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‘Free State Freaks’

A one-off Anti-Treaty publication produced on a duplicating machine with caricatures of Sir Alfred Cope, Cosgrave, Mulcahy, Walsh, Blythe, Fitzgerald, etc. The drawings are attributed to Constance de Markievicz (1868-1927).
The publication includes caricatures of:
Séan Ó Muirthile, member of the Supreme Council of the IRB (Irish Republican Brotherhood) 1916, Head and shoulders.
Desmond Fitzgerald, (1889-1947), Minister for External Affairs 1922-1927 and Minister for Propaganda outside the cabinet, August 1921. Described as ‘Liar in Chief to Publicity Department. Slave-State’. Head and shoulders, full face.
Earnest Blythe: ‘The importance of being Earnest …’.
J.J. Walsh: ‘The man of “letters” with the “mailed” fist;
Richard Mulcahy: ‘haunted by the dreams of prisoners murdered by his troops’;
W.J. Cosgrave: ‘Jester in chief to the Freak State as seen in the Empire’.

‘Innisfallen’, Port of Cork

A view of the ‘Innisfallen’ docked at the Port of Cork in about 1955. Constructed in 1948 for the British & Irish Steam Packet Company (later known as B&I Line), this was the third ship named ‘Innisfallen’ to serve on the Irish Sea route between Cork and the ports of Fishguard and Swansea in South Wales. The ship was built at William Denny and Brothers Shipbuilders in Dumbarton, Scotland. The ship continued to serve the Port of Cork until 1968 when it was sold to Hellenic Maritime Lines in Greece and renamed ‘Poseidonia’. Following its long years of service, it ended its days at a shipbreakers’ yard in Brindisi, Italy, in 1985.

‘Memories of Easter Week, 1916 by Rev. Father Aloysius, OFM Cap.’

Recollections by Fr. Aloysius Travers OFM Cap. of the fighting of Easter Week, the surrender of the rebel forces and subsequent execution of their leaders. He provides an eye-witness account of the executions in Kilmainham Jail most notably that of James Connolly. The typescript copies are incomplete: 17 pp + 11 pp. With an undated typescript copy of ‘Connolly’s death speech’ taken from the 'Gaelic American'.

‘My experiences in the 1916 Rising by Father Columbus OSFC’

A record by Fr. Columbus Murphy OFM Cap. of events between 30 April and 4 May 1916. Most of the memoir refers to his interaction with British military officers and his efforts to minister to the rebel leaders prior to their executions in Kilmainham Jail. The memoir begins: ‘I have been asked repeatedly to write out a detailed and connected account of my personal experiences, what I actually saw and did during the Rising. At length I have decided to comply with the request. I do so however not with the intention of ever publishing this report. … As I sit then at my desk here in the silence and solitude of my monastic cell in Dublin, fourteen weeks have elapsed since those eventful days. I take up my pen. …’.

‘Persons to be inquired about in Richmond Barracks and Kilmainham Prison, May 7-14th, 1916, Fr. Albert’

List of approximately 100 names with various annotations. Listed individuals include Arthur Griffith, Sean Connolly, ‘Miss [Grace] Gifford’, Garret Holohan, John O’Mahony and ‘[de] Valera’. Annotations such as ‘K’ and ‘R’, presumably standing for Richmond and Kilmainham, appear beside some of the individuals listed.

‘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’.

‘Seanchas’, Aran Islands

An image of two inhabitants of the Aran Islands in about 1940. The title of the print is ‘seanchas’, an old Irish word referring to the act of storytelling and conveying an ancient tale handed down by oral tradition. A ‘seanchaí’ was a storyteller or a custodian of this tradition.

‘The Drink Question’

A flier titled ‘The Drink Question’ carrying quotes from the press and various public figures in support of temperance in Ireland, Britain, Germany and elsewhere.

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