Diary of Dublin mother who lived through WWI and 1916 Rising available online

Digitised diary of mother of a First World War soldier preserved online: Mary Martin with two of her children

Sister Isabelle Smyth of the Medical Missionaries of Mary, an order founded by Martin's daughter 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. 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.

*Originally published October 2012.