Archive of Papers, etc.
Colaiste na Mumhan (Irish College), Ballingeary, Co. Cork
De Roiste (Liam) T.D. Cork: An important Archive or papers, A.L.s. & T.L.s. concerning the affairs of Colaiste na Mumhan (Irish College) in Ballingeary, with two Roll-Books, for 1917 & 1918 – 1919, also some letters concerning the Cork Industrial Development Association, mostly 1910-20; over 55 single items in all and including a very good A.L.s. from Peadar ua Laoghaire (‘An tAthair Peadar’) in Irish, declining an invitation to visit Ballingeary on grounds of age and infirmity, and expressing surprise at reports that the people of Ballingeary are ‘in a gcodladh’ (asleep).
[An tÁthair Peadar, one of the pioneers of the Irish revival, died in 1920, letters from him are very scarce.] A very good collection, shedding some light on the workings of an Irish College, early in the revival of the Irish Language.
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Liam de Roiste T.D. Cork
Sinn Fein & Volunteers: A very good collection of original letters and circulars addressed to Liam de Roiste, mostly 1905-1925, many of them concerning Sinn Fein, and Volunteer matters in the Cork area, including:
* Interesting A.L.s dated 1914 from P. O’Mahony of Rosscarbery, explaining that he has not proceeded with forming a Corps of Volunteers because of local divisions (over the split with Redmond).
* Manuscript copy in De Roiste’s hand of a letter sent to George Crosbie concerning misrepresentations in ” Evening Echo 1918″.
* Cyclostyled typescript, ” Attack on Alderman Liam de Roiste’s House and Murder of Rev. Fr. O’Callaghan … May 15th 1921.” 3pp., with Memorial Card for Fr. O’Callaghan.
* Three A.L.s. from “Padraig” concerning Volunteer and other matters in Cork, 1918.
* British Passport issued to “Mr. Liam de Roiste, Formerly William Roche, 1919.”
* Funeral Account and Memorial Card for Liam de Roiste, d. 1959.
* Polling Card for Candidates of The United Irish League, for South Ward, Cork City, with photographs.
* A letter from Sean Horan, 25/8/12, to Liam de Roiste, with a Memorial Card.
* A letter from P.S. O’Heigeartaigh, 26/4/07.
* A collection of approx. 24 varied letters and cards, some in Irish to Liam de Roiste, some concerning Sinn Fein and Volunteer matters, other concerning Colaiste na Mumhan at Ballinageary, a few personal to and from his wife, some election circulars from United Irish League (Cork) etc.
Very good collection, as a lot, w.a.f.
Liam de Roiste was an early associate of Terence Mc Swiney in the Cork Celtic Literary Society and later Sinn Fein and the Irish Volunteers. He became a T.D. and supported the Treaty. He was an active supporter of the Irish Language and was involved in supporting the Irish College at Ballingeary. (1)More details ›
Fook’s Mill in 1798
Co. Wexford, 1798: [Ennis (John M.)] Fook’s Mill; or Wexford Now and in ’98, By Innsifail. A small 4to manuscript of 90 numbered pages, stitched and inserted in loose card covers; with “Occasional Pieces, by John W. Ennis,” a number of further pieces of m/ss poetry and prose, similarly stitched, circa 50pp., (approx. 152pp in all), stitching on first item partly perished. A note at the head of first title states “This has appeared in a mutilated form in The Irish Monthly Magazine for May 1833.” The entire in a clear legible hand, with some corrections. As a m/ss., w.a.f.
* It appears to be a very detailed account of the events of 1798 in Foulksmill, written presumably c. 1830, when those events would have been remembered by many still alive.
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George Walker. A true Account of The siege of London-Derry (3rd edition)sm. 4°, London (Robert Clavel, Ralph Simpson) 1689. Later calf-backed boards, with the Westport House book plate. Slight discolouration of title, one corner torn, trimmed, but a near fine copy of a contemporary edition of this iconic account of the siege by its principle participant on the parliamentary side.More details ›
Memoirs of the Political and Private Life of James Caulfield , Earl of Charlemont, 4 London 1810, frontis. Portrait after Hone, inscribed on the fly leaf, “from the author to Isabella Viscountess Powerscourt, 1810-” in a good grained black Russian binding with gilt vine leaf border, and with the ticket Sharpe and Huiles Booksellers 165 Piccadilly.More details ›
Republican Commonplace Book.
