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Account book relating to the expenditure on the extension to the presbytery at St Francis Xavier's

Account book relating to the expenditure on the extension to the presbytery at St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin. With note from Willam Patrick Ryan, 1, Albemarle Street, London explaining that he found it in his father's effects (the late John Ryan, architect) (3 May 1919).

Church decoration and organ at St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin

Lined notebook entitled ‘Church decoration Organ Improved’. Details work on organ choir services, stations, novenas, old and new organ, advent calendar, retreats and souvenir of retreats and the new organist. With index at the front and hand-drawn plan of reconstruction of organ (30 September 1926) and schedule of works to be completed by Telford & Telford, Organ Builders, 33 Charlemont Street, Dublin for the ‘cleaning and overhauling of organ in Ignatian Chapel, St Francis Xavier’s, Gardiner Street, Dublin (11 July 1944).

Commemorative magazine published on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the birth of St Francis Xavier

Commemorative magazine published on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the birth of St Francis Xavier, which was celebrated in St Francis Xavier’s Church, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin. Includes a history of the church and its activities, as well as photographs of the interior and exterior, and of church-related activities.

Copy of letter from Fr Patrick Hughes SJ, writing from St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin to Fr William McCartan

Copy of letter from Fr Patrick Hughes SJ, writing from St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin to Fr William McCartan. Thanks the latter for purchasing the two milch cows, but explains that his (Hughes’) superior, the Provincial Fr Brown, did not want the two store heifers that were purchased at the same time, and that he had already made this fact clear to Fr McCartan. Sends the latter a cheque for the cows.

Hughes, Patrick, 1837-1904, Jesuit priest

Copy of probate granted for the will and codicil for Stephen R. Cunningham

Copy of probate granted for the will and codicil for Stephen R. Cunningham, deceased. Includes letter from Casey, Clay & Collins Solicitors to Superior, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street relating to the estate of Stephen Cunningham deceased in which ‘by direction of the Executors of the above deceased we enclose their cheque for £2312 13d 5s being a moiety of the residue of the Estate’.

Copy of probate granted for the will for Josephine Keshan

Copy of probate granted for the will for Josephine Keshan, deceased. Includes schedule of costs and receipts of payments by Fr Nolan SJ, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin to J.H. Walsh & Co. Solicitors related to costs incurred with reference to settlement of claim of the owners of premises in Meath Street against estate of Josephine Keshan, deceased; sales of premises No. 73 & 74 Meath street, 60 Thomas Street, 32,33, 34 Vicar Street and 71 Thomas Street being the estate of Josephine Keshan, deceased; extract from the last Will and Testament of Josephine Keshan Spinster.

Copy of will of Miss Catherine Cleary

Copy of will of Miss Catherine Cleary, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin in which a sum of £10 is bequeathed to a number of Jesuit priests and ‘to the residue of all property of every kind…I give devise and bequeath the same as follows viz To the Very Reverend Timothy Kenny’.

Establishment of Saint Francis Xavier’s as a parish in the Dublin diocese

File relating to the establishment of Saint Francis Xavier’s as a parish in the Dublin diocese. Includes correspondence between Provincial Cecil McGarry, Archbishop Dermot Ryan, Members of the Diocesan Boundary Commission, Fr John Murphy SJ, superior of the community at Gardiner Street, and Fr Philip Harnett SJ, first parish priest.

Handwritten history of the residence at St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin

Handwritten history of the residence at St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin. Includes holograph letters from Fr Bartholomew Esmonde SJ, Rome to Frs Aylmer and Meagher, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street relating to the proposed altar, with illustrations of altar; history of St Francis Xavier's by Fr Kenney SJ; annual letters by Fr Curtis SJ (1841 - 47); Historia Domus of St Francis Xavier College (Belvedere) and residence by Fr Kavanagh SJ, notice of valuation of house at Upper Gardiner Street (1 March 1832); history of Upper Gardiner Street residence (1865 - 68); an oration made in aid of St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street (1833); annual letters by Fr O'Farrell SJ (1840);

House history of St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin

‘Historia Domus. Resid[ence] St. Fran[cis] Xav[ier]’, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin. Lined notebook with handwritten entries which record important dates in the history of the church and community at Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin. Gives some background history from 1829 - 1884 and a photograph of Fr Thomas Kelly SJ. Includes information such as: members of the community and records the arrival of new members and the departure of the old, illnesses, deaths and funerals, novenas, feasts, building work carried out to the buildings and church notices. Also contains several insertions, some loose and some pasted onto notebook pages including; newspaper cuttings of special ceremonies, advent, calendars and retreats. Includes contents page by Fr James Rabbitte SJ.

