The Eoin McKiernan Library, supporting and developing Traditional Studies and Arts
The Eoin McKiernan Library is a perfect addition to the Celtic Junction Arts Center and the vibrant Twin Cities Irish arts community it serves. The library carries forward the Celtic Junction’s mission to “celebrate and nurture thriving Celtic Arts” by creating an invaluable resource for musicians, dancers, actors and others interested in the Celtic Arts. It further expands the scope of the Celtic Junction’s offerings by creating a resource for researchers and anyone interested in Irish or Irish-American history and culture. For the broader Irish-American community of the Upper Midwest. The library will be the first destination in Minnesota catering specifically to people who wish to learn more about Ireland and Irish America.
There is a strong desire within the Irish arts community to better understand Irish culture and history. And there is a similarly strong need for documenting and understanding the history of the local Irish music and dance community itself. Therefore, in addition to the seed collection of rare and important Irish books and sound recordings donated by the McKiernan family, the library collection will include preservation of materials relating to the Irish in Minnesota and, in particular, to the Twin Cities Irish Music and Dance community.