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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

Photocopying or digital photographing of this material is not permitted.

Mainly in Irish.

Finding Aid
The material is listed online in (opens in a new window)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 (opens in a new window)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.
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