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New IMC publications catalogue now available - 05/11/2014
The new IMC publications catalogue for 2014-2015 is now available to download from the IMC website or you can request a copy by contacting the office by e-mail or telephone. Containing details of commemorative volumes planned for 2016 as well as forthcoming publications and editions in print, the catalogue also contains a pull out order form to make ordering your copy of IMC editions even easier. Download a copy here today!


Culture Night 2014 - what a night! - 22/09/2014
Last Friday night was Culture Night and what a night it was! Though the weather was inclement, it did not deter thousands of you from coming to No. 45 Merrion Square to visit the Irish Manuscripts Commission display on the first floor or to take a tour of the largest Georgian house on Merrion Square. It was standing room only at one point when Dr Michael Kennedy described the importance of the work of the Commission since its foundation in 1928 to preserve in print primary sources for Irish history. While counting visitors throughout the night became impossible we estimate c. 4,500 people came through the doors. Several people brought manuscripts with them and IMC members — Louis Cullen, James Kelly, Michael Kennedy, Máire Mac Conghail, James McGuire and Dáibhí Ó Cróinn — were on hand to explain their significance and offer advice on their preservation. Many people had questions about family history sources. The large format collotype facsimile of the 14th century Book of Uí Máine was very popular as was the 9th century Book of Armagh: the Patrician documents — containing some of the earliest examples of Old Irish writing as well as the famous Confessio of St Patrick. Many thanks to everyone who visited and we look forward to welcoming you again on Culture Night 2015.


1641 Depositions launched in PRONI - 11/09/2014
The first three volumes of the 12 volume edition of the 1641 Depositions were launched in the wonderful surroundings of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) yesterday. Welcoming guests to the event, Director of PRONI Maggie Smith congratulated the editors on their work and told the gathering of her admiration for IMC in bringing these primary sources into print. Launching the volumes, Professor Raymond Gillespie (Maynooth University) considered the process which had made these important documents available online but observed that publication in print was the crucial endpoint in the process of preserving these manuscripts for posterity. Recounting the history of his personal involvement with the depositions since the 1970s, Professor Aidan Clarke (Trinity College Dublin) said be believed that published in their entirety, as they now were, they contained evidence for answering many of the questions which have been asked about the 1641 rebellion. It was fitting that the location of the launch should be in a building charged with preserving documentary evidence (PRONI), and that the publisher should be IMC, charged as it was with making primary sources widely available. Professor Jane Ohlmeyer (Trinity College Dublin) demonstrated how the work published online in 2010 has been developed to include linguistic analysis and visualisations of the information contained in the depositions. Winding up the proceedings, IMC Chairman James McGuire thanked Maggie Smith and PRONI for hosting the seminar launch of this immensely important 17th century source. Among the large attendance were John Larkin, QC, Attorney General of Northern Ireland, Sir Donnell Deeny, Pro Chancellor of Dublin University and Vice President of the Irish Legal History Society, Professor Colum Kenny of Dublin City University, and former Minister for the Arts, Dr Martin Mansergh.


Analecta Hibernica 45 published - 02/09/2014
The Commission is delighted to report the publication of the 45th issue of its serial publication Analecta Hibernica, devoted to shorter primary sources. This issue is edited by Professor James Kelly and contains the following contributions: Six tracts on ‘coign and livery’, c. 1568–78, edited by David Heffernan; Nicholas Walsh's oration to the Irish House of Commons, May 1586, edited by Mark A. Hutchinson; The diary of Sir James Ware, 1623–66, edited by Mark Empey; The Irish revenues of Oliver St John, Viscount Grandison for 1625–9, edited by Brian Mac Cuarta; and Documents relating to the Irish College at Lille, 1634–c. 1647, edited by Jason McHugh. It also contains obituaries of Patrick J. Corish and James F. Lydon. It is available to purchase here.


Culture Night 2014 - 20/08/2014
Culture Night 2014 will take place on Friday 19 September. Join us on the first floor of No. 45 Merrion Square where members of the Irish Manuscripts Commission will be available to answer your questions about IMC and its work. Short 10 minute lectures on the work of the Commission and the need to preserve records will be given on the half hour from 6.30 pm onwards. Many of IMC's publications will be on display including: 'The Book of Armagh: Patrician Documents' (published by IMC in 1937) containing St Patrick's Confessio and a dossier of related documents known as the so-called 'Patrician Texts', written at Armagh between c. AD 807 and AD 845; 'World War I and the question of Ulster: The correspondence of Lilian and Wilfrid Spender' (published in 2009) containing many moving descriptions of the heroism of the men of the 36th Ulster Division at the Battle of the Somme; and 'Pauper Limerick: the Register of Limerick House of Industry, 1774-1793' (published in 2011) detailing the less-recorded lives of some of the poorer sections of Irish society.


Annual report 2013 published - 30/07/2014
The Irish Manuscripts Commission Ltd Annual Report for 2013 is now available to download from the IMC website in English and Irish.


