Fishing: The Angler’s Guide: Containing Easy Instructions for The Youthful Beginner, By a Lover of the Art. 16mo L. 1828. First Edn.? Engd. frontis [VII] 136pp uncut, orig. ptd. boards. V. good copy. (1)More details ›
The Panter Collection
Sotheby & Co.: Catalogue of The Panter Collection of Irish Coins and Medals and Fire Insurance Plates etc., 8vo L. 1929. Sole Edn., 3 illus. plts. orig. ptd. wrapprs. Rare.
* Containing the property of the late G.W. Panter, Esq. of The Bawn, Foxrock, Co. Dublin. (1)More details ›
Co. Kilkenny: Battersby & Co. – “Kilkenny Castle’ Kilkenny, Ireland,” Catalogue of the Valuable, antique and Interesting Contents of this Historic Mansion. To be sold by Auction for The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Ossory,… commencing Monday 18th Day of November, 1935, 4to D. 1935. Illus., orig. ptd. wrappers, with overlaid photographic illus. (1)More details ›
AUCTION CATALOGUES. BOOKS. A selection including
– Allen & Townsend. Library at Carton, Maynooth, for Duke of Leinster, 1949. .
– Marsh, Cork. Books removed from Bowen’s Court, Mrs. E.D.C. Cameron (Elizabeth Bowen). 1961. Priced.
– Adams. Prop. of late T.B. Costello, Tuam, 1962, priced.
– Rokeby Hall, Dunleer, Co. Louth, North 1943, Trustees of Maud Montgomery.
– Adams. Henry Mangan decd., books, ms. & 17th c. pamphlets. 1961. Priced.
– Hamilton & Hamilton. Doneraile Court, late Lord Doneraile. 1969.
– Battersby. Cahir Park House. Some priced. 1962.
– Town & Country Estates. Coll. Dr. A.H. Jones, some priced. 1958.
– Naylor’s, Liffey St. Books, some priced. 1960.
– McCreery, Kilkenny Reps. late M. Carrigan, priced. 1962.
– Tormey Bros. Execs. Rev. Fr. W. Hawkes, some priced. 1963.
– Battersby. Estate Wm. J. Shields. Priced, some buyers’ names. 1964.
– Milverton Hall, Skerries, circa 1980. Priced, some buyers’ names.
– H.O.K. Woodstock House, Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow, the Library, with price list. 1992.
– and a few others.
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AUCTION CATALOGUES. Cos. Kildare & Wicklow, a collection including:
– Carton, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Furniture & Fine Art (incl. books), Allen & Townsend, for Duke of Leinster, 3464 lots. Cover torn.
– Curragh Grange, fine art etc., for Mr. & Mrs. Joseph McGrath, Mealy, c. 1980, well illus.
– ‘Forenaughts’, Johnstown, porcelain, glass, paintings etc., Hamilton & Hamilton, 1980.
– Morristown Lattin, Naas, furniture, paintings etc., H&H, 1984.
– Straffan House, furniture & furnishings, Jackson-Stops & McCabe, 1960.
– Castletown House, Celbridge, residue of furniture, J.S. & McC. 1966, some prices.
– St. Catherine’s Park, Leixlip, H&H, 1987, some prices.
– Our Lady’s Bower, Killashee, Mullen 1998, well illus.
– Roseboro House, Naas, important furniture etc., Mealy 1991, well illus.
– Mount Corballis House, Rathdrum, Co.Wicklow, Clarke Delahunt, 1950.
– Glencormac Ho., Kilmacanogue, Clarke Delahunt, for Mrs. Jameson, 1958.
– Coolattin Ho., Shillelagh, H&H, 1983, some prices.
– Clonmannon Ho., Ashford, H&H 1979.
– Ballyhenry, Ashford, H.O.K. 1989.
– Woodstock, N’mountkennedy, H.O.K. 1992, for W. Forwood, some prices.
– Trudder, N’mountkennedy, Mealy c. 1980, for late Lt. Col. F.C. Cowper., well illus.
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AUCTION CATALOGUES. Cos. Dublin & Meath, a collection including:
– Old Bridge Ho., Drogheda, Gunne 1984, for Mrs D.H. Coddington.
– Rockfield, Kells, HOK 1999, for A. Cameron.
– Garretstown House., Dunshaughlin, Mealy 1999, for Prince& Princess Guirey, important paintings etc., profusely illus.
