Over 2019 there will be a display in the Rare Books Reading Room in Special Collections which will change on a regular basis. This online guide will complement the physical display and will be updated as the display changes.
The purpose of the display is to showcase the range that may be in any one collection as well as to demonstrate how collections in UCC Library's Special Collections interconnect.
Noel O'Connell (1929-1991) attended UCC graduating with an engineering degree in 1949. He lectured for a year and then moved to London where he established a successful consultancy. Later he would assist in developing a course in Irish Studies at Kilburn Polytechnic. In his spare time he was involved in and contributed hugely to several London-based Irish societies, including the Irish Texts Society, of which he was Honorary Secretary at the time of his premature death, and the Irish Literary Society, of which he was President for many years. This is reflected in his collection of books, which is particularly representative of the Irish and Anglo-Irish literary revivals.Noel O'Connell was Honorary Treasurer/Cisteoir Oinigh of the Irish Text Society 1962- 67 and its Honorary Secretary/Runai Oinigh 1967-91.
The Irish Literary Society was established in London in 1892. Among its founders were WB Yeats, Douglas Hyde. TW Rolleston, Francis Fahy and other leaders of the Irish Literary Revival. The object of the Society was to promote the appreciation of Irish literature and culture and to provide a forum for intellectual and social activities in connection with these interest. The Irish Literary Society Library was built from the end of the 19th century and through the beginning of the 20th century.
At the same time Noel O'Connell's family donated his library to UCC Library, the Executive Committee of the Irish Literary Society of which Noel was President, also decided to donate its library to the University.
Update 26 April: From Monday 10th May 2021 Special Collections and Archives will open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays (excluding public holidays), from 10am-12:30pm, strictly by appointment. The appointment form is now open.
Update: 28 January 2021: From Monday 1 February we are offering the following as alternate means of access to Special Collections & Archives:
Every effort will be made to fulfil scan & deliver / reprographic types of requests, but this may not always be possible due to availability, copyright restrictions, size and condition of materials.
Previous appointment services in Special Collections and Archives are unavailable during Level 5.
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