Pierrepoint (Thomas) ALS written and signed by the veteran executioner Thomas Pierrepoint to his nephew Albert. The letter is dated 7th June 1937 and was written from Tom’s home address at Lidget Green, Bradford.
The letter is worded as follows, ‘2. Turner Avenue, Lidget Green, Bradford, Yorks 7th June, 1937, Dear Nephew, Just a few lines hoping to find you all well as it leaves us all well at present I have another job for Dublin, for Thursday the 17th so we shall have to go on the Tuesday night the 15th instant, So please let me know if you will be able to go without fail, With best love and good wishes to you all From you Uncle & Aunt, T.W. & E. Pierrepoint,’ It is written on lined note paper in slightly faded blue ink. This is truly a piece of execution history from the Pierrepoint dynasty of executioners.
Thomas William Pierrepoint (1870-1954) had followed his younger brother Henry (Albert’s father) into the calling of executioner in 1906. In 1923 Pierrepoint had taken over from John Ellis as hangman for the Irish Free State. By 1937 Thomas had chalked up over 30 years as an executioner and for over 25 of these had been the chief executioner. His nephew Albert (1905-1992) had applied to join the list of approved executioners in 1931, first assisting his uncle in Dublin at the end of 1932, then in Birmingham in February 1933.
Thomas was allowed to choose his own assistant for executions in Ireland and he thus often selected his nephew Albert. So Albert was learning the ‘trade’ from his experienced uncle but would not conduct an execution as ‘number one’ until October 1941. The execution referred to in this letter is that of John Hornick, aged 42 years, which was carried out by Thomas and Albert at Dublin. Hornick had murdered one James Redmond in County Wexford in January 1937, the motive being theft of cash, as a manuscript, w.a.f.
A clear example of the Pierrepoint Family tradition. (1)More details ›
Dillon (John) Irish Party M.P. A short A.L.s. to “My dear Gill,” 30 Dec. 1904, regretting he has to leave urgently, but will contact him on his return, 2pp. single sheet, from No. 2 North Gt. Georges Street, Dublin, with a very good signature. As a m/ss., w.a.f. (1)More details ›
O’Connor (T.P.)M.P. A short T.L.s. on his addressed paper, 27th August 1919, to Tom (Gill),… have not seen Baldwin since, have not yet spoken to Austin Chamberlain, wonders ‘wether this is the best moment to raise the question, when there is a perfect panicky feeling in all departments in consequence of the outcry against expenditure.’ Single page with a v. good signature. As a m/ss., w.a.f. The context of the matter is unclear; Gill was at this time Secretary of the British Dept. of Agriculture in Dublin. (1)More details ›
R.I.C.: A custom made designed Desk Blotter with two pockets, and silver mounted corners,Hallmarked E.L. & Co., Birmingham, 1900, and with a central monogram – H.C. – R.I.C. – D. (Head Constable, R.I.C., Jeremiah Donoghue) No. R.I.C. 65374, worn; together with an “Official Escort” Notice dated “Mountjoy 7th Juine 1920,” sined by C.A. Munro the Governor. Extremely Rare, a most unusual lot. (2)More details ›
Republican Documents: A collection of miscellaneous documents including the printed Constitution of Oglaigh na hEireann, November 1925; a cyclostyled document on ‘Chemical Warfare”; a report of a fraternal delegate to a meeting of the League against Imperialism, 1929; a list of contents for a projected work on the ‘national movement’ (chapter headings and proposed writers); some documents relating to the Wolfe Tone Commemorative Committee; and a few more miscellaneous items. As a collection, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
I.R.A. Casualty Reports: A most unusual collection of 47 Casualty Forms relating to members of the 2nd Southern Division killed in action or in custody, mostly 1920 -22, the printed forms with manuscript details of name, address, record of deceased, place and circumstances of death, nearest relative etc.
Includes Michael Condon ‘murdered by Free State troops whilst a prisoner in their hands’ 13.8.1922; Martin Clancy, ‘killed whilst attempting to escape from a house which was surrounded … while a battalion meeting was being held,’ 6.3.192; Michael Ryan, ‘taken out the day after being arrested and shot be members of the Free State Army,’ 14.12.22; Thomas Loughran of Thurles, ‘Deceased was in a friend’s house when a lorry of tans called … . deceased rushed from the house and while crossing the yard gate received a couple of bullets. He was taken to Thurles hospital where he expired in a few days or 30.’ (14 Dec. 1921); James Mc Carthy of Thurles, shot at his door by masked men, 20th March 1920; William Kelly of Thurles, shot dead when Tans opened fire on a Volunteer parade, 27.2.1921; etc. etc. Many of the forms appear to have been compiled retrospectively in 1923. As a coll. of documents, w.a.f.
