Lifelong Learning in the NLI

Adult Learning Courses in conjunction with UCD

Our cultural partnership with UCD Adult Education will continue with another series of learning opportunities in 2017.

 NEW Courses starting in October include:

Twentieth-Century Irish Writing
Tutor: Alan Graham

This series of weekly classes explores Ireland’s unique and fascinating literary tradition by examining the work of the country’s major writers. Discussing drama, fiction, and poetry, the course surveys the themes of modern Irish writing and introduces participants to the aesthetic achievements of Ireland’s key authors. In addition, in tracing the development of Irish literature, the course explores the social, political, and cultural environments of Ireland from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Through its resonant setting and iconic texts, the course celebrates the centrality of the written word to the life of the nation.

Dr Alan Graham lectures in Irish literature in the School of English, Drama, and Film at University College Dublin and publishes regularly on Beckett, Joyce, and contemporary Irish literature and drama. In addition to university teaching, Alan has many years experience as an Adult Education teacher. 

8 Tuesdays  10.00am - 12.30pm
Oct 3, 10, 17, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, 28
(No class on Oct 24)
Fee €195

From bad news to fake news: media and conflict 1850-2017
Tutor: Myles Dungan

An exploration of the relationship between political journalism and establishment interests in the English-speaking world from the mid nineteenth century to the present day, with an emphasis on Irish journalistic input. This course will examine the extent to which journalism has been used in the service of powerful vested interests, or in ‘speaking truth to power’ on behalf of the vulnerable, the disenfranchised or the disillusioned.

8 Wednesdays 10.30am - 1.00pm
Oct 4, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Fee €195

Dr. Myles Dungan is a broadcaster and historian. He has presented The History Show on RTE Radio 1 since its inception in 2010. He writes and presents ‘On This Day’ the weekly RTE Drivetime feature and has made a number of award-winning history documentaries on radio.

Latin America and the Irish Diaspora
Tutor: Dr Edward Collins

This course examines the relationship between Ireland and Latin America, from the early discoveries to the present. It focuses on Irish immigration to Spanish and Portuguese territories, and considers the extent to which these immigrants and their descendants shaped politics, society, and culture, from Mexico to Patagonia. It examines their role in colonial and frontier society, the Latin American Wars of Independence and revolution, and assesses how the Irish diaspora has shaped the modern Latin American republics.

8 Thursdays 2.00pm - 4.30pm
Oct 12, 19, Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, Dec 7, 14
Fee €195

Dr. Edward Collins teaches Latin American history and History of Science at University College Dublin. Dr. Collins received his PhD in history from NUI Galway in 2010, and was an Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellow at Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, and University College Dublin from 2011 to 2015.

Places on this course can be booked through  UCD Adult Education:      01 716 7123

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 :

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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