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Parnell In Scotland
[Parnell (C.S.)] Scotland’s Welcome to Mr. Parnell, A Souvenir of the First Political Visit to Scotland, 8vo, Edinburgh (The Darian Press) 1889, port. frontis, adverts, ptd. wrappers. V. Scarce. (1)More details ›
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Ffrench-Mullen, St. L.
‘Irish Legislative Assembly.’ A collection of four manuscript sheets outlining the proposed representation of the four provinces, Munster, Leinster, Connacht and Ulster, in an Irish Legislative Assembly, 1893, with details of population etc. Each on a folded folio sheet, signed initials.
Ffrench-Mullen was a member of the Irish Parliamentary Party, for whom presumably this scheme was prepared.
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Parnell’s Funeral Costs
A manuscript account for ‘Funeral Expenses of the late Charles S. Parnell MP,’ £52-82, on engraved paper of Wm. Flanagan’s Funeral Establishment, Dublin, 1891, issued to T. Harrington Esq. MP, endorsed in manuscript ‘Wrote offering £35, 29/9/93’; with a second account, somewhat stained, on the same paper, being a receipt for a cheque for £40 received from St. L. Ffrench Mullan Esq. MD for the same, signed and stamped.
* Interesting that the Irish Party was not above bargaining about the costs of its late Leader’s funeral.
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Lynch (Diarmuid), IRB and Easter Rising Veteran.
A very good collection of letters and documents, evidently from his own collection and that of his widow, including:
– TLS to Mrs. Lynch, Jan. 1951, from (Lt. Gen.) M.J. Costello, on behalf of a group proposing to acquire Diarmuid Lynch’s papers with a view to publication;
– Carbon copy of Mrs. Lynch’s reply accepting the proposal;
– Printed document relating to a Diarmuid Lynch memorial;
– Pre-printed British Field Service postcard to Mrs.Lynch from .A. Farrell, 7th Leinster Regt. (relative?), wishing her a Happy Christmas, 1916;
– Typescript copy of letter from Diarmuid Lynch to American Ambassador, London, April 1918, concerning his request to go to the U.S.A. on deportation from the U.K., endorsed at head by Diarmuid Lynch;
– Typescript copy of letter from Lynch to Terence Mac Swiney, Lord Mayor of Cork, July 1920, concerning captured letters;
– Typescript signed copy of Lynch’s letter of resignation of his Dail seat, July 1920, addressed to ‘the People of South East Cork’; and some related items;
– Signed typescript copy of Lynch’s letter to Hon. (Judge) Daniel Cohalan, New York, declining an invitation to meet Wm. Cosgrave, President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State; and some other letters of the period;
– Carbon copy of letter to Mrs. S.T. Rogers of Sutton, concerning documents entrusted to her by Michael Collins;
– Various document s concerning Lynch’s application under the Military Service Pensions Act, etc.; with copies of testimonials;
– A collection of acknowledgements of 1916 material lodged by Lynch with the National Museum;
– An American legal opinion concerning Lynch’s change of his name from Christopher to Diarmuid, 1910; also several certificates and other documents, in a file.
Diarmuid Lynch (1878 – 1950) was a central figure in the I.R.B. and Republican politics generally from1907, when he returned to Ireland after a period working in the United States, until the 1930s. Born in Co. Cork, he joined the Gaelic League in New York; after his return to Ireland he became a member of the Supreme Council of the I.R.B. He was involved in the failed arms landing from the ‘Aud’ in 1915, and fought in the GPO during the 1916 Rising. He was jailed in England until 1917. On his release he became Sinn Fein controller of food, and had pigs slaughtered for home consumption instead of allowing their export to England.
After another arrest he was deported, and went to the United States where he had residence rights. He became national secretary of the Friends of Irish Freedom, and was involved with De Valera’s various American campaigns. He opposed the Anglo-irish Treaty.
On his return to Ireland in the 1930’s, he collected material from survivors of the Rising, later published as ‘The IRB and the 1916 Insurrection.’
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Chaplain to the I.R.A.
