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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.

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UCD Ephemera Collection


A collection of ephemera primarily associated with the history and development of UCD.

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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.

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Historic Maps Collection


18th and 19th century historic maps acquired by UCD Library from various sources.

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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.

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Towards 2016


Material taken from UCD Archives and UCD Special Collections relating to the events of Easter 1916.

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Reconstructing Irish Science: The Library of the Royal College of Science for Ireland (1867-1926)


A representative selection of printed books and maps associated with the scientific subjects taught at the Royal College of Science for Ireland (RCSI) held in UCD Special Collections.

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Beranger Watercolours in University College Dublin Library


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

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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.

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John O'Donovan/William Reeves Correspondence


Correspondence between John O'Donovan (1809-1861), and, principally, William Reeves (1815-1892): eighty letters (1832-1860) and twenty-six undated note fragments.

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19th Century Pamphlet Collection


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

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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.

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Irish Women Writers of Children's Literature, 1870-1940


A selection of extracts from printed books from the Manning Collection held in UCD Special Collections along with reference information on the Manning Collection (UCD) and on the Maírín Cregan Papers (National Library of Ireland).

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UCD Letters


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.

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Curran Collection - Photographs


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

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Hermes: an illustrated university literary quarterly


Hermes was a literary journal for the staff and students of University College, Dublin. The first issue stated that the periodical "would not seek to be a semi-political organ of the student body, but would publish essays, poems, and reviews ... written either by the professors and students of the University or by their friends". The magazine also welcomed contributions from all the colleges of the Royal University, including the then Queen's Colleges in Belfast, Cork, and Galway.

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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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The Kangaroo


The newspaper, called ‘The Kangaroo’, was produced on board the troopship HMAT Afric, which carried men of the 1st battalion Australian Imperial Force (AIF), from its departure from Sydney on the 19th October 1914 until its arrival in Alexandria, Egypt on the 3rd December 1914. The newspaper was edited by Walter Wade, an Irish-born soldier in the AIF. This collection represents twenty-three issues of the paper, comprising of most issues published, along with variant editions and duplicates. There are gaps in the daily publication record, but this collection does have copies that are absent from other nationally significant holdings of ‘The Kangaroo’ extant in Australian libraries.

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St. Stephen's: a record of University life


St. Stephen's was a University College Dublin magazine started in 1901. The contributors and editorial staff included names that would later become important figures in Irish literary, political, and educational circles. Initially edited by Hugh Kennedy, the magazine was subsequently edited by Felix Hackett, Thomas Kettle, Constantine Peter Curran, John Kennedy, and Francis Cruise O'Brien. Contributors were mainly staff and students of the University, among them James Joyce, Patrick Pearse, Francis Sheehy-Skeffington, George Sigerson, and Patrick J. Little. The magazine was issued monthly during term. The magazine ceased publication in May 1906, but was re-started in 1960. This collection covers the initial volumes from 1901-1906.

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Irish Builder and Engineer Catalogue


Catalogue of the Irish Builder and Engineer.

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Irish Poetry Reading Collection Volume 4


This is volume 4 of the Irish Poetry Reading Archive. For full details of the collection and to browse all the poets in the collection please see the collection record for the Irish Poetry Reading Archive.

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Irish Poetry Reading Collection


The Irish Poetry Reading Collection, which forms part of the Irish Poetry Reading Archive, is a central repository for readings by Irish poets, in both the English and the Irish language. This collection aims to capture and preserve the rich and diverse landscape of poetry in Ireland, and includes the voices of: established poets; emerging poets; performance poets; avant-garde poets; English and Irish language poets; and Irish diaspora poets. Many of the readings are accompanied by handwritten or typed presentation copies of the poem, created by the poet especially for the reading.

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Irish Poetry Reading Collection Volumes 1-3


This is volumes 1, 2, and 3 of the Irish Poetry Reading Collection. For full details on the Irish Poetry Reading Archive, and to browse all of the poets in the entire collection, please see the collection record for the Irish Poetry Reading Collection.

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The Beckett Country Collection


This collections comprises of 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.

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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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