Enquiries to: Diocesan Archivist
Access: 9:30-13:00, 14:00-16:45, Mon.-Fri., by appointment only
The archives contain the papers of the Archbishops of Dublin from the late 18th century to the present day. Researchers should be aware the collections are only open up to 1972. The material mainly relates to the administration of the Archdiocese of Dublin including material on areas such as parish development, education, hospitals, government, social issues, foreign dioceses, religious orders, and much more.
Principal Collections include:
• Papers of Archbishop John Troy 1786-1823 (supervised the foundation of St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth & laid the foundation stone of the Pro Cathedral)
• Papers of Archbishop Daniel Murray 1823-1852 (introduced many new religious orders and had a particular interest in education. He was also Archbishop at the time of the Great Famine.)
• Papers of Cardinal Paul Cullen 1852-1878 (Ireland’s first Cardinal; founder of the Catholic University of Ireland; founded Holy Cross College, Clonliffe, the Dublin Diocesan Seminary; involved in the affairs of English speaking colonies; anti-Fenianism.)
• Papers of Cardinal Edward McCabe 1878-1885 (Hostile to the land agitation movement & any other popular movement.)
• Papers of Archbishop William Walsh 1885-1921 (A committed Nationalist; oversaw building of numerous churches & schools; first Chancellor of the National University of Ireland; advocate of Home Rule & agrarian reform; supported the ‘Plan of Campaign’; helped expose Richard Pigott as a forger during the ‘Time Commission’; was a supporter of Charles Stewart Parnell until the divorce controversy; 1917 supported Sinn Fein.)
• Papers of Archbishop Edward Byrne 1921-1940 (Promoted peace & reconciliation at a time of great strife; was instrumental in the success of both the Centenary of Catholic Emancipation 1929 & the 1932 Eucharistic Congress.)
• Papers of Archbishop John Charles McQuaid 1940-1972 (Oversaw the development of over 60 new parishes, 80 new churches & 250 primary schools; established the Catholic Social Service Conference & Catholic Social Welfare Bureau; he was influential in all areas of social & political life & his role in the writing of the Irish Constitution & the Mother & Child scheme have been well documented; he helped resolve many industrial disputes, most notably the Teacher’s Strike 1946; he attended Vatican II but was slow to implement its changes; very involved in the establishment of lay organisations, censorship & youth affairs.)
• Papers of Fr. Francis Gleeson, Chaplin Royal Munster Fusiliers, 1914-1918
• Papers of Mgr. Bartholomew Woodlock, Rector of the Catholic University of Ireland 1861-1879
• Surviving papers of the Catholic Association, New Catholic Association and Loyal National Repeal Association.
• Parish registers for St. Catherine’s, Meath Street; St. Audoen’s, High Street; and SS. Michael & John’s up to c.1900 only