About Us

The Cardinal Ó Fiaich Memorial Library & Archive (COFLA).

COFLA is a unique cultural and historical resource located in the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland, Armagh. The Library is a free, independent public reference library, which holds important collections relating to Irish history, the Irish language, ecclesiastical history, the Irish abroad, and Irish sport.

The Library was officially opened in May 1999, after a 7 year fund raising effort and with the assistance of a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The books and papers of the late Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich (1923-1990) form the nucleus of the Library and Archive collections. These have, however, been augmented with other collections which compliment and support the principal areas of interest of the Cardinal as outlined above.