The UCD Newman Centre is named for theologian, philosopher, poet, and scholar Dr. John Henry Newman (1801-1890). Newman was founder (in 1854) and first Rector of the Catholic University of Ireland, predecessor institution to University College Dublin. Newman is perhaps best known for his conversion from Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism in 1845, as well as his volume of lectures The Idea of a University (1852). A key goal of the UCD Newman Centre is to continue to promote the legacy of Newman and support research on all aspects of his work -- his Dublin writings (1851-1858) in particular.
Newman House and MoLI
The UCD Newman Centre is based in the UCD School of Philosophy (UCD Belfield Campus) and in Newman House, 85 & 86 St Stephen's Green, St. Kevin’s, Dublin 2. Newman House is an important landmark on St Stephen’s Green. A venue steeped in the history of Dublin, the house gets its name from Dr. John Henry Newman, who was the founder and first Rector for the Catholic University of Ireland. Originally located at Newman House and founded in 1854, it was the precursor of University College Dublin. Today Newman House comprises two superb Georgian townhouses, which are particularly notable for their elegant interiors and splendid plasterwork. No.85 St Stephen’s Green was built in 1738 and has fine stucco work by the Lafranchini brothers. No.86 was built in 1765 contains stucco work by Robert West, the most distinctive of the Dublin School of Plaster Workers. Newman House also boasts many literary and cultural associations. Gerard Manley Hopkins, the Jesuit poet, was Professor of Classics here from 1884 to his death in 1889, and the renowned Irish writer James Joyce studied here and graduated with a BA in 1902.
As well as the UCD Newman Centre, Newman House is the home of the new Museum of Irish Literature (MoLI). A partnership between University College Dublin and the National Library of Ireland, MoLI is a new landmark cultural institution in the heart of Ireland’s capital city. MoLI draws inspiration from the work of Ireland’s most famous writer James Joyce. It celebrates Ireland's internationally-renowned literary culture and heritage from the past to the present, inspiring the next generation to create, read and write.