To celebrate the launch of the collaborative Documents on Irish Foreign Policy (DIFP) and UCD Archives online exhibition Republic to republic: Ireland's international sovereignty, 1919-1949, this guest post will tell you about the diplomatic steps taken for Ireland to become a Republic. In January 1949 John Dulanty, Ireland's High Commissioner in London (the senior Irish diplomatic representative), … Continue reading Ireland leaves the Commonwealth
With the development of email, messaging apps and social media it can feel that the art of letter writing will soon become a distant memory. A memory that future generations will assign to their great great grand parents (aka us!) But there are those who are fighting back. Letters of Note is a website dedicated to … Continue reading Write me a letter
UCD Special Collections holds a wonderfully lavish four volume set of early 19th century books entitled Pitture de vasi antichi de la Collection de son Excellence M. le Chevalier Hamilton. Much is known about Sir William Hamilton the antiquities collector and the influence of the dissemination of the images from the vases has been well documented. … Continue reading The Beauty of Greek Vases
We have all, at one time or another, forgotten to return a borrowed book, or hung on to one lent to us for longer than we ought. Indeed, despite the best of intentions all manner of tomes and texts may at times holiday among our own collections for weeks, months or even years. Such is … Continue reading Your book is well overdue!
Before you jump into this enthralling blog post, we do want you to know that it is about medical illustrations that show depictions of medical conditions, and they may not be for everyone. Richmond Surgical Hospital was opened in 1811, consisted of 120 beds and was housed in an old converted convent on Channel Row, … Continue reading Should I see a doctor?
From a Jaunting Car to Civil War: Arthur Griffith arriving at the 2nd Dáil, 1921 The photograph shows a not unusual scene in Dublin in the 1920s. A single passenger sitting sideways on a side car pulled by a single horse and driven by a coachman - called a Jarvey in Ireland. The passenger in … Continue reading Jaysus, me Jarvey!
This time last year our guest blogger Dr Elva Johnston looked at St Brigid's family history, her life in Ireland and her highly respected standing amongst the early Irish Church. This year the National Folklore Collection rummage in their archives and.....well read on to find out more! In Irish folk tradition, the calendar is principally … Continue reading Ireland’s Second Saint