Irish Manuscripts Commission

The Irish Manuscripts Commission was established in 1928 by the newly founded Irish Free State with the intention of furthering the study of Ireland's manuscript collections and archives.[1] Its foundation was primarily motivated by the loss of many historical documents when the Irish Public Record Office was destroyed during the Battle of Dublin in the Irish Civil War,[2] and by the burning of Irish family records by the IRA at the Custom House in 1920.

The Commission catalogues and publishes editions of such documents.[1] It also publishes the journal Analecta Hibernica, which provides information on the Commission's work and editions of shorter manuscripts.[1] Since 1930 it has overseen the publication of over 140 titles.[3]

The Commission is run by a chairman and a board appointed by the Irish government.[4] The Commission's works were published by the Irish Stationery Office (now the Government Supplies Agency) until 1990. Since 1991 it has published its own works.

The Irish Manuscripts Commission is based at 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. It shares a building with the Irish Architectural Archive.

The Commission's first chairman on its foundation was Eoin MacNeill.[5] Among its first board members was Richard Irvine Best.[6] The current chair is James McGuire of University College Dublin.[7]

In 2008 the Irish Government announced its intention to amalgamate the Commission, the National Archives of Ireland and National Library of Ireland as part of a wide-ranging programme of cut-backs.[8] The announcement proved highly controversial, with Fintan O'Toole and Donnchadh Ó Corráin among the most vocal opponents of the measure.[2][9][10]

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  1. 1 2 3 "Arts and Humanities - Full record details for Irish manuscripts commission". Intute. 2003-12-12. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  2. 1 2 "Reactions to Budget 2009". Irish Times. 2008-10-20. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  3. "Publications". Irish Manuscripts Commission. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  4. Coolahan, John (1981). Irish Education: history and structure. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration. pp. 288–289. ISBN 0-906980-11-9.
  5. "Eoin MacNeill". UCD. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  6. "Dáil Éireann - Volume 26–17 October 1928 - CEISTEANNA—QUESTIONS. ORAL ANSWERS. - MANUSCRIPTS COMMISSION". Office of the Houses of the Oireachtas. 1928-10-17. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  7. "Members". The Irish Manuscripts Commission. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  8. "Festivals, jobs may go as arts funding slashed". Irish Times. 2008-10-15. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  9. "A State hell-bent on wiping its collective memory". Irish Times. 2008-11-01. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  10. "Controversy over Budget 2009". Irish Times. 2008-10-27. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
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