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General Online Sources for Irish History:
Includes a lot of Irish material, especially on the Famine and Home Rule.
An online digital library of primary sources on 18th-20th century Ireland: Parliamentary Papers on Ireland 1800-1922; Irish Emigration Database; Voices of Migration and Return (QUB).
A very useful magazine that will be of particular use for secondary students of Irish history.
An interdisciplinary collection of journals and other materials relating to the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It's free to post-primary schools in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Has your school signed up yet?!
The NAI's website contains numerous online exhibitions of materials relating to Irish History.
This database contains thousands of intriguing photographs from nineteenth and twentieth-century Ireland.
Founded in 1923, PRONI is the official archive for Northern Ireland. It holds a huge amount of public and private documents that relate mainly to Ireland from the early seventeenth century to the present day.
Searchable 19th century maps from Irish Ordnance Survey
This online catalogue gives information on the moving images available on Northern Ireland Screen's Digital Film Archive.
Historic photographs from the NMNI collections
Search Volumes II and III of the Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series, containing useful material relating to the periods 1919-1921, 1932-1936 and 1945-48 (Royal Irish Academy)
The Linen Hall Library's Theatre & Performing Arts Archive is the primary source of theatrical material from Northern Ireland.
Website for specific topics and events:
Maps for Irish poor law boundaries 1838-1948 (Oxford Brookes University)
Search the census for free via the National Archives of Ireland. You can search by name, location, religion, occupation, marital status, etc.
The PRONI website has a section devoted to the Ulster Covenant of 1912.
An excellent resource for those interested in the 1916 Rising. It is based on the holdings of the National Library of Ireland and includes online exhibition catalogues and suggestions for further reading.
An excellent resource on Eamon de Valera. Includes podcasts of historians discussing the historical context and the importance of this central figure in twentieth-century Irish history.
Narratives and documents from the Irish Military Archives relating to the revolutionary period.
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.
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