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'A history of Ireland in 10 words' exhibition


Thursday, October 1, 2020, 09:30 - Friday, November 27, 2020, 17:00


Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegal Square North, Belfast


Free and open to the public

Visit our touring exhibition based on the award-winning book A history of Ireland in 100 words at the Linen Hall Library, Belfast.

The words we use say something fundamental about us and how we think. They give others an indication of what we know, what is important to us, and how we perceive our environment. The words that have come down to us from Gaelic Ireland are the product of a rich and varied textual culture which included legal tracts, covering everything from murder to bee-keeping, and tales about kings, queens, heroes and warriors. Discover how the Irish ate, drank, dressed, loved and lied through the centuries in this fascinating exhibition based on A History of Ireland in 100 Words by Sharon Arbuthnot, Máire Ní Mhaonaigh and Gregory Toner, illustrated by Joe McLaren and published by the Royal Irish Academy (2019).

The history of Ireland told in this exhibition represents one-tenth of the words foregrounded in the book and a very small proportion of those preserved in eDIL. We hope visitors will be enticed to dip into the book and the dictionary, and so experience other words that express further strands of Ireland’s rich and varied story.

You may also be interested in a special Halloween event with the authors of A history of Ireland in 100 words that is going to be broadcast on 30 October. More details here.

If you would like to view the exhibition but cannot travel to the venue, we have put together the exhibition virtually so that you can still enjoy it from your home. You can visit our online exhibition here.

Tabhair tacaíocht do thodhchaí an léinn in Éirinn

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