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List of Coláiste Iognáid, Galway archives

Lists of letters from the archives of Coláiste Iognáid (St Ignatius College), Galway. Includes newspaper clipping on St Joseph Seminary and St Ignatius College students entry into University College Galway.

Will of Fr John Joseph Therry

A file relating to the will of Rev. John Joseph Therry. The Irish Jesuits are named as beneficiaries. He bequeathed the management of his entire property in Australia to the Irish Jesuits for religious, charitable and educational purposes.

Therry, John Joseph, 1790-1864, Roman Catholic priest

English translation of a letter by Archbishop Oliver Plunkett to Fr Oliva, General of the Society of Jesus

English translation of a letter written on 30 January 1673 by Archbishop Oliver Plunkett to Fr Giovanni Oliva SJ, General of the Society of Jesus, informing him of his appointment of Father Stephen Rice (1625-1699), a Jesuit, ‘a person of profound religion…(and)…great prudence – unwearied in suffering, most assiduous in working in the vineyard of the Lord’ to work in ‘the pulpit & Schools of Armagh.’ (Fr Rice was made Superior of the Mission in 1672). Also discusses the state of the Society in Ireland, ‘I see that it is in a most desperate condition here, I see to my great sorrow that it will not last long in Ireland if there is not a better way to train and receive novices and to punish the wild & disobedient…If you, Rev. Father, who are so full of zeal to preserve & propagate the Faith in heretic countries & for the great love you always had for this unfortunate nation, will not lend a hand to Save the S.J. in Ireland I fear it will not have the Success that I wish it.’ (The original version forms part of MSS B 33)

Plunkett, St Oliver, 1625-1681, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh

Material relating to Fr Edward Bourke SJ and life on the missions

  • IE IJA J/64/1
  • File
  • 27 October 1924-29 April 1985
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Material relating to Fr Edward Bourke SJ and life on the missions including correspondence with Irish Fr Provincial on volunteering for the missions, his work travelling back to Ireland, letters from Fr Bourke's family, passport photographs and catalogue entry.

The Jesuit Mission to Ireland 1596-1626

M.A. thesis by James J Corboy SJ, entitled 'The Jesuit Mission to Ireland 1596-1626' at the faculty of Modern History, UCD (2 copies, 248pp each) (1941) with separate bibliography and index (34pp). Also includes letter from Dr R Dudley Edwards, UCD and Fr Jerome Mahony SJ concerning ‘Lord Justice Loftus’ and ‘Carew’ (5pp) (21 June 1954), and letter from Fr Jerome Mahony SJ to Fr Roland Burke Savage SJ that he has completed Menelogy up to 1800 (13 February 1956).

Corboy, James, 1916-2004, Jesuit priest and Roman Catholic Bishop of Monze

Biographical information on Fr Peter Finlay SJ (1851-1929)

Biographical information on Fr Peter Finlay SJ including:
– memorial card (2 copies);
– obituary in The Catholic Bulletin, No. 11, Vol. 19, p.961-963 (November 1929, 3pp) and
– draft of article on his life written as a ‘short memoir of the distinguished author’ to prefix the re-issue of his ‘best known book’ The Church of Christ (n.d., 8pp).
See photographs of Fr Finlay in the individual photograph collection.

Biographical information on Fr Timothy Corcoran SJ

A file containing biographical information on Fr Timothy Corcoran SJ. Includes Fr Thomas Morrissey's entry on Fr Corcoran for the Dictionary of National Biography, article on Fr Corcoran by Dermot F. Gleeson and photograph of Fr Timothy Corcoran SJ.

Biographical information on Fr Doyle

Biographical information on Fr Doyle including a copy of his birth certificate and memorial card.

Irish Vice-Province of the Society of Jesus, 1830-

Biographical information on Fr Henry Gill SJ

Biographical information on Fr Henry Gill SJ. Includes:
– extract on Fr Gill from the Catalogus personarum primus (1930, 2pp);
– potted biography of Fr Gill by Fr John A Leonard SJ (n.d., 1p.);
– photocopies of newspaper obituaries of Fr Gill (27 Nov. 1945, 1p.);
– photocopies of obituaries from 'The Belvederian' and 'The Clongownian' (1946, 1p. each) and
– photocopy of an obituary printed in the 'Irish Province News', (Jan 1946, 3pp).

