Citizens in Conflict

During the week, Richard visited the Dublin City Library to check out the Citizens in Conflict  exhibition.  It’s a 1916 Easter Rising exhibition currently on display at Pearse street Library in Dublin 2, running until the 25th June 2016.  It’s an historic multi-media exhibition which includes eye witness accounts and sources such as Dublin Fire Brigade logbook.

It gives a snapshot of the Rising through the eyes of ordinary citizens in Dublin and how the Rising affected them, with posters about Martial Law, curfews and notices about shops, banks and bakeries closed due to the conflict.

Citizens in Conflict Exhibition - Irish flags
Citizens in Conflict Exhibition – Irish flags

It has a particular focus on the Pearse Street area of the city (formerly Great Brunswick street) where Patrick and Willie Pearse grew up and where Boland’s Mill garrison was commanded by Eamon de Valera. It also remembers the 257 civilians who were killed during the rising including 40 children.

Citizens in Conflict Exhibition - Martial Law
Citizens in Conflict Exhibition – Martial Law posters

Free Guided Tour

You can pop in and view the exhibition during Library opening hours and there are also free guided tours available on Monday’s and Wednesday’s with historian Donal Fallon, the tour lasts 30 minutes. Donal is also one of the writers on the Come here to me blog and we first heard about the exhibition through the blog’s instagram page.

Citizens in Conflict Exhibition - Pearse Street library
Citizens in Conflict Exhibition – Pearse Street library

The library is worth a visit to view the beautiful building it is housed in, the Dublin City Library and Gilbert Archives on Pearse street was originally the Great Brunswick Street Carnegie Library and Dublin City Council’s library headquarters. The building dates back to 1909 and was designed by the city architect C.J. McCarthy and the façade of the original building is composed of Mount Charles sandstone with dressings of Ballinasloe limestone.

Location and Opening hours

The Dublin City Library & Archives or Pearse Street Library is located on Pearse street in Dublin 2 and is opened from Monday to Saturday from 10 am, with late openings until 8 pm from Monday to Thursday.

It is a 10 minute walk from Pearse street dart station


Images: & featured image - Google maps
Sources:, Dublin City Library & Library buildings

Where one million Dubliners reside

We visited Glasnevin cemetery in Dublin recently, we booked tickets for the museum and got the guided tour, if you are visiting Glasnevin, the tour is well worth it and gives you a great history of the cemetery and some of the people buried there, from ordinary Dublin people who died of cholera, the Great Liberator Daniel O’Connell, Charles Stuart Parnell and the Republican plot with Michael Collins, Eamon DeValera and Constance Markievicz to name a few buried there.

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Parnell stated he wanted to be buried with the ordinary people, he is buried on the top of this cholera pit.


As it was coming up to Easter, the tour we did, had an Easter Rising theme and two actors in costume, performed speeches as Nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell and actor Jim Roche, performed the famous O’Donovan Rossa funeral oration as Padraig Pearse. The tour guide recounted stories about those killed during the Rising, from soldiers to children playing on the streets and also about two brothers buried in the cemetery, one was killed fighting in the Easter Rising and the second brother joined the British Army and was killed during World War 1.

Glasnevin Cemetery O'Connells Round Tower
O’Connells Round Tower


Glasnevin Cemetery Tour Dublin
Daniel O’Connell’s Book of Kells inspired designed crypt


Before the tour, I didn’t realise there was a museum at the cemetery, I wasn’t expecting much from it, but its worth a visit and is really interesting, it tells the history and the lives of some of the 1.5 million people that are buried there.  There are three sections to the museum, the first exhibition area is called City of the Dead and has interactive display’s and covers the burial practices down through the years in Glasnevin. Other sections include the religion wall and the Milestone Gallery.

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There are two public tours daily, at 11.30 am and 2.30 pm, 7 days a week.


Our tour guide that day was Shane, he was great, we like getting guided tours especially when you know the person delivering them is passionate and knowledgeable about the subject. Poignantly, Shane explained that his colleague Shane MacThomais, who had sadly passed away only a few weeks beforehand, he would usually have given the Easter themed tour and he said it was one of the first he had done, since his passing.  A few months after, we did the tour, we went to see the documentary, One Million Dubliners at the Lighthouse Cinema, which features Shane MacThomais, the documentary has also been shown on RTE TV, if you get the chance to watch it, I recommend it.

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We have visited Glasnevin cemetery for a second time this year, when we attended the 100th anniversary service of the O’Donovan Rossa funeral.

If you would like to visit the graves of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, check out our blog post here.

Hidden gems around the Round Tower

The west Dublin village of Clondalkin, has a great walking tour with various different historical and heritage points of interest, dating as far back as the 5th century.  We recently did a self guided walking tour.

The Clondalkin walking tour takes about an hour and a half to do and is about 4 Kilometres, if you are short on time, you can also do a shorter version, which is only takes about 30 minutes and 1.5 Kilometres.  It generally takes us longer as we stop to take photos.