A good commonplace book apparently compiled by J. Mahony in Lincoln Jail 1918-19, with signature of Eamon de Valera, under that of Thomas, Bishop of Nottingham (presumably a visitor). Also includes several attractive watercolours and drawings by Bert Shelley and others, a few photographs etc. Cover worn.
De Valera was confined in Lincoln after the ‘German Plot’ arrests of May 1918, until his celebrated escape organised by Harry Boland and Michael Collins in February 1919.More details ›
Sinn Fein Minutes 1930s
An interesting notebook containing manuscript and typescript Minutes of John Mitchell Sinn Fein Club, Sept. 1933 – July 1934, a few leaves possibly lacking at rear. Includes details of attendance (with names), resolutions, nominations and other arrangements, in several hands, some in typescript pasted in, countersigned by chairpersons including J. Mitchell, Seán Goulding, Seosamh Ó Cléirigh (probably the 1916 veteran), etc.
With a few documents laid in, including a cyclostyled notice headed Parole dated 7 Nov. 1921, apparently circulated in an internment camp.More details ›
Rare “Bloody Sunday” 1920
G.A.A. Original Ticket – Cumann na gcleas Luith n Gaedhealach (Gaelic Athletic Association) Great Challenge Match (Football) Tipperary V. Dublin at Croke Park, on Sunday November 21, 1920. Match at 2.45p.m. Admission 1/- An extremely rare original admission ticket for that remarkable occasion on that fateful day, 7.5 x 11cm, mounted with a reproduction of a card listing the thirteen people killed when British soldiers opened fire at Croke Park (or who died from their wounds within the following week.)
* A memento of a turning point in the Anglo-Irish War; the British attack on unarmed spectators at Croke Park, followed the raids early that morning by Michael Collins’ men on British secret service agents in Dublin in which 14 officers were shot dead. One of the rarest and most sought after of G.A.A memorabilia. (1)More details ›
Unique Memento of “Bloody Sunday” 1920
Tipperary V. Dublin: An original laced leather Football, said to have been used at Croke Park during the memorable Football Challenge/Match between Tipperary and Dublin on 21st November, 1920 at which Black & Tan soldiers opened fire on the crowd with automatic weapons, killing thirteen people, including a Tipperary player, Michael Hogan. Now mounted in a custom made display case.
Provenance: Jim Loughran attended the great challenge match on November 21st 1920, aka “Bloody Sunday” along with his son Jack Loughran. As they escaped the young Jack grabbed the ball, unaware of the danger that was unfolding as the Black and Tans opened fire.
Jack Loughran left all his G.A.A and other historical Memorabilia to his brother-in-law Tommy O’Dowd Snr.., who died some ten years ago.
By descent to the present owner Tommy o’Dowd Jnr.
Note: The famous Jack “Joey” Loughran played on the 1930’s Meath County Team against Kildare on All Ireland day, ten years later after the infamous “Bloody Sunday Match” which he attended with his father.
With a letter of provenance from the vendor.More details ›
Manuscript prisoners’ journal, Frongoch Intgernment Camp
‘The Frongoch Favourite’ nos. 1 and 2, 17 and 19 August 1916.
Manuscript on plain paper, each one page handwritten in ink on recto only, each containing four or five short items mainly humorous or whimsical in nature. ‘The only paper turned out in ink and read by everybody in Frongoch except the Censor.’
Items include ‘A Fire at Frongoch’; ‘For sale – a Whistle’; ‘Another Fire!’ etc.
Detainees at Frongoch were not permitted pen and ink, hence the ubiquitous prison pencil in letters home; evidently this was ‘one that got away’. Probably in the handwriting of James Mallon, a 3rd Battalion Volunteer who was detained at Frongoch after the Rising. Certainly a unique item.
