News Digest: March 2018.

Irish Traveller Ethnicity Celebration in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham

On 15th March 2018, the Royal Hospital Kilmainham played host to the first ever Traveller Ethnicity Celebration, showcasing the culture, heritage, language and identity of Ireland’s only indigenous minority. This free event included exhibitions, workshops, film, live music, children’s entertainment and many more activities. Tommy Fegan’s ‘Copper and Brass’ documentary was a highlight, as was a drama reading by Fishamble theatre and a talk by Gianpiero Cavalleri of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland on traveller genetics. The Irish State officially recognized Traveller Ethnicity on March 1st, 2017, including this minority in the State’s antiracism and integration initiatives.

New stamps showcase some of Ireland’s most loved ancient Treasures.

Based on Fintan O’Toole’s book, A History of Ireland in 100 Objects, An Post are partnering with The National Museum of Ireland, The Irish Times and the Royal Irish Academy to launch a series of definitive stamps featuring some of the nation’s best known antiquities, including the Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch and the Book of Kells. The eight stamps, first day cover envelopes and booklets were designed by leading Dublin-based designers, Zinc Design Consultants. They are available at all Post Offices and online at

Index of New York Slaves and Their Owners Published

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, part of the City University of New York, has compiled the first index of slaves and their owners in New York state. The index dates back to 1525, and can be searched online at The index, which includes records that end around the Civil War, was developed and administered by John Jay Professors Ned Benton and Judy-Lynne Peters, with a team of graduate students in the Master of Public Administration program. The index includes census records, slave trade transactions, cemetery records, birth certificates, newspaper accounts and other records. Other sources include records from New York state senators who owned slaves in 1790 and 1800, data from almost 200 ‘Underground Railroad’ fugitives who came to New York after escaping slavery in the South, and 550 advertisements that sought the capture and return of enslaved New Yorkers.

The Edward Worth Library 2018 Seminar Series

The Worth Library Trust, established by the order of the High Court, preserves and maintains the Worth Library and the Worth Library Collection as a unit in its original form and in its original location in Doctor Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin, for the purpose of advancing public education and a greater general knowledge and understanding of science, literature and the arts by enabling scholars and the general public to have access to a rare example of a uniquely preserved private library of an eighteenth century scholar and physician which is of unique national and international importance. Follow the link for further information on theis year’s Seminar Series.

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