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Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Listen back to our lunchtime lecture series celebrating sisterhood and specifically the lives and achievements of five families of sisters who made their mark on Irish life. 


Ireland leaves the Commonwealth, 1949

Thursday, 18 April 2019

In April 1949 Ireland became a republic and left the Commonwealth. What did the Commonwealth think about it?


'Republic to Republic': A new Google exhibition by RIA DIFP and UCD Archives on Ireland's international sovereignty from 1919 to 1949.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

To mark the seventieth anniversary of Ireland becoming a republic, DIFP and UCD Archives have co-curated a new online exhibition on Irish sovereignty from 1919 to 1949.

Documents on Irish Foreign Policy

DRI Early Career Research Award

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Digital Repository of Ireland invite early career researchers to apply for a new annual Research Award worth €500.

Digital Repository of Ireland

Rural Conversation Podcast No. 3: 'Building vibrant and sustainable communities in rural Ireland'

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Rural Conversation No. 3: 'Building vibrant and sustainable communities in rural Ireland’, the final in the series of three Rural Conversations was held on Thursday, 4 April 2019 and hosted in Waterford Institute of...

Humanities and Social Sciences Committees, Social Sciences Committee

Republic to Republic DIB entry: Sheila Murphy

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

To mark the seventieth anniversary of the declaration of the republic and Ireland’s departure from the Commonwealth on 18 April 1949, we are publishing a number of our entries of figures involved in Irish foreign policy...

Dictionary of Irish Biography

DIB entry of the day: Mary Leadbeater

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Professor Mary O'Dowd, MRIA, will today deliver a lecture 'The Shackleton sisters: Irish Quaker women c. 1750-1850' the fifth and final event in the current lunchtime series, 'Sisters', celebrating the lives and...

Library, Dictionary of Irish Biography

Welcoming an Irish republic, 17-18 April 1949

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

At midnight on 17 April 1949 Ireland officially became a republic, and it is often forgotten that enormous crowds came out to celebrate the occasion.


New atlas of Drogheda presented to President Michael D. Higgins

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

A delegation from the Royal Irish Academy, Highlanes Gallery and Louth County Council were invited for a courtesy call to Áras an Uachtaráin on 15 April 2019 where author Ned Mc Hugh presented President...

Irish Historic Towns Atlas


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