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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Dublin City Libraries release free Digital Repository

Dublin City Libraries and Archive Digital Repository has been released today with some 43,000 historic photographs and documents freely available to search and download. The material includes photographs, postcards, letters, maps, and historical memorabilia.

Aran Children waiting for the "Dun Aengus" in
1952; from the Fáilte Ireland Photographic Collection
Highlights of the collection include the Fáilte Ireland Photographic Collection with images dating from the 1930s onwards of people, places and tourist locations from across Ireland, and the Dublin City Council Photographic Collection. The latter captures Dublin's changing streetscapes and buildings, as well as significant sporting, cultural, social and political events, mostly dating from the 1980s and 1990s. It contains many photos of Council employees in the course of their work, from civic events to street cleaning and even clearing the Liffey of rubbish and debris.

Also included is the Birth of the Republic Collection, which comprises material from the foundation of the Irish State, and the archives of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association, which relate to Irishmen in WW1.

More material relating to the 1912–1922 period will be added over the coming months and years, including the Jacobs Biscuit Factory Archives.