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If Blogs were Catalog(u)ed*

Posted on October 30, 2017 in Digital, Journals and Magazines, Media

When Dr. Melinda Grimsley-Smith was a PhD student at Notre Dame, she convinced me that it would be a good librarianly service to open a Twitter account and to routinely re-tweet posts that might interest graduate students. She was excited about archives, and she was enthusiastic about sharing information about collections and about exciting new projects.


I followed Melinda’s lead, initially following various archives and libraries and retweeting news of collections and exhibitions, tweeting inconsistently, with short bursts of enthusiasm. With the flurry of activity around the 1916 centenary, I learned that retweeting was a way to catalogue information, and I began to apprecate the role of the hashtag for organizing the twitterworld. (Such a pity that in order to type in Irish, I lost my keyboard’s hashtag.)

And now I wonder if Twitter-cataloguing could be the answer to my question about blogs.

Librarians organize information of all kinds,helping people sort through thousands of materials to identify information, books, journals or websites.  We archive websites and catalog online publications. We find ways to make our information available online.  But blogs seem to belong to a category that people discover either by serendipity or by word of mouth. The library cataloguedoesn’t seem appropriate for the informal format of the blog, so why not see how the social media can be used?

On Twitter, I found an Irish Blogs hashtag, but this does not address my needs, which are to tag blogs interesting to those with an academic interest in Irish studies, e.g. scholarly or newsy articles on Irish history, literature, politics, music, art, theatre etc.  I aim to curate, so that blogs included in my lists are up to date and to select in the same way as I would a journal or magazine subscription for the library. So my hashtag will be #IrishStudiesBlogs.

Scéalta Ealaíne. Irish Art Blog by Eoin Mac Lochlainn


So I think I’ll start a new hashtag and call it Irish Studies Blogs. Blogs I want to catalogue include Mise Ciara, a great blog for Irish language students, Scéalta Ealaíne, shown above, the blog of artist Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Mairekennedybooks, on Irish historical bibliography, and writers’ blogs such as that of Lia Mills.

‘S Mise Ciara, Seo mo Bhlag! Scríobh / Eat / Sleep 


Though I plan to include only blogs that are current, Deirdre Ní Chonghaile’s wonderful Amhráin Árann – Aran Songs begs to be listed.  This three-year blog (2012-14) is a collection of essays on the people, music and songs of the Aran Islands. From biographies of writers and singers to an essay on the provenance of the piano in the house where Somerville and Ross stayed, the blog, written in Irish and in English, is an online publication that should be available to anyone studying Irish music, and so needs to be archived and catalogued.

The blogs I am considering for my “Twitter Catalog” are listed below, and you can also see a preview of the Twitter-Catalogue for #IrishStudiesBlogs.

Literature and Writers

Rogha Gabriel

Crime Scene. A Blog by Louise Phillips

Irish Writing Blog

Women Rule Writer. Lit Blog of Nuala O’Connor/ Nuala Ní Chonchúir

Anti-Laureate of the People’s Republic of Cork 

Mary Morrissey. A Blog about Fiction and History

James Joyce Quarterly Blog



An Ghaeilge – The Irish Language

Included here are blogs on various topics, but written in Irish and therefore good for Irish language students to have available.

Hilary NY. Meascra i nGaeilge ó Nua Eabhrach — Nó pé áit ina bhfuilim! 

Mise Áine ag Rámhaille

Uathachas in Éirinn 

S Mise Ciara, Seo mo Bhlag!

