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July At The National library of Ireland



Myth and Mystery: JFK and the Irish Imagination

Tuesday 2nd July at 7pm

Join Writer and Director Alan Gilsenan as he discusses the iconic presence of John F. Kennedy on the Irish cultural landscape. Free, no booking required.



The Fifth Province; County Societies in Irish America – Exhibition launch

Thursday, 4 July at 6.30pm

Join us for the launch of The Fifth Province exhibition in the front hall followed by a talk by the exhibition curators Dr Miriam Nyhan and Dr Marion Casey. Admission free. No booking required.


Poetry Reading at the JKF: Homecoming Exhibition

Mondays 8, 15 and 29 July at 1.10pm


Join Poet and Lecturer Mark Granier for a Poetry Reading from ‘Poems to Learn by Heart’ edited by Caroline Kennedy. Free, all welcome, no booking required.


President Kennedy in Ireland: RTÉ’s role in this historic visit – An RTÉ Archives discussion

Tuesday 9 July at 6 pm

Ryan Tubridy, broadcaster and author of JFK in Ireland : Four Days that changed a President will moderate a discussion on RTÉ’s role in this historic visit. The panel will include Brid Dooley, Head of RTÉ’s Archives, Liam Wylie, Curator of RTÉ’s JFK exhibition, and Godfrey Graham, renowned RTÉ cameraman. Free but Booking required. Book at or call us on 01 603 0340 to reserve a place.


Rapid Rockets and Wicked Robots

Wednesday 10th July at 2.30 pm

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Going to the moon was a priority for the JFK Presidency. In this workshop you will look at a selection of space vehicles. Age Group: 7-12. Duration 1 hour. Free but booking required.  Book at or Tel 01 603 0340


“JFK and One Giant Leap for Mankind”

Wednesday 17 July at 7pm

In association with the Festival of Curiosity

Panel discussion on the space exploration programme as part of the Kennedy legacy. RTE 2fm presenter, Rick O’Shea will be master of ceremonies. Free, no booking required.


The Irish roots of Jackie Kennedy

Thursday 18 July, 1pm – 1.30pm


Join genealogist Jim O’Callaghan for a talk on Jackie Kennedy’s Irish ancestors. Free, no booking required, just pop in on the day.


Children’s Coat of Arms workshop

Wednesday, 24 July 11.30am – 1pm

Learn about the ancient art of heraldry and look at the ways coats of arms are used today and then design your own imagined coat of arms at this fun workshop! The workshop is suitable for children aged 7 – 13. Free but booking required. Book at or tel 01 603 0340.




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For those interested in genealogy we are hosting a series of lunchtime lectures on different aspects of Irish family history research in July and August 2013. Lectures will take place in our Seminar Room at 1pm and will last approximately 30 minutes. Attendance is Free, no booking required just drop in on the day.


Tuesday 2 July

Connections, Relationships & Opportunities when Ireland Reaches Out Henry Healy, Ireland XO.


Thursday 4 July

Sources for Family research at the Military Archives

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Padraic Kennedy, Military Archives.


Tuesday 9 July

Ireland’s Quakers and their records Christopher Moriarty, Dublin Quaker Library.


Thursday 11 July

Is there a doctor in your house? Family history records in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Harriet Wheelock, RCPI.


Tuesday 16 July

The Valuations Office – A Colourful Treasure Trove! Maeve Mullin, Genealogist.


Tuesday 23 July

Crowd-sourcing your family tree: how social media can help with tracing ancestry Claire Bradley, Genealogist.


Thursday 25 July

Ireland’s History carved in stone Mervyn Colville, Glasnevin Trust.


Tuesday 30 July

Sense of Place through Irish Life and Lore Jane & Maurice O’Keefe, Irish Life and Lore.





Homecoming: JFK in Ireland  NLI, 2/3 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 FREE

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This exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of JFK’s visit to Ireland in June 1963, and will feature photographs, footage and interviews, touchscreens and items from our collections, and those of the National Archives, National Museum, and JFK Presidential Library in Boston

Exhibition runs 20 June – 15 August See for further details and opening times.


Yeats: the life and works of William Butler Yeats FREE

This award-winning exhibition is a must see for all Yeats fans.

Free guided tour available on Wednesdays at 1pm and every Saturday at 3pm

See for further details and opening times.


PhotoIreland Festival 2013 at the NPA

National Photographic Archive (NPA) , Meeting House Square,  Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Friday, 21 June to Saturday, 3 August

The National Library’s Photographic Archive (NPA) celebrates its fourth year of collaborating with the PhotoIreland Festival. PhotoIreland Festival 2013 will focus on the current state of Photography in Ireland.

See for further details and opening times.

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