Archive for February, 2013

Moore’s Irish Melodies

Posted on February 27, 2013 in Old Books

Prompted by a bookseller’s email, I checked to see if we had a first edition of Moore’s Irish Melodies illustrated by Daniel Maclise.  Ours is later than the beautiful 1847 edition for sale, but very ornate and interesting.
CoverThough the catalog states 1853 for our copy, a glance at other copies on the Internet Archive makes me wonder if it might be an 1858 edition — after Moore’s death.

Thomas Moore (1779-1852) published his Melodies between 1808 and 1834.

Daniel Maclise (1806-70) is well-known as the painter of ‘The Marriage of Eva and Strongbow’ which hangs in the National Gallery of Ireland.
Moore has this to say in his preface to the illustrated edition:

I shall only add, that I deem it most fortunate for this new Edition that the rich, imaginative powers of Mr. Maclise have been employed in its adornment; and that, to complete its national character, an Irish pencil has lent its aid to an irish pen in rendering due honour and homage to our country’s ancient harp.

Maclise page

Young May Moon 1Young May Moon 2

(Note: I use the Dictionary of Irish Biography to check on all biographical details.  This is available to ND students through the Library’s website.)

New Report on the Magdalen Laundries

Posted on February 6, 2013 in Reports

The following report will be linked from the Library catalog:

Report of the Inter-Departmental Committee to establish the facts of State involvement with the Magdalen Laundries.

From the introduction, by Senator Martin McAleese:

This Report has established that approximately 10,000 women are known to
have entered a Magdalen Laundry from the foundation of the State in 1922
until the closure of the last Laundry in 1996.




New Arrivals in February

Posted on February 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

Divided We Stand: The Strategy and Psychology of Ireland’s Dissident Terrorists

John Horgan. Oxford 2012 

The Correspondence of George Berkeley,  edited by Marc A. Hight.  Cambridge, 2012

Men and masculinities in Irish cinema/ Debbie Ging.  Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Welcome to the news blog for Irish Studies in the Hesburgh Library

Posted on February 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

This will be a new way to share news about the Hesburgh Library’s Irish Studies books, resources and services.