Cúrsaí Staire. Aistí Ócáídeacha ar Stair, ar Staraithe, agus ar Scríobh na Staire

Smaointe Fánach Aonghusa

Rogha Gabriel


Cúrsaí Staire. Aistí Ócáídeacha ar Stair, ar Staraithe, agus ar Scríobh na Staire

Ciara Meehan. Historian, Author, Lecturer


Books, Libraries and Archives

Books Ireland Blog

NLI Blog (blog of the National Library of Ireland)

John J. Burns Library’s Blog 

Manuscripts at Trinity

UCD Library Cultural Heritage Collections Blog



Kennys Booktalk Blog



Amhráin Árann – Aran Songs


The Irish Art Blog


Scéalta Ealaíne. Irish Art Blog by Eoin Mac Lochlainn


The Cedar Lounge Revolution. For Lefties Too Stubborn to Quit

Slugger O’Toole

Irish Politics Forum

Jason O’Mahony































I don’t know if this Twitter-catalogue idea will take, but if you come across a blog that would interest others in Irish studies, please add a tweet, or contact me at Thanks!


*Though bilingual now in the English languages of both sides of the Atlantic, I’ve never become comfortable with the u-less ‘catalog’.

New Issues of Journals

Posted on January 6, 2015 in Journals and Magazines


Issue 63 of the Dublin Review of Books has just come out.



Among the books reviewed are the following:

Periodicals and Journalism in Twentieth-Century Ireland, Mark O’Brien and Felix M. Larkin (eds), Four Courts Press.
Hesburgh Library status: In process.

Romancing Ireland: Richard Hayward 1892-1964, by Paul Clements.  Lilliput, 2014.
Hesburgh Library: DA 963 .C54 2014

Captain Jack White: Imperialism, Anarchism and the Irish Citizen Army, by Leo Keohane, Merrion Press.
Hesburgh Library status: In process.

Ireland and the Irish in Interwar England, by Mo Moulton, Cambridge University Press.
Hesburgh Library: DA 125 .I7 M68 2014


Irish Studies journals with recent issues:

New Hibernia Review, Vol. 18, no. 4 Winter/Geimhreadh 2014

New Hibernia ReviewProject Muse is our subscription service for this journal, and may be accessed via the Library:

The most recent issue includes the following:

Bob Quinn. Conamara Revolution.

Stephanie Rains. “Do you ring? Or are you rung for?” Mass media, class, and social aspiration in Edwardian Ireland.

Siobhán Campbell. Filíocht Nua: New Poetry.

Mark S. Quigley. Modernization’s lost pasts: Sean O’Faolain, the Bell, and Irish modernization before Lemass.

Tomás Ó h-Íde. Robert Flaherty’s Oidhche Sheanchais: The first film in Irish.

Wes Hamrick. The public sphere and eighteenth-century Ireland.

Ian O’Donnell, David M. Doyle. A family affair? English hangmen and a Dublin jail, 1923-54.

Christelle Serée-Chaussinand. Actaeon revisited: Seamus Heaney and Sinéad Morrissey respond to Titian.

Ellen Scheible. Imperialism, aesthetics, and Gothic confrontation in The Picture of Dorian Gray.


Éire-Ireland:  Volume 49, Issues 3 & 4, Fall/Winter 2014.

eir.49.3-4_front_smThis journal also comes via a subscription to Project Muse, and so the articles may be found via the Library.

Contents of the current issue include the following:

Andy Bielenberg. “Something of the nature of a massacre”: The Bandon Valley Killings revisited.  Andy Bielenberg, John Borgonovo, James S. Donnelly Jr.

Elizabeth Cullingford.  American dreams: Emigration or exile in contemporary Irish fiction?

Ellen McWilliams. “No place is home– It is as it should be”: Exile in the writing of Maeve Brennan.

Darragh Gannon.  The rise of the Rainbow Chasers: Advanced Irish political nationalism in Britain, 1916-22.

Mel Farrell. From Cumann na nGaedheal to Fine Gael: The foundation of the United Ireland party in September 1933.

Nicholas M. Wolf. Introduction: Mathew Carey and Dublin. Nicholas M. Wolf and Benjamin Bankhurst.

Padhraig Higgins. Mathew Carey, Catholic identity, and the Penal Laws.

James Kelly. Mathew Carey’s Irish apprenticeship: Editing the Volunteers Journal, 1783-84.

Nicholas M. Wolf. Advocacy, the Enlightenment, and the Catholic print trade in Mathew Carey’s dublin.

