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The Elements of Euclid Explain’d

‘The Elements of Euclid Explain’d, in a new, but most easie method.’3rd Edition by Fr Claude Millet de Chales SJ, published in Oxford, 1700. Printed by L.L. for M. Gillyflower at the Spread-Eagle in Westminister–Hall and W. Freeman at the Bible over against the Middle-Temple-Gate, in Fleet-Street, 1700.

With inscriptions, ‘1703 Dec 23 Mr Phil[bishop] E[x] lib Jno (John) Ellis’, stamp of ‘N Riordan’ and ‘Edwin Barton from his father’
Presented to Fr Fergal McGrath SJ by Frances Riordan, 23 St Clements Rd, Harrogate, England (March 1953).

Dechales, Claude François Milliet, 1621-1678, Jesuit priest and mathematician

Coláiste Iognáid, Galway

The papers of Coláiste Iognáid (St Ignatius’ College) and the Jesuit community offer an insight into the social, cultural and religious life of Galway. There are documents on the history of the Jesuits in Galway, property details such as deeds, leases and plans of property at Sea Road, Renmore, Sherwood Fields and Nuttall’s Garden, and correspondence with various Bishops of Galway and Jesuit Provincials. These documents illustrate major events in Jesuit community life: the return of the Jesuits and the establishment of a residence and school; building developments, ‘Attacked by Beetle: work to save church roof’ (1939); 1963 centenary celebrations and the erection of St Ignatius as a parish (1971). House histories, minister’s journals, visitations, and consults illuminate the ordinary life of members of the Jesuit community in Galway, ‘we have been hit hard again by the “Flu” (25 February 1919).

Roll books, school diaries, college calendars and school publications, such as ‘Turas na Sóisear’, which detail bicycle outings in the Galway area, with hand-drawn maps and route schedule (1940-1947). The arts and sports at Coláiste Iognáid are documented through photographs, scrapbooks and programmes of plays (The Rising of the Moon by Lady Gregory, 1941, for example), debates, theatre and musicals performances, rowing, rugby and GAA. The administration of the Jesuit school, community and Jesuit-run church provides information on: the role of Irish in the school; staffing; past pupils; Penny Dinners; sodalities; altar notices and masses. Financial papers, which consist of church and college accounts, bequests and intentions, also exemplify church activity and functions.

Coláiste Iognáid SJ, 1862-

Manuscript by Donncha Bán Ó Flionn of poems and songs

Manuscript by Donncha Bán Ó Flionn of poems and songs in Irish. With inscription: ‘Seán Ó Síocháin a bhronn ar A of SI a, Meitheamh, 1934 ’(A present from Seán Ó Síocháin to A of the SJ, June 1934) (Seán Ó Síocháin was GAA Secretary from Cill na Marta, Cork). Broken spine. End papers have watermark, 1 Grove Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

Ó Síocháin, Seán, 1914-1997, General Secretary of GAA and singer

Letter from George Joseph Plunket Browne, Bishop of Galway to Fr Patrick Bracken SJ on the death of Fr Peter Kenney SJ

Letter from George Joseph Plunket Browne, Bishop of Galway to Fr Patrick Bracken SJ. Refers to the death of Fr Kenney, for whom he had a solemn requiem and High Mass celebrated in the chief chapel in Galway. Also thanks him in advance for agreeing to conduct a spiritual retreat the following July.

Browne, George Joseph Plunkett, 1795-1858, Roman Catholic Bishop of Galway and Elphin

‘Map of St. Patrick’s Chapel’, Galway

The area of the map which illustrates the chapel is bordered by a red line: ‘Contents Stat[u]t[e] Measure, 0 a[cres[ 1 r[ood] 6 p[erches]. Written on the rear ‘Plans for original College’. The names of individuals living adjacent to the chapel are given as are main routes: to the north, Ropewalk, Mrs Henry, Mrs Clare; to the south’ Costello’s lane, Mr Patrick Nugent, Johh O’ Shaughnessy, J[oh]n O’ Flaherty; to the west: College road; the east: Mr Forbes. Man made features include dwellings shaded in light blue, ruins, roads and a stable. Orientation is given by a compass. 1 inch to 20 feet. Colour washes on paper.

Retreat and sermon notes attributed to Fr William Flynn SJ

Retreat and sermon notes attributed to Fr William Flynn SJ in the main. One document refers to Easter Sunday, 1 April 1866, [Fr.] James Butler [SJ]. References to sermons at St Beuno's, Wales, Mungret, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Galway.

