Treasures from Source Digital Archive



Next in our series of Treasures from Source,  another historic piece of ephemera  from our digital collection of items relating to Ireland’s Revolutionary Period 1913 to 1922.

At first glance it seems to be a British Government proclamation with the Royal Coat of Arms at the top, a headline of “Your King and Country Calls”, some text and the usual footer of names at the bottom. It bears a superficial resemblance to the warning notice posted in 1913 by the British government warning against a “seditious assembly” in Sackville Street (right)



Closer inspection reveals it to be an anti-Free State pamphlet published by the Anti-Treaty side of the Civil War, denouncing Michael Collins and the Pro-Treaty side as being no better than than the previous British administration.

The use of the British coat of arms, the referencing of British Army regiments in the body of the text and the mention of the “Empire” makes this a particularly scathing piece of propaganda,  and is typical of the bitterness that characterised many such pamphlets printed during the Civil War.



From the collection of the Capuchin Archives. Reproduced with thanks.

Sackville Street poster by kind permission of the Irish Labour History Society.

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Ireland’s Revolutionary Period Digital Archive

Around this time last year, we in Local Studies embarked on a project to expand on our existing archive of 1916 Rising items hosted on our digital archive Source ( Since then, many of you have been in contact offering us the opportunity to photograph and scan your precious heirlooms. Many thanks to all; we are delighted to have been given the opportunity to digitally acquire some literally priceless items. We would also like to acknowledge the generosity shown by the organisations and companies who have given freely of their time and their collections.

The archive has now been expanded to cover the whole Revolutionary Period of 1913 to 1922 and afterwards, including some interesting items pertaining to the 1936 and 1966 anniversaries. At the time of writing, 730 items have been collected, identified and catalogued, with much more to come.

Courtesy of the Capuchin Friars

Courtesy of the Capuchin Friars

Items we have acquired will be released to the public on the Source archive just before the upcoming anniversaries. The archive will be a “one stop shop” of original material, some previously unpublished, and will be invaluable to the student, the researcher and the curious amateur historian alike.

To give a flavour of the collection, some items from 1913 have already been published and are publicly available on the Source archive. These items include an Irish Independent poster announcing the arrest of Jim Larkin, a British proclamation prohibiting a “Seditious Assembly” in Sackville Street and an original copy of the “1913 Report into the Housing Conditions of the Working Classes in the City of Dublin” which contains graphic accounts (including photographs) of the brutal living conditions under which the working class citizens of Dublin lived, and which contributed in no small way to the social unrest of that year.

Pearse Memorium Card, courtesy of The Capuchin Friars

Pearse Memorium Card, courtesy of The Capuchin Friars

Regarding the rest of the collection, it would be impossible to list everything here, but highlights will include:

• Postcards and Postal Ephemera from 1916
• Previously unpublished photographs of Free State Army actions in Dublin against the “Irregulars”
• A series of “Then and Now” images based on original archive material superimposed onto modern views
• Photographs of the weapons used by the combatants from 1916 onwards
• Detailed close-ups of the medals issued to veterans of the period
• Contemporary Souvenir Photograph Albums showing many seldom-seen views of Dublin City and the destruction wrought
by both the British, and later, the Free State Army.
• A large collection of Anti-Free State propaganda pamphlets from the Civil War

Many thanks to those who answered our call, and if there is anyone out there with relevant items we are still keen to photograph or scan these. You can contact Dave Power on 01 4597834 or

Clondalkin Incident on RTE’s ‘My Civil War’

A Clondalkin Civil War incident will feature in RTE’s documentary ‘My Civil War’ which will be shown next Monday December 3rd at 9:35pm on RTE 1. The bodies of three young men from Drumcondra, Edwin Hughes, Brendan Holohan and Joseph Rogers were discovered near Red Cow in Clondalkin in October 1922. Their bodies were taken to Tallaght Aerodrome on the Belgard Road, and the inquest into their deaths was later held in Clondalkin Library.

Las Fallon, author of South Dublin Libraries’ latest publication Dublin Fire Brigade and the Irish Revolution, also features in the documentary.

Tune in if you can, it’s sure to be an interesting programme!