That might seem an odd question, since the Proclamation of the Irish Republic is probably Ireland’s best-known historical document: and anyway, isn’t there only one? The answer is both yes, and no. Let’s start with the story behind the Proclamation, which is quite well known, but here’s a quick summary: In the years since it … Continue reading Do you have a favourite Proclamation?
This next instalment of our Decade of Centenaries series comes from the unpublished draft of Máire Comerford’s memoirs. Máire Comerford was born on 29 June 1893 in Rathdrum, County Wicklow. She was educated privately at home but with a downturn in the family’s fortune, she was sent to London to receive an education as a … Continue reading My narrative has gone on paper hot from memory
The papers of Ernie O’Malley, the Irish revolutionary and writer who immortalised the tumultuous Irish period of 1916–21 in his book On Another Man’s Wound, have been deposited in UCD Archives for well over forty years. Cormac O’Malley, Ernie’s son, initially transferred these papers under the terms of the O’Malley Trust, established in September 1974. … Continue reading Addition to Ernie O’Malley papers