“Proud to Die for Ireland”
Thomas Whelan & Patrick Moran, executed 1921
A copy of the Manual of Catholic Piety, Duffy, Dublin, n.d., the leather cover stamped ‘Official Copy,’ stamped on f.e.p. ‘Prisoners’ Library, Mountjoy Prison,’ inscribed in ink on f.e.p. ‘Thomas Whelan / March 13th 1921 / Sentenced to Death / Mountjoy Prison / Dublin.’
A most poignant item. Thomas Whelan, from Co. Galway, and Patrick Moran, from Co. Roscommon, were both members of the Irish Volunteers. Patrick Moran fought in the Jacob’s Factory garrison during the Easter Rising and was imprisoned; later he became a Captain in the Dublin Brigade. Both men were arrested after ‘Bloody Sunday,’ 21 November 1920, when fourteen British intelligence officers were shot dead by members of Michael Collins’ squad.’ Whelan and Moran were separately charged with the murder of British officers in the course of this operation. Both were convicted and sentenced to death, although there was credible evidence that both were at Mass, miles away, at the time of the attacks. Patrick Moran was so convinced that his innocence would be recognised, that he declined an opportunity to escape from Mountjoy with another prisoner (who got away successfully).
The Manual is inscribed the two condemned men for the prison chaplain, Canon John Waters, who would have heard their confessions and administered Mass before the executions. Canon Waters was not known for his sympathy for Republicans, but presumably he was sufficiently impressed by their character and demeanor to ask for their signatures.
Patrick Moran, Patrick Whelan and their comrade Kevin Barry were among ten Republican prisoners hanged at Mountjoy in 1920 – 21, whose bodies were reinterred in Glasnevin Cemetery after a full State funeral in 2001. (1)More details ›
[Childers (Erskine)] Anon. Ellen Hanly or The True History of the Colleen Bawn, By one who knew her in life and sew her in death. Sm. 8vo D. 1910. Sole Edn., 112pp a.e.g., orig. dark blue mor. limp boards. (1)
* Pres. Copy, inscribed on hf. title “To Erskine Childer’s with appreciation Maurice Fitzgerald, XX.IX.MDCCCCXVII (1917)”.
Very Rare. V. good copy.More details ›
Childers (Erskine) The Riddle of the Sands. A Record of Secret Service, m. 8vo L. n.d. [Preface dated 1903]. Inscribed on f.e.p. ‘S. Mac Dermott’ Orig. red cloth, shaken, internal hinges loose. Now in a custom made folding box. (1)
* The handwriting of the signature could possibly be that of the 1916 signatory Sean Mac Diarmada, but he almost always signed in Irish and we have not found an English-language signature for comparison.
Provenance: From a family connection of Sean Mac Diarmada.More details ›
Scarce Carlow Printing
The ‘Pact’ Agreement, A-5 printed leaflet headed Terms of Agreement between Mr. Michael Collins and Mr. Eamonn de Valera,setting out the terms agreed for the ‘Pact’ election, 1922, with list of four ‘Panel’ candidates. Carlow printing, tear to one side (no loss), scarce. with a Republican Ballad headed ‘Mick’s Conversation, no printer, no date [ 1922]. (2)More details ›
Funeral of Michael Collins
Photographs: A small Album containing about twelve high angle snapshots of a major military funeral passing through the streets of Dublin, probably that of Michael Collins, 1922. With an envelope laid in marked ‘Photos of Burial of Collins’, also a memorial card for Mary Barry, Tombeagh, Hackststown, Co. Carlow.. (the mother of Kevin Barry), who died 20th Aug. 1953. Also another Photograph laid in at end showing a group of armed Volunteers on parade, including a small boy at left apparently carrying a rifle. As an Album, w.a.f. Scarce. (1)More details ›
Irish National Aid & Volunteers Dependent’s Fund
[Collins (Michael)] A Collection Book for Irish National Aid and Volunteers Dependents Fund Issued to Miss May Joyce of Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford, 21st Sept. 1917, Signed by Michael Collins as Secretary (undoubtedly his signature), and with 4pp listing donations from named contributors. Laid in are a receipt for five shillings signed by Siobhan Bean an Phoraigh [Jennie Wyse Power] dated 3.5.18, and three various signed notes, one dated 27 Sept. 1917, saying ‘It is very sad about poor Ashe, another (3.5.1917) saying ‘I am very glad that things are going on so well for Mc Guinness’ [a prisoner candidate for Westminster seat]. In fine condition. As a m/ss, w.a.f. (1)
* Michael Collins was arrested after the G.P.O. surrender in 1916 and sent to Frongoch. Soon after his release with other detainees, Tom Clarke’s widow Kathleen chose him to be Secretary of the Volunteers Dependents’ Fund which she had established on Clarke’s instructions – an ideal position for Collins, which enabled him to reorganise what remained of the I.R.B.
