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Wednesday 29 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# National Library

All time
# snapshot of ireland
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.
# Irish Eyes
Painting of eyes of Irish writers and poets donated to National Library of Ireland
The artist said, “I’ve always felt that you can tell a lot about a person through their eyes.”
# the second coming
Joyce thanks Yeats for his 'helping hand' in letters just bought by the State
Arts Minister Heather Humphreys said that an extra €500,000 had been allocated to acquire the letters.
# history of halloween
'Samhain was an obvious time to commemorate the dead'
A historian talks us through some Halloween traditions, from preparing the house for spirits to trick or treating.
# National Library
It preserves our past, and visitors flock to it - so why is this essential resource underfunded?
Its acting director says cutbacks have affected the library badly.
# Book Burning
National Library evacuated after basement fire
But all is ok now and no collections were damaged.
# Boards
Merger of National Library and National Museum boards will save €630,000
A statutory nine-person body is to replace the boards of the National Library and National Museum and Jimmy Deenihan says that it will be more efficient and streamlined.
# Genealogy
National Library to hold class to help people trace their family tree
Ever wanted to trace your family tree? The National Library of Ireland will be showing people how to do it.
# on a mission
'Busiest boy in Dublin' finally identified... 44 years after photo
This kid rules.
# old time
Photos: Inside the 'largest ship in the world' docked in Arklow in 1870
The SS Great Eastern was the largest ship ever built when it launched in 1858 – and here’s what the saloons inside it looked like when it docked in Arklow in 1870.
# Bloomsday
What the Blooming hell is going on today?
It’s Bloomsday today, celebrating the work of James Joyce. What’s going on around the country?
# Online
National Library awarded for social media savvy
Fáilte Ireland gets overall prize in eGovernment awards for their Discover Ireland online campaign.
World War I history roadshow wants your family memorabilia
Call for public to find old documents, photographs etc. relating to ‘The Great War’ – they will be scanned and recorded on a pan-European website.
# Law and Order
Cabinet approves plans to scrap up to 3,000 old and obsolete laws
A Bill being prepared by Brendan Howlin will repeal thousands of obsolete laws which were passed before Irish independence.
# Seamus Heaney
Seámus Heaney donates literary treasure trove to National Library
The Nobel laureate has given a lifetime of literary papers, including early drafts of poems, notebooks and corrections.
# Race for the Áras
National Library does not know if Norris clemency letters are in archive
The National Library received boxes of David Norris papers but won’t be opening them to the public or media without senator’s permission.
# Tourism
Irish museums and galleries boast 3 million visitors in 2010
Over 3.5 million people attended exhibits and events in Ireland’s cultural institutions – up by 7 per cent on 2009.