Past On-site Exhibitions

09 Mar 2023 - 23 Mar 2023

9-23 March

Art Exhibition By Children and Adults with Extra Support Needs, as part of Saint John of God Community Services clg

This Art Show is part of an Emerging Voices Initiative which began in 2005 to celebrate Callan Institute’s 10th Anniversary. This initiative recognises and reflects on the need to listen, look and learn together with disabled people. Each year, the art competition is themed, with the winning entry featuring on the cover of our annual report. This year’s theme is 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ Come see and enjoy!

08 Mar 2023 - 27 Mar 2023

08 - 27 March 2023 (LexIcon, Level 3)

This exhibition of photography celebrates the work of Sligoman and South Dublin resident Gerry O’Shea, who along with his wife Kitty, ran Rosemount Art Studio at their family home in Rathfarnham, between 1964 to 1972. Prior to taking up residence in Dublin, Gerry worked as a press photographer for the Sligo Champion and the Munster Tribune. Most of the work of the Studio entailed photographing families from the then new suburb of Ballyroan. Christenings, communions, confirmations, weddings and occasionally individual requests for portraits, were grist to the mill of the camera’s lens. Occasionally Gerry was requested to shoot fashion shows by the late Charlie Nicholl who ran a fashion boutique called Tanya Boutique in Rathfarnham Shopping Centre during the 1960s and 70s. The latest trends from London were displayed, often with style and humour. This exhibition is essentially a snapshot of suburban life that includes...

01 Feb 2023 - 28 Feb 2023

1 February - 28 February 2023 (LexIcon, Level 5)

In recognition of 'Brigid 1500', a national programme of events celebrating and commemorating St. Brigid, the woman, her life and her legacy, in a broad and rich way, dlr Local Studies have curated an exhibition 'Brigit the Goddess, Brigid the Saint'. This exhibition features a selection of images and works in relation to Brigit the goddess and Brigid the saint, taken from the dlr Local Studies Collection.

01 Feb 2023 - 03 Mar 2023

1 February - 3 March 2023 (LexIcon, Level 4)

Curated by Patrick Kiersey, this wonderful exhibition consists of 30 photographs, many taken within Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown in the 1950s by Norman Ashe. They are of special interest as they depict the area when there were more fields than houses, lanes that became dual carriageways and landmarks that are no longer.

Patrick Kiersey, Art/Photographer teacher, with a keen interest in historical photographic collections, worked in Dún Laoghaire VEC/ETB for many years. He found the collection almost by accident and is restoring the images of aerial photographs from all over Ireland taken in the early 50s. The Norman Ashe Collection can be seen on Facebook (The Old Drone: Norman Ashe Aerial Photographic Collection). Patrick can be contacted at

30 Jan 2023 - 24 Feb 2023

30 January - 24 February 2023 (Deansgrange Library)

The artistic and varied collection of photographs in this exhibition were created by patients and staff who attended a photography course in the NRH, Dún Laoghaire.

Photography plays an important role in rehabilitation at the NRH. It can provide an excellent platform to empower patients, by developing their personal creative skills. It can help restore and rehabilitate a person's level of functioning and independence following an accident, illness or injury.

17 Jan 2023 - 28 Feb 2023

17 January - 28 February 2023 (LexIcon, Level 3)

This exhibition shines a spotlight on some episodes in the shared history of religious groups in Morocco, tracing the 800 year history of the Christian community there, including the visits of Pope John Paul II in 1985 and Pope Francis in 2019. The exhibition was first presented in Christ Church Cathedral in June 2022. It was also displayed in St Mel's Cathedral in Longford, during November and December 2022.

14 Dec 2022 - 27 Mar 2023

14 December 2022 - 27 March 2023 (LexIcon, Level 3)

Marking the reopening of the Dún Laoghaire Baths and celebrating the 180th anniversary of their original opening, this exhibition is a pictorial celebration of life, work and play in the Baths. From their origins as a private enterprise, through the Edwardian redevelopment by the Urban District Council and covering heydays and dereliction through to the present day. It charts the highs and lows of this much-loved local institution – swimming lessons, sunbathing paradise, childhood freedom, protests, ice creams and fun park. Told through the images and the voices of those who lived, worked and played in the Dún Laoghaire Baths over many years, the exhibition brings the past to life, while looking to the next chapter in the life of this iconic Dún Laoghaire attraction.

09 Dec 2022 - 14 Jan 2023

09 December 2022 - 14 January 2023 (LexIcon, Level 3)

Memories and memorabilia from the Hall School Monkstown to mark 150 years since it was founded in 1872. Younger visitors can try on the replica hat and dresses, while everyone should enjoy the wide range of photographs, artefacts and memories of schooldays gone but never forgotten. In 1973, the Hall School amalgamated with Park House and Hillcourt, creating Rathdown School.

30 Nov 2022 - 28 Jan 2023

30 November 2022 - 28 January 2023 (LexIcon, Level 4)

During Covid, local photographer David Branigan received an Arts Council grant to produce a book of his work. The book is A3 in size, hardback and features 21 images in black and white. The theme is how we use our connections with the sea to find our resilience, especially in times of crisis. It was intended that the work would be photographed around Ireland, but the regional lockdowns prevented that. The result is that most of the images were taken in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and are both land-based and afloat. These beautiful images have been made into this breathtaking exhibition.

10 Nov 2022 - 07 Mar 2023

10 November - 02 December 2022 and 17 January - 07 March 2023 (LexIcon, Level 3)

This exhibition gives an insight into the founding of An Garda Síochána and how An Garda Síochána developed its own style of policing in Ireland since the foundation of the state and in particular focuses on the county of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.
The exhibition highlights how An Garda Síochána has contributed to building a safe and peaceful society, and how members of An Garda Síochána forge strong relationships with the local communities in which they work and live.