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# National Library of Ireland

This year
Government publishes programme of events for final year of Decade of Centenaries
The Department of the Taoiseach is developing a programme for a formal ceremony remembering everyone who lost their lives in the Civil War.
All time
Quiz: Look at these old photos of Dublin - what pub stands there today?
You’d miss pints, wouldn’t you?
Bullets, ballots and a flu pandemic: Life in Ireland was very turbulent 100 years ago
The National Library of Ireland has launched its latest exhibition, which will run until May 2019.
'5,000 men needed to recreate Bloody Sunday 1920 - no jeans' - Neil Jordan donates archive to National Library
The archive will be digitised and put on display.
Seamus Heaney letters, diaries and manuscripts on display to the public from tomorrow
Tickets are free – but booking is advised for the next few days due to high demand.
Half a million books to be moved and €10m spent to preserve National Library collections
Current storage conditions put some collections at fire risk.
Leinster House is crumbling, here's why they want to close it for the summer
Leinster House is to undergo its most significant restoration work to date.
10 million Irish parish records are now free to search online
The documents show the impact the Great Famine had on Ireland’s population.
Rare personal papers shed light on private lives of 1916 signatories
The Seán MacDiarmada and Thomas MacDonagh collections are the latest tranche of Easter Rising-related documents to have been digitised by the National Library.
1916 signatory tells wife she'll be a "widow before these lines reach you" in letters released online
The letters Éamonn Ceannt wrote to his wife show a very loving side to his character, describing her as his “sweetheart of the hawthorn hedges”.
It preserves our past, and visitors flock to it - so why is this essential resource underfunded?
Its acting director says cutbacks have affected the library badly.
7 then-and-now archive photos of Dublin street scenes
From 1875 to the present day.
You probably wouldn't want to hang these Victorian Christmas cards on your mantel
Three words: Talking Christmas oysters.
The secrets of Irish parishes will be online soon
Parish registers will be digitised by the National Library of Ireland.
Family legends, ghosts, and nuns: The real Irish lives of WWI
Meet Jack Leslie, aged 97.
National Library at 'critical point' due to funding cuts putting collections at risk
Visitor numbers to the NLI are up 42% on last year.
Photos from the 1970s tell the stories behind the people at Limerick's Milk Market
The photographs are of merchants, traders, children and characters of Limerick’s historic quarter between 1971 and 1978.
The mysterious young doctor who captured Ireland in black and white
John J Clarke loved taking photographs of the world around him – and luckily for us, 200 of his photos have been digitised.
Can you believe these Clare sisters were photographed 127 years ago?
The O’Halloran girls fought off an attempted eviction from their home in Bodyke.
Read 90 letters James Joyce wrote to his family
Spoiler: Lots of the letters were about Finnegan’s Wake. And they weren’t all in English. Classic Joyce.
Click to explore: 10,500 items have just been digitised by the National Library of Ireland
Come with us on a journey through time and space…
National Library evacuated after basement fire
But all is ok now and no collections were damaged.
Dublin used to have 56 different cinemas. Here are some of the lost ones.
Practically every little suburb had its own cinema. Is yours still there?
Ye Olde Irish Pantomime Posters of the Day
Snowhite and the Seven Corkmen, anyone?
Have You Ordered The Turkey Yet Pic of the Day
No comment.
Man arrested in connection with book theft at National Library
A large number of books and pamphlets, some of which are of historical value, were discovered at a house in Clonsilla.
National Library finds new display place - on Google exhibit hotspot
The NLI has become first Irish group to feature on Google Cultural Institute, bringing their archive to world attention.
Pictorial record shows the Irish hard at work 100 years ago
Working Lives exhibition at the NLI exposes the conditions in which men, women and children toiled to survive.
Hidden History: The guide to preserving your family archive
These top tips from National Library of Ireland’s conservation expert could help you hold onto family memories for longer.
‘North’, ‘Norah’… possibly even ‘Leenwerrare’: Can you tell what’s written on this stone?
National Library of Ireland researchers have been trying to identify the inscription, but they’ve hit a wall…
PICTURES: 100 years ago, the Dublin Lockout began
The Dublin Lockout exhibition opens at No. 2 Kildare Street tomorrow afternoon.
Can you name this little boy smiling at JFK during his visit to Ireland in 1963?
The National Library of Ireland is trying to identify the boy for an upcoming JFK Homecoming exhibition.
Website aims to answer questions about our past
The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will launch later today.
'Busiest boy in Dublin' finally identified... 44 years after photo
This kid rules.
National Library releases documents from Roger Casement's incarceration
Materials include portraits, documents relating to the degradation of his knighthood and touching letters to his family in the final days before his execution.
Photos: Inside the 'largest ship in the world' docked in Arklow in 1870
The SS Great Eastern was the largest ship ever built when it launched in 1858 – and here’s what the saloons inside it looked like when it docked in Arklow in 1870.
NLI hosts free lunchtime genealogy talks in August
The National Library of Ireland will host a series of free lunchtime talks this month.
National Library awarded for social media savvy
Fáilte Ireland gets overall prize in eGovernment awards for their Discover Ireland online campaign.
World War I history roadshow wants your family memorabilia
Call for public to find old documents, photographs etc. relating to ‘The Great War’ – they will be scanned and recorded on a pan-European website.
Slideshow: Irish World War I recruitment posters
National Library of Ireland’s archive shows the emotional, moral and practical pressure put on Irish men to join the ranks in the ‘Great War’.