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Launch of High Court of Admiralty calendar - 16/12/2011
The launch of the recently published calendar by Elaine Murphy of Irish material in the High Court of Admiralty for the period 1641-1660 took place last night in Merrion Square. In his opening remarks the Chairman of the Irish Manuscripts Commission, James McGuire, complimented Dr Murphy on making this material available saying that this calendar exemplified the principles on which IMC was founded in 1928. In a detailed analysis of the wealth of information made available for the first time by the calendar Dr Kevin Costello singled out several documents for special mention and commended the book to the audience. This volume continues on from that of John Appleby, A calendar of material relating to Ireland from the High Court of Admiralty Examinations, 1536–1641, published by the Irish Manuscripts Commission in 1992.


Launch of Irish Defence Forces volume - 09/11/2011
At a reception last night to mark the publication of 'The Irish Defence Forces 1940-1949 - The Chief of Staff's Reports', former Taoiseach Mr Liam Cosgrave praised the Defence Forces for their long and distinguished service to the Irish state. Responding to Mr Cosgrave An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, T.D. (pictured right with Mr Cosgrave) said that "it was no exaggeration to say that in the years covered by the volume the people of Ireland and the still young Irish state faced a great test... Asserting its independence by declaring its neutrality, Ireland emphasised that it would fight to defend its territory whatever the odds might be." These themes were also reflected in the speech of the current Chief of Staff, Lt Gen Seán McCann - pictured right with the editors Dr Michael Kennedy (left) and Commandant Victor Laing (right). This publication is the result of a strategic partnership between the Military Archives and the Irish Manuscripts Commission.


IMC at Back to our Past - 21/10/2011
Over the weekend of 21-23 October, IMC was delighted to take part in the Back to Our Past exhibition held for the second year at the RDS. This genealogical event brings together many family history services provided by various public and private bodies. IMC had a well positioned stand close to the Association of Professional Genealogists' (APGI) lecture area and the stands of the National Library of Ireland and the National Archives of Ireland. Commission member Máire Mac Conghail presented an illustrated talk about the work of IMC since its foundation in 1928 and illustrated some IMC publications with particular appeal to family history researchers. The three-day event served to raise awareness of the work of the Commission with the general public who were impressed by the range and volume of publications produced by IMC and also the online availability of the IMC Digital Editions.


New Europeana web interface launched - 12/10/2011
The redesigned Europeana web interface went live today! Based on users' feedback since the launch in November 2008, the new interface is more visual and incorporates several new features. You can quickly navigate through the diverse collections, learn more with the featured and curated content, and interact with others through various channels. Some of the new things you can do on Europeana include: find the latest virtual exhibitions, content highlights and Europeana initiatives using the image carousel, the ‘Featured item’ section or the ‘Explore’ navigation link; translate information about an item into a different language with the translate function; copy your favourite item to your site with the embed function; interact with other users through the Europeana blog, Facebook page, or ‘Europeana Remix’. Why not check it out and send your feedback to the development team.


'Pauper Limerick' launched in Limerick - 04/10/2011
The official launch of 'Pauper Limerick' took place last night in Limerick City Hall. Mr Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht launched the publication in the presence of Deputy Mayor Maria Byrne and assembled guests. In a wide ranging speech the Minister commended Limerick City Archives and its archivist Jacqui Hayes for making the manuscript on which the edition is based available to University of Limerick researchers Dr David Fleming and Dr John Logan. The original register is the only one to have survived for the 12 workhouses established under the Irish Poor Laws of 1771-2 and it records admission and discharge details for almost 3,000 people for a 19 year span in the late 18th century. The register, previously owned by the Earl of Limerick, was presented to the Mayor of Limerick in 1989. The publication of this edition preserves in print a rare record for the poorer sections of Irish society. During his speech Dr Fleming described what admission to the house meant for those represented in the book: “This often meant the severing of personal ties, a loss of intimacy and many had to suffer criticism of a wayward life. On the other hand an inmate had the opportunity to avail of the sociability that living at close quarters brought, and for as long as a pauper remained in the house, there was the guarantee of shelter, food, clothing and, when ill, the attention of a physician or surgeon.” Pictured right are: editor Dr David Fleming, UL, with a copy of the publication 'Pauper Limerick' and the original manuscript in a display case; Limerick City Archivist Ms Jacqui Hayes with Minister Jimmy Deenihan, T.D.; and Dr John Logan, UL, signing copies of the publication.


Using the Irish Archives Resource portal - 30/09/2011
New online sources for Irish history are constantly being added to the content of the Irish Archives Resource (IAR) portal. As more collection level descriptions are added to the site, previously underutilized resources can be discovered in the context of other Irish archive collections. Featured here are images from two collections in the UCC Library Archives Service: the Murphy’s Brewery Collection and the Attic Press /Róisín Conroy archive. The archives of Murphy’s Brewery Ltd. span the years 1850 – 1970 and are an unparalleled source for the social and economic history of Cork, providing as they do specific examples of individual working hours, conditions and wages. The radical changes in the workforce brought on by the introduction of more mechanised systems of production are all faithfully recorded in the archives of the Lady’s Well Brewery. The image right is taken from an 1828 recipe book in the Murphy's archive. Below this is an image of the cover of an issue of Banshee, an Irish feminist's journal, taken from one of the largest single bodies of reference material and original documentation relating to the modern Irish Women’s Movement preserved in the Attic Press/ Róisín Conroy archive. Documents from Attic Press, the feminist publishing house, were collected by Róisín Conroy, a publisher with Attic Press and a leading figure in the Irish women’s movement. The collection reflects the various facets of Conroy’s career as a librarian and information officer, publisher, disseminator of information and campaigner for women’s rights. The material dates from the early seventies to the 1990’s and features papers relating to women's groups including the Irish Women's Liberation Movement. Why not search the collections at IAR - www.iar.ie


Culture Night success - 25/09/2011
Once again Culture Night has been an amazing opportunity to showcase the work of the Commission in preserving primary sources for Irish history. The general public have responded enthusiastically to the joint offering of the Irish Manuscripts Commission and the Irish Architectural Archive - 846 people crossed the threshold of No. 45 Merrion Square to learn more about the work of these bodies. Visitors to IMC's display on the first floor listened to professors James Kelly and Mary O'Dowd talking about the work of the Commission over the years and enjoyed a fine display of IMC publications from the early facsimiles of the great medieval codices to the most recent books published in the past few weeks. There was a lot of interest in the new IMC Digital Editions 37 new out-of-print titles having been added to the back list already available to read and search on the IMC website.


Europeana - next steps - 12/09/2011
The kick off meeting for Europeana version 2 project took place in Eremo, Italy in mid-September. Ireland is one of 12 partners in the new project which will last c. 36 months until early 2014. Europeana is expected to become largely self-funding after the conclusion of this phase of the project. The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is a partner in work package 4 dealing with Corporate communications. The other partners in that work package are the British Library, Europeana, the National Library of Poland and the Ministry of Culture in Spain. The aim of Work Package 4 is to position Europeana at the forefront of digital cultural heritage policy-making, interoperability and delivery by promoting the portal at knowledge-sharing events. To this end, Ireland will host a major international conference on digital cultural assets during the Irish presidency of the EU in the first half of 2013. As part of the new project Europeana has launched a new web interface to the portal - why not check it out at www.europeana.eu and let them know what you think?


