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Nikolaus Grüger the discoverer of the manuscript

Posted by Sean O'Halloran on May 15, 2017 at 9:30 AM

In 2008, an 18th century Irish manuscript was discovered at a rare books auction in Munich by Professor Nikolaus Grüger, The item was a genealogy of the Irish O’Reilly clan from the Kingdom of Breifne – modern County Cavan today.’

His first contact with Ireland was after the Second World War in 1946. His two older sisters received an invitation to stay with an Irish family in Dublin. He received letters from them in which they described the countryside, culture and music of this far distant land. But his love-affair with Ireland began with reading peregrinatio of the German author and later Nobel Prize winner Heinrich Boll, Irisches Tagebuch. It inspired him with the idea of getting to know the country, rich in cultural history. As a musician and performer of the French horn and Cello, inter alia, who was born and living in Berlin, with five musical brothers and sisters, they formed their own family string quartet. In the nineteen sixties, he founded the Rheinisches Blaser-Sextet (Rhenish Wind-Sextet) and organised a concert tour in 1969 throughout Ireland. Further concerts followed in Ireland under the new name Consortium Classicum, recording a total of thirty albums over a twenty-five year period. In that time they undertook three world concert tours. Nikolaus was teaching as a visiting music Professor in the State University of Manila in the Philippines in the nineteen seventies and later was appointed as Head of three Departments: Woodwind, Brass and Percussion in the Academy of Music in Munich. His love affair with Ireland continued with his marriage to Belfast Soprano, Angela Feeney - the renowned International Opera Singer. He was always on the lookout for Irish literature and is a lifelong member of the Linen Hall Library in Belfast. He discovered and purchased this Lost Manuscript in 2008 at a Munich book auction, without knowing its provenance.

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