Round Tower

In the heart of Clondalkin village, is the impressive 8th century Round Tower, built around 790 A.D., it may have been built to house the relics of St. Mochua or Crónán, who founded the monastery of Clondalkin in the late 5th Century.  It is now accepted that one of the the main functions of a round tower was the safety and veneration of the relics of the monastery’s founder. The height of the tower is calculated at 27.5 metres.

The Clondalkin Round Tower visitor centre has opened in 2017 beside the Round Tower and includes public gardens.  The first three houses on Millview Terrace, which are protected structures were renovated into the visitor centre, along with a new building which which houses a Happy Pear cafe and exhibition space.



St John’s Church  and Church Terrace houses

On the same street as the Round Tower, are these quaint row of houses, that were built originally for the Church in 1879, to be used as Alms houses.  The schoolhouse was built in 1870. The houses were built in 1879 in memory of a former incumbent, Rev. David John Reade. The houses were also known as the Alms Houses. The Alms Houses were opened and in partial use by 1880 and contained four houses with eleven rooms together with one large room to be used as a classroom.



Tully’s Castle
This is a small 16th Century tower house, possibly one of the outposts of the Pale.

Tully’s Castle – This is a small 16th Century tower house, possibly one of the outposts of the Pale.


Its origins are mostly undocumented, however the “Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 1899” gives the following information:  The name “Castle of Clondalkin”’ is applied to Tully’s Castle in a number of late eighteenth and early nineteenth century leases, which deal with a place called “The Sheepus”.   The Castle was occupied for many years by a family named Tully.

Source: South Dublin Libraries


Photos of Clondalkin Walking Tour

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We found the self guided walking tour, on the South Dublin County Council Libraries website, they have several different audio tours covering all the main South Dublin  villages, you can click here to find a list of villages covered.  We used the walking tour PDF printout and also this Clondalkin village walking tour map.

They don’t have a mobile app yet for the all the tours, but I believe its in development.  You can also visit on your mobile device or scan the QR code below to open the audio tour on your smart phone.

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QR scan – Clondalkin audio walking tour

Have you done the Clondalkin Walking tour? or other Walking tours in Dublin? Let us know of any other Walking tours to do.


Blog post first published in 2015 and updated in 2017

St Brigids Well

Clondalkin, in west county, Dublin is home to St Brigid’s Well, which is said to have been established as a well for baptising pagans by Saint Brigid in the 5th century. It was believed that the well possessed powers of healing.

There are several different St Brigid Wells located throughout Ireland, they are holy wells or sacred wells, connected with Saint Bridgit of Kildare, who was a 5th-century Irish saint from Kildare, who is one of the patron saints of Ireland, and also a figure in Irish folklore.

Legend has it that St. Brigid came to the site of the monastery at Clondalkin and baptised pagans at the well on Boot Road. The structure around it dates from 1761. The well is
believed to have curative powers. A piece of rag dipped in the water and used to wipe the face, particularly of young girls, was said to cure eye complaints.

We heard about the well, when we did a self guided tour of Clondalkin, which was created by South Dublin County Council, you can click here for more information.

It is located about a kilometre from Clondalkin Village, on the Boot Road and Fonthill Road (R113) junction, very close to a Statoil petrol station and Bewleys hotel at Newlands Cross.

It took us a bit of time to find St Brigid’s Well, as from the junction at Boot Road and the Fonthill Road it can’t be seen, as its tucked away in behind some trees and hedgerow.  When you are at the junction and are looking up towards the petrol station and Bewleys hotel, the well is located on that side of the road, just before the petrol station, behind railings, coming from Clondalkin Village direction, go straight through the junction and take a sharp left, there is a footpath and a small road that leads up to a row of houses,  St Brigid’s Well is located to the left.

Photos of St Brigid’s Well, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 

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Photos: melcoo

Sources: Wiki ClondalkinWiki St Brigid’s WellSouth Dublin Libraries 

Iconic Treasures

On Saturday afternoon, after some delicious food in The Porterhouse, we headed for the National Museum of Ireland. We visited here briefly a few weeks ago but decided we would return another day to get a tour. We find taking tours are far more informative than browsing around ourselves.

The museum is located here, beside Leinster House.

The tour on Saturday was called the Iconic Treasures tour and featured some of Ireland’s most precious metalwork like the Ardagh Chalice, the Shrine of St. Lachtíns Arm and the Tara brooch.

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Ardagh Chalice

With it being St. Patricks weekend in Dublin some relevant pieces like St. Patricks Bell and The Shrine of St. Patrick Tooth, were discussed.

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St. Patricks Bell

The tour lasted 60 minutes, was free and had about 20 in attendance. The tour guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable,  which she displayed when asked some very detailed questions by a tourist.

After the tour we had a look around the museum ourselves. One of the most striking things about the museum is the building itself – it is stunning.

History Museum of Ireland Archaeology #Dublin #Ireland #StPatricksweekend

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Other exhibitions on display, which we briefly visited, include Clontarf 1014 (Battle of Clontarf) and a Viking Ireland exhibition.

One other exhibition we were interested in seeing was the Kingship and Sacrifice exhibition, namely to see the bog bodies from the Iron Age.

iron age body
Bog Man


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