CollectionT.W.T. Dillon Papers

A large part of this collection consists of letters from Theo Dillon to his father John Dillon (13 January 1923). He gives news of his marriage to Marie Benninger, her pregnancy and the death of their first child, and of Marie's health. His letters also contain numerous references to his sister Nano (later Smith), also to Maria O'Reilly (housekeeper to the Dillon family), and to Mme Pichon, niece of the French politician, Poincare, also being treated in the Swiss clinic in which Dillon was a patient. Also numerous references to political affairs and current events: Dillon remarks that he would never 'in principle' vote for Agnes O'Farrelly as Convocation representative on the National University of Ireland Senate: 'her well-known back-scratching proceedings are a complete offset to her usefulness'; on Mary McSwiney, he remarks that 'the terrorism' exercised by her 'over the Independent is amusing - it appears that the paper does not dare to refuse publication of one of her letters'. Also comments on the 'vice campaign currently ongoing in Dublin: 'nobody suspects the horrors of vice . . . In certain areas of Dublin'.

The collection also contains letters and photographs from Marie Dillon to John Dillon, a letter from Theo to Nano on arrangements for her visit to him, and material, including marriage certificate, relating to Theo and Marie Dillon, 1926-1929, and letters to Marie Dillon on the death of her husband, 1946.

AccessBy prior appointment.

A descriptive list for this collection is available here.

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