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  • IE OCL P131/2/2/2/2/8
  • File
  • 29 March 1905-5 April 1919
  • Part of Loughton Papers

File of letters sent to Benjamin Bloomfield Trench in 1905,1906 and 1919. The file contains mainly administrative letters. The letters cover topics such as building repairs, charity organisations, marriage settlements, economic concerns, family news and news about friends.

1913- 1917

  • IE OCL P131/2/2/4/2
  • File
  • 1 June 1913-14 October 1917
  • Part of Loughton Papers

Letters sent by and sent to Theodora Trench from 1913 until 1917.

During this Theodora volunteered with the Red Cross as a Chauffeuse and as such the file contains letter relating to this. Examples include two 1916 letters from the Royal Automobile Club regarding driving tests and a 1916 letter from the Red Cross Voluntary aid detachment informing members of their latest activities.

The file also includes a copy of a letter from Moscow dated Oct 9th 1917. The letter discusses the increasing difficulty faced by those who wish to travel, 'It is no easy matter to get to Petrograd now-a-days; one has first to get permission from the commissaire of the town here and then get a ticket, and it is by no means easy to get either. , but got there at 12.10, and found the place shut'. The letter also discusses the hostility within society 'They seem to be taken by a sort of wave of madness, which brings out all the brute in them'.

1916 Rising Golden Jubilee Commemorative Committee

Files relating to the plans by Offaly County Council to commemorate the 1916 Rising at 50 years. Includes file containing records of attendance of delegates at the committee meetings (1966); minute book recording resolutions agreed by the County Committee of the 1916 Jubilee Commemorations with Mr Nicholas Egan presiding. The Tullamore Committee, with All O'Brennan as chair, organised the main celebration with a parade on Easter Monday and the commissioning of a commemorative film (1966-1967); large correspondence file concerning the plans for the commemorations and particularly with the commissioning of the film (1966-1967); a file containing the scripts for the film and a recent remastered DVD copy of the film, the original of which is now with the Irish Film Archives; and an accounts book recording subscriptions to the 1916 Commemoration Fund (1966-1967).


  • IE OCL P131/2/2/4/3
  • File
  • 10 April 1918-3 May 1922
  • Part of Loughton Papers

Letters to and from Theodora Trench between 1918 and 1922.
The majority of the letters were sent by Sheelah Trench.The letters cover a wide variety of topics.

One reoccurring theme throughout the letters are Sheelah's concerns over the 'Sinn Feiners' actions in Ireland. A letter dated Easter Sunday 1920 elaborates further, 'We hear that the Moneygall Police Barrack has been burnt down, besides Dunkevin, Ballacymackey and many other. That, and destroying Income Tax and other Government Offices, seems to have been the Sinn Feiners game for Easter Monday'.

Sheelah also includes letters and newspaper clippings that she believes may be of interest to Theodora. One such letter dated 24 February 1920 from Mr Hill, P.O.W Staff, Famagusta Cyprus to Benjamin Bloomfield Trench describes his experience working at a Prisoner of War camp in Cyprus and working alongside Irish soldiers.

Lefroy, Sheelah Georgiana Bertha


  • IE OCL P131/2/2/4/4
  • File
  • October 1923- 30 January 1927
  • Part of Loughton Papers

Letters belonging to Theodora Trench dating from 1923 until 1927.

The majority of the letters are from Benjamin Bloomfield Trench. In the letters Benjamin discusses his daily actitives such as attending Luncheon, attending social gatherings, receiving visitors and traveling.


  • IE OCL P131/2/2/4/5
  • File
  • 19 March 1928-16 June 1932
  • Part of Loughton Papers

Letters sent to Theodora Trench from 1928 until 1932.

The majority of the letters within the file are from family members.
Examples include a letter from Sheelah Lefroy dated 19 March 1928 which was sent aboard the S.S Rawalpindi. In this letter she discusses her difficulty with sea sickness.

Also contained within the file are letters from Blanche Trench, Hurst House, Berkshire, England, the letters are of a personal nature covering health issues and birthdays.


Letters set to Theodora Trench between 1935 and 1939.

The letters included in this file cover a wide variety of topics. Examples of letters include a 1936 letter from Bramah master key, 11 Old Bond street, London enclosing the registered number of the key. Also included is a copy of a letter sent to Mr. Kenny the land agent at Loughton informing him of his duties.


Letters sent to Theodora Trench between 1943 and 1947. The letters are a mixture of personal and business matters.

Included in the file is a 1945 letter from Haddie, Florence in which she passes on her thanks to Sheelah Trench for helping to locate her brother who had a bomb drop on his house.
1946 Business and personal letters sent to Theodora Trench in 1946. Includes a letter from Josephine Flanagan regarding the sale of a cockerel and a letter from Sheelah Lefroy sending birthday wishes.
1947 Letters sent to Theodora Trench in 1947. The letters are a mixture of pleasure and business. Topics covered include importing coal through Dublin General steam shipping and purchasing chicks from P Flanagan.

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