Father Browne: a Life in Pictures by Fr E E O’Donnell S.J.

Published by Wolfhound Press 1994

This first biography of Father Browne forms a unique pictorial record of his extraordinary life, the life of “the most important documentary historian of this century”. (The Irish Times) Father Browne’s pictures won him instant fame following the Titanic tragedy. He was based at Emo from 1930 to 1957, and took over 5,000 photographs of Emo and Co Laois in that time, more than of anywhere else. Chapter 8 of this book covers the period that Father Browne spent in St Mary’s Emo. Fr O’Donnell discovered 42,000 negatives in a trunk in the basement of the Jesuit Provincial’s house in 1986, and with the help of financial sponsorship from the AIB and the skill of David Davison, even the oldest were saved.