Diary of Dublin mother who lived through WWI and 1916 Rising goes online
Mary Martin’s letters from Ireland to her missing soldier son in the Balkans
Her entry on 28th April shows the stark juxtaposition between the city center and military life and Martin’s own domestic settings.
She writes, “It is reported that Connolly & Countess Markievicz & Sheehy Skeffington have been shot. The boys marked out the Tennis Court so I presume play will now begin for the Season.”
The 132 entries were transcribed and annotated by postgraduate students from Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork (UCC). The database features photographs and historical context in addition to the diary entries.
The team used multiple resources to expand on and detail the Martin family’s historic life.
Sister Isabelle Smyth of the Medical Missionaries of Mary, an order founded by Charlie’s sister Marie, helped the team to provide biographical background on the family.
Sr Maura O’Donohue, who nursed Martin before her death in 1955, was present at the launch of the diary on Tuesday. She spoke about Martin saying that she was “very gracious, serene and quiet lady, who had great love for her children”. Larry and Clive C. Martin, two of Mary Martin’s surviving relatives, were also present.
The diary can be viewed on Trinity College’s website here.
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