Eminent historian Dr John Bowman launched ‘The Clerk’s Tale and Other Stories’ today Saturday 15th October. He quoted Patrick Kavanagh, another man who knew this district very well and whom he often saw in his childhood, ‘To get to know even a small field is a lifetime of exploration’. John Bowman told the audience that history is extraordinarily complex and we are extraordinarily lucky that it is. He spoke of how de Valera’s incarceration in this building after his surrender was the likely reason he was not executed. He concluded ‘this building changed the course of Irish history’.
Historian and broadcaster John Bowman was joined at the launch by local historian John Holohan, Eamon O’Cuiv TD who is grandson to Eamon de Valera, and Richard Veale, who is grandnephew of Maggie, a child who lost her life during 1916.
The Clerk’s Tale is a play inspired by the eye witness account of the activities of Joshua Manley during the 1916 Rising. Joshua Manley was the then Clerk of Pembroke Urban District Council which was headquartered in Pembroke Town Hall, Ballsbridge, D4. Pembroke Town Hall is now the headquarters of CDETB.
Other Stories refers to a series of exhibitions, historical talks and walks, music, drama and entertainment taking place in the Town Hall and in our nearby Ballsbridge College of Further Education in Shelbourne Road. This will include a rarely seen exhibition about Eamon de Valera, who was incarcerated in the Town Hall following his surrender, and a special exhibition entitled ‘Ballsbridge College, Before, During and Since 1916’. An Open House Dublin Architectural Tour of Ballsbridge will also begin at the Town Hall on Sunday at 11am.
For more information follow this link: http://cityofdublin.etb.ie/1916-festival/