Clondalkin History and Heritage Day gave locals a chance to see the bygone era of the area. Local people were asked to share photographs and artefacts of Clondalkin from the past, which included material relating to Clondalkin’s buildings, industries, transport and schools.
The items were scanned or photographed by library staff and were returned to the owner on the day. A wide variety of items totalling 200 individual pieces were offered for scanning – Local interest items included:
• Clondalkin Catholic Sodality membership books,
• 19th Century lacework,
• A comprehensive collection of posters and documents relating to the Mayfield Ballroom,
• A donation of a framed Victorian print of St. John’s and the Round Tower
• An album of photos of parades through the village in the 1940s including Red Cross, Boy Scouts and LDF (Local Defence Force) photos.
• Photos of a local foxhunt
Irish History Live, “the museum that comes to you” gave members of the public the opportunity to try out some costumes from bygone eras too. The day, which saw the announcement of plans for the Round Tower Visitor Centre, was organised by the County Promotion Unit, South Dublin County Council, South Dublin Libraries, and Clondalkin Round Tower Heritage Group.
Mayor of South Dublin County Sarah Holland visited the event in the library.