Fr. Dominic O’Connor: A very interesting collection of five autographed signed letters to the I.R.A. Chief of Staff from Fr. Dominic O’Connor, Capuchin Friar and formerly an IRA Chaplain, including a note dated 14.11.7th (Year of the Republic – ie. 1922) saying ‘I am being exiled for the Republic but remain unrepentant. You and the Army and all the citizens of the Republic will be ever in my prayers …. . I have obtained the Apostolic Blessing for you from the Pope and will have the Diploma in safe hands in Cork with mother. For the rest, God Bless and prosper you. Have no fear for the Republic. Strike hard, strike often and strike effectively.’ A later 4pp letter (undated) suggests a design for an Army Flag incorporating the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with a suggested Act of Consecration; another letter dated 15 March, 8th Year I.R. (ie 1923) is signed ‘Conor Deoragh / Staff Comdt. / on Foreign Service’; it mentions approaches to the Pope by ‘certain Irish Ecclesiastics of strong Free State sympathies … . These all informed the Pope that peace and order and settled government were being speedily established, and led the Holy Father to believe that the Irish People were enjoying Freedom and Liberty.’ On 16 March (same year) he refers to ‘the Sacred Fast of our Prisoners, ignorantly called “Hunger Strike”‘and gives details of a British approach to the Holy See during Terence Mac Swiney’s fast, through the agency of ‘Lady O’Connor, widow of a former British Ambassador to Constantinople,’ A final letter dated 11.7.23 is addressed to Prionnsias O’hAodhagain (Frank Aiken), C/S IRA, written from Oregon. I would like to know that my allegiance sworn to the Republic as an officer of the Cork (1st) Brigade in 1920 still holds good …. . My heart is sad and sore for the many friends I have lost, especially my dear friends C/S and Rory & Liam & Joe & Dick. But I thank God they died faithful to the Republic and their Oath. May I express through you my pride and admiration at the glorious fight the Army made against such overwhelming odds.” etc. etc. As a coll. of m/ss letters, w.a.f.
* An amazing collection of letters. Fr. Dominic, one of several Capuchin priests who supported the Republican movement during the War of Independence, was sent to the United States by his superiors in 1922 (probably at the request of the Free State Government), and was never allowed to return home. His remains were repatriated to Cork in the 1950’s.(1)More details ›
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EDMUND DOWNEY’S ARCHIVE
A very large collection of letters, manuscripts and documents relating to literature, politics, journalism and publishing, from the archive of Edmund Downey (1856-1937).
Born in Waterford, Downey was a prolific journalist, writer, publisher and newspaper editor, initially in late Victorian London and later on his return to Waterford.. His father was a shipowner, but went bankrupt after losing 3 ships in one year. Downey’s cousin, the novelist Richard Dowling, helped him to get work in London with Tinsley’s Magazine, where he later became editor.
On leaving Tinsley’s he founded two publishing companies, first in partnership as Ward & Downey, and later on his own as Downey & Co. He was also for a time business manager of ‘T.P.’s Weekly’. As a publisher he reissued the works of Lever, Sheridan Le Fanu and the Bronte sisters, edited Lever’s Life and Letters, and published John O’Leary’s Recollections of Fenians and Fenianism as well as novels of his own (some under his wife’s name, ‘F.M. Allen’), books for young people, and reprints of many classics including Shakespeare and Dickens. He was evidently very successful; his catalogue for 1901 runs to some 30 pages.
In 1906 he returned to Ireland and bought the Waterford News, which he edited for some thirty years, steering it as best he could through troubled times. A son died in the British forces in 1917; two years later his newspaper was suppressed by the British as ‘subversive’. When allowed to resume, he had to deal with censorship both from Dublin Castle and from local I.R.A. commandants, naturally in opposite directions. In 1923 his plant was destroyed by Free State soldiers. When he was awarded compensation, it was withheld to pay income tax arrears. Eventually he was almost bankrupted by a libel judgement.
A Parnellite in his early years, he later supported Sinn Fein and became a friend of De Valera. He joined Fianna Fail on its foundation, and was an influential backroom supporter. He also published a literary magazine, Green and Gold, which printed (among others) the work of writers with Republican inclinations, such as Dorothy Macardle and Annie Smithson. His own later writings include The Story of Waterford and a book on Waterford’s bridges.
Downey was evidently a diligent correspondent and researcher. The present archive includes well over 500 letters from all sorts of people, mostly relating to literature, local history, politics and publishing, mostly A.L.S., partly organised here in a ring-binder and three file-boxes, with others in three larger boxes.
