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Lot 1289/0217

Estimate: €450-650

Extensive Diary of the “Emergency”

[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)

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