Featured Transcriber: Clara McDonald

Born and raised in the sunny south east of Ireland (it’s more like the mildly warm south east, but that just doesn’t have the same ring to it), Clara is a twenty-five-year-old full time administrator and part time Early Childhood Education student. Aside from working and studying she can also be found performing with Wexford … Read more

We are hiring: join our team!

Letters 1916-23 is delighted to announce three job openings: two postdocs and one research assistant. This is a unique opportunity to join a vibrant public engagement project as we enter a new phase of research. 

Funding from the Irish Research Council is allowing the project to expand its scope through 1923, covering the Anglo-Irish War, Irish independence, and the Irish Civil War. It is also funding the construction of a new technical framework, from ingestion of new letters to publication to new modalities of text analysis and visualisation. 


Be part of one of the most successful crowdsourcing projects in the digital humanities. Further details are available here: 



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Featured Transcriber: Sandra Butler

Sandra Butler is a former student of psychology at Maynooth University and is planning on returning to complete a Masters next year. Sandra is from Kildare and is a single mother of two wonderful daughters. She found out about the project on the volunteer.ie website and thought that it was definitely something that was right up her alley as she can … 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

Profile: Rachel Downey

Rachel Downey is an American student who is studying English and Journalism at Beloit College in Wisconsin and lives in Gambier, Ohio. Rachel visited Ireland for the first time in March with a class of fellow ‘Beloiters’, and she is hoping to study abroad in England this upcoming autumn. Rachel was one of our top 5 … Read more

Letters 1916 lunchtime talk & reading – 27 April 2016

Sunday, 24 April 2016 marks 100 years since the beginning of the 1916 Rising. Join us on 27 April at 1pm in An Foras Feasa at Maynooth University to mark the centenary of this historical event.   An Foras Feasa is located on the first floor of the Iontas Building on the North Campus of Maynooth … 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

1916: A Letter from Ireland, BBC 4 Radio, 27 March 2016

  Letters of 1916: A Year in the Life was the subject of a 30 minute radio documentary on BBC 4 Radio which was broadcast on Easter Sunday (27 March 2016).  To listen back to the documentary, click the image on the right. The BBC Radio player will open in a new window. From the … 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 | Moncrieff Show, Newstalk FM, 22 March 2016

  The Letters of 1916 project received a lovely shoutout from @DarraghDoyle on the Moncrieff show on Newstalk FM this afternoon.  It was mentioned during Darragh’s weekly “Internet Loveliness: 10 things to check out on the web this week” slot (every Tuesday). The project is mentioned second in the following segment. Make sure you listen on … Read more