Digital Library

Why is the National Library archiving key Irish websites? The web is a fluid and transformative place, and research indicates that up to 60% of URLS have been deleted or changed after just two years![1]  Web archiving involves identifying, selecting and preserving websites to ensure this record of Irish life is not lost and will […]


by Catherine Ryan, Digital Collections Student Bloomsday On the 16th of June, 1954 the first Bloomsday was celebrated in Ireland. Flann O’Brien, Patrick Kavanagh, Anthony Cronin, Tom Joyce and John Ryan met in Dublin to trace the Ulysses route, starting at the Martello Tower in Sandycove through Sandymount Strand and on towards the shadier parts […]


by Fiona Ross, Director of the NLI The National Library of Ireland was established in 1877 and the doors of our magnificent building on Kildare Street were first opened to the public 121 years ago this coming August. One of the NLI Trustees at that time, Dr. Edward Dowden (1843-1913), made a wonderful speech that […]