Culture Night 2017

On Friday 22 September 2017, the Royal College of Physicians threw open the doors of its magnificent building on Kildare Street for Culture Night 2017. Every year, on Culture Night, arts and cultural organisations and venues of all shapes and sizes extend their opening hours to allow increased access to the public. Special and unique … 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

#16Letters on RTÉ | Easter Sunday

Presented by Ryan Tubridy and filmed in the GPO, ’16 Letters is a major television event specially commissioned for RTE’s 1916 commemorations which sees the written words of ordinary and extraordinary people – caught up in a time of blood, sacrifice and rebellion – brought back to life … one hundred years after they were … Read more

Letters of 1916 | RTÉ Guide, 24 March – 1 April 2016

On Easter Sunday (28 March 2016), a new documentary featuring letters from the Letters of 1916: A Year in the Life collection will be aired on RTÉ One at 7pm.  ’16 Letters takes us back into the heart of history by exploring the first-hand accounts of ordinary citizens who were caught up in the Rising. … Read more

Letters written on St Patrick’s Day in 1916

What were people saying when they put pen to paper to write letters on St Patrick’s day in 1916? Thanks to the new Letters of 1916 discovery database, we can get a snapshot of the words written on this day a century ago. A quick dip in to the letters informs us that Alexander McDowell from … Read more

Letters of 1916 Launch Slideshow

At the Letters of 1916 launch on Wednesday 2 March, at the top of the room, a slideshow was playing which featured letters, contributors, institutions, events and workflow from the beginning of the project to the launch date. In the slideshow, we tried to capture the essence of the project and to give a snapshot … 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: Dominic Price

Dominic Price is a teacher, historian and is the author of The Flame and the Candle, Mayo 1919-1924 (Collins Press, Cork, 2012). He is currently working on a number of projects and he has contributed to the Letters of 1916 project by attending the 2015 Teacher’s Workshop, which was held in Maynooth University’s Digital Humanities … Read more

2nd Festival of History: ‘Reflections on the Great War & the Easter Rising 1916’

The 2nd Festival of History weekend, organised by the Greystones Archaeological and Historical Society in conjunction with La Touche Legacy, will be held at Greystones Golf Club, Friday 25th September – Sunday 27th September. The theme this year is Reflections on the Great War and the Easter Rising 1916. It looks like a very interstesting … Read more