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Breathing Spaces - Dublin's Parks and Green Places

001 Parks - Oscar Square in spring

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In its earliest form, the park was land used for hunting wild animals. The Phoenix Park owes its origins to the Duke of Ormonde, who introduced deer onto the walled area he used for hunting during the mid-17th century. The word later came to signify  the enclosed land  around the homes of the wealthy, by definition an exclusive domain which only a privileged few could access. As time went on, the idea of the park as a public space emerged; the Georgian squares of Dublin were perhaps halfway between public and private space, as they were the preserve of the families who  lived in the houses surrounding the central square. Some of Dublin’s earliest parks were created this way, becoming, over time, more open to the ordinary citizens of Dublin. Several of our parks have dark beginnings, as burial places, or even, in the case of St Stephen’s Green, as a place of execution – a fact which adds a whole new dimension to the idea of the park as place of public entertainment. Read more »

It's Almost a Crime!

I can see in the dark, Therapy, Daddy's Girl, CockroachesAs I approach the end of a book my thoughts turn to what I'll read next, but I never really worry on that score as I have a ready-made (long) list of titles to read and it is usually a case of which one of two or three titles ready to hand I pick up first. And for certain that list never gets any shorter as fresh discoveries are made and soon to be published titles are announced. So happy days! I'd nearly go so far as to say that it's almost a crime not to have a book to hand or to have had the pleasure of one recently.

And that pleasure for me goes on, so let me share with you here some of my recent crime fiction reads, all in the hope that I might lead you to a book or three that help keep you from committing that aforementioned crime of ommission! Read more »

The Irish International Exhibition of 1907

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The Irish International Exhibition of 1907 happened because of the vision of one man, the commitment of another and the management skills of a third. Their names are William Dennehy, William Martin Murphy and James Shanks, together with many people who helped in the creation of the Exhibition, they made the Exhibition the sensation of 1907. The purpose of the exhibition was to highlight the Irish industrial endeavour.

The Irish Industrial Conference held on 14th April 1903 was when it was decided. A committee was put together and its first task undertaken was to find a site. Due to the opinions of the committee they decided on a site south of the city, as it was more accessible. It was an area that Lord Pembroke has promised to the Pembroke District Council for a public park, the area was 52 acres of rough ground in Ballsbridge lying between the River Dodder, Morehampton Road and Clyde Road. Read more »

A day in the life of Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive

Have you ever wondered what a typical day in Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive looks like? Here's a sneak peak:

#MyDCCDay activities in libraries

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The illustrations of John Tenniel

Alice in Lewis Carroll's Alice in WonderlandSir John Tenniel died just one hundred years ago, on 25 February 1914, aged 94 (see The Irish Times, Friday 27 February 1914, p.7). Tenniel was chief political cartoonist with Punch, the satirical weekly magazine, but he is best known to generations of children as the creator of the pale blonde Alice in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. He was born on 28 February 1820 in Bayswater in London. He was invited to join Punch by its founding editor, Mark Lemon, at Christmas 1850 and worked there until his retirement in 1901. He was knighted by Queen Victoria for artistic achievements in 1893. Read more »

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