There are large groups of letters from W. Grattan Flood, the music historian (over 30, some about his publications); John S. Crone, the bio-bibliographer (10); Thomas Sexton (Waterford-born MP, 7 letters); William O’Brien of Mallow (3, 1916-25, ‘The time has come for the regeneration of the National movement, if all is not to end in bloody ruin ..’); Laurence Ginnell MP (3); George Count Plunkett (2); Katharine Tynan Hinkson (2, including a 1916 letter reporting on her son’s progress at Sandhurst, and describing a ‘huge response’ to her poems about ‘the poor boys in the War’); also the popular writer ‘Marie Corelli’ [Mary Mackay], offering to write for Downey but only if ‘your sympathies are with Ulster in the present crisis’ [July 1914].
Other writers include L. MacManus (7 letters and a card, 1918-24); M.J. McManus (2); James O. Hannay (better known as ‘George Birmingham’); the journalist and writer Liam Ó Riain [W.P. Ryan]; Julia M. Crottie (3); Swinburne’s friend T. Watts-Dunton, an interesting letter referring to Swinburne’s admiration for Downey’s work; Aodh de Blacam (5); Alfred Perceval Graves (3); Joseph Holloway (2); E.R. McC. Dix (2); Brinsley Le Fanu (illustrator and descendant of the writer, 5); Brian O’Higgins (2); G.F. FitzGerald of the Waterford family; Mollie Kenny of Exmouth, an unsuccessful novelist seeking advice, a thick file, including rejections from various publishers; Maud Power, writer and painter (whose Wayside India he published, ten letters including a list of possible purchasers); Byron Webber, a poet fallen on hard times, about 10 letters, with his privately printed poems.
On publishing there is a file from Fisher Bookbinding Co. (evidently his commercial binders, with lists of unbound sheets); Bowaters (paper merchants, a file with evidence of wartime paper shortages); a file about the printing of the Catholic Record; Heinemann (publishers, a file); P.J. O’Callaghan (Glasgow publisher, a file); A.M. Heath (agents, a file). Correspondents on political and allied matters include Gobnait ní Bhruadair (a.k.a. Albinia Broderick, Republican aristocrat, 2); Peter Golden (now in New York); Maire nic Suibhne (sister of Terence, on Sinn Fein business, 3); T.C. Harrington & C. Redmond (concerning funds for the Parnell Monument, 4); Mary Strangman of Waterford (2, about women’s suffrage); P.C. O’Mahony (a prisoner in Belfast Jail 1918); Joseph Devlin, apologising for discourtesy to a reporter at a political meeting, etc.
There are letters on aspects of local or literary history from M. [Matthew] Butler (a thick file); [Rev.] P. Power (of the Journal of the Waterford & South East Ireland Archaeological Society, about 10 letters); a file on the history of the Fanning Institute of Waterford; John Allingham of the Harbour Office, Waterford (a file); about fifteen letters on various topics from Irish bishops, one from Bishop Sheehan of Waterford & Lismore suggesting that Waterford’s old glass industry should be revived; Judge Martin Keogh of New York, Waterford-raised, two letters about old times, and others from his family after his death; (Lord) Lytton (2); W.G. Strickland (2); Percy Fitzgerald, Fr. Senan, Fr. Stephen Brown; The Irish Independent, complaining about an editorial criticism; the Princess of Thurn & Taxis, angrily denying a newspaper report that Prince Victor of Austria, who is still her husband, is about to marry Mrs. Lydia FitzGerald; etc. etc.
A further ten file-boxes, numbered 5-14, contain mainly literary material, as follows:
FILE-BOX 5 contains the original manuscript of Downey’s most ambitious and successful novel, The Merchant of Killogue (published by Heinemann in 1894), almost 900 pages, lacking a few pages at the start; and also a notebook with pasted-in cuttings from its initial periodical publication, with Downey’s manuscript corrections. The Dictionary of Irish Literature (Hogan 1996) describes the Merchant as a ‘serious effort, [which] suggests that Downey, if he had not succumbed to entertaining, might have been a substantial novelist’.
