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Fenning Collection

Ms Marie Jennings, a professional librarian, is currently creating an electronic catalogue of the private library of the late Fr Hugh Fenning, O.P., S.T.M. The collection is located at St Mary’s Priory, Tallaght, and contains approximately forty-eight shelves of printed books and pamphlets on Irish Dominican history, Irish Church history, and Irish local and general history, with annotations. It also contains bound volumes of offprints, photocopies of articles, and a number of journals. The items will be catalogued to international standards and classified using the Dewey Decimal System. The catalogue will be searchable by author, keyword, and subject, and provenance information will also be noted. Extra subject headings or tags will be added where there is relevance to the Dominican Order. The photographs are intended to provide an indication of the progress of the project since it began on 10 January with funding approved by the provincial and his council.

The history of the Irish Dominicans at home and abroad was the focus of Fr Fenning’s research and publication for more than fifty years, affording him the subject for his doctoral thesis and for his tome on the eighteenth-century history of the province. He was also the author of a fine collection of scholarly yet popular historical accounts of various foundation of the Dominican Order in Ireland and of the obituaries of his brethren.

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