National Library of Ireland and Little Museum of Dublin Acquire Christy Brown Archive
National Library of Ireland (NLI) has today
(19.03.14) acquired an archive of material relating to the work of the Irish
writer and painter Christy Brown. The
Library purchased the archive jointly with the Little
Museum of Dublin. The acquisition was made possible through
financial support provided by an Irish company, Direct Medical.
today, Catherine Fahy, Acting Director of the NLI, said: “We are thrilled that
this acquisition was made possible through collaboration with the Little Museum
of Dublin and the generosity of Direct Medical.
Christy Brown was one of the most extraordinary creative forces to emerge
in Ireland during the 20th Century.
This archive includes very significant correspondence and writings, as
well as previously unseen sketches, paintings and unpublished poems.”
Fahy said the National Library of Ireland would preserve and store the archive,
and that elements of it would be incorporated into exhibitions at the Little
Museum of Dublin.
White, Director of the Little Museum of Dublin, said: “We are very excited
about this partnership with the National Library of Ireland, and very grateful
to the Library and to the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for
recognising the importance of bringing this remarkable collection back home to