Don't forget Culture Night 23 September 2011 - 06/09/2011
Don't forget that the Irish Manuscripts Commission will be open for Culture Night in just over two weeks time. Along with the Irish Architectural Archive, with whom IMC shares accommodation at No. 45 Merrion Square, we will be offering a display of IMC publications as well as short AV presentations on the work of the Commission and the importance of preserving records for the future writing of the history that is going on around us now. Please join members of the Commission between 5pm and 11pm to learn more about our work and to ask the members questions.


New calendar of maritime documents published - 02/09/2011
IMC is delighted to announce the publication of this calendar of documents relating to Ireland in the High Court of Admiralty files for the period 1641 to 1660. This calendar follows on from that edited by John Appleby for the period 1536-1640 and published by the Commission in 1992. The latter is still available for sale in limited quantities through the IMC website. While this latest calendar begins where Appleby’s calendar finished, it differs in that it covers a wider range of documents. The period covered by this book was one of intense maritime activity in the seas around Ireland and the war at sea dominates High Court of Admiralty records concerning Ireland from 1641 to 1653. As well as the naval conflict these documents shed light on a range of mid-seventeenth century maritime issues including trade to and from Ireland, ship ownership and seamen, the development of naval technologies, privateering and naval administration and as such will be of great interest to historians of seventeenth-century Ireland as well as historians of maritime affairs, of trade and economics and of politics and warfare in these islands.


Rare 18th-century register published - 24/08/2011
IMC is delighted to announce the publication of 'Pauper Limerick. The register of the Limerick House of Industry, 1774-1793' edited by University of Limerick academics David Fleming and John Logan. This rare manuscript, in the care of Limerick City Archives, provides an almost twenty-year window on the admission details of over 2,700 inmates of the Limerick work house. Of the twelve houses of industry established under the Irish Poor Law of 1771–2, this is the only admission book known to have survived and is unique for Ireland. While the register reveals much about how the institution was administered, it also provides a singular record for a social group whose history is necessarily elusive. It also provides evidence of individual strategies for dealing with poverty, infirmity, disease and lunacy. Scholars of poverty, social provision, medicine, urban life, institutions and gender in the early modern period will welcome the publication of this primary source as will genealogists researching families in Limerick, Clare, Tipperary and Cork (the places in which most of the inmates originated). This book is in A4 format and is available for sale through this website (see the publications section).


Just published - 28/07/2011
IMC is delighted to announce the publication of 'The Irish Defence Forces, 1940-1949. The Chief of Staff's reports' edited by Michael Kennedy and Commandant Victor Laing. This substantial edition (over 850 pages), puts in print for the first time the secret, limited edition reports of the Chief of Staff to the Minister for Defence for the period 1940-1949. This edition contains annotated versions of the reports and a detailed introductory essay on the organisation, command, equipment and capabilities of the Irish Defence Forces during and immediately after the Second World War. Copies of this work can be purchased from the Publications section of the IMC website.


DHO Discovery - an Irish digital cultural heritage portal - 11/07/2011
As well as promoting Europeana, the European cultural heritage portal, IMC promotes awareness of national initiatives that enhance access to digital Irish cultural heritage objects. Earlier this year the Digital Humanities Observatory launched its DHO:Discovery website - an innovative project developed by the Royal Irish Academy in cooperation with higher education and cultural institution partners. The DHO:Discovery website gives users access to more than 6,000 digital artefacts from a range of world class collections held in Irish cultural institutions. It offers a variety of new data visualisation tools to help users explore Irish cultural artifacts in novel ways in an online environment. Using DHO:Discovery, users can browse digital objects from the image, manuscript and audio collections of institutions such as the Royal Irish Academy Library; CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts; the Irish Traditional Music Archive; and the Chester Beatty Library. These objects can now be viewed using interactive mapping tools such as Google Maps or Europeanas's recently released Euopeana4D, an application that brings a temporal dimension to spatial data. DHO:Discovery can be browsed at: http://discovery.dho.ie


Culture Night 2011 - 08/07/2011
The Irish Manuscripts Commission is delighted to participate in Culture Night again this year. The Commission is committed to raising awareness of the work it does in preserving in print primary sources for Irish history and culture. On Friday 23 September 2011, from 5 pm through to 11 pm, a new display of IMC publications that includes some of the more recently published sources for 20th century history together with interpretations of their significance will be available on the first floor of No. 45 Merrion Square. Members of the Commission will give short 15 minute AV presentations on the work of the Commission and the wider importance of preserving records, both personal and business, for the writing of history in the future. Looking forward to seeing you there!


IMC Annual Report 2010 - 30/06/2011
The annual report of the Irish Manuscripts Commission for the period 2010 is now available. You can download the annual report in PDF format, in English or Irish, through the home page of the website. If you would like a printed copy, please contact the IMC office.


Analecta on the Ireland Collection - 02/06/2011
In 2009 IMC's serial publication, Analecta Hibernica, was digitised as part of the 'Ireland' collection on JSTOR. This is an interdisciplinary collection of journals and other materials which form the basis of Irish Studies research. The most recent usage data has shown the top five most accessed articles in the last three months are: 'Index of Will Abstracts in the Genealogical Office Dublin', P. Beryl Eustace, A.H. No. 17 (1949); 'Survey of Documents in Private Keeping Second Series
', John F. Ainsworth, Edward MacLysaght, A.H. No. 20 (1958); 'Irish Jacobites
', J. G. Simms, A.H. No. 22 (1960); 'Survey of Documents in Private Keeping, Third Series', John Ainsworth, A.H. No. 25 (1967); and 'The O Clery Book of Genealogies 23 D 17 (R.I.A.)
', Séamus Pender, A.H. No. 18 (1951). Each article was accessed between 168 and 497 times during that period. These exciting data underline the importance of making IMC publications accessible in a variety of formats.


Issue 42 of Analecta Hibernica published - 06/05/2011
The Commission is delighted to announce that issue 42 of the Irish Manuscripts Commission’s serial publication, edited by Professor James Kelly, was published today. It includes the following papers: ‘A viceroy’s condemnation: matters of inquiry into the Sidney administration, 1578’ (David Edwards); ‘Some remarks on those who were friends and enemyes to the Duke of Ormonde and to the Acts of Settlement of Ireland’, c. 1692 (John Gibney); ‘Landscape in transition: descriptions of forfeited properties in counties Meath, Louth and Cavan in 1700’ (Arnold Horner and Rolf Loeber) (includes an index of persons and place names); ‘Samuel Turner’s information on the United Irishmen, 1797–8’ (C. J. Woods).


IMC on Twitter - 18/03/2011
You can now follow IMC on Twitter - @irishmanuscript! Receive notification of news and events relating to IMC's publications via Twitter when you set up notifications on your smart phone.


