Past 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.
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.
08 Nov 2019 - 07 Jan 2020
dlr LexIcon 8 Nov 2019 – 7 Jan 2020   This is an exhibition celebrating the bicentenary of the construction of Bullock Harbour in 1819 and is organised by the Dublin Port Archive in association with Bullock Harbour Preservation Association and dlr LexIcon. Based on the substantial archive of maps, engineering drawings, photographs and paintings held by the Dublin Port Company, the exhibition will examine the 200 year old history of the Harbour.


06 Nov 2019 - 04 Jan 2020
dlr LexIcon 6 Nov 2019 - 4 Jan 2020 Launch on Wed 6 Nov at 6.30pm. All welcome   Daniel Cohalan (1865- 1946) played a crucial role in mobilising Irish-American support for Ireland’s struggle for independence between 1916-21. He is best remembered today for his bitter feud with Éamon de Valera during the latter’s mission to the United States in 1919-20. Cohalan spent many summers with his family in Glandore in Cork where visitors included Pádraig Pearse and Douglas Hyde. Cohalan stayed in the Royal Marine Hotel in 1923 where he met and corresponded with Free State President of the Executive Council, William T. Cosgrave, Richard Mulcahy and Joe McGrath. In partnership with St. Joseph’s College, Long Island NY and the Gardiner Foundation. Talk by Dr. Michael Doorley, curator and author of new biography on Cohalan, will be held on Mon 2 Dec at 7.00pm, Studio Theatre, Level 1. All welcome, Free event with booking on...
24 Oct 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
dlr LexIcon 24 Oct – 10 Nov   Now in its second year, the Dún Laoghaire Vinyl Festival is a coming together of musicians, actors, authors, DJs and filmmakers, celebrating the vinyl record. An exciting new edition to this year’s festival, The Vinyl Exhibition will showcase an old gramophone and highlight the importance of imagery and the role it plays on the album cover.


11 Oct 2019 - 04 Jan 2020
The Oratory of the Sacred Heart was built on the grounds of St. Mary’s Dominican Convent in 1918 and dedicated to the Sacred Heart in 1919. It commemorates the many local Irishmen who fought and died in the Great War. From 1920-36 it was hand-painted by Sr Concepta Lynch, a Dominican nun at St. Mary’s and the result is a stunning example of the Celtic Revival style.   A new exhibition based on the publication Divine Illumination will be on display on Level 3 at dlr LexIcon from 11 October 2019-4 January 2020.   Divine Illumination is the first full-length publication on this artistic treasure in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, a unique three-dimensional tour de force created by Sr Concepta Lynch. The collection of essays includes contributions by Margaret Mac Curtain, Prof Deirdre Raftery and Dr Síghle Bhreathnach-Lynch and sheds new light on the life of this extraordinary woman alongside reproductions of her work that have never been seen before...
04 Oct 2019 - 02 Nov 2019
4 October– 2 November    This exhibition of paintings by Jimmy Burns is a selection of old and new works. He paints mostly in oils, but some of his work is in acrylics. His paintings are in a surrealist style and usually to a theme. The work on display contains some new paintings dealing with the topic of Parkinson’s Disease with which he was diagnosed in 2015.   His 10th solo exhibition Eye to Ear - a Visual Homage to Music will be on view from Dec 2019 - Jan 2020 in the dlr Mill Theatre in Dundrum Town Centre.
02 Oct 2019 - 05 Nov 2019
Vintage Values is a collection of pamphlet covers designed and printed in Ireland between the 1920s and 1960s by the Catholic Truth Society in Dublin 1 (now Veritas).   The pamphlets were principally for use in the parish to help people seeking advice in a variety of topics such as marriage, sin, dating and social graces. Some of the texts were imported from the USA but all the artwork was created and printed in Ireland and includes work by George Altendorf and John Henry.   The Veritas archive contains a near full run of pamphlets of almost five thousand individual titles.   Each one accompanied by an index card indicating the cover artist, fee paid, print-run and subsequent reprints.
06 Aug 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
The Exhibition runs from 6 August-30 September. Launch on Thurs 29 August as part of the Roger Casement Summer School. All welcome. (Time TBC)   Roger Casement (1864-1916) made two journeys into the north-west Amazon to investigate claims about the mistreatment of workers involved in rubber extraction and he wrote an official report exposing the desperate plight of indigenous Amazonian communities. Casement’s legacy as an activist and a revolutionary, not only for Irish Independence and against King Leopold II’s Congo Free State has fascinated generations of Peruvian intellectuals, among them José Carlos Mariátegui and Mario Vargas Llosa.   This exhibition has been compiled by the Embassy of Peru in Ireland with the support of the Dublin Festival of History, a Dublin City Council initiative.