– Rosenberg, Silchester Rd., Glenageary, HOK 1989, for Mrs. Arthur Williams.
– Swynnerton, Brighton Rd., Foxrock, HOK 1988.
– Bohomer, St. Doulagh’s, Malahide Rd., HOK 1988.
– Cuilin, Alleys River Rd., Old Conna, HOK 1991, for execs. Paul Campbell, well illus.
– The Old Glebe, Newcastle, HOK 1989
– The Orchard, Shankill, H&H, for W.J.B. MacAuley, objects d’art, outstanding silver.
– Town & Country Estates, Dublin, Old Master Paintings, 1960.
– 62 Fitzwilliam Sq., Osborne King & Megran, 1966, for Kathleen Kennedy.
– Howth Ho., Howth, Ganly Walters 1989, for execs Wm. Ruttle.
– Glencullen Ho., Kilternan, Adams 1995, for Christopher Fitz-Simon.
– 24 Fitzwilliam Sq., HOK 1996, for Michael Ramsden (Saskia Antiques), well illus.
– The Collection of Knollys Stokes, HOK 1998, well illus.
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AUCTION CATALOGUES. Cos. Down, Louth, Monaghan, Fermanagh, Galway, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, a collection including:
– Strangford Ho., Strangford, Co. Down, Chawner 1982
– Glyde Court, Tallanstown, Dundalk, Nicholson 1982, for Lt. Col. May.
– Hilton Pk, Clones, J.Stops McCabe, 1985.
– Lisgoole Abbey, Enniskillen, Eadie McFarland & Geddes 1978.
– Dunboyne, Kenmock, Belfast, Ross 1968, furniture, porcelain etc.
– Longford Ho., Beltra, Co. Sligo, Mullen 1991, for Sir Malby Crofton.
– Eden Hill, Sligo, J.S. McC. C. 1970
– Moyne Park, Abbeyknockmoyne, Co. Galway, Mealy 1994, for Ms. Penny Macbeth, profusely illus.
– Corries Ho., Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, Adams 1977, for Rudkin family, some prices.
– Fenagh Ho., Fenagh, Mealy 1990, reps. Cmdr Denis Pack-Beresford, well illus.
– Hardymount Ho., Tullow, H&H 1982, some prices.
– Evington Ho., Newgarden, Carlow, Mealy 1989, for Capt. Prior Wandesforde, well illus.
– Kellsgrange, Kells, Co. Kilkenny, Mealy 1997, for Eric Wardrop, illus.
– The Grange, Ballyragget, Mealy 1996, for Dr. T.A. White, well illus.
– Mount Loftus, Goresbridge, Mealy 1995, for reps. Mrs. Grattan-Bellew, very well illus.
– Shankill Castle, Paulstown, Mealy 1990, for Misses Toler-Aylward, paintings, furniture etc., well illus.
– Borleagh Manor, Inch, Gorey, Co. Wexford, Mealy 1996, for Malachy Stone, well illus.
– Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Allen & Townsend 1981.
– Clonageera Ho., Durrow, Co. Laois, Mealy 1989, well illus.
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AUCTION CATALOGUES. Cos. Waterford, Wexford, Cork, Limerick, Clare, Tipperary, Kilkenny, a collection including:
– Whitechurch House, Cappagh, Co. Waterford, Allen-Whitechurch Coll., North 1976, well illus.
– Inisfail House, Woodstown, Waterford, Shee & Hawe, 1977.
– Ballydavid, Woodstown, Mealy 1985
– Ballynaparka, Aglish, Mealy, 1995, well illus.
– Clobemon Hall, Ferns, Wexford, H.O.K. 1991, well illus.
– Coolmain Castle, Kilbrittain, Co. Cork, O’Sullivan 1989.
– Killora Lodge, Glounthane, Chawner 1988.
– Killuragh Glen, Mallow, Mealy 1997, for Boyd family, well illus.
– The Hermitage, Cobh, Mealy 1999, for Cyril Hall, profusely illus.
– Derk, Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick, Stokes & Quirke, 1972.
– Croom House, Mealy 1986, for FitzJohn family.
– Knocktoran House, Knocklong, Co.Clare, Mealy 1987, well illus.
– Tinerana, Killaloe, H.O.K. 1988, part priced.
– Flagmount, Feakle, Shanahan 1967, part priced.
– Annagh Lodge, Coolbawn, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Mealy 1991, for M.R. Cubitt.
