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Are You Looking for Work in 2014


What do employers want to see in your CV?

Have you ever asked yourself this question? Have you ever gone for a interview only to find that although you have the required qualifications, the detailing in your CV let you down? Have you ever regurgitated the same CV over and over again without modifying it in any way? Is your CV too short with very little meat in it, or quite the opposite, a CV which is far too long with pages of minutiae within it?

It is hard sometimes to get it right.

If you find that a quick lesson in writing great CVs in needed, then come to the Central Library on 20th August at 1.30pm where help is to hand.

Career Coach, Jane Downes will host a lively interactive workshop on Wednesday 20th, which is free of charge to attend.  Prior booking is necessary, however, so contact 01 873 3996 to reserve a place.  Read more »

Dublin City Electoral Lists (1908-12, 1915) Available Online

Electoral Rolls, before and after restorationWe're delighted to announce that we've digitised another three years of the Dublin City Electoral Lists and, in addition to the entries for the years 1908, 1909 and 1910, the 139,552 entries for the three years of 1911, 1912 and 1915 are now fully searchable on - a great resource for family history, local history and social history, now containing 280,717 records.

Access the Dublin City Electoral Lists (1908 to 1912, 1915) on

Photo: Hard copy restoration, before and after view. See slideshow below for more images. Read more »

John Dillon Freedom Casket

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Professor and Mrs. John Dillon with the freedom casket in City HallDublin's City Hall has obtained an Honorary Freedom casket on loan for display in the exhibition The Story of the Capital.

Right: Professor and Mrs. John Dillon with the casket in City Hall (click to view larger image)

This is a 19th century carved bog oak casket of sarcophagus form presented to John Dillon M.P. for the Honorary Freedom of the City of Dublin. Decorated with entwined basket panels with scenes of St. Patrick, the entire resting on four Irish wolfhounds surmounted by a silver figure of Freedom with a wreath. Signed J. McD. [John McDowell, silversmith and jeweller, Dublin: McDowell’s still operates as the Happy Ring House in O’Connell Street.] Read more »

Crime Catch-Up!

book jacketsI've fallen so far behind with my book reviews (being amply complimentary to myself in calling them such!) that I had to revisit the archives in order to discover when I last posted and about what. In fact it was back in late May, and in my defence I declare that work and life has been too 'involving' and not afforded me the time to indulge myself in the pleasurable pursuit of putting on paper (metaphorically speaking) my thoughts on the books I read and then sharing those here on the library blog.

While I have read quite a few crime novels over the past couple of months, I will restrict my mention here to five of those, in so doing jumping from southern Europe to northern Europe and finally to the southern portion of the African continent. Read more »

Nobel Prize Winning Author Nadine Gordimer, RIP

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Nadine GordimerSouth African Nobel Prize winning author Nadine Gordimer died in her home in Johannesburg on Sunday, 13 July 2014.

A writer and political activist, she was a strong voice against apartheid. She published her first story at 15, and her works comprise novels and short stories, the central theme of which was apartheid and its consequences. Indeed a number of her works were banned in South Africa before the fall of apartheid.

Right: Nadine Gordimer (photo credits) Read more »

Young Skins by Colin Barrett Scoops Major Short Story Award

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Young SkinsThe Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award has been won by Irish author Colin Barrett, for his debut collection 'Young Skins'.

The Mayo-born writer held off a strong challenge from four Americans and a Scot to win the Award. He becomes only the second Irish-born writer to win the Award, following in the footsteps of Edna O’Brien, who won in 2011 with 'Saints and Sinners'. Previous winners have also included Haruki Murakami, Ron Rash and Yiyun Li, who won the inaugural Award in 2005 with 'A Thousand Years of Good Prayers'. Read more »

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