We have quite a few stories to share…


Cumann na nGaedheal election poster, 1932.  NLI call no. EPH ELE 1930-40 12

Cumann na nGaedheal election poster, 1932. NLI call no. EPH ELE 1930-40 12

In over 120 years on Kildare Street we have accumulated quite a few stories; not to mention a few million books, maps, photographs, manuscripts, diaries, letters, prints, drawings and a wonderfully eclectic range of ephemera.

People are at the centre of our stories: our visitors and researchers who come to the library to visit exhibitions, attend events, investigate their family history and write their stories.

In our blog we’ll bring you behind the scenes to meet our staff, introduce you to our visitors past and present, and put you in the front row of events.

Happy Reading!

Any and all suggestions for blog posts will be gratefully accepted – just comment away, or email Carol at blog@nli.ie

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Paul Timms August 1, 2014 at 10:03 am

My great grandfather, John Keppel Hopkins was London correspondent for Freeman’s Journal in the late 1800′s/early 1900′s.

He was an accomplished journalist who later went to New York and worked for the New York Times. He was also London correspondent for the Dublin Evening Telegraph.

He became involved with a well documented divorce case in the early 1900s with a lady named Elizabeth Sproule who accused him of bigamy.

Would you have any articles or records pertaining to him which would help in a book I am researching

Many thanks

Paul Timms


Fear an Phoist August 6, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Hi Paul,

I haven’t been able to find any records on him in the NLI but there is an entry for him in Scoop!, a biographical dictionary of British & Irish journalists. See http://www.scoop-database.com/ – It’s a subscription database but free to search on NLI premises.


Paul Timms September 28, 2014 at 6:10 am

Many thanks for your help


Michelle Clarges June 27, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Hi there

How do I get a copy of any Irish newspaper from 14th September 1983?

Many thanks.


Bean an Phoist July 5, 2013 at 9:34 am

Hello Michelle

Depends which newspaper you’re looking for. You can check our newspapers here: http://www.nli.ie/en/catalogues-and-databases-printed-newspapers.aspx and then it really depends on whether it’s on microfilm or in hardcopy form. We also have on-site access to a lot of Irish newspapers online.

If you’re coming in person, our opening hours are here: http://www.nli.ie/en/opening-hours.aspx You’re looking for the Main Reading Room when you come in (building beside Leinster House/the Dáil on Kildare Street).

You can advance order: http://www.nli.ie/en/online-order-form.aspx so that the newspapers you want to see are ready for you when you come in. Alternatively, if you know the paper you want, just contact our copying service with the details and they can look after everything for you. Full details here: http://www.nli.ie/en/reprographic-services.aspx

Hope that helps, and apologies for slow reply


Deborah Wade May 11, 2012 at 11:51 am

I am looking for an original picture taken by Austin Finn in the Irish press of my brother Patrick Wade I think it was taken in 1973 and the heading on the article was Pat gets the bird I would be glad of any help


Bean an Phoist May 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Hi Deborah. If you email Berni on bmetcalfe@nli.ie in our Reprographics Dept., she should be able to help you…


Ken Saunderson March 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Re. William Vincent Wallace. Thank goodness we have Dr. Una Hunt to keep us informed of past composers and valued musicians. Perhaps she could have her friend Miriam Gallagher produce a work that Dr Hunt could showcase Wallace’s music.


Bernadette September 15, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Hi, someone told me that you are looking for old photographs of Irish children, is that correct?


Aoife O Connor September 16, 2011 at 8:41 am

Hi Bernadette

I’m, Aoife, the curator of our new exhibiton Small Lives. The exhibition displays photographs of children from all over Ireland between the years 1880 and 1970. The exhibition can be seen in the library’s photographic gallery in Templebar, Dublin until June 2012. If you can’t get to Templebar you can see the photos from the exhibiton here on our flickr pages

If you are interested in making a donation of photographs you can contact Elizabeth in our Photograhic Archive section, see our website for contat details National Photographic Archive


Leslie Rowlands July 20, 2011 at 11:05 am

Is there any progress on the church registers going on line ?


Bean an Phoist July 22, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Hi Les
Sorry for slow reply! Lots of work, but no definite timeline as yet.
Keep an eye here for updates…