Spring / Summer Schedule:

13th May 2019 at 11am

St. Ultan’s: a ground-breaking institution for its patients and staff alike!

Mondays at The Mess - A Series of Talks & Lectures

Lecturer:  Maeve Casserly, Dublin City Council, Historian-in-Residence, South East Area

Marking the 100th anniversary of St. Ultan’s foundation in May 1919, join Maeve Casserly, NLI staff member and Historian in Residence with Dublin City Council as she explores the innovative work of doctors in St. Ultan’s paediatric hospital – the first of its kind in the British Isles. Work by doctors like Kathleen Lynn and Dorothy Stopford-Price was integral to the eradication of diseases like TB in the National BCG campaign with its HQ in St. Ultan’s

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10th June 2019 at 11am

Beyond 2022: Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury

Lecturer: Dr Ciarán Wallace, Department of History, TCD

On 30 June 1922, at the outset of the Irish Civil War, a cataclysmic explosion and fire destroyed the Public Record Office of Ireland at the Four Courts, Dublin. Flames and heat consumed seven centuries of Ireland’s recorded history, stored in a magnificent six-storey Victorian repository known as the Record Treasury.

On the centenary of the 1922 blaze, Beyond 2022 will unveil Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury​—a digital reconstruction of the Public Record Office of Ireland building and its collections.

Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury will serve both as essential platform for academic research and a public resource with global reach and impact.

Approx duration of talks: 1 hr.

Tickets €5 which includes tea/coffee & scone can be booked through Eventbrite.

From one War to another: Dublin 1916-1919

Lecturer: Bernard Kelly, Dublin City Council, Historian-in-Residence, City Archives

Q&A with Bernard Kelly, Dublin City Council, Historian-in-Residence for City Archives on his April 2019 lecture “From one War to another: Dublin 1916 – 1919’ which looks at the effect of First World War in Dublin, taking into account the wartime effort and the outbreak of the War of Independence.

The heart of Inchicore: The Railway Works

Lecturer: Mary Muldowney, Dublin City Council,Historian-in-Residence, Central Area

The railway works at Inchicore have played a significant role in the operation of the Irish railway network since they were opened in 1846. Over more than 170 years, the Inchicore works have also been a focal point of the development of the village and the surrounding area, providing employment and housing and contributing to the development of the area. The lecture will be followed by a discussion session, in which it is hoped that local residents will share their memories of living in the neighbourhood of ‘the Works’.

Date of the original lecture: 4th of March 2019 at 11am

Revolutionary diplomats: Dáil Éireann’s foreign service, 1919-1922

Lecturer: Dr John Gibney, Royal Irish Academy

In 1919 the First Dáil set up its very own foreign service. Since before the Easter Rising of 1916 Irish republicans had anticipated Ireland making a claim for the recognition of its independence at a post-war peace conference, and to that end the Dáil established a diplomatic mission in Paris. But over the next few years Sinn Féin made use of a wide range of agitators and propagandists scattered across the US, Europe and farther afield to disseminate anti-British propaganda, to lobby politicians, raise money and even obtain weapons for the IRA. The IRA’s guerrilla campaign tends to hog the limelight in discussions of the period 1919-23 in Irish history, but the colourful activities of the Dáil’s very own diplomatic service remains an overlooked aspect of the revolutionary period.

Date of the original lecture: 4th February 2019 at 11am

The impact and legacy of the 1918 Election of Countess Markievicz

Lecturer: Dr Mary McAuliffe, Gender Studies, UCD

In response to our recent audio-visual exhibition and online exhibition “You never saw such excitement: the 1918 Election of Countess Markievicz”, Dr Mary McAuliffe will discuss the impact of Markievicz’s ground-breaking election and its legacy in relation to women’s representation in Irish public life today.

The online exhibition can be found on the Google Arts & Culture site at https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/JAJSWRI_Y2-KIA

Date of the original lecture: 7th January 2019 at 11 am

The Beautiful Game in Dublin: Early Days and Glories

Lecturer: Donal Fallon, Dublin City Council Historian-in-Residence

This talk looks at the birth of Association Football in Dublin taking into account the contribution of St Patrick’s Athletic and others to the beautiful game.

