Local Studies Collection

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.’

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


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.

Christ the King Exhibition

In May 2015, dlr LexIcon’s Local Studies Department was contacted by Jeremy Kenny regarding an archive of information containing letters, newspaper cuttings, booklets and photographs relating to the Christ the King sculpture by the much celebrated sculptor Andrew O’Connor (1874-1941), now situated in the grounds of dlr LexIcon. Jeremy’s grandfather, Edward J. Kenny and his father Edmond A. Kenny were instrumental in the preservation and eventual installation of this sculpture at Haigh Terrace in December 1978.  Edward was a solicitor and kept extensive files outlining the gestation and context of the project and these files add a great deal to what was to become an intriguing story of cultural and clerical politics spanning almost half a century from the early 1930s to the late 1970s. It was in Edward’s backyard of his house on Rochestown Avenue that the sculpture was stored for many years due to a stalemate situation regarding its proposed site. dlr LexIcon’s Local Studies staff and colleagues in UCD’s School of History: MA in Archives and Records Management Programme formed a partnership to produce this exhibition and a detailed online version which can be found at http://lexiconexhib.omeka.net

Produced by dlr Libraries in partnership with UCD’s School of History: MA Archives and Records Management, based on an archive donated by the Kenny family.

Edward Lee Exhibition

Edward Lee was a businessman who, in the 1880s built a chain of drapery shops in Bray, Kingstown, Rathmines and Dublin. He was recognized for his caring attitude towards his employees and was credited with introducing the weekly half-day holiday to Ireland in 1889. He also had a strong social conscience. During the 1913 Lockout, he disagreed with the tactics used by William Martin Murphy and other employers against the strikers. Edward and his wife Annie had nine children but only four sons survived into adulthood and the Great War took a terrible toll on the family. The Lee family lived for many years in The Grange, Stillorgan and later in Bellevue, Blackrock. An associated book written by Edward Lee’s great-grandson Michael Lee, entitled Edward Lee: Model Employer and Man of Moral Courage, is available in all dlr libraries and bookshops. Price €10.

Produced by dlr Libraries in partnership with Michael Lee and the extended Lee family.

Resources Details

Directories / Annual Registers

Annual Register or Review of the history etc. 1758-1830
Thoms 1838 to date (some microfilm)

Newspapers / Journals

Microform Resources

The Irishman 1819-1825 (M)

Dublin Penny Journal 1832-1836 (M)

The Times (Kingstown related extracts) 1833-1913 (M)

The Nation 1842-1852 (M)

Kingstown and Bray Observer, Kingstown Evening Journal, Kingstown Gazette 1850s-1870s (M)

Dublin / Irish Builder 1859-1930 (M)

Irish People (Dublin & New York) 1863-1865, 1868-1872 (M)

Irish Independent (Irish Civil War era) (M)

Dublin Saturday Post, 1910-1920 (M)

South Dublin Chronicle/Dublin Chronicle 1925-1931 (M)

Bray South Dublin Herald 1905-1907, 1910-1927 (M)

Irish Times 1859-1964 (M)

Irish Times 1981-2010 (M)

Also selected front pages from pro-treaty, anti-treaty and Communist Party papers during the Irish Civil War



Council minutes, etc.

Minutes of Township of Dún Laoghaire, then Urban District of Dún Laoghaire, then Borough of Dún Laoghaire, then Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council 1888 to date.
Registers of electors 1942-1973.

Surveys / Maps / Charts

Collection includes:
Price Survey 1730 (P)
John Rocque's Survey 1760 (P)
Nimmo's Charts 1823 (P)
Dargan's Maps 1830
Architectural Drawings of Martello Towers (P)
Irish Civil War Manoeuvres / Maps (P)


Lawrence (NLI) and O'Connor (NLI) collections relating to the local area (P)
Civil War Collection (Ireland 1922-1923) - scenes from Dublin, Kerry & Cork (P)
Harbour collection - views, maps, charts and manuscripts relating to Dún Laoghaire Harbour and its construction (P)
Prints and drawings of the Dún Laoghaire area (17th & 18th centuries) (P)
Royal visit by King George IV in 1821 (P)
1848 collection - leaders of Young Ireland, scenes from Ballingarry, etc. (P)
Current photographs of the county from the 1960s to date.


The Department holds a large collection relating to both Ireland in general and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown in particular. Examples include rare editions such as Grose's Antiquities of Ireland (1791), and Warburton's History of the City of Dublin (1818). Events of national importance e.g. 1798, the Famine, casualties in the Great War, etc. are also covered.

Government Publications

The twentieth-century Acts of the Oireachtas (Irish Government), from the foundation of the State (1922). The collection also includes selections of Dáil Debates (Irish Parliament)  and Seanad Debates (Upper House) from 1994, as well as also including selected government reports. 

Online resources (Library specific)

The following online resources are only accessible in our library branches. Please contact your local library to book a session or to find out more information:


Irish Newspaper Archives 

The world's largest online database of Irish newspapers. Includes many of Ireland's leading national, regional and out of print titles from the 1700s to the present. 


Irish Times Archive 

Searchable archives of The Irish Times back to 1859. Contains over 16 million articles.


Jstor Ireland Periodical Collection

Digital archive which includes more than 1,500 leading academic journals in the humanities, sciences and social sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable fir academic work. 

Irish Historic Maps


Historic Ordnance Survey map editions can be accessed on the Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSI) Mapviewer at: www.irishhistoricmaps.ie

19th Century Historical Maps Collection can be viewed online at UCD Digital Library. This website is for accessing large-scale historic maps for almost 150 cities, towns and villages in the Republic of Ireland. 



Files and Other Sources

The files cover all aspects of the history of the county, and are continuously updated with material from current publications, newspapers, and historical journals. They also include a series of audio cassettes containing interviews with, and lectures by local historians.