This Image Gallery makes available online a selection of the illustrations which appeared in the Illustrated London News during the 19th century. The images are taken from the editions held in the Special Collections of Dublin City Library and Archive. Read more about 'Paddy is still Paddy'. | Copyright Notice.
Dublin is famous for many things, not least its nightlife. While many people imagine that Dublin’s international profile as a night spot only began with the establishment of Temple Bar, this selection of images from the Special Collections of Dublin City Public Libraries demonstrates that the fun didn’t start then. Read more on 'A Great Night Out!' | Copyright Notice.
Dublin Shops and Businesses
This gallery shows material highlighting the shops and businesses of Dublin. Some of these businesses are still in existence, others are long gone. Social change and the very fabric of the city are reflected in its businesses, from the family grocers of the 19th and 20th centuries to the multinationals of today. The Gallery also aims to give a sense of the range of different material available in the Special Collections, the holdings of which include business receipts, advertisements in journals and school yearbooks, family photographs and advertising posters.
Dublin shops and businesses image gallery | Copyright Notice.
As a city, Dublin has always punched well above its weight in terms of the number and quality of the writers it has produced. Its literary heritage is world famous and was recognised in 2010 when it was awarded the status of City of Literature by UNESCO. It has also always had more than its fair share of enthusiastic and sometimes critical readers, a group which has been well served by the public library service of Dublin since its foundation in the late 19th century. The collections of Dublin City Libraries contain representative work of major and minor Irish literary figures, and the commitment to our literary heritage continues today with the on-going acquisition of works by Irish writers. The Capital Letters Image Gallery displays just a small sample of some of material we hold. | Copyright Notice.
Festivals, Feasts, Civic Events and Commemorations in Dublin.
As capital of Ireland and as a vibrant city in its own right, Dublin has seen more than its fair share of crowds gathering to celebrate public festivals and commemorate notable events and individuals. This gallery gives a brief overview of material in the Dublin City Libraries Special Collections which relates to these gatherings. It also gives an indication of the range of materials held in our Special Collections, from periodicals to postcards, from books to brochures and from photographs to theatre programmes. | Copyright Notice.
Dublin City Public Libraries holds a fine collection of maps, both of Dublin and of other parts of Ireland. It also holds a wealth of information on transport in times gone by, from Bianconi’s Coach timetables to pictures of the last trams to serve the Dublin public. | Copyright Notice.
Hallowe'en is sometimes thought of an American feast, with its trick-or-treating, pumpkins, fancy dress parties and scary movies, but long before this – indeed, as far back as Celtic times - our ancestors celebrated Samhain, the beginning of the dark time of the year... Read more about 'Ghost Town' | Copyright Notice
This collection on Ladies' Fashion at the turn of the 20th Century holds an arrangement of images dating from as far back as 1891 to as recent as 1913. All of the images shown have been taken from the very popular ladies' periodical The Lady of the House, which was published in Ireland. This gallery has been created, compiled, and completed by Michael Lauren Kisha, Undergraduate at Boston University, Boston, MA, USA, Class of 2013; European History major. Read more on Ladies' Fashion at The Turn Of The 20th Century.
The Special Collections hold a wealth of material for children, from early chapbooks to current Irish publications. Much of the material is of artistic interest, including many fine examples of illustrations by well-known Irish and international artists of classic children’s fiction. This Image Gallery also contains some examples of educational material, including schoolbooks from the 19th and 20th centuries. Dublin City Public Libraries has published a booklet on its collections for children, based on the 2005 exhibition of the same name, Once Upon A Time. | Copyright Notice
Almost 2,000 pictures compose the collection known as the Dixon Slides. The varied contents include photographs taken by Frederick Dixon in the 1960s and 1970s, book illustrations, postcards, advertisements and older photos of events around Dublin. The main focuses of the collection are Dublin city and its buildings. Read more about Mr Dixon's Business Collection | Copyright notice.
This Image Gallery is a tribute to the phenomenon which is Pride and Prejudice. It highlights books held in the Special Collections of Dublin City Public Libraries which are by authors read by Jane Austen, herself a voracious reader, but it also attempts to give a broader picture of reading habits of the time. Read more about Pride, Prejudice and Print | Copyright Notice.
This Image Gallery contains a selection of the many rare and beautiful books, manuscripts and broadsheets held by Dublin City Public Libraries, some of them dating from pre-1500. The collection of this material continues today, with the on-going acquisition of limited editions of special historical and artistic interest. | Copyright Notice.
Sophia ‘Rosamond’ Praeger (1867-1954) was a Northern Irish artist, specialising in both sculpture and in illustrations. Originally engaged with sculpture in a wide variety of media, Praeger went on to become prolific in commercial graphics and illustrations, primarily in children’s books. As well as illustrating other authors’ books, Rosamond Praeger composed and illustrated twelve original children’s stories and two factual children’s books in her lifetime. Read more about 'Sophia Rosamond Praeger, Writer and Illustrator' | Copyright
Since opening its doors in 1871, the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin has been a cultural landmark. This gallery offers a peek into the Gaiety’s rich history, from the 1880s to the 1930s. Read more about The Gaiety Theatre 1880s - 1930s | Copyright notice
While the Victorians did not invent all the traditions we associate with Christmas, this era is the one when most of them became firmly established. Its iconography is an intrinsic part of the Christmas period, with scenes of Victorian carol-singers and sleighbells, ruddy-cheeked children and trees bedecked with candles still decorating our Christmas cards. Read more about a Victorian Christmas | Copyright Notice.