Documents linking him to the Fund are surprisingly scarce.More details ›
Michael Collins Personal Copy
Collins (Michael) His personal copy of “Thom’s Official Directory, 1922,” specially bound for him in full red morocco, gilt and with his name ‘M. O’Coileain,’ in gilt letters on upper cover. In excellent condition. (1)
* A superb association item, which Collins must have consulted frequently in his successive capacities as Chairman of the Provisional Government, Minister for Finance, and Commander-in-Chief of the Free State Army, before his untimely death on a country road in Co. Cork on 22 August 1922.
Of the utmost rarity. Items which can be definitively certified as having belonged to Collins personally are extremely rare, since his lifestyle did not lend itself to accumulation of property.
Provenance: The family of the late General Michael Collins.More details ›
Inscribed by The Authors Sisters
Mac Swiney (Terence J.) The Revolutionist, A Play in Five Acts. 8vo D. (Maunsel) 1914. First Edn., orig. cloth backed boards. (1)
* Inscribed on f.e.p. by Mac Swiney’s two sisters”… le meas Maire Nic Suibhne / Eithne Nic Suibhne” Laid in at rear is a note signed Moira [not Maire Mac Swiney], dated 3.8.22, asking recipient [probably Ethna O’Byrne] to pay a taxi fare, saying ‘It is wonderful to be in Republican territory .. There is fighting in Bruree & Kilmallock. I am staying with Miss Mac Swiney in Cork. She is ever so kind to me & so nice’
A scarce item even without the signatures.More details ›
Very Rare Work by Mac Swiney
Mac Suibhne (Tourdhealbhach) [Terence Mac Swiney], ed. Sgeal ‘Sheanduin’ (Tadgh O’Murchadha) Cur Sios ar ghno na bhFinini i gCorcaigh [1865-67 the story of the Fenians in Cork.] 8vo D. 1920. Sole Edition, orig. cloth. Excellent copy. Extremely Scarce. (1)More details ›
Concerning the Publication of His First Book
MacSwiney (Terence) A long and interesting ALS to Fred Cronin, 27.5.06, 12 pp (three folded sheets), with associated envelope, discussing his plans to publish his first collection of poetry, The Music of Freedom (1907), for which he had obtained costings from Guys (of Cork) and Gills. The estimate for 1,000 copies in cloth gilt came to £33, to be paid in advance, which he confesses ‘has staggered me not a little’, and Guy’s representative also raised queries about the content. ‘Moore asked me .. did it not advocate armed resistance? I said it depended on the moral he drew from it! He laughed. He then raised the question of trouble with – what do you think? – the Church! I said there would be no trouble with the Church, as long as I believed in the Church I would write nothing against it. He said of course .. But things are peculiar in Ireland, and there was – the Peasant! He actually brought up the suppression of the ‘Peasant’! I told him some of those who disapproved most strongly of that suppression were priests, which seemed to surprise him ..’ Also mentions other projects, the Craobh, the Celtic [Literary Society], etc. [Note: Cronin is addressed here as ‘Conchubhar’, the name he used when writing in Irish]. MacSwiney’s collection The Music Of Freedom was published in 1907 under his own imprint, The Risen Gaedheal Press, printed by Guys of Cork, under the pen-name ‘Cuireadir’ (‘Sower of seed’). He got his chosen Irish Vellum paper and cloth gilt binding, with the United Irish harp on front cover, but it is very unlikely that 1,000 copies were issued, as the book is rare; about 300 is more likely. A copy is included with this lot. ‘For victory Is not in life alone, but in the strength That masters life to serve a noble purpose. And they have won their fight most gloriously, Who flung their lives with passionate resolve Against tyrannous empire; who in falling Did fire a million sleeping breasts to life ..’ [p. 67]
Provenance: Cronin CollectionMore details ›
Lord Mayor of Cork
Mac Swiney (Terence) Interesting TLS as Lord Mayor of Cork, dated 2 June 1920, on headed official notepaper with black border, to the superintendent, Great Southern & Western Railway, supporting a proposal from Messrs Henry Ford of Cork for sleeping carriages to be attached to the mail train between Cork and Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire). With a good signature in Irish, fold marks, slightly frayed, but without loss. As a m/ss, w.a.f.
