1916 and Me / 2016 and Us

The year 1916, and the events that occurred during it, can mean multiple things to different people. By asking 'what does 1916 mean to you?', this collection explores the political, social, and cultural legacies of the year 1916 in the construction of identity and historical consciousness among people and communities across the island of Ireland, north and south. The collection consists of recorded interviews with various individuals (academics, community leaders, politicians, artists, writers and members of the public) giving their views on the significance of the events of 100 years ago, and also on the meaning of commemoration. '1916 and Me/2016 and Us' is a collaboration between University College Dublin School of History, Queen's University Belfast School of History and Anthropology, UCD Digital Library, and HistoryHub.ie, UCD's public history website. The project was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Fund, and involved the recording of a number of short interviews with people talking about what 1916 means to them during the centenary year of 2016.

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1916 Rising Postcards

Part of UCD Library's Curran Collection, most of these postcards were published in 1916 in the immediate aftermath of the Insurrection. They provide an excellent contemporary pictorial record of the damage to the city; one showing a “before and after” photograph of Sackville (O'Connell) Street. Some are reproductions of “under fire” photos taken by the Daily Sketch photographer and published by Easons. Other series were produced by Hely's and Coleman's publishers. The collection contains 37 distinct postcards (as well as duplicates) collected by Constantine Curran.

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19th Century Pamphlet Collection

Collection of 19th century pamphlets, predominantly of Irish interest and covering a broad spectrum of subjects.


19th Century Social History Pamphlets Collection

Collection of pamphlets relating to 19th century Irish social history, particularly the themes of education, health, famine, poverty, business and communications.


Aerial laser scanning (ALS) data collected over an area of around 1 square km in Dublin city in 2007

Aerial laser scanning (ALS) data collected over an area of around 1 square km in Dublin city in 2007 (see satellite image). A total of ~225 million points were acquired for a dense urban neighbourhood. ALS was carried out by contractors using FLI-MAP 2 system. The system operated at a scan angle of 60 degrees, with an angular spacing of 60/1000 degrees between pulses. The FLI-MAP 2 system also provides spectral data in two different forms: (i) intensity and (ii) colour. An intensity value is provided for each point while colour information is provided by cameras acquiring images during the flyover and is transferred to scan points. The flying altitude varied between ~380-480m, with an average value of ~400m. Total 44 flight strips were acquired and 2823 flight path points were recorded, providing instantaneous aircraft position over time.


Ancient World Mapping Center : Map files

Shapefiles in compressed archive (zip) format representing ancient world geographic features, captured from the Ancient World Mapping Center (http://awmc.unc.edu/).


Austin Clarke/Poetry Ireland Library Research Project

The Austin Clarke/Poetry Ireland Library is a gathering of more than 5,000 volumes, almost all of which were once part of Clarke’s private library and are now housed at UCD Special Collections.


The Beckett Country Collection

Two publications: (1) 'The Beckett Country: Samuel Beckett's Ireland', by Eoin O'Brien, written to celebrate Samuel Beckett's eightieth birthday in 1986. (2) The catalogue to 'The Beckett Country' exhibition, first held in The Library, University of Reading, in May 1986.


Beranger Watercolours in University College Dublin Library

18th century watercolours of Irish antiquities, done by or for Gabriel Beranger.

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Boehm/Casement Papers

This collection consists largely of letters from Roger Casement to Captain Hans Boehm, during Casement's stay in Germany in 1915, as well as some associated material (photographs, medals) relating to his first contact with the German authorities in November and December 1914 and the formation of the Irish Brigade in 1915.


Changing Ireland: Cultural Heritage and Migration Research Project

The Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive (IVRLA) is a digitisation project launched in UCD in January 2005. The project was conceived as a means to increase and facilitate access to UCD's cultural heritage repositories through the adoption of digitisation technologies.


Civic and Ecclesiastical Architecture of Georgian Dublin Collection

Selection of 35mm slides from the collection of the School of Art History and Cultural Policy, focusing on the civic and ecclesiastical architecture of eighteenth-century Dublin.

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The Collected Letters of Nano Nagle

A collection of the surviving letters of Honora (Nano) Nagle (1718-1784), foundress of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (PBVM). Nano Nagle brought the Ursuline congregation to Ireland, before founding the Presentations. This collection represents a digital reunification of the surviving letters. A cousin of Edmund Burke, Nano was a member of a prominent Catholic landowning family in Munster. The material is collated from three separate archival collections: the Presentation Sisters Congregational Archives, Cork (PSCA); the archives of the Presentation Convent, George's Hill, Dublin; and the Presentation Archives, San Francisco, USA. Within the PSCA, there are letters originally belonging to the Archives of the Ursuline Convent, Blackrock, Cork; these letters were gifted to the Irish Presentation Sisters on the occasion of the tercentenary of the birth of Nano Nagle (2018). There is also one letter that was gifted by the Presentation Convent, New Windsor, USA, on the occasion of the tercentenary. The digital collection comprises of seventeen manuscript letters; the letters are from Nano Nagle to Eleanor Fitzsimons (later Sr. Angela Fitzsimons), an Irish religious novice in Paris, and from Nano Nagle to Teresa Mulally, educator of the poor, in Dublin.


