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.

Browse our Revolutionary Collection here:



South Dublin Libraries Quaker Collection

The Local Studies Section of the County Library, Tallaght has begun hosting a major collection of Quaker related documents, images and maps on our Source archive. Donated by Aidan Cruise, a local historian from Manor Kilbride, County Wicklow, the collection consists of unpublished documents, black and white photographs and property survey sheets dating from the late 1960’s as summarised below. The collection was part of an academic project carried out by the staff and students of the School of Architecture in Dublin Institute of Technology at Bolton Street.

Eustace Street Dublin Meeting House. Erected 1694 & rebuilt c.1830.

Eustace Street Dublin Meeting House. Erected 1694 & rebuilt c.1830.

A preliminary study entitled The Meeting Houses of the Religious Society of Friends in Ireland 1 by A.J. Walsh contains a general introduction to the function, form and design of Quaker Meeting Houses in general followed by synoptic descriptions of:

  • Meath Place and Eustace Street Meeting Houses, Dublin City plus Monkstown, Churchtown and Rathfarnham Meeting Houses, Co. Dublin.
  • Carlow Meeting House, Co. Carlow.
  • CorkCity Meeting House, Bandon and Youghal Meeting Houses, Co. Cork.
  • Ballytore (Ballitore) Meeting House, Co. Kildare.
  • Mountmellick Meeting House, Co. Laois.
  • Limerick City Meeting House.
  • Clara, Birr and Edenderry Meeting Houses, Co. Offaly.
  • Roscrea, Clonmel, Cahir and Carrick on Suir Meeting Houses, Co. Tipperary.
  • WaterfordCity and Tramore Meeting Houses, Co. Waterford.
  • Moate Meeting House, Co. Westmeath.
  • Wexford Town, Colladine,  Enniscorthy, Ballintore and New Ross Meeting Houses, Co. Wexford.
  • Wicklow Meeting House, Co. Wicklow.

 Many of these buildings are no longer places of worship and so this document offers the author’s uniquely personal snapshot in time of former and existing Quaker religious buildings which comprise an important element of our Irish heritage.

Ballitore, Co. Kildare

Ballitore, Co. Kildare

A second document entitled Friends Meeting Houses 2, considered to be authored by A.J. Walsh, contains a number of black and white photographs of the following meeting houses supported by manuscript text contextualising the images:

  • Eustace Street and Meath Place, Dublin City, plus Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin.
  • Wexford Town, Ballintore (Ferns), Cooladine (meeting house and burial ground), Enniscorthy and Forrest Co. Wexford.

In addition there are survey forms containing data on land use, occupancy, condition and other features of buildings and sites around the Quaker village of Ballitore (Ballytore) County Kildare. Most are dated 16th April 1969 and are thought to be related to 70 black and white photographs and numbered and annotated Ordnance Survey maps of Ballitore currently being uploaded to the SOURCE Quaker collection.

Approach to Rathfarnham Meeting House

Approach to Rathfarnham Meeting House

By hosting the material in the public domain the County Library hopes this initiative will attract contributions from others interested in Quaker history and religious buildings. As Ballitore, Co. Kildare dominates the collection, an interested party might consider studying the existing material and creating a local study, supplemented by additional primary and secondary source material.



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

Discover your Irish Roots this St. Patrick’s Day are doing a nice promo of their Irish records for St. Patrick’s Day but did you know that these records are available for free through your public library?

Griffith’s Valuation is available as part of the Public Library Information Services on Ask About Ireland.

You can browse Ordnance Survey Historical Maps for free at your local library & South Dublin Libraries also have a historical map viewer which includes pre-Ordnance Survey Maps.

The index to the  Tithe Applotment Books can be searched computers in the Local Studies section at the County Library, Tallaght.

The Lawrence Collection of photographs can be viewed freely online on the National Library’s Digital Archive.

As well as these, there are many other free online tools for researching your Irish family history, including of course the Census for 1901 & 1911. South Dublin Libraries’ Digital Archive Source includes Thom’s Directories for the South Dublin County area. For more information on researching your family history at the County Library, Tallaght please see our guide at