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Conmee, John S, 1847-1910, Jesuit priest
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Admission ticket for a papal audience for Fr John Conmee SJ

Admission ticket for a papal audience. Issued by the ‘Anticamera Pontifica al Vaticano’; states that Fr John Conmee is to be admitted to an audience with the Pope on Friday 1 May 1903. Includes regulations for those attending papal audiences in relation to dress and behaviour.

Articles on the history of the Jesuit mission to Australia, includes articles on Ireland

Series of articles bound into book format concerning the history of the Jesuit mission to Australia:

  • 'The Woodstock Letters'. Vol. XXXVII. No. 3 'The Society of Jesus in Australia' pp303-318; Vol. XXXVIII. No. 1 pp1-9; Vol. XXXVIII. No. 2 pp161-176; Vol. XXXVIII. ? pp341-349; Vol. XXXIX. No. 2 pp145-160; Vol. XXXIX. No. 3 pp304-318; Vol. XL. No. 1 pp1-16; Vol. XL. No. 2 pp145-160; Vol. XL. No. 3 pp274-288; Vol. XLI. No. 1 pp1-6;

  • catalogue of the Adelaide residence of the Australian Mission (1862; 1869-1870; 1874; 1877; 1880; 1886; 1889) and the Australian Mission (1887; 1893; 1902; 1912);

  • contemporary newspaper clippings of Jesuit houses in Australia;

  • copy of 'Edmund Campion’s History of Ireland' by the Rev. John Hungerford Pollen SJ with an inscription to Fr John Conmee SJ by J. H. Pollen SJ reprinted from ‘The Month’, December, 1905, and February, 1906.

  • articles by Fr Matthew Devitt SJ on 'Summerhill, County Meath and its neighbourhood', published in Kildare Archaeological Society;

  • 'Irish University Education: A plea for Fair Play' by Fr William Delany SJ (1904);

  • 'Brief memoir of Fr Patrick Duffy SJ' (1904);

  • 'The Annual Report of the Apostolic School of Ireland' (Society of Jesus) 1884-1885, 1886, 1895;

  • extracts from the diary of Mungret College (1884-1885);

  • copy letters from Rev. F. Ronan to the Fathers and Students of Mungret College during the journey through the United States (September 1884- Christmas 1885).

Biographical information relating to Fr John Conmee SJ

Biographical information relating to Fr John Conmee SJ. Includes:
– potted biography by Fr Fergus O'Donoghue SJ (Irish Province Archivist, 1986 - 2019 (2pp);
– handwritten note on Fr John Conmee SJ made by an unknown person (probably a fellow-Jesuit) stating “Perhaps the first word that occurs to one when trying to describe Father Conmee is ‘delightful’. He was a delightful man – amiable, bright, entertaining… – his presence, the very thought of him did you good.” (n.d, 1p.);
– obituaries, with one document mentioning Frs John Hughes and Thomas Taaffe SJ (May 1910, 3 items);
– memorial cards (1910, 3 items) and
– copy of the death certificate of Fr Conmee (21 Oct. 1917, 1 item)

[Copy] letter from Fr John Conmee SJ in Rome to a ‘Mr. Keogh’

[Copy] letter from Fr John Conmee SJ in Rome to a ‘Mr. Keogh’, thanking him for sending Fr Conmee some shamrock for St. Patrick’s day. Also remarks ‘I am…beginning to long for a sight of old Erin and dear old Gardiner Street, and Father Bannon’s righthand man and coadjutor, Mr. Keogh. I saw the Holy Father for the third time yesterday…He is the most good natured man you ever saw, full of simplicity and holiness and warm heartedness; and he was greatly interested in all we were doing in the Church. I am glad you report so favourably of Father Bannon’s health. All the same I think it would do him good to have a change after his many colds and bronchitis.’

Fr James Daly SJ

A file relating to Fr James Daly SJ, including biography, genealogical material, letter from Peter Byrne, University College, Dublin (13 November 1897) to Fr Daly SJ, profits from Clongowes Wood College farm 1915-1916, grants paid to Clongowes Wood College and correspondence from the Irish Fr Provincials.

Daly, James, 1847-1930, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr John Conmee SJ to Fr Matthew Russell SJ

Letter from Fr John Conmee SJ, University College, Dublin to Fr Matthew Russell SJ (Editor of 'The Irish Monthly'), thanking him for the ‘kind and encouraging things’ Fr Russell said of Fr Conmee’s ‘little paper’ i.e. 'Old Times in the Barony', which was published as a booklet in 1900. “Anything I may write on the Barony is already promised to the New Ireland. If I can send you any thing worth printing…I will – but I only write on compulsion and compose – as the Scotch joke– wi’ deefeculty’ ”.

