Identity Statement for John O’Donovan

  • Reference code: IE UCDAD LA62
  • Title: Papers of John O’Donovan (1809–61)
  • Dates: 1837–48
  • Level of description: Item
  • Extent: 5 items
  • Context
  • Content and Structure
  • Conditions of Access and Use

Biographical History

Born in County Kilkenny and educated in Dublin, O’Donovan worked with Eugene O'Curry for the Ordnance Survey and went on to found the Irish Archaeological Society with O’Curry in 1841. He was appointed Professor of Celtic Studies in the Queen’s College, Belfast, in 1852. Profoundly erudite and prolific in publication, his contribution to Irish scholarship was immense.


Scope and Content

Five letters concerning the work of John O’Donovan. Includes two letters from James Henthorne Todd to O’Donovan concerning his research on annals in the British Museum, and sources generally; copy letter from O’Donovan to Todd; and two letters concerning O’Donovan’s publications.


  • Access: Available by appointment to holders of a UCD Archives reader's ticket. Produced for consultation in original format. Original material will be retrieved at 11am and 2pm only.
  • Language: English