Past On-site Exhibitions

02 Sep 2020 - 31 Oct 2020
A History of Ireland in 10 Words Courtesy of The Royal Irish Academy and eDIL

2 September - 31 October 2020, Level 3, dlr LexIcon

The words we use say something fundamental about us and how we think. They give others an indication of what we know, what is important to us, and how we perceive our environment. The words that have come down to us from Gaelic Ireland are the product of a rich and varied textual culture which included legal tracts, covering everything from murder to bee-keeping, and tales about kings, queens, heroes and warriors. Discover how the Irish ate, drank, dressed, loved and lied through the centuries in this fascinating exhibition based on A History of Ireland in 100 Words by Sharon Arbuthnot, Máire Ní Mhaonaigh and Gregory Toner, illustrated by Joe McLaren and published by the Royal Irish Academy (2019).

02 Sep 2020 - 31 Oct 2020

Crowns of Waste Photographic Exhibition


2 September - 31 October 2020, Level 3, dlr LexIcon

Stepaside Educate Together Secondary School present a series of photos highlighting their engagement with the Creative Schools Programme. Working with Creative Associate Mimi Doran and Schools Co-ordinator Alice O'Connor, students playes a central role in the development of an arts and creativity programme for their school. With the artist Annie Holland they explored sustainability and the climate crisis culminating in this series of preofessional photographs of headpieces made by students using non-recyclable plastics.


15 Jul 2020 - 30 Sep 2020

15 July – 30 September 2020

Level 4 dlr LexIcon

During Library Opening Hours from Mon-Sat only, as Level 4 not currently accessible on Sundays.

For the sixth year in a row, we are pleased to showcase the Press Photogaphers Association of Ireland ‘Press Photographer of the Year 2020’ exhibition at dlr LexIcon. This exhibition is always a winner with all who visit the library and we’re delighted to have their popular accompanying brochure listing the work of all featured photographers. Congratulations to Mark Condren who was awarded The Press Photographer of the Year 2020.

**We are delighted to be able to extend the run of this exhibition until 30 September.**

14 Jul 2020 - 31 Aug 2020

14 July – 31 August 2020 Level 3, dlr LexIcon

Sami Kero is an award-winning Finnish photojournalist who works for Helsingin Sanomat, a major subscription-based newspaper in Finland. He has covered international conflicts around the world but most of his work is based in his home country. This exhibition showcases a series of dramatic ice holes, photographed by Kero. Courtesy of the Embassy of Finland, Dublin.

14 Jul 2020 - 31 Aug 2020

14 July – 31 August 2020 Level 3, dlr LexIcon

This selection of work on display is a collection of new work bringing together the work of the Irish Guild of Embroiderers and the Northern Ireland Embroidery Guild. Congratulations to The Irish Guild of Embroiderers who celebrate their 20th anniversary this year and the Northern Ireland Embroidery Guild who celebrate their 40th.

Embracing fabric manipulation and embellishment, traditional and contemporary embroidery, dyeing and printing, this exhibition showcases a variety of forms including framed work, wall hangings, bunting and 3D objects. The Irish Guild of Embroiderers produced a book to accompany this exhibition.

10 Mar 2020 - 10 May 2020
10 Mar—10 May 2020 dlr LexIcon, Level 4   Eilís Dillon was an extraordinary versatile writer, publishing 50 titles between 1948 and 1992. This richly illustrated exhibition looks mostly at her books for the young, highlighting themes such as island life on the wild Atlantic coast, her love of music, her knowledge of language and folk traditions.   Exhibition curated by dlr Writer in Residence Sadhbh Devlin in partnership with Eilís Dillon’s family.
26 Feb 2020 - 31 Mar 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.
10 Feb 2020 - 31 Mar 2020
Leinster Printmakers and Séamus Heaney 10 Feb—31 Mar 2020 Launch on 10 Feb at 6.30pm All welcome   In June 2019, The Leinster Printmaking Studio was invited to devise an exhibition especially for the Festival Irlandese in Bassano, Italy. The work of poet Séamus Heaney was selected as theme for the festival.   Artist members of the studio and invited guests chose a poem to inspire their work. They produced an eclectic body of work using a variety of traditional processes: etching, drypoint, carborundum, screenprint, linocut and woodcut.   Thirty-one artists created a beautiful exhibition of 43 prints, all equal in size but responding to different poems. dlr Libraries are pleased to welcome Leinster Printmaking Studio back to dlr LexIcon for an exhibition coinciding with the Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival, a festival much-loved by Séamus Heaney.


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.


25 Jan 2020 - 01 Apr 2020

25 Jan—31 March 2020

Arising from a generous donation by Jennifer Johnston in 2019, we are delighted to present an exhibition about Jennifer, in partnership with her family to celebrate her 90th birthday in January 2020. Last year Jennifer donated her writing desk and nearly 2,000 of her books to dlr Libraries. Her book collection includes numerous translations of her novels, signed gifts received by many fellow writers, dramatists and artists and a large collection of her own books. Jennifer donated her archive to Trinity College Dublin which also houses the archive of her father Denis Johnston. The LexIcon collection has now been catalogued and this exhibition showcases aspects of the life and work of this remarkable writer.