* We have not previously seen casualty forms of this nature. A rare and unusual collection.(1)More details ›
Tipperary Brigade – IRA Roll of Honour: A typescript and manuscript collection of documents, including list of deceased Volunteers, with details of circumstances in most cases, about 90 persons on 7 pages; a 3pp. typescript list (about 23 names), and some individual manuscript casualty reports.
* Important documents, some with details found nowhere else. As m/ss coll., w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Comhairle na Poblachta 1929: A group of documents relating to this open political organisation set up by Sinn Fein and the I.R.A. in 1928-29 mainly with a view to organisation in the United States, including a cyclostyled press release by J.J. O’Kelly, Chairman, December 1928; and a press release and a summary of proceedings at its national conference, 3 November 1929.
Comhairle na Poblachta was not well received by the I.R.A.’s United States ally, Clann na Gael, and its was quickly wound up. As a result material concerning the organisation is quiet rare. As an Archive, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Sean Mac Bride [1904-88]
A very interesting typescript report to the IRA Chief of Staff, 16.4.25, signed initials SmacB, ‘Comdt., Officer i/c finance & Accounts,’ concerning a mission to investigate options for arms purchase in Germany and Belgium, on headed paper paper of Oglaigh na hEireann GHA, 5pp, with 2pp specifications from an arms supplier, Sean Mac Bride, a son of Major John Mac Bride and Maud Gonne Mac Bride, was a Na Fianna and the IRA from an early age. He opposed the Treaty, and after escaping from Mountjoy Jail late in 1923 he joined IRA GHQ, and took charge of the IRA’s finances, producing regular monthly balance sheets (see other documents in this archive.) He spoke French fluently, and evidently he made journeys to continental Europe to source arms purchases.
The present report describes a journey to London, Paris, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Berlin, Antwerp, Liege and back through Liverpool, meeting two arms suppliers in Germany, Grotstuck and Becker, and in Belgium. He says Grotstuck had proved unreliable previously in relation to supplies left in their care. In relation to Becker, ‘In some respects I would rather deal with this man as his dealings in arms would be illegal from the Reparations Commission’s point of view, and therefore, he would take greater care than if it were an ordinary business transaction. On the other hand, I am convinced that if he got the lightest opportunity for swindling us, he would probably avail of it.’ However, Mac Bride suggests dealing mainly with the Belgian supplier as his prices are lower and he is prepared to ship supplies close to the Irish coast.
Mac Bride also mentions supplies purchased by a previous IRA Director of Purchases, most of which he says are now lost or stolen. ‘The only goods which we definitely possess on the Continent are 50,000 rounds of 9 mm ammunition which is in Hamburg. I arranged to have this removed to another warehouse as I did not look on the warehouse where it was as being trustworthy.’ He also mentions the activities of ‘Briscoe’ [Robert Briscoe, an import/export trader, later a Fianna Fail TD and Lord Mayor of Dublin.]
In later life Mac Bride became an Irish Government Minister and was founder of Amnesty International. He was the first person to be awarded both the Nobel Peace Prize and the Lenin Peace prize. his biography by Anthony Jordan does not mention his arms purchase activities, and they are touched on only briefly in his entry in the recent Dictionary of Irish Biography. (1)More details ›
Irish Press File
[De Valera (Eamon)] An interesting collection of printed circulars sent to persons having subscribed to Republican funds in the United States, returned to them by court order in 1930, the circulars suggesting they should consider re-subscribing the funds to the capital of the Irish Press newspaper, then in course of formation by Mr. De Valera.
‘While these funds are being solicited by way of donation, Mr. de Valera will, of course, not derive personally any monetary profit from them …. . if any profits accrue from the enterprise, or if there should be any distribution of assets, such profits and the amount of any such distribution will be made available for the donors. As a coll. Scarce documents. (1)More details ›
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 ›
I.R.A. Medical Service: A file containing about 65 documents dealing with the I.R.A.’s medical service and the medical problems of particular Volunteers, January 1923 – June 1925, also two documents dealing with the Irish Republican Prisoner’s Dependent Fund.
