Fonds CIR - Catholic Workers College, College of Industrial Relations and National College of Ireland

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Catholic Workers College, College of Industrial Relations and National College of Ireland


  • 1940-2021 (Creation)

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220 items

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The Irish Province of the Society of Jesus is the local branch of the Society of Jesus, one of the largest religious orders in the Catholic Church, was formed in 1860, having been a Vice-Province from 1830. When Fr Peter Kenney SJ, led the Jesuits back to Ireland in 1814 after the Suppression of the Society (1773-1814) his first action was to open a new school at Clongowes Wood College. In the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century the Order was associated with training Catholics to take on a leadership role in the emerging independent Ireland.

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Catholic Workers College, 1951-1966;
College of Industrial Relations, 1966-1983;
National College of Industrial Relations, 1983-2000;
National College of Ireland, 2000-

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All items retained permanently.


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The Irish Jesuit Archives are open only to bona fide researchers. Access by advance appointment. Further details:

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No material may be reproduced without the written permission of the Archivist. Copyright restrictions apply. Photocopying is not available. Digital photography is at the discretion of the Archivist.

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Morrissey, Thomas. “From Catholics Workers’ College to National College of Ireland 1951-1998.” Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review, vol. 87, no. 347, Irish Province of the Society of Jesus, 1998, pp. 291–96,


Duncan, Mark, Eoin Kinsella, and Paul Rouse. 'National College of Ireland: Past, Present and Future'. Dublin: Liffey Press, 2007.


Seery, Aidan, and S. J. Liam McKenna. “The Catholic Workers’ College Dublin a Personal History.” Saothar, vol. 39, Irish Labour History Society, 2014, pp. 45–53,


Limond, David. “The Jesuits, Mary, and Joseph: The Catholic Workers’ College, Dublin, 1951–66.” Catholic Historical Review, vol. 102, no. 2, 2016, pp. 318–39, doi:10.1353/cat.2016.0109.

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2000, 2005, 2009, 2021.




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