LETTERS OF 1916: Launch

The Letters of 1916: A Year in the Life project was officially launched by Dr Catriona Crowe, Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland, at the Officer’s Mess, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Military Road, Rathmines on 2 March 2016. Additional speakers included Andrea Martin, Professor Philip Nolan, Dominic Price and Professor Susan Schreibman. … Read more


LETTERS OF 1916: A YEAR IN THE LIFE PROJECT LAUNCHES For release on 2 March 2016 What were people in Ireland writing letters about 100 years ago? What were they thinking? How were they affected by the Great War? the Easter Rising? How was the government of the day responding to domestic and international pressures? Researchers at … Read more

Profile: Gabriel Doherty

In November 2015, the Letters 1916 team collaborated with The School of History and the Boole Library at University College Cork for an SFI-funded outreach event. The event involved a workshop and talks and provided an opportunity to digitise letters from the public. Many people attended to find out about the project and to get … Read more

Profile: Fidelma Carroll

Each month, we compile a progress report and one of the things we track is the top 20 transcribers. On more than one occasion, Fidelma Carroll has been the top Letters of 1916 transcriber. Fidelma told us about why she contributes to the project. Having retired in 2006 and subsequently completing a business degree I … Read more

Profile: Joyce Timms

Joyce Timms added a family letter to the Letters of 1916 collection. Joyce told us why she got involved with the project. I collaborated with the Letters of 1916 project because I have a letter which was kept carefully by my grandfather and thereafter my mother, as it contained my grandmother’s personal account of this … Read more

Profile: Thérèse McIntyre

Thérèse McIntyre is the presenter of ‘Herosongs:  Where History and Song Meet’, an AthenaMedia Production for RTE Radio 1 as well as being a key member of the Oral History Network of Ireland (OHNI). Thérèse told us about her involvement with the Letters of 1916 project. Years ago, I remember when the National Library of Ireland … Read more

Profile: Willie Mooney

Mr Willie Mooney’s letter collection came to our attention through Rita Redmond from the Old Dunboyne Society.  Willie has a collection of his letters written to and from his father, Peter Mooney, during World War One, and approximately 60 letters from the collection fit into the time frame of the project. Rita tells us how … Read more

#AskLetters1916 chat: 3 March | Curating the Crowdsourced

The next #AskLetters1916 Twitter chat will take place on Tuesday 3 March 2015 from 5.30 – 6.30pm (GMT). The chat will be hosted by Vinayak Das Gupta, a PhD student in Trinity College Dublin and will focus on   CURATING THE CROWDSOURCED   by discussing the problems of curating crowd-sourced material and considering issues ranging from captioning … Read more

#AskLetters1916 chat: 2 December | Crowdsourcing: The Volunteers

  The monthly #AskLetters1916 Twitter chat took place on Tuesday 2 December from 5.30 – 6.30pm (GMT). The topic for the chat was:   CROWDSOURCING – THE VOLUNTEERS     Back in July 2014, the #AskLetters1916 chat took place around the topic of crowdsourcing Digital Humanities projects. The chat was very animated with contributions from … Read more