AN archive of 50 letters relating to Giovani Battista Rinnuccini has been discovered in Rome. He was the Papal Nuncio at the time of the Confederation of Kilkenny and is a major figure in Irish history. The archive was previously unknown and will be a great help to historians.
The discovery was made by Fr Fergus Farrell of Johnstown, Co Kilkenny in the State Archives in Rome. The letters date from 1630-1649. They cast new light on Rinnuccini’s relationship with the Irish, as well as with members of his own family.
Fr Farrell, the archivist of St Kieran’s College, has published a guide to the letters in the most recent volume of the local journal, /Ossory, Laois and Leinster/, which is published in Crosspatrick. This book contains articles by local and national historians on different aspects of the history of Kilkenny and Laois.
Apart from the Rinnuccini letters, other articles of local interest include an account of the RIC man from Galmoy who was killed in Galway in 1916, and an account of the Wall family of Co. Kilkenny who served in the French army. There is also a study of villages and settlements in South Kilkenny by the archaeologist Barry O’Reilly. /Ossory, Laois and Leinster/ is available from Stonehouse Books or from the Book Centre.