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.

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