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Step into the archives and look back at the incredible year of 1918

This week we brought you the story of Ireland 100 years ago.

THIS WEEK MARKED a big event in the history of Ireland – the day women over 30 first got the vote.

1918 was a momentous one for the country in lots of ways, as not only did women get the vote for the first time, but they were able to cast votes in the election of December that year. And this election changed the face of Irish politics permanently.

To commemorate these events, we took a trip into the archives at the National Library of Ireland this week. Here’s what we covered:

We look at some of the items related to 1918 which you can find in the archives at the National Library of Ireland.

Unsure of what led up to women getting the vote? Check out our timeline of the events.

Hanna Sheehy Skeffington played a major role in the fight for women’s suffrage. Here’s an insight into her life.

Rosamond Jacob’s diaries give an insight into what it was like to be a woman in 1918.

Countess Markievicz was another prominent woman back in 1918 – and became the first female MP. Here’s a look at letters and a Christmas card she sent 100 years ago.

Read: What the National Library archives tell us about the ‘incredibly dramatic year’ of 1918>

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