Provenance: Papers of James Mallon; by family descent.More details ›
‘They stole Trevelyan’s Corn ..’
Charles Trevelyan [1807-1886]. A collection of seven autograph signed letters to various recipients, 1868-84, one to M. le Baron Henri Soloyns concerning a Report on Idiots and Imbeciles (July 1877), with one postally used stamped envelope, and with a copy of a background note concerning Trevelyan.
Charles Trevelyan was a senior British Treasury official who supervised relief to Ireland during the Famine. Informed in 1847 that people were starving while the country was full of corn, he replied that ‘It is my opinion that too much has been done for the people.’ Later that year he was knighted for his services to Ireland. He is commemorated in the song The Fields of Athenry, ‘They stole Trevelyan’s corn ..’
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Sean Mac Diarmada [1884-1916], signatory of the 1916 Proclamation
His copy of MacGeoghegan’s History of Ireland, trans. Patrick O’Kelly, inscribed on a preliminary page, ‘John Joseph McDermott has received this valuable present from his loving sister – Miss Katie McDermott, July 1st 1902’ [possibly for his 18th birthday]. Thick large octavo cloth, much worn and stained, lacks title page and part of index, sold as an association copy, w.a.f.
An amazing association copy, showing the signs of accompanying Mac Diarmada on his travels around the country roads of Ireland as a Republican organiser, in all weathers and often by bicycle.
Born near Kiltyclogher in Co. Leitrim, Mac Diarmada developed an early interest in Irish language and history. He left home early and worked in Glasgow and Belfast, before meeting Bulmer Hobson and Denis McCullough, who employed him as an organiser for the Dungannon Clubs and recruited him to the IRB in 1906. He organised C.J. Dolan’s unsuccessful election campaign for Sinn Fein in Leitrim in 1908, and later moved his base to Dublin where Tom Clarke employed him as a full-time organiser for the IRB; he became a close friend of Clarke and his wife Kathleen. He was manager of the IRB’s weekly Irish Freedom from 1910, was secretary to the Supreme Council and was closely involved in the foundation of the Irish Volunteers in 1913. He was partly disabled by an attack of polio in 1912, but it did not slow him down much. He fought in the GPO during the Rising, and was one of the last to leave the burning building. He was shot by firing squad on 12 May 1916.
MacGeoghegan’s History of Ireland has long been superseded, but it was valued by Republicans around the turn of the century as a useful counterpoint to other histories written mainly from a Protestant/Unionist point of view.
A superb association item, from a man who cared nothing for possessions, and left almost none after him.
Provenance: MacDermott family, by descent; Independence sale 15 April 2008.More details ›
Daniel O’Connell [1775-1847], ‘The Liberator’
An interesting collection of four autograph signed letters to his friend and accountant Ignatius O’Callaghan, one dated 1829 and three in 1839, the four with associated address sheets, one marked Confidential, all with seals. One letter dated 7 January 1839 asks O’Callaghan to attend to vouch a set of accounts before a meeting of Precursors, as ‘it is important that the public should have the testimony of men of the first character as to the correctness of the accounts’; two others seeking to arrange meetings urgently, the last also about financial matters.
An interesting collection, indicating O’Connell’s concern with financial probity, all with good clear signatures.
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Prostitution in Co. Leitrim, 18th century
JAMESTOWN ARREST WARRANT, 1708
Autograph manuscript letter signed J. King (John King, Sovereign) addressed John Miller, Constable, ordering the execution of four women for prositution. 33 x 23cm, Framed with a reversed reproduction print of William Hogarth’s Gin Lane.More details ›
SEAN MAC DIARMADA, PROCLAMATION SIGNATORY
A framed reproduction of his farewell letter to John Daly, May 1916, the manuscript reproduced within a Celtic decorative border. Rare.
Image 17 x 11 ins (43 x 28 cms).More details ›
Prevention of Epidemic
Oblong handbill printed in red, undated [probably Easter 1916], stating that persons discovering dead bodies should inform the authorities immediately. No printer or signature. Rare.More details ›
Iris Dail Eireann. An Cheud Tionol. 21 Ianuar, 1919.
