Heritage and History

Dublin and Irish Collections

Moll's map of Dublin, 1714Dublin City Library & Archive holds an extensive collection relating to Dublin and Ireland, which are an important resource for local history studies.

Dublin City Archives

White Book of Dublin, 1266Dublin City Archives contains records of Dublin's civic government from 1171 and many private archives relating to Dublin.

Family History

Family historyResources to assist you in tracing your family tree include church records, land records, civil and census records.

Databases

Electoral Lists 1908-1915 Access databases produced by Dublin City Library & Archive, plus free & subscription databases such as Findmypast & Ancestry Library Edition.

The Reading Room

Reading RoomThe Reading Room is open 10am-8pm Monday to Thursday, 10am-5pm Friday & Saturday. Personal study spaces are provided.

Image Galleries

Failte Ireland collectionBrowse over 5,000 images from our Archives, special collections and the Dublin City Council Photographic Collection.

Digital Repository

King George of Greece, 1940Digital records relating to Dublin from different time periods, including photographs, postcards, letters, maps and ephemeral material.

Dublin Diary

Phoenix Park Murders: The Illustrated London News 20 May 1882See what stories made the news in Dublin over the years during the current month.

Votes for Women 1918

woman's suffrageIn February 1918 the Representation of the People Act was passed and women who were over 30 years of age were finally allowed to vote. Eleven months later, the voters of Dublin elected Constance Markievicz, the first woman to win a seat at Westminster.

Suffragism was the conviction that votes should be extended to women. By the early years of the twentieth century, the suffrage campaign had gained sufficient momentum to be regularly debated in parliament. The 1910s was a decade of great social and political turbulence. The Home Rule crisis, labour unrest, the outbreak of the First World War, and the Easter Rising splintered the cosy certainties of the British Empire. The cause of suffragism added to the tumult as women asserted their political rights. Suffragists in Ireland endured ridicule, assault, and imprisonment in their quest for social justice but 1918 was their year of victory. Dublin City Library and Archive are hosting two events to commemorate the centenary:

 

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