Irish Archives Resource portal launched - 03/03/2011
The official launch of the Irish Archives Resource portal took place at No. 45 Merrion Square today and was hosted by the Irish Manuscripts Commission. The website will for the first time enable searching of Irish archival collections across repositories. Content currently available through the portal includes records of current and defunct government and local government agencies, individuals, landed estates, clubs, societies, trade unions, religious organisations, cultural and political organisations. This website is an important step in making Ireland’s unique records more widely available in Ireland and internationally. Funded by the Heritage Council, the collections currently available to search online consist of both original and unique records and documents from Cork City and County Archives, Donegal County Archives, Fingal County Archives, Galway County Council Archives, Guinness Archives, Irish Film Archive, Louth County Archives Service, NUI Galway John Hardiman Library Archives, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, University College Cork Boole Library Archives, and Waterford County Archives Service.


Launch of Conolly and Clements calendars - 16/11/2010
Last night Minister Mary Hanafin, T.D. launched the recently published IMC calendars of the Conolly and Clements family archives. To a packed audience, which included members of both families, the Minister described the important collections of papers which are now recorded in print, though the papers themselves reside in various different archives and repositories. She also emphasised the importance of preserving these sources for historians of not only the individual families, but also students of the social and economic history and political history of the time. In their speeches both Patrick Walsh and Anthony Malcomson - pictured right with the Minister - captured the spirit of service and scholarship which characterises those who undertake and complete these important works.


Print edition of the 1641 Depositions - 22/10/2010
In conjunction with the launch today of the website and TCD Long Room exhibition for the 1641 Depositions, the Irish Manuscripts Commission is delighted to announce that it will be publishing serially from 2012 a print edition of the transcripts of the 1641 Depositions. The 1641 Depositions are of immense significance for the history of seventeenth-century Ireland. As publisher of the print edition, IMC will be making available in book format the monumental work of transcription carried out by a team of specialist historians in Trinity College Dublin. The provisional arrangement of the printed volumes is as follows: Volume 1 – Armagh, Louth/Monaghan; Volume 2 – Antrim, Derry, Donegal, Down, Tyrone; Volume 3 – Dublin; Volume 4 – Wexford; Volume 5 – Carlow/Kilkenny, Waterford, Wicklow; Volume 6 – Tipperary, Clare/Limerick, Kerry; Volume 7 – Cork, Part I; Volume 8 – Cork, Part II; Volume 9 – Connacht, Westmeath/Longford; Volume 10 – Cavan, Fermanagh; Volume 11 – Queen’s County, King’s County; Volume 12 – Meath, Kildare. A prototype dust jacket design is shown (right).


Irish Archives Resource - 20/10/2010
The Irish Manuscripts Commission has recently joined the Steering Committee of the Irish Archives Resource (IAR) portal. The IAR is a newly developed portal web site that will enable researchers to search finding aids and collection catalogues from repositories held across the island of Ireland. The search is based on archival descriptions and index terms created in accordance with the Irish Guidelines for Archival Description (IGAD), and the ISAD(g) standard. All entries must also comply with NCA Rules for the Construction of Personal, Family and Corporate Names. Plans are in place to expand the initial collections from repositories in counties Cork and Waterford (Cork City & County Archive, University College Cork Library Archives, Waterford City Archives and Waterford County Archive Service). This project has been funded by the Heritage Council.


IMC on Culture Night - 27/09/2010
Emulating last year's successful turn out, 770 people visited No. 45 Merrion Square between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. to see the joint Culture Night offerings of the Irish Manuscripts Commission (IMC) and the Irish Architectural Archive (IAA). IMC offered a display of some of its publications and professors James Kelly (St Patrick's College, Drumcondra) and Mary O'Dowd (Queen's University of Belfast) gave short presentations about the work of the Commission while IAA staff gave tours of the ground floor and first floor accommodation at No. 45. The success of this open night yet again points to a deep interest in cultural heritage and the value of promoting awareness of the work of institutions such as IMC and IAA among the general public.


Culture Night 2010 - 24/09/2010
For the third successive year, the Irish Manuscripts Commission is delighted to participate in Culture Night. Tonight IMC joins other cultural institutions on Merrion Square in keeping its doors open until 11 p.m. During the course of the evening IMC members Professor Mary O'Dowd and Professor James Kelly will give short AV presentations about the work of the Commission since its foundation in 1928. There will also be a display of a selection of IMC's 170 publications and 41 issues of its serial publication, Analecta Hibernica. Culture Night aims to promote awareness of cultural institutions throughout Ireland. We look forward to seeing you this evening and keeping in touch through our website throughout the year!


Just published - 20/09/2010
IMC is delighted to announce the publication of The Clements Archive' edited by A. P. W> Malcomson. This book brings together in the one volume calendars of the eight separate components of the archive of the Clements family, from 1795 earls of Leitrim, which are mostly of different provenances and are now mostly in different locations. Although there is documentation of earlier and more recent date, the bulk of the material falls within the period 1750–1850. The locations principally documented are counties Cavan, Donegal, Galway and Leitrim, and Dublin City. The archive illuminates the careers of the three best-known members of the Clements family: Nathaniel Clements (1705–77) of Ashfield, Co. Cavan, Henrietta Street, Dublin, and The Ranger’s Lodge, Phoenix Park, a Treasury official, master of intrigue, amateur architect and failed banker; his great-grandson, Robert Bermingham, Lord Clements (1805–39) of Lough Rynn, Mohill, Co. Leitrim, MP for Co. Leitrim within the period 1826–39, the bright but short-lived hope of the Irish Whigs; and R. B. Lord Clements’ younger brother, William Sydney Clements, 3rd Earl of Leitrim (1806–78) of Lough Rynn, of Manor Vaughan, Carrigart, Co. Donegal, and of Killadoon, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, the ‘Wicked Earl’ and sexually predatorial landlord of legend, who famously was murdered on his Co. Donegal estate in l878.


Just published - 18/09/2010
The Commission is delighted to announce the publication of 'The Conolly archive' edited by Patrick Walsh and A.P.W. Malcomson. The archive, which is now dispersed among a number of mainly institutional locations in Ireland, comprises c. 15,000 letters and papers ranging in date from 1570 to 1953. It derives from the Conolly family of Castletown, Co. Kildare, and mainly relates to William Conolly (1662–1729), Speaker of the Irish House of Commons (1715–29), generally considered to be the richest man in Ireland (and possibly the ablest), to his nephew William Conolly Junior (1706–54) and to his great-nephew, Thomas Conolly (1738–1803). The material summarised in this calendar is of national interest; the papers relate to estates in counties Kildare, Leitrim, Offaly, Meath, Westmeath, Roscommon, Donegal, Fermanagh, Wexford, Waterford, Dublin and Derry as well as estates in England and Wales. The famous Lennox sisters, the Dukes of Leinster, Lord Edward FitzGerald and many others make appearances.


