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Mathew, Theobald, 1790-1856, Capuchin priest
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Archival Book of Holy Trinity Friary, Cork

Volume containing notes on the history and records of the Capuchin community, Holy Trinity Friary, Cork. The front cover is annotated: ‘Cork OFM Cap. Archives, July 1954’. The volume was probably begun by Fr. Michael O’Shea OFM Cap. (1892-1958) in June 1954. The title page reads: ‘Archives of Holy Trinity, Fr. Mathew Quay, Cork. Very Rev. Fr. Mel Farrell, guardian (1952)’. An annotation on the inside front cover indicates that some of the contents of the volume were extracted from archives extant in a safe in the Friary called the ‘Stairchiste’. The volume is divided into a number of sections. The listing below follows the sequence of entries as found in the volume:
• Extracts re from Fr. Angelus Healy OFM Cap., 'The story of the Irish Capuchins' (1915), p. 1
• List and texts of inscriptions and memorials in Holy Trinity Church, pp 2-3.
• Printed appeal in support of exiled French Capuchins in Cork. c.Nov. 1880. (See CA HT/7/1), p. 4.
• Typescript extract from the 'Irish Penny Magazine' (18 May 1833) concerning the building of Holy Trinity Church, p. 5.
• Transcript of the ‘Inscription on a bell given by the Cork house to Rochestown, Dec. 1923’, p. 6.
• Note re stained glass windows in Holy Trinity Church (see CA HT/2/5/17), p. 7.
• Note on chalices and sacred vessels in Holy Trinity Church, pp 8-11.
• Relics and authentications, pp 13-15.
• List of articles, records and relics relating to Fr. Theobald Mathew OSFC stored in a ‘wardrobe’. A note attached to the page indicates that some of these items were moved to Dublin (probably to the Provincial Archives in Dublin), pp 15a-17.
• Historical annals covering the period of 1223-1924, pp 22-27.
• Annals, including detailed notices (chapter meetings, obituary notices etc.) of the Holy Trinity community, pp 30-55.
• Fr. Michael O’Shea’s death is recorded in Nov. 1958. A note indicates that ‘nothing was recorded by the local archivist from Nov. 1958 until April 1978’, p. 55.
• Extracts from Fr. J. Walsh, ‘The Capuchins in Cork’ published in 'The Capuchin Annual' (1952), pp 200-1. The entry is titled ‘A Capuchin lay brother’s diary’ and also contains extracts from an original ‘manuscript book of the community of the South Friary’, pp 206-9.
• Entry titled ‘a partial catalogue of the archives and documents found in a safe. 5 July 1954’, p. 210.
• Incomplete list of guardians of Holy Trinity Friary, 1863-1949, p. 211.
• Record of Holy Trinity Community Chapter, 1952, p. 212.
• Partial index to the contents of the volume, pp 230-9.
With numerous church notices, mission fliers and newspaper cuttings inserted into the volume.

Banquet for Fr. Theobald Mathew OSFC

A lantern slide showing a print of a banquet in honour of Fr. Theobald Mathew OSFC. The print is captioned 'Temperance banquet in Cork, 1840' and is taken from 'The Illustrated London News', February, 1840.

Extracts from 'The Kilkenny Journal'

Copybooks containing ‘extracts of Irish Capuchin interest copied from the files of '"The Kilkenny Journal"' by Fr. Angelus Healy OSFC. First published as “the Lenister Journal”, 24th Jan. 1767, and with present title [from] 17th March 1830’. The volumes contain extracts from articles referring to Fr. Theobald Mathew OSFC and his temperance campaign, Fr. Peter Joseph Mulligan OSFC and to other members of the Order ministering in the city. The copybooks are organised by date:
• 20 Mar. 1844-14 Sept. 1844
• 14 Sept. 1844-27 Nov. 1844
• May 1846-Oct. 1846
• 1 Dec. 1849-Mar. 1850
• Mar. 1851-Feb. 1852
• Mar. 1852-Oct. 1852
• Mar. 1854-Jan. 1861
• Mar. 1856-Dec. 1856

Healy, Angelus, 1875-1953, Capuchin priest

Father Mathew addressing a Temperance Demonstration

A plate of a print titled ‘Father Mathew addressing a temperance meeting in London’. The plate by T. Mayne & Son, Dublin. The original print shows Fr. Mathew preaching in London in 1843 taken from 'The Illustrated London News' (August 1843).

Father Mathew and Daniel O'Connell

A lantern slide showing a print of Fr. Theobald Mathew OSFC giving a blessing to Daniel O’Connell. The plate is by T. Mayne & Son, Dublin. The drawing is by Denis Santry (1879-1960).

Father Mathew departs Cork for America

A plate showing a print of Fr. Theobald Mathew OSFC departing Cork for his American temperance campaign in 1848. The print is taken from 'The Illustrated London News'. The plate is by T. Mayne & Son, Dublin.

Father Mathew Pavilion, Cork International Exhibition

A view of the interior of the Father Mathew Pavilion at the Cork International Exhibition of 1902. The image shows a large decorative banner and models of Holy Trinity Church in Cork, and Thomastown Castle, County Tipperary, the childhood home of Fr. Mathew. The plate is captioned.

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