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)

Curriculum Vitae of Rev. George O'Neill SJ

Curriculum Vitae of Rev. George O'Neill SJ and handwritten notebook on Stations of the Cross (started 1868 and finished October 1894), with sermon on the Stations (11 March 1895).

Letter to Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Brown SJ from Bishop Gillooly concerning Brown’s support for the candidature of Fr Hopkins

Letter to Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Brown SJ from Laurence Gillooly, C.M., Bishop of Elphin (a member of the Senate of the Royal University), concerning Fr Brown’s support for the candidature of Fr Hopkins to the Fellowship of Classics. States ‘His Eminence, Card(inal) McCabe, informed me on Wednesday last of the selection of Fellows made on that day by the Senate of the R(oyal) University; and on Friday I learned from him that he had on the previous day resigned his place in the Senate in consequence of the rejection of his proposal relative to the Fellowships. I had hoped…that the communication made to you by Dr Woodlock of the resolution unanimously adopted…by the Episcopal University Committee in reference to the Fellowships would prevent the unfortunate conflict in the Senate; and it was with deep regret I learned that you had, in opposition to the Coetus Episcoporum, represented by the Episcopal Committee, kept on your two Candidate (sic); and thereby rendered the conflict inevitable –…I take the liberty of writing to you now, to tell you how much I deplore the step you have taken and the conflict in which it engages you and to express a hope that you will for the sake of your great undertaking in Stephen’s Green…remedy the mistake you have made by withdrawing the Revd. Fr Hopkins, as you are of course still perfectly free to do. For many years past I have publicly & privately used my best efforts to secure to your Society an eminent position in your University System. If the result is to be, from the very outset, a conflict…I must say I will heartily repent of what I have done and persuaded others to do in this matter.’ (For background to the appointment see T. J. Morrissey’s article ‘Hopkins’s Friends and Colleagues’, J11/46 and article by Norman White in 'The Hopkins Quarterly' entitled 'An Irish Row').

Gillooly, Laurence, 1819-1895, Vincentian priest and Roman Catholic Bishop of Elphin

Fr Michael McGrath SJ

Irish manuscripts
Material relating to the lives of saints and scholars
Material relating to the Life of St. Aloysius Gonzaga
Lecture notes and articles
Miscellaneous prose
Poetry

McGrath, Michael P, 1872-1946, Jesuit priest and Irish language scholar

Biographical information relating to Fr Thomas A. Finlay SJ

Biographical information on Fr Thomas Aloysius Finlay SJ (1848-1940). Includes obituary of Fr Finlay by George O'Brien, Professor of Economics, University College, published in The Economic Journal, The Quarterly Journal of The Royal Economic Society, No. 197, Vol. 1, p.157-159 (March 1940, 3pp) and obituary, also by Prof. O'Brien published in the Irish Monthly (March 1940, p.142- 144) originally broadcast on Radio Eireann.

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

'A Diary or Jottings' by Fr James F. Murphy SJ

  • IE IJA J/15/1
  • Item
  • 25 December 1889 - 1 November 1892
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

'A Diary or Jottings, from day to day of events, especially 1 Nov. 1892 regarding the Society and, in particular, this (Irish) Province, which may prove interesting &, perhaps, even useful when The Writer shall be many years dead and gone.’ Found enclosed is a typed note (n.d., 2pp) by an unknown Jesuit (possibly Fr Fergal McGrath SJ, Irish Province Archivist 1975-1986) giving brief biographical details of Fr Murphy. Also comments on the contents of the diary, ‘Some interesting things recorded are: the initial history of all the houses of the province: the story of the setting up of Milltown as a Coll. Max.: the dispute with the Bishop of Meath (Dr Nulty) over faculties for fathers at Tullabeg: the biographies of various S.J.s (and, e.g., reference to W. Coyne, later father of Fr Eddie Coyne and to Charles Kennedy a benefactor of the province): the account of the great storm of 1890/1 and of the influenza epidemic which swept over Europe from Russia. Minutiae of the day-to-day life, customs, studies and so on, and the final account of the Provincial Congregation (June 1892) after Fr General’s (Anderledy) death are also of interest and some historical value.’ Enclosures includes extracts from diary kept in Tullabeg, 1856 (9pp).

