Files relating to the plans by Offaly County Council to commemorate the 1916 Rising at 50 years. Includes file containing records of attendance of delegates at the committee meetings (1966); minute book recording resolutions agreed by the County Committee of the 1916 Jubilee Commemorations with Mr Nicholas Egan presiding. The Tullamore Committee, with All O'Brennan as chair, organised the main celebration with a parade on Easter Monday and the commissioning of a commemorative film (1966-1967); large correspondence file concerning the plans for the commemorations and particularly with the commissioning of the film (1966-1967); a file containing the scripts for the film and a recent remastered DVD copy of the film, the original of which is now with the Irish Film Archives; and an accounts book recording subscriptions to the 1916 Commemoration Fund (1966-1967).
Annual report, account and rental for year ending June 1916, showing a reduction in overall amount remitted to Lord Digby due to a large increase in income tax, but notes that rents and interest in lieu of rents have been satisfactorily paid. Refers to the 'late rebellion in Dublin' and that the country is in a state of disquiet.
Includes a letter from Toler R. Garvey, land agent in Birr to client, V. J. E. Ryan who owns property in Sackville Street, the scene of some of the worst fighting in the Rising on 10 May 1916:
‘I hear that your house in Sackville Street is not seriously damaged only pitted by rifle and machine gunfire and in any case your rent is I should say quite safe. The Rebellion is all over and it’s merely a case of rounding up now, but [sic] all the futile reprisals upon martial law being maintained until this conspiracy and all its sympathisers are thoroughly crushed.’
Contains a resolution recorded on 3 May 1916 to condemn 'the recent deplorable outbreak Dublin' (The 1916 Rising). The UDC cancelled this condemnation in September 1920 with a handwritten order in red ink over the original resolution.
Freeman's Journal (21 September 1896) Freeman's Journal (3 November 1896) King's County Independent (28 April 1906) Midland tribune (28 April 1895) Irish Independent (4 July 1916) Evening Herald (4 August 1916) Sinn Féin (10 July 1909) Sinn Féin (16 July 1910) Daily Telegraph (2 May 1916) Daily Telegraph (29 April 1916) Irish Times (23 May 1916)
Photocopies of articles from newspapers and books relating to the Tullamore Incident, Irish Volunteer organisation in Offaly,and internment in Frongoch. Also includes a photocopy and transcript from a minute book of the Old IRA Association Tullamore Branch (1948). Also includes photocopy of the military pensions record of Clonaghadoo Co., 4th Batt.
Copies of approximately 1000 outgoing letters, averaging 1 per page. Good legibility. Includes many references to the Tullamore 'affray' or Tullamore Incident, for example, letter to Tim M. Healy, M. P, House of Commons: '...I was immediately concerned with giving the facts in support of the point that the Competent Military Authority - Martial Law and the Defence of the Realm Regulations notwithstanding - noted without lawful authority in taking the prisoners out of Tullamore Gaol, that he has them illegally in his custody, and that the proposed trial by Court Martial will be illegal. ...It is entirely a case for a civil tribunal - for a jury; and on the evidence it is extremely unlikely that a jury anywhere would convict. It had not the most remote connection with the "Rising"; and to drag these men and boys before a Court of Military officers steeped in the atmosphere of the Insurrection and trotted out on the rebel stage a grave injustice - and is putting prisoners in serious danger.' (23 May 1916)