Shakespeare’s Fourth Folio, from the Jesuit collection known as “the O’Brien Library”, which will go under the hammer in a major auction at Sotheby’s next June. Photograph from Sotheby’s

The Jesuit Order in Ireland is to dispose of its internationally important collection of rare books and mediaeval manuscripts valued at more than €2 m(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the National Gallery of Ireland: “We can make Ireland the first country in the world to guarantee access for every child to tuition and participation in art, music, drama and coding.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There was a broad welcome across the arts and culture sectors for the Government’s new five-year plan, Creative Ireland, which was launched by the Tao(...)

Brewster Kahle, founder and digital librarian of the San Francisco-based nonprofit Internet Archive, sitting with sculptures of “clay librarians”.  Photograph: Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times via Getty

Not all human life is yet online, but we’re getting there. The ever-ballooning web, currently estimated at five billion indexed webpages alone, is a v(...)

Wrong location for   archive? The Mary Robinson Centre in Ballina, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

On this day 40 years ago, a major Irish political drama reached a conclusion when the fifth president of Ireland, Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh, resigned from o(...)

Director of the National Library of Ireland Sandra Collins: “With physical artefacts, it invokes the physical, emotional and spiritual in a way that digital can never do.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The National Library of Ireland will today launch its new five-year strategy at its imposing premises next door to Leinster House on Kildare Street. (...)

The Reading Room of the National Library of Ireland, whose printed material encompasses about one million books, hundreds of newspapers, thousands of periodicals and more than 150,000 maps, as well as official publications and printed music scores

With about 10 million objects from nearly 1,000 years of Irish history, archiving the internet isn’t the first thing that jumps to mind about the Nat(...)

The Fatted Calf in Glasson, Co Westmeath. The thick old stone walls have been replaced by shiny walls of plate glass and orange leather chairs

T here’s an eerily life-like rubber earthworm on my desk. It’s a souvenir from Athlone where the joke shop haul also included a handshake buzzer whic(...)

WB Yeats’s Nobel Prize in Literature medal has been donated to the National Library of Ireland. File photograph: Getty Images

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) has officially received the medal awarded to WB Yeats in 1923 for winning the Nobel Prize in Literature. The m(...)

Roger Casement: Listed “GBP 50 in gold and silver; 1 pair binoculars; and 1 lamp”

A Treasure Island-style map drawn by Sir Roger Casement to show where he had buried gold and other valuables after landing at Banna Strand in Co Kerry(...)

Eamonn de Burca: ‘As a general rule of thumb, with really rare books one can expect to double one’s money in 10 years’

Éamonn de Búrca runs De Búrca Rare Books, along with his son William, in Blackrock, Co Dublin. He buys and sells old and rare books, manuscripts and (...)

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