Decade of Centenaries: ‘Loreto 1916’

By Irish Research Council

Posted: 28 March, 2016

Funded under the Irish Research Council’s ‘Marking the Decade of Centenaries Flagship Projects (2015)’ scheme, a new collection in UCD Digital Library, with a complementary Google Arts and Culture exhibit, both based on items selected from the IBVM (Loreto) Institute and Irish Province Archives is now available.

The material showcases the experiences of the Loreto Sisters and pupils during Easter Rising 1916. Excerpts from the digitised Loreto Convent Annals and other records offer unique eye witness accounts of the Rising in St Stephen’s Green, and detailed personal accounts of the experiences of the Rising in Rathfarnham.

It offers audiences a new opportunity to learn about the lives of Loreto Sisters 100 years ago and their unswerving dedication to their missions and ministries. It is hoped that this new exhibition and digital collection will highlight the vast wealth of information that is preserved in the archives of religious orders. The 1916 materials in UCD Digital Library can be viewed here.

The digital collection forms part of the new Convent Collection, to which further material will be added in the future.

View the Google Arts and Culture exhibit at

This digitisation project has been undertaken by the UCD Digital Library, funded by the Irish Research Council, and directed by Associate Professor Deirdre Raftery, UCD School of Education, with the cooperation of IBVM (Loreto) Irish Province Archives.