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Castlecomer,
Co. Killkenny,
R95 XV05,
Ireland.

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Lot 694/7025

Estimate: €800-1250

THE FIRST DAIL
O’Connor (Fergus) Publisher.
The Declaration of Irish Independence Official English Translation. Historic Pronouncement of Ireland’s Freedom from English Rule, made at the first meeting of Dail Eireann (Ireland’s Republican Parliament) in the Mansion House Dublin, on Tuesday January 21st, 1919, roy 8vo 3pp (single folded sheet) some finger & dirt marks & folding crease on verso.
* An extremely rare document. The declaration states that ‘whereas the Irish people is by right a free people: and whereas for seven-hundred years the Irish people has never ceased to repudiate and has repeatedly protested in arms against foreign usurpation… Now therefore we, the elected representatives of the ancient Irish people in National Parliament, Assembled, do, in the name of the Irish Nation, ratify the establishment of the Irish Republic and pledge ourselves and our people to make this declaration effective by every means at our command… ‘ The declaration was adopted by acclamation, as the first substantive business on the first day’s meeting of The First Dail, when the Sinn Fein M.P.s. elected at the British General Election of 1918 (those not in jail) met & declared themselves to be Ireland’s sovereign Parliament.
This document was vehemently suppressed by the British, and very few copies have survived. (1)

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