Featured Transcriber: Clara McDonald

Born and raised in the sunny south east of Ireland (it’s more like the mildly warm south east, but that just doesn’t have the same ring to it), Clara is a twenty-five-year-old full time administrator and part time Early Childhood Education student. Aside from working and studying she can also be found performing with Wexford … Read more

Letters of 1916 Workflow 4: transcribing a letter

This is a repost from the #Letters1916 tumblr for #DayofPH 2017. Sara Kerr describes the next stage of our workflow, transcribing a letter. After the imaging of a letter has taken place, the letter is uploaded to the Letters of 1916 website transcription desk. During the upload process a form is completed providing a range of details … Read more

Letters of 1916 Workflow 3: adding a letter

This is a repost from the #Letters1916 tumblr for #DayofPH 2017. Hannah Healy describes the next stage of our workflow, adding a letter to Letters of 1916. A large part of what I do on the letters project revolves around the uploading of new letters. For this process I use a set uploading template (provided on the … Read more

Letters of 1916 Workflow 2: Image editing

This is a repost from the #Letters1916 tumblr for #DayofPH 2017. Neale Rooney describes the next stage of our workflow, image editing. The second part of our workflow picks up where Karolina finished; the documents have been photographed to a very high quality and now we need to condense them for the web and crop them to size. … Read more

Letters of 1916 Workflow 1: Imaging

This is a repost from the #Letters1916 tumblr for #DayofPH 2017. Karolina Badzmierowska describes the first stage of our workflow, imaging. One of our contributors, Mary Harris, came along to our SFI Community Engagement event in Galway in November 2015 and brought a number of her family letters for digitisation. One of the letters, from Thomas … Read more

Letters written by Patrick or Patricia in the Letters of 1916 collection

As it’s St Patrick’s Day, we went looking through the Letters of 1916 collection in search of letters written by people named Patrick or Patricia. We found only one Patricia in the whole collection: Patricia Lynch (1894-1972) was an Irish nationalist and supporter of the suffragette movement. While living in London she befriended Sylvia Pankhurst who reportedly sent … Read more

Count Plunkett wins by-election in North Roscommon, 3 Feb 1917

by Dr Michelle Doran The North Roscommon by-election of 1917 was held on 3 February 1917. The by-election was called following the death of the Irish Parliamentary MP, James Joseph O’Kelly. It was called the Election of the Snows and it was won by the Sinn Féin candidate Count George Noble Plunkett (1851-1948), the father … Read more

Season’s Greetings from everyone at Letters of 1916

Season's Greetings | Letters of 1916

Season’s Greetings The Letters of 1916 team would like to thank everyone who collaborated with us in 2016. We look forward to working with you again in 2017 to continue growing the collection. We have picked out some seasonal letters to give an idea of how letter writers from our collection spent Christmas a century ago. … Read more

DiXit Autumn School

In Autumn 2016 Letters of 1916 partnered with the National Library of Ireland, An Foras Feasa, DiXit, and Maynooth Post Primary to host a three-day workshop, with to introduce transition year students to new forms of digital scholarship, scholarly editing, and to explore the 1916 Easter Rising from a novel perspective.    On the first … Read more