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Daniel O’Connell Collection

1816 – 1968


4 items


IE BL/PP/DOC is Daniel O’Connell material held in UCC Library. These archives were donated to UCC in 1997 by Prof. Seán Ó Coileán, Roinn na Nua-Gaeilge, UCC.

Daniel O’Connell was born in Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry, in 1775 to a Roman Catholic family. He was a barrister and MP (Member of Parliament), becoming involved in politics in the first half of the nineteenth century. He campaigned for “Catholic Emancipation” the right for Catholics to sit in the Westminster Parliament, denied for over 100 years - and the “Repeal of the Union” between Ireland and Great Britain. He became known as the Liberator or the Emancipator. He led a full life, and died in Rome in 1847.


The original letter is from Daniel O’Connell to his son Maurice, at Clongowes College, Clane, Co. Kildare. The 1968 material is two pieces of correspondence between Professor Maurice R. O’Connell and Professor John V. Kelleher discussing the earlier letter’s provenance.


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Language: English

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1.   3 April 1816

Mss letter from Daniel O’Connell, Cork to Maurice O’Connell (his son), Clongowes Wood College, Naas, Co. Kildare, asking him to write to let him know the current state of health of Morgan (O’Connell’s son). His affection for both sons is very evident “I doat with the tenderest affection on him” (Morgan) and of Maurice “I am always happy to hear of you and from you”. Includes twentieth century envelope.  2 items

2.   29 Sept. 1968

Typed letter from Maurice R. O’Connell (Associate Professor), Kingsfort, Kells, Co. Meath, to Professor John V. Kelleher, Westwood, Mass., USA. O’Connell is editing Daniel O’Connell correspondence for a publication by the Irish Universities Press. He writes to ask Kelleher’s advice on other possible locations of O’Connell correspondence in manuscript collections held in certain American university libraries. He asks if Kelleher has an O’Connell letter, given to him by Sean O’Faolain, and if so, if he can have a copy of it, and its possible provenance.  2pp

3.   8 Dec. 1968

Typed letter from Professor John V. Kelleher, Westwood, Mass., USA, to Professor Maurice R. O’Connell, Kingsfort, Kells, Co. Meath in response to the September letter above. He includes a transcription of the original O’Connell letter, as well as promising to send a Xerox copy, but cannot help with its provenance.  2pp

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Author: Emer Twomey, Archivist, UCC Library, University College Cork

Last updated: 19 August 2014

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