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Lot 538/0237

Estimate: €800-1000

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)

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