2022 News and Events

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Tours of the Edward Worth Library to celebrate

IFLA WLIC 2022 in Dublin


On Friday 29 July there will be tours of the Worth Library for members of IFLA WLIC 2022.

Come see our beautiful eighteenth-century library and uniquely preserved books!

For booking details see: https://2022.ifla.org/congress-outline/library-visits/#1656684038963-5d563764-b677

Please note that visitors are requested to wear masks while in the Worth Library Chamber.


Francis Bacon and the Advancement of Learning at the Edward Worth Library.


The Worth Library is holding an Open Day  to mark our newest exhibition, ‘Francis Bacon and the Advancement of Learning at the Edward Worth Library’!

This exhibition, which focuses on the works of Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626), has been curated by Ms Lucy Bornhorst, our intern from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Ms Bornhorst and Worth Library staff will giving tours on the hour between

noon and 3.00pm on Thursday 21 July 2022 .


Award of Interim Accreditation to the Edward Worth Library

in the Museum Standards Programme of Ireland


On Wednesday 13 July the Edward Worth Library was awarded interim accreditation in the Museum Standards Programme of Ireland at a ceremony in Kilkenny Castle.

Find out more here about the Edward Worth Library and the MSPI.



Book now for the Ligatus Summer School

2022 Dublin!


Apply online by clicking here.

12 – 16 September and 19 – 23 September
Dublin, Ireland

Deadline for applications: 30 June 2022
Successful applicants to be contacted by mid-August 2022

The 2022 Ligatus Summer School is co-organised with the Saint Catherine Foundation and it will take place in Dublin, Ireland, in collaboration with the Edward Worth Library with visits also to Marsh’s library and the Chester Beatty Library.


The fourth lecture in the Edward Worth Library 2022 lecture series will take place in the Worth Library at 3.00pm on Wednesday 22 June 2022.

Professor Fearghal McGarry (Queen’s University, Belfast): ‘The killing of Sir Henry Wilson: an Irish tragedy’.

Do remember that spaces in the Library are limited, so it is important to book a seat by e-mailing info@edwardworthlibrary.ie. We would appreciate it if you could e-mail us no later than noon on 22 June.


The Killing of Sir Henry Wilson: An Irish Tragedy


At 2.20 p.m. on Thursday 22 June Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson, chief security advisor to the new Northern Irish government and former Chief of the Imperial General Staff, was shot dead on the doorstep of his Belgravia home by IRA Commandant Reggie Dunne and Volunteer Joe O’Sullivan.

The first assassination of a Westminster MP since Spencer Perceval in 1812, Wilson’s murder shocked public opinion. It also hastened the onset of the Irish Civil War. This talk will explore the reasons for Wilson’s killing and the fate of his killers. Demonstrating how the different conflicts that took place during the Decade of War and Revolution were interconnected, it will reflect on the intimacy of the ties that bound Ireland to Britain, and how family experiences of the violence which led to partition and independence often differed from the political narratives about these conflicts.


About Professor Fearghal McGarry


Fearghal McGarry is Professor of Modern Irish History at Queen’s University Belfast. He has written widely on modern Ireland, particularly on political violence and radicalism in revolutionary and post-independence Ireland. He is the author of The Abbey Rebels of 1916: A Lost Revolution (2015) and editor of Ireland 1922: Independence, Partition, Civil War (2022). He recently led a major AHRC research project, A Global History of Irish Revolution, 1916-23, which investigates how the Irish struggle for independence was shaped by international influences. His next book will explore anxieties about modernity in interwar Ireland. A prominent public historian, he was a historical consultant for the BBC’s recent documentary series, The Road to Partition.



Edward Worth Library events for

Culture Date with Dublin 8


Open Day on Friday 13 May


To mark Culture Date with Dublin 8

there will be an Open Day at the Edward Worth Library on

Friday 13 May 2022

Tours will take place on the hour at 11.00am and 12.00pm; 2.00pm and 3.00pm.

To book, please e-mail info@edwardworthlibrary.ie

Come visit the beautiful Edward Worth Library and see our newest exhibition

Treasures of the Edward Worth Library’!

Follow us on Twitter: @EdwardWorthLib

A host of material about the collections, future events and all previous exhibitions is available on our website.





Our newest ‘Treasures of the Worth Library‘ exhibition was launched on

Tuesday 29 March 2022 

to mark the Renaissance Society of America conference in Dublin.

There were Open Days on Tuesday 29 March, Wednesday 30 March and Friday 1 April 2022 and tours of the exhibition and Library.



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