First World War

  French painter Eugène Emmanuel Lemercier is not remembered primarily for his artistic work. Rather, his name evokes the vibrant correspondence he sent from the western front to his beloved mother in Paris, between August 1914 and his death in April 1915. This unique collection of wartime correspondence is preserved in the National Library of [...]

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by Josh Hughes, NLI project intern and MPhil in Digital Humanities and Culture, TCD On Thursday, 21 March 2013, the National Library of Ireland will host its third collection day on behalf of the Europeana 1914-1918 project. In an effort to preserve and make available to the public the stories, artefacts and photographs that many [...]

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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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