* Terence Mc Swiney became Lord Mayor of Cork in March 1920, following the assassination of the previous Mayor, Tomas Mac Curtain, by British Troops – hence the black border. He was himself arrested a few months later and commenced his fatal hunger strike, the result of which claimed his life on 25th October, 1920. (1)More details ›
Military Manuals: Lewis Gun Training (Provisional), sm. 4to D. (Stationary Office) 1927; School of The Grenadier, sm. 4to D. ; Infantry Drill (Provisional), sm. 4to D. (Stationary Office) 1926. All with fold. & other illus. Each with signatures of various military personnel, all orig. cloth. Interesting collection from the 1920s. (3)More details ›
Home Rule: Unionist – The Irish Unionist Pocket-Book Containing Radical Questions and Unionist Answers Regarding Home Rule For the Use of Unionist Workers in Gt. Britain. 12mo D. & B. 1911. Second Edn. 119pp. orig. ptd. wrappers, British Flags. Very Scarce. Good. (1)More details ›
Unusual Cyclist Companies Instruction Manual
The Great War, 1914 – 1916: Burnett (Maj. J.C.) Cyclist Companies with Divisional Mounted Troops – 1916, 12mo L. (Publ. by W.H. Smith) 1916. First Edn., 2 plates, one folding, 78pp. orig. ptd. wrappers. Good. (1)More details ›
British Travel Pass for Dublin City, May 1916
Corbett (R.J.) His Travel Pass, stamped by Hd. Qtrs. 59th (N.M.) Division N. Circular Rd, Dublin allowing the bearer to pass daily anywhere in Dublin City and County, dated 5 May 1916, and with original photograph. Together with his “U.V.F. Certificate of Proficiency” stating he was a member of Company B., 3rd Battalion, North Belfast Regiment signed by Officers, and colour printed by Baird, Belfast with Red Hand over Union Jack Flag. As a lot, scarce & v. good. (2)More details ›
A Memento from Dev to Austin Stack
[De Valera (Eamon)] Dineen (P.S.) A Smaller Irish-English Dictionary, For the Use of Schools. 8vo D. 1923, cloth. Inscribed on f.e.p. ‘Eamon de Valera 11.V11.24 / “Arbour Hill” / d’Aibhistin mar chuimheachan’ – i.e. presented to Austin (Stack) as a memento, presumably of a Republican commemoration at Arbour Hill. Also with de Valera’s initials in pencil above the inscription. Some words marked in red pencil, mostly of a military nature, whether by Dev or Stack we cannot say. Rare. Family Provenance. (1)
* Austin Stack, from Tralee, was Minister for Home Affairs in the Second Dail, 1921 – 22. He opposed the Treaty with De Valera. His health was weakened by hunger strikes during imprisonment and he died in 1929.More details ›
Signed by Eamon de Valera
Blackrock College Union: Golden Jubilee Dinner – Menu, 26 February 1949. 4pp. stiff card (Single folded sheet) signed at rear by Eamon de Valera (a fine bold signature) and twelve others. Toasts included the Pope, Ireland, etc. As ephemera. (1)More details ›
The De Valera Family
Photographs: A rare group Photograph of the Four Generations of the “Eamon de Valera’s,” signed in white pen by three (depicting Eamon de Valera Senior holding his great-grandson); also another Photograph of both Eamon de Valera and his wife Sinead, seated together, signed, as photographs. (2)More details ›
Excessively Rare Limerick Civil War Journal A Complete File
Co. Limerick: Sgeala Chatha Luimnighe (Limerick War News), later Sgeala Chatha (South-Western Command War News). Vol. 1 No. 1, Friday 14th July 1922, to Vol. III NO. XVI, 7th October 1922. Altogether 73 issues, apparently a complete file, small quarto and folio, as follows: Vol. 1 Nos. 1 – 27, (with two issues of no. 27); Vol. 2 Nos. 1 – 25, with first and second editions of Nos. 4, 9 & 19; Vol. 3 Nos. 1 – 16, with an unnumbered edition (dated ‘October’) between Nos. 13 and 14. Early issues 2pp (single sheet printed both sides); later issues 4pp. Bound in 2 vols. green boards, sm. quarto and folio. One issue loosely inserted in Vol. 1.
