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'A history of Ireland in 100 words' authors in conversation with Alan Titley


Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 18:30 - 19:30


Pearse Street Library


Free and open to the public

Celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge in partnership with Dublin City Council.

To celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge (1-17 March), Alan Titley, MRIA interviews Máire Ní Mhaonaigh and Greg Toner, MRIA, authors of A history of Ireland in 100 words.

The event takes place at Pearse Street Library, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. D02 HE37. Admittance is free and all are welcome. For more information, please contact 016744852. Please note that the event is in Irish.

A history of Ireland in 100 words tells a history of Ireland by looking at the development of 100 medieval Irish words drawn from the Royal Irish Academy’s Dictionary of the Irish Language. Words tell stories and encapsulate histories and this book captures aspects of Ireland’s changing history by examining the changing meaning of 100 key words. The book is aimed at a general readership and no prior knowledge of the Irish language is required to delve into the fascinating insights it provides. The book is divided into themes, including writing and literature; food and feasting; technology and science; mind and body. 

A history of Ireland in 100 words is a book, and now a touring exhibition and a citywide banner campaign. The exibition, based on a selection of 10 words from the book, accompanied by Joe McLaren's beautiful illustrations, will be launched after the event by Máirín Nic Eoin, MRIA, Chair of the Committee on Irish language, Literature and Celtic Cultures at the Royal Irish Academy. The exhibition will travel to Dublin City Libraries and arts centres around the world. The Academy has also partnered with Dublin City Council to display material from the book on street banners across the city during Seachtain na Gaeilge. You can find more information at


Tabhair tacaíocht do thodhchaí an léinn in Éirinn

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