Release of the Military Services (1913 - 1923) Pensions Collection

Phase 1 of the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection (MSPC), the Military Archives’ latest online collection, is being officially launched online through www.militaryarchives.ie from Thursday 16 January 2014 at 1930 hrs in the G.P.O.

The MSPC contains material relating to the payment of service pensions to surviving veterans, and allowances and gratuities to wounded/disabled members and the dependents of veterans of the Irish Volunteers, the Irish Citizen Army, the Hibernian Rifles, Na Fianna Éireann, Cumann na mBan, Óglaigh na hÉireann/Irish Republican Army and the National Army who had been wounded or were casualties while on active service variously during the period from April and May 1916 to 30 September 1923.

The collection also contains material relating to the payment of pensions and allowances to certain members of the Connaught Rangers under the Connaught Rangers (Pensions) Act, 1936.

Phase 1 will see the online only release of files relating to 3,200 individual pension applicants, including 2,400 recipients of pensions in respect of the 1916 Easter Rising. It will also include a large number of supporting files such as Membership rolls of the 16 Divisions of the IRA, Cumann na mBan and Na Fianna Éireann as on 11 July 1921 and 1 July 1922 and the Brigade Activities files relating to 1916 events in counties Wexford, Louth and Galway.

A range of other administration and Departmental files are also released to give context to the collection.

The work of the Military Service Pensions Project is ongoing and the collection will be released through the Military Archives in regular phases.

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Virtual Archive of Famine Stories Launched at UL

Jimmy Deenihan TD Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, recently launched a unique virtual archive of famine stories at the University of Limerick. The archive translates the French language annals and pays tribute to the French-Canadian Sisters of Charity, or Grey Nuns, who cared for the Irish Famine emigrants in the fever sheds of Montreal during the summer of 1847 and provided homes for Irish widows and orphans. These annals contain extensive and highly evocative eyewitness accounts of the suffering of famine migrants in 1847.

Speaking at the event, Minister Deenihan said; “These annals contain extensive and very moving eyewitness accounts of the suffering of famine migrants in 1847.  Written in French and unpublished until now they were unknown to both scholars and the general public. As Chair of the Famine Commemoration Committee it is my role to ensure that the commemorations undertaken in Drogheda and Boston this year honour the victims of the Famine and also all those who selflessly assisted them at that time.”

The archive consists of numerous eye witness accounts and first hand testimonials about the suffering of Irish emigrants in the fever sheds of Montreal in 1847, and of the harrowing experiences of the priests and nuns who went to their aid and sought to provide homes for stricken widows and orphans.

Dr Jason King, University of Limerick is the lead researcher on the project. He explains the significance of the archive; “”The Typhus of 1847 / Le Typhus de 1847″ virtual archive makes accessible the stories of individuals and members of religious communities who risked their own lives to care for and provide comfort for Famine Irish emigrants in Montreal in 1847.  It provides a record not just of the hardships and suffering experienced by the Famine emigrants, but also a moving tribute to those who sought to help them.”

The Great Irish Famine of 1845-1850 was the greatest social calamity in terms of mortality and suffering that Ireland has ever experienced.  During those years, over one million people perished from hunger or, more commonly, from hunger-related diseases.  In the decade following 1846, when the floodgates of emigration opened, more than 1.8 million people emigrated, with more than half fleeing during the famine years.

The main annal in the archive is that of the Grey Nuns of Montreal which has been published in French in La Revue Canadienne under the title “Le Typhus de 1847″ in 1898; the UL virtual archive is making this material accessible as it is completely unknown in the English speaking world.

The virtual archive can be accessed here: http://www.history.ul.ie/historyoffamily/faminearchive/

The event was also attended by representatives of the Québec Government Office, London and the Embassy of Canada in Ireland. The project has been funded by the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Teaching and Research Boards, University of Limerick.

The Fleischmann Diaries Online Archive

The Fleischmann Diaries Online Archive: fleischmanndiaries.ucc.ie

The digitised 1926 and 1927 diaries of Irish composer, Aloys Fleischmann

The digitised 1926 and 1927 diaries of the Irish composer, Aloys Fleischmann (1910 – 1992) were launched on Wednesday, 20th November 2013 in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, O'Rahilly Building G27, University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. The project was launched by Róisín O’Brien on behalf of the Digital Arts and Humanities Program, with Dr Ruth Fleischmann as the guest of honour. The Program was outlined, the digitisation process explained and the diaries, part of the extensive Fleischmann Collection housed in the Archives at UCC, introduced. 

Irish Volunteer Exhibition Launched in County Galway

The Military Archives, based in Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin in collaboration with Galway County Council Archives arranged for the display of its exhibition on The Irish Volunteers in Áras an Chontae, from 16th June to 26th June 2014. Galway County Council is the first non-military organisation to host this important and interesting exhibition which provides an insight into the Volunteers during the period 1913-1918. 

WW1 ROAD SHOW TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN

The WW1 Road Show will be hosted in Trinity College Dublin is part of a major retrospective to mark the centenary of World War 1. This day-long programme of free events includes pop up talks, WW1 cooking demonstrations, music, theatre, lectures and family activities.

Library Camp Ireland 2014

The Special Libraries Section and the Career Developemnt Group from the Library Association of Ireland of Ireland have collerbated together to host the second Library Camp.

A library camp is an informal get together for all those interested in libraries to come together and discuss the hot topics. The agende for this camp is:

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