* This is probably the rarest of all Civil War Journals. We have found no record of anything approaching a complete file in any major library, and even single copies are extremely rare. No printer is recorded. The journal was issued by the Free State military authorities, and the content reflects their views. It includes issues marking the deaths of Arthur Griffith (Vol. 2 No. 7) and Michael Collins (Vol. 2 No. 9 and succeeding issues), and includes many arresting poster-type pages, evidently intended to be posted in public. Vol. 1 No. 26 reproduced a photograph of Erskine Childers, in British uniform ‘in his Imperial phase,’ accusing him of ‘a great deal of responsibility for the present tragic events.’ The next issues (12 August, Vol. 1 No. 27) records the taking of Clonmel. There are two copies of this issue, one evidently a second edition which also records that Cork has fallen. These issues allow us to follow the progress of the Civil War in the South in great detail. Vol. 1 No. 17 records that Tipperary. Kilrush and Kilkee have been captured (by the Free State); Vol. 1 No. 18 accuses the Irregulars of a ‘Shoot, loot & scoot: policy;’ Vol. 1 No. 19 states we are ‘Nearing the End;’ Vol. 1 No. 20 includes General O’Duffy’s Proclamation ordering troops to fire on anyone destroying public or private property; Vol. 1 No. 23 claims ‘Nine Towns Fall, Big Dublin Coup’; Vol. 1 No. 26 profiles Collins as an Irish hero; Vol. 2 No. 3 says ‘Ireland today a mourning nation’ (for Griffith), and records ‘Kerry clear, Killarney Captured by the Troops.’ Collins’ death is in a Stop Press column in a second edition of Vol. 2 No. 9, and the next six issues have much about him. Vol. 2 No. 17 says No: to ‘an armed junta, led by Englishmen, and the sons of Englishmen.’ which ‘threatens the very life of the Irish Nation.’ Vol. 2 No. 23 claims there is mutiny among the irregulars; Vol. 3 No. 6 records the capture of Sean Moylan, and accuses the ‘Four Courts Camarilla’ of being ‘bombers of children.’ Vol. 2 No. 8 describes events in Macroom as ‘The work of friends.’ An unnumbered issue after Vol. 3 No. 13 contains a Call to Arms; and the final issue present here, Vol. 3 No. 16, contains President Cosgrave’s offer of amnesty to rebels giving up their arms.
* A collection of great importance and interest, almost certainly a unique file, with the second and variant editions. Sold as a periodical, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Republican Broadsides & Ballads: A very comprehensive Republican Scrap Album containing many rare broadsides, ballads, illustrated portraits, together with several typescript additions, & a large amount of manuscript material. Broadsides include, T. Mc Donagh’s ‘Last & Inspiring Address’ which was suppressed by The Military; P.H. Pearses ‘Last Letter’; O’Casey’s ‘Thomas Ashe’, also ‘The Last Poem of Thomas Ashe (Lewes Prison); ‘The Pig Push’ dedicated to Diarmuid Lynch; ‘Irish Emigrants and English Mobs,’ by Bishop of Limerick, 1915, etc. printed poems & ballads by Peadar Kearney, Maeve Cavanagh etc. In a 4to Album, over 150pp, tightly packed with a multiplicity of articles in print & manuscript, much of which might not be available elsewhere. As an Album, w.a.f. (1)More details ›