Jesuit community involved in parish and church work at St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin

File relating to the work of the Special Secretariate established to negotiate consensus between members of the Jesuit community involved in parish and church work at Gardiner Street, prior to the signing of the final agreement for the establishment of the parish with the Archbishop of Dublin.

Special Secretariat, Loyola House, Eglinton Road, Dublin

Journal of the Rector of St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin

Journal of the Rector of St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin. Contains handwritten entries including information on: the comings and goings of various members of the community and of visitors; Retreats, Masses and special ceremonies are recorded; deaths of members of the Society and of relatives of members of the community, their health and well-being, maintenance work and renovations carried out on the buildings; customs regarding the daily lives of community members, e.g. the quality of food and dining arrangements.

Killiney Castle, Dublin

In 1873 the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) purchased Killiney Castle to be used as a villa house (holiday). The events leading up to the purchase of this property were quite long and protracted. In a memorandum written by Fr William Delany SJ (1835-1924), CM/KILL/3, he describes how the Society came across Killiney Castle and the negotiations that took place to secure its purchase. After viewing the property the Jesuit Fathers were very inclined towards it and decided to make an offer of £11,000 for the Castle and its estate. However, before the deal was finally settled Fr Nicolas Walsh SJ (1826-1914) Provincial, insisted, despite grave objections by some of the other priests, on telling the Cardinal (Paul Cullen).

This action proved to be a mistake with the Cardinal reacting negatively to the property deal (permission from the Cardinal was necessary for the establishment of a new religious house but not for the purchase of a property). Fr Delany describes how it was now too late to back out of the deal and insisted on informing the owner of Killiney Castle (Mr. Warren) of the difficulty that had arisen. Fr Delany was also delegated to pay a visit to the Cardinal to plead the case on behalf of the Society and to outline their plans for the property. Again the Cardinal was not supportive, particularly when it was mentioned that the Society of Jesus were thinking of opening a school for boys. Eventually an agreement was reached that the property could be bought but that a decision as to how it would be utilised would have to be deferred. Because of the delay Fr Delany discovered, after his meeting with the Cardinal, that another offer had been made and accepted. This second obstacle made it necessary for Fr Delany to enter another set of negotiations to purchase the property from Mr. Richard Martin for the sum of £12,250.

Following the purchase of the property in 1873 by the Society of Jesus a good deal of structural and maintenance work was carried out e.g. CM/KILL/4 and CM/KILL/8 - CM/KILL/13. Despite the work carried out and the outlay of money on improving the Castle and grounds the Society made a decision to sell the property only six years later in 1879 to Mr. Chippindale Higgin CM/KILL/33. It would appear that the Castle and estate were sold at a loss to the Society. The collection does not reveal why the Society decided to sell Killiney Castle. However, the collection does reveal that a number of different parties were interested in purchasing the property e.g. the Brothers of St. John of God in France (CM/KILL/1, CM/KILL/35 and CM/KILL/37), an American gentleman (CM/KILL/36) and Mr. Chippendale Higgin (CM/KILL/33), the eventual purchaser.

It should be noted that the Society of Jesus had two residences in Killiney. In 1853 the Catalogue names the following as residing in Killiney; Robert St. Leger (1788-1856), John St. Leger (1798-1868), William Moloney (1796-1886) and James Reardon (1799-l.1856). This residence was known as Druid Lodge. The preceding Catalogue (1850) makes no mention of a Killiney residence and similarly the succeeding Catalogue (1855) does not refer to a residence in Killiney. It would appear that Druid Lodge was given up by the Society because the Archbishop opposed the construction of a church (CM/KILL/1). The second residence in Killiney was Killiney Castle (1873-1879), the papers of which are represented in this collection.

The papers of Killiney Castle, Dublin deal with the purchase of Killiney Castle by the Society of Jesus, accounts, changes to the exterior and interior, the letting of the Killiney Castle and the eventually sale of Killiney Castle by the Society of Jesus.

