Culture Night / Óiche Chultúir 2017

Join us around the fireside at 94, Lower Georges St., on Friday September 22nd from 6pm for an evening of readings and discussion on Patrick Weston Joyce’s ‘A Childs History of Ireland’.( Book from the Museum of Childhood Ireland collection)

From the Museum of Childhood Ireland Collection: A rare First Edition of this important book by P. W. Joyce, one of Ireland’s most noted cultural historians. The beautifully written and illustrated work covers Irish history from the earliest times to the mid-nineteenth century. Starting with an explanation of the ancient originating legends of the people of Ireland, the author separates fact from fiction in an entertaining story-telling manner, keeping the narrative gripping and eventful through centuries of tumultuous Irish history.

Read about Irish Paganism, the conversion to Christianity, the Viking and Danish invasions, Anglo-Norman invasion, and the long centuries of bloody and violent struggle under English overlords. All of the famous characters of Irish history appear in order: From St. Patrick, Silken Thomas, Shane O’Neill, Hugh O’Neill, to Daniel O’Connell. Along the way, dramatic events such as the invasion by Oliver Cromwell, the Siege of Derry, the Battle of the Boyne, the infamous Penal Laws, and much, much more, are reviewed.

There is an inscription inside the back cover to the original owner of the book, Austin C. Keough. The book was given to him when he returned to the United States. (He was born in the U.S. and returned to Ireland for a time in his youth before finally returning to live in the U. S. He served in the U.S. Army during WW I and held positions at Paramount Pictures Corporation as Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Director from 1935 until his death in 1955. As an attorney, he was involved in many important cases involving the Motion Picture industry, particularly during the ‘30s and ‘40s.

The book is covered in green cloth and stamped in gilt with Celtic typeface and designs.