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Library releases digitised items
24 Apr 2014 15:03
The National Library of Ireland has released 10,500 newly-digitised items online.
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It means that a total of 63,000 items that tell the story of Ireland are now freely available worldwide through the National Library catalogue.
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Photographs of 1916 leader Tom Clarke, his wife Kathleen and family; and posters documenting the Suffragette movement are among the newly-digitised items.
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It also includes a portrait of the infamous Ellen Byrne, who was tried for her husband's murder in 1842 after his badly decomposed body was found in their shared bed.
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Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan said the newly-digitised collections "are a wonderful piece of our cultural and literary heritage, which will now be preserved for and made accessible to the people of Ireland for generations".
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He also said it showcases Ireland's growing reputation as a centre for the innovative use of digital technology.
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