FILE-BOX 6 contains other literary drafts by Downey, including ‘Fardorougha, an Irish Drama in 4 Acts, founded on Carleton’s work’, manuscript and typescript; a bundle of ‘Sketches of Plays’; sections of a manuscript entitled ‘King Stork’, possibly a draft of ‘Mr. Boyton’, by Downey, published 1895; an early draft of ‘The Ugly Man’ [by Downey, published 1896]; also notebooks with manuscript and printed notes compiled by Downey on Lever, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, and the history of Waterford.
FILE-BOX 7 contains further manuscripts mainly by Downey, including seven notebooks with drafts of ‘The Story of Waterford’ and a file of loose notes; a collection of manuscript copy-books, one containing part of a manuscript draft of ‘Fardorougha’ (see above); a manuscript entitled ‘The Flood’, possibly by Ms. E. Howe of Forest Hill; and other pieces.
FILE-BOX 8 contains mainly notes on literature and writers compiled by Downey, including ‘Notes on Irish writers in London’ (2 copybooks); another with notes on the Young Ireland movement; a manuscript entitled ‘The Brazen [or Brass] Ring’, 9 copybooks [by Downey, published 1894]; a notebook with reviews (mainly printed cuttings) of Downey’s books; another with ‘Publishing notes & ideas’; a scrapbook containing pasted-in cuttings of ‘Lost in the Dark’ and other items; a manuscript/typescript draft entitled ‘Charles Lever’s Father’; a manuscript transcription by Downey of ‘The Pentagouls’ by Lever; a notebook containing manuscript ‘Notes on Charles Lever’s Letters’; and a monograph on Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu by Downey, printed extracts from the Waterford News 1910 with ms. corrections.
FILE-BOX 9 contains ‘Notes on Charles Lever’ compiled by Downey, five notebooks containing printed extracts and manuscript sections.
FILE-BOX 10 contains material on Downey’s publishing enterprises, including two printed catalogues of publications, Ward & Downey 1891 and Downey & Co. 1902; a thick bundle marked ‘Sundry agreements about Books and Copyrights’; a notebook containing a detailed manuscript list of Downey’s works, published and unpublished; other manuscript notes; also several folders containing cuttings of stories, etc., with manuscript notes by Downey; and a large brassbound ledger containing manuscript trading accounts for 1888-1890 at rear, with capital accounts in front.
FILE-BOX 11 contains a selection of pieces by various hands, possibly items which Downey was considering for publication, including a work on mountaineering, ‘On the Fringe of the Empire’ by W.D. McCormick & C.T. Dent; a work for children entitled ‘Awful Nonsense, All the printed part invented by W.M. and all the pictures part drawn by G.P.’ (pictures not present); a collection of ‘Patriotic Poetry’ (English), manuscript and printed extracts; a manuscript entitled ‘The Gaol’; a historical manuscript dealing with Roman times marked ‘Ms. found in hole in the wall at Christmas House’ (apparently early 19th-century, 95 pp; the Christmas family was probably related to Downey); and a file containing other manuscript and typescript pieces, etc.
FILE-BOX 12 contains a large desk diary for 1913, somewhat affected by damp, in which have been pasted printed periodical extracts, some of them entitled ‘Here and There Memories’ by C.J. Wrixon, with manuscript editing notes by Downey, the extracts including some interesting personal reminiscences of Parnell. We have not traced any publication of this work in book form.
FILE-BOXES 13 and 14 contain material by or relating to Downey’s cousin Richard Dowling (1846-1898), from Clonmel, who was ten years older than Downey. He had established himself in London journalism and helped Downey to get work there initially. We have not investigated this material in detail. It includes manuscript poetry, stories and essays, with some material apparently in shorthand, and some printed extracts, in mixed condition, some with editing notes in Downey’s hand. According to Hogan’s ‘Dictionary’, Dowling wrote for the ‘Nation’ and edited ‘Zozimus’ before going to London. He published some 20 novels, mostly three-deckers, some published by Ward & Downey, and is possibly an underrated writer. According to Hogan, ‘He deserves some contemporary attention, for he had a good comic talent and wrote with fluency’.
There are three larger boxes containing further papers, as follows:
BOX 15 contains letters and documents, including a bundle of 19th-c. letters to do with the Christmas family (probably relations of Downey); over 50 letters about the centenary celebrations for the Waterford-born composer William Wallace in 1912, in which Downey was a prime mover; some legal documents of Waterford interest; also a file of documents about Downey & Co. and its financial and publishing plans, a further file of letters to do with various publishing and business projects, and some miscellaneous letters.
