|Piaras Beaslaí Papers
The papers of Piaras Beaslai have been catalogued by the National Library of Ireland. The catalogue can be viewed online (see link below).
The collection is divided into four distinct sections, representing Beaslai's principle interests and areas of activity: the Irish Revolution; Writing Organisations; Personal. The following is an indication of the types of references to women which are to be found in the collection.
Of the correspondence from the revolutionary period, the letters from women are not very numerous. The most interesting are those from relatives of prominent revolutionary figures, for example, Mairead Aghas [Ashe], Bridget Clune and Maud Griffith. A document, which would appear to be a captured British Intelligence document, entitled 'List of women Implicated in the Movement', lists 24 of the more active female revolutionaries. It includes the following descriptions:
'Mrs Sheehy Skeffington: "a notorious Sinn Feiner. Principal despatch carrier between England and Dublin. Member of the Cumann na mBan and friendly with M C [presumably Michael Collins] and various other noted Sinn Feiners. A Bad woman.
Dr Kathleen Lynn: Notorious Sinn Feiner. House was raided on various occasions with good results. Bosom friend of the Countess and Mrs Sheehy Skeffington".
A brief account of the life of Terence MacSwiney, written by his wife, Muriel, is also to be found in this section of the collection.
Beaslai was a diarist, and this collection contains his diaries from the 1890s to the 1960s (except for the period 1913-1921). Beaslai kept diaries during this period, but they are not part of this archive. (Their current whereabouts is not known). Many of the diary entries are of an intimate nature, especially some of those which refer to his relationships with women (it is worth noting that he did not marry).
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