Caring For Our Book Collection

Temporary display in the newly installed bookcase

We are pleased to announce that the Heritage Council has awarded a grant to the Thomas MacDonagh Museum supporting the care and display of the museum’s book collection. The museum holds a number of rare books, many donated by the MacDonagh family, along with others received from kind benefactors. Part of this collection can be seen in the permanent exhibition.

We now have a purpose-built bookcase containing a collection of books related to the Irish revival and political and social developments of the early twentieth century, many of special interest to Tipperary. This Book Collection will be available as a resource for student research. We extend our gratitude for the welcome support in the task of compiling a catalogue which will be available online.

We are indebted to all those who have donated books, since the museum opened in 2013, supporting our objective to be ‘a resource for education, research and enjoyment’. MacDonagh lived in the time of a cultural revival of Irish art, music, drama, poetry, literature and the Irish language; a movement that inspired the leaders of the 1916 Rising. Aspects of this period and of the emerging nation are reflected in the Book Collection. We are grateful for the support of the Heritage Council in assisting this project and in progressing the development of the Thomas MacDonagh Museum in Cloughjordan.

Tá bainistíocht Áras Mhic Dhonnchada buíoch don Chomhairle Oidhreachta as an tachaíocht atá curtha ar fáil chun Bailiúchán na Leabhar a fhorbairt. Faoi láthair tá obair idir láimhe againn chun eolas faoi na leabhair a úllmhú don idirlíon.

Staff member, Karen Deane, preparing books for display

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