From Sunday 4 November to Saturday 10 November 2018 the National Library of Ireland will be presenting diverse programme of talks, tours, lectures and more to mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice and the end of the First World War. Beginning with a performance of Michael Holohan’s ‘Gallipoli, the GPO, and Flanders’ on Sunday 4…

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On 11 September 2018 a new exhibition curated by the National Library of Ireland, ‘From ballots to bullets: Ireland 1918-1919’, was launched at the National Photographic Archive by Senator Ivana Bacik, Chair of the Oireachtas Vótáil100 committee. The exhibition covers the key years 1918-1919, which encompassed the end of the First World War, the first postwar UK election in…

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On Tuesday 27 February 2018 the National Library of Ireland, Kildare St, Dublin 2, hosted a History Ireland ‘Hedge School’ debate on ‘Cinema in revolutionary Ireland’.  In early twentieth-century Ireland, cinema was a relatively new form of mass entertainment. Previously ignored as a pernicious working class fad both by the British authorities and by their…

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On Saturday 11 November 2017 the the National Library of Ireland and the National Gallery of Ireland presented ‘A broken tree’, a seminar and concert celebrating the life and work of Francis Ledwidge (1887-1917). A native of Slane, Ledwidge was the son of a farm labourer and, having left school at the age of 13, worked in a number…

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