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Analecta Hibernica No. 46 published - 10/11/2015
The Irish Manuscripts Commission is delighted to announce that the 46th issue of the IMC’s serial publication - Analecta Hibernica- edited by Professor James Kelly is now available. This latest issue of Analecta Hibernica presents the following primary sources: The Journeys of Samuel Molyneux in Ireland, 1708–1709 (edited by Peter Barry); Charles O’Hara’s Observations on County Sligo, 1752–1773 (edited by David Dickson and David Fleming); Louisa Beauford’s Diary of her travels in south-west Munster and Leinster in 1842 and 1843 (edited by Magda Loeber and Rolf Loeber); and it also includes IMC’s report to the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for 2014. Copies of this issue can be purchased from the Publications section of the IMC website.


Eoin MacNeill Lecture - 13/10/2015
Last night Professor Robert Darnton, recently retired as the Harvard University Librarian, delivered the second Eoin MacNeill Lecture. The MacNeill Lecture was established with the aim of promoting awareness of the importance of archives and the preservation of primary sources. Professor Darnton gave an illuminating talk about what the French were reading in the decades before the Revolution. In a fascinating talk that examined the book trade based on primary source material surviving from the archives of a contemporary Swiss publisher and wholesaler (Société typographique de Neuchâtel), Professor Darnton produced a profile of the titles that were most in demand. In keeping with his views on open access and his work on the Digital Public Library of America, much of this research is made available on his website. If you missed the lecture you can catch up on things there! Pictured right are Professor Robert Darnton and the French cultural attaché, M. Frédéric Rauser and Professor Darnton delivering his lecture. The MacNeill Lecture will be published in pamphlet form towards the end of the year.


Annual Report 2014 published - 20/08/2015
The Irish Manuscripts Commission Ltd Annual Report for 2014 is now available to download from the IMC website in English and Irish.


New IMC catalogue available - 10/08/2015
The 2015-2016 publications catalogue is now available to download as a PDF from the IMC home page. Print copies are available from the IMC office - just call or e-mail us and we can send you a copy. Copies of the catalogue are also available in the reading rooms of the National Archives on Bishop Street and the National Library on Kildare Street. There are three commemorative editions and eleven other editions in preparation for publication in the period 2015-2016. Summaries of their contents and ISBN details can be found in the catalogue.


Culture Night 2015 - 10/08/2015
Not long now till Culture Night 2015! Don't forget to include a visit to IMC's Culture Night display and presentations in your South Georgian Quarter plans. This year the Irish Manuscripts Commission is delighted to include a short presentation from Dr Brian Hughes on his forthcoming commemorative edition entitled 'Eoin MacNeill: memoir of a revolutionary scholar'. This edition is a memoir of MacNeill's life and career which he started to write in the 1930s. Covering his childhood in Antrim, his education in Dublin and his involvement in the nationalist movement, the memoir concludes with MacNeill's account of the Irish Boundary Commission which led to his departure from politics in 1925 and his return to scholarship. Brian Hughes's presentation will alternate with a general presentation on the work of the Commission to preserve primary sources in print and online.


Irish Campaign Journals available - 27/04/2015

The Commission is delighted to announce the availability of David Edwards's edition 'Campaign Journals of the Elizabethan Irish Wars'. You can order this book through any good bookshop - just quote the ISBN 978-1-906865-51-1 - or buy the book online through the IMC shop here.

Presenting nineteen journals covering military campaigns from Ulster to Munster over the period 1557 to 1599, this edition provides precise chronologies for major crown expeditions as well detailed descriptions of the terrain through which they passed.

The journals comprise a key source for the many armed conflicts between royal forces and native rulers that occurred almost continuously across Ireland from the mid-sixteenth century until 1603. While much of the detail is expected - efforts made to maintain supply lines over ever-increasing distances, the impact of rough weather on combat conditions and communications - there are also surprising details about their surroundings and local events.

Don't delay - get your copy while they last!


Long Room Launch - 01/04/2015

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.


Definitive edition of the correspondence of James Ussher - 20/01/2015

Pictured right is the editor of the forthcoming edition The correspondence of James Ussher, 1600-1656, Dr Elizabethanne Boran, making the final checks on her page proofs before this edition goes to press.

Printed in three volumes this edition brings together the correspondence of one of the most influential intellectuals of early modern Europe over a 50 year period. The range of his achievements was extraordinary—spanning the Bible, theology, patristics, Irish history, ancient history, ancient languages, chronology, and the calendar. He maintained an interest in oriental languages and manuscripts throughout his life and purchased eastern materials via agents in Aleppo and elsewhere. This edition will be available for purchase in early March 2015.


Latest Calendar of State Papers, Ireland volume - 15/01/2015
The latest volume in the Calendar of State Paper, Ireland, New Series, has just been published. Covering the period from 1547 to 1553, this volume calendars material in the National Archives in London relating to policy towards Ireland and its governance in the mid-Tudor period when Edward VI was king. The state papers reveal how the institutions of central government were extended into the provinces as well as details about life in the towns and communities of Ireland. More details and a preview are available here. Other calendars in this series covering the reign of Elizabeth I from 1566-1567 and 1568-1571 are also available to purchase.


Coming shortly, edition of 16th century Irish campaign journals - 09/01/2015
The Irish Manuscripts Commission is delighted to announce the imminent publication of David Edwards' edition of 19 campaign journals dating from 1557 to 1599. This edition reproduces from various journals and diaries details of crown military operations in Tudor Ireland. Covering much of Ireland from Rathlin Island to Munster, the journals kept by commanding officers in the field regularly include unusual details of contemporary life in addition to their strictly military content, such as observations of English fishing boats off the north Mayo coast, or notes about unusual stillborn babies in Wicklow, or the overwrought state of some commanders in Desmond territory. By any measure, these journals are of importance in the history of the Elizabethan conquest of Ireland recording as they do the royal expeditions into central and north-east Ulster against Shane O’Neill and the Antrim MacDonnells with which Elizabeth I’s reign commenced; the Munster operations against James FitzMaurice and the earl of Desmond that occupied successive administrations during the middle years of the queen’s reign; the conflict in Connacht with the Clanricarde and Mayo Burkes that followed; and, lastly, the numerous ‘hostings’ and ‘journeys’ undertaken to combat the turmoil sparked by Tyrone’s rebellion and Spanish invasion plans in the final years of the reign.

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