Statement by Fr Matthew Gahan SJ on his decision to go to the Isle of Man

Statement and a copy of a statement by Fr Matthew Gahan SJ describing the events surrounding his decision to go to the Isle of Man to administer to the Catholic population on the island and his work on the island. Lists names of people who supported him financially and the amounts paid.

Gahan, Matthew, 1782-1837, Jesuit priest

Irish Jesuit Chaplains in the First World War

Thirty-two Jesuit chaplains of the Irish Province served in the First World War. They served on the battlefields of France, Belgium, Egypt and Mesopotamia. Four Jesuits were killed: Frs John Gwynn (12 October 1915), William Doyle (17 August 1917), Michael Bergin (12 October 1917) and John Fitzgibbon (18 September 1918). Two Jesuits died from illness: Frs Austin Hartigan (16 July 1916) and Edward Sydes (15 November 1918).

Approximately eleven Irish-born Jesuit chaplains of the English Province served in in the First World War. They included Frs Timothy Carey (Cork) and Walter Montagu (Cromore, Portstewart, County Derry) who both died on active service. Fr William Keary SJ (Woodford, Galway) initially joined the Irish Province but transferred to the English Province.

The majority of letters are from individual chaplains to the Irish Jesuit Provincial Fr Thomas V. Nolan SJ, (1914-1919). There are some postcards, photographs and medals. Some are rich in details (Fr Daniel Roche SJ, 43 items) others have but an obituary. Includes letters to the Irish Jesuit Provincial from Archbishop’s House, Westminster, England concerning the nomination of various Irish Jesuits as chaplains to the forces and their demobilisation, letters on wages and expenditures of chaplains and the appeal for chaplains. Six Jesuits served with the Australian army.

Irish Vice-Province of the Society of Jesus, 1830-

Notes by Fr James Rabbitte SJ on the history of the Jesuits in Galway

Volumes of handwritten notes by Fr James Rabbitte SJ charting the history of the Jesuits in Galway: ‘The fragments gathered in this book deal with the Society in Galway. 1: From the time Fr Holywood was appointed Superior of the Irish Mission in 1598 down to the Suppression of the Soc[iety]. 2: From the coming of Fr Haly as Superior of a Residence and School to Galway in 1859.’ Includes inserts of hand drawn maps of Galway; local history notes; photographs and newspaper clippings; Fr Rabbitte traces the history of the Jesuits in Galway through the use of primary material which are quoted and his knowledge of Jesuit history. Details Superiors of the College and Residence in Galway; Directors of the Confra[ternity] of the Sacred Heart; list of priests educated at St Ignatius College, Galway. Early photograph of St Ignatius Church, Galway and St Ignatius College Athletic Sports at Merlin Park.

Rabbitte, James, 1857-1940, Jesuit priest

‘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.

New building at St Ignatius College, Galway

File of correspondence and copies of documents related to the new building at St Ignatius College, Galway and subsequent work done on the building including the staircase and window frames. Includes copy of correspondence between Irish Fr Provincial Laurence J. Kieran and Rectors, Fr John MacSheahan SJ and Fr Andrew O'Reilly SJ, St Ignatius College, Galway regarding the new building and differences of opinion about plans; copy of garden agreement between Kate Egan, Sea Road, Galway, Thomas Byrne, 3 Ely Place, Galway and Fr John MacSheahan SJ, (Rector), St. Ignatius College, Galway (March 1937); consultors’ opinions on the new building and acquiring property; plan of St Ignatius College and Church with new building shaded (October 1937); tenders for Galway building (17 May 1938); proposals and contracts for work; receipts; sketch of the present altar; guarantees; particulars of work carried out; correspondence between Neil H. Nolan Electrical & Radio, 2 Ardilaun Road, Clonliffe Road, Dublin and Fr Andrew O'Reilly SJ,(Rector) St Ignatius College, Galway.

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.

Notes written by Fr Geoffrey Cockroft SJ on Br John Conway SJ during his time in Rhodesia

Notes written by Fr Geoffrey Cockroft SJ on Br John Conway SJ during his time in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Remarks ‘John was extraordinarily patient, as indeed he needed to be at Musami where things were always going wrong, and he was not a man to watch the clock and keep to hours...’.

