Having written about St. Nahi’s Church here in Dundrum and referred to the Dundrum Library just behind it, I’ll add some information today about the library. I discovered a book with lovely paintings and informative text about some of the features in our Dundrum/Stillorgan/Rathfarnham area. The paintings are by Olivia Hayes and the text by the late Christoper Ryan. On the cover is a painting of our Main Street here in Dundrum – the terrace of red brick houses is very distinctive.
The library in Dundrum is one of the many Carnegie libraries scattered around Ireland, and to be found in other countries as well.
According to the Christopher Ryan’s text, Andrew Carnegie was born in Scotland in 1835. He emigrated to the U.S. where his first job was as a bobbin winder in a cotton factory. By the time he was age 50 he had his own steel works and was becoming increasingly wealthy. During the last 18 years of his life, Carnegie sponsored the building 2,811 libraries – 660 of these were in the British Isles. There are several in the greater Dublin area. The Dundrum Library was opened in August 1914 by the then Lord Chancellor.
In the early years the library was also used as an entertainment centre. The upper floor had a stage and a kitchen and was a popular venue for concerts , plays, dances, and sales-of-work.
When we came to Dundrum in the late 1960’s the library was closed and if I remember correctly it did not open until the late ’70’s. It is now an excellent community resource, no longer for plays and entertainment, but it houses an excellent collection of books and reference material. And it also has computers for community use. It also hosts activity groups for different interests in the community – e.g. a reading group, a Scrabble Club, Cupla Focla – an Irish conversation group. And I think I also read about a knitting group meeting there.
As to my knitting – here’s a photo labelled Still Life – Knitting, Watering Can, and Cat
In this spell of very nice weather I have to provide a chair for my cat to be beside me in the garden – and another chair for my cup of tea
The bird life in the garden these days is wonderful. I have watched a number of birds gathering material for nest building in nearby shrubs or trees.
This isn’t the best of photos but this is a very friendly robin who hovered around us as we had coffee this morning in the garden of friends. I wouldn’t have known it was a robin except that our hostess told us so – it was newly fledged so it did not have the characteristic red breast. It reminded me of what I would imagine a baby thrush to look like with a brownish speckled breast.