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Our collection encompasses all periods of Irish history, and includes a wide range of political, economic, cultural, literary and historical works.

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A Mightier Question

James Fintan Lalor

Collected letters and articles by James Fintan Lalor, from the Nation and the Irish Felon.

Gleo na gCaṫ

Pádraig Pearse

Selected essays and editorials from the Gaelic League newspaper, An Claidheamh Soluis, between 1899 to 1909.

Dubliners

James Joyce

1914 modernist collection of short stories set in Dublin.

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  • November 2023 Update
    Over the past year, some new and significant changes have been made to the site’s design. In brief, they are as follows: HOME PAGE TEXTS FORMATTING CLÓ GAELACH Notes: LIGHT MODE Note: The background image changes with the setting. PDFs Note: The ‘Contents’ section contains hyperlinks which will lead you directly to each chapter directly. Or, alternatively, you can click on ‘Document outline’ on the top-left of the page. AN CHARTLANN.
  • An Craoibhín Aoibhinn: The Thought of Douglas Hyde
    ‘The work of Douglas Hyde will live after him. It is not now possible that Irish can die, as but for him it would most assuredly have died. Even should it become extinct as a spoken language, reams of Irish literature have been preserved which but for Hyde would have perished.’ – An Craoibhin Aoibhinn, Diarmuid Coffey, 1917.
  • The Lesser-Known Works of P. H. Pearse
    His complete writings can be found here. Still subject to further addition. Any general analysis on the work of Pádraig Pearse almost invariably focuses on his political writings and speeches, and to some extent his poetry of a more nationalistic tenor. It is unmistakeably the most famous Pearse, the Pearse most vivid in collective Irish memory, the Pearse of Bodenstown and Glasnevin, the Pearse of Easter Week. But as an analysis, it is too singular, if not one-dimensional. Pearse was not merely an eloquent rebel with a few quatrains to his name. From his earliest youth, Pearse was a prolific…

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  • Fáṫ An Ċumainn Nua

    Ó An Barr Buaḋ, 12 Aibreán, 1912. Na fíor-Ġaeil .i. na Gaeilgeoirí, a ṁúscailt as a dtrom-ċodlaḋ agus a meallaḋ isteaċ i bpolaitíoċt na hÉireann. Cúrsaí polaitíoċa a ġaelú ó ḃun go barr. Soiscéal Saoirse na hÉireann a ċraoḃscaoileaḋ le teann gníṁ agus cainte. A ċur ina luí ar Ġaeil gur leo an ċríoċ so,…

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  • Na Fíníní

    Ó An Barr Buaḋ, 16 Márta, 1912. Ó ḃliain go bliain tá siad ag imeaċt uainn, na fir cróga ċalma úd a ṫug airm ina láṁa agus a ċuaiġ amaċ ċun troda in aġaiḋ cuṁaċt Ṡasana. Fir ḋáiríre ab ea iad—ní staigíní ná seoiníní ná breilleí a ḃí iontu, aċ fir ḟearúla ḟiúntaċa ḟíréanta a…

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  • Sagairt na nGael

    Ó An Barr Buaḋ, Bealtaine 18, 1912. Is deacair sagairt na nGael a ró-ṁolaḋar a ndúṫraċt, agus ar a ndílseaċt dá gcreideaṁ. D’ḟulaingíodar pionós ar son a gcreidiṁ. D’ḟulaingíodar gorta agus anró ar son a gcreidiṁ. D’ḟulaingíodar an bás féin ar son a gcreidiṁ. Ḃí grá Dé riaṁ ina gcroíṫe. Ḃí cion acu ar a…

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  • Collections

    Collected writings from selected authors for easy reading.

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  • Letter to John Blake Dillon

    MY DEAR JOHN DILLON AND MRS. DILLON, One can hardly hope to be pardoned who receives a letter dated 9th of September, and only sits down to acknowledge it on the 24th of October, especially a very good, gracious, and double letter from two of his best friends.

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  • Letter to the Under-Secretary for Ireland

    Sir,—I understand that a warrant has been taken out against Mr. Martin on a charge of felony, founded on the publication of certain articles in the Irish Felon newspaper.

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