Original correspondence concerning Jesuit establishment in Galway

Original correspondence with title page 'Litterae et Documenta', which gives an index to the following:

  • 17 December 1858, reply of Dr MacEvillly, Bishop of Galway to Vice-Provincial Joseph Lentaigne;

  • 15 April 1859, grants permission to preach, establish a college etc..(copy by Fr Robert Haly SJ 15 April 1859);

  • 5 June 1858, Altare Maius Ecclesia Sti. Patricii in oppodo Galviae Privilegiatum designatur;

  • 2 August 1860, Dr MacEvillly, Bishop of Galway, grants permission for the erection of Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Convent, Taylor’s Hill;

  • 2 February 1863, copy of faculties to hear Confessions granted by Dr MacEvillly, Bishop of Galway;

  • 18 February 1863, faculties to hear Confessions granted by Dr MacEvillly, Bishop of Galway to Fr Stephan Farrell;

  • 17 January 1871, Fr Nicholas Walsh SJ, Milltown Park, Dublin to Fr Murphy re: Dr Nulty and examination for faculties to hear Confessions;

  • 23 March 1874, Fr Alfred Murphy SJ re: faculties of Regulars to hear Confessions outside their own Churches;

  • 6 August 1880, Fr Philip O'Connell SJ to Bishop re: Diocesan regulations;

  • 1888, Memoriale Visitationis Provinciae Hiberniae (1 ms. copy, 2 printed copies) and letter from Father Provincial Timothy Kenny to Fr Hughes regarding memorial (27 July 1888);

  • 25 December 1890, Father Provincial Timothy Kenny SJ gives extract from a letter from Father General dated 20 October 1890;

  • 15 April 1907, Unum Altare in privatis sacellis domorum Soc. Iesu Privilegiatum designari potest;

  • 28 August 1914, Vote of sympathy from the Board of Guardians, Galway Union, on occasion of the death of Father General;

  • 8 September 1914, Vote of sympathy from the Council of the Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality on occasion of the death of Father General;

  • 15 May 1919, Vote of sympathy from the Board of Guardians, Galway Union, on occasion of Fr Donovan’s death;

  • 16 May 1919, Fr Henry Foley SJ to Mr Mullery, Secretary, the Board of Guardians, Galway Union;

  • 10 February 1923, Fides Matrimonii Contracti a Lettia Monica Leatham, quae in Ecclesia Catholica (Jesuit) an. 1898 baptizata est. and

  • 1810-1896, Necrologia Provinciae Hiberniae Soc..

House histories of the College and Residence of St Ignatius, Galway

Handwritten documents relating to the history of the Jesuits in Galway. Includes: copy of history of the Jesuit Church in Galway (20 August 1861) signed by Fr Rush[e], Prior; history of the College and Residence St Ignatius, Galway 1859 - 1863 by [Fr Rochford SJ] (In Latin); history of the College and Residence St. Ignatius, 1863 – 1865 (In Latin); annual letters 1865 - 1868 (In Latin).

‘Visitations 1859 - 1961’’ to St Ignatius, Galway

Notebook with handwritten entries written by the Irish Fr Provincials on completing his annual visitation of the Galway residences. The first entry is by the Vice Provincial, Joseph Lentaigne. At the beginning of the notebook, a financial status is outlined for the
residences in Galway as they returned to Galway in 1859. The Provincials’ notes on their visitations refer to the physical and spiritual state of the college, house and church finances, and the observance of regulations; such as the pealing of bells and the non playing by the boys in certain areas. The community are commended for their successes with regard to religious observance, house regulations etc., and recommendations for improvements are made also. (In Latin and English).

Letter from John MacHale, Archbishop of Tuam, to Irish Fr Provincial Joseph Lentaigne SJ on Fr O'Reilly's retreat

Letter from John MacHale, Archbishop of Tuam, to Irish Fr Provincial Joseph Lentaigne SJ. Refers to the latter's letter, which announced that Fr O’Reilly was being sent to MacHale’s diocese to conduct a retreat for the clergy on 20 August. Expresses his gratitude.

MacHale, John, 1791-1881, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Tuam

Register of the Apostleship of Prayer and Confraternity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, St Ignatius, Galway

Bound handwritten register of the female and male members of the Apostleship of Prayer and Confraternity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Includes lists of promoters; inserts of a Certificate of Enrolment to the Apostleship of Prayer of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (1877); list of books in library used for different subjects: Latin, Greek, Theology, Physics, German, Jesuitica, Mathematics. English Literature, Periodicals and Religion (1633-1918).

