Past On-site Exhibitions

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.

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.  


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.
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.
11 Nov 2019 - 25 Nov 2019
11 Nov - 25 Nov   This year marks 100 years since the founding of Hillcourt School, and a century of education on the Rathdown School campus in Glenageary.   Rathdown School is an amalgamation of Hillcourt, The Hall, Park House and Glengara Park, and this exhibition celebrates the history of the four schools, and their long association with the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area, including Belgrave Square, the Knox Memorial Hall, Clarinda Park, Upper and Lower, Glenageary Road, St. Paul’s Church, and Castle Park, not to mention swimming in the seafilled baths, running on the pier and canoeing in the harbour.   A variety of photos, artefacts and memories from the school archives will be on display.