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Ferns Archives open to the Public 13/09/15

| September 13, 2015

The Diocese of Ferns History and Archives Commission located at St Peter’s College, will open up its historical archives to the public at a launch in the College on Tuesday, 15 September at 7:30pm by Minister for Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin   This is the first time the historical archives will be available to researchers, historians and individuals who are interested in County Wexford church history.

The archive, which is held in the  renovated Diocesan History and Archive Commission facility on the campus of St. Peter’s College, Wexford, has among its collection a book printed in 1547 and also contains thousands of important collections of papers, incunabula and artefacts, including:

  • The Hore Manuscripts
  • Papal Bulls of Episcopal appointments (parchment with Papal Seals)
  • Documents relating to all post-Reformation Bishops
  • Documents and letters relating to all foundations in the Diocese of Ferns
  • The Grattan-Flood, Kehoe and O’Donovan collections
  • Various photographs, vestments, bibles, parish histories and assorted books

The Committee comprised of Diocesan Clergy, Archivists and Historians have been working on the project for a number of years.

Commenting on the historical archive, Fr Aidan Jones, Chairman of the History and Archives Commission stated “ that the many of the  of the Manuscripts are irreplaceable  and the archives is an unique repository as thousands of records relating to County Wexford copied by Herbert and Philip Hore were destroyed in the Four Courts Fire during the Civil War will be made available to view”.

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