With signatures and practice handwriting by Daniel Leap[e], Bolart, Clara, King's County, 9 October 1912 and James Dolan, Roscommon.

Architectural plans for ‘Design for Proposed College of St Ignatius, Galway’

Includes: ‘Design for Proposed College of St Ignatius, Galway’ which details plan for Ground floor,1st Floor Plan, 2nd Floor Plan, Side Elevation and Front Elevation; ‘Design for Proposed College of St Ignatius, Galway’ which details Ground Plan, Plan of First Floor, Plan of Second Floor and Front Elevation; J. J. McCarthy R.H.A Arch[itec]t. Scale: 1 inch to 15 feet. Size: Colour washes on paper.

Letters to Irish Fr Provincial Edmund J O'Reilly SJ

A file of letters to Irish Fr Provincial Edmund J O'Reilly SJ (term as Fr Provincial 1863 - 19 April 1870). Includes an index/précis to the letters by [ ]. Other letters including undated letters have been added to, but not described, Fr E O'Reilly's list, J455.

Letter from Fr Thomas Cahill SJ, College of St Joseph, Macao to Fr Stephen Farrell SJ

Letter from Fr Thomas Cahill SJ, College of St Joseph, Macao, to Fr Stephen Farrell SJ, St Ignatius College, Galway. Refers to two unanswered letters sent to Fr Michael Bellew SJ, and asks Fr Farrell to inquire into the matter. Expresses concern in relation to the fate of money sent to him for the purchase of certain articles, and explains that if he not able to account for the money, the Society will be thought ill of.

Cahill, Thomas, 1827-1908, Jesuit priest

Sherwood Fields, Galway

Copy of draft deed related to lands in Sherwood Fields, Rahoon, Galway deposited with the Sisters of Mercy, 'This Indenture made the 23 day of May 1864 Between Joseph Lentaigne of Upper Gardiner Street in the City of Dublin and Fr Stephen A Farrell SJ of the Town of Galway...John William Whaley of Hardwick Street'. Written on a copy of the register of persons entitled to vote for the election of MP's of the Barony of Kilconnell, County Galway, 30 November 1861 - 1 December 1862.

Lentaigne, Joseph, 1805-1884, Jesuit priest

Letter from Ulick Joseph Bourke, President of St Jarlath's College, Tuam to Fr Robert Kelly SJ on a matter discussed by him

Letter from Ulick Joseph Bourke, President of St Jarlath's College, Tuam to Fr Robert Kelly SJ. Refers to a matter discussed by him and Fr Kelly when the latter was on a visit, and relates that he brought it up with Archbishop McHale, who agreed to give him another formula of approbation for Fr Kelly.

Bourke, Ulick Joseph, 1829-1887, catholic priest, Irish-language revivalist, teacher, and antiquarian

Sodality medals, St Ignatius, Galway

Medals for:
Prefect of the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St Ignatius, Galway;
Congregation of the Holy Angels;
Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St Ignatius, Galway for R. Fr[ancis] Mullery, 2nd July 1871.

Letter from Fr John J O'Carroll SJ to Irish Fr Provincial Aloysius Sturzo SJ reporting on a visit to Toberroe, County Galway

Letter from Fr John J O'Carroll SJ to Irish Fr Provincial Aloysius Sturzo SJ. Reports on a visit to Toberroe, and on the situation regarding tenants there. Also refers to a young servant in the Jesuit Galway house, who wishes to become a lay brother. Suggests that he be given a trial.

O'Carroll, John J, 1837-1889, Jesuit priest

Triennial Documents, 1877

Documents concerning:

  • First Catalogue (Catalogus Personarum Primus);
  • Second Catalogue (Catalogus Personarum Secundus);
  • House Histories (Historia Domus), form some 1868-1877;
  • Annual Letters (Litterae Annuae);
  • Province Accounts (Status temporalis trienalis domorum et arcarum Provinciae);
  • Lists of admissions to the Novitiate, First and Final Vows, etc. (Elenchi Triennales Admissorum in noviciatum, Admissorum ad Vota Prima et Ultima).

Receipts from businesses in Galway to St Ignatius College and Church

File of receipts from businesses in Galway to St Ignatius College and Church. Receipts from 1875 include: Midland Great Western Railway; Mercantile and General Printing Office; Galway Town Commissioners; E. O'Malley, China, Delph & Glass warehouse, Galway; Burns, Oates & Co., Office of the Irish Ecclesiastical Record; Martin, Hill & Co. File of receipts from 1964 include: BBC Publication;, Browne and Nolan Limited; Patrick J. Sheahan; Consulting Architect & Civil Engineer; John Carr & Sons Ltd; The Chappell Piano Co. Ltd; The Educational Company of Ireland, Limited; Gunning & Son Ltd, Ecclesiastical Art Metal Manufacturers; Tony O'Sullivan, Pork Butcher and Sausage Manufacturer; O'Gorman Limited.

