Jasper Robert Joly

Life
1819-1892; Ven. B.H. Joly, Archdeacon of Killala, desc. from French family; purportedly entered TCD at 13; book collector, b. Clonsast, Co. Offaly, 26 May; ed. home and TCD, aged 13, grad. 1837; bar 1841; vicar-gen. of Tuam, abolished by Irish Church Act, 1869, with annuity of 106; donated 23,000 printed vols. and unbound papers to RDS, 1863, held in trust for National Library, fnd., 1877, now its chief glory, incls. Napoleonic literature, Irish hist., topography, and biography; d. Dublin, 25 Dec. 1892, bur. Clonbullogue, Offaly; his grave was enscribed by the Friends of the National Library of Ireland in c.1964; owned land in Offaly [King’s County], Clare and Meath. DIB DIH

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Criticism
See paper on the Joly family by Patrick Henchy in Irish University Review (1977); also Henchy, The National Library of Ireland, 1941-1976 - A Look Back (NLI 1986), [pamph.], in Ricorso Library, “Criticism”, infra.

See also Ita Marguet, ‘The name Joly: Celebration and dedication’ on Irish Emigrant website [link].

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