Families, Memoirs and Local Histories

Lecturer: Liz Gillis

Historian and author Liz Gillis talks about the importance of researching family stories, personal narratives and local history and the value they add to our understanding of the Irish Revolution.

Feature image: the Marrowbone Lane Veterans, 1966

Monday 2nd July at 11am – Votes for Women: Suffrage in the Suburbs

Lecturer: Maeve Casserly, Outreach and Education, National Library of Ireland and Dublin City Council, Historian-in-Residence

Listen to Maeve Casserly talk about the lives, connections and networks of women and men from all manner of backgrounds brought together by their involvement in the suffrage movement in Dublin.

The 1918 General Election – Lecture by Cormac Moore

Lecture by Cormac Moore

Dublin City Libraries Historian-in-Residence, Dublin North Central

A look back at one of the most consequential general elections in Irish history, held just after the First World War had ended in December 1918.  The franchise had increased dramatically, giving some women the right to vote for the first time. The talk will explore the spectacular success of Sinn Féin and the implosion of the Irish Parliamentary Party, as well as the unique circumstances in Ulster where Ulster Unionists won the majority of seats.

Q&A with John Dorney, author of The Civil War in Dublin – April 2018

Listen to John Dorney, author of The Civil War in Dublin: The Fight for the Irish Capital 1922-1924, answer questions on how the city became the site of a nine month long guerrilla war, in which over 250 people were killed and 500 wounded in the Dublin area.  While the cycle of executions, atrocities and reprisals was taking place in the city, ordinary citizens tried to get on with their daily lives.

Momento mori : Post-mortem photography and child mortality in early 20th century Dublin

Lecture by Orla Fitzpatrick

Photo Historian

Since its invention in 1839, photography has been used to record and commemorate the dead. Did this happen in Dublin? Examples are rare; however, evidence shows that the city’s photographers provided such a service.
Drawing on mortality statistics, newspaper accounts and detailed case studies this talk will examine post-mortem portraits of Dublin children who died in the early twentieth century.

The Devout and the Deviant

Lecture by Molly O’Duffy

In 1935 The Criminal Law Amendment Act was passed in the Irish Free State. It dealt with sexual crime and sexual activity.
Molly’s talk will outline the context that led up to the Act, it will examine how women were viewed in the act, and the impact that had on the women of Ireland.

The talk will also discuss the way in which the purity of women became an essential part of the how the new State viewed itself, thereby branding sexually active women as “deviant”. This Act was a crucial episode in the development of relations between men and women in Ireland and was a missed opportunity to address the real problem of increasing sexual assault.

Gala Days – Executions in Late Medieval Dublin

Lecture by Dr Áine Foley

This talk explores execution in Dublin city and county in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Public execution was the norm in the medieval period and some executions could draw large crowds. The modern expression Gala Day is derived from the Anglo-Saxon gallows day, confirming that these were public events from a very early period. This talk will discuss where the gallows were located in Dublin, why people were executed, as well as examining the different methods of execution used in the medieval city and county.

Surgeons, Starlets and Storytellers

Lecture by Maeve Casserly

Historian-in-Residence with Dublin City Council – South East Area

Listen to Maeve Casserly as she retraces the footsteps of the some famous (and not so famous) women of Dublin’s South-East area. Delve into the interesting world of the women who lived and worked in this historically rich area. From Dr. Kathleen Lynn’s home practice in Rathmines to the stained glass studio of An Túr Gloine founded by Sarah Purser in Ringsend – and everything in between!

All Quiet on the Southern Front

Lecture by Cathy Scuffil

An overview of South Circular Road on the Eve of World War One which focuses on the social and economic life of the area based on the 1911 census and the subsequent years and introduces us to some of the people that lived there.

The Finest Men Alive

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Image courtesy of UCD Archives:

A letter from Bernard O’Rourke, (who was held at Richmond Barracks, Dublin) to his wife Clare.
13 May 1916, Papers of Bernard O’Rourke P117/3.