Even if the Four Courts had not burned in 1922 it is likely that there would have been an Irish Manuscripts Commission. This lecture will look at the cultural nationalism that inspired the Commission’s foundation and the desire of Eoin MacNeill to give Irish people the best possible access to their own past. It will also show how, over nine decades, the IMC has worked to present every aspect of human life – cultural, economic, social, political, religious – on this island to all those interested in Ireland and its many histories.

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