National Archives Open Day

The National Archives Ireland are hosting an open day on 9 November 2013 for members of the public to come in to view their stores and their conservation laboratory, to attend lectures and seminars and familiarise themselves with the finding aids available in the Reading Room. The programe for this day can be viewed on the National Archives website or downloaded here.

1916 Letters - Trinity College Dublin

The Trinity Long Room Hub in collaboration with the National Archives of Ireland, National Library of Ireland, Trinity College Dublin Manuscripts and Archives Research Library and University College Dublin, UCD Archives have created a new project using the following scopeing statement.

"Any letter written between 1 November 1915 – 31 October 1916 is eligible for inclusion in the archive as long as it has some connection to Ireland. It can be:

Mayor to Launch Galway County Council Archives’ Digital Archive

Galway County Council Archives is delighted to announce that Cllr. Liam Carroll, Mayor of Galway County, will launch its on-line Digital Archive in Clifden Library at 3.30 pm on Friday 25th October.  This initiative further extends the accessibility of some wonderful archive collections to a global audience.  It will enable researchers, or simply the curious, to explore some of Galway’s rich archival heritage in the comfort of their own homes.

The available collections are wonderful examples of the material available which relate specifically to county Galway, its past and its people.  The largest collection available on-line is the Clifden Poor Law Union Board of Guardian collection, dating from 1849-1921.  Among the other collections available are public administration records and also private collections. Aside from the Clifden Board of Guardian minutes the collections include nineteenth century Galway Infirmary Governors’ minutes, colour drawings of Galway Gaol (1832-1866), and also minutes of Loughrea Town Commissioners (1909-2006). The private collections are comprised of a beautiful eighteenth century survey of the Estates of St George of Headford, the papers of the Lawrence family of Lawrencetown, and also the papers of Tomás Báiread, a journalist and Irish language writer from Moycullen Co. Galway

All collections are little gems and should be of value in particular to social and local historians. They are also useful educational tools as they could be used as classroom aids to illustrate primary sources and assist with the teaching of history.

The online collections are available on Galway County Council’s web-site at  Further details on the archives holdings are available on its online catalogue at

ARA I Core Training Event - Volunteering

Training day on Volunteering run by the Archives and Records Association, Ireland, in the Irish Architectural Archive on 22 May 2014

The Irish region of the Archives and Records Association (ARA) are running a training day on the topic of volunteering in the Irish Architectural Archive, Merrion Square, which will take place between 10:30 and 16:00 on Thursday 22 May 2014.

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