Cockroft, Geoffrey, 1921-1993, Jesuit priest

Biographical information on Fr Michael Browne SJ

'Catalogus personarum primus' filled in by Fr Michael Browne SJ (1932), photocopy of obituary in newspaper (1933) and brief biography by Fr Fergal McGrath SJ on Fr Browne c.[1985].

Catalogue entry for Fr Matthew Devitt SJ

Catalogue entry for Fr Matthew Devitt SJ and photogrpah of the golden jubilee of Fr O'Reilly and Fr Devitt at the Scalp, Enniskerry, County Wicklow.

Devitt, Matthew, 1854-1932, Jesuit priest

Material relating to Fr Joseph B Conway SJ

  • IE IJA J/100/1
  • File
  • 1 July 1943 - 20 October 1977
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Material relating to Fr Joseph B Conway SJ including details of entry to the Society of Jesus, catalogue entry, photograph and correspondence.

Photocopies of lists of writings of Fr Aubrey Gwynn SJ

Photocopies of lists of writings of Fr Gwynn: ‘The Historical Writings of Reverend Professor Aubrey Gwynn SJ’ up to 1960, from Medieval Studies. Presented to Aubrey Gwynn SJ by J.A. Watt, J.B. Morrall and F.X. Martin, O.S.A. (eds.) (1961, 8pp.) and ‘Historical Writings of Aubrey Gwynn. Addendum’ listing publications up to 1978, from 'The Irish Church in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries' by Fr Gwynn (Gerard O’Brien (ed.) ) (1992, 2pp).

Gwynn, Aubrey, 1892-1983, Jesuit priest and academic

Work of Fr Harold E Craig SJ in China and India

  • IE IJA J/106/1
  • File
  • 4 November 1933 - 31 December 1946
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

File relating to the work of Fr Harold E Craig SJ in China and India. Includes correspondence concerning difficulties with Fr Craig in both missions and his recall to Ireland.

Biographical information on Fr Leonard Sheil SJ

Biographical information on Fr Leonard Sheil SJ. Includes:
– potted biography by Fr Fergus O'Donoghue SJ (Irish Province Archivist, 1986-2019), (1984, 1p.);
– biography of Fr Sheil entitled 'Who Travels Alone' by Fr Robert L. Stevenson SJ (Dublin: C. Goodliffe Neale (Irel.) Ltd.) (1975, 56pp);
– photocopies from the 'Jesuit Year Book' of an illustrated article by Fr Robert L. Stevenson SJ entitled ‘Emigrants’ Priest: Fr. Leonard Sheil, S.J.’ (1969, 9pp) and an illustrated appreciation of Fr Sheil by Very Rev. Joseph Flynn, M.S.S (1969, 5pp).
Also includes appreciation of Fr Sheil by Very Rev. Joseph Flynn, M.S.S., printed in 'Irish Province News' (April 1968, 2pp).

Lease for David Owen's farm and Chamberlain's freehold, Lordship of Tallaght, County Dublin

Parties:
Robert Lord Archbishop of Dublin and John Archbold, Paper Merchant, city of Dublin.

Property:
David Owen's farm and Chamberlain's freehold, Lordship of Tallaght, County Dublin.

Terms &Conditions:
For a term of 21 years, yearly rent of £15 to be paid in four even instalments on the feast of St John the Baptist, St Michael the Archangel, the Nativity of our Blessed Lord and the Annunciation.

Other:
Signed and sealed by John Archbold.

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

Roll book of pupils

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.

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.

Letters to the Irish Fr Provincial Thomas V Nolan SJ mainly from Archbishop’s House, Westminster

Letters to the Irish Fr Provincial Thomas V Nolan SJ mainly from Archbishop’s House, Westminster, London, England concerning the nomination of various Irish Jesuits as chaplains to the forces. Includes letters concerning Fr Joseph Wrafter’s nomination as chaplain to prisoners of war in Holland, a move contested by the Provincial who saw it in effect, as ‘putting him (Fr Wrafter) on the shelf’ (26 December 1917 – 15 January 1918, 3 items).

