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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 »

Touch-type Read and Spell - Online Computer Course

TTRS[9th October 2014] The Central Library, Ilac Centre, is currently piloting Touch-type Read and Spell (TTRS), an online computer course. As well as developing typing skills, TTRS is designed to benefit students of all ages who experience spelling, reading or writing difficulties. Students with dyslexia or literacy issues have found it helpful. This is a multisensory, structured, online course which assists students to learn at their own pace either in the library or at home. Central Library has acquired a small number of licences in its pilot stage. 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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