Thursday, April 22, 2010

Rare Henry Morris Collection on Display

From today Thursday 22 April, and for a number of weeks, our collection of Henry Morris [1874-1945] papers is on view by appointment in the Special Collections room in the Library Please contact Tommy Murtagh in the library to organise a viewing time -

This collection is usually stored in the College archive - don't miss the opportunity to view the collection in its current form!

Henry Morris was a writer and Irish scholar, born in 1874 in Co. Monaghan. He was a student of St. Patrick's College from September 1899 until July 1900.

He founded the first branch of the Gaelic League in Co. Monaghan and was a founder member of the Louth Historical and Archaeological Society. He served as a departmental inspector and became deputy chief inspector in the primary branch of the DES. His academic publications include Greann na Gaeilge (1901-7), Seanfhocail Uladh (1907), Donn Bó agus Scéalta Eile (1908), Dhá Céad de Cheoltaibh Uladh (1934), Amhráin na Midhe (1933) and Dánta Diadha Uladh (1936).

This small collection consists of letters written to Henry Morris by notable figures such as Patrick Pearse, Éamonn Ceannt, Charles McNeill, Torna, Eoin Mac Neill, Kuno Meyer, P.W. Joyce , Francis Joseph Bigger, E.J. Gwynn, Timothy Michael Healy, RAS Macalister, Úna Ní Ógáin, Eoin O'Duffy, Denis Carolan Rushe and others. Much of the correspondence relates to Conradh na Gaeilge, with which Morris was heavily involved.

Some other gems collected by Morris himself include:
  • a legal document written by Daniel O'Connell
  • a Repeal Association of Ireland Membership card
  • a signed receipt by Henry Grattan
  • letters written by Isaac Butt, Michael Davitt, William Gladstone, Cardinal Manning and Thomas Moore.

The letters were gathered in a scrapbook by Henry Morris and while a basic catalogue list of content exists the joy will be to browse the collection. Don't miss this rare opportunity!