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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

UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life Lecture Series

4 February 2020 - 24 March 2020 | 16.00 | Old Physics Theatre

The UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life is pleased to announce its 2019-20 Public Lecture Series at MoLI. The Centre will present a series of five lectures by philosophers from UCD on pressing ethical questions impacting personal, public and professional spheres. The series will consist of five lectures of 40 minutes duration followed by discussion. The series' aim is to generate discussion on some of the most important issues facing us today, facilitate exchange of ideas and open up a forum for discussion on ethical issues.

Tuesday, 4 February Professor Brian O’Connor: Work and Idleness
Tuesday, 11 February Professor Maeve Cooke: 'Ethics in the Age of Climate Change'
Tuesday, 18 February Associate Professor Christopher Cowley: The Ethics of Ignorance and Carelessness
Tuesday, 25 February Professor Rowland Stout: The Role of Empathy in our Moral Life
Tuesday, 24 March Dr Silvia Panizza: Paying Attention


“Three Ways of Love”: The Poetry and Politics of Eva Gore-Booth

21 February 2020 | 18.30 | Old Physics Theatre

In her poetry, Eva Gore-Booth often explored the emotional basis of this extraordinary commitment, combining personal and philosophical perspectives with a profound interest in the power of art. To accompany our exhibition on Eva, join Lucy Collins (Associate Professor of English at University College Dublin) in exploring a complex and uncompromising woman through her own published texts, and evaluating her contribution to twentieth-century culture in Ireland and Britain.

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BBC World Service World Book Café: Dublin

26 February 2020 | 18.30 | Old Physics Theatre

We are delighted to host a special recording of BBC World Service’s World Book Café here at MoLI. The show explores cities through the lives of writers who live and work there. Writer and journalist Roisin Ingle will be joined on stage by novelist Naoise Dolan, publisher and author Sarah Davis-Goff and others, to find out what it’s like to be a writer in Dublin. In a city with a rich literary heritage we’ll be hearing from some of the new generation of authors about their versions of Dublin, and what the city means to them.  

Please note that the show is recorded in front of an audience and will be edited for broadcast on BBC World Service Radio.

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First Fridays

6 March 2020 | MoLI

MoLI is open late with free admission from 6pm to 9pm on the first Friday of every month. Explore the museum, drop down to The Commons for a delicious dinner, and pick up a special Christmas present in the MoLI shop. Last admission at 8pm. No ticket required. To reserve a table in The Commons, please see here.

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International Women’s Day – The Unmanageable Revolutionaries

8 March 2020 | 18.30 | MoLI

Margaret Skinnider, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington and Dorothy Macardle – a 1916 sniper and trade unionist, a suffragette and republican political activist, a nationalist propagandist and gothic fiction writer. All teachers, feminists and nationalists. All three knew each other, and all their lives intersected and diverged at times as each navigated Ireland's turbulent history.

Join Dr Mary McAuliffe (UCD), Dr Leeann Lane (DCU) and Dr Margaret Ward (Queen's University Belfast) in conversation with David McCullagh as they invite you to meet, know and celebrate these Unmanageable Revolutionaries.

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Hidden Pianos: Voyages entre amis (Journeys with friends)

27 March 2020 | 18.30 | Riverrun of Language

Join concert pianist Máire Carroll as she presents two concerts at MoLI this year to coincide with our Literary Cities exhibits. In March 2020, Máire's latest Hidden Pianos installment Voyages entre amis delves into the musical and literary world of Paris, connecting the friendship of György Kurtág and György Ligeti, Claude Debussy and Erik Satie. Performing in MoLI's beautiful Aula Maxima, Máire will explore how these composers, as well as Philip Glass, inspired and were inspired by Irish literary giants James Joyce and Samuel Beckett.

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Kaleidoscope: Scribbledehobble, A Funferal

8 April 2020 | 18.30 20.00 | MoLI

This special edition of the celebrated monthly series Kaleidoscope is curated by Bernard Clarke (RTÉ Lyric FM). On a musical journey through MoLI, you'll discover many curious and surprising musical performances across the museum.

A strange figure – Soundman, after the ghost story that threads through Sheridan LeFanu's The House by the Churchyard – walks with the audience on their way. From time to time radio programmes sound from his pockets...

Scribbledehobble can mean hurried, untidy writing, or it can be a reference to a workbook with ideas written down quickly sketches or
vignettes – one of James Joyce’s most important notebooks for Finnegans Wake opens with the word.

Presented in association with Musictown.

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Previous events at MoLI

Bright Sparks: Word-Bird Family Workshop with Sadhbh Devlin

15 February 2020 | 12.00 | Learning Room

Young people will create a Word-Bird with author Sadhbh Devlin. Create a short family story or poem featuring your favourite words, then use paper, card, sequins, buttons and more to create a beautiful bird that will help your words take flight! Suitable for children aged 5 and above.

12.00 A relaxed event with smaller numbers designed for children with ASD or extra needs.
14.00 Standard workshop

Happy Birthday, Mr Joyce!

2 February 2020 | 18.15 | Irish Film Institute

On 2 February – James Joyce's birthday and the publication date of Ulysses – two films commissioned by MoLI will screen at the Irish Film Institute. This is a unique chance to see Wake the Streets and Ulysses | Film, with introductions from the films' creators.

Edna O’Brien Young Writers Bursary Information Session

1 February 2020 | Learning Room

If you would like more information on The Edna O' Brien Young Writers Bursary, we have an information sessions on Saturday, 1 February 2020 at 11am. The session is free and ticketed, and will take place in MoLI's Learning Room.

The session may be of interest to any young person interested in applying for the Edna O'Brien Young Writers Bursary, or an adult supporting a young person in their application.

Reading and Writing After the Irish State

17 January 2020 | Old Physics Theatre

An afternoon symposium at MoLI to accompany our UCD/NLI exhibition ‘The State and Irish Writing’. Speakers and panellists include Prof. Margaret Kelleher (UCD), Katherine McSharry (NLI), Dr. Michael Kennedy (RIA), Vivien Igoe, Prof. Regina Uí Chollatáin (UCD) and Dr Lisa Godson (NCAD). 

The event will run from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. Afternoon refreshments will be provided.

Arrow to the Heart

13 January 2020 | Old Physics Theatre

A special event to celebrate our exhibition Kate O'Brien: Arrow to the Heart. Featuring a performance by exhibition curator Kathy Rose O'Brien.

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