– Emmel Castle, H.O.K. 1991
– Shanbally House, Mealy 1988, for C.J. Powell, well illus.
– Lismacue Castle, Bansha, Mealy 1986, for Wm. Baker.
– Acraboy House, Monard, Mealy 1991, for Lady Harris, important furniture etc.
– Coolbawn House, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny Mealy 1997.
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BOOKSELLERS’ CATALOGUES. A good selection including
Hodges Figgis, numbers X (1910), 4 (new series c. 1912), 5 (1926), 6 (1928), 7 (1930), 8 (1936), 9 (1937), 10 (1953), XI (1956); Hugh Greer (Cathedral Book Store Belfast), no. 4 (c. 1925), 6, 9 (c. 1931), 10, 16, 20 (1941); and a few others.
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Landed Estates Court, Ireland
Co. Cork: Estate of Louis Brady, Kingsmill John Brady, Thomas Hare, & Richard Davies Chillingworth, Owners, … Rental and Particulars of The Lands of Lower Quartertown .. the Dwelling House and Demesne Lands of Harriettville and Wilton, containing 302 acres.. situate in the Barony of Fermoy.. . Part of the said Lands .. including the Dwelling House and Demesne Lands called Millbrook, and The Mallow Mills and Factory… . Portion of the plots of ground.. in the Main Street, New Street and Carmichael’s Lane in the Town and Manor of Mallow. To be Sold by Public Auction…. Tuesday 7th November, 1876. Oblong folio 16pp. 3 lg. hd. coloured maps, orig. ptd. wrappers. As an Atlas, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
The Playwrights gives his view of the State of Irish Theatre
& Outlines the Case for a New Departure
FRIEL, Brian, dramatist [1929-2015]. An important typescript signed letter, 5 pp, with a manuscript postscript, December 1974, from his home near Lifford, Co. Donegal, to the Abbey actor Pat Laffan (a member of the Actors Equity council) and the theatre designer Bronwyn Cassin, giving a frank view of the state of Irish theatre, and outlining the case for a new departure. The letter arises from discussions in an Equity subcommittee of which Friel and Laffan were members.
‘My first concern, probably my only concern’, Friel says, ‘is the state of theatre in Ireland today. I think we are on the verge of a new direction .. Do we think automatically in terms of how best the Abbey can be reformed and made the vehicle for these new concepts, or do we attempt the new excursion without the inhibition of an existing place ..? The decision I have come to is that the Abbey, even a reformed Abbey, cannot [be] the incubator. It has evolved into an institution of such magnitude that necessarily most of its energy is consumed with keeping alive and keeping open. Before it even begins to think of what kind of plays it ought to do .. it is concerned .. with its capital, its publicity, its expenditure, its intake, its public, its cleaners, its caterers .. These are not the problems that are exercising me. Nor were they the problems of Yeats-Gregory-Fay ..
‘Our concern .. is to forge a new Irish drama .. The new voice I think I detect and the new direction I know to be necessary are the things that engage me now, and these could not find accommodation in Abbey Street. Even if the Abbey could be restructured .. the whole Abbey enterprise would be too lavish and too expensive to nurture a new and delicate and uncertain idea …
‘When I come to a writing-down of what form the new Irish drama will take, of course I falter. I have no precise answers ..
He says it will not be a Gaelic-speaking or a poetic drama, because both of these are elitist in practice and theatre is by definition vulgar, of the vulgus. It has nothing at all to do with politics because they are trivial, of no importance whatever.
‘What I envisage is a small group of actors, writers, designers who are drawn together out of mutual concern and interest; a vague but very real awareness that what is taking place on Irish stages bears very little relationship to either the imaginative or the day-to-day life we inhabit; a recognition that what it is to be Irish must be shaped and presented; a knowledge that the old seam of realism-naturalism is exhausted; a conviction that we cannot grab a theory from England or Germany or the U.S. or wherever .. a belief that these new definitions .. will evoke a response at first from tiny audiences but later from greater numbers .. and that we must find new eyes and ears and tongues to see and hear and express the Ireland that hasn’t been expressed dramatically for 30 years.’
Although Friel remained with the Abbey for some years more, notably with his great play Faith Healer , it is clear that the line of thinking outlined here was what led him in 1980 to become co-founder of the Field Day Theatre — precisely the kind of loose creative collaboration he suggests in this remarkable letter. Throughout the 1980s his work was produced by Field Day, beginning with Translations , but in 1990 he finally returned to the Abbey with Dancing at Lughnasa.
