A visit to the library at the Irish College in Paris.
Academic and Celtic Historian Proinsias Mac Cana and Féach reporter Mícheál Ó hUanacháin take a tour of the library at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris.
Among the library collection is a translation into Irish of The Iliad by Archbishop McHale of Tuam. The book contains both the Greek and Gaelic text. There are many books on the history of Ireland and religion.
The newspaper collection from the 19th century includes volumes of The Irishman and The Nation.
During the French Revolution the college was seized. Petrus Coudrin, founder of the Picpus Order in France, was ordained in great secrecy and silence in the library while the Club des Jacobins were holding a meeting downstairs in the college oratory. A plaque in the memory of Coudrin now hangs in the library.
The library also has unique collections of books that do not exist outside of the Irish College.
'Féach' broadcast on 8 January 1982. The reporter is Mícheál Ó hUanacháin.