Poverty and War: County Kerry and the letters from 1916

by Thomas Dillon Lecture given at Kerry County Library, Tralee on 28th April 2016 as part of the Letters of 1916 event The Letters of 1916 project is an invaluable resource for historians researching life in Ireland one hundred years ago. This unique collection of original documents helps unearth the hidden history of life in … Read more

Featured Letter by Edward Kearns: John Quinn to George Gavan Duffy, 9 September 1916

We have just added our newest featured letter post to the site.  The post was created by Edward Kearns who studied English and Sociology in University College Dublin before moving on to the M.Phil course in Digital Humanities and Culture in Trinity College Dublin. Edward has written for the campus newspapers of both universities, and has recently completed his … Read more

Featured Letter by Edward Kearns: John Quinn to George Gavan Duffy, 9 September 1916

FEATURED LETTER Letter from John Quinn to George Gavan Duffy, 9 September 1916 (University College Dublin Archives) by Edward Kearns On 9 September 1916, John Quinn sent a letter across the Atlantic to his fellow lawyer George Gavan Duffy. A copy of this letter has found its way into the Letters of 1916 collection, and … Read more

Featured letter: Letter from Edward O’Farrell to the Controller, Foreign Trade Department, 29 February 1916 (National Archives of Ireland)

FEATURED LETTER Letter from Edward O’Farrell to the Controller, Foreign Trade Department, 29 February 1916 (National Archives of Ireland) by Louise Tobin During 1915 and 1916, the Great War and the Easter Rising impacted Ireland’s businesses and economy. One letter in the Letters of 1916 project highlights the problems faced by Irish businesses during these … Read more

Featured Letter by Louise Tobin

We have just added a featured letter post to the site. The post was created by Louise Tobin, an English and History graduate from St Patricks College, Drumcondra.  Louise also graduated from University College Dublin with a Masters in Library and Information Studies in December 2013, and has recently completed the M.Phil in Digital Humanities and Culture in Trinity College … Read more

Featured Letter by Sean Driver

We have just added a featured letter post to the site.  The post was created by Sean Driver, an English Studies graduate from Trinity College, Dublin.  Sean is currently completing an M.Phil in Digital Humanities and Culture and hopes to pursue a career as an English Teacher. The feature deals with a letter which was written by Joseph … Read more

Featured letter: Letter from Joseph Michael Stanley to George Bernard Shaw, 28 March 1916

FEATURED LETTER Letter from Joseph Michael Stanley to George Bernard Shaw, 28 March 1916 (Military Archives of Ireland) by Sean Driver ‘Seditious Matter’ in Dublin 1916. The Printing Press and the Pistol. Among the 1916 letters in the Military Archives of Ireland’s Bureau of Military History Contemporary Documents Collection, there is one curious looking document. On an … Read more

Featured Letters: Letter from Alfred Gerald Crofton to Lady Clonbrock, 1 October 1916 National Library of Ireland

FEATURED LETTER Letter from Alfred Gerald Crofton to Lady Clonbrock, 1 October 1916 (National Library of Ireland) by Dr Brian Hughes Over 210,000 Irish men, all volunteers, served in the British armed forces during the Great War. For a long time overlooked, or even forgotten, the contribution of these men has finally achieved due recognition and … Read more

Featured Letter: Letter from Edward O’Farrell to the Controller, Foreign Trade Department, 29 February 1916 (National Archives of Ireland)

FEATURED LETTER Letter from Edward O’Farrell to the Controller, Foreign Trade Department, 29 February 1916 (National Archives of Ireland) by Dr Brian Hughes On 3 May 1916, Thomas MacDonagh was executed by firing squad in Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin. Born in Cloughjordan, County Tipperary, in 1878, MacDonagh was a teacher, poet and writer. By 1916, … Read more