BOX 16 includes a small ledger containing trading accounts for Downey & Co. circa 1895 (in front), with rental records from the 1950s on later pages; also other accounts, used chequebooks, cancelled cheques and the like, and a pocket diary (presumably Downey’s) for 1896.
Box 17 includes a few printed books, a collection of engravings by Leech, and a thick 19th century folio scrapbook containing a large quantity of contemporary newspaper cuttings of literary and political interest, mainly Irish, neatly laid down. Although this scrapbook is in poor condition, partly disbound, it is probably worth restoring and rebinding.
Downey’s papers include much significant material in the fields of Anglo-Irish literature, publishing and journalism, as well as his research on the history of Waterford and the south-eastern counties. He was for many years a prolific and influential publisher and journalist, first in London and then in Waterford; and in the early years of the Free State he was a significant figure behind the scenes in Republican politics. A full biography – for which this archive would provide essential material. This Archive deserves serious further Study. (1)More details ›
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Mac Dermott (Martin, last of the ‘Nation’ poets) A very good collection of five A.L.s. to (Edmund) Downey, 1899 – 1903, with one A.L. (incomplete) to Sir (Charles) Gavan Duffy, 1896.
The first letter, to Duffy, lacks most of the second leaf, which has been cut away with the signature. It is concerned with arrangements for a series of Irish biographies, with which Downey and Duffy were involved, and for which it seems MacDermott was to do some of the literary work. The second letter, to Downey, is mainly a quotation of a letter from Duffy to Mac Dermott, proposing to revive the plans for the series (which had been delayed following disagreements with W.B. Yeats). The third letter(5 June 1899) encloses a further letter form Duffy (not present), and comments ‘He must be altogether wrong about Yeats. Surely there must be something in the man beyond the attenuated, more than I can swallow…”
The remaining three letters mention the I(rish) L(iterary) S(ociety) and various personalities associated with it, ‘I have often wondered whether (A.P.) Graves did realy write ‘Fr. O’Flynn?’ I have been in his company scores of times and I have never yet heard him say anything with the least tincture of humour in it…’ Fr. Sheehan’s books; Gavan Duffy’s achievements; a detailed account of Duffy’s last illness and death as described in a letter from his daughter, and other matters.
An important correspondence. Martin Mac Dermott was the last surviving of the ‘Nation’ poets. The dispute with Yeats concerned editorial control of the series of Irish literary texts proposed by the Irish Literary Societies.
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* Note: Roy Foster’s Yeats biography (vol. 1 p. 118-124) describes the disagreements between Yeats and Gavan Durry – then a retired statesman – about the editing of the New Irish Library series. He does not mention Martin Mac Dermott,a nd it is surprising to find the old Fenian poet siding so strongly with Duffy against Yeats.More details ›
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Sheehan (Canon P.A.) An interesting collection of seven A.L.s. to the publisher (Edmund) Downey, 1901 – 05, all in the Canon’s meticulous handwriting, with good signatures,mostly on his embossed notepaper, from his parish at Doneraile, Co. Cork.
The letters are mainly in response to Downey’s requests to be allowed to publish cheap editions of the Canon’s novels, which the Canon could not allow due to agreements with their original publishers, though he says he himself would be glad to see them in cheap editions, so that they might be bought by the people.
His first letter, March 1901, explains his reason for writing. ‘The vocation of an author implies a good deal of uphill labour; but it has many consolations, not the least of which is the consciousness of speaking to souls for distant, but united in a common brotherhood of human feelings and sympathies. The keynote of all that I have written is this: – the desire to show the world the human, sympathetic side of the Catholic faith; for I have an idea that our separated brethren – thank God, we may call them brethren – only see the stern, unbending dogmas and discipline, which after all, are the real safeguards of the soul of the Church, which is charity..’
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“We May Yet be Juggled about Home Rule”
Lynch, Col. Alfred MP. An important collection of sixteen unpublished A.L.s. and one T.L.s. to (Edmund) Downey of the Waterford News, 1909 – 1916, one with an extensive statement of his qualifications and publications, mostly on House of Commons paper, some headed ‘Private’, many commenting elliptically on Irish affairs and the policy of the Irish Party at Westminster; and also early A.L.s. to ‘Manning’ 1895 – 1901, one inquiring about a vacancy in the Irish Party.
