CollectionPapers of Patricia Coghlan
Collection DescriptionPatricia Coghlan (2 March 1914–2 July 1975) was born in Frankfort House, Upper Rathmines, Dublin. The family home was used as a safe house during the War of Independence and the Civil War and was frequented by prominent republican figures during this period. There were close ties between Frankfurt House and Roebuck House, the residence of Maud Gonne and her son, Sean MacBride. Patricia took up work at Roebuck House for a short period in the 1920s and remained a close personal friend to MacBride and his wife, Catalina ‘Kid’ Bulfin, until Patricia's death in 1975. Sean MacBride founded Clann na Poblachta, an Irish republican political party, in 1946. The party was officially established on 6 July 1946 and held its first Ard Fheis in Balalaika, Dublin in November 1947. Clann na Poblachta was intended to become a rival republican party to Fianna Fáil but also held strong roots in social democratic policies. Patricia was employed at the party headquarters at 20 Herbert Place, Dublin, following its establishment and she continued to work there until the closure of the offices in the early 1960s. [UCD Archives]
Collection Web Address
ReferenceUCDA P277

Clann na Poblachta Files of statements, reports and policy documents relating to the formation of Clann na Poblachta and the first Ard Fheis, 1946–8.

Speeches and statements made by Sean MacBride on behalf of Clann na Poblachta, primarily relating to their election campaigns in both general and by-elections, 1953–9.

Statements, pamphlets and correspondence pertaining to Clann na Poblachta's opposition campaign prior to the referendum on the proposed abolition of the Proportional Representation electoral system, 1958–9.

Correspondence, statements and articles concerning Clann na Poblachta; documents relating to the financial affairs of the party and newspaper cuttings of speeches made by Éamon de Valera, 1947-62.

Other items:

Gerard Lawless versus the Irish Government

The Cyprus Question

Sean MacBride Correspondence

AccessBy prior appointment.

This collection was deposited in UCD Archives by Patricia Coghlan’s nephew, Noel Guilfoyle on 29 April 2014.

Access: Available by appointment to holders of a UCD Archives reader's ticket. Produced for consultation in digital format.

Repository NameUCD Archives
AddressJames Joyce Library UCD Belfield Dublin 4
EircodeD04 R7R0
Telephone(01) 716-7555
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