Micheline Kerney Walsh (1919-1997)

Biography/History

Dr. Micheline Kerney Walsh (1919-1997) was involved in the work of the Overseas Archive from the days of its foundation in 1954, first as Assistant, and later as Deputy Director to Prof. Patrick McBride. Dr. Kerney Walsh, the daughter of Leopold Kerney, Irish consul in France, and later Ireland's first ambassador to the court of Spain, was an acknowledged expert on Hispano-Irish relations. Dr. Kerney Walsh spent over 40 years copying and transcribing materials of Irish interest from archives throughout France and Spain. She published widely in many historical journals including Seanchas Ard Mhacha, The Irish Sword, Reportum Novum and the County Louth Archaeological and Historical Journal. Her major publications were "Spanish Knights of Irish Origin" Vols I-IV (Dublin, 1960 -1978), and "Destruction by peace - Hugh O'Neill after Kinsale" (Armagh, 1986), both of which were based on new materials she had unearthed in Spanish Archives. Dr. Kerney Walsh was Vice-President of the Military History Society of Ireland and a Trustee of the Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich Library and Archive until her death in 1997.