The Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich Memorial Library and Archive is a unique cultural and historical resource located in the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland, Armagh. The Library is a free, independent public reference library, which houses important collections relating to Irish history, the Irish language, ecclesiastical history, the Irish abroad and Irish sport. The Cardinal Ó Fiaich Library houses a Print Collection, which includes 20,000 books, over 450 periodical titles, religious pamphlets, materials relating to civil rights and justice issues, and a collection of supplemetary materials of interest to those engaged in genealogical research. In addition to the Print Collection, other library and archive collections include the Archive of the Archdiocese of Armagh (1787-1963), the Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich Private Papers and the Micheline Kerney Walsh Overseas Archive Collection. It is the objective of the Library and Archive to develop and promote the specialist cultural and academic interests favoured by the late Cardinal Ó Fiaich. To that end, the Ó Fiaich Library and Archive concentrates on collecting materials relating to the Irish language, Irish literature, Irish history (with a particular emphasis on local and ecclesiastical history), Irish diaspora (particularly Europe and North America), and Irish games.
The Cardinal Tomas O' Fiaich Memorial Library and Archive is a unique cultural and historical resource.
20,000 books, 450 periodical titles and approx. 250,000 archive documents.
The Print Collection catalogue is available in branch libraries throughout the SELB, WELB and SEELB areas. A calendar exists for the Archive of the Archdiocese of Armagh, and the Micheline Kerney Walsh Overseas Archive is accessible by staff via a card catalogue.