CollectionEoin MacNeill Papers
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Section E includes material relating to the text of MacNeill's Ancient Laws of Ireland. Topics covered include women - their position in pre-Celtic society, ownership of land, etc.

Section F, dealing with the politics of independent Ireland, the development of the National University and cultural and educational organisations, includes letters about the appointment of Maire Ni Griobhta as secretary to the Irish Manuscripts Commission; also material relating to parental rights in the education of children [168-170], on the poultry industry, letter from Sr Mary of the Sacred Heart, Ursuline Convent, Waterford about teaching hours], as well as a Dáil question from Alfred Byrne TD about the non-appointment of Hanna Sheehy Skeffington as examiner in English under the Intermediate Board (1924); also notes on the custom of 'hiring out' boys and girls in West Donegal to work in the Lagan valley, with reference to the 1926 Compulsory Education Act, record of pupils presented for domestic training examination at St Anne's, Booterstown, review of 'Structural Geography of Ireland' by Eleanor Butler, correspondence of Mrs McCarthy, and a letter about subscriptions for a headstone in Irish and English for Ellen Donovan in Glasnevin Cemetery.

Section G, MacNeill's correspondence, private, professional and political includes letters from Margaret MacNeill (sister) about home rule and the Gaelic League, and to her from prison, typescript letters to Lady Gregory relating to An Claidheamh Soluis and the Irish Literary Theatre, also abstracts from Lady Gregory's journals, enclosed in covering letter from Máire Sweeney to Eibhlín Tierney, letters from Máire MacNeill, and correspondence of Eoin MacNeill and his wife Taddie (Agnes). Also letters from Eilís Netley (daughter); letters and related material from Anne Throop Gray about plans for Irish studies in American universities; correspondence between Nelly O'Brien and Charles MacNeill (brother), in which O'Brien seeks permission to show material about Eoin's trial to Miss Mahaffy, who is recording an account of it for the library of Trinity College Dublin. Also letter from Eoin MacNeill to Eibhlín (daughter) at Dominican Convent, Muckross Park, Dublin, and to Eibhlín Tierney (née MacNeill) from London. Also letters of Turlough MacNeill to his mother Taddie O'Neill and correspondence with his sister Eibhlín. Political and diplomatic material includes a letter from MacNeill about the visit of Hanna Sheehy Skeffington to Geneva to protest against Ireland's admission to the League of Nations; letter from Una (granddaughter) in Irish about a holiday in Donegal. Also letter from James MacNeill to his mother Mrs Archibald MacNeill, c.1892, and to his sister Maggie, c.1920; letters to Mrs Agnes (Taddie) MacNeill from her husband and sons, Brian, Niall and Turlough, 1911-1945. Also correspondence about MacNeill and his papers to Mrs Eibhlín Tierney, including correspondence with Marie Sweeney.

Section H, relating to the Irish Volunteers and MacNeill's imprisonment in 1916, political career and personal matters, includes material on Cumann na nBan, also a draft letter by Agnes O'Neill relating the failure to receive letters from MacNeill in prison; also letters from MacNeill to Agnes during his time with the Boundary Commission, including personal news, details of the Commission sittings and of his visits to areas in Ulster; also complaint from Mary MacSwiney about an interim grant for her sister; letter from E. de Buitléir to Agnes MacNeill about employment [139]. Also condolences to Eoin and Agnes MacNeill on the death of their son Brian; letters of condolence to Agnes on Eoin's death and letters of condolence to Eibhlín Sweeney on the death of Agnes MacNeill .

Section J includes a letter, dated 21 October 1909, from Sr Peter, Prioress, Dominican College, Eccles Street, Dublin to Eoin MacNeill, seeking support for the demand for recognition 'as a separate women's college in the National University', and draft reply from MacNeill].

Also family and general correspondence, including letters from MacNeill's cousin M. Eugennis, Loreto Convent, Letterkenny, and from his sister Annie, mainly on family and local matters and contemporary events.

AccessBy prior appointment.
Century19th, 20th

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