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Memoir by Kathleen Barnwell, Birr

  • IE OCL P31
  • Item
  • 1918-1985

Typescript of memoir titled ‘Do You Remember’. Recounts the life in Birr and covers the following subjects: soldiers from Birr returning from World War I (1918), the Treaty (1921), occupation of Free State Troops of ‘The Gorm' (the workhouse) in Birr (1922), burning of Crinkle Barracks (1922) and other reminiscences of life in Birr from 1930s to 1980s.

Barnwell, Kathleen

Minutes of Tullamore Lawn Tennis Club

  • IE OCL P105
  • Fonds
  • 1891-1904

Softbound copy book containing minutes of the Tullamore Lawn Tennis Club, including two loose notes, one of which is a hand drawn programme for a tennis tournament. Minutes contain general rules of the club, statements of account, plans for tournaments, and lists of members. Important decisions recorded include changing the site of the tennis grounds to Spollenstown, Tullamore in 1894 and the construction of a pavilion. Prominent members include Rev. Maxwell H. Coote, Capt. Fetherstonhaugh, James Perry Goodbody, Reginald Digby, David Sherlock, Lewis Goodbody, J. Prior Kennedy, Rev. R. S. Craig, George Lauder, A. G. Gardiner, A. B. Reamsbottom, George Hoey, and James Denning,

Tullamore Lawn Tennis Club

O'Brennan Family Papers

  • IE OH OHS31
  • Collection
  • 1911-2015

Material relating to Tullamore Incident, March 1916 and the 1916 Rising from the family of Séamus O'Brennan and his brother Alo O' Brennan. Contains postcards, photographs, contemporary newspapers (1916-1917), memoirs, and commemorative newspapers (1966).

O'Brennan, Séamus

Offaly IRA

  • IE OH OHS35
  • Collection
  • 1916-1923

List of the names of men of No. 1 Offaly Brigade Battalion Company 1916-1923. Annotated 'Copy reference'. Also includes mss copy of letter 'with compliments from Commdt. Barty Byrne IRB Control'. Letter is from Joe Byrne, Adj. 3rd Batt. to siblings on 26 January 1923, shortly before his execution. 'Let none be injured for my death, it is not my wishes.'

Byrne, Barty, Commdt.

Papers of Fr. Swayne

  • IE OCL P69
  • Fonds

Correspondence (1963-70), mainly between Swayne and W. H. Milner, Portarlington, relating to a film made by Fr. Kennedy in 1921 ostensibly on the turf-cutting industry in the area, but also features the exhumation of skulls of the ‘Ballynowlart Martyrs’ who were purportedly burned alive in Ballynowlart church by English forces in the 1600s. Correspondence culminates in the deposit of the film in the National Library of Ireland.
Offaly Sinn Féin material: original resolution from North and South Offaly Executive Sinn Féin signed by Comd. Ua Duinn relating to its support of the Treaty (29 December 1921) and calling on Offaly’s representative Dr McCartan to vote for ratification, and a pamphlet entitled 'Terms of Reference 23 May 1922 Adjourned Árd-Fheis of Sinn Féin'.
Leaflets and other printed material relating to Croghan Feis organised by Offaly Vocational Education Committee (1949).
Manuscripts notes on placenames and history of Killeigh Parish and Philipstown (Daingean).
Publications: Programme for Walsh Island Second National Turf-cutting competition (1935); Knockbeg Centenary Year Book (1948); and Suncroft, a Parish Magazine (1970).

Swayne, Peadar, Fr.

Papers of K. Forrestal

  • IE OCL P115
  • Collection
  • 1921-1966

Collection of newspaper cuttings, off-prints and photographs relating to Irish revolutionary period, mainly dating from the 1960s. Also contains original programme of 1921 Labour Day activities in Ballykinlar Camp No. 2 featuring interned Geashill priest Fr. Burbage; and photograph of Rev J. O'Callaghan, Rev. Canon Magner and Rev. Michael Griffin, stamped 'Murdered by Crown Forces 1921' .

Papers of Rt. Hon. Charles William Bury

  • IE OCL P59
  • Fonds
  • 1799-1801

Catalogue of books in the possession of Rt. Hon. Charles William, Lord Tullamore and bundle of incoming correspondence.

Bury, Charles William, 1st earl of Charleville

Papers of the O’Brennan Family

  • IE OCL P77
  • Fonds
  • 1906-1930s

Contains manuscript material, brochures, pamphlets, and a substantial newspaper collection created principally by Tullamore brothers and Irish Volunteers Séamus and Alo O’Brennan. The earliest material from 1906 and 1909 are programs for feiseanna held by Tullamore Celtic Literary Society and Conradh na Gaeilge. Also includes letter from Inspector Crane of Tullamore RIC Barracks giving permission in 1911 to James Brennan (Séamus O’Brennan) to play hand-ball in the alley at the barracks during weekdays. Both Crane and O’Brennan were involved in the Tullamore Incident five years later.

Also includes a copy of the charge sheet relating to the Tullamore Incident of March 1916, the original of which is in Offaly History Archives. This copy is annotated by Alo O’Brennan, along with annotated pages from Hansard’s Debates from April 1916 relating to the ‘affray.’

Also includes an illustrated pledge signed by Alo O’Brennan in Tullamore in June 1918 ‘denying the right of the British government to enforce compulsory service...’

Also includes an autograph book created by Séamus O’Brennan in Ballykinlar internment camp (1920-21).

O'Brennan, Alo

Parsonstown Union Outgoing Letter-book

  • IE OH OHS71
  • Item
  • 1849-1853

Copies of outgoing letters from John V. Brown, clerk of Parsonstown Union to various recipients, particularly the Poor Law Commissioners, detailing reliefs and works. Also includes copy outgoing correspondence relating to assisted emigration schemes for inmates of the Parsonstown workhouse during the course of the Great Famine.

Parsonstown (Birr) Poor Law Union

Photograph Album of E. Homan Mulock, Ballycumber House

  • IE OH OHS70
  • Item
  • 1908-1910

Scrapbook containing photographs, drawings, colour illustrations, postcards, and newspaper cuttings relating to the Homan-Mulock family of Ballycumber House. Particular interest shown in horses and equestrian events locally and in England, with photographs from the Pytchley, Grafton and Bicester Hunts; racing at Punchestown; Moate horse show; and polo matches and gymkhanas at Ballycumber House. Many of the photographs are unidentified but there are some depicting Sheila Beddington and her younger brother Guy and their father, Claude Beddington. The scrapbook is attributed to E. Mulock which could be either (Frances) Ethel Homan Mulock or (Hester Nina) Enid Homan Mulock, but most likely the former due to the several instances of her children and husband in the photographs.

Homan Mulock, Frances Ethel

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