With an earlier manuscript signed letter to Laffan, May 1974, 2 pp, outlining similar ideas, and a note dated 27 Oct. (no year) about casting for a film.
An important collection of letters from one of the great masters of Irish Theatre, outlining ideas and dilemmas which are still relevant today. Friel rarely gave interviews, and this is a very valuable exposition of his ideas as he approached a turning point in his career. A Saoi of Aos Dána, with a string of Broadway successes to his name, Friel was undoubtedly the leading Irish playwright of the latter half of the 20th century. (3)More details ›
Very Fine Hand-Coloured Prints
Pompeii: An early 19th Century Album containing 16 very attractive hand coloured Prints (possibly from a larger volume), each mounted on card, with hand coloured borders etc., c. 1830, in 4to mor. album, spine & upr. cover lacking, prints very clean. As an album, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
19th Century Irish School, c. 1879
Watercolour: “Muckross Abbey Chancel, Killarney,” attractive interior scene, approx. 6 1/4″ x 7 1/2″, wine coloured mount, gilt frame. (1)More details ›
Signed Autograph Letter
Dillon (John) A 1 1/2pp Letter, signed clearly, ‘John Dillon’ unaddressed but evidently to a Dublin bookseller (with their receipt stamp), and complete, requesting chess books, on his own notepaper from 1 Marine Terrace, Ballybrack, Co. Dublin. Good. As a m/ss., w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Interesting 1916 Associaiton
TOM CLARKE & SEAN MAC DIARMADA
A paid cheque for two pounds four shillings dated Oct. 18 1910, drawn on Northern Banking Co. in Dublin, signed by Thos. J. Clarke and made out to Seaghan Mac Dermott, stamped ‘PAID 18 OCT. 1910’, triangular excision to side. Countersigned rear.
A remarkable item linking the two men who, between them, were largely responsible for the planning of the Easter Rising. Tom Clarke, the old Fenian, served 15 years in British jails for his part in a dynamite mission. After his release he established a new life in America, where he married and became a citizen, but in 1907 he returned to Ireland to plan the revival of the IRB. Sean Mac Diarmada, born in 1883 (the first year of Clarke’s imprisonment), was one of the young men whom he brought to the fore, as a full-time Republican organiser, a member of the IRB Supreme Council and manager of the IRB-sponsored paper Irish Freedom. Both men were members of the military council which planned the Rising, both signed the Proclamation, both fought in the GPO, and both were executed thereafter. The two were personally very close; Mac Diarmada, whose parents died in his youth, regarded Tom and Kathleen Clarke almost as surrogate parents.
Note: the counter-signature to rear seems to be also in Clarke’s hand, rather than MacDiarmada’s. Presumably Clarke cashed the cheque for MacDiarmada for some reason. (1)More details ›
[PEARSE, Padraic] An original Prospectus for Pearse’s school, St. Enda’s in Rathfarnham, 1910-11, 16 pp, sm qto (stapled), a clean copy. With bilingual details of the programme and masters, including Pearse himself as head master, his sister Miss Pearse as assistant mistress, his brother William to teach art, Padraic Colum to teach English Literature, and occasional lecturers including Douglas Hyde and W.B. Yeats.
The prospectus outlines Pearse’s educational programme in detail. ‘A manly self-reliance and a healthy ambition to plan and achieve are not only inculcated in theory but fostered in practice .. The School Staff directs earnest efforts towards the awakening of a spirit of patriotism and the formation of a sense of civic and social duty ..
‘In the general curriculum first place is accorded to the Irish Language, which is taught as a spoken and literary language to every pupil .. All modern language teaching is on the Direct Method .. The study of History, especially Irish history, forms an important part of the curriculum .. Nature-study forms an essential part of the work at St. Enda’s ..’, etc.
With a copy of a modern booklet on Scoil Eanna. (1)More details ›
Republican Poem on O’Donovan Rossa
Manuscript: O’Higgins (Brian) [Brian na Banban] An original m/ss poem of six eight-line stanzas entitled Diarmuid O’Donnabhain Rosa,’ of Skibbereen, Co. Cork, 2pp (single foolscap sheet) signed Brian na Banban, 1915. The poem commences ‘Diarmaid O’Donnabhain Rosa / Honour and love to the name / There is nought in it mean or ignoble / It speaks not of serfdom or shame…’ Some wear, as a m/ss, w.a.f.