Born in Australia of Irish descent, Arthur Lynch was an engineer, writer, soldier, anti-imperialist and polymath, author of more than 20 books on many subjects, including science, philosophy and poetry. When the Second Boer War broke out, Lynch was working in London as a journalist. He sympathised with the Boer cause, and went to South Africa as a war correspondent. On meeting General Louis Botha in Pretoria, he decided to fight on the Boer side, and raised an Irish Brigade consisting of Irishmen and others who opposed British imperialism. He saw some action including a successful rearguard action which he refers to in his statement with letter of 29.11.1914, and was given the rank of Colonel. On his return to London he was charged with treason and sentenced to be hanged. The sentence was commuted to life imprisonment, and in 1904 he was released ‘on license’ and later pardoned. He was elected MP for West Clare in 1907. In 1914 he joined the British Army and raised a Brigade to fight in France. He appears to have been a ‘semi-detached’ member of the Irish Parliamentary Party, and makes some interesting comments to Downey about the party’s affairs. On 10 April 1911: ‘Over & above the apparent things, these are inner lines of guidance: an idea that we are too docile to the Liberals. Once or twice we have even backed them up in non redemption of pledges. That is perilous. the party is run by a little inner ring. Outside that ring,no one is asked to speak for Party, inside the House or out.. Fear that we may yet be juggled about Home Rule. We have frequently gone against Labour Party of late to please Liberals, even when out assistance not required..’ On 13 April 1911: ‘Keep the idea well in mind that the Party needs a tonic, that we are too much inclined to join ourselves hand & foot to the Liberals in return for ‘promises’, & that a hint might be salutary to the Party & helpful to Home Rule..’
On 21 November 1914: ‘The next four months must be watched closely as it is quite on the cards that all may be lost. I would be better to hold to the present condition than to dismember Ireland.’
On 24th June 1916: ‘Everything has turned out differently, not to what I had anticipated, but to what I had hoped. The present situation is the result of causes dated long back, when the exclusion of Ulster was first proposed. On that occasion there was not the strength of protest, however violent in certain districts, that one might have expected.. Then there is the question of th war. On this subject I take a more serious view than almost anyone in Parliament. So far we are not winning,and as it is essential that we should win, every possible united effort will have to be made. Weighing up all these things I doubt if I am justified in making my own personal feeling prominent, as the net result would be nothing except to throw temporary obstacles in the way of what the leaders are doing.;’
Lynch is a significant historical figure,whose contribution has been largely overlooked by historians. The present collection may contribute to a reassessment. As a collection.
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O’Hickey, Dr. Michael (1960 – 1916) A very good collection of ten A.L.s. to Edmund Downey, 1892 – 95, circa 80pp, mostly concerning his research on Waterford writers, with some references to contemporary events, Parnell, ‘T.P.’ O’Connor etc., the earlier letters from Scotland where he was stationed as a young priest.
A year after the last of these letters, in 1896, Dr. O’Hickey was appointed Professor of Irish at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, were he succeeded Fr. Eugene O’Growney. He was dismissed from the Chair in 1909, after a dispute with some of the Bishops over the proposal for a compulsory Irish requirement for entry to the new National University. He took an appeal to Rome, but was unsuccessful. The present letters were published by Downey soon after O’Hickey’s death, in a very rare pamphlet. As a collection.
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Shooting of Michael Walsh, Dungarvan 1919
A typescript report of the death of Michael Walsh a Dungarvan fisherman, shot by a policeman in April 1919, and a detailed report of the subsequent inquest, typescript and manuscript presumably as prepared for the ‘Waterford News’, circa 20pp in all. Rare and interesting.
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Censorship 1918 – 1921. An interesting collection of mainly T.L.s. from the British Government’s Press Censor for Ireland, (Lord) Decies, and others, 1918 – 1921, concerning the operation of the censorship regulations, to the Editor of the Waterford News / Waterford Evening News, Edmund Downey, with manuscript drafts of some of Downey’s replies.
