• 3 November 1854 The Catholic University Opened (now UCD) by Cardinal


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    The Catholic University Opens 03.November.1854 ( UCD )

    In October 2019 Pope Francis paid special tribute to the newly canonized St. John Henry Newman. In Ireland the canonization was timely as November marks the 165th anniversary of the opening of the Catholic University with Newman as its first rector and principal architect. The opening of a Catholic University had long been debated and came in the wake of the Great Famine and of the Maynooth Grant controversy of 1845. Much of the debate stemmed from the publication of Newman’s 1852, The Idea of a University, which was widely circulated throughout Ireland and elsewhere.

    In November 1854 Irish national and provincial newspaper proudly announced that the Catholic University would soon open and provide an education in a wide array of studies including the classics, maths and modern language classes. On Friday, 3rd November 1854 the Catholic University of Ireland opened its doors at 86 St Stephen's Green. One newspaper reported that ‘there was no pomp and circumstance’. Instead ‘quietly and peacefully’ the institution commenced.

    The roll call on that morning was small with only twenty students enrolled but which included Daniel O'Connell, grandson of the Liberator, and the sons and grandsons of British and European peers. The official opening took place some days later on 9 November with Newman presiding. The following year Newman added the Catholic University Medical School, which over time came to symbolise the emergence of Catholic Ireland. By the end of the century it had become the largest medical school in the country and would produce a number of excellent and well known doctors.

    A theologian, poet, Catholic priest and cardinal, Newman was born in 1801 and before his conversion to Catholicism was an Oxford academic, Anglican preacher, and public intellectual. During his term as rector of the Catholic University he formed the basis for one of the great success stories in Irish education and of course the precursor to the modern UCD.

    Source newspaper: irishnewspaperarchives.com / Cork Examiner 8 Nov 1854 download




  • On This Day In History 04.November.1917

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    #OnThisDay 04.November.1917 Sunday Independent

    At Bow street, London Arthur Edward Brown was charged with contravening the Regulations 45H of the Defense of the Realm Regulations.... Brown, he said, was managing director of James Brown Ltd, who,before the war made bricks... who won contracts to supply bombs to the French Warfare Supply Department. 
    It was found that a number of heads had been used instead of bases, and that holes had been drilled in there heads and they had been plugged. This was the case of 176 bombs. The inspector also found that the plugs had been varnished over in an effort to conceal them. In still further instances the holes had been covered with cement or paint. Download the full page here:

  • Irish News Archives Essential Maintenance


    Thursday 16.March.2017  - Essential Maintenance & Technical Issues

    Dear Customers,

    we are currently experiencing an issue with access to the Irish Newspaper Archives service. We are currently looking into fixing the issue and we apologies for any inconvenience caused to your access. Continue Reading

  • Gerry Adams 2 Day Visa Travels to New York Report from 01 February 1994

    It was 20 years ago when Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams won the right to visit America after President Bill Clinton gave him a 48-hour visa.

    On January 31, 1994 Adams stepped off the plane in New York from Dublin, and Northern Ireland was never the same again.

    Download the pages from the Irish Independent & Cork Examiner 01. February.1994 Below:

    Gerry Adams US visa New York 01 February 1994

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  • Bobby Sands Dies 05.May.1981 -Front Page news

    Bobby Sands Dies on the 66th Day of his hunger Strike 

    Bobby Sands, Roibeard Gearóid Ó Seachnasaigh, was born in 1954 in Rathcoole, a predominantly loyalist district of north Belfast. Robert Gerard Sands was a member of the the Provisional Irish Republican Army. Bobby Sands passed away 05.05.1981 while on hunger strike at HM Prison Maze. It was Bobby Sands 66th day on hunger strike.

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  • Easter Rising Cancelled

    Easter Rising Cancelled by Eoin Mac Neill leader of the Irish Volunteer Force Eoin Mac Neill Leader of the Irish Volunteers

    The note below is dated Saturday 22 April 1916 and is signed by Eoin Mac Neill, who was the head of the Irish Volunteers force.  This cancellation of the parades and manoeuvres brought confusion amongst local leaders and disrupted the Easter Rising. Continue Reading

  • Genealogy and Newspapers


    The use of newspapers in genealogy provides professional and novice researchers the possibility to find  and wide and varied assortment of information that will allow them gather rare insights into your family history’s past.

    Irish Newspaper Archives records start in 1738 and contain regional and daily newspapers therefore offering millions of pages  ripe with anecdotes to family heritage. With over 60 newspapers titles available researchers will have the ability to tie down ancestor’s location and time to a county and have access to the regional paper from that location. This is only possible through Irish Newspaper Archives as we offer the largest online database of Irish Newspaper in the world. Continue Reading

  • Irish Independent 05 February 1916 Lusitania Sinking

    Extract from the Irish Independent 05 February 1916

    The sinking of the Cunard ocean liner RMS Lusitania occurred on Friday, 7 May 1915 during WW1, as Germany waged submarine warfare against the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The ship was identified and torpedoed by the German U-Boat U-20 and sank in 18 minutes. The vessel went down 11 miles (18 km) off the Old Head of Kinsale,[1]:429 Ireland, killing 1,198 and leaving 761 survivors.

    Relations between America and Germany remain on high alter and has reported in this article in the Irish Independent 05. February 1916, the question is asked " "Whether it is possible or desirable to fight against the whole world for the sake of a principle"  Download the article and full page under the image:

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  • Irish Independent Munster Fusiliers contribution 04.February.1916

    Munster Fusiliers Interned in Germany

    During August 1914 many of the brave Munster Fusiliers were captured, injured or worse at Mons. A committee of officers from the regiment and their wives was set up to try help alleviate some of the suffering the interned soldiers were going through.   Continue Reading

  • Irish Independent World Headlines 03.February.1916

    The news today as reported a 100 years ago! Irish Independent 03.February.1916

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