The file includes much detailed information about particular volunteers and their medical problems (including somewhere the examining doctor could find no evidence of illness!), also more general material including a typescript report of poor conditions in the (Free State Run) Curragh Hospital), 17.2.1923; with details of the treatment of named prisoners; report on the organisation of the Republican Medical Service, 4 Sept. 1924; a similar report, 3.4.1925; letter from Director of the Service stating White Cross has decided to stop funding treatment of persons injured in action, 2.3.1925; accounts for the service, 5.2.1925; and other interesting documents. A few early documents (Feb. 1923) are signed A. de S(taic); there are also some interesting letters in January 1923 concerning ‘raids on city doctors’ (by both sides, apparently), etc. etc. As an Archive, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
I.R.A. Army Council Minutes: A file containing a typescript agenda and minutes of meetings of the IRA Army Council, March 1929 – July 1931, with a few supporting documents, as follows:
5th March 1929, minutes; 14 March 1929, agenda; 18 March 1929, agenda and minutes; 2 May 1929, agenda; 26 July 1929, agenda & minutes; 3 Sept. 1929, agenda and statement of ‘policy and main objectives’; 11 Sept. 1929, agenda; 13 Sept. 1929 agenda; 25 Jan. 1930, agenda and minutes; 26 Jan. ‘ 6 feb. / 20 Feb. 1930, letters relating to appointment of a ‘reserve’ member of the Army Council; 20.11.30, agenda and minutes (including action on ‘certain cases of treachery’); 1.1.31, agenda and minutes; 13 Jan. ’31, agenda and minutes; 10 Feb. 1931, agenda and minutes; 23 Feb. 1931, agenda and minutes; also a document headed ‘Manner in which it is suggested “Suggestions for a Constitution,” “Recommendations to form an Organisation or Party, and to Secure Elections to Local Government Bodies”; the present Situation and Future Prospects, are to be presented to Conventions’; 10th March 1931, agenda and minutes; 8 April 1931, agenda and minutes; 22 May 1931, agenda and minutes; 5 June 1931, minutes; 9 June, 1931, agenda and minutes; 24 June 1931, agenda and minutes; 6 July 1931, minutes; 16 July 1931, agenda and minutes; in all 22 meetings of the IRA Army Council represented and by agenda or minutes or both, over a period of 30 months, with some supporting documents, while this may be some distance short of a complete record, it is a very useful file.
* These documents are extremely rare: circulation was confined to members of the Council (usually not more than half a dozen), and we cannot recall seeing a similar collection previously. The minutes are typescript, and are generally short and to the point; recording attendance and decisions taken. A few are signed with initials, most are unsigned. As an Archive, w.a.f (1)More details ›
The Founding of ‘Saor Eire’
O’Donnell (Peadar) 1893 – 1986. An important collection of letters and documents exchanged between Peadar O’Donnell and the IRA Chief of Staff, Moss Twomey, 1930 – 31, discussing the establishment of the group founded in 1931 as ‘Saor Eire’ by O’Connell, George Gilmore, and Frank Ryan, and loosely connected with the IRA.
Included a long autograph letter to Twomey from O’Donnell received 5.1.30, explaining the object and programme of the new organisation; a typescript copy of same letter (presumably for circulation to others); an unsigned manuscript document in O’Donnell’s hand beginning ‘Travelling different road we arrive at the same points; Conditions are ripe for another efford; and organisation is not abreast of conditions’; typescript copies of letters from Twomey to O’Donnell dated 1st & 4 Aug. 1930, and 2 January 1931, expressing the IRA Army Council’s views with some caution. ‘We are all agreed that it is our duty to throw in our support behind those in the country who are suffering injustice and oppression, and that we should be in the fore front in fostering and leading the spirit of revolt. But how this can be effectively applied in the hope of leading to success is the big difficulty …. . To create a movement or a party which would go only as far as gingering up another party would not be worth while from our point of view'(1.8.30). ‘They (the IRA country members) state that everybody hostile to the present Government in the Free State has his eye on Fianna Fail as a substitute …. . They believe it would be almost impossible to get people in the circumstances to take up a revolutionary programme.’ The letter of 2 Jan. 1931 indicates that the Army Council is prepared to support O’Donnell’s proposals, but feels that in order to ensure effective co-ordination he must become a member of the Army Council.
Also with a few earlier documents concerning the IRA’s attitude towards the Donegal Annuities Agitation, with which O’Donnell was connected, etc. etc. As a coll. of manuscript letters, w.a.f.