Just published - 17/09/2010
The Commission is delighted to announce the publication of 'Calendar of State Papers, Ireland, Tudor period, 1568-1571' edited by Bernadette Cunningham. Dr Cunningham's edition calendars material in the UK National Archives relating to Sir Henry Sidney's period as lord deputy of Ireland between 1568 and 1571 and follows on from her calendar covering the years 1566-1567, which was published last year. The state papers do not merely document the workings of central government, but also reveal much incidental detail on life and politics in the provinces and will be of great interest to historians of the period. This book can be purchased through the Irish Manuscripts Commission website or by ordering it through any good book shop.


Irish cultural heritage on Europeana - 14/09/2010
The Library Council hosted a one day seminar on Irish material on the European cultural heritage portal - Europeana. The meeting, held at Farmleigh, offered an opportunity for public bodies, including the Irish Manuscripts Commission, from all over Ireland to showcase their digitised collections and also to learn about the potential of Europeana to drive traffic to their websites and to make their collections more 'discoverable'. The meeting was opened by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, John Gormley, T. D. who was presented with a copy of the history of the Irish Manuscripts Commission by the IMC Chairman, Professor James McGuire, MRIA.


Material from NAI and IMC added to Europeana - 16/08/2010
As Irish National Aggregator for Cultural Institutions, IMC is delighted to announce that metadata on two IMC texts and images of the return forms from the National Archives of Ireland's online 1911 Census have been included in Europeana. These digital objects can now be searched for in the context of cultural heritage material from the other 26 member states of the European Union.


New look IMC website - 25/06/2010
The new-look IMC website was launched today. As well as promoting IMC's publications in a more user-friendly way, the web site offers several significant new services. The recently printed IMC book catalogue for 2010-2011 can now be downloaded directly from the web site. IMC has begun the process of digitising its backlist and as more out-of-print titles are digitised, they will be made available to read through the IMC web site in an attractive format. The two titles launched today are Charles McNeil's 1943 edition of "The Tanner Letters" and Yann Goblet's 1932 edition of "A topographical index of the parishes and townlands of Ireland...". IMC is always interested in feedback from its website users and the people who buy its books and we have allowed for your input through our survey; here you can have your say about what books you would like to see digitised! These improvements to the web site will go some way towards promoting awareness of IMC's work and its publications.


IMC book catalogue - 08/06/2010
IMC has printed its book catalogue for 2010-11. The catalogue contains information about all IMC publications which are currently available for sale, including some older IMC titles. Detailed descriptions of the contents of the books and issues of Analecta Hibernica titles are presented in this full colour publication. The catalogue also contains a pull-out order form and a brief history of the Commission and its work.


IMC book presented to Paisleys - 04/06/2010
On their recent visit to Dublin, Rev. Ian Paisley and his wife Eileen Paisley were presented with a copy of the IMC publication 'World War I and the Question of Ulster: the correspondence of Lilian and Wilfrid Spender' by Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, Mary Hanafin, T. D. The book has a strong Ulster connection as Wilfrid Spender was responsible for laying the foundations of the civil service in Northern Ireland. He served as Secretary to the Northern Ireland Cabinet between 1921 and 1925 and was Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Finance from 1925 until 1944. Based on some 2750 letters in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, this book contains an edited selection of the correspondence between Spender and his wife Lilian during World War I. Edited by Margaret Baguley, the almost daily exchange of letters provides a fascinating insight into economic and social life in wartime London combined with delightful political gossip and withering portraits of the major political figures of the day. Pictured from left to right are: Rev. Ian Paisley, Baron Bannside, Mr Chris Flynn (Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport), Eileen Paisley, Baroness Paisley of St George's, and Mary Hanafin, T. D., Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport.


New members appointed to IMC - 15/04/2010
Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, Mary Hanafin, T. D. appointed six new members to the board of the Irish Manuscripts Commission: Fiona Ross, Director of the National Library; Aileen McClintock, Director and Deputy Keeper of the Records, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland; Mary O'Dowd, Queen's University of Belfast; Dáibhí Ó Crónín, NUI Galway; Donal Moore, Waterford City Archives; and Greta Jones, University of Ulster.


National Aggregator for Europeana - 19/01/2010
The Irish Manuscripts Commission has formally agreed to an invitation from the Arts and Cultural Institutions Unit of the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism to act as an interim national aggregator for digital content from national cultural institutions for the European cultural heritage portal Europeana. With technical assistance, IMC will develop a protocol to enable the provision of digital content in a quality assured, systematic fashion. IMC looks forward to facilitating this important process and plans to lead by example by donating digital editions from its extensive backlist.


Launch of IMC history - 21/12/2009
The launch of the history of the Irish Manuscripts Commission written by Michael Kennedy and Deirdre McMahon took place on Friday 18th December. Prof. Diarmaid Ferriter gave a powerful speech when commending the book to the gathered audience; he described how it illustrated the enduring quality of the Commission and its members, who since the foundation of IMC in 1928 had been characterised by their service to the State and their commitment to the preservation in print of important documents recording Irish history. The Chairman, James McGuire, thanked Prof. Ferriter and said how this was a very appropriate way in which to conclude IMC's 80th anniversary celebrations. He also used the occasion to congratulate Prof. James Kelly, editor of Analecta Hibernica, and the assembled contributors on the publication of the latest volume of Analecta, which carried a very interesting mix of shorter primary sources from the 17th through to the 20th century.


History of the Irish Manuscripts Commission - 18/12/2009
The Chairman and Members of the Irish Manuscripts Commission are delighted to announce the publication of 'Reconstructing Ireland's past - a history of the Irish Manuscripts Commission' written by Michael Kennedy and Deirdre McMahon as part of the celebrations of the 80th anniversary year since the foundation of the Commission in 1928. This book is the first to gather together information on events surrounding the foundation of IMC and to look at its work through the decades from its beginnings when it carried out surveys to locate manuscripts of importance to Irish history, through the paper shortages of the Second World War and on to its innovative Business Records Survey of the 1960s. Containing useful appendices with lists of publications and members, this book will be of interest to historians and historiographers of Irish history.


Joint launch of new IMC publications - 11/12/2009
The recent publication of Bernadette Cunningham's 'Calendar of State Papers, Ireland, 1566-67' and Lesa Ní Mhunghaile's 'Charlotte Brooke's 'Reliques of Irish Poetry'' was celebrated last night at a reception in 45 Merrion Square. Prof. Nicholas Canny, PRIA treated the audience to a summary of the highlights of Dr Cunningham's volume and commended her presentation of difficult 16th century documents in an extremely readable style, adding that it was definitely one of his top-ten books for 2009. He commented that the new calendars of state papers for the Tudor period were immensely important and said that Mary O'Dowd had set a very high standard with the first volume (covering the period 1571-75) that had been matched by this new volume. Launching the Charlotte Brooke edition, An tOllamh Mícheál Mac Craith described how Lesa Ní Mhunghaile had performed a huge service for Charlotte Brooke's work and all who had long wished for a scholarly examination of it. In a warm and humourous speech he recommended the beautifully produced volume to the audience.


