Fonds ICOL - Irish Jesuit Colleges in Europe

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Irish Jesuit Colleges in Europe


  • 1590-2009 (Creation)

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The Irish Colleges were established chronologically as follows: Lisbon 1590, Salamanca 1592, Santiago de Compostela 1605, Seville 1608 or 1612, Rome 1628 and Poitiers 1674. Irish Jesuits were involved in the establishment or running of the colleges at Lisbon, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela and Seville. The colleges were established with the aim of educating and training students for the priesthood and acted as service and social centres for Irish religious communities all over Europe. Fr Thomas White SJ (1558-1622) founded Salamanca. For diplomatic reasons the title of Rector was held by a Spanish Jesuit successively at Santiago (1612) and Seville (1619). Fr John Howling SJ (1543-1599) founded Lisbon.

The material comprises of notes on the Irish Colleges at Lisbon, Poitiers, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, Seville and Rome by Frs Edmund Hogan (1831-1917), John MacErlean (1870-1950) and Fergal McGrath (1895-1988). Includes lists of rectors and students of the Colleges.

Two bound volumes relating to the Irish College, Lisbon concern the foundation of the college, accounts, custom book and statutes. Analysis of the documents relating to the Irish College, Lisbon by Fr Francis Finegan SJ (1909-2011).

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

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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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The MacErlean Transcripts

The Salamanca Archives at NUI Maynooth. Archives Catalogue

ARSI (Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu)

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Finegan, Fr. Francis SJ. ‘A Biographical Dictionary of Irish Jesuits in the time of the Society’s Third Irish Mission ’. Unpublished, (c.1970s), 221pp.

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Foley, Br. Henry SJ. ‘Records of the English Province of the Society of Jesus (1893).

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Hogan, Fr. Edmund SJ. ‘Irish colleges since the reformation’, Irish Ecclesiastical Record, IX, 1-5 (1873).

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Hogan, Fr. Edmund SJ. ‘Distinguished Irishmen of the sixteenth century’, (1894).

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McRedmond, Louis. ‘To the Greater Glory: A history of the Irish Jesuits’. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 1991.

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O’Donoghue, Fergus. ‘The Jesuit Mission in Ireland, 1598-1651’. Ph.D. thesis, Catholic University of America, 1981.

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McDonald, William. 'Irish Ecclesiastical Colleges since the Reformation', Irish Ecclesiastical Record (1873-74).

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