* Brian O’Higgins, ‘Brian na Banban,’ fought in the G.P.O. in 1916 and was later elected T.D. for Clare. An undeviating Republican, he opposed the Treaty, and remained with Sinn Fein after the founding of Fianna Fail. He was a prolific poet and publisher of magazines, booklets, and illustrated cards. (1)More details ›
Stop Press – Poblacht na hEireann
Republican interest: A good group of the scarce Stop Press broadsides including the important first issue, signed by Rory O’Connor, in large format, also in similar format, Nos, 2 & 3 & Nos. 31, 34, 37, 38, 44, 52, 61, 62, 63, 64 & 65 in the smaller format, some faults, & with one duplicate, together 15 items. As a coll., w.a.f. (1)More details ›
World War One: Irish Recruitment Posters – An Appeal to Gallant Irishmen, – Join an Irish Regiment To-day so as to become fit to accompany your brave countrymen in Belgium, D. (Hely’s Ltd.) c. 1915, approx. 30″ x 20″, framed; Cardinal Logue and the War … Irishmen: Your Help is needed to seal Germany’s doom, and to save Ireland from Belgium’s fate, join an Irish Regiment Today, D. (Allen & Sons) c. 1915, approx. 30″ x 20″, framed, as is. (2)More details ›
Frank Mac Dermot, Author, Politican, His ArchiveFrank MacDermot (1886-1975): Frank MacDermot was the youngest son of Hugh Hyacinth MacDermot, Prince of Coolavin, a distinguished lawyer who served under Gladstone as Solicitor General for Ireland in 1886 and Attorney General for Ireland in 1892-95. He grew up fully aware of his Gaelic heritage, his Catholic faith, and his family’s involvement with the law and politics. Throughout his life h
e was committed to the cause of a self-governing, thirty-two-county Ireland, and was prepared to steer his own route towards that goal.
In 1910 he joined the United Irish League of William O’Brien, which aimed to solve Ireland’s problems by bringing together parties of all opinions. He campaigned on behalf of Home Rule, and was a member of the Liberal Party’s Home Rule Committee. He served with distinction during the Great War, ending with the rank of major. His reaction on learning of the 1916 Rising was that it scuppered any chance of achieving a united Irish state.
In 1932 he was elected an Independent TD for Roscommon. He was a founder of the Centre Party, which coalesced with Cumann na nGaedeal to form the United Ireland Party. He initially supported General O’Duffy as leader of the new Fine Gael Party, but soon withdrew his allegiance as O’Duffy’s eccentricities became more apparent. He also resigned from Fine Gael when it attacked de Valera for supporting the League of Nations sanctions against Italy following Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia.
In 1937 MacDermot played a major part in the debates on the new constitution. A rapprochement with de Valera followed, and was one of the Taoiseach’s nominees to the new Seanad Éireann in 1938. He opposed Ireland’s neutrality during the War, claiming that it was in the country’s best interests to support the Allies and that the victorious Nazis would not hesitate to snuff out an independent Irish state. He resigned as a senator in 1942 and lived for the next few years in New York. Thereafter he played little part in Irish affairs, living mostly in Paris until his death at the age of 89.
His views, for so long derided as old-fashioned, have been justified by time – in particular, his disapproval of the increasingly narrow Catholicism of the new state, his pursuit of social justice for minorities, and his firm belief that the “Irish Question” would only be resolved by involving all parties, North and South.
The Archive contains the following:
Typescript: “The Maidstone Trials”
Carbon copy of typescript of article entitled “The Maidstone Trials of 1798: an insight into Franco-Irish relations 1797-1798.”
The article comprises an account of the conspiracies of the United Irishmen and others, their relations with the French revolutionaries, and the British government’s awareness of these.
Author’s name not given; it was not Frank MacDermot as he is acknowledged in footnote 69, his name being mis-spelt. The date must be between 1966 (MacDermot’s article on Arthur O’Connor, cited in footnote 65) and MacDermot’s death in 1975.
Reviews of Frank MacDermot’s biography of Wolfe Tone (1939)
“Press cuttings.” An album containing press reviews and correspondence relating to MacDermot’s book Theobald Wolfe Tone: A Biography (London, Macmillan, 1939).
Typed list of contents clipped into front.
There are approximately twenty reviews, including some by distinguished columnists of the time. These include Harold Nicolson, Desmond MacCarthy, Stephen and Denis Gwynn, Desmond Ryan, Constantia Maxwell, P.S. O’Hegarty, R.B. McDowell, Robert Lynd, Robert Speaight, Robert Noakes and others.
