Irish History Live

Useful Links

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General Online Sources for Irish History:

BBC History

Includes a lot of Irish material, especially on the Famine and Home Rule.


DIPPAM - Documenting Ireland: Parliament, People and Migration

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).


History Ireland

A very useful magazine that will be of particular use for secondary students of Irish history.


JSTOR Irish Collection

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?!


Multitext Project in Irish History

This website, managed by the History Department, University College Cork, provides resources for students of Modern Irish History at all levels. It gives overviews of the main themes and personalities, as well as providing commentary on important primary sources.


National Archives of Ireland

The NAI's website contains numerous online exhibitions of materials relating to Irish History.


National Library of Ireland Digital Photographs Collection

This database contains thousands of intriguing photographs from nineteenth and twentieth-century Ireland.


Public Record Office of Northern 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.


OSI Historic Maps of Ireland

Searchable 19th century maps from Irish Ordnance Survey


Digital Film Archive

This online catalogue gives information on the moving images available on Northern Ireland Screen's Digital Film Archive.


National Museums of Northern Ireland Picture Library

Historic photographs from the NMNI collections


Documents on Irish Foreign Policy

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)


Digital Theatre Archive

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:

Irish Poor Law maps

Maps for Irish poor law boundaries 1838-1948 (Oxford Brookes University)


Visual Representations of the Famine

A useful source for visual material relating to the Irish Famine. Includes suggestions for further reading (QUB)


Census of Ireland 1901 and 1911

Search the census for free via the National Archives of Ireland. You can search by name, location, religion, occupation, marital status, etc.


PRONI-Ulster Covenant of 1912

The PRONI website has a section devoted to the Ulster Covenant of 1912.


National Library of Ireland – 1916

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.


RTE – Judging Dev

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.


Bureau of Military History 1913-21

Narratives and documents from the Irish Military Archives relating to the revolutionary period.


NAI - Treaty Exhibition

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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