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Friends of the Library Lecture: Monsignor O’Carroll on ‘The Irish College in Rome and its Library’

The Friends of the Library – Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce their next lecture from the autumn programme. Admission is €5 (Members & Concessions €2.50). All welcome! Enquiries to 01 8961544 or

Monsignor Ciarán O’Carroll, Rector of the Pontifical Irish College, Rome on The Irish College in Rome and its Library.

19:30, Thursday 20 October 2016
Thomas Davis Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Monsignor O’Carroll was appointed Rector of the Pontifical Irish College in Rome in 2011, previously serving as the Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation in the Archdiocese of Dublin and Administrator of the Catholic University Church on St Stephen’s Green. He served as secretary to the Council of Priests, Chair of the Dublin Diocesan Trócaire Working Group, and was a member both of the Diocesan Council and the board of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress held in Dublin in 2012.

The Irish College in Rome was founded on 1st January 1628 by the Irish Franciscan, Fr Luke Wadding O.F.M. and the Italian Cardinal, Ludivico Ludovisi, a nephew of Pope Gregory XV. In 1642 the College received the first of a series of donations of books which form the nucleus of the present collection of antique books. Today the College library contains over 15,000 volumes. These include approximately 300 sixteenth century books and over 700 publications from the17th and 18th centuries. The Irish Room contains the most extensive collection of works on Irish history available in Rome.