File 5 - Copy Letter Book

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IE CA CP/3/1/3/5


Copy Letter Book


  • 1950-1951 (Creation)

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251 pp; 25.5 cm x 20.5 cm; Bound volume, manuscript, and newspaper clipping

Name of creator

(24 November 1900-26 July 1970)

Biographical history

John Moynihan, the son of Thomas and Mary Moynihan, was born on 24 November 1900 in Castlegregory, County Kerry. He was educated at Aughacasla National School (eight years) and at St. Brendan’s Seminary, Killarney (four years) and he matriculated in June 1918. He studied at All Hallows College in Dublin from October 1918 to March 1919. He joined the Irish Capuchin Franciscans in September 1920 taking the religious name of Senan. He took his final vows in 1925 and he was ordained a priest in 1928. Shortly after his ordination in 1928 he was appointed editor of ‘The Father Mathew Record’, a popular monthly publication of the Irish Capuchins which promoted the Order’s overseas’ missions (particularly in Africa) and carried articles supporting the cause of total abstinence. Fr. Senan strove to create a higher grade, more literary publication. He was acquainted with many well-known Irish writers and artists and he secured permission from the Order’s leadership to publish an ‘Annual’ in 1930. ‘The Capuchin Annual’ was published from 1930 to 1977. The publication was very much the work of Fr. Senan and he remained its editor until 1954. In 1955 a decision was made at the Capuchin Provincial Chapter to remove Fr. Senan from the editorship of the ‘Annual’. Soon afterwards he travelled to Perth at the invitation of Archbishop Redmond Prendiville (1900-1968), a fellow Kerry man. Fr. Francis Moynihan, a brother of Fr. Senan, had also been resident in Australia and was parish priest of St. John’s, Clifton Hill, in Melbourne. Fr. Francis was also the editor of ‘The Advocate’, a leading Catholic newspaper in Australia. Fr. Senan arrived in Perth in 1959. He was incardinated into the Perth Archdiocese on 1 April 1959 (as a diocesan priest having left the Capuchin Order). On arrival he took up a position as chaplain to religious sisters at St Anne’s Hospital, Mt Lawley (now Mercy Hospital). He did not, however, act as a chaplain to the patients. Archbishop Redmond Prendiville appointed him the first archivist of the Archdiocese of Perth in July 1962. Fr. Senan died in Perth on 26 July 1970. He is buried in Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth.

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He was born in Kilmichael in County Cork, Ireland on 14 July 1858. After graduating at St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Cohalan was ordained a priest at the Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne, Cork on 25 July 1882. His first pastoral appointment was a curate at Kilbrittain, County Cork from October 1883 to January 1884. He briefly resumed his post-graduate studies at St Finbarr's Seminary (now College), Cork from January to November 1884. His second curacy was at Tracton, County Cork from November 1884 to September 1896. Cohalan returned to St. Patrick's College, Maynooth as a professor of Theology from 7 September 1896 to 7 June 1914.

He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Cork and Titular Bishop of Vaga on 25 May 1914. Cohalan was consecrated bishop at St Mary and St Anne's Cathedral on 7 June 1914 by John Harty, Archbishop of Cashel-Emly. Two years later, he was appointed Diocesan Bishop of Cork on 29 August 1916.

Cohalan was an outspoken critic during the Irish War of Independence, condemning acts of violence on both sides. In particular, he denounced the policy of reprisals. In July 1920, he pronounced an interdict on the killers of an RIC sergeant, shot dead in the church porch in Bandon. He declared that anyone killing from ambush would be excommunicated. On 12 December 1920, Cohalan, issued a decree saying that "anyone within the diocese of Cork who organises or takes part in ambushes or murder or attempted murder shall be excommunicated". In turn, his life was threatened by the IRA. In August 1928, he condemned the British government which had allowed Terence McSwiney to die on hunger-strike in 1920.

He died in office at Bon Secours Hospital, Cork on 24 August 1952, aged 94 years old.

Originally buried at St Finbarr's College, Farranferris, he was reinterred in the grounds of St Mary and St Anne's Cathedral, Cork in 1996.

His nephew of the same name, Daniel Cohalan, was Bishop of Waterford and Lismore from 1943 to 1965.