Letter from M F Dalton, Kangaroobie, Mullion Creek, New South Wlaes to Fr John Conmee SJ

Letter from M F (Michael) Dalton, Kangaroobie, Mullion Creek, New South Wales to Fr John Conmee SJ concerning his visit. Refers to the income of the estate derived from sheep rearing and wool. Wishes Fr Conmee a safe return to Ireland,and encloses a few example of Kangaroobie bred wool. Michael F Dalton was a brother of Fr Patrick Dalton SJ.

Dalton, M F

Letter to Fr John Conmee SJ from the poet Aubrey de Vere

Letter to Fr John Conmee SJ from the poet Aubrey de Vere, Curraghchase, County Limerick in reply to Fr Conmee’s letter thanking de Vere for sending him some of his father’s sonnets, “…but for a mistake on the Publisher’s part they would have been forwarded to you long since. They form part of a volume now out of print, which my Father published as long ago as 1842 entitled ‘A Song of Faith’ and consisting chiefly of poems illustrative of the Apostles’ Creed”. Discusses some of his father’s poems, the nature of poetry and reflects ‘It is really marvellous to think what might be done for the Catholic cause and for the moral and intellectual well-being of the country by even a few first-rate Catholic literary works. Perhaps the next generation may give us a Catholic Coleridge to write Philosophy, a Catholic Wordsworth to be our Poet, a Catholic Scott to illustrate Ireland as Scott illustrated Scotland in his Novels, and a Catholic Historian to undo all the mischief done by the erroneous Tradition. Four such writers would do a marvellous work in the next thirty years; and there seems no reason why Ireland alone might not provide them all, if only the ability so constantly running to waste among us were at once properly developed and disciplined.’

De Vere, Aubrey Thomas, 1814-1902, poet and author

Letters to Fr John Conmee SJ from various bishops regarding the Cause of the Irish Martyrs

  • IE IJA J/13/10
  • File
  • 8 December 1902 - 12 April 1905
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Letters to Fr John Conmee SJ from various bishops regarding the Cause of the Irish Martyrs. Most of the letters are from Dr William J. Walsh, Archbishop of Dublin but also includes letters from Dr John K. O'Doherty, Bishop of Derry, Dr John Coffey, Bishop of Ardfert, Dr Robert Browne, Bishop of Cloyne, Dr John Healy, Archbishop of Tuam and Dr Thomas O'Dea, Bishop of Clonfert.

Letters to Fr John Conmee SJ written by, and on behalf of, Dr William J. Walsh, Archbishop of Dublin

  • IE IJA J/13/8
  • File
  • 18 February 1901 - 26 February 1905
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Letters to Fr John Conmee SJ written by, and on behalf of, Dr William J. Walsh, Archbishop of Dublin. Includes
– letter concerning a point of theology (18 Feb. 1901, 4pp);
– a confidential letter from the Archbishop concerning the idea of the Loreto Sisters congregation gaining Papal rather than Diocesan right (4 Feb. 1905, 8pp) and letter relating to the Constitutions of the German branch of the Loreto Sisters (26 Feb. 1905, 3pp).

Walsh, William Joseph, 1841-1921, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin

Letters written to Fr John Conmee’s friend, Fr Matthew Russell SJ

  • IE IJA J/13/19
  • File
  • 13 May - 16 June 1910
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Letters written to Fr John Conmee’s friend, Fr Matthew Russell SJ, following Fr Conmee’s death. Includes:
– letter from Fr Patrick J. Ryan, C.C. of Fairview, Dublin – ‘God grant that he is now with the good Master he loved to speak of and to paint in words love and rainbow-hope. Your Fathers will miss his sweet, lovely voice, and so will many hundreds of secular priests who rose up to better and loftier things begotten of his preaching and good example. Who can tell the number of wounded hearts he cured and sent away rejoicing?’ (13 May 1910, 2pp);
– letters from a Mr Cullinan and his wife of Portrane House, Donabate, Dublin – ‘His whole personality endeared him to everyone with whom he came in contact…he was always a true friend and advisor.…We both owe more to Fr Conmee than you can have any idea of and his loss is a cruel blow to us’ (14 May 1910, 4pp). Also states “As regards our dear friend being ‘forgotten’ – that can never apply to 'us', at any rate. He lives in our memory every hour of the day and his place in our hearts, as the dearest friend and finest man we ever met, can never be filled” (16 Jun. 1910, 2pp).

Lists of writers of the Restored Society and their publications compiled by Fr James Rabbitte SJ

Lists of writers (arranged alphabetically) of the Restored Society and their publications (1832-1925, 38pp, ). Compiled by Fr James Rabbitte SJ of Gardiner Street, (Custodian of the Irish Province Archives, 1924-1930). Typed list of Irish Jesuit authors and title, 20th century (1900-1939, 6pp).

Rabbitte, James, 1857-1940, Jesuit priest