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Henry Morris Manuscripts

Henry Morris

Henry Morris

UCD Library Special Collections holds the manuscripts collected by Henry Morris.

Identity Statement

Reference code IE/ UCD/SC/Morris Ms

Henry Morris Manuscripts.


Level of Description

27 items.


Henry Morris (Énrí Ó Muirgheasa) (1874-1945).

Biographical History

  • Henry Morris or Énrí Ó Muirgheasa was born in Co. Monaghan.
  • He was a teacher and subsequently a school inspector for the Department of Education. 
  • He was involved in the revival of Irish language and antiquarian studies.
  • He is best known for recordings of oral tradition and folklore in Irish in the North Louth and South Armagh area during the 1940s.
  • He was also a collector of 18th and 19th century Irish manuscripts.
  • He was awarded an honorary MA from Queen’s University Belfast in 1936.

Source of Acquisition
Deposited in UCD by Frank Morris, nephew of Henry Morris.

Scope and Content

  • Manuscripts containing catechisms, religious tracts, prose, songs and poems, Ossianic material from northern poets written by various scribes from the north-eastern part of Ireland and collected by Morris.
  • Manuscript 7 contains prose tales written in 1732 by scribe Padraig ó Pronntaigh, mhic Néill etc.
  • Manuscript 12 is a copy of Keating’s Foras Feasa ar Eireann by the scribe Aodh Ó Néill of Newry.

Access and Use


  • The material in this collection is available by appointment to students, teaching staff, and independent researchers. We also welcome interested members of the public.
  • Please contact us at special.collections@ucd.ie for further information. To book an appointment click here.

Photocopying or digital photographing of this material is not permitted.

Mainly in Irish.

Finding Aid
The material is listed online in Sources: A National Library of Ireland database for Irish research. This search tool is the online version of "Hayes, Richard J. (1965) Manuscript Sources for the History of Irish Civilisation, Boston: Hall", also available in James Joyce Library, Level 2, Ref GR 016/091.

Morris described 17 of these manuscripts in Morris manuscripts, an article in Irisleabhar na Gaedhilge 1904–1905

More Information

Find information on Henry Morris in the Dictionary of Irish Biography

Meidhbhín Ní Úrdail, 'Lámhscríbhinní Uí Mhuirgheasa: foinsí luachmhara an léinn dúchais in Ultaibh', Léachtaí Cholm Cille 51 (2021), 22–58.

UCD Special Collections

James Joyce Library, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 7149 | E: special.collections@ucd.ie