasmine, dad Upali and Dublin Zoo! The as yet unnamed calf has already met the rest of the herd and is busy exploring his new home, the Kaziranga Forest Trail. If you plan to visit the elephants, Dublin Zoo recommend coming to hear the keeper's talk ‘Elephant Encounters’ which happens at 12.30pm every day so you can learn more about Asian Elephants.

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If your family has caught the elephant bug why not pop down to Dublin City Public Libraries and check out some of our great elephant reads for children. We have put together an elephants reading list on our online catalogue to help you choose. Read more »

Are You Looking for Work in 2014

What do employers want to see in your CV?

Have you ever asked yourself this question? Have you ever gone for an interview only to find that although you have the required qualifications, the detailing in your CV let you down? Have you ever regurgitated the same CV over and over again without modifying it in any way? Is your CV too short with very little meat in it, or quite the opposite, a CV which is far too long with pages of minutiae within it?

It is hard sometimes to get it right.

If you find that a quick lesson in writing great CVs in needed, then come to the Central Library on Wednesday, 20th August, at 1.30pm where help is to hand. Read more »

Dublin City Electoral Lists (1908-12, 1915) Available Online

Electoral Rolls, before and after restorationWe're delighted to announce that we've digitised another three years of the Dublin City Electoral Lists and, in addition to the entries for the years 1908, 1909 and 1910, the 139,552 entries for the three years of 1911, 1912 and 1915 are now fully searchable on dublinheritage.ie - a great resource for family history, local history and social history, now containing 280,717 records.

Access the Dublin City Electoral Lists (1908 to 1912, 1915) on dublinheritage.ie.

Photo: Hard copy restoration, before and after view. See slideshow below for more images. Read more »

John Dillon Freedom Casket

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Professor and Mrs. John Dillon with the freedom casket in City HallDublin's City Hall has obtained an Honorary Freedom casket on loan for display in the exhibition The Story of the Capital.

Right: Professor and Mrs. John Dillon with the casket in City Hall (click to view larger image)

This is a 19th century carved bog oak casket of sarcophagus form presented to John Dillon M.P. for the Honorary Freedom of the City of Dublin. Decorated with entwined basket panels with scenes of St. Patrick, the entire resting on four Irish wolfhounds surmounted by a silver figure of Freedom with a wreath. Signed J. McD. [John McDowell, silversmith and jeweller, Dublin: McDowell’s still operates as the Happy Ring House in O’Connell Street.] Read more »

Crime Catch-Up!

book jacketsI've fallen so far behind with my book reviews (being amply complimentary to myself in calling them such!) that I had to revisit the archives in order to discover when I last posted and about what. In fact it was back in late May, and in my defence I declare that work and life has been too 'involving' and not afforded me the time to indulge myself in the pleasurable pursuit of putting on paper (metaphorically speaking) my thoughts on the books I read and then sharing those here on the library blog.

While I have read quite a few crime novels over the past couple of months, I will restrict my mention here to five of those, in so doing jumping from southern Europe to northern Europe and finally to the southern portion of the African continent. Read more »

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