* A most interesting collection ‘Saor Eire’ was in fact launched, but was almost immediately condemned by the Catholic Hierarchy and never got off the ground. In 1934 O’Donnell and Gilmore tried again with the ‘Republican Congress’ but were again unsuccessful. (1)More details ›
I.R.A. Army Council Archive 1924-5, 1929-31
This is a central file of documents sent to and issued by the IRA’s Chief of Staff, who for much of the period covered was Moss (Maurice) Twomey. The documents were filed (or ‘dumped’) in groups and there is some overlapping of dates. For the periods covered, this file gives a meticulously detailed account of all the IRA’s activities and internal procedures. Outgoing letters and instructions from the Chief of Staff are generally in carbon copy; incoming letters are some times in manuscript and sometimes in typescript. Most letters are signed with initials, if at all, or by military position, but most of the writers can be identified by anyone familiar with the IRA’s personnel. Many are on headed IRA paper. almost all letters are carefully dated whether by the writer or the recipient. There are over 300 documents, extending to over 500 pages. There is a gap between October 1925 and April 1929.
The range of documents is very broad, and the following is intended as no more than an outline guide.
(24.3.1924), 3rd Western Div. to C/s, interesting letter about funds needed to pay legal bills for Jock Leonard, in prison for shooting of D.I. Swanzy in 1920; (3 May 1924) Chief of Staff to O/C. Limerick County, setting up a new Limerick command, with code work; (21 May 1924) O/C. No. 2 Tirconaill Brigade, resigning due to financial circumstances (had been offered a temporary job in Belfast); (25 Sept. 1924) M. Twomey (Inspection Officer) to C/o making recommendations for battalion mobilizations; (Oct. 15 1924) C/S to Comdt. Sean Mc B(ride), ‘ I do not think there will be any pogroms in the North; etc; (24.4.25) Sighle nic Amhlaoibh, Cumann na mBan, to O/C, about volunteers giving evidence in court; (24 April 1929) C/S to ‘H.S.’ concerning a financial dispute with one Fitzgerald. ‘ We are determined that this debt will be discharged by Fitzgerald and are prepared to take very drastic action, if necessary, to compel him to do so.’ ; (2 Aug. 1929). C/S to late Adt. No. 2 Area, Ulster, accepting his resignation (after ‘justified strictures’ on his performance); (April 1929) Letter signed ‘P’, probably Peadar O’Donnell, mentioning India and Nehru, discussing his own need for independence. ‘I had to jump clear of things to follow my own vision, believing that a narrowing deadening insurrectionism is paralysing our revolutionary possibilities.’ With a page of ‘Notes for fraternal delegates to Birmingham Conference.’; (12.8.1929) Adjt. Gen. to ‘L.P.’, seeking details of U.S. ‘Timthire’ (representative) of men who got into USA ‘illegally’ 1918 – 1921, etc; (5 Sept. 1929) ‘J.B.’ (Sean Brady) to Mr. Ambrose, seeking to dissuade him from resigning his position; (9.9.29) R.King to C/S, ‘I regret that owing to feeling completely tired out and in need of rest and change, I am obliged to resign my position of D. Comms. (Director of Communications), with reply urging him to take leave of absence instead; (13.9.29), C/S to O/C South Dublin Battn. re carrying of arms by volunteers; (22.11.1929) O/C Cork No. 1 Brigade to C/s about a man named Barrett whom they are trying to ‘run to earth,’; also an arms capture, ‘not as a result of inside intelligence,’ etc; Sept – Dec. 1929, extended correspondence between C/S and others over poor inspection reports from Ulster No. 1 area, missing dispatches, resignation of O/C, etc; (16.12.29) ‘M.F.,’ I/O No. 2 Area, Britain, angry letter complaining about interference by a man (previously suspended) who has returned claiming to having instructions ‘to collect the remnants of the Army together,’ etc; (18.12.1929), reply from C/S saying the man has no authority from him to act in the matter described, but criticising, ‘the laxity in the organisation over there for some time,’; (6 Jan. 1930) Copy of communication addressed to the British Government, about prisoners in English Gaols, – identifying four men in jail for a bank raid and saying ‘the act … was duly authorised by th Competent Authority here,’ etc., with manuscript list of members of the British Cabinet (to whom presumably it was distributed); (Jan. 25, 1930), ‘An Timthire,’ (New York), news of Luke Dillon’s death, asks for receipt for $1500 cabled recently; (27 Jan 1930) Army Council to Chairman Clan na Gael Executive (USA), detailed 3 page letter seeking to dispel various misunderstanding stating, ‘The Army Council recognises itself as the Supreme National Authority in Ireland’; has power to proclaim itself at anytime a Provisional Government, with powers of war and peace, etc., discussing its relations with the Second Dail etc., also complaining about cutting off of financial support. ‘The situation now and for some months has been very serious.’; and inviting the Clan to send a Representative to Ireland for discussions; with a detailed reply (Jan. 30, 1930) from ‘C’ mentioning an Envoy sent by ‘Sceilg’, who has caused difficulties, etc; (Feb. 1930) More letters about disorganization in Britain; (12.2.30) ‘I am amazed at your report that organisation was let lapse; (17.2.30) C/S to O/C Dublin Brigade, complaining he did not turn up at the meeting place yesterday.
