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

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

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

Featured Profile: Nicole Lottig

Nicole Lottig is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Gender Studies. She also studied at Maynooth University during the Spring of 2015, obtaining a Certificate in Irish Studies. During her last semester of college, she got involved in Digital Humanities and fell in love! She has continuously been working on a … Read more

Speaking in Absence conference | Oxford, 21 June 2016

I recently had the opportunity to represent the Letters of 1916 project at Wolfson College, Oxford as a part of the Speaking in Absence conference organized by members of the Digital Epistolary Network: Helen Brown, Michaela Crawley and Olivia Thompson.   The day featured a number of talks, posters, and presentations concerning textual scholarship in … Read more

Researching the Easter Rising in Albany, New York

Dr. Karen Sonnelitter Assistant Professor of History Siena College @ProfSonnelitter Teaching Irish history at a small Franciscan college in upstate New York can present certain challenges. My students are enthusiastic to learn about Irish history but frequently have little background knowledge on the subject. The biggest challenge by far is integrating undergraduate student research into … Read more

1916 Letters give students different slant on history, Irish Examiner, 11 April 2016

In Autumn 2015, the Letters of 1916 project collaborated with St Angela’s College in Cork as part of its community engagement event in Cork which was generously funded by a Science Foundation Discover grant. The Letters of 1916 team had the pleasure of visiting St Angela’s College to carry out a workshop with the Transition Year history … Read more

Letters of 1916 at the Archives Nationales in France

I had the tremendous pleasure to represent the Letters of 1916 team at the Crowdsourcing and TEI conference hosted by the Archives Nationales, Pierrefitte Sur Seine, on Wednesday 16 March. The conference featured a variety of speakers including Professor Emmanuelle de Champs of the université de Clergy-Pontoise, Louise Seaward of the Transcribe Bentham project, Marc … Read more

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