The McCready Collection, received in 1982, added many new and important volumes to a varied and extensive collection of books signed by their authors. The significance of this collection cannot be over-stressed, representing as it does a vital link between the function of the Library and its effectiveness in the field of literary endeavour. One of the most important autographed works in the Library is the 1796 edition of Bunting's "Ancient Irish music". Its special significance being due to the fact that it is an eloquent testimony of vision, foresight and solid achievement of the founders of the Society and Library. Without Dr James McDonnell's driving force, the work of collecting the airs would not have been undertaken; and without the financial backing of the Society, they would never have been published. In this collection there are some rare and unusual items, none, perhaps, more unusual than a copy of Richard Hayward's "This is Ireland: Ulster and the city of Belfast", published in London in 1950 and dedicated by the author to the American singer and composer Burl Ives. Noted writers of the nineteenth century are represented by T. Crofton Croker, Vere Foster, James Sheridan Knowles, Alice Milligan and R. M .Young. Contemporary writers who have donated signed copies of their works to the library include Seamus Heaney, Paul Durcan, John Hewitt, James Simmons, James Galway, Liz Curtis, Andrew Boyd, Gerry Adams, Ian Paisley, Charles Brett, Padraic Fiacc and Val Mulkerns.
This collection represents a vital link between the function of the Library and its effectiveness in the field of literary endeavour. In many cases the authors are past and present members of the Library..
Approximately 500 volumes
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