The Delany Archive – Carlow, Ireland

The Delany Archive cares for four main archival collections:
• The Roman Catholic Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin – The collection includes Papers of the Bishops of the Diocese, 1726-1967. Includes correspondence; financial records; sermons; information regarding schools in connection with an 1824 commission of inquiry into the state of Irish education. The diocese covers most of  Carlow and Kildare plus parts of Offaly, Laois, Kilkenny, Wexford and Wicklow.
• Brigidine Sisters – The collection dates from c1807 and relates to the works of the Brigidine Sisters in Ireland, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Mexico and Papua New Guinea. Holdings include writings of Bishop Daniel Delany; correspondence; financial records; community annals (i.e. diaries of significant events); photographs; information regarding members of the congregation; and information relating to schools and other works undertaken by the Sisters.
• Patrician Brothers – The collection dates from c1808 includes details of communities in Ireland, India, Australia, USA, Papua New Guinea and Kenya. Also, correspondence; photographs; community annals; financial records; and material relating to schools and other works undertaken by the Brothers.
• Carlow College – Founded in 1782, Carlow College educated priests for more than 200 years. The collection from 1783 and includes details of ecclesiastical students and staff; financial records; management and administration documentation; photographs; architectural drawings; and College publications. This collection also includes records relating to Carlow Lay College and Knockbeg College.
There is an online exhibition featuring documents and photos from the collections. There is also a link to a photo collection on Flickr.

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