New Acquisitions

New acquisitions (books, pamphlets and offprints), January – February 2015
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New acquisitions (books, pamphlets and offprints), November – December 2014
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New acquisitions (books, pamphlets and offprints), September – October 2014
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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 Acquisitions 2014

W.T. Cosgrave Papers

Courtmartialled on 4 May 1916 for his part in the Easter Rising, W.T. Cosgrave was sentenced to death by firing squad. Reprieved by the presiding officer, Brigadier General C.J. Blackader, Cosgrave’s sentence was commuted to penal servitude for life. William T. Cosgrave, 1890-1965, went on to become President of the Executive Council of the Free State, guiding the new state forward and laying the foundations for economic development.

Judging WT Cosgrave: the foundation of the Irish state / Michael Laffan
Photograph of Sinn Féin members ahead of the 1917 by-election in Kilkenny. Standing, left to right: Dan McCarthy; Darrell Figgis; Rev. Dr Browne, Maynooth; Alderman Tom Kelly; Austin Stack; Eamon de Valera; Seán Milroy. Seated, left to right: Laurence Ginnell; Countess Markievicz; Cosgrave; Alice Ginnell.

We are very pleased to announce the generous donation by former Taoiseach, Mr Liam Cosgrave, of his late father’s papers. These personal papers and a collection of photographs were used by Dr Michael Laffan during his research for his biography and assessment of Cosgrave’s contribution to Irish political life and the building of the new state – Judging W.T. Cosgrave … (Dublin, RIA, 2014),

The Academy is delighted to acknowledge the generosity of Mr Cosgrave and his family. By arrangement with UCD School of Archives, the papers will be arranged, catalogued and digitised and will then be accessible via the web. The papers may also be accessed at the Academy Library post cataloguing, etc. We shall advertise their availability in due course.

The formal handover of the papers took place on 3 December, 2014.


Margaret Stokes, 1832-1900, Hon. MRIA – collection donated by Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI)

The RCPI transferred to the Academy Library by donation a significant collection of papers, antiquarian drawings, prints and photographs, the collection of antiquarian Margaret Stokes, 1832-1900.

The daughter of the eminent Dublin physician, William Stokes, Margaret Stokes’s interest in antiquarian matters was influenced by her father and his circle which included George Petrie and Edwin Wyndham-Quin, 3rd earl of Dunraven. Stokes’s antiquarian research and her artistic ability resulted in publications such as Early Christian architecture in Ireland (London, 1878), Six months in the Appenines; or, a pilgrimage in search of vestiges of the Irish saints in Italy (London, 1892), and Three months in the forests of France … (London, 1895), tracing the footsteps of Irish saints in France. She also published articles on the high crosses at Durrow, Castledermot and Moone inter al. The former RCPI collection relates to Stokes’s researches in France and Italy, to her edition of Petrie’s Christian inscriptions in the Irish language (Dublin, 1872-8) and to her other publications. The RCPI collection has been listed (Special List A042) and will shortly be available on the website under Special Collections.

The collection complements the Academy’s own Margaret Stokes collection consisting of antiquarian drawings and photographs. This collection requires cataloguing for which funding is needed.

The Academy gratefully acknowledges this important donation from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, March 2014.

cover of early christian architecture in ireland by margaret stokes


Robert Shipboy MacAdam, 1808-95, Correspondence (RIA MSS 4 B 57-8)

During the year the Library purchased two letters written to Robert MacAdam, Belfast engineer and Irish scholar. The earlier letter is from Eugene O’Curry (MS 4 B 58), 20 February 1844, and relates to the Táin Bó Cuailgne saga and Lebor na hUidre, then in the possession of Grafton Street booksellers Hodges & Smith, subsequently purchased by the Academy. The second letter (MS 4 B 57) dated 17 March 1851, was penned by John O’Donovan and relates to the 1851 Census of Ireland returns for Irish speakers.






These letters were purchased from Germany in July 2014 using the Library’s Séamus Heaney Special Acquisitions fund.


Cnuasach Daithí Ó hUaithne, 1915-81, MRIA / David William Greene

Do bhronn Réiltín Mac Cana, Uasal, cnuasach paipéar Dhaithí Uí Uaithne, iar-Uachtarán Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann, ar an leabharlann le déanaí. D’fhág an tOllamh Ó hUaithne é faoi chúram an Ollamh Proinsias Mac Cana, a d’éag sa bhliain 2004. Bhí Daithí Ó hUaithne ina ollamh i gColáiste na Trionóide agus ina dhiaidh sin, in Institiúid Ard Léinn, BÁC. Aithníodh gurbh é ‘an duine ba shuntaisí é den ghlún nua ardscoláirí Gaeilge a bhí ag tacú go hiomlán le gluaiseacht athbheochan na teanga.’ Bhí Ó hUaithne ina Uachtarán ar an Acadamh nuair a socraíodh go gcuirfí tús le Foclóir na Nua-Ghaeilge.

Tá ábhar litríochta agus teangan i gcnuasach Uí Uaithne. Tá súil againn go mbeimid in ann iad a chlarú gan mhoill.

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