Battle of Ashbourne, 1916
R.I.C. Defeated: Leabhar Cuimhneachain 1916 – Ashbourne Memorial Book, 8vo D. c. 1960. A Souvenir Booklet, illus. orig. decor. wrappers. Scarce. (1)More details ›
St. Enda’s College Illustrated School Book
Pearse (P.H.) An Sgoil, A Direct Method Course in Irish. Part I 8vo D. (Maunsel and Co.) n.d. [D. 1913]. FIRST EDN. Pp. IV, 50, 6 cold. illustrations, orig. decor. green limp cloth. Very good clean copy. V. Scarce. (1)More details ›
Shooting of Francis Sheehy Skeffington
Edelstein (Jos.) American Writer. Publisher. Echo of Irish Rebellion 1916, Verbatim Report of the Proceedings before the Royal Commission. Vindication of Mr. Joseph Edelstein. 8vo D. (J.T. Drought) n.d. [c. 1933]. FIRST EDN., 64pp. with illustrated frontis., orig. ptd. wrappers, foxed & loose, some cellotape. Ex. Rare.
* Edelstein, an American writer became implicated by accident with the arrest and subsequent execution of Francis Sheehy Skeffington. This document reprints the entire evidence taken by the Royal Commission of Inquiry, and exonerated Edelstein of any wrong doing. (1)More details ›
Sheehy Skeffington (Hanna) Interview with Mrs. Sheehy-Skeffington Irish Republican Cause in America, 8vo 4pp. (single folded sheet) no place no date (c. 1918), very good condition and v. scarce; = also British Militarism as I Have Known it, roy 8vo Tralee (Kerryman) 1946. Port. frontis, 24pp. orig. ptd. wrappers.
* Principally the text of a lecture delivered in the United States during a stay there from Dec. 1916 to 1918. The text was banned in England & Ireland. (2)More details ›
Sean O’Casey’s History of the Citizen Army
O’Cathasaigh (P.) [Sean O’Casey]. The Story of the Irish Citizen Army, sm. 8vo D. (Maunsel & Co.) 1919. FIRST EDN., hf. title, 72pp., orig. ptd. wrappers with adverts. A very desirable copy of this rare history. (1)More details ›
Death of Thomas Ashe
Ashe (Thomas) Inquest on Thos. Ashe. The Verdict of the Jury, a leaflet printed one side only, approx. 18.5cms x 13cms, printed by Fergus O’Connor, Dublin with a decorated border. V. Scarce. (1)More details ›
Inquest of Thomas Ashe
Ashe (Thomas) “The Death of Thomas Ashe, Full Report of the Inquest.” Roy 8vo D. (Published by J.M. Butler) 1917. FIRST & ONLY EDITION, port. on title, & 5 other plts. of illus., 84pp, orig. ptd. wrappers, V. good copy. V. Rare.
* Thomas Ashe from Tralee, a national school teacher, led the Volunteers in north Co. Dublin during Easter Week. Following the surrender, he was sentenced to death, but this was later commuted. He died in 1917, following his hunger strike. (1)More details ›
Irish War News. The Irish Republic. Vol. 1 no. 1. Dublin, Tuesday April 25 1916. Small quarto, 4 p (single folded sheet), no printer. Fold marks, some wear at folds, a little frayed at one edge, a little light foxing, but generally a good copy of a very fragile item.It appears that this item was printed on Easter Monday within the area of central Dublin controlled by the insurgents. Most of the copy was undoubtedly prepared in advance, but the ‘Stop Press’ column on p. 4, announcing news of the Rising, contains some information which could not have been reliably anticipated beforehand. It is thus Padraic Pearse’s final publication. It is very scarce in good condition.More details ›
Michael Collins in a hurry
A typescript note signed by Collins in Irish as Aire Airgid [Minister for Finance], on Dail Eireann headed notepaper, dated 1.10.1919, addressed to ‘A Chara’ [Dear Sir], enquiring if there is any response to his letter of 19th ult.; with a separate typed note on headed Dail notepaper, unsigned, asking the recipient not to reply to the Dail ‘as apparently the British authorities are privately seizing correspondence bearing this name.’
A typical Collins note, chasing progress on some matter. He would have sent many of these; few of his colleagues could keep up with his work-rate. His return address, 6 Harcourt Street, was also the address of the Sinn Fein Bank; it is now the headquarters of Connradh na Gaeilge.