Includes a long T.L.s. from Lord Decies, 5.2.1918, headed ‘Maritime Disasters’, setting out the principles on which the censorship seeks to operate. ‘As you know, the Press Bureau, and Admiralty, will not allow any reports on the loss of ships.. to appear until officially passed.. But to facilitate matters in this country should I hear of any ship being sunk belonging to Ireland or trading between Ireland and England, carrying passengers, seamen, cargo etc. … I at once communicate with London, asking to be allowed to publish this news.. but of course certain information likely to assist the enemy cannot be given, ie. place of destruction, destination of ship, nature of cargo carried, date.. You mention in your letter about quantities of goods being washed up lately in Tramore Bay. This information should not have been published…’
With six further letters from Decies and other censors,some of them complaining about particular publications,and some manuscript drafts of Downey’s replies. As a collection.
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“Your Paper has got to be Produced as I Say”
Censorship 1922. An extraordinary series of A.L.s. and T.L.s. to the Editor, Waterford News (E. Downey), from or on behalf of Comdt. P.J. Paul of Waterford Brigade, Oglaigh na hEireann (i.e. Irish Republican Army), seeking to dictate the style and / or content of various reports appearing in the Waterford News, 1922.
Includes a two page A.L.s. dated August 18, 1922, on Oglaigh na hEireann notepaper, from C.S. Quinlan, Actg. Military Censor, concerning report of the death of Lt. Connell & J. O’Brien, requiring ‘Column rules on all pages; put funeral report etc. on page 5; double column headings; cut out all ‘Passed by Military Censor’ captions; Please set out headings as under.. “Hero laid to rest. Funeral of murdered Waterford Officer. Remarkable Manifestations of sympathy..”
With a manuscript draft of an A.L.s. from Downey to an unnamed Alderman. ‘Father Hannon says you will look into the matter of our censorship if I send you an example of what is being done. Enclosed is today’s sample. After receiving it our Manager waited on Commandant Paul who admitted it was rather strong, but we had to carry out the instructions received.. And just as we were going to press a Lieut. Kelly, with revolver at his hand, came into my room and said: ‘Your paper has got to be produced as I say not as you wish it.’ This kind of thing is intolerable. And what a reward for the six years of daily peril & lose my son & I endured.. in other to keep the flag flying here!’
With about six other documents of similar themes, including a T.L.s. acknowledging that the persons who shot the leg off a small boy’s dog were ‘some young Brigade officers,’ but regretting that the person responsible was refereed in a newspaper report as ‘ a human brute – a title which any I.R.A. officer would naturally resent.,’ etc. As a collection. (1)
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Brugha (Cathal) and his wife Caitlin A good collection of autograph letters and notes from Cathal Brugha to Edmund Downey, Editor of Waterford News, as follows:
– A.L.s. on Dail Eireann notepaper, 24.2.22, a short note. ‘It would seem to me to be a rather anomalous position to put Dr. White into. However, I leave it to your own judgement.. Personally I have no objection.’ (Dr. Vincent Woods was elected Republican Mayor of Waterford 1920. Cathal Brugha was T.D. for Waterford; he resigned his position as Dail Minister for Defence after voting against the Anglo-Irish Treaty.).
– A.L.s. on cancelled notepaper of Lalor, Church Candle Manufacturers (the business which he co-founded). ‘I could not take it upon myself to interfere with the local arrangements.’
– A.L.s. on Lalors paper, dated ‘B’1 Ath cliath, Meitheamh 9adh 1922’. ‘Both Dev and myself are go maith domestically, go raibh maith agat. I saw a copy of the ‘Waterford news giving nominations; needless to say I am very much indebted to you..’ (concerning his nomination for the ‘Pact’ election. Around this time both Brugha and De Valera joined the Dublin Brigade forces centred on the Hamman Hotel on O’Connell St., and this may be the point of the ‘go maith domestically’ references.
– Autograph signed note of thanks dated 22.6.22, addressed from his Rathmines home. Written about two weeks before his death in action, probably one of his last communications following the Four Courts surrender. Brugha remained in the Hammam Hotel with a rear guard when De Valera and others escaped to safety. He refused to surrender, and was eventually shot down when he emerged alone from the burning building,carrying a revolver in each hand.
With an A.L.s. to Downey from Caitlin Bean Brugha, widow of Cathal, 9.8.22, from her Rathmines home, enclosing a manuscript copy of her reply rejecting a resolution of condolence from Waterford Corporation.
