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The Old Cinema,
Chatsworth Street,
Co. Killkenny,
R95 XV05,

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Lot 1097/0217

Estimate: €300-500

Smithson (Annie) A remarkable Manuscript Account, 5pp roolscap, entitled ‘Ditto to de Valera: a few Impressions of the Manison House Meeting,’ and signed by her at end of last page.
This was the first public meeting addressed by de Valera after his release from prison, July 1924, and she gives a detailed and emotional account of waiting with a packed crowd to hear de Valera speak. He was a little late in coming, and we had two false alarms, the people springing to their feet and beginning to cheer, only to find that he had not yet arrived. But at last he did come – walking up the centre of the great round where his guard of honour was drawn up and followed by those riends whose names are dear to all our hearts. Words couldot paint that scene – it was one that can never be forgotten. Cheer after cheer rent the air, the very roof shook with the soundof that welcome.. and then came the same beloved, golden voice, thesame sane, reasoned words – such a contract to the “Go home and comb your hair” style of oratory with which His Majesty’s Ministers in this country have made us familiar… He must have spokenfor about forty minutes – it did notseem five. And this inspite of the terrible head and discomfort of the overcrowded room. All such petty details were forotten in the great joy of the moment..”, as a manuscript.
* Annie Smithson, the novelist, served as a nurse during the War of Independence. She took the anti-treaty side. (1)

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