Ronald Schuchard. “Into the heartland of the ordinary”: Seamus Heaney, Thomas Hardy, and the dividied traditions of modern and contemporary poetry.

Terence Brown. Seamus Heaney’s tender Yeats.

Stephen Regan. “Things remembered”: Objects of memory in the poetry of Seamus Heaney.


Estudios Irlandeses, Issue 9 (2014)

Estudios 9Estudios Irlandeses, the peer-reviewd, open source electronic journal of the Spanish Association for Irish Studies, is published online in March, so this issue is not quite so recent.

Among the articles, essays, interviews and translations in Issue 9 are the following:

Mercedes del Campo del Pozo. “Mother Ireland, get off our backs”: Gender, Republicanism and state politics in prison short stories by Northern Irish women writers.

Claire A. Culleton. Competing concepts of culture: Irish art at the 1924 Paris Olympic Games.

Juan F. Elices. Uchronian scenarios in the context of Irish literature: The case of C. B. Gilford’s The Crooked Shamrock.

Bill Gray. “A thrilling beauty”? Violence, transcendence and the Shankill Butchers in Eoin McNamee’s Resurrection Man.

José M. Yebra. The interstitial status of Irish gayness in Colm Tóibín’s The Blackwater Lightship and The Master.




Breac – A Digital Journal of Irish Studies

Posted on August 5, 2014 in Digital, Journals and Magazines

Breac heading


The Breac Team brought out the second issue of their online journal last month.  This issue, edited by Lindsay J. Haney and Shaun Richards, is devoted to Irish drama.  The editors “hope that these essays will stimulate debate and lively conversations around the role of the theater in staging issues such as economic crisis, urban renewal, gender relations, sexual abus, and other matters that are vital to contemporary considerations in Irish Studies” (Preface, Breac, July 10, 2014)

The very first item presents a typical Breac problem for librarians.  What is “Am I Rambling”?  Is it a film?  Is it street theatre?  Is it a guided tour? I can tell that it is an experimental event, organized and presented by Veronica Dyas and Sorcha Kenny, in which a group of people walk around Dublin and encounter street art.  At least that’s what I think it is.  Beyond that, I am waiting to see commentary on the Breac site to help me interpret the video.

Brian Ó Conchubhair describes Fíbín, an Irish language theatre group, once again using the medium of the online journal to provide a video.  Other articles are more traditional scholarly articles, but they take advantage of the digital platform by providing hyperlinked references that take the reader straight to the article under discussion, if available online.

Here are the contents of the current issue:

Lindsay J. Haney and Shaun Richards

Am I Rambling?
Veronica Dyas and Sorcha Kenny

Politicizing Performance: ANU Productions and Site-Specific Theater
Brian Singleton

Theatre-as-Memory and as Witness: Active Spectatorship in The Walworth Farce, The Blue Boy, and Laundry
Emilie Pine

“Oh Jesus, I can’t take this”: Playing Witness to the Dramatization of Ballymun’s Urban Regeneration Project, Dublin, 2004-2008
Niamh Malone

Samuel Beckett, the Gate Theatre Dublin, and the Contemporary Irish Independent Theater Sector: Fragments of Performance History
Anna McMullan and Trish McTighe

Supernaturalism: Femininity and Form in Conor McPherson’s Paranormal Plays
Susan Cannon Harris

Marina Carr’s Swans and Goddesses: Contemporary Feminist Myth in Irish Drama
Jenna Lourenco

Taming Irishness: Martin McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara on the Galician Stage
Elisa Serra Porteiro

Fíbín: Back to the Future?
Fíbín, introduced by Brian Ó Conchubhair

Music and the Library Collection

Posted on April 11, 2014 in Digital, Journals and Magazines

Working with the O’Neill Collection, I have more questions than answers.  How was music printed and sold in Ireland?  So I was very happy, browsing through the Journal of Music, to learn of a new website called The Dublin Music Trade.

