Ireland and the Crown


Several hundred years of Irish history is represented by the items in our printed collections. Individually they give us an insight into the time they were created in, seen as a whole they embody stories of ambition, personal and political oppression, hope and revolution that reveal much about a changing and evolving society. Confronting and accepting the full diversity and complexity of Irish history (however painful) can be enriching and books, pamphlets and even raw artefacts (c‌acterised as street literature or ephemera), hint at a bigger and often forgotten history of objects and the fact that Irish society has constantly been shaped through our interactions with foreign cultures. 

To view the exhibitions click on the thumbnails below:

A Prospect of the Custom House  Broadside Ballads  Satires and Playbills  Dublin Civic Life  Royal Visits

Click here to access the Library online catalogue


Dublin Public Libraries, Dublin Heritage site

Dublin City Archaeological Archive

UCC Multitext Project in History