Current Exhibitions

06 Jan 2020 - 31 Jan 2020
6—31 January   This panel exhibition tells the captivating story of Count Paul Edmund Strzelecki, a Polish humanitarian, thanks to whose efforts c. 200,000 children were saved during the Great Irish Famine. As the main agent of the British Relief Association (B.R.A.), Strzelecki developed a visionary and exceptionally effective mode of assistance: feeding starving children directly through the schools. At its peak in 1848, around 200,000 children from all denominations were being fed, many of whom would have otherwise perished from hunger and disease.   See for further information.
09 Jan 2020 - 09 Mar 2020
9 Jan—8 Mar 2020 Launch on Thurs 9 Jan, 6.30pm All welcome   Have you ever noticed how old photographs of street scenes are immediately more interesting? We marvel at how quaint things were, we smile at the clothes people wore, we occasionally laugh at the haircuts or facial hair in vogue at the time. Old street photographs are great. But Nicolas Reuland is quite certain he will not be around in fi fty years’ time ... This new exhibition features street scenes of Dún Laoghaire today, all taken within a short radius of dlr LexIcon. He hopes they will convey his love of the place and its people.  


02 Jan 2020 - 29 Feb 2020
Curated by Sarah Maria Griffin, dlr Writer in Residence 2018-19, Eat Your Heart Out is an exhibition about food and memory. Contributors were invited to write about a recipe or dish that meant a great deal to them, or to describe a special food memory and to explore why it is significant. Congratulations to all the contributors: Caroline Bracken, Patricia Doran, Sally Dunne, Angela Finn, Jackie Fitzgerald, Clare Hall, Michelle McElroy, Cormac O’Connor, Maggie O’Dwyer, Marie G. O’Dwyer, Adrienne Quinn, Hester Scott and Michelle Walsh. Special thanks to photographer Bríd O’Donovan. 2 Jan - 29 Feb 2020.


02 Jan 2020 - 31 Jan 2020
Edward Lee was a businessman who, in the 1880s built a chain of drapery shops in Dublin, Rathmines, Bray and Dún Laoghaire. He was recognised for his caring attitude towards his employees and was credited with introducing the half day holiday to Ireland in 1889. He also had a strong social conscience. During the 1913 Lockout, he profoundly disagreed with the tactics used by William Martin Murphy and other employers against the strikers. He was a man of moral courage. January 2020.
01 Feb 2020 - 29 Feb 2020
According to Sarah Webb, our country is built by dreamers, brave people who dared to dream of a new Ireland, an Ireland that was independent, equal and free. ‘I wanted to shine a light on Irish dreamers from all walks of life: sportspeople, activists, scientists, adventurers, creators, writers and even rock stars!’ Linked to the new book of the same name from The O’Brien Press by Sarah Webb and illustrated by Graham Corcoran, this exhibition celebrates remarkable people. Sarah and Graham hope that it will inspire all to follow their own dreams.


26 Feb 2020 - 26 Feb 2020
Exhibition running from 26th  February to 31st March - Level 3 (foyer)   All welcome   Following extensive research at Deansgrange Cemetery, local historian Shabnam Vasisht has discovered the remarkable achievements of a wide range of Irish people who lived and worked in India during British rule.   There were servicemen who fought in the Indian Mutiny; hard-working civil servants and eminent judges; and missionaries who aimed to convert sun-worshipping heathens to ‘muscular Christianity’.    Shabnam’s quest was to bring these extraordinary people to our attention. Having managed to sort out the Maxwell Montagus from the Montagu Maxwells, she has recorded their experiences in this revealing exhibition and book.   The publication and accompanying exhibition are supported with a grant from dlr Heritage Office.