Prize medal for Athletic Sports, St Ignatius College, Galway

Bronze prize medal for Athletic Sports at St Ignatius College, Galway. The description of the medal is as follows. On obverse: ‘View in perspective of church. Above, COLLEGIUM S. IGNATI SOC. JESU GALVIENSE. In exergue A.M.D.G. Signed, J. WOODHOUSE A R H A.’; Reverse: ‘Across, PRIZE MEDAL enclosed in sprays of oak-leaves and acorns, ends crossed and tied. Above, Imperial crown. Around, a circle of egg and ornament. Diam. 2.55”. Bronze. By John Woodhouse. Serrated rim.’ Includes letters and shadings of medal by Ruth Dromgoole, Department of Education, National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin to Fr Andrew O'Reilly SJ (26 March 1946) and Fr McGrath SJ (6 February 1950) as she was preparing a catalogue of a collection of medals in the museum.

O'Reilly, Andrew, 1903-1979, Jesuit priest

Album to celebrate the centenary of the St Ignatius Church and College

Photographic album mainly related to the events organised in 1963 to celebrate the centenary of the St Ignatius Church and College in Galway. Includes photographs of: Jesuit residences; the President of Ireland, Eamon de Valera with members of the Jesuit community; photocopies of photograph of the Hurling team and Irish Speakers in 1904 taken from ‘The Ignatian’; Fr Patrick O'Kelly SJ; pasted inserts of receipts from 1879 to 1895 for cleaning, stained glass windows of 2 lights and tracery and missal stand; group photograph of the St Ignatius Gaelic Football team of 1935-1936.

Connacht Tribune, newspaper

School roll for St Ignatius College, Galway

An Rolla’. Bound official school roll for Coláiste Iognáid S.J., Gallimh. Typed names with addresses. In Irish and English.

Ó Duibhir, Seán T, 1921-2007, Jesuit priest and Irish language editor

Roll book of pupils for St Ignatius College, Galway

Handwritten roll book of pupils at St Ignatius College, Galway. Entries are arranged under headings by pupil names, dates of attendance and remarks which details pupil, addresses, term dates, school notices and dates of birth. Includes pasted insert of results of Collegiate Easter examinations (1900). Front and back cover of volume are detached.

Copy Assignment of Mortgage of lands of Coolacorkey, Barony of Athenry, County Galway

Parties:
Rev. Nicholas Walsh SJ, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin, Rev. Robert Carbery SJ, Milltown, Dublin and Rev. William Keon, Parish Priest, Fairview Strand, County Dublin and Archibold Harman Montfort, Solicitor, Dame Street, Dublin.

Property:
Lands of Coolacorkey, Barony of Athenry, County Galway.

Terms & Conditions:
Sum of £4000 for 21 years from 1 May 1873

Scrapbook belonging to Brother William Glanville SJ

Scrapbook belonging to Brother William Glanville SJ. Includes postcards to Brother Glanville, newspaper cuttings, Clongowes Wood College sesquicentenary and photographs (Loughrea Parish Church 1886, Jesuit brothers and Clongowes Wood College ).

Letters from Thomas W. Allies to Fr Matthew Russell SJ

  • IE IJA J/27/5
  • File
  • 16 May 1887 - 1 April 1897
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

A file of letters from Thomas W. Allies, 82 Gloucester Place, Portman Square, London, England, Inishbofin, County Galway, Ireland and 3 Lodge Place, St Hohn's Wood, London, England to Fr Matthew Russell SJ.

Allies, Thomas William, 1813-1903, English historical writer

‘Mass Intention Book’ for St Ignatius, Galway

Ledger style notebooks with printed headings and tables and handwritten entries for Mass Intentions, St Ignatius, Galway. Divided by month. The tables detail those for whom the Masses are said; the priest who said the Masses in each case, the amount of money received, and remarks.

Pupil fees for St Ignatius College, Galway

Bound register of payment of fees by pupils of St Ignatius College, Galway, (1888 - 1904; 1903 - 1940). Contains handwritten information under the following typewritten headings; name; class; birth date; address; remarks and rate of payment of fees. Arranged chronologically and alphabetically.

