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Spring is on the way! Time to shake off the winter blues and plan a holiday, as it’s one of the nicest times of year to travel. While travel guides are great for practical advice on where to stay, what to eat, and what jabs you need, travel writing brings a much more personal and human view of countries and cities. The best ones  are great for bringing to life places you might not have considered visiting, and  make you want to pack up and head off straightaway. Read more »

Nelson Mandela Anniversary

Nelson Mandela and Lord Mayor Seán HaugheyToday, the 11th February, marks the 23rd anniversary of the release from prison of South African anti-apartheid campaigner Nelson Mandela in 1990. Mandela had been held in prison for 27 years. He was awarded the Freedom of the City of Dublin in September 1988, which, due to his then incarceration, was accepted on his behalf by Adelaide Tambo, wife of the then leader of the African National Congress (ANC).  

Right: This photo shows Nelson Mandela accepting the Freedom of the City of Dublin from the then Lord Mayor, Sean Haughey, on the 1st July 1990, almost two years after it had been awarded to him. View larger version in our online Image Gallery.

Mandela was however able to send a message to the people of Dublin through his solicitor Mr. Ismail Ayob. It was the first such communication from Mandela to the outside world in twenty-six years. Mandela's message noted that he regarded the Irish 'as the original freedom fighters'. Read more »

Welfare, Work or Education

What are you entitled to?  Are you unemployed? What courses may assist you? If any of these questions rouse your interest please read on.

The Business Information Centre will host a 2-hour session in the Central Library where a representative from the INOU (Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed) will be in attendance.  He will answer any short queries of a general nature on site, and if you have more personal queries, he will arrange a private meeting at base for these.

This session will be held on Tuesday, 19th February, from 2.30pm - 4.30pm, and all are welcome. As ever it is free to attend!

Freedom Of The City

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View Freedom Of The City Gallery

The Freedom of the City of Dublin is the highest civic honour bestowed by Dublin City Council. It honours the contribution made by people to Dublin or important visitors to the city.

Since the creation of the honour, only seventy-eight people have been awarded the Freedom of the City. These chosen few are drawn from various aspects of society including the arts, politics, and sport.

On 22nd March 2014, the veteran campaigner for the homeless, Fr Peter McVerry, and the rugby legend, Brian O'Driscoll, were both declared Honorary Freemen of the City of Dublin.

This image gallery depicts some of the Freedom of the City ceremonies dating from 1961 to 2014. Read more »

Pride, Prejudice and Print


Celebrating 200 years of Jane Austen’s masterpiece

View the 'Pride Prejudice and Print' Image Gallery.

On 28th January 1813, Jane Austen’s second novel was published. Pride and Prejudice, for which Austen received a single down-payment of £110, was originally called First Impressions, and had been started when the author was only twenty-one.  It was to become one of the best-loved books ever published. Its themes have inspired writers from all over the world and it has been the subject of countless adaptations in films, plays, musicals and TV series. Read more »

In Honour of Kevin Heffernan

Kevin HeffernanIn honour of the late Dublin GAA legend Kevin Heffernan, who died on the 25th January, Dublin City Public Libraries have put the exhibition ‘The Jacks Are Back : The Dubs in the 1970s’ on display in the Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse, Dublin 2, until Thursday, 31st January. The exhibition celebrates the Dublin team that contested six All-Ireland Finals in a row between 1974 and 1979.

Right: Click image to view larger version.

Also worth noting is the accompanying online image gallery consisting of previously unseen photographs of the Dublin team at various Civic Receptions. These images were taken from the Dublin City Council Photographic Collection. Amongst them are a number of images (Image 005; Image 006; Image 024 and more) of Kevin Heffernan. ‘Heffo’s Army’, as the Dublin supporters became known, became famous nationwide for their passionate and vocal support of their team. Read more in the story accompanying the online image gallery and published here on our blog.

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