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Creative Writing in Dublin City Public Libraries

Cabra Library Creative Writers' Group

'In other towns, clever people go out and make money. In Dublin, clever people go home and write their books.' Anne Enright 

Dublin is a city that is famed for its poets, writers and storytellers - it is a city of literature after all.  In Dublin City Public Libraries members of writers' groups meet informally to talk about their writings, improve their skills, and to offer encouragement to one another, faciliated by Orla Ní hAonigh.

Pictured rightMembers of Cabra Library Creative Writers' Group

Like to write? Want to try? Fiction, poetry, it matters not. A little ambition can go a long way!  Meeting times may vary so phone or email in advance if interested in participating in a Writers' Group. Read more »

Library Communiversity - NUIM course at Coolock Library 2014

NUIM logoDublin City Public Libraries, in association with the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM) and Northside Partnership, are annually running a 20-week four-module course, each module of 5 weeks duration and each covering a general humanities subject.

This is the third year in which discussions led by NUIM lecturers are held one morning (10–12pm) per week for 20 weeks in Coolock Library. Should you want to know more, you can contact Paul Daly at Coolock Library on 01 8477781 or Paul Hayes (Northside Partnership) on 01 8485630. Read more »

If Ever You Go...to Louis MacNeice's Dublin

Book cover: Collected Poems by Louis MacNeiceI was delighted to discover that this year's One City, One Book, If Ever You Go, A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song, includes one of my favourite poems, entitled Dublin by Louis MacNeice. This poem may seem like an odd choice, as MacNeice paints a picture of a city in decline, however, Dublin at this time, with 'her seedy elegance', (p. 8) holds a great fascination for me.

Anyone with an interest in genealogy, who has used census returns or street directories such as Thoms, will immediately recognise MacNeice’s Dublin. His description of a Dublin tenement with its,

…bare bones of a fanlight,
over a hungry door
. (p. 7) Read more »

If ever you go - Francis Ledwidge

 If Ever You Go...A map of Dublin in poetry and songIf ever you should go in search of a song or a poem it is incredible for such a small nation how rich and diverse and consistently good Irish output has been and thus, it is fitting that 2014’s Dublin: One City, One Book title is devoted to celebrating that rich heritage. Available in all Public Libraries and good book shops it is called If Ever You Go – A Map of Dublin in Poetry & Song after the poem by Patrick Kavanagh.

From Dean Swift to W.B.Yeats to J.M. Synge and James Joyce and Patrick Kavanagh to Brendan Kennelly, Dermot Bolger to Eavan Boland, the variety and sensitivity of the Irish poets’ voices have inspired many even beyond our shores. Anyone who has ever heard the late Seamus Heaney reading his poetry can only ever hear his voice reciting thereafter. Read more »

If Ever You Go...My Map of Dublin in Song

Bookcover: Noel Purcell: a biography by Philip BryanWhen I think of Dublin in song, the popular ballads that were the soundtrack to my childhood, spring to my mind, the songs I would have heard adults around me singing as they went about their work.

My favourite is The Dublin Saunter. I think of my parents, in their courting days on Grafton Street, when they had less cares in the world. This song was written by a Dublin man for a Dublin man. Leo Maguire (1903 –1985), a Radio Éireann broadcaster who ran weekly radio show, the Walton's Programme for thirty years.  He wrote over one hundred songs, including this one for Noel Purcell (1900–1985).  Noel is fondly remembered for his variations of the role of old sailor with a long white beard, in over fifty Hollywood films in 1950s and 1960s. He was given the Freedom of the city of Dublin where there is a road named in his honour. Read more »

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