The libraries have been built by successive generations of Irish Redemptorists, dating from the first Redemptorist house in Limerick in the mid-19th century. Books date from the mid-1500s to the present day, and are a testament to the scholarly interests of the Congregation in Ireland. There are 4 main collections: Redemptorist Collection, Pre 1900 Collection, Irish Studies Collection and Moral Theology Collection. In addition to these specialisations, there are books on all areas of religious life including theology, spirituality, bible studies, and Christian church history, as well as general collections of literature, history, geography and social science.
The libraries are intended to offer a valuable resource for members of the Province and for those engaged in studying the Redemptorist order and related topics.
The Redemptorist libraries currently consist of 4 main locations:
Please see the online catalogue to explore the collections. Books are added to the catalogue daily. https://cssrlibrary-search.interleaf.ie/
Marianella Dublin, 1932. [Front row centre, Ukrainian Redemptorist Bishop Nicholas Charnetskyj, who was visiting Ireland for the 1932 Eucharistic Congress. Nicholas Charnetskyj was beatified by Pope John Paul II during his visit to the Ukraine in 2001].
The archives contain the records of the Redemptorists in Ireland from 1851 onwards. The archives contain papers relating to Redemptorist Province administration, individual Redemptorists, Province communities, missions and retreats, and records of the Vice-Provinces. Each community holds its own archival collection, in addition to the Province Archives.
Archival holdings include house chronicles, confraternity registers, photograph albums, tape recordings and artefacts.
LIBRARIES: A project is currently underway to create an online catalogue of Redemptorist libraries and to rationalise holdings through a systematic deselection process.
ARCHIVES: Accessioning and listing of the archives are ongoing.
Please see the Irish Redemptorist Archives Flickr account for photographs from the archives.
For project updates from both the library & archive please see the library facebook page.