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The first published version of poems included in The Great Book of Ireland or ephemera associated with the manuscript.

About the Collection

The collection was formed in the wake of the acquisition of the Great Book of Ireland by UCC in 2012. The collection encompasses publications which have articles on the Great Book of Ireland, as well as the first printing of poems included in the Great Book of Ireland. The Great Book of Ireland is a single volume vellum manuscript, created in Dublin from 1989-1991 with original work of 121 artists, 143 poets, 9 composers.

The collection prefix before the call number is: GBoI

The collection is open.

Collection Highlights

Front cover to 'Anthology'

Anthology: a collection of beautiful experiences. Summer 2021.

Contains article on 'The Great Book of Ireland.'

Front cover to 'In the land of punt'

Durcan, Paul. In the land of punt. Illustrations by Gene Lambert. Dublin, Ireland: Clashganna Mills Press, 1988.

Front cover to 'In the New Hampshire woods'

Agee, Chris. In the New Hampshire woods. Dublin: Dedalus, [1992].

Contains Agee's contribution to The Great Book of Ireland.

Front cover to 'Irish poetry now: other voices'

Fitzmaurice, Gabriel, ed. Irish poetry now: other voices. Dublin: Wolfhound Press, 1993.

More Information

The Great Book of Ireland is U.385.

View images from the manuscript volume on Twitter: @GreatBookUCC.

Opening Hours

2023: 11 September - 21 December

  • All rooms: Monday-Friday 11:00-16:30.
  • Microform & Reference Reading Room: Wednesday: 11:00-19:15.

Closed: Monday 30 October.


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