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‘House Book’

‘House Book’ – account of properties and endowments of St Joseph’s Blackrock at its opening in September 1873. With some loose pages: A list of important documents (title deeds etc) at one time in the St Joseph’s Blackrock safe, an undated typed description of House Property belonging to St Joseph’s, Blackrock, a declaration by a relative of Alexander Grant dated 1883 regarding claims on the property of his late mother, and a page referring to two bequests.

‘Liber Anotationum de Poeticis Scriptis’

An anthology of poetry titled ‘Liber Anotationum de Poeticis scriptis’ dated 1 June 1846 at Sancte Cuthberte Collegio. The annotated anthology of poems appears to have been compiled by Percy Nugent, possibly a clerical student at St Cuthbert’s College, Durham (formerly the English College, Douai and now Ushaw College). The transcribed poems included ‘The Smugglers’ Cane’, ‘Lines written upon a Waterfall’ and ‘The Burning of Moscow’. Explanatory footnotes are given. For example at pp 25-6: ‘This piece is written as a sort of conversation between The Exile and a countryman of his, when he meets in his banishment. P[ercy] N[ugent]. It was written ante Xmas 1843. It is very faulty throughout but at the time it was composed, the author had no perfect knowledge of English Poetry having never studied its principles. P[ercy] N[ugent]’.

‘Minutes of the Students Literary & Debating Society of St Joseph’s Blackrock'

‘Minutes of the Students Literary & Debating Society of St Joseph’s Blackrock, established March 5th 1922, at St Joseph’s, Blackrock, under the Patronage of Bl[essed] Francis Regis Clet CM.

Examples of motions debated are: 'Would total prohibition be beneficial to Ireland?', 'Whether is development along Industrial or along Agricultural lines the more suitable for Ireland?', 'Is nationalisation of manufactures desirable under an Irish government?' and 'Should Sunday Games be abolished?', among many other motions.

‘Republicans are We’ to the air of ‘The Soldiers Song’

Manuscript transcript of song ‘Republicans are We’ to the air of ‘The Soldiers’ Song’. The first verse reads:
‘When bravely we’d fought our land to free
Our Tricolour flying o’ar us,
The ancient foe for peace did seek,
From I.R.A. victorious
Our envoys went to London town
And there, let our Republic down;
But still, till Freedom battle’s won
Republicans are We’.

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