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Fr Michael McGrath SJ

Irish manuscripts
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Material relating to the Life of St. Aloysius Gonzaga
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McGrath, Michael P, 1872-1946, Jesuit priest and Irish language scholar

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 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 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.

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

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)

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).

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.

Letters from Fr Patrick Duffy SJ to Sr Mary Agnes, Carmelite Convent, Firhouse, Tallaght, Dublin

  • IE IJA J/130/1
  • File
  • 10 September 1873 - 9 February 1901
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

A file of letters from Fr Patrick Duffy SJ to Sr Mary Agnes (later Mother Prioress), Carmelite Convent, Firhouse, Tallaght, Dublin concerning his life and work as a priest. The majority of these letters are written from Australia and describe his work in this mission. The letters also discuss news from the convent of Firhouse and Fr Duffy offers constant encouragement in spiritual matters and discusses the numbers of novices in the convent. Many of the letters were written while his sister (Sr Mary Gabriel) was ill and could not write herself. Includes a letter concerning his sister's health. Remarks that he is glad to have been told how serious her attack was. Remarks 'I am anxious about her, of course I am, we are brother and sister and the last remaining two of a family of eleven. No wonder, then, that we should look towards each other - now especially, when we are both coming so near to the end of the journey.' (21 June 1894, 4pp). Includes a letter congratulating Sr. Mary Agnes on becoming Mother Prioress of the Carmelite Convent in Firhouse. Remarks 'And so the burden of authority has been laid upon your shoulders! Well - God's will be done. And that it is God's will that you should be put into your present position.' (25 April 1895, 4pp). Includes a letter enclosing a cutting from The Argus concerning Edward Grennan who took part in the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War. Advises Sr Mary Agnes to read the cutting to the novices. Remarks 'The lesson taught is grand! I would advise the Mistress of Novices to read both (cutting and letter) to her novices and give them a lecture on obedience. The analogy between the two warfares, the warfare of this world and the warfare of the soul is very close.' (22 November 1896, 2 items).

File of material on Fr Peter Dunne SJ

  • IE IJA J/131/1
  • File
  • 21 May 1935- 31 August 1980
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

A file of material relating to Fr Peter Dunne SJ including biographical information and correspondence concerning various duties he attended to as a Jesuit.

Biographical information Fr John Ffrench SJ

  • IE IJA J/148/1
  • File
  • 6 February 1854 - 31 May 1878; 20 September 1983
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Biographical information Fr John Ffrench SJ which includes 'A few particulars relative to the Hon. and Rev. John Ffrench SJ', Dolllard, Printinghouse, Dublin (1887), 'Memoirs of Father Ffrench of the Society of Jesus', Manresa Press, Roehampton (1898) and copy of a letter from Fr Ffrench, St Stanislaus College, Tullabeg, County Offaly to Mother Ursula Querk, Ursuline Convent, St Joseph's, Sligo concerning his nephew's accident and his cure due to the intercession of (6 February 1854, 4pp), with note from Sr. M. St. Dominic, Ursuline Convent, St Joseph's, Sligo (20 September 1983).

Biographical information on Br William Glanville SJ

  • IE IJA J/165/1
  • File
  • 2 August 1944 - 6 March 1984
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Biographical information on Br William Glanville SJ and correspondence with Irish Fr Provincials. Includes a photograph of Br William Glanville SJ and Fr Sean Noonan SJ, September 1957, and mortuary card.

Material relating to Fr Piaras de Hindeberg SJ

  • IE IJA J/183/1
  • File
  • 4 July 1930 - 23 August 1980
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Material relating to Fr Piaras de Hindeberg SJ including admission details, catalogue entry, correspondence with Irish Fr Provincial, death certificate and mortuary card,

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

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).

Extract taken from 'Studies ledger'

Extract taken from 'Studies ledger' (presumably an accounts ledger) concerning the first issue and the financial arrangements in the early years copied by Fr Roland Burke Savage SJ [1965].