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Kilmainham Jail Autograph Book, 1923
A good Republican Autograph book compiled in Kilmainham Jail, Dec. 1923, in a small mor. Album, signatures include Prionsias O’Gallchobhair (Frank Gallagher), Malachi Sweetman, Saorsa Og O’Pluincead (George Plunkett Jnr.), David L. Robinson, P. Mac Carvill, Barney Mellows (brother of Liam), Gearoid O’Beolain (Gerald Boland) etc., approx. 17 signatures in all, v. good. As a coll., w.a.f.
* George Plunkett was the son of Count Plunkett and a brother of Joseph Mary Plunkett signatory of The Proclamation. In July 1922, he was the subject of ‘habeas corpus’ proceedings which led to the dissolution of the Dail Supreme Court by the Free State Government, and consequently the resignation of George Gavan Duffy, Minister for Foreign Affairs. (1)More details ›
Michael O’hAnnrachain (Michael O’Hanrahan) Executed 1916
A good A.L.s. in Irish to Liam de Roiste of Cork, on An Chomhairle Naisuinta notepaper, dated 20-10-06, enquiring whether a group (not named) should be invited to join An Chomhairle, enclosing a letter (not present). As a m/ss., w.a.f.
* Michael O’Hanrahan (1877-1916) was born in New Ross, Co. Wexford. His father, a Fenian, had taken part in the 1867 Rising. Michael joined the Irish Volunteers and became national quarter master. In the 1916 Rising he fought in Jacob’s Factory, was court-martialled and shot on 4th May, 1916. He was also very active in the Gaelic League. His signature is very Scarce.
Liam de Roiste was an associate of Terence Mc Swiney in the Cork Literary Society, later a Volunteer and a T.D. (1)More details ›
Rare Trial Printing of Address
1798 Rarity: Address of the County Committee of Dublin City, to their Constituents., and an Appendix to our Glorious Constitution, Printed document, dated Feb. 1st 1798, 4pp (a single folded sheet making 6pp, with pp. 1 & 2 repeated), “Brethern, we most earnestly entreat you, to recollect the solemn obligation you have entered into,’ in the awful presence of God, to promote Union and brotherly affection amongst your countrymen of every religious persuasion…”.
* This important and extremely rare item was issued clandestinely by the United Irishmen in Dublin in February 1798. It contains detailed instructions about the reorganisation of the movement as a military organisation in preparation for insurrection. (1)More details ›
Estate of William Smith O’Brien (1803 – 1864)
A folio pamphlet, 4pp., headed “Proceedings in relation to the Estate of William Smith O’Brien,” issued by his grandson, also William Smith O’Brien, dated Dublin 6th, Jan., 1862. “As applications for money are addressed to me day after day on the supposition that I am the owner of the Estates which were bequeathed to me by my grandfather…” going on to explain in great detail that the Estate is now the subject of Proceedings in Chancery, and that the Court’s decision will determine ‘whether I shall or shall not be sent adrift on the world in accordance with the prayers of the trustees. In any case I have lost my estate and my home, by having placed confidence in them.” Curious and interesting document. Scarce. (1)More details ›
A very clear manuscript payment order, signed Henry Grattan, for £9 and dated July 3rd 1789; = another printed and manuscript order of £100 stg. dated August 1782 and signed Henry Grattan; = a third order signed by Mayne Graham & others, dated March 1782. As m/ss., w.a.f. (3)More details ›
Rare Signed Historical Document
The Irish Constitution: Bunreacht na h’Eireann – Constitution of Ireland. Do hAchtuigheadh ag An bPobal An Iadh Iul 1937. (Enacted by the People 1st July, 1937). Roy 8vo D. (Stationary Office) 1937. FIRST EDN. Text in Irish and English, 117pp. all edges gilt, full green morrocco, front cover gilt lettered within single gilt fillet border.
* This Special Limited Edition, signed on front lose fly leaf by Eamon de Valera, the entire cabinet which he appointed in 1938, as follows:
– Eamon de Valera, President and Minister for External Affairs.
– Sean T. O’Kelly, vice-President and Minister for Local Government and Public Health.
– Sean Mac Entee, Minister for Finance.
– Sean Lemass, Minister for Industry and Commerce.
– James Ryan, Minister for Agriculture.
– Frank Aiken, Minister for Defence.
