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Documents of the Month


January Document of the Month (Government Information Service official press release of speech by Taoiseach Charles J Haughey TD, in which he refers to the need to address Ireland’s economic situation by a programme of austerity measures, 1980)


February Document of the Month (Love letter from Private Joseph Robinson of C Company, 2nd Royal Irish Fusiliers, to his sweetheart, prior to his departure to fight in the Boer War in South Africa, 1899)


March Document of the Month (Explanatory booklet on the “Mother and Child Health Scheme” proposed by Minister for Health, Dr Noel Browne, circa 1950)


April Document of the Month (Letter to the Secretary to the President enquiring about the bounty awarded by the President to citizens on attaining their 100th birthday, 1943)


May Document of the Month (Photographs of Fenian John Devoy, taken prior to and during his imprisonment in Mountjoy Jail, c.1866)


June Document of the Month (Freemason certificate of membership, 1821)


July Document of the Month (Down Survey baronial map for Tirawley, county Mayo, 17th century)


August Document of the Month (Invitation to the President to attend Indian Independence Day celebrations in Dublin, 1947)


September Document of the Month (Bond to administer the estate of Michael Collins, 1922)


October Document of the Month (Invitation to attend the unveiling by Taoiseach Seán Lemass of a plaque commemorating the Bord Fáilte ‘Tidy Towns’ award won by Glenties in county Donegal, 1960)

November Document of the Month (Charter of the Bishop of Ferns, 1641)

December Document of the Month (Staff Christmas party in Áras an Uachtaráin, 1942)