Burke Savage, Roland, 1912-1998, Jesuit priest and editor

Notes on Killiney Castle and Druid Lodge, Killiney, County Dublin by Fr Fergal McGrath SJ

Notes on Killiney Castle and Druid Lodge, Killiney, County Dublin by Fr Fergal McGrath SJ, (former Irish Province Archivist) referring to a letter he received from Miss Mary Purcell, 32 Gardiner Place, Dublin 1 (whose letter is also contained in this file). Fr McGrath traces the use of Killiney Castle by the Society of Jesus (nd, 1p). Includes a letter from Mary Purcell to Fr McGrath concerning the sale of Killiney Castle to the St John of God Brothers, France. Another property is also referred to by Miss Purcell who discovered this reference in a minute of a council meeting of the Brothers of St John of God but it is unclear if this other property also belonged to the Society of Jesus. The St John of God Brothers did not continue negotiations with the Society (18 August 1977, 2pp).

McGrath, Fergal P, 1895-1988, Jesuit priest

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

Documents relating to the Visitation of the Irish Mission by Fr Fidelis Grivel SJ

Documents relating to the Visitation of the Irish Mission by Fr Fidelis Grivel SJ in 18[17]. Includes:

  • ‘Monita P. Grivel Visitatoris’ (18[17], 18pp);
  • letters from Fr Grivel to Fr Charles Aylmer SJ (whom Fr Grivel appoints as Superior of the Mission), with note on letter of 1[4] March 1820, ‘Chief letters of F. Grivel as Visitor’ (in Italian) (12 October 1817 - 28 March 1820, 9 items);
  • letters from Fr Grivel to Fr Aylmer, with note on top letter ‘Less important letters Fr. F. Grivel, Visitor’ (in Italian) (9 October 1817 - 19 June 1820, 8 items);
  • translated letters to Fr Grivel from various Jesuit Fathers, including Frs Charles Aylmer, Peter Kenney, Bartholomew Esmonde, Patrick Moran, James Butler, and Charles Fraser, originally in the Archives of the French Province. (In Italian) (4 August 1817 - 20 March 1820, 25 items). Includes copy of prospectus in English on Tullabeg – ‘Tullybeg ’‘Elementary School’ ‘Revd. Robert St Leger, Principal’ (August 1818, 2pp).

Wish by Baghdad College, Iraq to move the body of Fr Jeremiah Austin Hartigan SJ

  • IE IJA J/177/1
  • File
  • 1916; 14 - 21 June 1953
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

File relating to the wish by Baghdad College, Iraq to move the body of Fr Jeremiah Austin Hartigan SJ from the war cemetery at Amara, to their own cemetery in the college grounds. Information from the Commonwealth War Grave Commission suggests this never happened. Includes birth certificate for Jeremiah Austin Hartigan.

Booklets for the Sodality of Our Lady

Booklets relating to the Sodality of Our Lady concerning rules, meditations, prayers, explanations and history of the Sodality. Includes 'Meditations for Sodalists', 'Rules of the Sodality of Our Lady', 'Prayers for the Dying', 'How to Establish a Sodality', 'His Mother's Beads', 'No surer way to heaven', 'What is the sodality of Our Lady?', 'The Message', 'Guide to the Sodality of Our Lady', 'The Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ireland: A short history' by Fr John MacErlean SJ, 'Sodality of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Joseph: For Invalids', 'Sodality of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Joseph: For Invalids, Daily duties', 'Magnificat Bulletin of the Sodality for the Sick' and 'Favours lost by a person who deliberately neglects to receive one holy communion'.

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).

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

Deed of trust in relation to the ‘Father Delany Exhibition’

Deed of trust in relation to the ‘Father Delany Exhibition’. Sets out the responsibilities of the trustees of the fund set up to finance the exhibition, which was established to commemorate the services to education of the Very Reverend William Delany SJ LLD, President of University College, Dublin, who had, in 1906, celebrated the attainment of his Golden Jubilee in the Society of Jesus. The trustees are given power over the collection of donations for the fund, for the investment of the fund, and for the awarding of the exhibition to a student from a Jesuit school who obtains the highest aggregate of ‘Honor Marks’ at the first university examination held after his matriculation, provided that his attendance and behaviour are satisfactory. Includes amendment dated 15 February 1909 providing for the appointment of Laurence Ambrose Waldron M.P. as trustee in place of the Right Honorable Christopher Palles, Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer.