(25.2.30) Ling and interesting letter from ‘your old friend’ (Probably Moss Twomey) to ‘Tom’ (evidently a trusted Republican then based in the USA), explaining the situation at home – ‘Things are quiet normal here, raids, arrests, and journeys to the Bridwell everyday, for most of the lads,’ etc.; emphasising the need for foreign publicity for the I.R.A.; disassociating the Army from ‘the Councils of the Irish Republic,’ being started under the auspices of C(omhairle) na Poblachta; and complaining bitterly that ‘for some unexplained reasons the Clan practically cut off financial supplies since August last .. If they had told us that the money was not available we would be satisfied, but the position is that on the strength of it coming we incurred debts, and borrowed extensively. Now we are in a mess … You can scarcely appreciate the mental torture and uncertainty we have gone through for months past. It has nearly finished me. Indeed I want to close it all, and would have got out, but it would only be leaving others in a hole,’ etc.
(April 1930) Points for Speaker, Easter Sunday in New York, 3pp., with a further page of notes of matters to be raised; (26.4.30) notes on American engagements signed ‘R’, probably in Frank Ryan’s hand; (4.6.30) unsigned 3pp personal letter to ‘An Timthire’ (USA) probably from Moss Twomey, discussing the political situation and relations with De Valera making it clear that Clan people who hope for an arrangement with Dev. are wrong as he is moving towards Free-Staterism, etc; also same date, official Army Council despatch to ‘An Timthire,’; (31.3.31) very detailed 3pp typescript to Chairman, Army Council, from new York, evidently from ‘Timthire’ discussing various issues raised in previous message (lacking last page).
There are also many detailed notes from units around the country concerning appointments, local difficulties, operations, financial matters etc etc. A multiplicity of important letters, notes and documents, as an Archive, w.a.f.
* Taken with the other documents in this sale, these files provide historians with the opportunity for the first time to construct a fully authoritative account of the I.R.A. in the years following the Civil War and before Fianna Fail’s accession to power. (1)More details ›
IRA Financial Statements and Account, 1922 -25
[Mac Bride (Sean)] Two ring binders containing detailed IRA internal accounts covering the period from March 1922 to November 1925, well over one hundred documents containing some 500 pages, many of the documents signed by Sean Mc Bride, who was the IRA’s Director of Finance for part of the period. Viewing itself as a Government as well as an Army, the IRA was obsessively detailed in its internal accounts. These files contain full monthly accounts such as might be prepared for any business. To take just one example, the summary of accounts dated August 1924, in ledger form, shows monthly case income in various departments totalling £996; expenditure totalling £931, cash balances totalling £64; with comparisons with the previous month under various headings. The expenditure accounts distinguish between monthly and weekly allowances, special grants, travelling expenses, stationary, office rent, postage and telephones, etc., with notes of legal expenses, couriers, tram fares, etc., and even £1.15.0 for purchase of passports, the whole ledger apparently drafted in Sean Mc Bride’s hand and signed by him.
There are similar accounts for May, June, and July 1923; August – September – October 1924, December, January, February – March – April 1925. There are also monthly accounts for the Chief-of-Staff and some other departments, and some weekly accounts from 1923. The monthly account for January 1925 is signed by Sean Mc Bride, Director of Finance; Frank Aiken, Chief-of-Staff; and M. Colivet, Minister for Finance; that for November 1924 also has these three signatures. There are also detailed accounts for a publishing project “Leabhar na hAiseirghe,” Feb. – March 1925; and here and there through the file there are references to an episode where the IRA’s Director of Purchasing, who was a Dublin County Council rate-collector, apparently used some of the rates collected for IRA purchases. The IRA had to refund some £400 to the County Council to avoid his prosecution for embezzlement (see letters dated 4 February 1925, 11 Feb. 11925, 7.2.24 (green ink, filed with 1925 papers) etc. )
Some of this money was apparently spent in Germany, possibly on purchase of arms. there are also many detailed notes about particular grants and payments, amounts lost due to raids, expenses claimed, various disputed amounts and so on. As a collection manuscript material, w.a.f.