– Patrick J. Ruttledge, Minister for Justice
– Thomas Derrig, Minister for Education
– Gerald Boland, Minister for Posts and Telegraphs
– Oscar Traynor
– P.J. Little
– Maurice Moynihan
the 1937 Constitution was introduced by Eamon de Valera on the Fifth Anniversary of Fianna Fail’s First Government.
Provenance: From the library of Attorney General Patrick Lynch, K.C., and signed with initials and dated 10/5/38 by him on front fly leaf. Lynch was a solicitor and politician, he was Attorney-General of the Irish Free State from 1936 & 1937, and was re-appointed by Dev under the new Constitution from 1937 to 1940. Through Patrick Lynch’s family the present owner inherited by descent.
A most desirable and historical document. (1)More details ›
[Thomas Ashe] A printed card, ‘Admit Bearer, Graveside of Thomas Ashe, Glasnevin, Sunday Sept. 30th, (1917), signed by Sean Mc Garry, President, Wolfe Tone Memorial Executive, Numbered 485. v. good.
* It was at this funeral that Michael Collins made the shortest funeral address on record: ‘The Volley you have just heard is the only fitting memorial to a dead Volunteer.’ A Rare memento. (1)More details ›
Sean Mac Diarmada (executed 1916)
A fine memorial tribute to Mac Diarmada by Phillis Bean Ui Cheallaigh (wife of former President of Ireland, Sean T. O’Ceallaigh), manuscript, 2pp. with a signed covering letter, written in 1976 for a friend. As a m/ss.
* Phyllis Ryan was a member of a well-known Wexford family, a sister of Dr. Jim Ryan who was medical officer in the G.P.O. during the 1916 Rising. Her elder sister Min was a close friend of Sean Mac Diarmada, who often came to the house where the Ryan’s resided; she later married Richard Mulcahy. In her warm tribute Phyllis describes how “Sean with his handsome face, lame leg, and unbelievable time and attention for everyone made me feel that I counted for something. I have to explain that at 21 years then I was only a child!…. I was the youngest of a large family and my opinions were never sought and seldom taken into account. Sean changed all that for me, and I loved him. It was of course a hero worship love. I knew that he and my sister Min were in love with each other. I was in no way jealous of that. Sean often gave me small jobs to do – a letter to deliver or a message.. That made me proud to feel that I was in his confidence no matter how small the errand….”
A charming tribute from a distinguished lady. Pierced for filing, with traces of cellotape, otherwise in v. good condition. (1)More details ›
Irish War News. the Irish Republic. Vol. I No. 1 Dublin, Tuesday April 25th, 1916 [Second Day of The Rising]. Small 4to single sheet, folded to form 4pp. browned as usual, one damp stain, somewhat frayed at edges, but generally no loss of text. Extremely Rare.
* This was the only publication known to have been printed in the area controlled by the Rebels during the Rising, in a commandeered print works in Halston Street. The material in pages 1-3 may have been prepared in advance, but the ‘Stop Press’ column on page 4, headed ‘The Irish Republic, could not have been written before Tuesday morning as stated. Written by Pearse while under fire in the GPO, it names the members of the Provisional Government, and gives some details (mainly accurate) of the fighting to date. ‘At the moment of writing this report (9.30 a.m., Tuesday) the Republican forces hold all their positions and the British forces have nowhere broken through. There has been heavy and continuous fighting for nearly 24 hours, the casualties of the enemy being much more numerous than those on the Republican side. The Republican forces everywhere are fighting with splendid gallantry ..’ It is printed on the lightest of newsprint, and surviving copies are often in poor condition. The example here is a very good copy of this extremely scarce item. (1)More details ›
Signed by P.H. Pearse
St. Enda’s School: Pearse (P.H.) A signed receipt on printed St. Enda’s College receipt form, stamped and dated 14/7/1911 acknowledging payment for £5-10-10 for books and sundries. Signed by Pearse over 1d British stamp. Scarce. (1)More details ›
P.H. Pearse Surrenders, 1916
Rare Broadside Poster: A large Daily Sketch newspaper advertising Poster, “Surrender of Irish Rebel Chief,” printed one side only with an illustration of the famous photograph of Pearse handing his note of surrender to British Authorities in 1916, to end The Easter Rising, approx. 76 x 51cm, printed in black and blue, framed. V. Scarce. (1)More details ›