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  • Irish Radical & Political Archives

    Radical Newspaper Archives

    The Radical Irish Newspaper Archive
    In the spring of 1921, with the Irish War of Independence raging on many fronts, Patrick J. Little (1884-1963) was sent by Eamon de Valera and the provisional government on a diplomatic mission to South Africa.

    To many people Little’s role in the War of Independence up until this point had been relatively unknown, although behind the scenes through his work as a newspaper editor he had played an important role in the propaganda war. During the course of six weeks in 1921 Little travelled throughout the vast South African terrain relaying the message of the provisional government, speaking at no less than thirty-six locations. In the university town of Stellenbosch he was given a great welcome where all of the student body quit their classes. This of course reflected the fact that the students were largely Afrikaner nationalist in character. The success of Little’s diplomatic mission was quickly evident forcing the South African premier, Jan Christian Smuts to adopt the ‘Irish question’ for domestic and international diplomacy concerns.
    The career and work of Patrick Little as a newspaper editor is just one such which is highlighted in a new collection of Irish history which has just been made accessible to the public. The Radical Newspaper Archive is an extraordinary collection of over 115 Irish radical and political newspapers, journals, pamphlets and bulletins. Fully searchable and consisting of more than 11,000 editions with a total page count of 102,755 these newspapers, according to Dr Ciarán Reilly of Maynooth University, ‘hold the key to understanding Ireland in the turbulent decades of the early twentieth century’. Spanning one of the most important periods in Irish history, from the Home Rule debates of the 1880s to Ireland on the eve of the Second World War, these somewhat obscure titles provide an insight into a myriad of opinions on Irish life. Covering events such as Home Rule, the redistribution of land, the 1913 Lock Out, the 1916 Rising and its aftermath, the War of Independence, the fractious Civil War, the rise of Fascism in Ireland and the Economic War of the 1930s to name but a few, The Radical Newspaper Archive sheds important new light on all of these critical moments.
    Despite the military clamp down on radical and subversive newspapers after the 1916 Rising, the propaganda they provided played a major role before, during and after the revolutionary period. Many of these newspapers are unavailable elsewhere, and this is the first time that they have been made available in one place, offering researchers and the general public a unique and accessible insight into this period of Irish history. From newspapers such as the short An Saogal Gaedealac, suppressed by Military Authority in 1917, to the voice of rural Ireland The Hammer and the Plough, the newspaper of the Workers Party of Ireland & Working Farmers Party, to The Irish Peasant published in Navan, county Meath and heavily influenced by the local implication of the introduction of the Wyndham Land Act of 1903, every facet of Irish life is represented in this collection. In the main, the newspapers in the Radical Newspaper Archive differ from other publications available for this period in that their focus was on opinion and editorials, rather than reporting news. Here we see the work of important editors such as the aforementioned Little, P.S. O’Hegarty (Irish Freedom), one of the first historians of the revolutionary period and James Upton (Honesty). For other editors the premise and objective of many of these titles was education. Newspapers such as Young Ireland: Eire Og (1917) and The Hibernian (1915-16), the newspaper of the fraternal organistantion – the Ancient Order of Hibernians- regularly featured stories of Irish history as a means of educating younger members of its organisation. An interesting feature of the newspapers in the collection is the advertisements that they carried, in particular titles such as Sinn Fein Daily (1909-10) which highlight the support that existed in the years prior to the 1916 Rising. It was for this reason that these newspapers were monitored closely by Dublin Castle officials who examined the content and readership.

