National Library of Ireland and Little Museum of Dublin Acquire Christy Brown Archive

The 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.

Commenting 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archive includes very significant correspondence and writings, as well as previously unseen sketches, paintings and unpublished poems.”

Ms. 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.

Trevor 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 Dublin.”

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