Loreto Archives

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Every family has a history and a family story. As a Loreto family we cherish the memories of our founding sisters and indeed the work of all our sisters throughout history and up to the present day.  Our DNA is embedded in the vision of our early companions.

Our history traces the foundation, development and expansion worldwide of the Loreto Congregation, to the present day.  We are proud of our heritage which inspires us to look to the past and build on the good works of those who have gone before us.


Our archives are administered by Ms. Aine McHugh and Sr. Kathleen Fitzgerald.  The Archive Office contains records of worldwide Loreto documents and documents specific to the Loreto Irish Province.  Papers relating to foundations, photographs, stories from abroad, minutes of meetings, documentation from chapter meetings, to name but a few can be found in our archives office.  There are also many interesting articles relating to specific events in Irish history.




Office Location:

Loreto Archives

55 St. Stephen’s Green (beside Loreto College)

Dublin 2

Tel: +353 1 6620158

email: archives@loreto.ie

Office Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday 9.30 am to 1.30 pm and 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm.

Researchers are always welcome, by prior appointment only.

Our Archivists

The IBVM Loreto Archives identify, collect, protect, preserve and make available records of enduring value created by or relating to the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loreto) and communicate the heritage and philosophy of the Institute through the use of these collections. We are committed to preserving, managing and making accessible these unique collections which capture the histories and stories of Loreto Sisters and their work since 1821.

Archives are the direct & authentic records of the past. They are the evidence of decisions made, actions taken and the thoughts and ideas of individuals, organisations and institutions. They are unique and irreplaceable. Archivists are entrusted with the selection, care, preservation and promotion of these records.

I have been an archivist since 2008, when I completed an MA in Archives & Records Management with UCD. I was the first lay archivist employed by the Institute & Irish Province Archives in 2010, and was appointed Institute & Irish Province Archivist in July 2012.

The work is inspiring and rewarding, and I love the opportunity it brings to connect with the wider Loreto community. As Institute Archivist, I am responsible for providing guidance and support to my colleagues in the Province and Regional Archives, and enjoy the challenge this presents in developing policies and networks to support our global archival collections, now and into the future. Opening the Archives, sharing and encouraging others to explore Loreto’s rich and inspiring history, and the unswerving dedication of so many inspirational women to their ministries, is one of the most rewarding aspects of my work.

In 2006 I was appointed as Institute and Irish Province Archivist. I had just retired from Primary School teaching and administration and could hardly believe that I was being asked to take on a task that held such interest for me.

University College Dublin offered a part-time course for those working in Archives in 2009. The lecturers were excellent. Every assignment took me through the essential elements of Archival and Record Management. The vital skills and standards of archival management were taught. I was convinced of the necessity of having a full time qualified Archivist to work in our Central and Irish Province archives. The appointment of Aine McHugh as Institute Archivist made this a reality.

Aine and I work closely together to preserve and promote the treasures in our archives. We hold a wide variety of records of historical and human interest. In working through collections we experience an unfolding of a reality that can never be grasped in looking at a few aspects of any story.

In the lives of all who have gone before us and the recording of our Sisters today we recognise and give thanks for the underlying faith and giftedness of each individual person.

Working in our Archives is a privilege.