National University of Ireland, Galway, has been left a large collection of books in a bequest from the estate of circus owner Henry Ringling North.
In total, 1,200 books have been left to the James Hardiman Library at the University, from the private collection of Mr Ringling North, who ran Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Henry Ringling North was a great lover of books, and built up his collection throughout his lifetime. In the 1960s he took up Irish citizenship and bought a farm in County Galway.
“We are truly honoured to become the keepers of such an exquisite collection,” commented Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway. “In addition to its quality, historical value and the insights it provides into the life of Henry Ringling North, this is an excellent resource for teaching and research programmes at NUI Galway.”
“The University is extremely grateful for, and honoured by, this wonderful bequest, which will be valued by the scholars of today and of future generations,” he added. “It will hold a special place here on campus in our newly opened Hardiman Research Building.”
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