NLI, September events you can’t miss

Do you want to join an event this September? NLI shows you what to do. These days, planning an event in advance has become the most difficult puzzle. That’s why we have to live up to date and not look for cultural plans but rather, let the culture come to us. Keep reading to know what events has the National Library of Ireland (NLI) planned to you this September.

As the NLI has posted on its website, quarantine has been a major barrier for cultural life. The library prioritizes the productivity and the safety of their visitors, changing their way of accessing and the using of their services. Besides, users should follow all the public health advice (including any quarantining protocols) published on the web, such as:


  • Don’t come into the Library if you are feeling unwell. If you do feel unwell when you visit, ask a member of staff to assist you.


  • Face coverings are now mandatory in all the public areas of the National Library, apart from the café, so please wear a covering when you come to visit or use our reading rooms. 


September’s To-Do List


15/09 #Inmyelement Kids Workshop


An immersive exhibition in partnership with the Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht, Bank of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland. Join Hannah to explore Seamus Heaney’s poetry by getting creative at home. 


16/09 Lecture: Living Through Turmoil: the Ordinary and Everyday Experience of the Irish War of Independence


Join Richard McElligott, lecturer in Irish/Modern History in the Department of Humanities at Dundalk Institute of Technology to hear about the experiences of citizens during the War of Independence. It will be online through Facebook. For more information about the speaker, you can consult his website.

17/09 Online Exhibition Tour: WWI: Exploring the Irish Experience


Learn about the Irish experience on the home front during WWI through our collections using the online version of the exhibition. You can join this by Zoom, with details to be found here.

18/09  Culture Night 2020


You can book tickets for two expositions taking place in this Culture Night. The first one is Yeats: the life and works of William Butler Yeats, you can listen to recordings of some of his best-loved poems, discover his many interests and his influence on Irish cultural identity. The other one is called Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again, where you can enjoy a multi-sensory self-guided journey exploring the highlights of Heaney’s archive. 


21/09 Talk: The National Library of Ireland’s Web Archive: preserving Ireland’s online life for tomorrow


This talk will examine what web archiving is and how the NLI preserves themes and events such as arts, literature, elections, referendums and Covid-19. The event is part of the Engaging with Web Archives (EWA20) conference organised by Maynooth University Attendance. The places are limited so if you want to register make sure to visit the website


24/09 Online tour: From Turmoil to Truce: Photographs of the War of Independence


Book tickets for the Zoom tour of the exhibition From Turmoil to Truce: Photographs of the War of Independence. 


25/09 Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again Book Club: Seeing Things


Do you like poetry? If you want to discuss this month’s poetry collection you should join the book club. Seeing Things saw Heaney’s work move in a new direction, with a shift from earth and roots of his early poetry towards air and sky. 


29/09 Hedge School “Eye of the storm”? – Dublin and  the War of Independence


History Ireland editor Tommy Graham and panellists Donal Fallon, John Gibney, Liz Gillis discuss the War of Independence in Dublin. The podcast will be available in the following link


30/09 Why Brownlee Left: A Poetry Reading with Paul Muldoon


On the 40th anniversary of the publication of his third collection of poems, Paul Muldoon reads exclusively from that book. 


More cultural plans


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