Two handwritten accounts relating to the background to the Easter Rising and the Tullamore Incident. The accounts were prepared by Aloysius O'Brennan for the 50 year commemorations in 1966. A further memoir on the events of Easter Week was written by Alo's [wife], Maura O'Brennan. Also includes a scrapbook of cuttings compiled in 1966 during the Jubilee commemorations of the 1916 Rising.
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).
Scrapbook of newspaper cuttings, culled from the 1966 Jubilee publication by The Midland Tribune and other newspapers. Mainly relates to Offaly's participation in the period 1914-1916, particularly focussing on the Tullamore Incident. Contains a 'Partial list of the Boys from Tullamore and its environs that took part in the Fight for Irish Freedom.' Also lists the 'pioneers of the first Gaelic Society in Tullamore: Patrick F. O'Loughlin, Donal O'Connor, Thomas Barry, Richard Barry, Gerald O'Loughlin, John Forrestal, Patrick McLoughlin, Hugh Digan, Denis Davin, Thomas Moroney, Harry Ruxton, Jospeh Aylemers and James Pyke.
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 a related set of O'Brenan family papers. 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).