    The unrest which spread across Ireland in the first three decades of the twentieth century in the form of strikes and labour disputes indicated that if some had been left behind in previous times, for example following the Land Acts, they would not be so in the coming revolution. Titles such as The Torch – the organ of the Kilkenny Workers Council reflect these feelings, while the prelude to unrest in Dublin in 1913, for example, can be traced in titles such as The Trade and Labour Journal: the official organ of the workers of the city and county of Dublin, which survives for 1909. The upsurge in labour movements in Ireland in the wake of Russian Revolution of 1917 is also evident in the collection highlighting that the union voice, representing and fighting for workers’ rights was heavily influenced by events elsewhere. This access to the voice of the marginalised and the left is a key feature of The Radical Newspaper Archive.
    The addition of a number of Irish language newspapers, including An Claidheamh Soluis, represents another and important facet of the cultural reawakening, which shaped the revolutionary period. The collection also includes the voice of the Irish diaspora including Irish-American papers, for example, The Harp (first published in 1910) and The Irish Exile which embraced the voice of the Irish in Britain. Local and provincial newspapers are also to be found in the collection through the pages of The Dalcassion (Clare) and The Bottom Dog (Limerick), while a number are remarkable for their longevity such as Notes from Ireland which ran from 1886 to 1918. Researchers and others will be interested in the legacy of the Irish War of Independence and the subsequent Civil War and the pages of newspapers such as The Blueshirt illuminate on this. In the battle to win the hearts and minds of a fractured society, by the late 1920s other newspapers such as The Star (1929-30) were dedicated to the political and economic improvement of the country. Conversely, newspapers such as Dublin News (1922-1929) continuously outlined violence and intimidation against republicans in Dublin. All of these fascinating publications provide hidden histories of Ireland during this transformative period and it is hoped that the archive will allow for further examination. If you want to understand Ireland during this period and the various political opinions which formed it, then these newspapers are a necessity. According to Dr Reilly ‘The Radical Newspaper Archive provides access to those who influenced a whole generation and today provide us with an understanding the development, transition of power and early struggles of independent Ireland’.
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  • Irish schools continued success with Irish Newspaper Archives via Scoilnet

    Scoilnet Rapid Archives Access

    Nationwide school access to Irish Newspaper Archives continues to gather pace.

    Over the past two years, Irish Newspaper Archives has worked closely with the PDST to make the archives accessible to Irish schools through the Scoilnet portal. Scoilnet is the Department of Education and Skills (DES) official portal for Irish education, developed as a support for teachers. Through the Scoilnet portal teachers and students alike have unlimited access to the largest database of Irish newspaper content in the World.

    The schools' access programme was initially launched as a pilot scheme in 2017. During the initial 10 months of the scheme, the archive’s Counter Compliant analytic tool reported that, nationally, schools viewed over 30,000 records. With a successful pilot, the archives were opened up through Scoilnet for 2018.

    To generate awareness of the availability of the archives to schools, the PDST created a series of tasks and projects based on newspaper research. These tasks, combined with a marketing campaign to generate awareness of the archives, helped schools to engage with the archives.

    2018 saw the usage climb from 30,000 to 290,985 views per record (page views). Through the Irish Newspaper Archive gateway, students are learning about historical figures such as Charles Stewart Parnell, Michael Collins, Eamon De Valera and many more.

    Irish Newspaper Archives is proud to open our nation’s past to our country’s future leaders.

  • Irish Newspaper Archives FREE to all Irish Schools

    Irish Newspaper Archives is now available in your school!

    We are delighted to announce the release of the Irish Newspaper Archives resource to all schools nationwide. INA have worked closely with the PDST to make this project possible. The project is a pilot scheme and will be open to every school nationwide until January 2018.


    Schools will have access to the world's oldest and largest Irish Newspaper Archive via the schools network broadband. This incredible project now means that every school in the country will gain access to a national database of Irish newspapers spanning a period of 300 years. Students and teachers alike will gain the ability to peer back in time through over 9 million pages of newspaper from 69 newspaper titles nationwide. Continue Reading

  • Irish Newspaper Archives First Newspaper Edition Download Page

    First Newspaper Edition Download Page:

    Welcome to Irish Newspaper Archives first edition download page. Feel free to download and share the newspaper pages below.  The newspaper pages that you will find here are a catalog of first editions or newspaper clippings of each titles prospectus. A newspaper prospectus sets out a title's goals and what readers can expect from a newspaper and may indicate a political leaning.

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  • TK Whitaker - Irishman of the 20th Century

    The Nation mourned the lose of  Mr Thomas Kent Whitaker last week. TK Whitaker (08.12.1916 – 09.01.2017) was the chief architect of Ireland’s economic path from protectionism to free trade. Through his long and esteemed career TK Whitaker dedicated his life to the civil service and promoted a better life for all the people of Ireland.

