Diary gives insight into a family at war

Tuesday 02 October 2012 12.39
The online resource uses the original diary held in the National Library of Ireland
The online resource uses the original diary held in the National Library of Ireland

A digitised and transcribed diary offering a candid insight into life for families of Irish soldiers during World War I has been launched.

The diary was written in 1916 by Mary Martin, a widow and mother of 12 children, living in Monkstown in Dublin.

She began writing it shortly after receiving official word that her son Charlie, a soldier with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, was missing in action on the Salonika front.

The diary is set against the backdrop of the Easter Rising and WWI, and chronicles the daily activities of Mrs Martin and her family.

It ends on 25 May, 1916, shortly before official word came that Charlie had been killed.

The online resource has been developed and produced by students at Trinity College Dublin, using the original diary held in the National Library of Ireland.

It is freely available to the public at http://dh.tcd.ie/martindiary/.