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‘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.

‘Irish Travel’ Magazine

The front cover of the ‘Irish Travel’ magazine from April 1945. The cover has an image of the quays fronting onto the South Channel of the River Lee in Cork. The magazine was published by the Irish Tourist Association (ITA).

‘Irish War News’ (Vol. 1, No. 1)

An original copy of ‘Irish War News’, Vol. 1, No. 1 (25 April 1916). This item was published by the republicans occupying the General Post Office in Dublin during the insurrection. Includes ‘Stop Press! The Irish Republic’ on the final page announcing the Rising. This was the only printed document issued by the Rising leaders other than the Proclamation.

‘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.

‘Ultach’ / ‘Orange Terror’ Illustration

An illustration referring to the pseudonym ‘Ultach’ used by J.J. Campbell for ‘Orange Terror’ article published in ‘The Capuchin Annual’ (1943). The illustration is an adaptation of the story by Aesop of the fox (the Orange Order) attempting to trick the rooster (‘Ultach’) into coming down from his perch. The drawing is probably by the artist Richard King (1907-1974).

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