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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 »

Where to go for up-to-the-minute Information

Where to go for up-to-the-minute Free, Financial, Business Information?

The Business Information Centre, situated on the first floor in the Ilac Shopping Centre, is where to go. A comprehensive collection of online, business resources, ideal for business start-ups, doing research, job interviews, project work, profiling, statistical, company and financial information are held here. Just ask at the desk for help.

Data Ireland has information on more than 80,000 Irish businesses with 100,000 Irish executive contacts available. Very useful if you are searching for a particular industry e.g. banking in Dublin 1.

If you are interested in searching a database with information on over 3 million world wide companies, covering over 60 countries, Kompass Online is where to look.

Vision-net provides access to financial company details, which may otherwise be difficult to obtain. This information is processed by the Company Registration Office and is very useful in relation to following the profit and loss of potential competitors.

Mintel is an excellently sourced database ideal for accessing the Irish Market. All aspects of the economy, particularly the retail, leisure, financial, well being, fashion, food and drink, personal care, technology and travel industries are comprehensively covered. Beware! This information does not come cheaply. Luckily for you clients, the library bears the brunt of any financial pain associated with providing this information. Read more »

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 »

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