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The Art of Architecture: Printmaking and Irish Castles

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Before photography was widely available or popular, printmaking preserved the landmarks of the Irish landscape. The usual method of printing for many of the images in this gallery is through engraving, a process by which marks are made into a plate, and the recessed areas are filled with ink to produce the print. An artist would be hired to make a drawing, and then an engraver would engrave the drawing onto a plate. The prints could be sold cheaply and were, essentially, the precursors to postcards. Artists chose locations much the same way photographers today choose locations for postcards, choosing a locally famous landmark or something that was meant to represent Ireland and Irishness. Medieval castles were an extremely popular choice among print artists because they satisfied both criteria. Read more »

Good Bye George.

I lived to tell it all

This year witnessed the passing of one of the greatest country singers who ever lived, Frank Sinatra referred to him as “the second best male singer in the world”, George Jones.
His story is a dramatic rags to riches tale with broken marriages and alcohol problems, subjects which are often the content of country songs. 

His recent auto biography I Lived to Tell It All is available in Dublin City Public Libraries. Read more »

Three Irish Authors on Man Booker Prize Longlist!

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Man Booker logoBooks by three Irish authors are among the thirteen on the Man Booker Prize 2013 longlist just announced (Tuesday, 23 July). They are: 'Transatlantic' by Colum McCann, 'The Spinning Heart' by Donal Ryan and 'The Testament of Mary' by Colm Tóibín.

This year's longlist, which has a very international feel to it, is as follows: Read more »

What online resources are to hand in the Business & Reference Centre

Where to go on a Summer afternoon!

Stroll into town and head for the Ilac Shopping Centre. Located within and on the first floor is the Business and Reference Centre. This Centre specialises in company and market research information and has an up-to-the-minute selection of books, newspapers, City & County Development Plans, Maps and Atlases and company, business and personality files.  A comprehensive selection of online business resources ideal for business start-ups, doing research, job interviews, project work, statistical information, profiling, company information, financial information...are to hand here. 

Included here are: Read more »

CWA Award Winners Announced!

Alex and The Ghost Riders of OrdebecLast night saw the winners announced in a number of categories in the annual CWA (Crime Writers' Association) Dagger Awards, PLUS the longlists announced in the remaining categories. The announcement that excited me most was that of the International Dagger winner, or rather winners! Yes, in a rather unusual step, the judges saw fit to share the Award between two French writers, Pierre Lemaitre for Alex, and Fred Vargas for The Ghost Riders of Ordebec. Personally I couldn't be more pleased, I have long been a fan of Fred Vargas, loving this her latest as much as any of her previous, and being equally pleased having read the first book in translation by Pierre Lemaitre. Lemaitre is a real find and I can't wait for the next in the Verhoerven series to be tranlslated - or maybe it is just the incentive I need to brush up on my french? You can read what I had to say about both titles in a recent post of mine here on the blog. Read more »

1913 Dublin Lockout Publication - Presentation to the President

President Michael D. Higgins being presented with copy of book. On Wednesday, 10th July 2013, the President, Michael D. Higgins, was presented with a copy of the publication, A Capital in Conflict: Dublin City and the 1913 Lockout".

Right: President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins being presented with a copy of the book by Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian  (on left), together with Dr. Máire Kennedy, Divisional Librarian and series editor (2nd from right), and Jane Alger, Director Office of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature (far right). Click image to view larger version. Read more »

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