About Library Ireland

The LibraryIreland.com project was commenced in February 2005 with the aim of providing free information on all aspects of Ireland — antiquities, biography, folklore, genealogy, history, names, social history, and much more besides.

The wealth of Irish texts is constantly growing, so a sitemap has been added to aid navigation, although this is restricted through necessity to the main architecture of the site, and it is therefore worth making use of the search facility to find what lies buried deep in the heart of Library Ireland.

It is hoped that the material provided online will stimulate further interest and research, and consequently help in the preservation of the country's rich historical heritage.

It is also intended that the site will inspire a revival of interest in collecting old books on Ireland, a gentle pastime that seems to have greatly diminished recently. We need a fresh awareness of the delight of owning the actual book, an appreciation that it is more than its contents. Indeed, it can be an art form in itself. In the surroundings within which we move every day, few things are more pleasant to encounter than a bookcase of attractive bindings to catch the eye and fill us with a sense of history and provide a link with the past.

We can be contacted at info[at]libraryireland.com, but please be aware that because of time and resource constraints we are unable to answer genealogical and other enquiries which involve any degree of research. If you make an enquiry and do not receive a response then please accept our apologies, but it will be because we cannot provide an adequate or easy answer.

Finally, please enjoy browsing Library Ireland, and don't forget to visit us again.

Farewell, Yer Honour!

FEATURED BOOK

Annals of the Irish HarpersAnnals of the Irish Harpers

Charlotte Milligan Fox, sister of the poet Alice Milligan, was a founding member of the Irish Folk Song Society and an indefatigable field collector of Irish traditional music. Her singularly important work on Irish haprers is here presented for the twenty-first century reader. This edition of Annals offers a much greater number of illustrations than were included in the original 1911 publication, a full biographical introduction, an extensive bibliography of the writings of Milligan Fox and an appendix discussing the variant texts of Arthur O’Neills Memoirs.

FEATURED eBOOKS

Annals of the Famine in Ireland

Annals of the Famine in Ireland

Annals of the Famine in Ireland, by Asenath Nicholson, still has the power to shock and sadden even though the events described are ever-receding further into the past. When you read, for example, of the poor widowed mother who was caught trying to salvage a few potatoes from her landlord's field, and what the magistrate discovered in the pot in her cabin, you cannot help but be appalled and distressed.

The ebook is available for download in .mobi (Kindle), .epub (iBooks, etc.) and .pdf formats. For further information on the book and author see details ».

Ireland's Welcome to the Stranger

Ireland's Welcome to the Stranger

This book, the prequel to Annals of the Famine in Ireland cannot be recommended highly enough to those interested in Irish social history. The author, Mrs Asenath Nicholson, travelled from her native America to assess the condition of the poor in Ireland during the mid 1840s. Refusing the luxury of hotels and first class travel, she stayed at a variety of lodging-houses, and even in the crude cabins of the very poorest. Not to be missed!

The ebook is available for download in .mobi (Kindle), .epub (iBooks, etc.) and .pdf formats. For further information on the book and author see details ».

The Scotch-Irish in America

The Scotch-Irish in America

Henry Ford Jones' book, first published in 1915 by Princeton University, is a classic in its field. It covers the history of the Scotch-Irish from the first settlement in Ulster to the American Revolutionary period and the foundation of the country.

The ebook is available for download in .mobi (Kindle), .epub (iBooks, etc.) and .pdf formats. For further information on the book and author see details ».

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