    TK Whitaker a life of Civil Service

    It can be said that TK Whitaker was the most influential public servant in the history of the State.  TK Whitaker entered the Civil Service after completing the leaving certificate with honours from the Christian Brothers School, Drogheda.  TK Whitaker was a high achiever and continued this throughout his career in the Civil Service, achieving first place in; Continue Reading

  • Irish Famine Eviction Submit

    Irish Famine Eviction Submit Area:

    If you would like to offer your insights or research to the Irish Famine Eviction project please use the below contact details:
    Email Irish Famine Eviction

    Your research might hold the key to new eviction sites that have never been documented before. If you have any questions in regard to the goals or aims of our project please feel free to contact us on the above email or twitter address. Continue Reading

  • Dr Ciarán Reilly Irish Famine Research

    Dr Ciarán Reilly is one of Ireland's leading researchers in the area of the Great Irish Famine and Ireland's historic houses and estates.

    A member of the International Network of Irish Famine Studies, In 2014 Dr Reilly published two monographs, The Irish Land Agent, 1830-1860: the case of King’s County and Strokestown and the Great Irish Famine.

    Dr Ciarán Reilly, BA, HDIH, MA, PhD Dr Ciarán Reilly,

    Dr Reilly’s research has contributed to a number of significant public events including lectures, seminars, conferences and a variety of media engagements. In May 2014 Dr Reilly played a significant role in the successful hosting of the National Famine Commemoration at Strokestown Park. In addition to organising the Commemoration Lecture Series and the ‘Famine faces from county Roscommon’ exhibition, Dr Reilly also conceived and compiled the data for the Memorial Wall which was unveiled by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD. He has also helped establish the now annual International Famine Conference at Strokestown Park. Dr Reilly is also editor of Offaly Heritage, the journal of the Offaly History Society.

     His Publications include:


    Edited Volumes

    • editor, The Famine Irish: emigration and the Great Hunger (Dublin, 2016)
    • editor with Christine Kinealy & Jason King, Women and the Great Hunger in Ireland (forthcoming, Quinnipiac University, 2016)

    Chapters in books

    • ‘Aspects of Agency: John Ross Mahon, Accommodation and Resistance on the Strokestown Estate, 1845–51' in Enda Delaney and Brendan MacSuibhne, Power and Hunger: Popular politics in Ireland’s Great Famine, 1845-1852 (forthcoming, New York, 2015)
    • ‘A middleman in the 1840s: Charles Carey and the Leinster estate ‘ in Patrick Cosgrove, Terence Dooley & Karol Mullaney Dignam (eds), Aspects of Irish aristocratic life: Essays on the FitzGerald’s and Carton House (Dublin, 2014), pp 178-87
    • ‘King’s County during the Great Famine: Poverty and plenty’ in John Crowley, Mike Murphy and William Smyth (eds), Atlas of the Great Irish Famine (Cork, 2012),pp 349-54
    • ‘Clearing the estate to fill the workhouse: King’s County land agents and the Irish Poor Law Act of 1838’ in Virginia Crossman and Peter Gray (eds) Poverty and welfare in Ireland 1838-1948 (Dublin, 2011), pp 145-63
    • ‘The burning of country houses in Co. Offaly during the revolutionary period, 1920-23’ in Terence Dooley and Christopher Ridgeway (eds) The Irish Country House: its past, present and future (Dublin, 2011), pp 110-133

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  • The Irish Famine Eviction Project

    Irish Newspaper Archives are proud to sponsor the Irish Famine Eviction Project. Dr Ciaran Reilly one of Ireland's leading researchers on the Great Famine and author of several books such as;

    has embarked on a project to document, where possible, evidence of evictions during the years of the Great Irish Famine.Great Irish Famine Eviction Project

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  • Library Access to Irish Newspaper Archives

    Library Access to Irish Newspaper Archives

    Irish Newspaper Archives was first launched in 2001 and since our establishment we have come along way. We have converted thousands of microfilm reels from a static archive material into a live, searchable, retrievable database. Working tirelessly to create the world's largest online archive of Irish regional and daily titles. Through the Irish Newspaper Archives gateway our library members gain access to over 60 newspaper titles and over 8 million pages of newspaper print.

    Thankfully along with the growth of our archive we have also seen a rapid expansion of the use of Irish Newspaper Archives throughout libraries worldwide. The Irish Newspaper Archives gateway is now available in nearly every library in Ireland and is widely used throughout the world. Continue Reading

  • 1916 Easter Rising Archive

    1916 Irish News Archives

    1916 Easter Rising

    Welcome to our dedicated 1916 Easter Rising newspaper archive. We have developed this
    incredible only resource to share Ireland's most prominent rebellion with the nation. For a limited time only you will be able to gain access to some of Ireland's most prestigious Continue Reading

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