Heirlooms & Hand-me-downs

the Book

Heirlooms & Hand-me-downs is a history of the last one hundred years as told through the memories of people who live or who have lived in a small corner of the Liberties in Dublin 8. This residential area centres around the distinctive red brick Victorian threee and four storey flats on Nicholas Street, Bride Street, Bride Road, and the Ross Road. Made up of 158 stories and memories this history is based primarily on audio recordings made by Chris Reid with over forty people who agreed to participate by sharing their memories of this local area and also by contributig to decisions regarding the content of the book.

This book is part of a larger Dublin City Public Art commission whereby twenty stories were selected, edited and cast as twenty bronze texts in the form of heritage plaques and affixed to the walls of the flat complex.

'If Chris Reids project is important as a model, it is because of the way it ventilates histories from within, brings them to the surface in public space and proposes that the chosen fragment of an interview - with a sense of voice and place - stand for a whole constellation of narratives that have meaning and value'

Professor Declan McGonagle

* See Contributors Credits; Heirlooms & Hand-me-downs, Page 234 »

The book 'Heirlooms & Hand-me-downs, Stories from Nicholas Street, Bride Street, Bride Road and the Rosser' was distributed through the following shops and over the web from February 2012 to September 2012.

  • Easons on O'Connell Street, Dublin 1
  • Hodges & Figgis on Dawson Street, Dublin 2
  • Book Upstairs, College Green, Dublin 2
  • The Winding Stair Bookshop on Ormond Quay, Dublin 1
  • The IMMA Bookshop, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

The book was also available in many other bookshops in Dublin and outside of Dublin. The book was distributed by Argosy and Easons wholesale.

No more hard copies are available over the website however an ebook version will be made available soon.

Heirlooms & hand-me-downs is also available at every branch of Dublin City Libraries. Other libraries who wish to order a copy may do so by contacting the Dublin City Council arts office at artsoffice@dublincity.ie.


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