Monday 23 January 2017

Trinity archives reveal reality of 1916

Published 29/07/2015 | 02:30

British soldiers stationed at the front of Trinity College in 1916.
British soldiers stationed at the front of Trinity College in 1916.

The GPO a hollow shell, Eden Quay in rubble - and a wary look in the eyes of British soldiers stationed at Trinity College.

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Rare photographs documenting the havoc wreaked on Dublin city centre in Easter 1916 have been showcased by Trinity Library.

The Rising is the subject of a new blog, 'Changed Utterly', that will highlight one extraordinary item from the Library's rich archive from 1916 each week.

Amongst many as yet-unpublished items are records written by ordinary people.

They include letters from Dublin gynaecologist Dr Frederick Kidd to his three sons serving in the Great War, giving them a dramatic unfolding account of the "exciting times" in Dublin.

Trinity's 1916 blog can be viewed here.

Irish Independent

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