Once-off, special offer - 17/07/2014
IMC have a once-off offer on 11 copies of Calendar of the Rosse Papers edited by A. P. W. Malcomson. The books are in perfect condition, but they were printed without the title details blocked on the spine (see image on right). As a result, IMC is selling these 11 books at cost price for €30 rather than the usual retail price of €75 — a massive 60% discount. The Rosse papers are one of the most important collections of manuscripts in private ownership in Ireland. This calendar contains short descriptions of documents in the collection and will be of interest to anyone working on the history of 17th & 18th century Ireland, science in the 19th century, the British navy in the 18th century, and the evolving story of the surviving families of the Irish landed elite in the 19th & 20th centuries. To avail of this offer, please email our website here with the subject header ‘Rosse Papers Limited Offer’ or call us on 353 1 676 1610. **Terms and Conditions apply** Orders will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis. The offer is limited to the 11 copies of Calendar of the Rosse Papers as described above. Price excludes postage and packaging which is as follows: €8.25 for the Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland, €16.50 for UK and Europe and €19.00 for the Rest of the World. Payment is required before order is processed.


Publication of first three volumes of the 1641 Depositions - 07/07/2014
The Irish Manuscripts Commission is delighted to announce the publication of the first three volumes of the 1641 Depositions series. The 1641 Depositions are witness testimonies for the 1641 Irish rebellion. The testimonies document the loss of goods, military activity, and the alleged crimes committed by the Irish insurgents. This body of material is unparalleled anywhere in early modern Europe and provides a unique source of information for the causes and events surrounding the 1641 rebellion and for the social, economic, cultural, religious, and political history of seventeenth-century Ireland, England and Scotland. The testimonies for each county have distinctive features and you should read the individual descriptions for each volume for further information. Volume 1 covers Armagh, Monaghan and Louth. Volume 2 contains the depositions for counties Cavan and Fermanagh. They give abundant evidence of the make-up and way of life of settler society on the eve of rebellion and of their relations with the native community. The depositions of settlers in the counties of Antrim, Derry, Donegal, Down and Tyrone are presented in Volume 3. The remaining volumes in the series will be published serially over the next few years. Keep up to date with publications by following us on Twitter (@irishmanuscript) or Facebook.


Launch of the Proclamations of Ireland - 22/05/2014
Last night Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman launched the five-volume edition of the Proclamations of Ireland, 1660-1820 in the wonderful setting of the Rotunda at the National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street. Mr Justice Hardiman praised the editors, James Kelly and Marian Lyons, for their monumental work in assembling this edition, adding that people would be indebted to them for a long time to come, especially in relation to those proclamations which had previously been thought lost. In a considered speech, Judge Hardiman compared proclamations with modern acts of parliament and said while they don't tell the whole story they provide an idea of contemporary issues throughout the reigns covered in the five volumes. Professor Kelly told the gathering how this edition, which presented over 2,500 proclamations, had something in it for everyone, from insurgencies and the right to carry arms, to quarantine, abductions and murders. He also paid tribute to the work of the Irish Manuscripts Commission in undertaking the publication of important multi-volume works. Thanking Judge Hardiman, Professor Lyons went on to thank the large network of librarians, archivists and researchers who helped to bring this edition together and to check it, in particular the work of Dr John Bergin and Dr James McGuire. Among the guests at the reception last night were John Larkin, QC, Attorney General of Northern Ireland, Ronan Keane, former Chief Justice and Dr Philip Nolan, President of NUI Maynooth. Pictured right between Judge Hardiman and John Larkin, QC, are the editors James Kelly and Marian Lyons and Dr James McGuire (top), Chairman of the Irish Manuscripts Commission. The volumes in this edition are available to purchase separately (€60 each) or together as a set for a reduced price (€250).


Proclamations of Ireland, 1660-1820 published - 08/05/2014
The Irish Manuscripts Commission is delighted to announce the publication of the Proclamations of Ireland in five volumes. This series covers the period from 1660 through to 1820. The proclamation was a crucial instrument of government and administration in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; it was also the most frequently encountered item of official print. Proclamations were published, promulgated and posted in an immediately recognisable broadside format, and in later years printed in the Dublin Gazette. They were normally issued by the Lord Lieutenant (or Lords Justices) and Privy Council. Since they engaged with virtually every aspect of government, they were an essential complement to acts of parliament in the governance and administration of the kingdom. On average, between ten and thirty proclamations were issued annually between 1660 and 1820, though the frequency with which they were issued, and the subjects they engaged with, depended on the political state of the kingdom. An exceptional number were issued during the 1660s, late 1680s, 1690s, and 1790s, in keeping with the then fraught condition of the country, but even the less obviously eventful reigns of George I and George II were not without remarkable incident. This edition, arranged in five volumes, presents the full texts of all surviving proclamations (and a guide to content of those which do not survive), covering in all some two and a half thousand proclamations and allied documents, issued in Ireland between 1660 and 1820. The volumes are available to purchase as a five volume set or individually as follows: Volume 1: Charles II, 1660–85; Volume 2: James II, 1685–91; William and Mary, 1689–1702; Anne, 1702–14; Volume 3: George I, 1714–1727 and George II, 1727–60; Volume 4: George III, Part 1: 1760–90; Volume 5: George III, Part 2: 1791–1820.


Coming shortly... - 13/01/2014
Final checks prior to printing are taking place for one of IMC's major publications in 2014 - The Proclamations of Ireland, 1660-1820. This five-volume edition, edited by James Kelly with Mary Ann Lyons, covers some 2,500 proclamations issued during the reigns of Charles II, James II, William and Mary, Anne, George I, George II and George III. All five volumes will be published shortly so watch our Twitter feed and Facebook page for updates and see our online catalogue for more details on individual volumes.

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