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Vere Foster’s Irish Female Emigration Fund

As part of our series: From the Archives: Public History, Hayley Kilgallon (MA in Public History, 2018) examines a report written by Vere Henry Louis Foster (1819-1900) regarding the assisted emigration fund he founded and managed. The report, published in October 1884, highlights the hardship in Ireland at the time and the desperation among people to emigrate. It also gives an insight into how Foster operated his scheme.

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‘File of newspaper cuttings relating to AIDS’, Irish Queer Archive Ms. 46,004/2 National Library of Ireland

Mother’s advice on condoms (Irish Press 1990)

In this month’s article for the ‘From the Archive’ series, MA in Public History graduate Jen Falgout examines a 1990 letter to The Irish Press newspaper from Mrs. P. O’Reilly, a veteran contraceptive rights campaigner. In her letter O’Reilly makes an impassioned intervention in support of the Irish Family Planning Association and loosening restrictions on condom sales.

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Tattoo Schellenberg (Foto: Michael Zanghellini)

‘What, No Costumes?’ An Article from the Dublin Evening Mail

As part of our series: From the Archives: Public History, Lindsay Doyle examines an article from the Dublin Evening Mail first published on 11 July 1953. The article addressed comments made by a judge of folk dancing for the International Eisteddfod competition in Wales. The judge, Violet Alford, reportedly made several remarks about the lack of traditional dress worn by some competitors. The article addressed Alford’s comments on the Irish costumes present, and further questioned the existence of a ‘traditional’ Irish step dancing dress.

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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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