National Library of Ireland Records Presented to Georgia

The National Library of Ireland has presented the Art Palace of Georgia with 16 unique historical documents that had been preserved in the Irish library.

The documents consist of royal correspondence letters attributed to two famous British monarchs that ruled over the Ireland: Henry the VIII (r. 1509-1547) and Elizabeth I (r. 1558-1603).

Both of these royal figures shared a keen interest in Georgian affairs and so commanded their ambassadors in Constantinople to send them extraordinary correspondence meticulously detailing the matters-at-hand in Kartl-Kakheti and Samegrelo provinces.

Each of the documents is handwritten and all were unknown in Georgian before now. Some of the letters are written in Latin, and the remainder in English.

The project is supported by the Cartu Fund and will transfer the copies of the unknown English and Irish documents dedicated to Georgia to the Arts Palace is being carried out through the support of Ambassador of Georgia in the Republic of Ireland, His Excellency Giorgi Zurabishvili, and embassy representative, Natia Kalandia with encouragement  from members of the Irish Rectory of the Royal House of Georgia. 

When HRH Prince Davit visited Ireland in 2013 he visited the National Library and viewed a number of original documents and books related to Georgia and expressed the hope at the time that some of these could be returned to Georgia.

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