There are thirteen letters. The correspondents include J.L. Maffey (UK representative to “Éire”), Sir Shane Leslie, Michael Browne Bishop of Galway, T. W. Moody, and Dan Breen (requesting that MacDermot sign his copy). Some were eminent historians of the day, though less well known now, such as Sir Patrick Cadell, Humphrey Sumner, J. Chartres Molony, and R.H. Hodgkin.
“Ireland and the War”, 1941-1942
· Article by Frank MacDermot entitled “Ireland and the War” published in The Saturday Evening Post, 29 November 1941 (the last issue, as it turned out, before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into the War).
· Cassette tape recording of broadcast made by Frank MacDermot in the USA in 1942 entitled “Ireland and the War” (supplementing his article on this subject in the Saturday Evening Post). He maintains that it is time “Éire” joined the war on the side of the Allies, and is at pains to point out the disastrous consequences to Ireland as a whole if Germany were to inflict significant damage on Britain. Quality of tape not good, but the speech is repeated several times – and what a treat to hear the voice of a significant Irish politician more than seventy years later.
Sir Roger Casement and his diaries (12 items, mainly 1956-57))
Casement was put on trial for high treason in 1916. While the case against him was strong, he had powerful supporters and there were pleas for clemency. However, the British Government circulated privately diaries said to be written by Casement, which contained many detailed references to homosexual acts. The prevailing attitude to homosexuality among the British Establishment, and revulsion against the nature of the acts described, alienated much liberal opinion, and Casement was duly hanged. The diaries were then withdrawn and access to them was prohibited.
Irish nationalists stoutly maintained that the diaries were forged by the Government in order to secure Casement’s conviction. Others claimed that they were genuine, and the controversy still rages today in spite of many biographical studies. It is generally agreed that the Government’s use of the diaries at his trial was reprehensible.
Frank MacDermot’s view was, as usual, balanced and articulate – a plea for information and justice. In 1937 he raised a question in the Dáil requesting that de Valera should ask the UK Government for an inquiry; Dev refused.
In 1956-7 the matter flared up again, with the publication of conflicting biographies by the English journalist René McColl, the Irish nationalist historian Herbert Mackey, and the poet Alfred Noyes, with contributions from H. Montgomery Hyde, the Ulster MP and historian of homosexuality in Britain.
This file contains original letters, copy letters, news cuttings of letters, book reviews and an extract from Hansard relating to the Casement controversy. The writers include Frank MacDermot, Sir Shane Leslie, Ralph Partridge, Montgomery Hyde, Letitia Fairfield, René McColl, Herbert Mackey and others.
Miscellaneous letters to Frank MacDermot (27 items, 1910-1973)
A file of miscellaneous letters written to Frank MacDermot, and associated material. Includes:
· His membership card of the United Irish League, 1910.
· 3 letters from H.B. Lees Smith (Liberal MP and supporter of Asquith; subsequently a Labour government minister), on MacDermot’s support for the Home Rule Bill (1913).
· 2 threatening letters sent to MacDermot by Irish-Americans denouncing his stand on national issues in the Dáil and in the USA (1932): “It is just such BASTARDS as you that have destroyed Ireland.”
· Letters congratulating MacDermot on his speeches on the national issue and in particular his denunciations of the “narrow insular policy” of de Valera (1933-35). The correspondents include [Sir] Shane Leslie and John J. Horgan of Cork.
· A letter from de Valera condoling with MacDermot on the death of his sister (1934).
· Letters from Americans appreciative of MacDermot’s article and speeches on Ireland and The War (1941).
· Letters re Pamela (wife of Lord Edward FitzGerald) and the exiled French royals, 1804-06; original letters of Arthur O’Connor and the United Irishmen in France; and (from Lady Longford) her biography of the Duke of Wellington.
Articles on Frank MacDermot by Michael McInerney, and obituaries
“The Lost Dimension: A profile of Frank MacDermot”, by Michael McInerney, was a detailed appraisal of MacDermot’s contribution to Irish affairs. It appeared in five instalments in The Irish Times in January 1974, a year before his death.
The file also contains a letter from McInerney to MacDermot, and several newspaper obituaries, including a perceptive appreciation by Terence de Vere White.
World War One Medals Mc Dermott’s Medal Set and Miniatures, together with the associated Certificates. As a collection, w.a.f. (1)More details ›