MS A 21: the diary of Tadhg Ó Cianáin
Tadhg Ó Cianáin, historian to Hugh O’Neill, maintained a unique diary of the journey of the Earls of Tyrone and Tyrconnell as they and their retinue travelled from Donegal to Rome from September 1607 to November 1608. Probably written in Rome, this manuscript is an invaluable account of the earls’ voyage and a remarkable insight into the political, religious and cultural milieu of early modern Ireland and Europe. It was subsequently removed to Louvain by John McColgan. It was returned to St Isidore’s in 1793 and from there to Dublin in 1872.