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Acquisition of the Fr Bernárd Lynch Collection

Tuesday, 29 November 2022
Bernárd Lynch seated in boardroom holding papers

The National Library of Ireland is thrilled to announce the acquisition of the personal papers of the renowned HIV/AIDS activist and former priest, Fr Bernárd Lynch.

Bernárd Lynch was born in Ennis, Co Clare and was ordained to the priesthood in 1971. He dedicated his service to pastoral care and human rights advocacy in the LGBTI+ community in New York and London. He came to prominence during the HIV/AIDS epidemic, when he worked directly with the communities affected by the epidemic, and he successfully campaigned for the introduction of non-discriminatory legislation in New York City.

The Fr Bernárd Lynch Collection represents the personal and public life of the former priest. Comprising letters, postcards, newspaper clippings and legal testimonies, the archive spans more than 50 years. 

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