Manuscripts

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 [...]

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by Nora-Jane Thornton, National Photographic Archive (and Unashamed Romantic) Closure, not the most romantic of sentiments, seems to be the message of this letter. It was written by the poet, Patrick Kavanagh in May 1945 to Hilda Moriarty, a young medical student whom he had met the previous year. In it he seems to acknowledge [...]

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Bean an Phoist says:  A few weeks ago, I asked NLI staff to pick things they love in our collections (maybe also about love) and to write about them for Valentine’s Day. Those who weren’t nimble enough to avoid me since then, are included here. And there will be two other posts today – Honora [...]

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