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Irish Newspaper Archive

The Irish Newspaper Archive gives teachers and students unrivalled access to primary source documents through national and local newspapers covering hundreds of years of Irish history. Over 60 newspapers are included in the archive with some dating back as far as 1738.

NEW! Teachers now have access to the archives from home. Home access for teachers has the potential to dramatically change how the newspapers can be used in class.

School Access

Schools in Ireland have access to the Irish Newspaper Archive through the Schools Broadband Network at

Home Access for Teachers

  1. First Sign in to Scoilnet using your Scoilnet Account
  2. Return to this page
  3. Click this link.

Looking back at how the Rep. of Ireland soccer team's participation in 'Italia 90' had an impact on the entire country.
(Irish Independent, November 19th, 2011)
The Irish Press is one of the national titles available through the Irish Newspaper Archive. Founded by Éamon deValera, it was first published in 1931 and ceased printing in 1995.
Search results for 'rural electrification'. Search was confined to the Irish Examiner and Irish Farmer's Journal.

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Lesson Activities

Some of our subject editors have put together Lessons that use old papers from the Newspaper Archive. Here are a few:

Writing a Recipe
PowerPoint presentation that includes an article from the Irish Independent, 20 February 1914. The class are asked to rewrite this article in a more modern recipe format. (Primary)

Timothy the Tortoise
PowerPoint presentation using articles from the INA to explore a toirtoise that was the known oldest survivor of the Crimean War. The activity within the presentation contains questions for the class to answer once they have read the article. (Primary)

Media and the 6 Nations Rugby Championship
Includes links to newspaper articles as far back as 1921 about rugby games between Ireland and the other 6 Nations Rugby teams. (Primary)

Post-Primary History Activities
Short one page list of ideas for how students could engage with the INA.

Post-Primary First Dáil 
Presentation on First Dáil with activities. Activities encourage students to become historians by researching the primary sources within the Irish Newspaper Archive.



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