Heritage Council


Great Line-up of Events at the National Library of Ireland in October


Wednesday, 3 October at 7.00pm

‘Dublin in a revolutionary decade: 1913 — 1923’

Pádraig Yeates, author of A City in Turmoil: Dublin 1919-21 will uncover unknown and neglected aspects of the Irish Revolution.

This lecture is the first of a new monthly lecture series entitled ‘BiblioFiles’. The series showcases writers and academics who have carried out research at the NLI.

Admission Free. All welcome. No booking required.


Thursday, 4 October at 1.05pm — 2pm

All Ireland Poetry Day

Poetry Ireland in association with the National Library of Ireland will present a lunchtime poetry reading with Maurice Harmon.

Admission Free. All welcome. No booking required.


UCD Adult Education Course Reading in the National Library

Eight Tuesdays 9 October - 4 December, Time 10:00am -12.30pm, Cost: €195

Run in conjunction with UCD Adult Education, this course will explore the works of literary icons such as Joyce, O’Casey and Beckett, as well as the contemporary writings of Conor McPherson and Anne Enright.

To book a place, contact UCD Adult Education Centre: (01) 716 7123

Email: adult.education@ucd.ie Web: www.ucd.ie/adulted


UCD Adult Education Course Uncovering 1916

Eight Wednesdays 10 October - 28 November, Time: 10:00am -12.30pm, Cost: €195.

Using the collections at the National Library of Ireland, the course will explore the events surrounding the 1916 Rising.

To book a place, contact UCD Adult Education Centre: (01) 716 7123

Email: adult.education@ucd.ie Web: www.ucd.ie/adulted


Thursday, 11 October at 7.00pm

Interview with Darina Allen part of The Kitchen Archive lecture series

Join Darina Allen, owner of Ballymaloe Cookery School; teacher; newspaper columnist; cookbook author and television presenter, as she discusses food and the new edition of her book Irish Traditional Cooking.

Admission Free. No booking required. Doors open at 6.30pm. Seats will be allocated on a first-come first served- basis.


Wednesday, 17 October at 7.00pm

Home Rule: Lost opportunity or sell-out? History Ireland Hedge School

Join us for this lively round table discussion hosted by Tommy Graham.

Admission Free. All welcome. No booking required.


Wednesday, 24 October at 7.00pm

The Highland Lady and Ireland’s Great Famine part of The Bibliofiles lecture series

Join Dr Enda Delaney author of The Curse of Reason: The Great Irish Famine 1845-52 for an insight into his research on the Elizabeth Smith papers held in the NLI, which provide a contemporary account of conditions in Wicklow during the Great Famine.

Admission Free. All welcome. No booking required.


From History to Story: Creative Writing with Research in Café Joly at the NLI

Beginning Thursday 25 October for eight weeks, Time: 2.30pm - 4.30pm, Cost: €210.

Bookings should be made directly with Yvonne Cullen. Email:

writingtrain@gmail.com or call 086 170 1418


Mid-term break children's events Thursday 1 November

During the autumn mid term break we are hosting practical science children’s workshops in association with Anyone 4 Science. The workshops are based around some of the themes covered in our Particles of the Past exhibition and also celebrate  Dublin City of Science 2012.


Kitchen science (5 — 8yrs) at 11am - 11.45am

Pomology is the study of fruit, in this workshop learn about the life cycle of plants, what biologists classify as fruits and why. Fruits are subdivided into different groups. Everyone will get the chance to experiment with and dissect different fruit and then classify them.

Please note: It is important that the parents should notify us of any allergies prior to their child attending this workshop.

Electricity (5 — 8yrs) at 12pm - 12.45pm

On slides and trampolines, even when combing our hair we will have experienced static electricity. What is it, how does it happen and how can we use it to do tricks!

Electricity (9 — 12 yrs) at 2pm - 2.45pm

About 250 years ago a tidy doctor made a remarkable discovery which changed our lives completely. He discovered current electricity. At this workshop you will find out about his observations, his friend's disbelief and you might even find out that you can become a battery!

Investigating matter (9-12yrs) at 3pm - 3.45pm

350 years ago, an Irishman - Robert Boyle was to change the way we think about the elements and matter. In this workshop we will explore the different states of matter and see does all matter obey Boyle's rules.

All workshops are free, but booking is essential. To book a place email: learning@nli.ie or telephone (01) 603 0346.



Discover your National Library: Particles of the Past FREE

Our multimedia exhibition Discover your National Library invites you behind the scenes to view amazing never-before-seen treasures from our collections, and hear from the staff that look after them. This October, to celebrate Dublin City of Science 2012, Phase Four of the exhibition Particles of the Past will showcase a fascinating selection of science-related gems. From 17th century home remedies to how to make ice-cream in a bucket, this exhibition is sure to awaken your inner Einstein. 

See www.nli.ie for further details and opening times.


Yeats: the life and works of William Butler Yeats FREE

This award-winning exhibition is a must see for all Yeats fans.

Free guided tour available on Wednesdays at 1pm and every Saturday at 3pm (from 20 October)

See www.nli.ie for further details and opening times.


Taking Stock at the National Photographic Archive, Temple Bar, Dublin FREE

Photographs of the Co Kerry Lartigue Railway taken around 1880, the landing of Amelia Earhart in Derry in 1932, Tory Islanders in the 1950s, survivors of the Lusitania being interviewed by a film crew in 1915, Michael Collins and the Treaty negotiators in the 1920s, the visit of John F Kennedy to Ireland in 1963, as well as Princess Grace’s 1961 visit, and the first ever Bloomsday — these are among the 70 photographs on view in Taking Stock, which opens at the National Library of Ireland’s National Photographic Archive (NPA) in Temple Bar on 5 October and runs until Summer 2013.

See www.nli.ie for further details and opening times.


GUIDED TOURS Free. All welcome. No booking required.

Please note that public tours may be subject to cancellation at short notice. Visitors are advised to contact the NLI to confirm tour times.

Wednesdays at 1.00pm and Saturdays at 3.00pm (from 20 October)

Yeats: the life and works of William Butler Yeats

Learn about one of the greatest poets of the 20th century.


Saturdays at 2.30pm (from 20 October)

National Library of Ireland

Learn about the NLI’s history and architecture.


Visit: www.nli.ie for more info.