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Christmas at the Front: Insights from the Monica Roberts Collection

Christmas CardThe Monica Roberts Collection Database is well-worth examining for insights into the personal stories of Irish soldiers fighting at the Front and their experiences at Christmas time. The letters have recently been transcribed and digitized by Dublin City Council and the user-friendly database allows for keyword searching across the collection and also searching by ‘month and date’. This allows researchers to explore different themes and topics.  A search using  key-words such as ‘Christmas’ and 'New Year' finds vivid pen-pictures of  different soldiers and their efforts to keep their spirits up during the Christmas period. Read more »

Dublin at War

WW114 Uniforms

View 'Dublin at War' Image Gallery.

The period 1914 to 1918 was the last time Ireland was involved as a combatant in war on an international scale. Though we cannot say that Ireland has been a country at peace, during the past hundred years it has not suffered from the fear of invasion, the loss of thousands of young lives and the hardship of full-scale war.

At the time of the outbreak of World War I, nationalist Ireland was eagerly awaiting the introduction of Home Rule, while unionists were preparing to use all means within their power to prevent it. When the war began, Irishmen were called on to join the fight against the German Empire, placing national politics to one side for the duration of the war, with the promise of Home Rule at the end of it. At local level, Dublin, a city suffering great poverty, rife with disease and almost uninhabitable slums, had these major civic issues pushed into the background by the outbreak of war. Dublin was also a city with a tradition of having a strong military presence, and during the war years Dubliners bore witness to thousands of soldiers passing through their streets to embark for England for training or to return to the Front.  In terms of everyday life, the coming of war also resulted in food and fuel shortages and more restricted movement in terms of social life and entertainment. Read more »

Mount Street Club: A unique response to unemployment in Dublin

Exhibition Room at Dublin City Library and ArchiveA fascinating new exhibition about the Mount Street Club was launched on Monday 1 Dec at Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, D2 and is now open to public until 23 December 2014.The exhibition was curated by Dominic and Sarah Perrem on behalf of the Mount Street Club Trust and it provides an illustrated chronology of the work of the  Club over an 80 year period. Read more »

New WWI Resources at Dublin City Library & Archive

Royal Dublin Fusiliers badgeAncestry Library Edition is now available for consultation free of charge in the Reading Room of Dublin City Library & Archive. Among other items, this contains official records for the First World War, including: 

  • British Army World War I Service Records 1914-20
  • British Army World War I Pension Records 1914-20;
  • British Army World War I Medal Rolls Index Cards 1914-20;
  • UK Soldiers died in the Great War 1914-1919

Explore Your Archive Story Box: Parnell Square

Explore Your Archive LogoThere is a goldmine of information and untold stories within the collections of Dublin City Archives.  This STORYBOX created for Explore Your Archive Week 2014 gives examples of how we can use a variety of different archival collections to uncover the history of a particular area or street across different centuries. The STORYBOX focuses on examples of archival sources which relate to Parnell Square (previously known as Rutland Square), one of Dublin’s finest Georgian Squares. The original items referred to below can be viewed by calling to Dublin City Library and Reading Room in person.

Please bring photographic id with you on your first visit so that we can issue you with a research card.

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