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New source for Irish maritime history

November 24, 2022

After some unexpected delays the Commission is delighted to announce the publication of James O’Shea’s edition of the letterbook of Cork merchant William Hovell for the period 1683–1687. The seventeenth century was a highly significant period in the development of Cork as a port and as a city, as trade grew and the city expanded. […]

Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland Workshop

October 28, 2022

On 8th October, as part of this year’s Festival of History,  IMC held a workshop on how to explore the Books of Survey and Distribution (BSD) in the Cromwellian Gold Seam in the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland. Members of the public were welcomed to this event at 45 Merrion Square where IMC members Professor […]

Festival of History 2022

September 14, 2022

The Festival of History, organised by Dublin City Library and Archive, takes place annually in September–October and the Irish Manuscripts Commission (IMC) has been taking part since 2020. You can see previous contributions to the Festival from IMC editors (2020) and members (2021) on our You Tube channel here. This year will be the first […]

Maritime trade in Cork during the Restoration

September 13, 2022

The Irish Manuscripts Commission is delighted to announce the imminent publication of James O’Shea’s edition of the letterbook of William Hovell for the period 1683 to 1687. Correspondence copied in letterbooks is an important primary source for socio-economic history and for the history of business administration. The merchant community of Cork in the 1680s was dominated by Protestants […]