Eight-inch howitzers of 39th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery open up on the German lines during the Battle of the Somme in August 1916. The Irish appetite for first World War centenary coverage is large, particularly as it was hidden away for so long. Photograph: Lt J W Brooke/IWM via Getty Images

August 4th, the 100th anniversary of the day Britain declared war on Germany, will mark the “peak” first World War centenary coverage on Radio 1, but (...)

James Joyce: Some of his documents were donated to the foundation by the late Hans Jahnke, the son of Giorgio’s second wife, Dr Asta Jahnke-Osterwalder, in 2006. Photograph: Getty

An important collection of material concerning James Joyce’s life and work has been made available online by the National Library of Ireland. The col(...)

Trinity College to host “informative and thought-provoking day concerning Ireland’s part in World War One”.Photograph: Frank Miller

People who have family memorabilia related to the first World War will have an opportunity this week to show it to experts in Trinity College Dublin,(...)

Pelletstown, on the Navan Road in Dublin: departmental reports acknowledge  a “deplorable loss of life” in 1925 and 1926. Photograph: Adoption Rights Alliance

More than 660 infants and children died in Pelletstown mother and baby home in Dublin during a seven-year period up to the end of March 1930, State(...)

Niamh Lunny, Abbey Theatre head of costume, preparing a costume worn by Bob Acres played by Tom Vaughan Lawlor in The Rivals by  Sheridan. It forms part of the Performance Ireland 1904-2014 exhibition at NUI Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Scrapbooks kept by Lady Gregory, hundreds of set and costume designs, and an original prompt script for Sean O’Casey’s The Plough And The Stars are am(...)

Michael Collins and Harry Boland play hurling at Croke Park on the day of a Leinster Hurling final - an image published in September 1921. Photograph: Piaras Béaslaí Collection/NLI 1:11

Thousands of digitised images, including dozens relating to historical figures like the Duke of Wellington, Daniel O’Connell and Charles Stewar(...)

Irish Roots

Three years ago, Ancestry. com added transcripts of almost half-a-million pre-1880 Roman Catholic parish register entries to their collection o(...)

A photograph of Christy Brown sold as part of archived  auctioned by Bonhams in London today. The collection was jointly purchased by the National Library of Ireland and The Little Museum of Dublin.

An archive of material relating to the work of writer and painter Christy Brown, best-known as the author of My Left Foot, is to remain in Irel(...)

An eyewitness account of the 1916 Rising, in a letter written by a retired judge from Ailesbury Road, Dublin 4 to his daughter in Burma, has be(...)

"It's a beautiful house with a great sense of space": Kevin Desmond's Georgian house on Synge Street, in Dublin 8, was divided into nine pre-'63 bedsits before he restored it to its former glory

When Kevin Desmond bought this Georgian house, on Synge Street, in Dublin 8, it was divided into nine pre-’63 bedsits. And although he has renovate(...)