Analecta Hibernica issue no. 41 - 01/12/2009
The forty first issue of the IMC serial publication - Analecta Hibernica - edited by Professor James Kelly was published today. This issue contains shorter primary sources from the 17th century through to the 20th century including: Luke Wadding's petition to the papacy on behalf of Dutch and Flemish migrants in Waterford, 1642-43 (edited by Benjamin Hazard); New light on the Marquis of Antrim and the 'Wars of the three kingdoms' (edited by Hector McDonnell and Jane Ohlmeyer); Meditations by Katherine Manners, Duchess of Buckingham, 1646 (edited by Hector McDonnell and Jane Ohlmeyer); The library of Dennis Molony (1650-1726), an Irish Catholic lawyer in London (edited by John Bergin and Liam Chambers); 'My dear Lady C': the letters of Lady Arabella Denny to Lady Caldwell, 1754-77 (edited by Rosemary Raughter); and The Irish settlement meeting of the Unionist party, 7 July 1916 (edited by Deirdre McMahon). The Irish Manuscripts Commission is delighted to say that individual articles in volumes 1 through 37 of Analecta Hibernica are now available online through the joint QUB/JSTOR 'Ireland Collection'.


'Reliques of Irish poetry' published - 25/11/2009
IMC is delighted to announce the publication of Lesa Ní Mhunghaile's edition of Charlotte Brooke's 'Reliques of Irish poetry'. In this edition the editor presents new translations and analyses of the poems, songs and other writings in Irish translated by Charlotte Brooke in 1789. Brooke's original publication marked one of the first interactions between the oral tradition in the Irish language and print culture in Ireland and is important in the wider context of the ‘discovery’ of popular culture by the upper classes and an associated interest in antiquarianism, at a time when traditional popular culture was seen to be in retreat. This edition includes a reproduction of the original 1789 text, which used the beautiful 'Parker' or 'Brooke' font to typeset the Gaelic poetry.


Calendar of State Papers 1566-1567 published - 30/09/2009
Today sees the publication of the first part of Dr Bernadette Cunningham's calendar of state papers relating to Sir Henry Sidney's first term as lord deputy of Ireland 1566-1571. This work covers the years 1566 and 1567 and forms part of a wider IMC project to revise the guides to State Papers relating to Ireland for the Tudor period - edited by Hans Claud Hamilton and first published in 1860 and 1867. This calendar joins Mary O'Dowd's covering the period 1571-1575 and will be followed soon by Dr Cunningham's calendar for the final three years (1568-1571) of Sidney's first term of office. While the state papers in Kew deal with the formulation of English government policy for Ireland they also reveal much incidental detail on life and politics in the provinces at the time. Those whose activities in Ireland preoccupied Sidney in these years included Shane O'Neill in Ulster and the earls of Desmond and Ormond in the south. The papers calendered here are an invaluable source for historians of the Tudor period in Ireland.


Culture Night - 28/09/2009
Last Friday was Culture Night and the Irish Manuscripts Commission joined with the Irish Architectural Archive to make No. 45 Merrion Square one of the most attractive culture venues on Merrion Square. From 5 p.m. onwards a steady stream of visitors enjoyed guided tours of the building from IAA staff and a display of the editions of primary sources published by IMC since its foundation in 1928. Members of IMC attending the display reported that the most recent IMC publication - the Spender correspondence (see news item below) - created a lot of interest. Michael Kennedy gave an inspiring short lecture on the work of the Commission which received warm appreciation from audiences throughout the night. The crowds were sustained for the entire evening and when the doors were finally closed at midnight over 750 people had visited No. 45 Merrion Square - an excellent reflection of the public interest in the work of both the Irish Manuscripts Commission and the IAA.


Spender correspondence published - 11/09/2009
IMC is delighted to announce the publication of Margaret Baguley's edition of the correspondence of Sir Wilfrid and Lady Lilian Spender. Based on a collection of some 2750 letters in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), this book is an edited selection of their correspondence against the backdrop of war in France and the political situation in Ulster. Sir Wilfrid Spender served on the Western Front during the First World War while Lilian remained in London. Separated by the conflict shortly after their marriage they wrote to each other almost every day. The driving force in the letters is their close personal and romantic bond and the letters are strong and opinionated, particularly when Unionist politics are discussed. This is an accessible and unique source for both the academic and general reader interested in British, Irish and Northern Irish history, in particular those interested in British-Irish relations following the crisis over the Third Home Rule Bill, the military history of the first world war, the development of Ulster Unionism and the splits in Irish Unionism during the first world war. The Commission would like in particular to acknowledge PRONI for their assistance in publishing this edition.


Culture Night 2009 - 07/09/2009
The Irish Manuscripts Commission is delighted to participate in Culture Night again this year. Following the strong interest in the work of the Commission shown by many who visited us during last year's event, IMC will present a display of editions of significant primary sources for Irish history published by IMC since its foundation in 1928. This will include facsimiles of some of the great Irish codices, as well as the ever popular book of manuscript maps of Ireland by G. A. Hayes McCoy, published in 1964. On the night there will also be a brief talk about the work of the Commission and a short audiovisual presentation, both of which will run at regular intervals throughout the evening. IMC will be open from 5.00 pm until 10.30 pm. For further information see the Culture Night web site at www.culturenight.ie


Analecta in the Ireland Collection - 15/07/2009
The Irish Manuscripts Commission is delighted to announce that its serial publication, Analecta Hibernica, will shortly be made available as an electronic resource on the QUB/JSTOR Ireland Collection. The content of this collection will be interdisciplinary, and includes content in music, art, history, literature, archaeology, sociology, mathematics, and science, among many others. Ceased rare periodicals essential to the study of Ireland’s cultural and political life will be found alongside journals publishing vital contemporary scholarship in their fields. People in Ireland and the UK will be able to search the online collection free of charge. Participation in this project has provided enhanced access to the shorter primary sources for Irish history published in Analecta Hibernica since 1930. Requests for copies of papers published in Analecta Hibernica are among the most frequent requests to the IMC website.


ACIS conference Galway - 11/06/2009
IMC joined the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) and the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) to promote their current and forthcoming publications at the American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) conference in Galway in June. ACIS was founded in 1960 and is a multidisciplinary scholarly organization with approximately 800 members in the United States, Ireland, Canada, and other countries around the world. These meetings include plenary speakers, academic sessions in all fields of Irish Studies, poetry and fiction readings, films, and performances of Irish music and plays. The response from delegates to the joint IMC/RIA/DIAS stand was very positive.


Europeana - 22/04/2009
At the request of its sponsoring department - Arts, Sport and Tourism - IMC member Jane Ohlmeyer attends meetings of the Member States Expert Group (MSEG) on Digitisation and Digital Preservation in Luxembourg. The MSEG replaced the National Representative Group (NRG) in 2007. The NRG was created in 2001 as an informal intergovernmental group on digitisation to co-ordinate national policies on the digitisation of cultural heritage at European level. One of the many exciting outcomes from the work of the MSEG and related groups has been the Europeana cultural heritage portal (http://www.europeana.eu/portal/). This is an amazing online resource allowing instantaneous access to images, books, sound files and videos in the national collections of the cultural institutions of the Member States of the European Union. By the end of 2009 IMC will donate digitised copies of some of its earlier publications to Europeana. Which books are digitised will be chosen by users of IMC publications based on a survey to be deployed shortly on the IMC website - to have your say, watch this space!


