Digital Repository of Ireland Launched


The Digital Repository of Ireland, a trusted national infrastructure for the preservation, curation and dissemination of Ireland’s humanities, social sciences, and cultural heritage data, was officially launched on Thursday 25 June 2015.

The Digital Repository of Ireland is built by a research consortium of six academic partners working together to deliver the repository, policies, guidelines and training. These research consortium partners are: Royal Irish Academy (RIA, lead institute), Maynooth University (MU), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), and National College of Art and Design (NCAD). DRI is also supported by a network of academic, cultural, social, and industry partners, including the National Library of Ireland (NLI), the National Archives of Ireland (NAI) and RTÉ.

From Antrim to Zanzibar: Heritage Research at Ulster University

Colin breen

On Wednesday 25th February 2015 at 7pm Dr Colin Breen will be giving the 2015 Convocation Lecture ‘From Antrim to Zanzibar: Heritage Research at Ulster University’.

The University has a strong profile in heritage and archaeological research. This lecture will highlight the relevance of this work using a number of case studies including past climate change, early nation-building in Ireland and Scotland and the process of colonialism across Africa. The key issues of identity and sustainability underpin much of this research.

Dr Breen led a major archaeological excavation at Dunluce Castle, encouraging members of the local community to participate. In 2012 he published ‘Dunluce Castle: Archaeology and History’.

Join us for the lecture at 7pm on 25th February in E206 at the Coleraine campus and for light refreshments afterwards.

Although the lecture is open for anyone to attend, please let us know if you intend to come by contacting:

Convocation Executive Committee, Office of the University Secretary, Ulster University, Cromore Road, Coleraine BT52 1SA

Tel: +44 (28) 7012 4114



NIPR – Launch of New Website

NIPR-e1397496005781NIPR – the National Collection of Northern Ireland Publications – has recently launched its new website. NIPR aims to “identify, collect, preserve and make available for consultation every book, pamphlet, periodical and report published in Northern Ireland since January 2000″.

There is a searchable catalogue to help find particular local publications of interest.

New Irish Taxation Database

The Library has set up a new subscription to TaxFind. This is a comprehensive full-text database covering all aspects of the Irish taxation system. It includes access to relevant legislation, case law (Irish, UK and EU), news information and the complete articles of the Irish Tax Review journal back to March 2006.

The database is available on campus automatically as well as off-campus using a unique username/password.

A short video demonstrating the database is available by clicking here

The Dublin Castle Records, 1798-1926

The Dublin Castle administration in Ireland was the government of Ireland under English and later British rule, from the twelfth century until 1922, based at Dublin Castle. Dublin Castle Records, 1798-1926 contains records of the British administration in Ireland prior to 1922, a crucial period which saw the rise of Parnell and the Land War in 1880 through to the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1921. This collection comprises materials from Series CO 904, The National Archives, Kew, UK.

 To access the database select a Cengage database such as Nineteenth Century British Library newspapers, proceed to the list of Cengage databases (see picture below) and select Archives Unbound.

Irish –Australia transportation records

These records held in the National Archives of Ireland list the names crimes and sentences of people sent to the penal colonies. In many cases burglary and robbery brought sentences of seven years, though cow or sheep stealing could bring sentences of ten years.  Sometimes transportation sentences were commuted to shorter periods of imprisonment. Nineteen year old Thomas Adams from Antrim had his proposed transportation commuted to eighteen months imprisonment. Murder brought the death penalty but could be “respited” if the convict was transported for life.  Such was the fate of Thomas Kenna of Waterford. Patrick Hagan, aged 60, was detained in Dundalk Guardhouse for being a United Irishman. The records are searchable and give interesting insights into the crimes and punishments of late eighteenth/early nineteenth century Ireland.  There is also an article by Rena Lohan on the Archives’ resources on the transportation of Irish convicts to Australia.

Celtic Digital Initiative

“The aim of the Celtic Digital Initiative (CDI) is to make scarce resources available in an electronic format to students and scholars…There are five major sections: Images (digitised pictures of interest to Celticists), Text Archive (PDF files of rare material), Articles (PDF files of selected publications by staff members), Celtic Noticeboard (an area devoted to announcements of forthcoming conferences, events, vacancies, publications etc.) and Celtic journals (tables of contents of journals of Celtic studies interest).” (From Celtic Digital Initiative Homepage)

Irish Military Archives

The Irish Military Archives has online collections; online collections finding aids; and information on the Archives’ offline collections.  There are finding aids for the Civil War Internment Collection and for the Civil War Operations and Intelligence Reports Collection.

The internment Collection has, for example, material relating to male and female prisoners held in military custody in Kimainham Prison during the Civil War. In the intelligence reports Collection there is a report on the “need for surveillance of radio activities”, and a report on the “Northern [Ireland] Government compiled by Intelligence Staff GHQ from official memoranda, parliamentary debates, semi-official journals, well-informed sources and reports from special agents”.

The Collections are open to the general public and the finding aids are useful indices to their content.

Chief Secretary’s Office Registered Papers

The National Archives of Ireland is making available online, the Chief Secretary’s Office Registered Papers. The papers cover the period 1818 to 1852.  The current catalogue for 1818-1822 contains 10,854 item and file descriptions, with an estimated 40,000 items processed. They “…constitute one of the most valuable collections of original source material for research into Ireland in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. They offer a rich source for scholars of Irish political, social, economic, labour, and women’s history, as well as for local historians and genealogists”.

The website has a context page explaining the significance and importance of the papers for historical research.

Treaty Exhibition

See The National Archives of Ireland Treaty Exhibition. It “focuses on the 90th anniversary of the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 and draws almost exclusively upon the rich documentary holdings of original Irish Government records held in the National Archives. The core of ‘Treaty’ is the original document itself released online in its entirety on 6 December 2011”.

There is a timeline, a document gallery, exhibition topics, information on delegates, a newsreel and a video about the Treaty.