It appears that Sean Mc Bride became Director of Finance in early 1925 with a mandate to regularize the accounts, and some of the monthly statements previous to that appear to have been prepared by him retrospectively. There are also some documents in the first file prepared by Austin Stack (1922).
* A highly important Archive of documents. None of this detailed information has previously been in the public domain, and it opens an entirely new field for research. (1)More details ›
Newspaper Cuttings Albums
A very large and comprehensive collection of Cuttings neatly laid down in a seris of 19 desk diaries, mostly Hely’s (Dublin), containing press cuttings and a few other items chronicling irish history through the early decades of the 20th Century, and also with articles on earlier periods of Irish history, irish saints, Irishmen abroad etc.
The core of the collection cotnains very detailsed press reports on historical events circa 1918-1928, including the Anglo-irish War, end of the war inEurope, revolution in Russia, the Treaty (a full volume on the debates), Civil War, inauguration of new free State Courts, Army Rebellion, terms of the “Pact” 1923 election results; the Eucharistic Congress, also several volumes with cuttings mainly of literary and cultural interest and much on religious affairs.
With a few original items tipped in, including an origianl memorial card for Patrick Langford Beasley of Liverpool, d. 1923 (father of Piaras Beaslai?) in the volume dated 1923/24.
A few of the albums rather shaken, but geneally in good to very good condition, a remarkable collection placing Irish history in a world contet, a range of cuttings which would be impossible to duplicate today, and a valuable sources for students of comparative history. As a collection, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Extensive Diary of the “Emergency”
Manuscript: [O’Farrell (Stephen)] An interesting folio album containing newscuttings, some real photographs, postcards and other ephemera, some orig. pencil sketches of Sean T. O’Kelly, Archbishop Mc Quaid, and others, and over 150pp of manuscript diary entries, mostly covering the later part of World War II and the ‘Emergency’ 1944-46, with a few earlier entries from 1942. Included a detailed account of events in Central Dublin on 8th May, 1945 (date of German Capitulation), including burning of Tricolour, by students of what he describes as ‘Shoneen University’ (T.C.D.) Also includes much about the compilers’ service with the L.D.F., his horticultural activities, and the Presidential Campaign of 1945.
The compiler appears to be Stephen O’Farrell of Marine Terrace, Bray, various cards & envelopes addressed to him. Over 200pp, with an index at front. Laid in also are some original letters, one from Dr. Pat Mc Cartan dated July 27, 1945, and one at front, a note from E. Hempel (former German ambassador) replying to a message of sympathy, date apparently altered from 17th May 1945 to 1948 (ie this was originally dated around the time of the German defeat).
* Of considered interest as a contemporary account of affairs in Ireland at this critical time. (1)More details ›
Casement (Roger) A collection of documents and research materials assembled by Dr. Roger Saywer, biographer of Casement, including about 29 T.L.S. and A.L.S. to Sawyer from Julius Klei, the American journalist and writer who attended the Casement trial and worte an unpublished book and film script about Caement, with a copy of a letter from George Bernard Shaw to Klein about Casement; a typescript carbon copy (said to be the only one extant) of Kilein’s unfinished biography of Casement, 144 pages; a typescript interview conducted by Klein with Father Nicholson, including ‘some inside facts’ about the Casment case; and a tape recording conducted by Sawyer with klein about Csement’s activities in Berlin during the First World War. (Klein was raised in Berlin where his father was a resident: he says the family knew Casement).
As a collection, w.a.f. We are unable to guarantee the contents of the tape recording. (1)More details ›
“The Big Fellow”
[Collins (Michael)] O’Connor (Frank) The Big Fellow. Michael Collins and the Irish Revolution, Folio D. (Clonmore & Reynolds) n.d. [1936 – 37] Unrevised & Uncorrected Proof Copy. Not for Public Circulation 70 galley pages, stapled, printed card covers; also scarce commemorative brochure issued on the occasion of the official opening of ‘The Michael Collins Memorial Centre,’ on the 14th October 1990 by President Patrick J. Hillary. Rare with interesting information on Collins and his family; and the covers a Daily Sketch newspaper, issue for august 24, 1922, with the headlines ‘The Martyrdom of Michael Collins.’ (1)More details ›