Diamonds in the Rough : The Swayne Bequest and the Dublin Imprints
Monsignor Seán Swayne, chairman of the Irish Episcopal Commission for the Liturgy and parish priest of Graiguenamagh, Co. Kilkenny, died in May 1996. His bequest to the library of Maynooth College included 100 books printed before 1850. The collection is primarily devotional and liturgical, with many of the books showing evidence of usage and regular handling. A number of the books belonged previously to Mgr. Swayne’s uncle, Peadar MacSuibhne. Nearly half of the books (47) were printed in Ireland, making this an important collection in terms of Irish print history. This digital exhibition explores some of the ‘diamonds in the rough’ – the highlights of the remarkable Irish imprints which are housed in the Russell Library, bringing them to life in a digital world.
For more information on the Swayne Collection, please see our Library Treasures Blog ‘Mgr. Seán Swayne’s Bequest’
African Women Writers - Celebrating World Book Day at Maynooth University Library
To mark World Book Day 2021, Maynooth University Library is pleased to bring you this virtual exhibition of African Women Writers. These titles are part of our growing collection of writings by novelists from the Global South. They represent 13 countries and a wide variety of themes including emigration, education, marriage, family, the position of women in society, social justice and political upheaval.
On the 16th of November 2011 Sister Majella McCarron (OLA) donated the death-row correspondence she received from Nigerian writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, to Maynooth University. There were 28 letters, 27 of which were written by Saro-Wiwa while in military detention, and smuggled out in breadbaskets. The donation also included video recordings, photographs, a MOSOP (Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People) flag and t-shirt, a cap that had belonged to Saro-Wiwa, and newspaper cuttings and other ephemera. Saro-Wiwa and eight others (The Ogoni Nine) were executed on the 16th of November 1994, for protesting against the environmental destruction of their homeland by the international petrochemical industry.
Join us for a virtual tour of the Home and Husbandry exhibition as part of Culture Night 2022. The theme of the exhibition is ‘about engaging with heritage to create a more resilient world, enhancing sustainability and biodiversity.’ In response to this theme, we have drawn from our extensive print collections in a specially curated exhibition.
Items selected from the historic collections of the Russell Library, St. Canice’s Cathedral Collection, and the Special Collections in the John Paul II Library, celebrate practices of the farm and home.
Material on display relates to horticulture, agriculture, beekeeping, equine husbandry, fruticulture, needlework and cookery. Some of the most significant and celebrated books of their subject are present, including Silva (1729), John Evelyn’s seminal book on forestry and Charles Butler’s Monarchia Feminina (1673) which influenced beekeepers for centuries.