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Dublin Festival of History 2014

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 »

The Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year is... The Doll's House!

The Doll's HouseThe Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year is... 'The Doll's House' by Louise Phillips!

The winning books in each category of the Irish Book Awards were announced tonight.

This Dublin-based psychological thriller, published in August 2013, is the second novel from Phillips. It features criminal psychologist Kate Pearson and DI O’Connor.

Louise Phillips' debut novel, 'Red Ribbons', was shortlisted for the 2012 Irish Crime Fiction Book of the Year Award. Read more »

Summer Buzz Survey

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Summer Reading Buzz posterDid your child take part in the summer reading programme in Dublin City Public Libraries this year? If so, please give us some feedback on the programme by completing this survey before the 10th January 2014. And there are only seven questions so it won't take long!

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The Summer Reading Challenge (@SummerBuzz) for children was launched by Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald in Tallaght Library on Monday, 17th June, in the presence of some 60 excited children and two bees! Read more »

3D Christmas Papercrafts in the Central Library

 3D Christmas Papercrafts at the Central Library

Come enjoy some fun festive paper crafts in the Central Library - construct cut-out paper sculpture, fold origami decorations and more! This is a free event, for children aged 7 to 10 years.

We will also have a selection of origami and papercrafts books to borrow on the day. Read more »

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