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1974 Dublin Arts Festival. Image copyright Tom Kennedy, Michael O'Brien and Ian Broad

Dublin Arts Festival ’74

Focus on the Georgian North City. The Dublin Arts Festival began in 1970, instigated by a group of university students. The festival grew over the next ten years to become an annual event, highlighting different areas of the city such as the Liberties (1972), the…

READ ARTICLE > July 6th 2015
Dublin: One City One Book 2015. Roddy Doyle's Barrytown Trilogy. For events programme see www.dublinonecityonebook.ie. Picture Jason Clarke Photography.

Dublin: One City One Book

Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown Trilogy Dublin will become Barrytown in April as the city celebrates Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown Trilogy, this year’s Dublin: One City One Book choice. The Barrytown Trilogy is made up of The Commitments (1987), The Snapper (1990) and The Van (1991) and their…

READ ARTICLE > March 26th 2015
Hengler's Grand Cirque Programme 1896. Image courtesy of Dublin City Library and Archive

Hengler’s Grand Cirque

Hengler’s Grand Cirque had a base in Dublin at the Rotunda Gardens, where it performed during the 1880s and 1890s, as well as premises in Glasgow, latterly at Sauchiehall Street. As shown in this 1896 programme from the collections of Dublin City Library and Archive,…

READ ARTICLE > October 14th 2014
New Assembly Rooms at Lying-In Hospital, Cavendish Row. Image © Dublin City Library and Archive

New Assembly Rooms

On 17 July 1784, the Foundation Stone of the New Assembly Rooms, Cavendish Row was laid. These rooms, designed by Richard Johnston, were the last eighteenth century addition to the Rotunda, providing new entertainment space in Dublin. The larger of the two-storey blocks contained a Supper…

READ ARTICLE > July 17th 2014
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