Postcards from the Old World

Postcards from the Old World

A glimpse of the Treasures of the Library of the University College Cork

You are invited to attend the next Friends of the Library event: Postcards from the Old World: A glimpse at the Treasures of the Library of University College Cork, with special guest speaker, John FitzGerald

University College Cork (UCC) is the second largest University in Ireland, with 20,000 students. Based in the second city of Cork, on the southern coast of the island of Ireland, it is ranked in the top three universities nationally and is currently Ireland’s only five-star University (QS Ranking, 2011).  

UCC has a strong postgraduate focus and supports an active research community with the largest research income in the State. UCC has been actively building its library collections since its establishment by Royal Charter as Queens College Cork in 1848.  The Library’s Special Collections are amongst the finest in Ireland.

The past two decades have seen a dramatic increase in the acquisition of archival material by the Library, in addition to a number of modern book collections, mainly relating to the great Irish writers of the twentieth century, such as James Joyce and WB Yeats.

The Library’s collections also include a unique selection of large landed-estate archives which originate in the local province of Munster and which extend in range from the seventeenth century to the present day.  

The Library regularly hosts exhibitions of important Gaelic manuscripts on loan from other institutions.  The fascinating behind-the-scenes arrangements to facilitate the current exhibition of the fifteenth century Book of Lismore will be described.  

The Library is currently conducting a fundraising campaign to acquire a valuable modern manuscript of breathtaking beauty.  While it was not possible to bring this manuscript for viewing at Griffith University on this occasion, digital photography will enable the Friends of the Library to share in the excitement of this anticipated addition to the collections of UCC Library.  

If you would like more information about the Friends, please visit the website at

When: Thursday 29th September 2011, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Where: Level 7, Webb Centre (Bldg S02), Griffith University, South Bank Campus

Register online:  Register online at

Contact: Stefanie Jacobs, Events Coordinator

Ph: 37355567, Email:

One Comment on “Postcards from the Old World”

  1. Travel Ins says:

    Looking forward to attending the event this evening… Thanks for organising a event on this topic.