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These everyday objects bring a century of Irish history to life online

Two new exhibitions chronicle the defining decades of modern Irish history.

DIARIES, PHOTOS, POSTERS and pamphlets tell the story of a changing Ireland in two new online exhibitions launched earlier this week.

Trinity College Dublin and the Little Museum of Dublin have made hundreds of historic exhibits available through the Google Cultural Institute, an online depository of millions of important cultural artefacts from across the world.

War recruitment posters are among the over 80 WWI items from Trinity’s rare books and manuscripts collections that were digitised as part of the initiative.

Capture Source: Google Cultural Institute/Trinity College Dublin

Capture Source: Google Cultural Institute/Trinity College Dublin

Capture Source: Google Cultural Institute/Trinity College Dublin

Trinity’s exhibits include previously unpublished letters and diaries from Irish soldiers serving in France, Iraq and Palestine.

capture-132 Letter from Charles Howard Bury in France Source: Google Cultural Institute/Trinity College Dublin

Newly-published photos of the Allied campaign in Iraq and Turkey are also included in the online collection.

Capture Source: Google Cultural Institute/Trinity College Dublin

The decades of the mid- to late-20th century are the focus of the Little Museum of Dublin’s online collection, which chronicles the city’s transformation from rebellion to conservatism and the early years of the Celtic Tiger, charting the social changes that led to the decline of the Catholic church.

Capture Tram tickets (1940s) Source: Google Cultural Institute/Little Museum of Dublin

Capture Clery's delivery box (1941) Source: Google Cultural Institute/Little Museum of Dublin

Capture Fianna Fáil election poster (1948) Source: Google Cultural Institute/Little Museum of Dublin

Capture Lourdes holy water can (1960s) Source: Google Cultural Institute/Little Museum of Dublin

Capture Bertie Ahern's first election poster (1977) Source: Google Cultural Institute/Little Museum of Dublin

Meanwhile, the National Library of Ireland will be making its entire collection of parish records available online from next Wednesday.

The collection of almost 400,000 images of microfilms is considered to be the single most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 census.

The microfilms date from the 1740s to the 1880s, and cover over 1,000 Irish parishes.

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