Abigail Rieley

by Abigail Rieley, writer and journalist Hidden in the National Library’s collection of prints and drawings is the face of a murder victim. Maria Louisa Kirwan died exactly 160 years ago. She was killed by her husband on Ireland’s Eye, the barren little island that lies just off Howth in North County Dublin on September [...]

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by Abigail Rieley – Writer, Journalist, Court Reporter & NLI Reader The ghosts of the forgotten haunt the National Library of Ireland; those whose stories lie in out of print pages or hidden in the close-knit column inches of microfilmed newspapers. These are the stories lost in the past, forgotten by the public who once [...]

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by Abigail Rieley, Writer & NLI Reader For me, former Taoiseach Charlie Haughey will always be inextricably linked to the rattling of microfilm readers. I was sitting at one in the Reading Room in 1992 when he made his resignation speech, listening to the reaction from Leinster House next door on the headphones of my [...]

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