Exhibition | Dun Leary Kingstown Dún Laoghaire - What's in a Name?

A Primary Schools’ Resource

This resource for Primary Schools has been prepared by Dr Séamus Cannon and Ríonach O Callaghan in association with dlr Libraries and Blackrock Education Centre. It is funded by the Dormant Accounts Fund and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media as part of the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 programme.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Libraries acquired nearly 700 postcards of the area from the sale of the Seamus Kearns Collection of Postcards in 2019. These images form the basis of a publication entitled What’s in a Name? Dun Leary – Kingstown – Dún Laoghaire: A Visual History, an accompanying onsite and online exhibition featuring a selection of these postcards and a series of talks and videos to mark the centenary of the name change from Kingstown to Dún Laoghaire in 1920. In 1821 the name Dunleary or Dun Leary was changed to Kingstown in honour of King George IV’s visit to this bustling and rapidly developing town. In 1920 it was officially given the name Dún Laoghaire, referring back to the original Irish name for Dunleary.........


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What’s in a Name? Dun Leary – Kingstown – Dún Laoghaire: A Visual History,

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