Mungret College, Limerick

Repository: Irish Jesuit Archives

Identity Statement

TitleMungret College, Limerick
Archive ReferenceIE IJA/SC/MUNG
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1852-1985
Extent Medium16 boxes


Creator(s): Irish Jesuits

  • Administrative History ↴

    Mungret College, situated 3 miles west of Limerick was a Jesuit apostolic and lay secondary school from 1882 until 1974 when it closed as a school. It had previously been an agricultural college from 1857 and a Limerick diocesan seminary until 1888. Taken from a Mungret College prospectus (c.1970): ‘Situated on the south bank of the Shannon some three miles south-west of Limerick, the College stands on the hallowed ground where, from the sixth to the twelfth century, flourished one of Ireland's most famous schools of learning-the Monastery of Mungret. There is a strong tradition that St. Nessan was its founder and first Abbot. The property was acquired by the Society of Jesus in 1882, and opened as a College in that year. From 1887 to the passing of the Irish Universities Act in 1908, candidates for the B.A. and M.A. Degrees of the Royal University took their lectures in the College.’
  • Archival History ↴

    Material deposited from the Provincialate.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴

    Official Transfer

Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Irish Jesuits ↴

    The papers provide an insight into the daily workings of the Mungret College, as well as the Jesuit community who resided there. The bulk of material relates to correspondence, deeds, leases, minutes, account books, custom books, photographs, diaries and journals. Includes reference to:
    – the establishment of Mungret College in 1882 (including references to the Mungret Model Farm and school), purchase of the site and deeds;
    – correspondence between Lord Emly, Tervoe, (1812-1894), Limerick and Fr. William Ronan SJ (1825-1907) concerning Mungret;
    – Fr. William Ronan SJ (1825-1907) – biographical information, letters to Fr. Provincial on establishment of Mungret (1880-1882), fund-raising Tour (1882-1893), letters written by Fr. Ronan, S.J. (1882-1896);
    – lists, registers, catalogues and results of students to the Apostolic and Lay school;
    – accounts for Mungret College (1882-1928);

    Fr. Thomas Morrissey SJ has researched the history of Mungret College and his research notes are included in the papers.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    All items retained permanently
  • Accruals ↴

  • Arrangement ↴

    Material was catalogued in 2000 and 2008.

    Papers of Mungret College

    A. Apostolic School (1852-1983)
    I Establishment (1852-1895)
    II Fr. William Ronan, S.J. (1800-1896)
    III Students (1880-1983)
    IV Journals (1881-1909)
    V Burses, Donations and Benefactors (1881-1977)
    VI General Finances (1882-1928)
    VII Subjects and Examinations (1882; 1934-1968)
    VIII Annual Reports (1884-[1902])
    IX Difficulties Between Apostolic and Lay Schools (1886-1975)
    X Educational Endowments Commission (1888-1892)
    XI Publications (1884; 1910; 1915; 1929; 1966)
    XII Letters from Fr. Superior to Fr. Provincial (1946-1948; 1962; 1967)
    XIII Closure of Apostolic School (1965-1967)
    XIV Link With Other Apostolic Schools (1976-1979)

    B. Lay School (1882-1972)
    I Students (1882-1968)
    II Letters from Fr. Rector to Fr. Provincial (1907-1962)
    III Teaching and Department of Education (1909-1969)
    IV Past Pupils (1915-1959; 1972)
    V Reports on and Observations of Mungret College (1919-1923; 1957-1959)
    VI Relations Between the Lay and Apostolic Schools (1931-1932; [1957]; 1962)
    VII Prospectus ([ ] & 1960’s)
    VIII Merger of Lay and Apostolic Schools (1960-1971)

    C. Community (1859-1974)
    I Deceased Members (1859-1945)
    II History of the Mungret Community (1882-1974)
    III House History and Annual Letters (1883-1908; 1972)
    IV Chapel (1886-1887; [1950]; 1953)
    V Consultor’s Letters (1887-1962)
    VI Memorial of Visitations (1887-1971)
    V Finances (1894)
    VI Photograph [ ]
    VII Letters from Members of the Community to Frs. Provincial and Socius (1912-1970) VIII General Matters ([ ] & 1970)

    D. General Matters Relating to Mungret (1887-1976)
    I Mungret Annual (1887-1976)
    II Memorabilia ([ ] & 1920)
    III Articles and Notes re History of Mungret College (1901-1941)
    IV Property (incl. Photographs) (1904-1966)
    V Constitution (1906)
    VI Archives Relating to Mungret (1921; 1992)
    VII Golden Jubilee (1932)

    E. Closure of Mungret (1972-1985)

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Creation Dates1852-1985
Extent Medium16 boxes
Material Language ScriptEnglish and Irish
Finding Aids Descriptive List Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Publication NoteThe Mungret Annual (1897-1974) Irish Jesuit Directory and Year Book (1932) Spillane, Milo. ‘Mungret Agricultural School’ taken from The Old Limerick Journal (Spring Edition 1981, Vol. 6). Finegan, Fr. Francis SJ. ‘Limerick Jesuits in France’ taken from The Old Limerick Journal (Summer Edition 1989, Vol. 25). Kearney, Patrick. ‘University College, Mungret, 1888 - 1908’ taken from The Old Limerick Journal (Winter Edition 1994, Vol. 31).

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteDamien Burke
Rules/ConventionsIGAD: Irish Guidelines for Archival Description. Dublin: Society of Archivists, Ireland, 2009. ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottowa: International Council on Archives, 2000. National Council on Archives: Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names. Chippenham: National Council on Archives, 1997. Irish Guidelines for Indexing Archives. Dublin: Archives and Records Association, Ireland, 2013.
Date of Descriptions41518