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McGrath, Fergal P, 1895-1988, Jesuit priest Rome
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Extract describing Irish Jesuit scholastics at Palermo in 1810

Photocopy of an extract from Annali Siculi Della Nuova Provincia, 1810, describing Irish Jesuit scholastics at Palermo in 1810. Photocopy given to Fr Fergal McGrath SJ (Irish Province Archivist until 1986) by Fr Daniel O'Connell SJ, Rome.

O'Connell, Daniel Joseph, 1896-1982, Jesuit priest, astronomer and seismologist

Irish Jesuit Colleges in Europe

  • IE IJA ICOL
  • Fonds
  • 1590-2009

The Irish Colleges were established chronologically as follows: Lisbon 1590, Salamanca 1592, Santiago de Compostela 1605, Seville 1608 or 1612, Rome 1628 and Poitiers 1674. Irish Jesuits were involved in the establishment or running of the colleges at Lisbon, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela and Seville. The colleges were established with the aim of educating and training students for the priesthood and acted as service and social centres for Irish religious communities all over Europe. Fr Thomas White SJ (1558-1622) founded Salamanca. For diplomatic reasons the title of Rector was held by a Spanish Jesuit successively at Santiago (1612) and Seville (1619). Fr John Howling SJ (1543-1599) founded Lisbon.

The material comprises of notes on the Irish Colleges at Lisbon, Poitiers, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, Seville and Rome by Frs Edmund Hogan (1831-1917), John MacErlean (1870-1950) and Fergal McGrath (1895-1988). Includes lists of rectors and students of the Colleges.

Two bound volumes relating to the Irish College, Lisbon concern the foundation of the college, accounts, custom book and statutes. Analysis of the documents relating to the Irish College, Lisbon by Fr Francis Finegan SJ (1909-2011).

Irish Mission of the Society of Jesus, 1542-1773

Material concerning the reason(s) behind Fr David Woulfe’s leaving of the Society of Jesus

Material concerning the reason(s) behind Fr David Woulfe’s leaving of the Society of Jesus. Includes typescript by Fr Francis Finegan SJ entitled ‘Why did David Wolf Leave the Society?’ an appendix to his privately published pamphlet on the earliest period of the Society in Ireland (n.d., 7pp);

  • nineteenth century transcript of a Latin document ‘formerly’ in the archives of the Society at Gesu, supposedly the evidence of Fr William Good SJ, accusing Fr Woulfe of a ‘moral delinquency’ (n.d., 15pp) and
  • transcript of the same made by Fr Fergal McGrath SJ (Irish Province Archivist to 1986), with explanatory note attached (n.d., 30pp).

Obituary of Fr Daniel Joseph O'Connell SJ

Obituary of Fr Daniel Joseph O'Connell SJ by the Vatican Observatory (4pp)and copy of a letter from Fr John P Leonard SJ, Rome, Italy to Fr Fergal McGrath SJ, 35 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin describing Fr O'Connell'a death (15 October 1982, 1p).

Photocopy of a letter from Fr Joseph Dunn SJ, Preston, England to Fr Gaetana Angiolini SJ, Gesu, Italy

Photocopy of a letter from Fr Joseph Dunn SJ, Preston, England to Fr Gaetana Angiolini SJ, Gesu, Italy concerning the Restoration of the Society, and with references to Irish Jesuits in Palermo. In Italian; original document in the Bibliotheca Corsini, Rome (15 July 1815, 3pp) and translation of same made by Fr Fergal McGrath SJ (Irish Province Archivist until 1986) (5pp).

Photographs belonging to Fr Kyran Ward SJ

Photographs belonging to Fr Kyran Ward SJ which documents his life from 1912 until his death, 1972.

Galway:

  1. Fr Kyran Ward SJ, [1960]-[1972]; 4 photographs
  2. Group at shore front with Fr Kyran Ward SJ in the centre
  3. [ ], Br Michael Crowe SJ, [1960]-[1972]; 2 photographs
  4. Father of Fr Kyran Ward SJ, 27 June 1920; 2 photographs
  5. Muiris Ó Séaghdha, 5 May 1945;
  6. Villa house for Jesuits at Moville, 1913;
  7. Group of Jesuits on villa [1910]-[1935];
  8. Group of Jesuits on villa [1910]-[1935], James Whitaker;
  9. Group of Jesuits on a boat, Cleggan extreme left John Sulllvian, Charles Byrne, John Neary;
  10. Mortimer Glynn, Charles Byrne, A Morris, ,;
  11. Gap of Dunloe, father of Fr Kyran Ward SJ26 August 1929;
  12. Charles Byrne, Cleggan
  13. Roundstone, County Galway;
  14. Clongowes Wood College villa at Glengarriff [1928] - [1931] - Br O'Grady, Frs McGlade, C Barrett, Kieran Ward; M Kelly, James Whitaker, G Finucane, T Kelly; Frank Joy, M McCarthy and Donal Trant McCarthy.
  15. Frs Robert Dillon-Kelly, Nolan and ?;

Photographic album includes:

  • family photographs of himself and his parents (1923);
  • cycling in Wicklow with G. Dunne and J Hurley, 1912;
  • his time at Rathfarnham 1915 - 1916, with names;
  • on villa at various locations;
  • Jesuit contemporaries;
  • Jersey 1916 - 1919;
  • on villa Wicklow, while at Millltown Park, Dublin, 1919;
  • postcards from Jersey; Donegal 1923;
  • election of Pope Pius XI 1922;
  • photographs of Clongowes Wood College (1919 -1923) including hurling, rugby, cricket, swimming, rugby, tennis;
  • Clongowes union day activities, the Copper beech Winter 1920;
  • tertianship at St. Beuno's, Wales 1927 - 1928;
  • Frs Robert Dillon-Kelly, Nolan and Ward; Frs. Dick Butler and Paddy Cashman; later life of Fr Ward in Galway and time in France 1960’s;