During the week, Richard visited the Dublin City Library to check out the Citizens in Conflict exhibition. It’s a 1916 Easter Rising exhibition currently on display at Pearse Street Library in Dublin 2, running until the 25th June 2016. It’s a historic multi-media exhibition which includes eyewitness accounts and sources such as Dublin Fire Brigade logbook.
It gives a snapshot of the Rising through the eyes of ordinary citizens in Dublin and how the Rising affected them, with posters about Martial Law, curfews and notices about shops, banks and bakeries closed due to the conflict.
It has a particular focus on the Pearse Street area of the city (formerly Great Brunswick street) where Patrick and Willie Pearse grew up and where Boland’s Mill garrison was commanded by Eamon de Valera. It also remembers the 257 civilians who were killed during the rising including 40 children.
Free Guided Tour
You can pop in and view the exhibition during Library opening hours and there are also free guided tours available on Monday’s and Wednesday’s with historian Donal Fallon, the tour lasts 30 minutes. Donal is also one of the writers on the Come here to me blog and we first heard about the exhibition through the blog’s Instagram page.
The library is worth a visit to view the beautiful building it is housed in, the Dublin City Library and Gilbert Archives on Pearse street were originally the Great Brunswick Street Carnegie Library and Dublin City Council’s library headquarters. The building dates back to 1909 and was designed by the city architect C.J. McCarthy and the façade of the original building is composed of Mount Charles sandstone with dressings of Ballinasloe limestone.
Location and Opening hours
The Dublin City Library & Archives or Pearse Street Library is located on Pearse Street in Dublin 2 and is opened from Monday to Saturday from 10 am, with late openings until 8 pm from Monday to Thursday.
It is a 10-minute walk from Pearse street dart station
Images: melcoo.com & featured image - Google maps
Sources: melcoo.com, Dublin City Library & Library buildings