Posts Tagged ‘Ireland’
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
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
Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
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.
Monday, June 25th, 2012
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.
Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
“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)
Sunday, February 12th, 2012
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.
Friday, February 10th, 2012
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.
Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
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.
Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
Free Irish Genealogy eBooks lists over 400 ebooks. Although the site’s title suggests it is about genealogy – which it is – it is also much more than that. Those interested in the Irish Diaspora can read titles such as The Irish in Australia (1887); The Irish in Britain (1894); The Story of the Irish in Argentina (1919); Immigration of the Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania (1902); The Irish in America (1868); and The Irishman in Canada (1877). Ulster-Scots are represented by titles such as The Scot in America, and the Ulster Scot (1912); The Scotch-Irish in America (1915) and Scotch Irish Pioneers in Ulster and America (1910). Volumes of the Calendar of Ancient Records of Dublin are housed in the Magee and Coleraine Learning Resource Centres but you can also read them here online. Calendar of State Papers relating to Ireland are here, as is Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. These online titles are a compilation gathered from Clare County Library, Family History Archives, Google Books, Hathi Trust Digital Library, Internet Archive, Open Library and Project Gutenberg.
Thursday, June 16th, 2011
BBC Northern Ireland launched its Ulster-Scots website in May 2011. This excellent resource will be useful for those researching culture in Northern Ireland. Every aspect of Ulster Scots culture is covered. You can add your own patch to the site’s growing Community Quilt where people speak about what Ulster-Scots means to them.
Friday, May 13th, 2011
The Jackie Clarke Library and Archive in Ballina is a collection of primary historical materials gathered together by Jackie Clarke (1927-2000). It contains over 100,000 items: manuscripts, photographs, legal papers, pamphlets, hand-bills, film, political autograph books, letters, cartoons, maps and proclamations. For a history of the Library see the Collection Booklet. The Library is currently closed to the public but for further information contact the Library’s curator. The Curator has placed a video about the Collection on You Tube.