The Catholic Historical Society of Ireland & the Association for Church Archives of Ireland present

‘Open’ and ‘Closed’ Church archives in Ireland: a seminar bringing archivists and researchers together to discuss issues relating to the use of Church archives in Ireland.

Date: Saturday, 19 October 2019

Venue: Academy Room, Holy Cross College, Clonliffe, Drumcondra, Dublin 3.

Registration fee (including light lunch): €10 (cash, payable on the day)

Advanced registration and inquiries to



9.30am            Registration

10am               Introduction (Prof. Marian Lyons, MU & Catholic Historical Society of Ireland)

                       An introduction to the Goldenbridge Project, 1855-1916

                        Sr Thomasina Finn (Sisters of Mercy) & Dr Cormac Begadon (Mercy Goldenbridge Project)

                        Chair: Fr John M. Cunningham, O.P., Association for Church Archives of Ireland)


10.45am          Coffee

11am               A sort of state within a state?: reflections on why Church archives matter

                        Dr Daithí Ó Corrain (DCU, St Patrick’s)       

                       Following the money to find the people: researching the finances of the Irish Catholic Church

                        Dr Sarah Roddy (University of Manchester)

                      The animated archive – when museums and archives work together

                       Dr Danielle O’Donovan (Nano Nagle place, Cork)

                       Chair: Dr Brian Casey (Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes)

1.15pm          Reflection on issues regarding ‘Open’ and ‘Closed’ archives

                       Noelle Dowling (Dublin Diocesan Archives)

1.30pm          Concluding remarks by Prof. John McCafferty (UCD & Catholic Historical Society of Ireland), followed by lunch.