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

Material relating to Fr Gregory Ffrench SJ

  • IE IJA J/147/1
  • File
  • 5 February 1936 - 19 August 1985
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Material relating to Fr Gregory Ffrench SJ which includes correspondence concerning his work for the Society throughout his life. Includes notes by Msgr Alfred O'Rahilly on the life of Fr Willie Doyle SJ sent to Fr Ffrench SJ (18 August 1964, 2pp). Includes a letter from Fr Ffrench SJ, Jesuit Retreat Centre, Tullamore, County Offaly to Irish Fr Provincial concerning the closure of Emo. Remarks 'But this dinner for Ours on the 11th? Apart from considerations of poverty, I cannot see that the closing of Emo is any occasion for festivity. After all, Emo is being closed because God does not see fit to bless the Province as at present being run with sufficient vocations to justify keeping it open.' (27 August 1969, 3pp). Includes correspondence concerning his work for the Crusaders of the Blessed Sacrament (1974-1982).

Material relating to Fr Thomas Hurley SJ

  • IE IJA J/188/1
  • File
  • 18 November 1924 - 2 July 1976
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Material relating to Fr Thomas Hurley SJ, including correspondence with the Irish Fr Provincial, items relating to his health and catalog entry

Material relating to Fr Hugh Kelly SJ

  • IE IJA J/204/1
  • File
  • 3 August 1938-13 November 1974
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

File relating to to Fr Hugh Kelly SJ which includes two scrap books containing newspapers cuttings of Lenten lectures delivered by Fr Hugh Kelly SJ in St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin, correspondence with Irish Fr Provincials.

'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

Correspondence relating to Fr Joseph Lentaigne SJ

Correspondence relating to Fr Joseph Lentaigne SJ, who was Irish Vice Provincial, 11 February 1858-7 December 1860 and the first Provincial of the Irish Province of the Society of Jesus, 8 December 1860 - [ ] 1863. No index.

Lentaigne, Joseph, 1805-1884, Jesuit priest

Material relating to Fr Laurence M Kearns SJ

  • IE IJA J/199/1
  • File
  • 9 May 1928 - 28 October 1986
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Material relating to Fr Laurence M Kearns SJ containing admission details, his work within the Society (chaplain in the Second World War, communications and media work in Zambia and Lesotho, correspondence with Irish Fr Provincials. Includes biographical information.

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].

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.

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.

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 Leonard Gallagher SJ and his brother, Frank Gallagher

  • IE IJA J/160/1
  • File
  • April 1920 - 14 July 1942
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Material relating to Fr Leonard Gallagher SJ and his brother, Frank Gallagher. Includes Frank's anti-treaty material, material relating to the Irish civil war, letters from Frank to Fr Leonard from Gormanstown Internment Camp (17 January - 30 August 1923, 10 items). Includes some biographical information on Fr Leonard Gallagher SJ.

  • brief details of Patrick O'Reilly and MIchael Fitzgerlad, Youghal, County Cork who were arrested on possession of Arms and Ammunition at Ballinaclash, Clashmore, County Waterford;
  • typed correspondence and accounts relating to anti-treaty publicity (1922-1923);

Obituary of Fr William Hackett SJ

Obituary, mortuary card and article on Fr William Hackett SJ by Fr Francis J. Dennett SJ ' 'Tis Sixty Years Since' in 'Jesuit Life (1984).

Dennett, Francis, 1912-1992, Jesuit priest

Triennial Documents, 1868

Documents concerning:

  • First Catalogue (Catalogus Personarum Primus);
  • Second Catalogue (Catalogus Personarum Secundus);
  • Lives of those who have died (Summarium vitae defunctorum);
  • 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);
  • Catalogus Rerum.

Also, see ADMN/9/2. Documents relating to the 1862 Provincial Congregation.

‘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.

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