by Avice-Claire McGovern, Librarian Eyewitness accounts from Tuesday, 9th May 1916 On Easter Monday, 24th April 1916, Alfred West was attending the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse, when he heard about the outbreak of the Easter Rising in Dublin. He decided to leave early and, not thinking that things were as serious as reported, drove […]


by Maria O’Shea, Manuscripts Student One of the wonderful things about working in our Department of Manuscripts is that, as well as working with political and official documents, you come across material that makes you remember that history is made up of real people. One example is a collection of heartbreaking correspondence between Seán T. […]


by Maria O’Shea, Manuscripts Student We have a number of letters here at the National Library written by the nationalist sympathiser Caroline Margaret Douglas, Marchioness of Queensberry, including ten letters, c. 1900-1901, many, if not most of which were sent to James Connolly as editor of The Workers’ Republic. Caroline Douglas née Clayton (1821-1904) was […]