Éamon de Valera was one of the seventy-three Sinn Féin leaders arrested in May 1918 for their involvement in ‘treasonable communication with Germany’ outlined in a proclamation issued to the press by Lord French, commonly referred to as the ‘German Plot’. He was sent first to Gloucester Jail, and then, in early June, to Lincoln … Continue reading …and now the shells fall…
How could it happen that an Irish writer who wrote 40 novels between 1912-1948 does not appear in our Dictionary of National Biography? (This is a rhetorical question….) Mrs Victor Rickard, formerly Jessica Louisa Moore, was the author of over forty popular novels and other non- fiction works. One of her books, The Story of … Continue reading The Forgotten Mrs Victor Rickard
The finalists of the Blog Awards Ireland 2018 have just been announced and..... WE MADE IT!!!! We are so delighted and honoured to have made it through to the finals of both the Arts & Culture and Education & Science categories, that we burst into a dance in the office... The awards will take place on … Continue reading Bring on the Final!
UCD Library Special Collections has just completed the cataloguing of a major new W. B. Yeats Collection that it received as a donation in 2015. The interest of the collection stems not only for its contents, but also from the story of how it was gathered together and how it reached UCD Library. From the … Continue reading A Medical Marvel
UCD Library Cultural Heritage Collections blog has been long listed in the Blog Awards Ireland 2018. Yippee!!! With over 2,000 entries we were nominated in two categories; Best Arts & Culture Blog and Best Education & Science Blog. To read all the amazing blogs that were nominated in 29 hugely diverse categories click here. So … Continue reading We’ve been Nominated!!
'The cabin generally of the most miserable description, the furniture corresponding. The bed, a small quantity of straw and an indifferent blanket; sheets none.’ Thus James Kirwan Esq. J.P. describes the housing, furnishings and bedding in the parish of Tuam, Co Galway in 1836 in answer to a questionnaire sent out by the Royal Commission … Continue reading The Poor Law Commission
Irish Bogs contain an abundance of a particular type of moss known as sphagnum which has antiseptic and absorbent qualities. During WWI, this moss was gathered by female volunteers across the country and then sewn into cloth dressings which were sent to hospitals on the continent for the war wounded. UCD Special Collections holds the … Continue reading Sphagnum Moss to the Rescue
On 4th May 2018, Irish poet Thomas Kinsella turned 90 years old. An event hosted by the Lord Mayor of Dublin to mark this occasion was held in the Mansion House. UCD Library Special Collections holds the Thomas Kinsella Collection, containing over 700 items including books, pamphlets and ephemera which Kinsella generously donated to UCD … Continue reading Happy Birthday Mr. Kinsella
This blog post is about a grim institution of 18th century Dublin and contains details that some readers may find upsetting. The many commuters who use the Luas St. James's stop everyday are almost certainly aware that they are very near to the site of the proposed new National Children’s Hospital. It is unlikely though, … Continue reading The Foundling Hospital