Cathal Brugha was second-in-command at the South Dublin Union during the 1916 Rising. Later he was Republican Minister for Defence, but disagreed with Michael Collins on many issues. His wife Caitlin, a capable business woman, was even less inclined to comprise than was he. As a collection. (1)
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Doyle, A(rthur) Conan. An autograph singed Postcard, with his printed address in Sussex, undated, postmarked (19)14, addressed to Alan Downey (Son of Edmund) at the Waterford News. ‘In answer to kind query I never slept at Waterford tho’ I have passed through it. I was on a visit to my relations the Foleys of Bally-gally near Lismore,’ A little soiled,with a good signature.
Arthur Conan Doyle, the celebrated writer of the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ series came of a family with Waterford connections.
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Hyde, Dr. Douglas ‘An Craoibhin’ A small collection including an autograph singed postcard, from French park, 1918, and two A.L.s. from Dublin, 1922 and 1929, the postcard addressed simply to ‘The Waterford News’ the letters to Fallamhain O Maoldomhnaigh, Editor ‘Green & Gold’ and Edmund Downey respectively, with related envelope.
The postcard enquires about a copy of ‘Dr. O’Hickey’s book for which I wrote you a preface’ (presumably ”An Irish University or Else -‘); the two letters explain that he cannot supply a story as requested. ‘Everyone has broken up and gone away. Alas! I do not know a single person in Dublin at the present moment who could aid you with a good Irish story. Nor have I any time to write. I have been very hard worked this year, and am going away tomorrow to the West for some rest..’ (3.8.1922)
With a good signature (‘An Craoibhin’).
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O’Connell (Daniel) An interesting manuscript Letter to Sir Benjamin Wall of Waterford, 28 Nov. 1845, the text in a secretarial hand but singed by O’Connell himself, 2 pp with cognate address leaf, postal stamp and markings, seal removed. A few small tears, no loss of text.
O’Connell explains that although he is going to Waterford, he cannot accept Sir Benjamin’s kind invitation as ‘ I must while in Waterford live in a kind of judicial privacy – I have already announced to the parties litigant that I would not accept any invitation whilst in town on the disagreeable business that carries me there.’
An intriguing item. (1)
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Clonmel Gaol. A printed Prison Record Card with manuscript details inserted, concerning Michael A. Manning, Reg. No. 215, year 1889, sentenced to two months imprisonment on a charge of ‘taking part in a criminal conspiracy’, ‘diet class 2/2 to 1 June, inclusive, the 2/3. ‘This is probably the same Michael Manning who was a childhood friend of Edmund Downey in Waterford. (1)
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“The D.M.P. are Saluting Mick Collins, Ye Gods!”
Beathnach, L. (Ministry of Fine Arts, Dail Eireann) An interesting A.L.s. on Dail Eireann notepaper, dated 19th Jan. 1922, to ‘A chara’ (E. Downey of Waterford), saying he has been ‘making enquires about the Irish Race Congress and can find out nothing definite about the delegates who have gone. Harry Boland and some others went the other evening but I do not know if it was in response to an invitation or as representing something or other. Things are a bit topsy-turvy just now anyhow. This Dept. is now incorporated with Education – I don’t know but I may get the kick-out yet. The D.M.P. are saluting Mick Collins, Ye Gods! Also the I.R.A. and B. are busy – just collared a typewriter and table belonging to our old office in Nth Gt. George’s St.: Things are getting very funny – sed sub rosa hoc.’
The Irish Race Congress took place in Paris immediately after the spilt over the Treaty, and delegations attended from both pre- and anti-Treaty sides, though they agreed to co operate for the duration of the Congress. (1)
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Waterford Assizes 1893. A manuscript Commission of Assize for the City of Waterford, Spring Assizes 1893, on a large vellum sheet, ruled in purple, signed by J.Nugent Lentaigns, Clerk of the Crown and Hanaper and Permanent Secretary to the Lord Chancellor of Ireland, addressed to ‘Our Trusty and Well Beloved the Mayor of the City of Waterford for the time being,’ the Lord Chief Justice of Ireland other dignitaries, with Queen Victoria’s wax seal (somewhat damaged) attached. A scarce document. (1)
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