Retirement celebration - 27/02/2009
Tonight the retirement of three members from the IMC board was formally marked at a reception held in the offices of the Commission on Merrion Square. The terms of Professors Mary O'Dowd, Anngret Simms and Mary Daly (pictured right) came to an end in September 2008 and at the time it was not possible to mark the occasion appropriately. Having served on IMC boards since 1993 they have each made substantial contributions over those years to the production of the high quality volumes with which IMC has become associated. The Chairman James McGuire thanked all three sincerely for their unstinting service to scholarship and their country and read messages from editors who had worked with them over the years, but who could not make it to the reception. A photograph of the members of the Commission (taken in September 2007) was presented to each of them.


Seminar in contemporary history - 15/01/2009
At the TCD contemporary history seminar chaired by Eunan O'Halpin, Deirdre MacMahon delivered a striking history of the IMC to a full meeting. She explained the IMC's role from its foundation in 1928, amply illustrating the Commission's successful mission of providing the research infrastructure that has underpinned the development of Irish history as a modern discipline with widespread public appeal.


Foundation of IMC commemorated - 08/01/2009
To mark the 80th anniversary of the first meeting of the Irish Manuscripts Commission in January 1929, Dr Deirdre McMahon (MIC, UL and IMC) will present a seminar in the Contemporary Irish History series at TCD entitled "Reconstructing Ireland's past: the Irish Manuscripts Commission since 1928". The seminar will take place on WEDNESDAY 14 JANUARY at 4.00 p.m. in the IIIS seminar room C6002, level 6 of the Arts Building, TCD. Dr McMahon's presentation is based on research she and Dr Michael Kennedy have completed in connection with a history of IMC that will be published later in the year.


Launch of 'Papers of the Dublin Philosophical Society' - 12/12/2008
Not even the rain could dampen the spirits of those who gathered in the meeting rooms of the Royal Irish Academy to celebrate the publication of Theo Hoppen's new edition of the collected minutes, papers and letters of one of the earliest scientific societies in Ireland. Prof. Denis Wearie, FRS, himself an internationally renowned scientist, launched the book in front of an appreciative audience that included Prof. Hoppen's wife, Anne Drakeford, and members of the Royal Irish Academy - one of the successors of the Dublin Philosophical Society. Prof. Hoppen acknowledged the elapsed time since the first edition published by IMC on microfiche, but expressed his great joy that the delay in some ways may have facilitated the production of this new and beautifully finished edition. He thanked the Irish Manuscripts Commission and in particular the Chairman, Mr James McGuire, for this.


Publication of new edition of Hoppen work - 04/12/2008
It is with great pleasure that the Irish Manuscripts Commission announces the publication of K. Theodore Hoppen's new edition of 'The papers of the Dublin Philosophical Society, 1683-1709'. First published on microfilm in the late 1970s, this printed edition has been revised and updated and contains 49 illustrations from manuscripts and journals. Beautifully produced in two volumes, this is a must-have for the student of early science in Ireland and it is available now in all good book shops or through the IMC website.


Launch of Council Book at City Hall, Cork - 27/11/2008
Margaret Curtis Clayton's edition of Harleian MS 697 was launched in style in the magnificent chambers of City Hall in Cork on 27 November. Dr David Edwards commended the work to the gathering in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Brian Bermingham. The hospitality of the city was extended to the guests of teh Commission and was gratefully acknowledged by the IMC chairman, James McGuire. David Edwards congratulated Dr Curtis Clayton on bringing this source into print and enabling the reconstruction of everyday life in plantation-era Munster, from the very highest (the lord president and the local nobility) to some of the very lowest, and putting in print a huge amount of valuable information about the province during a period of enormous change and transformation.


Council Book of Munster published - 20/11/2008
The Commission is delighted to announce the publication earlier this week of Margaret Curtis Clayton's edition of 'The Council Book for the Province of Munster, c.1599-1649'. Preserved in the British Library, MS Harleian 697 provides a rare insight into the workings of English provincial government in early seventeenth-century Ireland. Scattered within its pages is previously overlooked information on the government’s preparations for the forthcoming Battle of Kinsale (1601), and—equally significant—a wealth of detail illuminating the lives of the local Irish population in the aftermath of the English victory. Here also are a wide variety of administrative records, the likes of which have rarely survived from other regions, such as presidential court cases, county assizes and gaol deliveries, appointments of local officials, protections, concordata, and proclamations, as well as correspondence with Dublin and with the privy council in London. The documents are mainly in English with a few in Latin. This edition includes extensive indices of persons, places and subjects. It will be welcomed by historians generally as its pages contain legal, administrative, religious, genealogical and social information about a hitherto vague and dark period of Irish provincial history. It is available for purchase through the Publications section of the IMC website.


Launch of James Kelly's 'House of Lords' - 05/11/2008
The beautiful surroundings of the former chamber for the Irish House of Lords at Bank of Ireland, College Green was the scene for the formal launch of James Kelly's 3-volume edition detailing the proceedings of that body during the years 1771–1800. The Commission was honoured that Martin Cullen, T.D., Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism launched the book and drew attention not only to the significant contributions of Dr Kelly to Irish history, but also to the importance of recording Ireland's past in the wider context of European culture. James Kelly's speech drew laughter when he described some of the more unusual procedures of the House of Lords such as official note-takers withdrawing from the House when significant disagreements occurred, lest the rancorous exchanges of the Lords be recorded. In conclusion the Chairman, James McGuire, thanked the Minister for performing the launch and the assembled guests for their attendance.


Launch of the Rosse Calendar - 20/10/2008
Anthony Malcomson's calendar of the papers in the private archive of the Earl and Countess of Rosse was launched at the weekend by an Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, T.D. At a reception in the beautiful and imposing dining room of Birr Castle, the assembled dignitaries were first welcomed by Lord Rosse. IMC chairman James McGuire thanked the Rosses for hosting the launch and he paid tribute to the work done by Dr Malcomson in producing this detailed calendar. The Taoiseach spoke warmly of Anthony Malcomson's own work and the contribution of his family, who played a key role in the economic life and development of Portlaw, Co. Waterford. He also paid tribute to the Irish Manuscripts Commission’s many and varied contributions to the documentation of Irish history, which he assured those present was fully appreciated by the State. It came to the editor himself to speak and Anthony Malcomson treated the crowd to an unscripted and humorous speech that traced his gratitude to the Rosses for the 28 year journey to bring this calendar into being, to the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland for supporting the work, to the Irish Manuscripts Commission for publishing the work, especially the project's mentor, Dr James Kelly, and to the Taoiseach for doing him the honour of launching the book.


