The Oireachtas Library & Research Service holds a collection of historical documents dating from the 16th century. In these exhibitions we highlight some of the fascinating items in our collection. Search our catalogue if you are looking for something specific, or if you would like to browse the entire collection.

In the display case

Each month, the Oireachtas Library & Research Service exhibits selected treasures from the Oireachtas collection in a display case in Leinster House. Take a look at the selection for this and previous months.

 

Ireland through the decades

Digital exhibition

Ireland through the decades

This exhibition highlights documents laid before the Oireachtas in each decade since 1920. It provides an insight into some of the significant events in Irish society over the last ninety years.

Approaches to mental health

Digital exhibition

Approaches to mental health

This exhibition traces the major shift in the provision of care for the mentally ill and destitute from the 19th century to the early years of the 20th century.

Maps

Maps combine art, history and geography but also commercial interests and can take on agendas as well. The Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the World) by Abraham Ortelius was a sublime combination of these and was the first effort to bind together maps in a universal format with descriptive text, what we now know as an atlas. The name atlas is used for a collection of maps or charts usually bound together and derives from a custom which was initiated by cartographer Gerardus Mercator in the 16th century of using the figure of Atlas, shown holding a globe, as a frontispiece for books of maps. We are fortunate in having a map of Ireland from the 1592 edition of the Theatrum in our collection but we also have some later maps of interest

Online catalogue

Search the complete collections of historical documents and Documents Laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas.

Display case, Leinster House

In the display case

The Oireachtas Library & Research Service exhibits selected treasures from the Oireachtas collection in a display case in Leinster House with a new selection each month.

This month we are showing a copy of a campaign speech delivered by Father Michael O’Flanagan at Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan on Sunday 26 May 1918. O’Flanagan was speaking in support of Arthur Griffith, the president of Sinn Féin, who was standing for election as an MP in the Cavan East by-election.