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

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

By the Cover: Dust Jackets and the Austin Clarke Collection

Dublin-born poet and author Austin Clarke (1896 - 1974) amassed a large personal library during his lifetime. Encompassing prose, poetry, drama, literary criticism and biography, this collection of publications is now part of the Poetry Ireland Library, housed in UCD Special Collections. As well as revealing much about Clarke’s own reading interests and the type … Continue reading By the Cover: Dust Jackets and the Austin Clarke Collection

Ag Cruthú Foclóir Nua / What It Takes to Build A Dictionary

Agus muid ag ceiliúradh fhoilsiú an chéad fhoclóir Béarla–Gaeilge le 60 bliana anuas, breathnaímid siar ar réamhtheachtaí an fhoclóra chéanna agus an fear dílis a stiúraigh an togra úd.   As we celebrate the publication of Ireland’s first English–Irish dictionary in 60 years, we take some time to look back at its predecessor that served us … Continue reading Ag Cruthú Foclóir Nua / What It Takes to Build A Dictionary

A Well-Travelled Collection

The Franciscan Book Collection at UCD Library Special Collections In 2000 the Irish Franciscans (Order of Friars Minor: OFM) and University College Dublin (UCD) agreed a legal partnership, administered by the UCD-OFM partnership committee, whereby The Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute for the Study of Irish History and Civilisation was established. It was agreed that some … Continue reading A Well-Travelled Collection