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The Relevance of the Archivist in the Complexity of Commemoration: Ireland's Decade of Centenaries

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Presentation given by Kate Manning, Principal Archivist, UCD Archives, at the 2017 CONUL Annual Conference in Athlone, Ireland, May 30, 2017.

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The Relevance of the Archivist in the Complexity of Commemoration: Ireland's Decade of Centenaries

  1. 1. Type relevant Irish language Unit Name into this text box in Title Master. Type relevant English language Unit Name into this text box in Title Master. The Relevance of the Archivist in the Complexity of Commemoration: Ireland’s Decade of Centenaries Kate Manning Principal Archivist UCD Archives James Joyce Library University College Dublin Belfield Dublin 4 Cartlann UCD Leabharlann James Joyce An Coláiste Ollscoile, Baile Átha Cliath Belfield Baile Átha Cliath 4 www.ucd.ie/archives @ucdarchives | facebook.com/ucdarchives
  2. 2. Initial statement by advisory group on centenary commemorations: “the opportunity to encourage scholarship and its dissemination at national and local level must be used as fully as possible, with particular emphasis on archival development. There needs to be an emphasis on accessibility and digitisation of source material, both in Ireland and in Britain, both during the commemoration period and as a legacy of it” — www.ahrrga.gov.ie/app/uploads/2015/07/Advisory_Group_Statement.pdf
  3. 3. P7/B/284 January–November 1923 295pp Material relating to the arrest of Liam Deasy and subsequent amnesty offered by the Government. File contains material written in shorthand (c8pp). Material arranged in reverse chronological order. Includes:  Telegraph entitled 'proclamation offer of amnesty' from Risteard O Maolchatha [Richard Mulcahy], General Commander in Chief, notifying that the government is willing to offer amnesty to any man holding arms against the government who surrenders on or before 18 February 1923 (9 February 1923, 4pp).  Material relating to Republican prisoners, including Éamon de Valera, in Kilmainham Jail, such as typed excerpts of conversations between Dr H. Moore and the hunger strikers [Austin] Stack and [Thomas] Derrig discussing probable terms of settlement as well as noting the prisoners' medical conditions and that of the prison; a list of questions from M[ulcahy] to put to Éamon de Valera and the Republican Executive; typescript copy of letter from Padraig O' Ruitleis, Acting President, to Maire Nic Suibhne [Mary MacSwiney], with answers to the aforementioned questions (18 November 1923, 1p) (November 1923, 58pp).  Correspondence between A. Ó Raithile [Prof. Alfred O'Rahilly], University College Cork, and Richard Mulcahy, urging Mulcahy to release untried political prisoners by 1st December. O'Rahilly writes that any deaths arising from the hunger strikes will 'revolutionize Ireland once more, and will let loose passions and unreasoning national sentiments which will endanger our hard-won measure of freedom' (8 November 1923, 2pp).  Copy memorandum from Eoin MacNeill noting points discussed with certain members of Cumann na nGaedheal in relation to the peace treaty (13 November 1923, 3pp).  Typescript copy of interview between the President and Donal Hannigan and M. J. Burke of the Neutral I.R.A. Members' Association concerning reaching a truce (27 February 1923, 9pp).  Typescript translation of a cypher message addressed to the Commander in Chief and Major General [Micheal] Brennan in reference to a message delivered by Rev. Dr. Murphy O.S.A., Limerick, in which it is expressed that Daniel Breen and Jeremiah Kiely wish to leave the country and that they are willing to give up their arms to do so. Murphy asks that Breen's 'past service' not be forgotten (28 February 1923, 1p).  Typescript letter from M. J. Burke, the Neutral I.R.A. Member's Association discussing the terms for a one month truce to facilitate negotiation between Republicans and the Provisional Government (16 February 1923, 2pp).  Typescript message to the Commander-in-Chief noting that Thomas Barry, 'Irregular leader', has made a personal peace offer. It is hoped that no executions will take place before the formal offer is made as this will most likely collapse their peace efforts (19 February 1923, 1p).  Typescript copy letter from Sean McSweeney to the imprisoned Liam Deasy conveying his hopes that the fight will continue and that there will not be a truce. He also notes that many 'Free Staters' are against the executions (5 February 1923, 4pp).  Newspaper cutting entitled 'Interests of freedom not served by continuance of hostilities' which prints a statement from Liam Deasy explaining his personal position, such as addressing the circumstances leading to his stay of execution, his attempts to communicate with his colleagues on the Army Executive and his views on achieving peace (not dated, 2pp).  Form of undertaking signed by twenty-seven members of Faheeran, 1st Battalion, Athlone Brigade stating that they will not take up any weapons of destruction in order to allow the Government to carry out the work of the Nation, and to prevent any further bloodshed between both sides. It notes the weapons surrendered, including items such as revolvers and bomb shells (6 February 1923, 2pp).  Handwritten note by Liam Deasy, Borstal Barracks, Clonmel, to Major General John T. Prout stating 'I accept and will aid in immediate and unconditional surrender of all arms and men as required by Gen[eral] Mulcahy' (27 January 1923, 1p).  Handwritten note from [Richard Mulcahy], Commander-in-Chief, to Prout, noting that a stay of execution has been confirmed, possibly

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