Lifelong Learning in the NLI

Adult Learning Courses in conjunction with UCD

Our cultural partnership with UCD Access and Lifelong Learning will continue with another series of learning opportunities in Autumn 2019.

Football, Ballots and Soviets: a People's Revolution?
Tutor: Donal Fallon
The 1916-1923 period is largely viewed through the prism of military history, but what of the complex role of ordinary people in events? This class examines events such as Gaelic Sunday (a nationwide protest against restrictions on the GAA), the Limerick Soviet and the 1918 General Election to give a sense of how Irish people themselves experienced and shaped the revolution.
Running for six Thursdays: October 3, 10, 17, 31, November 14, 28.
Time: 2pm – 4.30pm.
(No class: Oct 24, Nov 7, 21)
FEE €160

Dissent in America
Tutor: Dr Sarah Feehan
America is a vibrant nation drawing together peoples from diverse cultural, ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds. Together they are the United States of America, but how has America been shaped by its people? This course will consider some of the voices that have been to the fore in shaping America. In particular we will also consider the dissenting voice and how it has played an important role in shaping the nation.
Running for eight Mondays:  Sept 30, Oct 7, 14, Nov 4, 11, 18, 25, Dec 2
(No class Oct 21, Oct 28)
Time: 11am - 1pm
FEE €160

Vikings in the Celtic World
Tutor: Dr Linda Doran
Seeing beyond the startled monks in their beseiged monasteries the course will consider what caused the ‘Viking age’, reaction to the arrival of the Viking fleets in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man and Brittany and how successful were attempts to settle.
Running for eight Tuesdays:  October 1, 8, 15, 29  November 5, 12, 19, 26,
Time: 10.30am – 1pm
(No class: Oct 22)
Fee:  €195

Booking opens on 6 August 2019.

Places on this course can be booked through UCD Access and Lifelong Learning     01 716 7123

NLI course starting in Autumn 2019

Introduction to Genealogy 8-week course
Sean Murphy, lecturer and genealogist will teach his introductory course on Irish family history research at the NLI in Autumn 2019. The course which takes place on Wednesday afternoons over an 8-week period will start on 11 September 2019. Full details of the course syllabus may be downloaded by clicking the link below:


The course fee is €100 and places will be limited to 30. Participants are expected to have experience of using computers. To find out more information or to book a place on the course, contact Brid by emailing: booking@nli.ie. Booking is now open. Places allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Memoir Writing

The National Library of Ireland works with Irene Graham, founder of The Memoir Writing Club and author of The Memoir Writing Workbook to offer workshops and lectures on memoir writing as part of our ongoing events programme.

 Find out more about the course here.

Bealtaine Festival

The National Library takes part each year in Age and Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival. The Bealtaine Festival takes place in May and celebrates creativity in older people. The NLI hosts Bealtaine events and has also embarked on series of research projects. Man, Woman and Child

Man, Woman and Child was a research and performance project devised and co-ordinated by Michael Fortune and featuring traditional singers, Luke Cheevers, Niamh Parsons, John and Brigid Tunney, Mick Fowler, Jerry O'Reilly, Rosie Stewart, Tim Lyons and Aileen Lambert.

Supported by the Arts Council, the Irish Traditional Music Archive, Age and Opportunity and the NLI, the project was based on the Child Ballad Collection - a collection of traditional songs collected by the American collector Francis J Child in England and Scotland between 1882 and 1898. Although many of the songs or variants of them are sung in the Irish tradition, no comprehensive study and performance of the ballads had been undertaken in Ireland prior to this project. The Child ballad collection is in the library's collection and this project provided the opportunity to bring the ballads from the shelf to the stage.

Follow this link to explore the concerts on the website

As I roved out

 In 2012, the group of traditional singers Jerry O'Reilly, John Tunney, Brigid Tunney, Cilona Ni Shuilleabhain, Brendan Kennedy, Larry Joy and Roisin Gaffney researched material and composed new songs on the theme of travel and emigration. The songs were performed in the library on May 30th as part of the Bealtaine 2012 Festival. The project was facilitated by Aileen Lambert and Michael Fortune in collaboration with the Bealtaine festival, the National Library and the ITMA and supported by the Arts Council. To  read about the project : www.asirovedout.ie

Read more about previous projects:

The Magpies Nest

In this project six local historians from County Wexford and artist Michael Fortune worked with the NLI and Age and Opportunity on the research of historical themes of local interest. The project was documented on the Magpies Nest website and features diary entries, images and video footage of the research process. The project culminated in an exhibition at the National Library for the duration of the Bealtaine Festival 2009.

The Wild Bees' Nest

The Wild Bees' Nest was a research and songwriting project involving a group of traditional singers throughout Ireland. Research for the project was carried out in the National Library of Ireland and the Irish Traditional Music Archive.  The project was conceived and devised by Michael Fortune and Aileen Lambert and supported by The Arts Council in conjunction with The Bealtaine Festival and the National Library. Performances of the newly composed songs took place in the NLI during the Bealtaine Festival. The project was documented on The Wild Bees Nest website.  A CD of the songs was launched in May 2012. 

Wild Bees Nest performanceWild Bees Nest performance

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