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Ambassador opens Irish library in city.

Byline: PETER ELSON @ElsonPeter

THE Irish Ambassador visited Liverpool University to officially open Britain's most important Irish reference library.

His Excellency Daniel Mulhall said he was greatly honoured to open the Mac Lua Library at the Institute of Irish Studies, in Abercromby Square.

A complete set of editions of the Irish Post, co-founded by the late Brendan Mac Lua in 1970, is the newest and most important addition to the library, which now bears his name.

This private collection of newspapers, edited by Brendan Mac Lua, who was also chief columnist for 28 years, was donated by his daughter Sinead Mac Lua, as her father wished.

The Irish Post, based in the UK, was aimed at the Irish community living in Britain and it is believed this is the only complete set of the paper in existence.

The library, containing 6,000 papers, manuscripts books, documents and items, has undergone major refurbishment and cataloguing and now occupies two floors.

Built up over the last 25 years with donations from private archives, the library charts the development of Irish Studies and contains significant collections of Irish history, especially on Irish emigration to Britain and particularly to Liverpool, politics, literature and language.

Ambassador Mulhall said: "I'm delighted to open this new library and especially one named after Brendan Mac Lua, whom I met in 2000.

"He made a significant achievement co-founding and running the Irish Post as it helped create a collective identity for the vast Irish community in Britain.

"There has never been a better time to be Irish in Britain and Brendan contributed to that. Liverpool's Institute of Irish Studies spreads that understanding between Britain and Ireland, as the greatest enemy of civilised life is ignorance. At the recent state banquet to welcome the President of Ireland, the Queen said Britain was a better place for the contribution of the Irish. Brendan would have been delighted by her acknowledgement."
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 13, 2014
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