April 28, 2013
The Jackie Clarke Collection: Treasure Trove of Irish Historial Artifacts
After his death, his widow decided it was time to share the newspaper clippings and documents her husband had gathered over the years. So she called in historian and author Sinead McCoole to organize the collection for display. It was estimated that this job would take about 6 weeks.
Then McCoole saw the extent of the historical treasure trove. Bundles and bundles wrapped in parcel paper; fish boxes and fish boxes packed with documents; stuff, and stuff, and more stuff. Six weeks became six months, and then a year. It is eight years later and Ms. McCoole is still at it.
In all there are more than 100,000 items that provide insight into Ireland’s long struggle to free itself of English rule. Some items are fragile maps and rare newspapers, political posters and editorial cartoons, books, diaries, photographs, and films.
Read more at Trove of Irish Historical Artifacts