Library Podcast

Welcome to DLR Libraries Podcast page, a new service from DLR Libraries. If you missed some of our events over the past few months you can now get a chance to hear them as they happened thanks to our new podcasting page.

Here you can browse the complete collection of podcasts in the series. Each one may be played on the page, or downloaded and saved. You can also use iTunes for automatic downloading and syncing to an iPod, or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Our Podcast

Southside Travellers Action Group ‘Days Long Gone’ trailer project
20 September 2016

Southside Travellers Action Group launched "Days Long Gone" Trailer Project in dlr Lexicon as part of Traveller Pride Week 2016.

Through the established Chill Out Zone Group in Southside Travellers, a handful of Traveller women came up with the idea to recreate a miniature replica trailer with the help of a local community arts facilitator. The group designed and built the trailer from scratch and have made and hand sewn all of the interior furnishings. 
‘Days Long Gone’ features recordings of Traveller women recalling days of old on the road and traditional nomadic ways of living. They speak of the freedom and peace; the harmony, solidarity and sense of plenty of those times. They also discuss the situation as it stands today, where there is little space or provision for a nomadic culture and how Travellers are being forced to move into settled housing. The women talk of the loss of freedom, the loneliness, the separation from friends and family and the impact of this loss and isolation on health, particularly mental health. They express their fears that Traveller culture is being wiped out and highlight the importance and challenges of passing on Traveller ways to the younger generations. 

The group want ‘Days Long Gone’ to be a celebration of Traveller ways, to create a space for Travellers to reflect and remember days on the road and to create an opportunity for the settled community to learn and understand the importance of travelling for Travellers and their culture. 

Southside Travellers Action Group works to respond to the needs of the Traveller community in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area and for the civil and human rights and distinct cultural identity of all Travellers.

Eimear McBride in conversation with Sinead Gleeson, dlr LexIcon Studio
19 September 2016

Her debut novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing took nine years to publish and earned Eimear McBride massive critical acclaim and a cornucopia of literary prizes including the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction, the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Desmond Elliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize.

The Lesser Bohemians is her eagerly-anticipated second novel and it’s a story of first love and redemption. One night in London an eighteen year old girl, recently arrived from Ireland to study drama, meets an older actor and a tumultuous relationship ensues. Set across the bedsits and squats of mid-nineties north London, The Lesser Bohemians is a story about love and innocence, joy and discovery, and the grip of the past.

This podcast was recorded in dlr LexIcon Studio on 13th September 2016

A.L. Kathleen King: Dalkey Diary From Easter 1916
22 March 2016

Kathleen King (née Murphy) (1893-1978) of Mount Salus Road, Dalkey, wrote a diary of Easter 1916 entitled ‘Dublin’s Eventful Weeks as We Heard Them’. The Diary, written in a simple copy book was recently found by her family amongst her collection of photos, letters, playbills and memorabilia and forms the basis of an exhibition in dlr LexIcon during March/April 2016. Kathleen was involved in Dublin theatre life and she moved in the same circles as Thomas and John MacDonagh, Joseph Plunkett, Edward Martyn and Máire Nic Shiubhlaigh. Kathleen’s great grand-daughter, Joanne King followed her interest in theatre and is now a professional actress in London. She has recorded an audio podcast of her great grandmother’s diary which is available on

The podcast was recorded in February 2016. 

The exhibition will travel to Dalkey Library for the months of May and June 2016.

Christopher Fitz-Simon on Orson Welles and the Gate Theatre
18 December 2015

While researching material for his iconic biography The Boys (1994), author and playwright Christopher Fitz-Simon found startling and hilarious correspondence between Hilton Edwards, Micheál MacLiammóir and Orson Welles. It spanned thirty years  - too much to fit into the book but it formed the basis of this talk. Fitz-Simon, in addition to numerous other international appointments, was drama producer with RTÉ and literary manager and artistic director of the Abbey and Peacock theatres.

This podcast was recorded in the Studio, dlr LexIcon on 1 December 2015.

Ian Rankin in conversation with Declan Hughes at Pavilion Theatre
18 December 2015

Ian Rankin is the creator of the hugely popular Inspector Rebus novels, as well as a string of standalone thrillers. Even Dogs in the Wild, the twentieth Rebus novel, brings back Ian Rankin’s greatest characters in a story exploring the darkest corners of our instincts and desires. Join fellow crime writer Declan Hughes for a highly entertaining and insightful conversation with one of the world’s greatest exponents of the genre.

This podcast was recorded in Pavilion Theatre on 26 November 2015.