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1916 Rising Postcards

Abstract: 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.

  1. Sinn Fein rebellion : Hotel Metropole and Post Office, Dublin. Before and after
  2. Sinn Fein rebellion, 1916 : Hotel Metropole and Post Office, Dublin
  3. Sinn Fein rebellion : D.B.C. Sackville Street, Dublin. Before and after
  4. Sinn Fein rebellion : Sackville Street, Dublin. Before and after
  5. Sinn Fein rebellion, 1916 : Sackville Street, Dublin
  6. Sinn Fein rebellion, 1916 : Liberty Hall, Dublin
  7. Sinn Fein rebellion : corner of Sackville Street, Dublin. Before and after
  8. Sinn Fein rebellion, 1916 : corner of Sackville Street, Dublin
  9. O'Connell Bridge and quays Dublin : before and after "Sinn Fein Rebellion"
  10. Sinn Fein rebellion, 1916 : inside the General Post Office, Dublin
  11. Sinn Fein rebellion, 1916 : smoking ruins on the side of the Liffey, Dublin
  12. Sinn Fein rebellion, 1916 : D.B.C. Sackville Street, Dublin
  13. Sinn Fein rebellion, 1916 : wrecked shops in Sackville Street, Dublin
  14. John Daly. Thomas J. Clarke. Sean McDermott
  15. James Connolly murdered May 12th 1916
  16. After the insurrection : ruins of Eden Quay
  17. After the insurrection : burning ruins in Upper Sackville Street
  18. Exterior of G.P.O. after evacuation, showing broken flag-post from which Republican flag was flown
  19. The insurrection in Dublin : armoured motor car in Bachelor's Walk
  20. After the insurrection : corner of Bachelor's Walk and Lr. Sackville Street, which commanded O'Connell Bridge
  21. Henry Street, Dublin, looking towards Nelson's Pillar, after bombardment
  22. Sackville Street, Dublin, from O'Connell Bridge, after the bombardment
  23. Sackville Street, Dublin (Abbey Street corner) after the bombardment
  24. Sackville Street, Dublin, showing ruins of Hotel Metropole and G.P.O. after bombardment
  25. Henry Street, Dublin, showing side of G.P.O. after the bombardment
  26. Interior Coliseum Theatre, Dublin, after bombardment
  27. Sackville Street, Dublin, showing ruins of D.B.C. restaurant after bombardment
  28. The funeral of the late president Arthur Griffith : passing through O'Connell Street
  29. Irish rebellion May 1916 : a group of officers with the captured rebel flag
  30. Irish rebellion May 1916 : the interior of the ballroom, Imperial Hotel, Dublin, after the siege
  31. Irish rebellion May 1916 : Talbot Street, Dublin, held against a rebel charge. Picture taken under fire
  32. Irish rebellion May 1916 : Henry Street, Dublin, after the shelling of the rebels
  33. Irish rebellion May 1916 : Liberty Hall, Dublin, the rebel headquarters, after the storming
  34. Irish rebellion May 1916 : The General Post Office, Dublin (rebel headquarters) destroyed
  35. Irish rebellion May 1916 : soldiers bivouacking opposite Liberty Hall, the rebel headquarters in Dublin
  36. Irish rebellion May 1916 : Sackville Street in flames. A photograph taken by a "Daily Sketch" photographer under fire
  37. Irish rebellion May 1916 : soldiers holding a Dublin street
Origin information
Dublin, Ireland
Date issued:
Type of Resource
still image
Physical description
37 items
Scope and content
Item 1.H.1/11 is a duplicate of 1.H.1/2 and 1.H.1/14 is a duplicate of 1.H.1/8. UCD Library also hold duplicate copies of the following items: 1.H.1/5, 1.H.1/6, 1.H.1/7, 1.H.1/9, 1.H.1/10, 1.H.1/12, 1.H.1/24, 1.H.1/26. These duplicates were not scanned.
Date details
The majority of items in the collection were published in 1916. One of the postcards dates from 1922.
Ireland--History--Easter Rising, 1916   linked data (lcsh)
Dublin (Ireland)--History--20th century
Dublin (Ireland)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works
War damage--Ireland--Dublin
UCD Library. UCD Library Special Collections
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"1916 Rising Postcards," held by UCD Library Special Collections. © Unknown. Digital content: © University College Dublin, published by UCD Library, University College Dublin <>

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Descriptions created by staff of UCD Library, University College Dublin. — Metadata creation date: 2015-01-15

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