Skip to main content

Spotlight on the Image Collections

Our Blog is set to move! Yes, this library blog (and our Image Galleries) will soon be moving to a new home on the Libraries website. Watch this space for an update in the coming weeks! (Posted: 13th March) 

Rathmines' Literary Heritage: A Sense of Place

Rathmines can boast a rich literary heritage having played host to many leading literary figures including James Joyce, William Carleton, George Russell and Paul Durcan. "A Sense of Place", a literary evening held at Rathmines Library, honoured the rich literary life of the area. Local writers Evelyn Conlon, Adrian Kenny, Siobhán Parkinson and Fintan Vallely read selected pieces of their work and discussed the locality and how it may have influenced their writing. The evening was chaired by Niall MacMonagle and also featured Fintan Vallely playing a jig called "The Barley Grain" on the flute.

Rathmines literary wall

Literary wall at Rathmines Library celebrating the literary heritage of Rathmines and beyond

This event took place on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 at 6.30pm, at Rathmines Library and was part of the programme celebrating Rathmines Library 1913 - 2013 100 Years at the Heart of the Community. Read more »

What's in a Title?

Mercy aka The Keeper of Lost CausesThe Keeper of Lost Causes aka MercyWhat's in a title, you may ask? Well, clarity you hope, but might I suggest instead, confusion and sometimes too time wasted. Whatever am I talking about, you might wonder. Let me ask - how often have you went looking for a book, only to discover that the title you seek is not the title that resides on the library bookshelf or the bookseller's for that matter? How often have you started to read a book only to soon get a feeling you've read it before? What I am getting at is the confusion that can abound because of the habit of publishers of releasing the same book under different titles. Sometimes it's a case that titles differ depending on the market (e.g. UK v US) but also too the title can change in the same market with the release of a new or paperback edition. And if that isn't confusing enough, book covers change too!

A case in point is a favourite author of mine, Denmark's Jussi Adler-Olsen, writer of the Department Q crime series, which to date consists of five titles in Danish, four of which have so far been translated into english and all of which have different UK and US titles: Read more »

Nelson and Company: The Moving Statues of Dublin

MS31 Anna Livia

View 'Nelson and Company: The Moving Statues of Dublin' Image Gallery.

Monuments and statues are a significant feature of the cityscape of Dublin; some make an appearance for a short period of time, while others become more permanent fixtures.  This collection of images represents some of those statues that have spent time in the capital city, as well as some that are soon to move.  Certain monuments that no longer adorn the streets and parks of Dublin reflect the nation’s indefatigable struggle to regain independence, such as those that were notably connected to the British Monarchy, which unfortunately included the only three equestrian statues in Ireland. Over the years monuments were destroyed, but not always beyond repair; and there are those that can now be found in new surroundings in other parts of the world, such as the monument to Queen Victoria, once to be seen in the grounds of Leinster House on Kildare Street but now stands proudly outside the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney, Australia. Read more »

Andrew Carnegie, The Library Man

Andrew CarnegieIn 1902, Rathmines and Rathgar Urban District Council applied for a grant to Andrew Carnegie who was at that time dispensing large sums of money for the building of libraries, the world over. The application was successful and in 1903 a sum of £7,500, later increased to £8,500 was granted. The Library and Technical Institute were opened on October 24th, 1913.

Right: Andrew Carnegie

To celebrate the centenary of Rathmines Library, Brendan Langley gave a talk on the fascinating life of Andrew Carnegie, the industrialist and philantrophist entitled "Andrew Carnegie, The Library Man". Brendan Langley is a local historian with a long association with the Rathmines, Ranelagh and Rathgar Historical Society.

The lecture took place on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 at 6.30pm, at Rathmines Library and was part of the programme celebrating Rathmines Library 1913 - 2013 100 Years at the Heart of the Community. Read more »

Irish Carnegie Libraries, An Architectural History

Rathmines LibraryBetween 1897 and 1913, Andrew Carnegie donated over £170,000 to fund the building of eighty libraries in Ireland. Sixty-two of those libraries have survived to the present day including Rathmines Library, which opened on 24 October 1913. To celebrate the centenary of Rathmines Library, Brendan Grimes gave a very interesting talk outlining the history of Irish Carnegie Libraries and detailing the architectural history of Rathmines Library entitled "Irish Carnegie Libraries, an Architectural History".

Brendan Grimes is an architect and former lecturer of the School of Architecture, DIT. His publications include Irish Carnegie libraries, a catalogue and architectural history and Majestic shrines and graceful sanctuaries, the church architecture of Patrick Byrne 1783-1864. Read more »

Syndicate content Syndicate content