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

Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2017

What were people saying when they put pen to paper to write letters on St Patrick’s day in 1916? A quick glance at the letters informs us that Alexander McDowell from the Ministry of Munitions wrote to E. A. Aston, inspector for the Local Government Board (LGB) in Dublin regarding female workers in the local linen industry. From … Read more

International Women’s Day 2017

8th March is International Women’s Day and people around the world are uniting to help forge a better working world – a more gender inclusive world. To mark the day, we would like to highlight some of the women from the Letters of 1916 collection. Click on a slide to view the letter:   Alternatively, click on … Read more

Progress update: December 2016 – February 2017

In February 2016 you transcribed 203726 characters in total. Between December 2016 and February 2017, we welcomed 105 new users, bringing the total number of registered users to 1826. Currently 3523 letters have been uploaded to the system, of which 3160 are available to view and transcribe online. Since our launch on 2 March 2016, you can explore the completed and … 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

Progress update: November 2016

In November 2016 You have transcribed in total 117353 characters. We welcomed 56 new users in November 2016, bringing the total number of registered users to 1721. Currently there are 3300 letters uploaded to the system, of which 2939 are available to view and transcribe online. Since our launch on 2 March 2016, you can explore the completed and fully transcribed … Read more

1916: A Year in the Life in Louth

Join us on Sunday, 13th November 2016 at The Governor’s House, Drogheda Museum Millmount, Co. Louth to learn more about ‘1916: A Year in the Life in Louth’. The event is organised in a collaboration with the Drogheda Museum Millmount, The Old Drogheda Society and the Droichead Arts Centre and is part of an exciting programme … Read more