Kathleen King Exhibition: Dalkey Diary from Easter 1916

Kathleen King Exhibition: Dalkey Diary from Easter 1916

This exhibition is based on a diary written by 22 year old Kathleen King (née Murphy) (1893-1978) of Mount Salus Road, Dalkey during the 1916 Rising. It was found recently by her family amongst her collection of photos, letters, playbills and memorabilia. Kathleen moved in the same circles as Thomas and John MacDonagh, Joseph Plunkett, Edward Martyn and Máire Nic Shiubhlaigh and she was a staunch supporter of the cause for Irish independence. She married Dr Edward King in 1918 who went on to become the first Medical Officer appointed by the new Sinn Féin government. Kathleen was a prominent member of An Taisce in the 1950s and became one of Ireland’s leading bryologists.

Produced by dlr Libraries with support from dlr Heritage Office and based on the loan of material from the extended King family in Dalkey.


Exhibitions produced by Local Studies Department, dlr LexIcon

The ambition of dlr Library Service is ‘To connect and empower people, inspire ideas and support community potential’.  Within this context, the mission statement of the Local Studies Plan (2015-19) is as follows: To collect, maintain, preserve and make available material and online resources pertaining to the history and heritage of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and to encourage greater public and community awareness and understanding of the County’s rich culture and traditions.’

Local Studies exhibitions serve to highlight the wealth of material to be found through dynamic partnerships with individuals, communities and institutions within Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.