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Documents of the Month


January Document of the Month (Telegram from King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola of Belgium congratulating President Eamon de Valera and his wife Sinéad on the occasion of their 60th/diamond wedding anniversary, 1970)


February Document of the Month (Irish Times article outlining US President Roosevelt’s initiative to discuss informally with neutral states in Europe the subject of the economic system and armaments reduction with a view to “the eventual restoration of world peace”, 1940)


March Document of the Month (Garda Síochána report regarding the painting of slogans and the posting of “seditious” posters on the streets of Kilkenny City, 1935)


April Document of the Month (Sample menu provided by JE Mills Ltd Caterers to JA Belton of the Department of External Affairs, for a dinner to be hosted in honour of the new American Ambassador to Ireland, David Grey, 1940)


May Document of the Month (Extracts from the Irish Press and Irish Times newspapers reporting the visit of Taoiseach Eamon de Valera to the German Legation in Dublin to condole with Minister Eduard Hempel on the death of Hitler, 1945)


June Document of the Month (Memorial of James Deacy, steward on a line of road at Knockroosky, county Mayo, in which he alleges that he was paid a lesser wage than two other stewards, relatives of the works superintendent, 1846)


July Document of the Month (Letter to the Chief Secretary’s Office regarding local disturbances involving Orange Lodge members and their opponents, 1821)


August Document of the Month (Birthday card sent to President Seán T O’Kelly on his 76th birthday, 1958)


September Document of the Month (Decoded telegram from the Irish Legation in Berlin to the Department of Foreign Affairs in which the ships and aircraft of neutral countries are advised to avoid Polish waters and airspace as an attack is imminent, 1939)


October Document of the Month (Letter from Chief Superintendent Nicholas Murphy to the Minister for Justice relating to a complaint made by Germans interned in the Curragh Camp, resulting from an incident that occurred outside the Grand Hotel in Newbridge, county Kildare, 1942)


November Document of the Month (Photograph from the Evening Mail featuring President Douglas Hyde meeting the Polish national football team who played Ireland in a friendly game in Dalymount Park, Dublin, 1938)


December Document of the Month (Article from the Irish Independent reporting on the Christmas Day message broadcast by President Seán T O’Kelly, 1945)