New Acquisitions

New acquisitions (books, pamphlets and offprints), July – August 2014
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New acquisitions (books, pamphlets and offprints), May – June 2014
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New acquisitions (books, pamphlets and offprints), March – April 2014
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Significant Library Acquisitions – 2013

Kilkea Castle Architectural Drawings

For detailed images please click on the illustrations in the photo gallery at the bottom of this page.

In April 2013, the Library received a set of seventeen architectural drawings relating to proposed works in 1849-50 at Kilkea Castle, Castledermot, Co. Kildare. The castle, owned by the Duke of Leinser, was damaged by fire in 1849. Architect William Deane Butler (c.1794-1857) drew up plans for its restoration. dhb Architects, Waterford and the family of Mr Dermot Murphy donated these drawings to the Academy as they complement an earlier set of drawings of Kilkea by the same architect donated in 1899. The Friends of the National Collections of Ireland generously funded conservation of the 2013 donation. Conservation was carried out by Ms Susan Corr. The collection has been catalogued and digitised and images will shortly be accessible on the website. Collection Reference: 12 Y 22.

Kilkea Castle Architectural Drawings

Kevin B. Nowlan, MRIA (1921-2013) Archive

A major archival collection was bequeathed by Academy member, Professor Kevin B. Nowlan (1921-2013). Consisting of private diaries and research papers and material relating to the Dublin Civic Trust, the Irish Georgian Society, the Irish Georgian Foundation, the Beit and Castletown Foundations, this collection will be important for social and urban historians and constitutes an important record of planning and conservation issues in Dublin and its environs in the mid- to late twentieth century. We sincerely thank Professor Nowlan’s executors for their co-operation in enabling the transfer of this collection.

The Library will require funding to arrange and catalogue this important collection.

For further information, please contact: Siobhán Fitzpatrick, Librarian, or 00-353-1-6380910.

Manuscripts purchased ‘In omós Séamus Heaney, MRIA (1939-2013)’

In 2004, the late Séamus Heaney, MRIA, gave the Library permission to publish a limited edition version of his translation of an early Irish poem – ‘Sgith mo crob on scribinn.’ Colmcille the scribe was written out on vellum by Tim O’Neill, teacher, author and scribe, and each copy was signed by Séamus and Tim before being placed in bindings especially designed by Hubert & Kissane Ltd, Cork. Each copy contained a bibliographical commentary hand-printed at Trinity Closet Press by Dr Charles Benson.

The income from this project provided seed funding for the Library’s Heaney Special Acquisitions Fund. This fund is reserved for the purchase of important items for the collections which could not be afforded ex the Library’s annual budget allocation.

We were extremely pleased to have been the successful bidders at Whyte’s History, Literature and Collectibles Sale (14 September, 2013) for three Irish manuscripts, two of which were compiled by Peadar Ó Longáin (1801-c.1861), a member of the renowned Cork scribal family of Ó Longáin. These early nineteenth-century manuscripts contain prose, poems and verse and were at one time in the ownership of Pádraig Ó Siochfhradha, An Seabhac (1883-1964). These manuscripts and a later Cork compilation (1894) now form part of the Academy’s corpus of Irish-language manuscripts, the largest collection in the world. They were purchased ex the Special Acquisitions Fund ‘In omós agus i gcuimhne Séamus Heaney (1939-2013).’ Reference numbers: MSS 12 K 50-52

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Theatre in Dublin, 1745-1820

The Library purchased John C. Greene’s six-volume Theatre in Dublin, 1745-1820: a calendar of performances (Bethlehem, Pa., 2011) and Theatre in Dublin, 1745-1820: a history (2 vols, Bethlehem, Pa., 2011) to complement our important Theatre Royal archive, 1814-57 (MSS 12 P 22-25; 12 S 12-20).

This collection requires funding to be catalogued and digitised.

For further information please contact Siobhán Fitzpatrick, Librarian, or 00-353-1-6380910.

The Library sincerely thanks all members and others who have donated books, papers and funding during the year.
Siobhán Fitzpatrick, Librarian


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