Cardinal O' Fiaich Memorial Comes Alive

1 January 1973


The 8th of May 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the death of the well loved and revered Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich. A lavish publication is to be published to celebrate the treasures held within an institution established in his honour. Following the Cardinal's death and in order to mark the contribution that he made to Irish society it was decided to create an appropriate memorial. The Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich Memorial Library & Archive (CÓFLA) was opened in 1999 in Armagh, the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland. It was agreed that this should not simply be in the form of a monument but would act as a living reflection of Tomás Ó Fiaich's life and work.

Director Roddy Hegarty says: "The Cardinal's own papers and books formed the core of a collection which has grown steadily over the years and today represents one of the finest examples of an independent library and archive in Ireland. CÓFLA houses many rare and unique treasures which are preserved alongside its growing archive and library and which together reflect the broad spectrum of religious, political, sporting and social life of Ireland and the Irish people at home and abroad over the last five hundred years."

The holdings of the library and archive reflect the principal interests of the late Primate of All Ireland and are housed in state of the art facilities open to academics, casual visitors, the general public and tourists alike.

COFLA Committee member GERRY MURPHY says: "Archives are generally the preserve of scholars and individuals seeking material worthy of inclusion in historical works or in family history records. This book: The Ó Fiaich Treasures overlaps the needs of both. The reader will discover documents and papers not previously seen or known about.Chairman of the Committee Mgr Raymond Murray elaborates: The Ó Fiaich Treasures is a veritable treasure chest, providing not only a directory to books and documents but richly illustrated with stories, letters, songs, photographs and artefacts, painting a picture of life in Ireland and the Irish in exile. One finds in it tales of the Irish involvement in conflicts in Spain, France, Italy, Mexico as well as a depiction of the horrors of the trenches of the First World War. There are even secrets to be unfolded on German spies in Ireland during the Second World War!"

COFLA is seeking support with the publication uniquely by presubion. Mgr Raymond Murray continues: "This celebratory book of the Library/Archive is beautifully illustrated with pictures of personalities, great and little, all reflecting Irish social life. We welcome the generosity of pre-subscribers, not only to subsidise publication but provide funding for the Library/Archive. All pre-subscribers will be acknowledged in the book and receive an advance deluxe hardback copy."

If you are interested in purchasing the book please click the Order Now button below or contact Joe Canning at COFLA on +44 28 3752 2981.

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