Center for Irish Studies Digital Resources

Villanova University's Special Collections in Falvey Library houses the Joseph McGarrity Collection of Irish literature and historical texts.  Below are selections from the McGarrity Collection that have been digitized.  Below are links to Irish materials in the digital library and digital exhibitions created through Falvey Library by faculty, staff, and students drawing from Villanova collections with Irish materials.  For more information please click on Villanova's Special Collections.

Digital Library


Joseph McGarrity Collection

The collection of personal papers, books, and newspapers of Joseph McGarrity.Digitization Status: Ongoing.


Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Philadelphia Collection

Since its inception in Philadelphia in 1771, the Society of The Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick has been an active, vibrant organization within the Irish community. Members meet quarterly in the Philadelphia area to conduct Society business, share fellowship and experiences of common heritage. The Society has always been non-denominational, welcoming members from all religious backgrounds.

The Society exists to promote Irish culture, education and provide aid. It performs these duties in the form of scholarships and benevolence, as well as through events and activities. Digitized materials include: correspondence, programs, benevolence documentation, and publications.

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Cuala Press Broadside Collection

An almost complete collection of limited editions of books and broadsides printed by the Cuala Press (formerly the Dun Emer Press). This Irish press published many important writers from the early twentieth century.  Digitization Status: Completed. 


MacSwiney Club

The MacSwiney Club evolved from Camp 100, Clan-Na-Gael and was officially organized in Jenkintown in 1935 although minutes bearing the name go back to at least January 1926.  It was named in honor of Terence MacSwiney (1879-1920), Irish patriot, statesman, and martyr.  Originally located at 222 Old York Road, the club purchased its current facilities at 510 Greenwood Avenue from the Loyal Order of Moose, and moved there in 1946. For many years the MacSwiney Club was home to the Timoney Irish Dancers, and Irish music and dancing were regular events.

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Philadelphia Ceili Group

The Ceili Group is devoted to the promotion and perpetuation of Irish music, dance and culture in Philadelphia and throughout the Greater Delaware Valley. If you'd like to learn about upcoming local Irish music and cultural events, with a special emphasis on the many wonderful music and dance presentations sponsored by the Philadelphia Ceili Group, then this is the place to find it. Villanova University's Digital Library archives the music of the Group's past festivals and makes Irish song and dance freely available to the community in inline audio and video and downloadable formats.

Digitization status: Ongoing


Rambles, Travels, and Maps

Here reside narratives of  wanderings real or imaginary, travel guides, charts, and maps.  Digitization Status: Ongoing. 

Digital Exhibitions

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Joseph McGarrity: Man of Action; Man of Letters

This exhibit explores the lesser-known side of the influential Philadelphia-based Irish republican leader Joseph McGarrity as a man of letters. Digital Installation: July 12, 2012. Curated by Brian J. McDonald

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Chaos in the Streets: The Philadelphia Riots of 1844

Travel back in time to the Philadelphia Riots of 1844 from Villanova University's Digital Library. Digital Installation: December 8, 2011. Curated by Karla Irwin.


Jack Butler Yeats: Drawings & Illustrations

This exhibit focuses on the drawings and illustrations of Jack B. Yeats found in Special Collections materials. Digital Installation: January 14, 2009. Curated by: Róisín Corry Roche

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Rambles, Sketches, Tours: Travellers & Tourism in Ireland

Take a tour through Ireland in this exhibit of Irish travel writing from the Joseph McGarrity Collection of Special Collections. Digital Installation: October 19, 2010. Curated by: Laura Bang.

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To Strike for Freedom! The 1916 Easter Rising

A commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising that highlights its American connections using materials from the Joseph McGarrity Collection. Digital Installation: March 16, 2015. Curated by: Staff

Collaborating with Century Ireland

Villanova is a proud contributing partner in The Century Ireland project, an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.  The project is maintained by Boston College and  RTÉ, Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Ireland's National Public Service Broadcaster.


Contact Information

Center for Irish Studies
Villanova University, SAC Room 105E
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Dr. Joseph Lennon
Phone: (610) 519-4647

Assistant Director,
Dr. Jennifer A. Joyce
Phone: (610) 519-8953

Administrative Assistant, 
Kiersten Ludy

Phone: (610) 519-7517

* Newsletter Spring 2019 January.pdf
January Newsletter 2019
* Irish Studies Calendar FA 2019.pdf
Irish Studies Fall 2019 Calendar