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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.

‘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.

1916 Rising Golden Jubilee Commemorations

Photographic prints compiled for a feature commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the 1916 Rising, published in 'The Capuchin Annual' (1967), pp 101-30. The article was titled ‘Ireland remembers with pride Easter Week 1916 in Golden Jubilee celebrations’. Many of the prints are of various parades of veterans and civic events commemorating the Rising. Some of the prints are annotated on the reverse giving location, photographer and copyright information. The file includes prints from the 'Irish Press', Kennelly’s Photo Works, Tralee, and the 'Cork Examiner'. Includes images of parades and commemorations in Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Limerick, Dundalk, Tralee, Tullamore, Waterford, and London. The file includes the following images:
• Jubilee Parade at the GPO on O’Connell Street, Dublin.
• Florence Monteith Lynch and Nuala Creagh at Banna Strand, County Kerry.
• 1916 commemoration in Tullamore, County Offaly.
• Siobhan McKenna reads the 1916 proclamation in Eyre Square, Galway.
• Republican gathering at Thomas Kent’s grave in St. Finbarr’s Cemetery, Cork.
• Members of Cumann na mBan and the old-IRA at the unveiling of a monument in Ennis, County Clare.
The file also includes a small number of related newspaper clippings.

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