Newstalk feature on IMC - 13/10/2008
On 12 October last, Irish Manuscripts Commission Chairman James McGuire together with Michael Kennedy—who heads up IMC's 80th anniversary celebrations committee—were interviewed on Newstalk radio's popular Talking History show with Patrick Geoghegan & Lindsey Earner-Byrne. The history of the Commission was discussed as was its contribution to the publication and preservation of primary sources since its foundation in 1928. Some of the anniversary celebrations for IMC were listed together with the significant publications published by the Commission in 2008. Some of the publications in preparation for 2009 were highlighted including the much anticipated catalogue of Plantation maps being prepared by Dr Annaleigh Margey of Trinity College Dublin. Listen to the audio file here


Culture Night - 22/09/2008
IMC participated in the third Culture Night event on 19 September last. All involved agreed that the event was a resounding success and the interest in the work of the Commission - past, present and future - was inspiring. About 150 people came to see the display and interpretation of IMC publications as well as banners outlining the 80-year history of the Commission. Dr Michael Kennedy presented a talk on the history and work of the Commission which touched on some of its contributions to the preservation of cultural heritage over the years, from the introduction of new printing techniques to Ireland in the 1930s to the business records campaign of the 1950s and 60s. There was a lively interaction with the audience who were genuinely engaged by the role of IMC in the wider cultural heritage community. IMC looks forward to participation in this important and fun event in the cultural heritage calendar next year.


'Proceedings of the Irish House of Lords' published - 19/09/2008
The Irish Manuscripts Commission is delighted to announce the publication of Dr James Kelly's edition of 'Proceedings of the Irish House of Lords, 1771-1800'. This ground breaking, three-volume set reconstructs for the first time the proceedings of the Irish House of Lords during the busy years of the late eighteenth century. Based in the first instance on press reports, this edition also brings together reports of individual debates and high-profile speeches to provide a unique vista on the personalities, policies and politics of the parliament over three decades. Presented with an extensive introduction, this work is a landmark in the historiography of eighteenth-century Ireland and in the history of the pre-Union Irish parliament. This edition is available for sale through the 'Publications' section of our website.


Strategic Development Plan - 01/08/2008
Following on from the work of an IMC subcommittee in 2007 to review strategic development for the period 2008 - 2011, the Commission is delighted to publish online its Strategic Development Plan. This document lays out the strategic objectives for the Commission in terms of its publishing activity, but also in relation to its advisory role and its participation in the wider cultural heritage and humanities communities. You can download the PDF of this document through the "Strategic Plan" section of our website.


Calendar of Rosse Papers - 29/07/2008
The Commission is delighted to announce the publication of APW Malcomson's edition of 'Calendar of the Rosse papers' - one of the most important collections of manuscripts in private ownership in Ireland. The papers listed in Anthony Malcomson’s detailed calendar are particularly rich on seventeenth century material; beginning with the introduction of English settlement into the midlands in the opening decades of the century, records continue through the difficult years of the 1640s and the drama of the Williamite Wars of the late 1680s and early 1690s, on which the collection is particularly insightful. This calendar is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of: seventeenth and eighteenth-century Ireland; science in the nineteenth century; the British navy in the eighteenth century; the evolving story of the surviving families of the Irish landed elite in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and in the influence of a particular family that contrived over a number of centuries not only to transform Birr into one of the country’s most elegant small towns, but also to construct and sustain one of the finest country houses and its gardens.


Culture Night 2008 - 01/05/2008
We are delighted to announce our participation in Dublin Culture Night, an exciting event that will see over 100 arts and cultural organizations open their doors to the public and offer a range of free events, tours, talks and performances. On the night, members of the Irish Manuscripts Commission will illustrate the importance of preserving primary manuscript sources in print editions, using several of the Commission's most significant publications since its foundation in 1928.


Death of Mairead Dunlevy - 19/03/2008
It is with great sadness that the Chairman and members of IMC record the death of their colleague Mairead Dunlevy on 18 March 2008. Mairead was appointed to the Commission in April 2006 and had been an active member until illness prevented her from attending meetings. Mairead was the former keeper of the art and industrial division of the National Museum of Ireland until her retirement in 2002.


Waterford Launch - 12/03/2008
On 28 February last Niall Byrne's edition of 'The Great Parchment Book of Waterford' was launched in the beautiful surroundings of the Waterford Museum of Treasures in the city whose municipal government is the subject of Dr Byrne's work. The Mayor of Waterford, Cllr Mary O'Halloran, welcomed IMC to Waterford and Máire Mac Conghail thanked her on behalf of the Commission. Dr David Edwards, UCC launched the book and also paid tribute to Niall Byrne's passion and interest in bringing primary sources for the history of Waterford to the attention of historians throughout Ireland. To the delight of all present, the editor responded with a list of more manuscripts that he hopes to bring into print in the near future. This edition has proved enormously popular and guests at the launch were treated to a viewing of one of the most interesting and detailed folios of the manuscript, folio 91. This folio records the mayoralty of Peter Aylward in 1566 and is densely illustrated with a map of Waterford city as well as images of the last judgement, Elizabeth I and a unique image of a nursing Madonna.


Dr Gerry Slater retires - 02/01/2008
Dr Gerry Slater has announced his retirement as Director of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland with effect from today. As an ex-officio member of IMC this means that he will also stand down as a member of the Commission. Since his appointment by John O'Donoghue in April 2006 Dr Slater has been a great friend to the Commission and he was an active participant, most recently as a member of the Strategic Review Committee and the Digitisation Task Force. The Chairman and members of IMC would like to wish him well in his retirement.


Great Parchment Book of Waterford - 20/12/2007
It is with great delight that the Commission announces the publication of Niall Byrne's edition of the Great Parchment Book of Waterford, making available an exceptional record of an Irish municipality. Compiled mostly between the mid-fifteenth and mid-seventeenth centuries, it includes copies of records relating to the city of Waterford dating back to the early thirteenth century. It provides, therefore, a detailed account of the history of Waterford from the medieval period through to the turbulent years of the 1640s. Written originally in Norman French, Latin and English, this edition incorporates English translations of all the texts and thus makes this valuable manuscript accessible to a wide readership for the first time. Of particular interest are the illustrated folios, the most significant of which are reproduced here in full colour. The pages of the this manuscript reveal the disquiet within the municipal community at the religious and political changes of the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.


Analecta Hibernica 40 - 14/12/2007
Irish Manuscripts Commission is delighted to announce the publication of the 40th issue of its serial publication Analecta Hibernica 40. The 40th edition of Analecta Hibernica contains a range of significant primary documents dealing with the medieval, early modern and modern era. Of particular note is Patrick Kelly’s edition of Sir William Domville, ‘A Disquisition touching that Great Question Whether an Act of Parliament made in England shall bind the Kingdom and People of Ireland without their Allowance and Acceptance of such Act in the Kingdom of Ireland’. Acknowledged as one of the most important statements in support of the legislative independence of the kingdom of Ireland, and one of the major influences on William Molyneux’s seminal Case of Ireland stated (1698), it is expertly introduced and edited by Dr Kelly who presents a definitive text, with all the variant readings. It will be of particular interest to historians of the seventeenth and eighteenth-century Irish parliament and political ideas.


