Why would anyone bother to visit the Periodicals Room?

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.


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