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

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

Looking after your letters

Looking after your letters A guest blog post by Charlotte Anstis, a Conservation Intern at the National Archives of Ireland Through the centuries paper has shown itself to be an incredibly robust and flexible material in many ways, illustrated by its sheer survival alone. Its longevity and condition are, however, greatly determined by the care 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 Institution: National Archives of Ireland

The process of creating a digital collection such as The letters of 1916, takes many people with many skills and expertise. This is the first blog post that describes one piece of the workflow from sourcing an analogue document to creating a digital surrogate. The letters of 1916 has been blessed with the National Archives … 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

Letters 1916 Project on the RTE Six One News

The Letters 1916 Project was featured on the RTE Six One News this evening. Philip Bromwell, RTÉ News Video Journalist joined our Associate Editors Karolina Badzmierowska and Brian Hughes photographing the letters of 1916 at the National Archives of Ireland. The report also included an interview with the project’s Principle Investigator and Editor-in-Chief, Prof Susan Schreibman and contributors: Tessa … Read more