Next year, 2016, marks the 500th anniversary of the writing of the Book of Fenagh. In recognition of the national importance of the Book of Fenagh, the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) will publish a book titled ‘The Making of the Book of Fenagh’, in conjunction with Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne.
This book will consist of a series of articles by historians on various aspects of the Book of Fenagh and about other historical dimensions of Fenagh. The book will be co-edited by Professor Ray Gillespie, Professor of Early Modern Irish History, Maynooth University and Dr. Brendan Scott, lecturer in History, Maynooth University and editor of ‘Breifne’, the Journal of the historical society, Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne. In addition, the RIA will organise a series of talks, based on this new publication. The talks will take place in Fenagh and will also be delivered in the RIA headquarters in Dublin.
A local committee has been established in Fenagh, who are working in co-operation with the RIA, to mark the occasion. ‘A Book of Fenagh 500’ festival will take place over the August Bank holiday weekend between Friday, July 29th and Monday, August 1st, 2016.
To illustrate the format of the original book, the committee has commissioned the production of a facsimile of two pages of the original 1516 Book of Fenagh. This reproduction will use the same material as used in the original, namely vellum (leather made from calfskin).
To set the context for next year’s celebrations the Book of Fenagh 500 Committee have invited well known historian Dr Brendan Scott, co-author of next year’s publication to present a lecture on ‘The Historical Importance of Fenagh’. The lecture will take place in Fenagh Visitor Centre on Tuesday August 25 from 8.30 to 9.30.