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Letterbook of Reginald Digby

  • IE OCL P95
  • Item
  • 1903-1908:1914-1922

Letterbook created by Reginald Digby recording letters received from the tenants’ association on the Geashill Estate in relation to the sale of lands by Lord Digby to the tenants under the Land Act of 1903. Includes his copy replies to the secretaries of the association, James Matthews and John Corcoran, and later James Chissell. Also includes copy letters from solicitor to the estate, Lewis Goodbody, who advises on proceedings with the Land Commission and letters from Fr. O’Beirne PP, acting as an intermediary between the estate and the tenants.

Includes a memo of a meeting between Lord Digby and a deputation from the tenants’ association on 30 September 1907, and the decision arrived at by the tenants at a further meeting in the Forester’s Hall, Tullamore, on 2 January 1908 to reject the terms of sale put forward by Lord Digby due to his decision not to cancel the hanging gale and remit a half year’s rent as requested by the tenants.

Also includes later newspaper cuttings concerning unrest on the Estate at the decision to sell untenanted lands to three land owners rather than distributed to small holders and evicted tenants. Cuttings also refer to the Geashill Cattle Drive of November 1914 and the subsequent court martial with James Rogers representing the forty-six arrested. Includes transcripts of James Rogers’ cross-examination of County Inspector Hubert William Crane. Also includes a loose printed catalogue of the auction of Geashill Castle’s contents to be held 22 March 1922.

Digby, Reginald

Loughton Papers

  • IE OCL P131
  • Fonds
  • 1798 - 1976

The Loughton papers are comprised of the records of the successive owners of Loughton, Moneygall, Co. Offaly and of other properties in the surrounding area including one in Co. Tipperary. The families documented within the fonds are the Bloomfields, the Trenches and the Atkinsons. The fonds mainly consists of documents originating from Benjamin Bloomfield Trench, his wife Dora Trench (neé Turnor) and their daughter Theodora Trench. The material dates from 1798 until the 1970s.

Trench, Henry

Map of Clara and Raheen, King's County, estate of Colonel Wolseley Cox

  • IE OCL P96
  • Fonds
  • c.1888

Linen-backed map of Clara and Raheen, King's County, the estate of Colonel Wolseley Cox. Hand-coloured and numbered with sites from 1-99, although the key to the sites is not extant.

Scale 220 foot: 1 inch.

Cox, Ambrose Clement Wolseley

Memoir by Kathleen Barnwell, Birr

  • IE OCL P31
  • Item
  • 1918-1985

Typescript of memoir titled ‘Do You Remember’. Recounts the life in Birr and covers the following subjects: soldiers from Birr returning from World War I (1918), the Treaty (1921), occupation of Free State Troops of ‘The Gorm' (the workhouse) in Birr (1922), burning of Crinkle Barracks (1922) and other reminiscences of life in Birr from 1930s to 1980s.

Barnwell, Kathleen

Minutes of Tullamore Lawn Tennis Club

  • IE OCL P105
  • Fonds
  • 1891-1904

Softbound copy book containing minutes of the Tullamore Lawn Tennis Club, including two loose notes, one of which is a hand drawn programme for a tennis tournament. Minutes contain general rules of the club, statements of account, plans for tournaments, and lists of members. Important decisions recorded include changing the site of the tennis grounds to Spollenstown, Tullamore in 1894 and the construction of a pavilion. Prominent members include Rev. Maxwell H. Coote, Capt. Fetherstonhaugh, James Perry Goodbody, Reginald Digby, David Sherlock, Lewis Goodbody, J. Prior Kennedy, Rev. R. S. Craig, George Lauder, A. G. Gardiner, A. B. Reamsbottom, George Hoey, and James Denning,

Tullamore Lawn Tennis Club

Notice for Banagher Horse Fair

  • IE OCL P21
  • Fonds
  • 1909

Public notice of Rev. William Robert Trench, market authority and patentee of the fairs of the town of Banagher. States that all horses brought to the fair shall be sold between the entrance gate of Major Armstrong's residence at Claremount and the Bridge of Banagher.
Printed at the King's County Chronicle Office, Birr.

Trench, William Robert, Rev.

O'Brennan Family Papers

  • IE OH OHS31
  • Collection
  • 1911-2015

Material relating to Tullamore Incident, March 1916 and the 1916 Rising from the family of Séamus O'Brennan and his brother Alo O' Brennan. Contains postcards, photographs, contemporary newspapers (1916-1917), memoirs, and commemorative newspapers (1966).

O'Brennan, Séamus

Offaly IRA

  • IE OH OHS35
  • Collection
  • 1916-1923

List of the names of men of No. 1 Offaly Brigade Battalion Company 1916-1923. Annotated 'Copy reference'. Also includes mss copy of letter 'with compliments from Commdt. Barty Byrne IRB Control'. Letter is from Joe Byrne, Adj. 3rd Batt. to siblings on 26 January 1923, shortly before his execution. 'Let none be injured for my death, it is not my wishes.'

Byrne, Barty, Commdt.

Pamphlet St. Brigid and Kildare Cathedral

  • IE OCL P13
  • Fonds
  • 1 February 1979

Pamphlet containing a summary of a lecture given by Tadhg Hayden, principal of Vocational School, Kildare Town, entitled 'St Brigid and Kildare Cathedral: their backgrounds - Pagan & Christian, Irish & European'.

Hayden, Tadhg

Papers of Dr James Lyttleton

  • IE OH OHS85
  • Fonds
  • 2001-2004

Research papers and field notes of Dr James Lyttleton gathered as part of his doctoral research, which looked at the architecture and settlement of the seventeenth-century Jacobean plantations in Co. Offaly.

The research notes relate to tower houses, fortified houses, dwelling houses, religious sites, castle sites and bawns.

For each building there is an individual file with photographs, a written report, maps and plans, and a field sheet providing details on the existent structures.

Lyttleton, James

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