Account ledger of receipts and expenses for St Ignatius, Galway

Account ledger of receipts and expenses for St Ignatius, Galway. Receipts include church collections, intentions, pensions (record of the payment of school fees entered as paid, in instalments). Expenses include travel, food (butter, bread, vegetables, meat, fish, and fowl) stamps, milk, oil, candles, wages, printing and clothing repairs. Also includes handwritten inserts of expenses such as Gas (January 1892).

Letter from Dr John Healy, Archbishop of Tuam to Fr William Ronan SJ asking him the to organise a retreat for clergy in Loughrea

Letter from Dr John Healy, Archbishop of Tuam to Fr William Ronan SJ. Asks the latter to organise a retreat for clergy in Loughrea, and to send him two priests to conduct a retreat for the people of Portumna.

Healy, John, 1841-1918, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Tuam and historian

Information compiled by Fr James Rabbitte SJ on the following parishes in the Diocese of Tuam, County Galway

A file containing information compiled by Fr James Rabbitte SJ on the following parishes in the Diocese of Tuam, County Galway:
Abbeyknockmoy;
Addregoole/Liskeevy;
Annaghdown;
Athenry;
Ballynakill;
Boyounagh/Glennamaddy;
Donaghpatrick/Kilcoona/Ballycolgan;
Dunmore;
Inisboffin;
Kilbannon;
Kilbride;
Kilkerrin/Clonberne;
Killanin;
Killascobe;
Killeen;
Killererin;
Killursa & Killower (Headford);
Kilmacrenan/Kilmoylan/Cummer/Belclare;
Kilmeen;
Lackagh;
Moylagh/Mountbellew;
Moyrus;
Omey/Ballindoon;
Ross/Clonbur;
Rosserly;
Roundstone/Ballinafad;
Spiddal;
Templetoher and
Tuam.

and the following parishes in county Roscommon: Kiltullagh and Moone/Clarinborean.

Council meetings of the Men’s Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St Ignatius, Galway

  • IE IJA SC/GALW/7/9
  • File
  • 28 September 1890- September 1937; April 1946 - November 1951; 14 May 1961-14 January 1974;
  • Part of Jesuit colleges in Ireland

Minutes of council meetings of the Men’s Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St Ignatius, Galway. Refers to retreats and retreat directions, details members present and those proposed for membership.

28 September 1890-1 December 1912;
13 December 1912 - September 1937;
April 1946 - November 1951;
14 May 1961-14 January 1974;

Fr Bernard Page SJ

File of photographs belonging/taken by Fr Bernard Page SJ:

  • Boys at Clongowes
  • Jesuit villa house, Rossdhu, Moyard, Connemara, Galway (1906)
  • Celtic Cross and Round Tower, Monasterboice, Louth
  • Cong Abbey, Mayo
  • Murrisk Abbey, Mayo
  • Achill Head, Mayo
  • Burrishoole Abbey, Mayo
  • Lord Ardilaun’s seat, Ashford, Cong, Mayo
  • Ashford Castle, Cong, Mayo
  • Milltown Villa group (1909)
  • Distant view of Muilrea, Mayo
  • Distant view of Croagh Patrick, Mayo
  • Jesuits Matthew Davitt, Thomas Wheeler and Joseph Wrafter
  • Jesuit on horseback, ready to climb to Crucachan, [Roscommon or Kerry]
  • Jesuit on top of Crucachan, [Roscommon or Kerry] - Back row: Mr William Hackett, Mr Frank Browne, Mr Patrick Connolly. Front row: Mr John O'Connor, Fr Vincent Byrne, Mr John Byrne and Fr McCormack.
  • Cromwell’s Fort, Inisboffin
  • Connemara cattle, Galway
  • Connemara school, Galway
  • Connemara landscapes, Galway
  • Diamond Mountain, Connemara, Galway
  • Killary bay, Mayo & Galway
  • Glendalough, Mayo
  • Ballinakill bay and Kylemore Pass
  • Salruck and Little Killary, Galway
  • View from Rossleague, Letterfrack, Galway
  • Villa House, Rossleague, Letterfrack, Galway (1907)
  • Jesuit villa group, Rossleague House, Letterfrack, Galway (1907). Back row: Bernard Page, Frank Browne, John O'Connor and James Dillon-Kelly. Front row: Frs James Whittaker, Lambert McKenna and Frederick Gill.
  • Ordinations at Milltown Park (31 July 1907)
  • Letterfrack, Galway
  • Lough Fee, Galway
  • Lough Fee and Lough Muck, Galway
  • Kylemore Castle, Galway
  • St Kevin’s Bed, Glendalough, Wicklow
  • Fr Vincent Byrne and Mr Flynn and Barraghy next to the Old oratory on Croagh Patrick, Mayo
  • Mr James McCann SJ driving a car
  • Front of Belvedere House, Belvedere College SJ, Dublin
  • Interior of Belvedere House, Belvedere College SJ, Dublin
  • Belvedere College cycling club trip with Mr Frank Browne to Mellifont Abbey, Louth
  • Bellerive, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
  • Botanical gardens, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
  • Schoolboys with Archbishop of Melbourne, Thomas Carr Taken in 1/45 of second while archbishop was speaking to boys by same BFP