Colm Ó Lochlainn Collection: Ballads

Collection of broadsheet and single ballads which were the major source for Ó Lochlainn's two volumes of Irish street ballads.


Curran Collection - Photographs

Collection of photographs compiled by Constantine Peter Curran, 1880-1972.

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Dataset comprising photographic documentation of 444 buildings in Dublin, Ireland

Photographic data regarding 444 builings in Dublin, Ireland, comprising primarily multi-layer images in Adobe PhotoShop (PSD) format. The majority of images consist of one or more photographic images that have been manpulated to create a single ortorectified image of a structure; a structure may be represented by more than one PSD file, such that 516 images in total are included in the dataset.

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Dataset describing attributes and condition of 449 buildings in Dublin, Ireland, compiled in 2013.

Data regarding 449 builings in Dublin, Ireland, comprising tables of building characteristics and attributes and an assessment of building status by a range of criteria.


Desmond FitzGerald Photographs

This collection of photographic prints forms part of the papers of Desmond FitzGerald (P80). The majority of theses photographs arise out of the Civil War but other smaller series relate to the aftermath of the Easter Rising and to the War of Independence. There are also other series of army portraits and of historical occasions photographs.

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Domestic Architecture of Georgian Dublin Collection

Selection of 35mm slides from the collection of the School of Art History and Cultural Policy, focusing on the domestic architecture of eighteenth-century Dublin.

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Dublin Journal of Medical and Chemical Science Index

A database of the Dublin Journal of Medical and Chemical Science between its creation in 1832 and the year 1949.


Dublin Metropolitan Police and Civic Guard (Garda Síochána) Personnel Registers

The two volumes in this collection contain hand written entries recording the details of recruits and applicants to the Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) and An Garda Síochána. The Civic Guard (Garda Síochána) Temporary Register covers the period from February 1922 to September 1924. The Dublin Metropolitan Police General Register covers the period from 1837 to 1975, although only the entries up to 1925 have been digitised and made available online for data protection reasons. The large double ledger volumes record details such as: age or date of birth; height; trade or occupation; home town; previous public service details; and pay. Details of the religion of a recruit were added to the DMP General Register from October 1858 while the Civic Guard Temporary Register recorded chest measurements as well as height and also includes reasons for the rejection of an applicant. The volumes will be of interest to those interested in genealogy and social history, as well as the history of policing in Ireland.


Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) Prisoners Books

The Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) Prisoners Books for 1905-1908 and 1911-1918 are amongst the most valuable new documents to come to light on the revolutionary decade. They include important information on social and political life in the capital during the last years of the Union, from the period of widespread anticipation of Home Rule, to the advent of the 1913 Lockout, the outbreak of the First World War, the Easter Rising and its aftermath, including the conscription crisis of 1918. They will also be invaluable to those interested in criminology, genealogy, and family history.


Dublin Town Planning Competition 1914

The Dublin Town Planning Competition was held in 1914, with the aim to "elicit Plans and Reports of a preliminary and suggestive character, and thus obtain contributions and alternatives which may be of value towards the guidance of the future development of the City in its various directions". The Dublin civic survey report refers to the competition as the Aberdeen Competition, probably due to the prize for the best design which was presented by the Marquis of Aberdeen and Temair. Eight entries were submitted in total, each relating to the Greater Dublin area, taking in Howth, Glasnevin, Ashtown, Dundrum and Dalkey. The main headings for the proposals included: 1. Communications; 2. Housing; and 3. Metropolitan improvements. The submission by Patrick Abercrombie, Sydney Kelly and Arthur Kelly was awarded the prize in 1916. Due to major political and historical events, the winning entry was not officially published until 1922, with the final Civic Report not published until 1925. Out of the eight entries, only three are known to have survived.

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Ellis (b.1965, Cornwall, England) studied sculpture in England and trained as a conservator. He moved to Ireland in 1994 and set up a successful conservation practice. Since 2007 he has devoted himself fulltime to making sculpture. The work, over 7 metres high, was commissioned for the Roebuck Residence buildings. It reflects Ellis’s interest in the work of the early modernist sculptor Constantin Brancusi.

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