Major works to be published in 2007 - 15/01/2007
The Irish Manuscripts Commission is delighted to announce two major publications that will be available in 2007/8. The first is a new edition of Theo Hoppen's 'Papers of the Dublin Philosophical Society, 1683-1709'. Originally published on microfiche in the 1970s, this new edition, with some 50 illustrations, will increase access to the information contained in the letters and papers of the members of one of the earliest scientific societies in Ireland. The second major publication will be a multi-volume work, editied by Dr Elizabethanne Boran, of the letters of Archbishop James Ussher, Anglican Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland between 1625–1656. This edition will include over 200 letters not previously published as well as translations of all Latin and French correspondence.


Treadwell's Irish Commission of 1622 published - 20/12/2006
The sixth and final publication for 2006 from the Irish Manuscripts Commission was released on Monday 18 December, just in time for those seeking that special Christmas gift. In what has been a busy and productive year for IMC, Victor Treadwell's book is a substantial work with which to conclude the publishing year. This volume will be of interest to historians of Ireland under the Stuarts, dealing as it does with the papers of the commisison of enquiry sent to Ireland in 1622. This edition details the daily functioning and correspondence of the commission and it has substantial indices of persons and places, which will be useful for local and family historians.


Court of Claims - 24/07/2006
Today marks an important day in the 2006 publishing programme for the Irish Manuscripts Commission. After many years in preparation, the manuscript detailing the submissions and evidence presented to the Court of Claims in 1663 has been published for the first time. The court was set up to administer the Act of Settlement 1662 and the manuscript in which the work of the court was recorded is held at Armagh Public Library. The manuscript lists almost 900 claims of 'innocence' submitted between 28 January and 20 August 1663. Many claims include details of the property in question as well as the legal and family history of its ownership. A high proportion of the hearings relate to Dublin city and county, but there is also much material on Connacht generally as well as Meath and elsewhere. The court book is therefore an essential guide to landownership in Ireland in the first half of the seventeenth century. Gerladine Tallon transcribed the manuscript and the introduction, by J.G. Simms, sets out the history and context for of this important document. Family historians and those studying the seventeenth-century Ireland will be delighted with the extensive indices of personal and place names.


Issue 39 of Analecta Hibernica published - 21/07/2006
The thirty-ninth issue of Analecta Hibernica, the serial publication of the Commission, was published today. Edited by Dr James Kelly of St Patrick's College, Drumcondra, this issue includes four shorter manuscripts from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. These are: a calendar of documents relating to medieval Ireland in the National Archives of the United Kingdom; a detailed list of those present at a hosting held at the Hill of Tara in September 1593; three eighteenth-century surveys of Co. Wicklow (the censuses of 1732 and 1766 and the Hibernia Society survey of County Wicklow); and the journal of Abigail Boles of her life as a Quaker preacher in Dublin, Cork, Philadelphia and Salem from 1725-7.


IMC launch at Clonmel - 02/07/2006
A reception to mark the publication of Bríd McGrath's edition of 'The Minute Book of the Corporation of Clonmel 1608-1649' took place in Clonmel on 16 June. IMC was privileged to use the historic Main Guard in the centre of Clonmel. Beautifully restored by the OPW, the building was a fitting location for the public acknowledgement of Bríd's dedication in bringing this invaluable record of municipal government in the early 17th century into print. Pictured is the editor with the Mayor of Clonmel, Councillor Niall Dennehy, who addressed the gathering and welcomed the Commission to Clonmel.


The de Vesci papers - 15/05/2006
Today sees the publication of the latest volume from the Irish Manuscripts Commission - The de Vesci papers by Anthony Malcomson. The de Vesci papers are one of the most significant family collections in public qwnership in Ireland. Consisting of c. 30,000 documents and 1,200 volumes of various sizes and types, they relate to the estate, financial, political, administrative, architectural and other concerns of members of the Vesey family.


Minister appoints new members to the Commission - 07/04/2006
The Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Mr John O'Donoghue T.D., announced the appointment of new members to the Irish Manuscripts Commission. Under the chairmanship of Mr James McGuire, UCD, the Commission is poised for a busy year publishing calendars and manuscripts from the seventeenth century right through to the twentieth century.


Townbook series - Clonmel - 27/01/2006
The Commission is delighted to announce the long-awaited publication of the Minute Book of the Corporation of Clonmel 1608-1649, edited by Bríd McGrath. The book will be of particular interest to students of the growth of municipal government in Ireland in the early modern period as well as citizens of Clonmel and Tipperary people everywhere. Books detailing the municipal workings of Waterford city and Trim, Co. Meath will also be published by the Irish Manuscripts Commission.


The Convert Rolls - new edition - 17/01/2006
The Irish Manuscripts Commission is delighted to announce the publication of a new edition of Eileen O'Byrne's calendar, first published in 1981. The Convert Rolls provides names, dates of certification, conformity and enrolment as well as addresses and other information regarding converts to Protestantism between 1703 and 1838. For this new edition, Anne Chamney has supplemented information presented in the earlier volume using notes compiled by the Reverend Wallace Clare, with additional material from newspaper sources. She has also indexed the updated entries. This edition will be of geat interest to genealogists and social and religious historians throughout Ireland.


IMC launch at King's Inns - 05/05/2005
The launch of David Fleming and Anthony Malcomson's book on the letters of John FitzGibbon took place at King's Inns. The Honorable Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman launched the book with a witty and insightful speech and delighted the gathering with some apposite quotes from the book. This work will do much to illuminate the character and career of arguably the most controversial yet significant figure in late 18th century Ireland.


Elphin Census published - 16/12/2004
Today saw the much-anticpiated publication of the Elphin Census 1749 by Marie-Louise Legg, with contributions from Brian Gurrin. This exciting volume is the first publication of this valuable manuscript and contains details of some 60,000 inhabitants of the diocese of Elphin in 1749. This book will be an invauable resource for genealogists and social historians.


New home for the IMC - 19/11/2004
During the month of October the offices of the Irish Manuscripts Commission were relocated to the beautifully restored building at No. 45 Merrion Square. The Commission shares the building with the Irish Architectural Archive and both are enjoying the new working space.


Forthcoming Publications - 17/08/2004
The IMC intends to have the following titles in print by the end of 2004. "A Volley of Execrations: the letters of John Fitzgibbon, earl of Clare, 1772-1802", edited by D.A. Fleming and A.P.W. Malcomson. "The Irish Commission of 1622: an Investigation of the Irish Administration, 1615-1622", edited by Victor Treadwell. "The Town Book of the Corporation of Clonmel, 1608-49", edited by Brid McGrath and Jane Ohlmeyer.


IMC Website - 01/08/2004
The new IMC website came on line on 1st August 2004. The site provides information on the Commission's members, mission and publications. It also includes an on-line ordering service for IMC publications.


Book Launch - 25/05/2004
On the 25th May 2004, the Register of Nicholas Fleming, edited by Dr Brendan Smith, and Analecta Hibernica No. 38, edited by Dr James Kelly, were formally launched by Professor J.R.S. Phillips of University College, Dublin. The launch took place at the Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, and was well attended.


New Premises - 20/05/2004
The Irish Manuscripts Commission will be moving to new premises in the Autumn of 2004. The new offices will be at No. 45 Merrion Square. This house was originally owned by the La Touche family.

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