Date: Friday 18 October 2019

Venue: Armagh Robinson Library, 43 Abbey Street, Armagh, BT61 7DY


09:30 – 10:00 Registration


10:00 – 10:30 Welcome and Introduction to Armagh Robinson Library

Dr Robert Whan (Director, Armagh Robinson Library)


10:30 – 11:00 Benburb Priory Library

Ursula Monaghan (Librarian, Benburb Priory) and Martin Fox (Benburb Library Volunteer)


11:00 – 11:15 Refreshments break


11:15 – 11:45 Derry and Raphoe Library

Niall Burns (Head of Special Collections, Ulster University)


11:45 – 12:15 St Canice’s Cathedral Library

Barbara McCormack (Special Collections Librarian, National University of Ireland, Maynooth)


12:15 – 12:45 St Fin Barre’s Cathedral Library

Elaine Harrington (Special Collections Librarian, University College, Cork)


12:45 – 13:30 Lunch


13:30 – 14:00 The Bolton Library

Ken Bergin (Head of Special Collections and Archives, University of Limerick)


14:00 – 14:30 The Christ Church Cathedral Collection: A library by the people, for the people of Waterford

Kieran Cronin (Deputy Librarian, Waterford Institute of Technology)


14:30 – 15:00 Antrim Presbytery Library

Dr Robert Whan (Visiting Research Fellow, Queen’s University, Belfast)


15:00 – 15:15 Refreshments break


15:15 – 15:45 The Gamble Library

Joy Conkey (Acting Librarian, Union Theological College, Belfast and CILIP Ireland Secretary)


15:45 – 16:15 ‘From the Slate nunnery to Taylor’s Hill’: the development of the Galway Dominican Convent Library, 1686-2016

Marie Boran (Special Collections Librarian, National University of Ireland, Galway)


16:15 – 16:45 The Cardinal Ó Fiaich Library, an Irish Catholic Diocesan Library?

Roddy Hegarty (Director, The Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich Memorial Library and Archive, Armagh)


16:45 – 17:00 Closing Remarks



The Conference is Free to Attend (or £10 to have Lunch provided).

To reserve a place please email:

director@armaghrobinsonlibrary.co.uk or call 028 3752 3142