Skip to main content


Donation of the Book of Lismore to UCC

12 Nov 2020
Book of Lismore

The School of Irish Learning Irish congratulates all involved in the donation of the Book of Lismore to University College Cork, particularly our colleagues in the Library and Prof. Pádraig Ó Macháin of Roinn na Nua-Ghaeilge. The School wishes to pay special tribute to the generosity of the Duke of Devonshire, his family and the Trustees of the Chatsworth Settlement in presenting this notable volume to UCC.

The Book of Lismore (Leabhar Mhic Cárthaigh Riabhaigh) is a remarkable artefact, a late fifteenth-century Irish-language manuscript from west Cork and an important repository of Medieval and Early Modern tracts in the Gaelic language. This is not the first time that the Book of Lismore has come to University College Cork. Through the good offices of the Duke of Devonshire, the manuscript was on exhibition at the Glucksman Gallery in UCC in 2011; it is very heartening to see the permanent return of the manuscript to Cork. Further details of its contents and high-quality digital images of Leabhar Leasa Móir may be accessed at ISOS.


School of Irish Learning

Scoil Léann na Gaeilge

T12 ND89