Ephemeral Arteries: Connecting with our past through ‘disposable’ artefacts

As time passes and we move further away from specific moments and events, nuance is lost. An historical narrative is written and in it incidents may be omitted and periods of time compressed so that a story can be neatly told. This is the nature of history-telling for the most part - condensing the story … Continue reading Ephemeral Arteries: Connecting with our past through ‘disposable’ artefacts

Holy Wells and Sacred Trees: Interference with the natural world

While legal and religious factors have long guided our moral compass, our traditional code of right and wrong has also been informing individual conduct for a considerable amount of time. In oral tradition, particular behaviours deemed to be unacceptable are often followed by examples of what happens when this code is ignored. Among the prohibitions … Continue reading Holy Wells and Sacred Trees: Interference with the natural world

Irregular News: Civil War and Republican ephemera

UCD Digital Library will soon make made available online a new collection entitled Irregular News: Civil War and Republican ephemera.  This collection contains a rich store of primary source material relating to the revolutionary period.  This material was collected by the Irish Franciscans and was originally held in their friary on Merchants Quay, which is … Continue reading Irregular News: Civil War and Republican ephemera

John O’Donovan Manuscripts in UCD Special Collections

UCD Special Collections holds several manuscripts written by the 19th century antiquarian John O’Donovan.  Of these manuscripts, perhaps the most intriguing is one entitled Description and historical illustrations of the round towers and other contemporaneous ecclesiastical remains in Ireland [UCD MS 49]. It also holds a collection of correspondence between O’Donovan and his friend and … Continue reading John O’Donovan Manuscripts in UCD Special Collections