Nicola Kelly, Archivist, conserves the collections in the Archive, and arranges access for scholars to use the material. Mark Reddy Trinity Digital Studios. OPW.


Launched by President Mary McAleese in 2008, the OPW-Maynooth University Archive and Research Centre at Castletown was established to facilitate the care and study of archives and other sources dealing with the history of Irish estates, their houses and inhabitants. It also facilitates research in the decorative arts.

The Centre has built up a critical mass of collections related to great houses of Ireland and cognate subjects. Collections include: Airfield House archive, Conolly-Carew Photographic archive, Knight of Glin archive, Conolly archive, Stacumny Cottage archive and Ballindoolin archive. All collections are ingested, cared for, archived, stored and made accessible in accordance with the best international practice and the appropriate professional standards. Archivist Nicola Kelly shares insights into the treasures in her care on the Research Centre’s new blog. For example, you can read all about eighteenth-century coffee house culture from Lady Louisa’s letters by clicking here.

Access is strictly by appointment only.

Nicola Kelly, Archivist
OPW-Maynooth University Archive and Research Centre, Castletown House,
Co. Kildare or +353 1 654 4222