(Old) News just in! “Eire/Ireland” and “Scissors and Paste” Now on Source.



Two publications from 1914 and 1915 are now on Source and searchable. “Eire/Ireland” and “Scissors and Paste” were launched by Arthur Griffith, founder of Sinn Féin. The former was suppressed because of its anti-British tone, and was replaced by the aptly named “Scissors and Paste”. This circumvented Regulation 27 of the Defence of the Realm act, which forbade new propaganda writing, by simply reprinting articles from other sources. Its articles were aimed primarily at debunking stories of German atrocities and reporting German successes. At the same time it published derogatory articles referring to British military operations. In March 1915 “Scissors and Paste” was also suppressed.

The publications give a fascinating insight into some Irish attitudes to Britain and the conduct of the war, and also translated reports from Foreign language newspapers that are rarely seen.

Here are some random clippings representative of the content of both newspapers:

Whelan & Sons, trading from 17 Upper Ormond Quay, advertised an impressive array of military items for sale to the public in 1914 including rifles, ammunition, belts and even pikes.

“Ourselves” – this editorial piece from “Scissors and Paste” bemoans the suppression of its predecessor “Eire Ireland” under the Defence of the Realm act and questions the sincerity of Britain’s fight for the rights of small nations.

Scissors & Paste 23rd December 1914 – Report of the removal by the police of the famous Liberty Hall banner proclaiming “We serve neither King nor Kaiser but Ireland”


1st April 1915. Not an April Fool’s joke, but a prophetic article from Scissors & Paste, reproduced from the “Evening Herald” anticipating the Irish Rebellion a year before it happened.


1st June 1915. The Garda College in Templemore in Co. Tipperary had a previous incarnation as Richmond Barracks and was used from 1914 to 1915 as an internment camp for German military and civilian prisoners of war. This article, reprinted from the Belfast Newsletter, condemns certain “sympathisers” for funding prisoners’ comforts for those interned in Templemore.


12th December 1915 – Trouble in Templemore. Inmates won’t pay the extra penny tax on beer.


1st September 1915. Another example of the free availability of weapons at the time. The winner of a Cumann na mBan raffle is requested to proceed to Parnell Square to pick up her prize – a Lee Enfield .303 rifle!


20th January 1915 – the people of Wexford are advised that the German Army are not to be feared in the event of their arrival on our shores. Police advice to Wexford residents to destroy their property in case of invasion is to be ignored.


27th January 1915 – Report of a French soldier being informally “awarded” the Prussian Iron Cross by a grateful German…


Two local interest articles mentioning Rathfarnham:



13th of February 1915 – article explaining the background to “Deutschland Uber Alles”, the German National Anthem, and denying it is triumphalist.


Eire Ireland 28th November 1914 – Germany has no ill-will towards Ireland.



See the complete collection here:  http://source.southdublinlibraries.ie/handle/10599/11384/browse?type=title&submit_browse=Title



Buried treasure discovered at Rathfarnham Castle

Rathfarnham Castle

Rathfarnham Castle

A veritable treasure trove of artefacts have been discovered at Rathfarnham Castle. The find was made in the course of works being carried out by OPW in order to provide a new lift and staircase in the south-west tower.

The find included:
· Coins dating as far back as 1602.
· Chinese porcelain tea-sets along with perfectly-preserved tea leaves.
· Seeds and pips from olives, melons, grapes, cherries, peaches and other exotic fruit along with shells, fish and bird bones.
· Glass wine and spirit bottles.
· Cromwellian armour breastplate, musket balls and gun flints.
· Artefacts relating to 17th century costume, including jewellery, buckles, shoes etc.
· Small ointment and cosmetic jars (possibly from Italy) and a rare folding travel toothbrush.

Coin - Philip IV of Spain silver colonial coin from 1655

Coin – Philip IV of Spain silver colonial coin from 1655



Speaking on a visit to the castle Minister Heather Humphries said:

“I would like to commend the OPW for their careful work in ensuring that these artefacts are well preserved for the enjoyment of future generations. The National Museum of Ireland will now work with the OPW to fully conserve this find, and hopefully put them all together for an exhibition to go on display at Rathfarnham Castle after the works are complete.”

Mr. Simon Harris, TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Minister Heather Humphreys, TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht

Mr. Simon Harris, TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Minister Heather Humphreys, TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht



Minister Harris concluded:

“Now that the artefacts have been safely retrieved, works on the main contract have been resumed. I am confident that the Castle will re-open in 2015 and I look forward to viewing the exhibition of these amazing archaeological finds.”


Photos: http://www.opw.ie

Clondalkin Paper Mills Oral History Collection

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Clondalkin Paper Mill operated from the early 19th century right up until its ultimate and unfortunate closure in 1987. The mill provided huge employment in the area and constituted a big part of life in Clondalkin.

In recognition of this, and to capture the story of the mill, as told by the people who worked there, South Dublin Libraries commissioned Irish Life and Lore to collect the Clondalkin Paper Mills Oral History Collection.


The collection is available now in Source, our digital archive and the collection’s catalogue is available to download here.  Printed copies of the catalogue can be purchased from Tallaght and Clondalkin Libraries, priced at €10.

A collection of photographs and memorabilia from the mill is also available in Source.

Thanks to everyone who took part in the project!

Treasures from Source Digital Archive – Poppet: The Countess’s Best Friend


Constance Gore-Booth. Rebel daughter of an Ascendancy family, she turned her back on her privileged upbringing by marrying a Polish Count and was thereafter known as Countess Markievicz.

She helped in the Liberty Hall soup kitchen during the Lockout, and later founded Na Fianna – a group of Republican boy scouts that trained with firearms, drilled, practiced signalling and learned first-aid. She held the rank of Staff Lieutenant in the Citizen Army, and fought with distinction during the 1916 Rising. She was saved from the British Army firing squad because of the fear of a backlash if a woman were to be executed.

She was famously a dog-lover (her cocker spaniel’s name was “Poppet”), and evidently a law-abiding owner. 25 days before the 1916 Rising she renewed her dog licence:

To the rear of the licence are helpful hints on identifying “Madness in Dogs”:


Here she is in a studio portrait with Poppet and two unidentified men:

A bronze statue of Countess Markievicz stands outside the swimming pool in Townsend Street that bears her name. At her feet stands her faithful canine friend:



Thanks to the Defence Forces’ Military Archives ( http://www.militaryarchives.ie/ ) for the dog licence.

Also thanks to Kilmainham Gaol Museum ( http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/dublin/kilmainhamgaol/ ) for the studio photograph
Browse our Revolutionary Collection here: