Friday 18 October 2019

Letters of 1916: A Year in the Life

Letters of 1916 is Ireland’s first public humanities project. Its goal is to create a digital collection of letters around the time of the Easter Rising.

This letter was written by Mrs. Mary Anne Curley. In the letter Mrs. Curley raises concerns over her four children who have been taken from her and her husband, who is serving at the front.

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Mrs. Curley mentions that she is receiving separation allowance and can provide a clean home for the children

(Letter courtesy of: National Archives of Ireland)

About the Project

The goal of the Letters of 1916 project is to create ‘a year in the life’, and no topic or correspondent is too uninteresting or insignificant to be part of this mosaic.

The letters cover a range of topics, not only major events of the period — the Easter Rising and the First World War — but letters about love and family; official letters from the General Secretary’s Office which provide an unrivalled glimpse into the workings of the British Government in Ireland and letters between friends and husbands and wives separated by war or work.

The project's new discovery database is available at where you can also contribute by transcribing letters or adding your family’s letters, and be part of the research process. 

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