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 2018

Language, Place and Space: Ireland, Past and Present
Tutors: Dr Aoife Whelan and Fiona Lyons, MA, with guest lecturers from UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore

The origins of the Irish language and place names will be explored in this introductory course. Irish identity will be traced back to the Irish and Celtic cultural context. Analysis of the cultural revival will reveal insights into the formation of the Irish State as we know it today. The course will conclude with an overview of contemporary Irish literature (in translation), exploring this literature as a medium of expression for the Irish people. This course will include guest lectures by academic experts from UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore.
Running for eight Tuesdays: October 9, 16, 30, November 6,13, 20, 27,  December 4 from 10.30am – 1.00pm.
 (No class Oct 23) Fee: €195

A History of Latin America: Conquest to Independence
Tutor: Dr Edward Collins

This course examines the history of Latin America from the Columbian discovery of the New World in 1492 to the end of Spanish dominion in the Americas in 1898. It provides an outline of both the Portuguese and Spanish imperial enterprises from the earliest explorations to the
establishment of colonial societies wholly different from their Spanish and Portuguese counterparts.
Running for eight Thursdays:  October 11, 18, November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6, 13 from 2pm – 4.30pm
(No Class Oct 25, Nov 22)
Fee: €195

A Short History of Crime and Punishment, 1800 -2000
Tutor: Dr Myles Dungan

This course will move from the opportunistic criminality of the early 19th century to the sophisticated and highly organised delinquency of the late 20th century, meeting its equivalent, and often its nemesis, in cutting-edge law enforcement. There will also be scope
for discussion of an Irish dimension to global wrongdoing and our fictional fascination with crime, criminals, and that inspired ‘deus ex machina’, the omniscient detective.
Running for 6 Mondays: November 5, 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10
Fee:  €160

Places on these courses can be booked through UCD Access and Lifelong Learning

 01 716 7123

Details of all the Lifelong course now available

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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