A superb copy of this historic publication, containing a record of the first day’s proceedings of the First Dail, 21 January 1919, including the roll of members, standing orders, Declaration of Independence and Message to the Free Nations of the World. Text in Irish, with some sections also in English and the Message also in French. The corrigenda at end states that Michael Collins and Harry Boland, noted as present, were in fact absent.
32 pp, decorated black wrappers printed in green and yellow, virtually in mint condition. Exceptionally rare.More details ›
Army Comrades Association, ‘Fine Gael’.
An original blue canvas military-style shirt or tunic, with separate belt, ‘Fine Gael’ badge stitched to left upper breast, as worn by members of the Army Comrades Association circa 1933-34, generally in very good condition.
A rare and interesting item. The Army Comrades Association, of which Gen. Eoin O’Duffy was President, was formed in the early 1930s to resist IRA violence. It was briefly identified with the Fine Gael party (formerly Cumann na nGaedheal), of which O’Duffy was leader for a short time in 1933-34. The ‘blue shirt’ was worn with pride by its adherents at the time, but the name later became a term of political abuse, and surviving examples in good condition with a reliable provenance are very scarce. This is the third example we have sold in recent years; the shirts appear to be of the same manufacture, with minor variations in the badge (see Independence sales, 2007 lot 434, 2008 lot 641).
We are satisfied that the current example has a good original provenance from the Limerick area (details on request from the auctioneers).More details ›
[HARRY BOLAND 1887-1922]
A lead bullet said to have been extracted from Harry Boland’s body at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin on 31 July 1922, after he was shot while attempting to escape arrest by Free State soldiers at a hotel in Skerries near Dublin early that morning.
With a signed letter of provenance from the vendors, explaining that the bullet was preserved in a sealed envelope at St. Vincent’s, until given by the Sisters to a supervisor at the hospital, Kitty Lowry (nee Harpur), formerly an active member of Cumann na mBan. The sealed envelope was seen with seal intact by a member of staff at Adams, but was recently torn open by a house-burglar, who apparently was disappointed by its contents. Our staff can certify that the envelope with its seal and contents was intact until recently. Also with a signed letter from the local Garda office confirming details of the burglary.
Harry Boland, an Easter Week veteran, was a close colleague and friend of Michael Collins, and a leading figure in the Volunteer reorganisation after the Easter Rising. At one time he and Collins were rivals for the affections of Kitty Kiernan. Boland was elected TD for Roscommon in the First Dail. He was sent to the United States in 1919 as Secretary to President De Valera. On his return he opposed the Treaty, but sought to heal the growing divisions in the Dail and the Volunteers, and was one of the architects of the so-called ‘Pact’. He was sleeping in a Skerries hotel on the night of 30/31 July when the hotel was surrounded by a Free State military party with an armoured car. Armed soldiers entered Boland’s room and called on him to surrender. In a confused situation, it seems he tried to escape and was shot and seriously wounded. He was later taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital, where he died a few days later. It is alleged that he was taken first to a military barracks, and that there was a delay in securing medical treatment; this was denied by the authorities. There is evidence that Michael Collins was much grieved by his death.More details ›
Pearse Canvassing for Pupil for St. Enda’s
P.J. Pearse (Signatory of the 1916 Proclamation) A fine A.L.s. 2pp. in English, on Sgoil Eanna notepaper, 17th Aug. 1914, to ‘A Chara’, enclosing a copy of the school prospectus and some cards (not present) and asking if there is any chance the recipient might send ‘ that boy of yours as a pupil? I would make you very special terms.’ The letter is tipped into a copy of Pearse’s ‘A Mhathair,’ FIRST EDN., 1916, signed by ‘William Ua Broin,’ and in custom-made craft work leather sleeve with Celtic decoration. Laid in are a Conradh na Gaeilge membership card issued to William O’Broin 1893-4, countersigned by Eoin Mac Neill and others, also memorial card for Kevin O’Byrne (son of the above, ‘that boy’) and with two photographs of O’Broin Senior. A very attractive collection.
Provenance: The O’Broin, Family. (1)More details ›