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Launch of online access to 17th century Irish manuscripts

On 18 September Ambassador of Ireland to Belgium Helena Nolan attended the launch of online access to the Irish manuscripts of the Irish College in Leuven at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin.

A reception to mark the launch was organised by the Embassy of Belgium in Ireland and the Flanders Department of Foreign Affairs.

The 17th century handwritten manuscripts are held in the Royal Library of Belgium (Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België / Bibliothèque royale de Belgique) and the online access project is a co-operative project between the Leuven Centre for Irish Studies (KU Leuven), the Royal Library of Belgium, the Embassy of Ireland to Belgium and Irish Script on Screen (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies).

The manuscripts, which can now be viewed online, were brought to Belgium in the 17th century to St Anthony's College of the Irish Franciscans in Leuven.

The digitisation project was funded by the Embassy of Ireland to Belgium.

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