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This April, you can enjoy an engaging selection of National Library of Ireland free online events from the comfort of home, including virtual exhibition tours, talks, workshops and poetry readings.

National Library of Ireland Free Virtual Events

Online Events in April


On Thursday, 1st April at 11am, travel back in time with our online tour of ‘World War Ireland: Exploring the Irish Experience’ and explore what life was like in Ireland during WWI.On Thursday, 1st April at 11am, travel back in time with our online tour of ‘World War Ireland: Exploring the Irish Experience’ and explore what life was like in Ireland during WWI.

On Thursday, 8th April at 11amjoin us for an immersive online tour of our award-winning Yeats exhibition, which will introduce the poet and his many interests. 

On Thursday, 29th April at 11am, celebrate National Poetry Day by joining us for this virtual tour of our exhibition on the life and works of WB Yeats.

On Wednesday, 7th April at 1pmjoin our exhibition guides for a virtual tour 'Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again’. Take a fascinating journey through highlights of the Heaney archive, from his rural origins through to his remarkable career as a poet.

On Wednesday, 21st April at 1pmjoin us for a special virtual tour of 'Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again' with ISL Interpretation. 

Seamus Heaney

On Thursday, 15th April at 11am, learn about the War of Independence through the photographs of W.D. Hogan. Book your free online tour of ‘From Turmoil to Truce: Photographs of the War of Independence'.

On Thursday, 22nd April at 11am, join us for a themed virtual tour that will introduce you to Yeats as a playwright and theatre maker through the treasures of the Yeats Collection.


On Friday, 9th April at 7pm, listen in on the discussion 'A history of partition from the 1920 Government of Ireland Act to Brexit' This podcast will focus on the effects of partition over the following century, up to and including the uncertainly caused by Brexit and growing calls for a border poll on Irish unity. No booking required – the podcast will be released on the History Ireland website. 

Hedge School

On Tuesday, 13th April at 1pm, join Meg Tyler, associate professor of humanities at Boston University, for the talk 'Afterlife of an Image in the Later Poetry of Seamus Heaney', on what would be Heaney's 82nd birthday.

Seamus Heaney

On Wednesday, 28th April at 7pm, 'Living with Pride: Bill Foley in conversation with Aifric Ní Chríodáinwill take place online. Bill Foley is a lifelong activist, civil partner to Christopher Robson and co-curator of the 'Living with Pride' exhibition. Aifric Ní Chríodáin is the Development Manager of ShoutOut.

Living with Pride

On Wednesday, 14th April at 1pm, join us for a close reading session where we will be looking at some of Seamus Heaney’s poems, including: 'Postscript', 'The Fosterling', and 'Relics of Memory.'

On Thursday, 29th April at 2pm, celebrate National Poetry Day with Nessa O’Mahony with this poetry workshop exploring the themes from this year’s One Dublin Book choice, 'Leonard and Hungry Paul'. 

Leonard and Hungry Paul

On Friday, 30th April at 1pm, join us for an interactive and lively chat about this month's poetry collection, 'Door into the Dark' by Seamus Heaney. 

Thanks to the NLI for allowing us to share this information with our IrelandXO community



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