Fonds P29 - Autograph book of John Lennon/Maggie B. Corcoran

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Autograph book of John Lennon/Maggie B. Corcoran


  • 1927-1933 (Creation)
  • 1921-1924 (Creation)

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John Lennon was the eldest son of John and Mary Ann (née Browne) Lennon of Killeenmore , Killeigh, County Offaly. Not much is known of his political life, except that by the time he was 23, he was interned in Rath Camp, at The Curragh, County Kildare during the War of Independence in 1921 and again in Tintown Camp after the Civil War in 1923. When he was released he returned to Tullamore and worked in the family's public house in Harbour St, Tullamore, where he met his future wife, Margaret ('Maggie') Corcoran, who also worked at the premises. They married in 1933, but John died some years later in 1937 following a farming accident at the homeplace in Killeenmore.

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The autograph book originally belonged to John Lennon, of Killeenmore, Killeigh, and Harbour St, Tullamore. He was an internee of the Rath Internment Camp at the Curragh (1921) and later of Tintown Camp (1923). The album contains many Laois/Offaly signatories such as E. Forrestal, Tullamore (Rath); Bob Lennon, Killeigh (Rath); Frank Bulfin TD, Derrinlough, Birr (Rath); Seaghan Ó Dulchaointigh, Crinkle, Birr (Rath); J. G. Ross, Killeigh (Rath); Patrick J. Daly, Tullamore (Hut 31, Rath), Jimmie Egan, Henry Street, Tullamore (Hut 25, Rath), Denis Walsh, Tullamore (Hut 40, Rath); Séamus O’Faolain (Hut 12 Camp 3 Tintown), Patrick Boland, Ballycumber, (Camp 3 Tintown), Walter A. Mitchell (Camp 2 Tintown); Edward Dunne, Clonaslee (Camp 2, Tintown), Sean McGuinness TD, Kilbeggan, and P. Bracken, Clonaslee (Hut 12 Tintown). Later non-political entries dating from c. 1927 are by Maggie Corcoran (later Lennon) and her relatives and friends.

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The page numbers are arranged here as they appear in the original binding. The sequence is not in anyway chronological as pages were used at random intervals, and many were left blank.

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By appointment only. Contact Offaly Archives at [email protected]

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May be reproduced in accordance with provisions of the Copyright and Related Rights Acts (2000). No reproduction online, in print or broadcast without express permission of copyright holder.

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Shortall, L. Sources for the study of the revolutionary period in King’s County/Offaly (1912-1923) in Offaly Heritage 9, 2016

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June 2019, Sarah Dunning


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