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Dublin Festival of History 2014

Know Your Dublin?

Quiz imageUpdate: The Quiz is now closed and the result is out! Congratulations to June Nugent!


So you think you know your Dublin? In that case, why not take part in our ***Christmas Quiz***and name as many of the streets below to be in with a chance of winning a ***€50 book token***!

Our Christmas Quiz is designed to see just how familiar you are with our capital city’s streets and buildings. What we want you to do is identify the street in each photo. Either the street itself or a landmark/building on the street is featured in each photograph.

Some of the photographs were taken quite a few years ago, so you may need to stretch your memory or seek the help of someone who was around to see the changes! If any prove too difficult, have a browse through our Image Galleries (link opens in new window), as all the photographs appear there. Read more »

What Reading Room staff are reading

The Morville YearWorking in the busy Reading Room leaves little time for reading, so when the long dark evenings before and after the winter soltice close in I always have a little pile of treasures waiting to be read. A real discovery for me this year were the books by Katherine Swift about her garden at Morville. Katherine was Keeper of Early Printed Books at Trinity College in the 1980s and she wrote about the history of books. In 1988 she returned to England and a dower house in Shropshire where she and her husband began to create a garden. At Morville they threw themselves into the project and Katherine began to write about gardens and in particular about this one. Read more »

Ask about Ireland, Ask about Dublin

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Ask about IrelandThere is a wealth of information on the Ask about Ireland website on many aspects of Dublin, such as its history and heritage, its literature, the arts, the environment. This information was compiled and added to the Ask about Ireland website by staff of Dublin City Public Libraries, and it is as valuable a resource now as when first added. You can access here the information pertaining to Dublin City, and by clicking on and expanding the various headings, read the many and varied illustrated articles for study reasons, to satisfy an appetite for knowledge or out of mere curiosity; no matter the reason, we have no doubt you will get a great deal of pleasure in so doing. Read more »

Alive Alive O! Dublin's Markets and Street Sellers

AAO095 Unknown - Possibly Daisy Market

Crying cockles and mussels! Alive Alive O!

Cabbages on Moore Street, lilies on Grafton Street, Christmas decorations on Thomas Street. Whatever you might wish to buy, the traders had it, and if you were lucky you might get a wisecrack or a blessing thrown in with your half dozen bananas. Many Dubliners will have fond memories of the Iveagh, the Daisy, the Blackberry, the Dandelion. Of Smithfield Horse Fair and the Fruit and Vegetable markets. Some of these markets were housed in sumptuous Victorian buildings, some took up temporary abode in back lanes and disused warehouses. Some of them go back to the 18th century, and others are much more recent in origin, but whatever their history, the markets are an integral part of the city's heritage. Read more »

Nelson Mandela: we walked taller because he was amongst us

bookcover: Conversations with Myself by Nelson MandelaIt is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Nelson Mandela last night, Thursday 5 December. World leaders have paid tribute to Nelson Mandela as 'one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth' (Barack Obama), 'a hero of our times' (David Cameron), and a 'great light' (Taoiseach Enda Kenny).

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela Read more »

2013 Irish Book Award Winners Announced

John BanvilleThe BORD GÁIS Energy Irish Book Award winners were announced last night.

Authors Roddy Doyle, Darina Allen, Paul Howard and Michael Harding were among the winners in the various categories.

Children’s writers Benji Bennett and Derek Landy, newcomer Niamh Boyce, crime writer Louise Philips, sports writer David Walsh, short story writer Billy O’ Callaghan and Fintan O’Toole were also honoured at the gala ceremony held in Dublin.

Esteemed novelist John Banville (left, image source) was presented with the 'Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award 2013' by actress Sinéad Cusack for his contribution to Irish literature, and a tribute to the late Seamus Heaney was screened during the ceremony which featured accolades from former US President Bill Clinton and Edna O’ Brien. Read more »

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