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Drury Archive Gifted to Mary Immaculate College

The Department of Philosophy at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, was presented with an important and valuable archive when Paul and Luke Drury gifted their father's collection of papers to the College. Maurice, or Con, as he was more commonly referred to, Drury was born in 1907 in Exeter, of Irish parents. He read philosophy at the University of Cambridge where he studied under Ludwig Wittgenstein, the man regarded as perhaps the greatest philosopher of the 20th century. Drury qualified as a doctor in the 1930's and worked for most of his life in Saint Patrick's Hospital, Dublin. Dr. Drury maintained a close, lifelong friendship with Wittgenstein; the basis of their friendship appearing to have been their common interest in medicine and Psychiatry subjects.

Following consultation with the former Dean of Arts at MIC, Prof. John Hayes, Drury's sons, Luke O'Connor Drury, Professor of Astrophysics at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and Paul Drury, Managing Editor, Associated Newspapers, decided to donate their father's papers to the College. The papers were archived by Jacqui Hayes, Limerick City Archivist on behalf of the College.  Emma O'Connor of MIC library completed the task of imaging the papers electronically, which means that interested researchers who wish to consult the papers in the library can do so without handling the original material.

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