Now on view: Remembering Tom Kettle Exhibition in UCD Archives


Remembering Tom Kettle (1880-1916): An exhibition of WWI documents

UCD Archives, James Joyce Library, Belfield, Dublin 4

Exhibition opening hours:  9 September–4 November

Monday–Thursday 10.00–16.00; Friday 10.00–12.00

All welcome, pop in to UCD Archives – located to the rear of James Joyce Library building, take the path to the right of Careers.


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The one hundredth anniversary of the death of Professor Tom Kettle at Ginchy, falls on 9 September this year. Kettle was a graduate of UCD. He was called to the bar in 1905 and elected Nationalist MP for East Tyrone in 1906. He resigned his seat in 1910 having been appointed to the Professorship of National Economics in UCD the previous year. In 1913, he joined the Irish Volunteers on their formation and was in Belgium to procure arms when the First World War broke out. He took a commission in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers and was dismayed both by the Easter Rising and the subsequent executions. Kettle volunteered for active service and was killed in 1916. The collection of his papers held in UCD Archives includes significant material concerning his war service and some examples are included here. These, and other original documents, including items from UCD Special Collections, are on display in the foyer in UCD Archives during September and October.


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