Religious Libraries in Ireland

History, Preservation and Use of Religious Libraries in Ireland

Date: Friday 18 October 2019

Venue: Armagh Robinson Library, 43 Abbey Street, Armagh, BT61 7DY

09:30 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 10:30 Welcome and Introduction to Armagh Robinson Library
Dr Robert Whan (Director, Armagh Robinson Library)
10:30 – 11:00 Benburb Priory Library
Ursula Monaghan (Librarian, Benburb Priory) and Martin Fox (Benburb Library Volunteer)
11:00 – 11:15 Refreshments break
11:15 – 11:45 Derry and Raphoe Library
Niall Burns (Head of Special Collections, Ulster University)
11:45 – 12:15 St Canice’s Cathedral Library
Barbara McCormack (Special Collections Librarian, National University of Ireland, Maynooth)
12:15 – 12:45 St Fin Barre’s Cathedral Library
Elaine Harrington (Special Collections Librarian, University College, Cork)
12:45 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:00 The Bolton Library
Ken Bergin (Head of Special Collections and Archives, University of Limerick)
14:00 – 14:30 The Christ Church Cathedral Collection: A library by the people, for the people of Waterford
Kieran Cronin (Deputy Librarian, Waterford Institute of Technology)
14:30 – 15:00 Antrim Presbytery Library
Dr Robert Whan (Visiting Research Fellow, Queen’s University, Belfast)
15:00 – 15:15 Refreshments break
15:15 – 15:45 The Gamble Library
Joy Conkey (Acting Librarian, Union Theological College, Belfast and CILIP Ireland Secretary)
15:45 – 16:15 ‘From the Slate nunnery to Taylor's Hill’: the development of the Galway Dominican Convent Library, 1686-2016
Marie Boran (Special Collections Librarian, National University of Ireland, Galway)
16:15 – 16:45 The Cardinal Ó Fiaich Library, an Irish Catholic Diocesan Library?
Roddy Hegarty (Director, The Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich Memorial Library and Archive, Armagh)
16:45 – 17:00 Closing Remarks

The Conference is Free to Attend
(or £10 to have Lunch provided)
pre-booking essential

To reserve a place please email: or call 028 3752 3142