Friday 13 September 2019

RCB Library extends its collection of books in Irish

The opening of ‘CĂșinne Caird’, a collection of Irish books and related materials of the late Bishop Donald Caird (1925-2017), will take place in the RCB Library tomorrow, Saturday 14 September, at Noon.

This printed collection was part of a larger collection of related archival and photographic materials and was presented to the Library by his widow, Nancy. A special corner of the Library has been created and the books will be exhibited in his memory in a cabinet commissioned from Shane Duffly.

"As the Library did not have many books in Irish in its collections, it was decided to keep the collection together in a dedicated section," says Robert Gallagher, Library Administrator. "I began the project by organising the books in order of the date they were published and each book was recorded on our digital catalogue."

Bishop Donald Caird was a long-time member of the RCB Library. He often visited throughout his career and subsequently during his retirement. He was a member of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise (the Irish Guild of the Church) since 1943. In 2010, he was awarded the Ghradam an Phiarsaigh prize, which is central to the ‘CĂșinne Caird’.

This event has been organised by the RCB Library and Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise.