From the Archives: Public History

Thanks to a collaboration between the National Library of Ireland and the 2017-18 UCD Public History MA, History Hub presents a new monthly series dedicated to showcasing manuscript and archival sources from the National Library of Ireland’s collections.

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Launch of DMP and Garda Personnel Registers

The DMP and Garda personnel registers give important insight into the lives of the men who served in the DMP and An Garda Síochána. They document a time of great change in Ireland’s history and provide a significant resource to historians, genealogists, and the general public.

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The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Bois by Fortunino Matania

Fr. Francis Gleeson Papers

For the first time in its history, papers from the Dublin Diocesan Archives have been made digitally available for scholars, researchers and members of the public. Experts in the Dublin Diocesan Archives and the UCD Digital Library, University College Dublin, have worked together for over 18 months to transcribe and digitize the diaries and papers of Fr Francis Gleeson, a Dublin Diocesan priest who ministered to soldiers in World War One.

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Letter from Edward Nolan to The O’Rahilly, 29th of April, 1915

April's From the Archives document is a letter written by Edward Nolan to his friend Michael Joseph (The) O’Rahilly on the 29th of April, 1915. While much about the letter arouses curiosity, the most eye-catching part occurs in the first sentence, with Nolan’s casual mention of the word “Lusitania”.

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Eamon de Valera by National Photo Company [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

March 1915: Letter from Pearse to de Valera

As well as providing an insight into the workings of the IRB and their plans for the Rising, this letter from Patrick Pearse to Eamon de Valera can be seen as a memento of a significant moment in de Valera’s life.

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