Dr Elizabethanne Boran's scholarly and definitive edition of the correspondence of James Ussher was formally launched on Monday 30 March in the magnificent Long Room of Trinity College Dublin Library.
At a seminar beforehand, Professor Alan Ford, Professor of Theology and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham University elaborated on the many facets of James Ussher including his 'promiscuous appeal' to both Catholics and followers of the reformed churches. In his generous opening remarks he congratulated and thanked several people: James McGuire and the Irish Manuscripts Commission for the high-quality editions of all the essential texts which they had published recently and for having the foresight to invest in the Ussher edition; to Aidan Clarke, his former teacher whose undergraduate notes he still valued; to William O'Sullivan, now deceased, an extraordinary man in many ways and former Keeper of Manuscripts at TCD; and lastly to Elizabethanne Boran for the results of her scholarly labours which were before everyone now.
Opening the formal launch in the Long Room, Provost Patrick Prendergast reminded the audience of Ussher's many achievements in his long association with the College. Professor Mordechai Feingold of the California Institute of Technology formally launched the edition and commended Dr Boran for her scholarship and tenacity in editing and bringing this edition to such a successful conclusion.
The editor herself painted a picture of the European and North-American networks which supported James Ussher in his work and thanked several of her own networks that had supported her in her undertaking to complete this comprehensive new edition of Ussher's correspondence. Dr Boran said that the timing of the launch was particularly fitting as the previous week she had attended the reburial of Richard III in Leicester and it was a childhood fascination with him that had led her to study history and ultimately Ussher.
Pictured right are: (top) Alan Ford during his seminar; (middle) (standing, l-r) Ciaran Brady (Ussher Editorial Board), Cathy Hayes (IMC), Provost Patrick Prendergast, James McGuire (IMC), David Dickson (Ussher Editorial Board & IMC), Jane Ohlmeyer (Ussher Editorial Board & IMC); (seated, l-r) Alan Ford (guest speaker), Elizabethanne Boran (editor), Aidan Clarke (Ussher Editorial Board) and Mordechai Feingold (Ussher Editorial Board); (bottom) Mordechai Feingold and Elizabethanne Boran.
IMC would like to thank most sincerely Dr Michael Kennedy who took these photographs.
You can read extracts from The correspondence of James Ussher, 1600-1656 and purchase a copy here.