A Conversation with Lorna Peel

This evening in the Library, I am delighted to welcome, Lorna Peel­­­­­­, who has dropped in to say hello and to share some insights into her life as an author. You are very welcome Lorna, please introduce yourself: Thank you for inviting me into the Library and interviewing me, Pam. I am an author of […]

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Madame Tussaud

Before the famous exhibition in London, Madame Tussaud had a thriving business in Dublin … Her Early Life Marie Tussaud was born in Strasbourg, France, on 1st December 1761. Her father, a German soldier named Joseph Grosholtz, died two months before she was born as a result of horrific injuries he sustained in the Seven […]

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Dublin’s 19th Century Sweep School

One of the most deplorable uses of child labour in 19th century Ireland was for the sweeping of chimneys. A master sweep would obtain very young boys, some as young as seven, to train as apprentices. The boys were sent up the chimney flue to brush and scrape the soot loose. The dangers were numerous – […]

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