Page, Bernard F, 1877-1948, Jesuit priest and chaplain

Case Daniel Ryan deceased, Kenny versus Ryan

A file relating to a case Daniel Ryan deceased, Kenny versus Ryan. Includes a letter from [ ], Solicitor, Galway to Irish Fr Provincial Patrick Keating SJ concerning '...Delahunt's affair.' Continues 'The parties I got the money from are now pressing for payment.' (22 September 1897, 1p).

Rules of St Ignatius Union

Typed leaflet entitled ‘Rules of St Ignatius Union’ which were adopted at the first general meeting of the Union, held at St Ignatius College. Printed by Philip O'Gorman, Galway.

Historia Domus for St Ignatius, Galway

Lined notebook 'COLL S. IGNATII, HIST. DOM.' (House history for St. Ignatius College, Galway) Historia Domus, with handwritten entries which record important dates in the history of the church, college and community in Galway. At the start, it lists the instructions for the ‘Scriptores Historiae Domus’. Reports on number of confessions for each year, the Men’s Sodality and the Apostleship of Prayer. Lists the members of the community for each academic year and records the arrival of new members and the departure of the old, as well as last vows, illnesses, deaths and funerals. Details building work carried out to the buildings and new sport pitches and includes a photograph of such work in 1939. The renovations to the roof and the boiler are described as are the cost of work done, the craftsmen and architects involved etc. Relevant references are made to weather conditions and current affairs, including the reopening of the school ‘which had been suspended for 3 years (1929), ‘War declared. Invasion of Poland’ (1939), fourth centenary of the Society of Jesus (1941), ‘Around this time, the presence of a strange cat was felt (“perceived is better word”) in various parts of the house... she was caught, but escaped, + continued her evil way’ (1942), Taoiseach broadcast to the Nation on the conclusion of the War in Europe’ (16 May 1945), ‘Spiddal priest released by Communists’ (7 June 1952). Other entries refer to feast days, special Masses, novenas and processions, as well as to special periods within the Church calendar, such as Lent and Christmas. Provincials’ visitations are also recorded, as are the visits of other important guests. School events, such as the beginning and end of terms, examinations and prize-giving, operettas, theatricals, Féis Cheoil, debates, sports fixtures, excursions etc. also feature in the house history.

Also contains several insertions, some loose and some pasted onto notebook pages including; newspaper cuttings of special ceremonies, debates, school tours, reviews of theatricals, prize days, obituaries for Jesuits such as Fr Edmund Downing SJ, Jesuit educated pupils and past pupils, articles by Jesuits for example, ‘Why is not more Irish spoken?’ by Fr John J. Mac Sheahan SJ., articles of Jesuit interest in Galway, ‘Attacked by Beetle: Work to Save Church Roof’ (1939), ‘Past Pupils’ union for St Ignatius College’ (December 1946); numbers and finances of the Jesuits in Galway from 1862- 1877 (In Latin); leaflets; Lenten lectures & devotions; musical and theatricals programmes such as Concert & Dramatic Entertainment (4 January 1899); ‘The Rale True Doctor’ and ‘The Cuckoo’ (1936), ‘Sinbad the Sailor’ (1945); copy of report in the Galway Pilot of private theatricals at the College of St Ignatius (5 March 1892); copy of excavation plan done by Mr Edwards, Clerk of Works; holograph letter from Fr John MacErlean SJ to Fr Andrew O'Reilly SJ concerning the early history of the Jesuits in Galway (29 March 1947). Includes copy book which contains correspondence and articles in Galway newspapers about Scoil Fursa, a school which educates through Irish (December 1945 - January 1946).

Alterations to the Sacristy, St Ignatius, Galway

Architectural drawings for St. Ignatius Church, Galway which detail alterations to the Sacristy etc. Includes drawings for front elevation, sectional, details of skylight and plan. Scale: 1/8 inch = 1 ft. Notes on the rear that ‘Sacristy and Sodality Room etc. about 1900. Obviously whilst general idea carried out, This plan was not carried out in detail'.

