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MoLI hosts a programme of events across the museum, including performances, readings, talks and workshops. Join our newsletter below to hear about upcoming events, or become a member to benefit from advance booking.

Upcoming events at MoLI

Ulysses – for the Rest of Us!

16 June 2021 - 9 September 2021 | Online

Ulysses – for the Rest of Us! is a new, free, public book club at MoLI that will demystify James Joyce's extraordinary 100 year-old novel, and offer fresh and easy routes into this vast, elaborate and often hilarious masterpiece for every reader. This summer, join your guide –author, activist and podcast host Conner Habib – as he unlocks Ulysses, episode by episode, from Stephen Dedalus’s breakfast in Sandycove through to Molly Bloom’s famous closing monologue.


Past/Present/Pride: Adiba Jaigirdar

23 June 2021 | 19.00 | Online

In the next episode of Past/Present/Pride – a series of conversations that celebrates LGBTQ+ writers – psychologist Dr Paul D'Alton speaks to writer Adiba Jaigirdar.

Adiba Jaigirdar was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and has been living in Dublin from the age of ten. She has a BA in English and History from University College Dublin, and an MA in Postcolonial Studies from the University of Kent. She is the author of The Henna Wars, which was named a best book of the year by Kirkus, and was a semi-finalist for Best Young Adult Fiction in the Goodreads Choice Awards. Her sophomore novel, Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating  was released earlier this year.

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Reflections on Past/Present/Pride

25 June 2021 | 12.00 | Online

Pride Talks History is a series of Pride-focused talks hosted by EPIC, The Little Museum, National Library & MoLI, in association with Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride. In this daytime event, Dr Paul D’Alton and MoLI’s Digital Curator, Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, speak to Professor Margaret Kelleher about the Past/Present/Pride series so far, reflecting on interviews with writers Emma Donoghue, Colm Tóibín, Mary Dorcey and Adiba Jaigirdar.

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Launch of Peter Sirr’s Intimate City

29 June 2021 | 19.00 | Online

MoLI, in partnership with the Gallery Press, is delighted to host the launch of Peter Sirr’s new collection of essays, Intimate City. Broadcasting from MoLI, Sirr will be in conversation with journalist Frank McNally for the launch of this wonderful new publication.

Reflecting the writer’s long-standing attachment to and obsession with the Dublins of the past and present, Intimate City addresses the contemporary city but also the ancient walled city or the city mapped in 1756 by a French Huguenot or the one enumerated in 1803.

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Ireland’s Generation X? – Claire Kilroy

7 July 2021 | 19.00 | Online

Presented by MoLI in partnership with the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Join Professor Barry McCrea with writer Claire Kilroy in this edition of Ireland's Generation X?, a series of conversations about Ireland's in-between generation.

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Previous events at MoLI

Cruinniú na nÓg: Me, Myself and I!

12 June 2021 - 12 June 2021 | 14.00 | Online

MoLI presents Me, Myself and I, an online spoken word workshop for young people AGED 13+.

This Cruinniú na nÓg, unleash your creativity by joining talented members of our MoLI learning team, Lily (artist) and Sean (poet), who will host an online workshop where you will be inspired by music, art and lyrics to create and perform poems as unique as you are. 

The only materials needed are a pen and paper.

The event will kick off at 2pm on Saturday, June 12th.

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Director’s Book Club

8 June 2021 | 19.00 | Online

Calling all MoLI members!

The monthly online Director’s Book Club is a lovely way to meet other museum members and share ideas – and to hear from a special guest. The next edition of our Director's Book Club is on Tuesday, 8 June, at 7pm. Our book of the month is Here Are the Young Men by Rob Doyle. We are delighted to announce that we will be joined by the author!

All details in the members' bulletin. If you are interested in becoming a member, click the link below!

Ireland’s Generation X? – Mark O’Halloran

2 June 2021 | 19.00 | Online

Presented by MoLI in partnership with the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Join Professor Barry McCrea with writer and actor Mark O'Halloran in this edition of Ireland's Generation X?, a series of conversations about Ireland's in-between generation.

Launch of ‘The Garden’ by Paul Perry

27 May 2021 | 19.00 | Online

MoLI, in association with New Island Books, is delighted to host the online launch of Paul Perry's new novel, The Garden. To celebrate the publication, the author will be in conversation with novelist and playwright Declan Hughes. 

The Garden is described by Anne Enright as 'a lush, tough evocation of obsession and betrayal'. On a devastated orchid farm in Southern Florida, Swallow, an Irish migrant worker and ex-marine, faces a reckoning in the illegal hunt for an endangered ghost orchid. The Garden is a modern fable, and a warning against trespassing upon nature in the name of profit.

We have a limited number of signed copies of the book available now from the MoLI shop!

Meet Chris Haughton with Bright Sparks

22 May 2021 | 11.00 | Online

In this very special free live online event to celebrate our Chris Haughton exhibition, Chris will share his new picturebook, Maybe and talk to the young viewers about the naughty monkey characters and their encounters with scary tigers. He will also do some live drawing that you can follow along with. Chris will be tuning in live from London for this special Bright Sparks event and is looking forward to meeting all his fans, young and old!

Chris Haughton is a multi award-winning Irish illustrator/writer based in London. He has written and illustrated six books: A Bit Lost, Oh No, George!, Shh! We Have a Plan, Goodnight Everyone, Don’t Worry, Little Crab and Maybe.

Age 3+. Family friendly. Don't miss out, book your tickets now!

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