Bom Sucesso is a fascinating resource for Irish Studies scholars!!
The archive hosts some 234 boxes and a library of over 3000 books. Many of the documents in the archive had to be copied from other sources as the originals disappeared or were destroyed in various catastrophes and revolutions throughout the centuries. A sister from Dublin, Mother Cecilia Murray spent her life writing to archive repositories everywhere to get copies of documents, to the Vatican, to the Dominican friars in Corpo Santo (in Lisbon itself), to the archives in the University of Coimbra, to the National Archives here and many other places where she felt might have copies of some documents. She succeeded in rescuing the history of the place from oblivion and we Dominican sisters today owe her a great deal. Bom Sucesso was a Dominican convent founded in 1639 by Father Dominic O´Daly for women who wished to become Dominicans but were unable to do so in the Ireland of the time. The convent survived through war, earthquakes, and revolutions down to 2016 when the last four sisters left for Ireland. They left behind a thriving school, a social centre and a crèche. It was the only surviving Irish convent on the Continent of Europe from 1914 up until 2016. It still is an extremely busy and lively place and full of the atmosphere that goes with a long and hallowed tradition and history.