St Ignatius' College, Galway, classrooms

Photographs of students in class at St Ignatius College, Galway. The doors interconnecting the classrooms are open therefore you can view different classes. A Jesuit is standing in both photographs.

Admission ticket to a lecture by Fr John Gwynn SJ entitled 'Glimpses of the Irish Brigade from Limerick to Fontenoy'

Admission ticket to a lecture held in coordination with St Ignatius College by Fr John Gwynn SJ, entitled 'Glimpses of the Irish Brigade from Limerick to Fontenoy', at the Town Hall, Galway. Proceeds of the lecture to be given to the Committee for the Relief of Distress in Galway.

Gwynn, John, 1866-1915, Jesuit priest and chaplain

Photographs of the exterior and interior of St Ignatius Church, Galway

Black and white photographs of the exterior and interior of St Ignatius Church, Galway. Includes:

  • the altar by W. Dowler, Presentation Road, Galway;
  • interior by the Connacht Tribune;
  • copies of a photograph of exterior by Robert French;
  • postcards of exterior by 'Yann', Galway c.[1965];
  • interior by R. Simmons, Galway - on reverse indicates that the old stations of the Cross went to Hatch Street, Dublin, the pulpit is inside altar rails, the old lights and statues of the Sacred Heart and St Joseph.

School group of St Ignatius College, Galway

School group of St. Ignatius College, Galway. With two Jesuit priests (possibly Fr Henry Foley SJ). In four rows, taken outdoors. Includes two pupils who became Jesuit priests, Daniel Reidy and Gerald Keary. Photographs are taken seconds apart. One has handwritten names.

St Ignatius’ College, Galway, group of several classes

Group of several classes from the school, arranged in 5 rows and taken outdoors with a statute of [St Aloysius Gonzaga] in the centre. (Accompanied by an incomplete handwritten note which identifies Gerald Keary and Fr Henry Foley SJ). Scribbled caption for Fr Henry Foley SJ.

Register of the Boy’s Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St Ignatius, Galway

Handwritten register of the Boy’s Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St Ignatius, Galway. Details that ‘there is no record…of the date or circumstance of its establishment’ however ‘there is in existence a recording of the Sodality during 1887-1888 and subsequent years’. Includes member’s names and signatures and notes from meetings.

Letter from Dr John Healy, Bishop of Clonfert, to Irish Fr Provincial hoping that a priests will conduct the annual clerical retreat at St Joseph's College, Ballinasloe

Letter from Dr. John Healy, Bishop of Clonfert, to Irish Fr Provincial. Hopes that the latter can provide him with one of his priests to conduct the annual clerical retreat at St Joseph's College, Ballinasloe.

Healy, John, 1841-1918, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Tuam and historian

Page with Jesuit community at St Ignatius, Galway

Page from publication with a black and white group photograph of the Jesuit community at St Ignatius, Galway, at the turn of the century. Taken outside in two rows.

Back: Br William Canty SJ, Fr Stanislaus MacLoughlin SJ, Fr William Byrne SJ, Br James O'Grady SJ.

Front: Fr Richard Rochford SJ, Fr Patrick O'Reilly SJ, Fr Henry Foley SJ, Fr Edmund Donovan SJ.

Jesuit plot in graveyard, Galway

Receipts for purchase of grave space at Galway cemetery and the burial of Fr Patrick O'Reilly SJ (1902); reply to Fr John MacSheahan SJ from B. Tierney regarding his offer to purchase grave space (19 December 1922) cost of three grave at Bohermore (£6 each) (29 May 1934); quotation from James Stewart, Building Contractor for kerbing to Jesuit graves and surround (21 June 1938-15 March 1956); plan of graves in Jesuit plot, Galway taken from maps and records in Corporation Office which details the graves wand who is buried there (2 October 1968).