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A volume containing copy and draft correspondence of Fr. Senan Moynihan OFM Cap. Contains copies of Fr. Senan’s personal letters and correspondence relating to the Capuchin Publications’ Office. Manuscript annotation on the first page reads ‘Letters from Fr. Senan OFM Cap. / Private’. Includes Fr. Senan’s copy letters to Fr. Demetrius Manousos OFM Cap. (Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing, New York), Joseph O’Connor (Seosamh Ó Conchubhair), Doran Hurley, Fr. Bosco Lennon OFM Cap., Maud Gonne MacBride, Sir Gilbert Laithwaite (British Ambassador to Ireland), Liam Ruiséal (The Fountain Bookshop, Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork), Sister Mary Phelan, Fr. Sylvester OFM Cap. (Librarian, San Lorenzo Capuchin College, Rome), Roderick Wilkson (Glasgow, Scotland), Michael A. Bowles, Sister M. Bernard (Lisieux, France), Ann O’Connor (Fossa, Killarney, County Kerry), Pat Lawlor (Wellington, New Zealand), Patrick McDevitt (Glenties, County Donegal), John English & Co. (printers), Fr. Denis Fahy CSSp, Elizabeth Corr, Bishop John Dignan, Thomas MacGreevy, Aodh de Blacam, Robert Monteith, Patrick MacKenna (Maple Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut), Joseph Patrick Walshe (Irish Ambassador to the Holy See), H. Martin Hamilton, Clare Sheridan (sculptor), Fr. Gerard Fassler OFM Cap. (Mahenge Mission, Tanzania), Séamus Campbell, Páraig Ó Caoimh (Patrick O’Keeffe), Fr. Christopher Crowley OFM Cap., Johanna Coakley, Fr. Hugh Morley OFM Cap., Fr. Colman Griffin OFM Cap. (Provincial Minister, referring to the extraordinary success of ‘The Angelic Shepherd’ publication, 20 Sept. 1950), Dr. Colm A. McDonnell, Sister M. Kevin (Convent of Mercy, Ardee, County Louth), Fr. Donal O’Connor, Fr. T.F. Duggan (President, St. Finbarr’s College, Farranferris, Cork), Ellen McCann (15 Tower Hill, Armagh), Fr. Jack Hanlon, Fr. Celsus O’Shea OFM Cap., Eleanor Barnes (Lady Yarrow), Nuala Moran (Editor, ‘The Leader’), Máirín Cregan (‘Mrs James Ryan’), Adolf Morath (photographer), Pádraig De Brún, Dr. Richard Lavelle, Sister Imelda Cassidy (Loreto College, 43 North Great George’s Street, Dublin), Fr. Carmelo Durante of Sessano OFM Cap., Victor Waddington, Sister M. Dolorine (Webster College, Missouri, United States), Seumas O’Brien (sculptor, dramatist, fabulist, 1880-1959), Helena Concannon, Fr. Gilbert OFM Cap. (Provincial Curia, Capuchin Franciscan Friary, Peckham, London), Fr. H. Russell SMA (Society of African Missions, 23 Bliss Avenue, Tenafly, New Jersey), Fr. Michael J. Troy (Kimmage Manor, Dublin), J.A. Power (Blackheath Drive, Clontarf, Dublin), Br. Colmcille Cregan OFM Cap., Sister Mary Berchmans Roche (Medical Missionaries of Mary, Booterstown, Dublin), Fr. Thaddeus MacVicar OFM Cap., (refers to the death of Aodh de Blacam, 15 Jan. 1951), Bishop Daniel Cohalan (John’s Hill, Waterford), Kevin Egan (The Holy Well, Cairns, County Sligo), Kathleen Moloney (District Hospital, Edenderry, County Offaly), William Monk Gibbon, Gary Mac Eoin, Canon J. Harmon (Parochial House, Ardee, County Louth), Margaret Bowles, Fr. Donal Herlihy (Pontifical Irish College, Rome), Fr. Hilary McDonagh OFM Cap., Peter F. Anson, Fr. Jerome Hawes TOSF (Mount Alvernia Hermitage, Cat Island, Bahamas), Monsignor Martin Brenan (President, St. Patrick’s College, Carlow), Fr. Conrad Simonsen Mackey OFM Cap. (Madrid, Spain), Fr. Cuthbert Gumbinger OFM Cap., Paul Martin Dillon (‘The Evening Times’, Cumberland, Maryland, United States), Mannix Joyce, Seumas MacManus, Fr. Terence L. Connolly SJ (Boston College, Massachusetts), Fr. Celsus. O’Connell O.Cist (Mount Melleray Abbey, County Waterford), Professor Leonard Abrahamson, Seamus Murphy (Wellington Road, Cork), Fr. Henry Edward George Rope, Seán Collins, Michael F. Moynihan, Fr. Louis A. Gales (Catechetical Guild, Minnesota), Sir Shane Leslie, Sister Mary Joseph (Director, The Gallery of Living Catholic Authors, Missouri, United States), John Hennig, Sophie Raffalovich O'Brien, Sister Imelda Cassidy (Loreto College, 43 North Great George’s Street, Dublin), Willem Sassen, John Alvin Feltis (Toledo, Ohio), Cormac Breathnach, Alice Rynne (née Curtayne) (Downings House, Prosperous, Naas, County Kildare), Mary Wren, (Servite House, 17 The Boltons, London), Fr. William Purcell CM (Rector, All Hallows College, Dublin), Sr. Bernadette (St. Clare’s Convent, Harold’s Cross, Dublin, refers to the Medical Missionaries of Mary in Massachusetts, 7 Mar. 1951), Chief Superintendent Harry O’Mara, Ida Monahan, Fr. T.J. Walsh, Fr. Andrew Carew OFM Cap., Séamus Campbell, and Michael Lennon (Healthfield Road, Terenure).

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  • English
  • French
  • Irish
  • Latin

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Joseph O'Connor:
Doran Hurley:
Maud Gonne MacBride:
Sir Gilbert Laithwaite:
Sister Mary Stella Phelan:
Michael A. Bowles:
Fr. Denis Fahy CSSp.:
Bishop John Dignan:
Thomas MacGreevy:
Robert Monteith:
Joseph Walshe:
Páraig Ó Caoimh (Patrick O’Keeffe):
Eleanor Barnes (Lady Yarrow):,1577481
Máirín Cregan:
Pádraig De Brún:
Victor Waddington:
Helena Concannon:
Kathleen Moloney:
William Monk Gibbon:
Gary Mac Eoin:
Fr. Jerome Hawes TOSF:
Monsignor Martin Brenan:
Mannix Joyce:
Seumas MacManus:
Seamus Murphy:
Sir Shane Leslie:
Seán Collins:
John Hennig:
Sophie Raffalovich O'Brien:
Willem Sassen:
Cormac Breathnach:
Alice Rynne (née Curtayne):
Fr. T.J. Walsh:
Michael Lennon:

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