Lease for vaults under St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin

Lessor:
The Reverend John Grene and others

Lessee:
James and Charles Kennedy, Capel Street, Dublin

Property:
Vaults under St. Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin

Terms and Conditions:
Term of fifty years thence next ensuing and fully to be completed and ended determinable nevertheless as hereinafter mentioned yielding and parting therefore yearly and every year during the said term unto the said Lessors their executed admons or assigns the yearly rent of Eighty pounds to be paid by equal half yearly payments on every final day of February and first day of August each year during the term.

Other:
Signed, sealed and delivered

Maxwell and Weldon Soliciotrs, 37 North Grrat George Street

Letter from Fr Henry Young to Fr Charles Young SJ and discusses the matter of the Stations of the Cross

Letter from Fr Henry Young to Charles Young SJ and discusses the matter of the Stations of the Cross and asserts that there should be a fixed form of erection of the Stations, i.e., from left to right. Refers to Gardiner Street as ‘your Xavier Church’.

Young, Henry, 1786-1869, Roman Catholic priest

Letter from Fr John Grene SJ, Milltown Park, Dublin to Mr Higgin, the purchaser of Killiney Castle from the Society of Jesus

Letter from Fr John Grene SJ, Milltown Park, Dublin to Mr Higgin (the purchaser of Killiney Castle from the Society of Jesus) concerning the payment of income tax on Killiney Castle. Refers to the house insurance premium which requires Mr Higgin’s name to be put on the policy.

Grene, John, 1807-1887, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Patrick O'Mara SJ, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin to Irish Fr Provincial concerning the number of Holy Communions in St Francis Xavier's Church

Letter from Fr Patrick O'Mara SJ, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin to Irish Fr Provincial concerning the number of Holy Communions for the year [1956] taken in St Francis Xavier's Church.

O'Mara, Patrick, 1875-1969, Jesuit priest, chaplain and missioner

Letter from Fr Thomas A. Finlay SJ to Irish Fr Provincial concerning the deed of purchase for the site of University Hall

Letter from Fr Thomas A Finlay SJ, 35 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin to Irish Fr Provincial concerning the deed of purchase for the site of University Hall. Remarks that it cannot be found but that it may be in Gardiner Street. Suggests that the Provincial should make a strong room available so that all of the property deeds can be kept safely.

Finlay, Thomas A, 1848-1940, Jesuit priest and economist

Letter from Fr William Delany SJ, 35 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin to Mr Francis Bergin, in which he replies to Mr Bergin’s letter

Letter from Fr William Delany SJ, 35 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin to Mr Francis Bergin, Civil Engineer, Architect and Estate Surveyor in which he replies to Mr Bergin’s letter of the same date concerning architectural plans for University Hall. Expresses his regret that a misunderstanding has occurred and gives a detailed account of the situation and reasons why another set of plans were sought.

Delany, William, 1835-1924, Jesuit priest

Letter from J. P. Lonan Murphy, McCann and Murphy, Solicitors to Fr Aubrey Gwynn SJ regarding the will of Mr Dolan and the erection of windows in the chapel of University Hall

A letter from J. P. Lonan Murphy, McCann and Murphy, Solicitors, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin to Rev. Aubrey Gwynn, SJ, 35 Lower Leeson Street regarding the will of Mr Joseph Dolan and the erection of windows in the chapel of University Hall, Hatch Street, Dublin.

Letter from Maxwell, Weldon & Co. Solicitors, 40 North Great Georges Street to Fr Vincent Byrne SJ refers to death certificates for Jesuits

Letter from Maxwell, Weldon & Co. Solicitors, 40 North Great Georges Street to Fr Vincent Byrne SJ, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street which refers to the following death certificates for Jesuits which are attached:
Fr Michael Weafer 26 March 1922
Fr James Fottrell 3 January 1918
Fr Henry Lynch 18 August 1913
Fr Joseph Tunney 21 January 1923
Fr John Hughes 16 June 1912
Fr James Walshe 22 April 1913
Fr John Conmee 6 May 1910
Fr John Bannon 14 July 1913
Fr John McAvoy 26 July 1983

Maxwell, Weldon & Co., solicitors

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