Monday, February 23, 2015

Free Trial -

Our latest free online trial is... Findmypast, home to the largest collection of Irish family history records anywhere online, Findmypast is the best place to discover your ancestors.
Findmypast is the best place to trace your Irish heritage. They work in partnership with some Ireland's biggest archives, including the National Archives of Ireland, to bring you a comprehensive collection of records, including census, land, birth, marriage and death records, detailed court and prison registers, early directories, historic local newspapers, and lots more.
To access this free trial go to: on campus only until the 24th May 2015.
When you perform your initial search then go to view the record, you should be taken to another screen where you will see an option to "continue as a guest" or "register for free". If the user chooses "continue as a guest" they will have full access to the library subscription, if they decide to "register" the visitor will then have created their own registration which will allow them to build a family tree on our site and use the library subscription at the same time.  This new option has been added to allow the visitor maximum access to the findmypast site, with the opportunity to build their family tree whilst using the library subscription, as mentioned if they continue as a guest, this will give them full access to the libraries subscription.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015

Now available online: Pat

UCD Digital Library is delighted to present a wonderful historical journal collection, held in the National Folklore Collection at University College Dublin.

Pat was an Irish three-penny weekly satirical periodical, published and printed in Dublin by W. P. Swan. It was founded in 1879 by political cartoonist and illustrator John Fergus O'Hea, and writer and editor Edwin Hamilton, with cartoonist Thomas Fitzpatrick later joining the team in 1881. Pat ceased publication in March 1883.

A summary printed in a number of issues describes the content as "artistic, literary, humorous, satirical... Each number contains, printed in several colours, one double page cartoon and one or more full page cartoons, besides numerous uncoloured sketches and minor illustrations. The literary matter, supplied by Irish writers of recognised ability, will treat of current events, not only in Dublin, but in all parts of Ireland".

Regular features included a diary of the character Pat, reports on theatre productions in Dublin, descriptions of Dublin streets and areas, and travel notes from around Ireland and London. The illustrations cover many of the major political, social, and cultural issues of the period.

View the collection online at

Irish Survey of Student Engagement 2015

Want to be in with a chance to win an iPad, End of Year ball Tickets, Hoodies and much much more?

Take the time out this evening to complete the Irish Survey of Student Engagement 2015.

Take the survey at:

Friday, February 13, 2015

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Help using the library

Why not come to a library drop in session to help you with you information skills.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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