McClement, Fr Kerr

Letters from Jesuits volunteering to serve as chaplains

Letters to the Irish Fr Provincial Laurence J. Kieran SJ from various Jesuits volunteering to become military chaplains following the outbreak of the Second World War. Includes letters from: Frs Michael J. Morrison SJ (See CHP2/29), Arthur Little SJ, Fr Edward J. Coyne SJ, Joseph Garland SJ, Thomas Shuley SJ, Richard Kennedy SJ (See CHP2/23), Leonard Sheil SJ, James McCann SJ and Michael Pelly SJ (See CHP2/33).

'The Chikuni Mission. How it Came to be Started in 1905'

Three typed copies of a manuscript by Fr.Joseph Moreau SJ entitled 'The Chikuni Mission. How it Came to be Started in 1905' (31pp & 3pp notes. The fourth copy, has on the title page '(not to be published whole or in parts without Fr Moreau's consent.) + approbation!.' (36pp). This copy has handwritten translations of words on reverse page.

Moreau, Joseph, 1864-1949, Jesuit priest and missioner

Manuscript by Fr Joseph O'Malley SJ on his system of teaching sight-singing and harmony

Manuscript, ready for the publisher, by Fr Joseph O'Malley SJ, Norwood, Australia of a book on his system of teaching sight-singing and harmony. Includes a table of contents (3pp). ‘Dedicated to Charles Levy, Leader of the Lyric Orchestra & the Hawthorn Choir.’ Includes a number of testimonials by various individuals and a photograph of Fr O'Malley.

O'Malley, Joseph, 1832-1910, Jesuit priest

John Baptist Byrne entry into the Society of Jesus

  • IE IJA J/80/1
  • File
  • 26 September 1917 - 14 October 1929
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Br John Baptist Byrne SJ entry into the Society of Jesus and difficulties he encountered as a novice, ultimately leading to his decision to become a brother in the English Province. Includes detailed correspondence concerning his difficulties and the various attempts to find a suitable position for him in the Society.

Biographical information on Fr Joseph Darlington SJ

Biographical information on Fr Joseph Darlington SJ by Fr Thomas J Morrissey SJ [1980], and catalogue entry by Fr Joseph Darlington SJ (1930).

Morrissey, Thomas J, Jesuit priest, educationalist and historian

Material collected by Fr John Grene SJ on the life of Mr James Murphy SJ

  • IE IJA J/47/1
  • File
  • 14 September - 2 December 1869
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

A file of material collected by Fr John Grene SJ on the life of Mr James Murphy SJ, a scholastic who drowned whilst on villa (holiday) at Poulaphuca, County Wicklow. The contributors provide information of his life as a student at Clongowes Wood College and later as a novice in the Society.

Grene, John, 1807-1887, Jesuit priest

Biographical material for Fr Patrick Joy SJ

  • IE IJA J/53/1
  • Item
  • 12 November 1892; 1930; May 1961
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Birth certificate of Patrick Joy (1892), biographical entry (1930) and black and white photograph of Fr Patrick Joy SJ (May 1961) by Lorna Madden, artist photographer, 50 Highfield Park, Dundrum Road, Dublin

Property at Renmore, Galway

File relating to the land at Renmore belonging to the Jesuit Fathers at St Ignatius’ Galway. Includes précis of evidence between the Jesuit Fathers and Galway Corporation and correspondence between W.B Gavin & Co. Solicitors, Fr Robert McGoran SJ, Galway and Donal O’ Buachall & Co. Ltd.

McGoran, Robert, 1920-2007, Jesuit priest

Letters from S. P. Redington, solicitors concerning the estate of Fr John Errington SJ

  • IE IJA J/38/10
  • File
  • 30 December 1886 - 23 February 1893
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

A file of letters from S. P. Redington, solicitors concerning the estate of Fr John Errington SJ. Refers to the will of George A. Nicolls (Fr Errington was named, amongst others, as one of the beneficiaries of this will and ultimately came to inherit the estates in Kildare and Westmeath. George A. Nicolls died without issue and his estate passed to his brother Archibald Dowdell Nicolls. The latter also died without issue and the estate was inherited by Fr John Errington SJ).

Redington, S, solicitor

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