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The Department of Fiction in the RCB Library

For November’s Archive of the Month, the RCB Library returns to exploring its early years, focusing on the evolution of its small but diverse literary range of titles. These incorporate novels, poetry, drama, and literary essays that reflect the eclectic nature of those who visit the Library, whether to borrow items or to spend time reading these items.

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Minister commends digitization work during RCB Library visit

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin TD visited the RCB Library in Churchtown on Friday October 7 to view the ongoing digitisation work supported by her department.

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Maps and Plans for Counties Mayo, Galway and Sligo 1753–1873

October’s Archive of the Month from the RCB Library returns to the Diocesan Records of Tuam, Killala and Achonry (D5 & D5A), focusing on the extensive collection of maps and plans (1753–1873) which forms an integral part of this important archive.

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A wealth of information from a West of Ireland parish archive

Our Archive of the Month for September is an exploration of Parish No.1218, a collection of material from the east county Galway parish, Ahascragh.

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Sermons of the Revd George Sealy

Last October, the RCB Library received a very welcome communication from Rosemary Kempshall in the UK, who wrote to say that she had in her possession a large volume of sermons written by the Revd George Sealy, a parochial cleric based in the diocese of Cork, from the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

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RCB Ms 1111: A musical manuscript comes to light for the installation of the Knights of St Patrick in 1819

For July, the RCB Library Archive of the Month turns to a musical note as music historian Dr David O’Shea explores the recent accession of an original manuscript copy of Sir John Stevenson’s ‘Te Deum and Jubilate in the key of C, sung at the installation [sic] of the Knights of St Patrick 1819’ in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin.

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Rescuing the records and Rosamond Emily Stephen

RCB Library marks the 100th anniversary of the loss of the Public Record Office of Ireland

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the loss of the PROI, the RCB Library has commissioned historian Dr Ian d’Alton to produce a commemorative piece entitled ‘Rosamond Stephen’s Civil War’, illustrated with extracts from her family archive.

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Archival puzzle solved by recent deposit of papers

The RCB Library’s Archive of the Month for May follows up on a previous story from December 2018 when, following generous financial support, the Library acquired a volume documenting the fund–raising and construction work involved in a significant renovation of St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick, between 1859 and 1863 (RCB Library Ms 1048).

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New Braemor Studies volumes look at pilgrimage and the Eucharist

Two new titles in the Braemor Studies series were officially launched recently. The books, written by the Revd Karen Salmon and the Revd Christopher West, were both launched at an in–person gathering in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, at Braemor Park, Dublin.

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‘The True Story of a Revolution’ – the unpublished memoir of Emily Ussher

April’s Archive of the Month from the RCB Library will present another of its digitized sources as a further contribution to the Decade of Centenaries. This is the memoir of Emily Ussher, of Cappagh House, near Dungarvan in Co. Waterford, who described unfolding events from 1914 to 1924 inclusive, from the perspective of a landed Protestant family.

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