America Declares War : “The world must be made safe for democracy.”

On 6 April 1917 the United States of America declared war on Imperial Germany. Up until this point the United States had maintained the government policy of neutrality. However, neutrality did not keep the war from pervading American lives. As we can see from the letters sent and received during this time neutral America was … Read more

Michael Farry will be speaking at the Letters of 1916 SFI Community Engagement event in Sligo

We are delighted to announce Michael Farry as a speaker at the Letters of 1916 SFI Community Engagement event on Tuesday 13 September 2016 at Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo. Michael Farry, a retired primary teacher, is a native of Coolaney, Co. Sligo. He obtained a PhD in Trinity College, Dublin 1999 for his thesis on … Read more

The letters that brought the Easter Rising to life – The Daily Telegraph radio review

On 30 March, The Daily Telegraph reviewed the BBC 4 Radio documentary which centred on stories from the Letters of 1916 collection. The radio documentary, 1916: A Letter from Ireland, was presented by Irish Times journalist Fintan O’Toole and examined some of the correspondence from Letters of 1916 which paints a unique portrait of Irish people coming to … 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

’16 Letters documentary to broadcast on Easter Sunday, RTÉ One, 7pm

    ’16 Letters is a television special inspired by the Letters of 1916: A Year in the Life project. Filmed in the GPO, the headquarters of the rebel forces in the 1916 Rising, and the heart of Irelands postal network in that era, the 75 minute programme is presented by Ryan Tubridy and features … Read more

Letters of 1916 at RTÉ Reflecting the Rising | 28 March 2016

As part of RTÉ’s Reflecting the Rising event on Easter Monday (28 March 2016), Professor Susan Schreibman will be giving a talk about the Letters of 1916: A Year in the Life collection entitled “Ordinary Lives in Extraordinary Times”. The talk will take place in the Royal Irish Academy Lecture Hall from 17.00 – 18.00. … Read more

Letters of 1916 – International Women’s Day 2016

8th March is International Women’s Day and people around the world are celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. 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 a photo in the … Read more

Letters of 1916 | RTÉ History Show

The Letters of 1916: A Year in the Life was featured on the RTÉ History Show with Myles Dungan on Sunday 5 March 2016 following the launch of the project on 2 March at Cathal Brugha Barracks in Rathmines, Dublin. The clip features a short reading of this letter, written by Michael Collins to James … Read more

Community Engagement Event in Letterkenny

Join us in Letterkenny, Co Donegal next week! Letters of 1916: Community Engagement Event will take place on Thursday 10 March 2016.    THE EVENT IS FREE. ALL WELCOME.   LOCATION: Central Library, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal Thursday, 10 March 2016 PROGRAMME: 5pm – 6pm | DROP-IN SESSION Have your letters photographed, meet the team behind the … Read more

Letters of 1916 Wexford Launch SFI Discover Community Engagement Event

The Wexford launch of the Letters of 1916 project took place on Thursday, 16th April 2015. The outreach event was made possible through a SFI Discover grant from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). Enniscorthy Library kindly offered its venue for the event, which was a great success and attracted over 80 participants. The first part of … Read more