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Click to explore: 10,500 items have just been digitised by the National Library of Ireland

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[image: Tilbrook Photographic Collection]


AROUND 10,500 ITEMS have been newly digitised by the team at the National Library of Ireland. Completion of this latest project means there are now 63,000 items that tell the story of the country available to view through the library’s catalogue.

The collection includes the above image from June 1963 of a garda directing traffic on O’Connell Bridge.

Also included is a portrait of the infamous Ellen Byrne, who was tried for for her husband’s murder in 1842 after his badly decomposed body was found in their shared bed (below); as well as posters, tickets, cigarette cards and other ephemera from the early part of last century.

[Image: National Library of Ireland]

Head of the digitisation project, Sara Smyth, said it was the culmination of seven years of hard work by the library’s team, “with much more to come in the years ahead”.

“Through this collaboration we enhanced our catalogue, giving researchers seamless access to high-quality digital content from any device, anywhere, and enabling them to zoom into the smallest detail of these remarkable items.”

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Also included in the latest collection of items is the below 1915 World War I British propaganda postcard from the ‘Holloway’ collection.

The illustration aims to remind viewers of the British-Irish military connection, and shows a soldier from the Volunteers of Ireland regiment that fought during the American Revolutionary War. The soldier is shaking hands with an Irish soldier in modern day British uniform attire…

[Image: National Library of Ireland]

You can explore the full catalogue here >

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