DMTThis is based on a card index developed by the late Brian Boydell, of music publishers, printers, sellers and instrument makers in Dublin from 1750 to 1850.  The database has been developed by his son Barra Boydell, and later by Dr. Catherine Ferris.  It appears from the website that while Brian Boydell’s original card index covered one century, this database is expanded to include earlier years, back as far as 1515.

In addition to the search facility, it is possible to browse through lists, so for example we can see all 17 listings for Capel Street, or listings under category, e.g. Musical Instrument maker: Flute, which also has 17 names.

This database, hosted by the Research Foundation for Music in Ireland, will be of great assistance to anyone working with the Francis O’Neill Collection in our library.


Why would anyone bother to visit the Periodicals Room?

Posted on July 29, 2013 in Journals and Magazines

Some journals are not online, some will only be available in an archive later, and some are simply far more attractive in their paper form.  Besides, visiting the Periodicals RoomHistory Ireland July August 2013 and browsing through your subject area, you discover many articles that you would never have deliberately searched online.

I went looking for History Ireland, in search of a particular photograph (Frances Browne, which is in a 2010 issue), and ended up noticing quite a number of interesting articles, all in the Irish history area of DA 910 to DA 995.

The current issue of History Ireland is devoted to the Lockout of 1913 (of course).  Within the pages “Emmet O’Connor casts a cold eye on the turbulent career of the Lockout’s hero”, John Gray writes about Larkin and the Belfast dock strike of 1907, and there are many other articles about the 1913 and other lockouts.  We are brought up to date with articles on the effect of the Dublin Lockout on the Irish labour movement and the story of the monument to Jim Larkin that stands in O’Connell Street.

Our latest issue of the Dublin Historical Record includes an article very interesting to anyone familiar with the houses and roads all around the  Killester DART Station.  ‘Houses for Heroes: Life in the Killester Colony 1919-1945’ by Jan O’Sullivan uses interviews with families of servicemen who lived in the largest housing scheme for ex-servicemen in Ireland.

The most recent issue of The Irish Review (Autumn 2012) includes a substantial review section in addition to the following articles:

Bankers, Bureaucrats, Booms and Busts / L. M. Cullen.Irish Review Autumn 2012

‘What Else?’ On Dublin Contemporary / Declan Long.

The Bloody Sunday Inquiry and the Saville Report: Declaring Innocence, Attributing Blame and the Limitations of Public Inquiries / Charlotte Barcat.

Lines of Dissent: Patrick Kavanagh’s ‘Shancoduff’ / Thomas O’Grady.

It’s a long way to Tipperary: Globalization and tradition in Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland / Stanley Van Der Ziel.


The Periodicals Room is now on the second floor of the Hesburgh Library.  If you have questions about Irish Studies periodicals, I will be happy to help.


Women’s Issue: Études Irlandaises

Posted on July 16, 2013 in Journals and Magazines

The Fall/Winter 2012 issue of Études Irlandaises is in the Periodicals Room (2nd floor: DA 925 .E86)

Enjeux féministes et féminins dans la société irlandaise contemporaine

Feminist and Women’s Issues in Contemprary Irish Society

Études Irlandaises Feminist Issue

Études Irlandaises Feminist Issue


Women of Ireland, from economic prosperity to austere times: who cares?  Marie-Jeanne Da Col Richert.

Gender and electoral representation in Ireland / Claire McGing and Timothy J. White.

The condition of female laundry workers in Ireland 1922-1996: a case of labour camps on trial / Eva Urban.

Ireland’s criminal conversation / Diane Urquhart.

Women’s art in Ireland and Poland 1970-2010: Experiencing and experimenting on the female body / Valérie Morisson.

“Nobody knows what is in them until they are broken”: Medbh McGuckian’s feminist poetry / Shane Alcobia-Murphy.

Representation of madness in Irish society in the drama of Brian Friel / Michelle Kennedy.

Éilís Ní Dhuibhne: féminisme et stratégie d’indirection / Chantal Dessaint-Payard.

Contemporary Caitlín: Gender and society in Celtic Tiger popular fiction / Sorcha Gunne.