The gathering of records and their provision to the public is a service to the nation, according to the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD. The minister was commenting at the launch of the 2014 Journal of the Irish Society for Archives in the Deanery of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, yesterday evening (November 4).
This year’s volume of Irish Archives, edited by Susan Hood and Elizabeth McEvoy, is entirely devoted to the records of the Church of Ireland and Minister O’Sullivan said great credit was due to the RCB Library for gathering the records.
Referring to the journal’s cover photograph which features American First Lady, Michelle Obama and her daughters viewing the parish registers of Templeharry, County Offaly, the Minister stressed the importance of gathering records together.
“We are all aware that there are parish records. But it is important that they are gathered together and made available to the public. Looking at the cover photo, we wouldn’t have had President Obama’s visit if it hadn’t been for archives because he would have been able to trace his family,” she said. “The gathering of these records and the provision of them to people is a service to the …read more
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