Ministers' Journals for St Ignatius, Galway

Lined notebooks with handwritten entries. Each journal covers a period of between 7 and 15 years.
(1) 1902 - 05; 1920 - 1924; 1932 - 1933
(2) 13 November 1904 - 28 December 1906 (Includes in same volume handwritten accounts from 2 January 1907-30 September 1911)
(3) September 1933 - March 1959
(4) July 1959 - April 1965
(5) 1 May 1965 - 31 December 1969
(6) January 1970 - 1983

The entries relate to Church, community and school matters and events. The comings and goings of various members of the community are recorded, as is their state of health. Visits by bishops, the Father Provincial and other guests are also reported. Arrangements regarding meals and the consumption of alcohol (wine and punch) are dealt with extensively, and references to the ‘Long Table’ appear often. There are also references to the cost of provisions, including food and cigarettes and the weather. Building work, maintenance and repairs are recorded. Monies received for masses and donations are recorded. Many entries relate to feast days and special periods in the Church calendar, e.g. Holy Week and Christmas, and include information such as arrangements made for Masses, other ceremonies and confessions for the public and the community. In relation to the school, entries cover term dates, timetables, holidays, half days, examinations and results, retreats, school tours, sports fixtures and results, sports days theatricals, concerts, debates, sodalities etc. Of the many insertions in these journals, some are glued in and some are loose, and they relate to, amongst other subjects, distribution of holy communion, timetables for the celebration of Mass, novenas, Holy Week arrangements, concert programmes etc. Contemporary national and worldwide events are sometimes reported, e.g., ‘assassination of President Kennedy at about 6.30 p.m Irish time. World stunned’ and ‘British soldiers shot thirteen people at Civil Rights march in Derry. Sharp reaction’. Includes list of students 1919 - 1920; 1920 - 1921

Probate of Henry Alexander Donovan, The Square, Listowel, County Kerry

Administration (intestate) in the High Court of Justice, Ireland, Kings Bencon behalf of Henry Alexander Donovan, The Square, Listowel, County Kerryh Division (Probate) deceased bachelor assigning his estate to his brother and only next of kin, Edmund William Donovan SJ, St Ignatius College, Galway. Two pendant wafer seals attached.

Photograph of ‘Most Holy Father’ with the inscription ‘The community + Pupils of St. Ignatius College, Galway'

Photograph of ‘Most Holy Father’, (Pope Pius X) with the inscription ‘The community + Pupils of St Ignatius College, Galway, Ireland humbly prostate at the feet of Your Holiness beg you to grant them the Apostolic Benediction and plenary Indulgence in ‘Articulo Mortis’’. Papal embossment seal.

Photograph of ‘Most Holy Father’, Pope Pius X

Photograph of ‘Most Holy Father’, (Pope Pius X ) with the inscription ‘The community + Pupils of St. Ignatius College, Galway, Ireland humbly prostate at the feet of Your Holiness beg you to grant them the Apostolic Benediction and plenary Indulgence in ‘Articulo Mortis’’. Papal embossment seal.

The Ignatian

A school journal edited by the students of St Ignatius College SJ, Galway. Two copies for for Xmas 1903. Vol. 1, No. 1; Four copies for Easter, 1904. Vol. 1, No. ii. Contains news from the College, including sporting achievements, theatrical productions, academic prizes, debates, outings etc. Also includes a tongue in cheek ‘Letters to the Editor’, from students at St Ignatius College. Includes photographs of theatrical groups and sporting activities.

Coláiste Iognáid SJ, 1862-

Mounted print of St Stanislaus Kostka

Mounted photographic print of the death scene of St Stanislaus Kostka at Sant’ Andrea al Quirinale, Rome, Italy. Pasted on the rear of the print, Fr F. O’ Connor OSF refers to ‘according to the faculties given to me, I Fr[iar] O’ Connor, vicar of the cross, with annexedindulgences, created in orders of St. Ignatius according to the rules and regulations 10 [May] 1742. Signed by Fr F. O’ Connor OSF, The Abbey, Galway.

Copy of indenture concerning Sherwood Fields, Galway between Louisa Whaley and Martin Hernon

Parties:
Louisa Whaley, widow, Olive Meade and John Whaley, all of Robertstown, Naas, County Kildare and Martin Hernon, William Street, West Galway, farmer.

Property:
Plot of ground marked number nineteen on the map or plans of Sherwood Fields, in the parish of Rahoon and West Liberties in the town of Galway containing one rood and twenty-two perches Irish Plantation measure.

Terms and Conditions:
To hold from 29 September 1894 for aterm of 999 years subject to a rent of £5.10.0

Copy of indenture concerning Sherwood Fields, Galway between Martin Hernon and Jesuit fathers

Parties:
Martin Hernon, William Street, West Galway, farmer and Frs John Hughes, James Forristal and Dominick Kelly all of St Ignatius College, Galway.

Property:
Plot of ground marked number nineteen on the map or plans of Sherwood Fields, in the parish of Rahoon and West Liberties, in the town of Galway containing one rood and twenty-two perches Irish Plantation measure.

Terms & Conditions:
999 years from 29 September 1894 at a yearly rent of £5.10.0.

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