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A fruitful enterprise

Elizabeth Blachrie was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, early in the eighteenth century but eloped with her doctor cousin, Alexander Blackwell, to London amidst doubts as to the veracity of his medical qualifications. 499 more words

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W.B. Yeats and the Cuala Press

Celebrations are taking place around the country this week to mark 150 years since the birth of the Irish poet William Butler Yeats, on 13th June 1865 in Sandymount in Dublin. 449 more words

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Happy birthday, Tuskar Light!

200 years ago today, on 4 June 1815, Tuskar Rock Lighthouse was first lit. Lighthouse Inspector George Halpin’s plans for a lighthouse on the rock, off Wexford Harbour on the south-east coast of Ireland, were approved in 1811 and, despite some objections, building commenced in 1812. 1,541 more words

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And there was Light – Day Five

Shedding light on … Literature

 We are often asked why recent publications have to be consulted in the EPB reading room. The answer is that our full title is the Department of Early Printed Books and Special Collections and the modern material comes under the latter part of the heading. 222 more words

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And there was Light – Day Four

Shedding light on … Christianity

Trinity College Library holds a huge number of pamphlets on various subjects. Many of the early ones are religious as it was common for preachers to publish their sermons. 537 more words

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And there was Light – Day Three

Shedding light on … Music

Thomas Tallis and William Byrd: Cantiones quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur (London, 1575). Shelfmark: OLS 192.n.40

The representation of Christ as the light of the world is a recurrent biblical image which has inspired a multitude of devotional texts, many of them set to music by composers in all eras. 292 more words

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And there was Light - Day Two

Shedding light on … Science

Centuries before the identification of SAD (seasonal affective disorder), scientists and medical professionals were convinced of the beneficial effects of sunlight on humans. 550 more words

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