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Milltown Park, Dublin

The papers of Milltown Park concern the Jesuit community (1861-1979) and works which have occurred there: Tabor House (1969-1993); The Milltown Institute (1968-1992) and The Irish School of Ecumenics (1969-1980). There are references to the missions, chaplaincy, villas, finances, customs, property retreats, library, customs, rules, studies, health, staff, ordinations, the establishment and eventual closure of a retreat centre at Tabor House, the foundation of courses in theology and philosophy for the training of religious and lay people, Milltown Lectures (1960-1970), Lay Retreat Association and the establishment of the Irish School of Ecumenics.

Material is in the form of handwritten letters, ledgers, postcards, accounts, architectural plans, cuttings from newspapers, maps, photographs, menus, bills and receipts.

Milltown Park, Dublin, 1858-

Theologiae moralis absolutissimum compendium in quinque partitum

R.P. Pauli Laymann L' Societate Iesu theologiae moralis absolutissimum compendium in quinque libros partitum : nunc demum post nuperam impressionem Moguntinam accuratiùs recognitum, mednis omnibus, quibus undique scatebat repurgatum, plurimisque hinc inde notabilibus auctum, ac ad mentem auctoris redactum.

Publisher: Duaci : Typis Ioannis Serrurier, sub signo Salamandrae, 1640.

Laymann, Paul, 1574-c.1635, Jesuit priest

St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin

The papers of St Francis Xavier’s, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin concentrate on the history and work of the church and community, domestic and spiritual matters, penny dinners, benefactors, general administration, finances, retreats, lectures, novenas, missions, sodalities, relics, the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association and St. Francis Xavier's Hall.

The material is mainly in the form of letters, ledgers, plans, maps and photographs.

St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin, 1832-

Book with the title ‘The manner of performing the Novena, or the nine days devotion to St Francis Xaverius...'

Book with the title ‘The manner of performing the Novena, or the nine days devotion to St Francis Xaverius of the Society of Jesus and Apostle of the Indies, as also the devotion of the ten Fridays to the same saint’ printed for Ignatius Kelly, at the Stationers-Arms in Mary’s Lane, Dublin, 1749 (88pp). Includes an article entitled ‘The Novena of Grace in Dublin 1749’ which was sent by Fr Kevin O'Rourke SJ to Fr Fergus O'Donoghue SJ with an explanatory note (10 May 2008). The article most probably written by Fr Francis Finegan SJ. The article explains the provenance of a book in the community library of St Francis Xavier’s, Gardiner Street, Dublin entitled, ‘The manner of performing the Novena, or the nine days devotion to St. Francis Xaverius of the Society of Jesus and Apostle of the Indies’. It concludes that the work was translated by Thomas Brennan and gives a brief biographical note. (5pp)

Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin

In 1913, the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) purchased the 16th century-built Rathfarnham Castle from a Dublin building company, Bailey and Gibson. Initially, the plan was for a noviciate for Jesuit novices and in time, for working men’s retreats to be established at the Castle. However, by September 1913, this had changed to a house of studies for those Jesuits attending university. This decision was made following the change of regulations to the National University requiring students to attend lectures whereas previously they could be prepared for examinations elsewhere. The Jesuit Juniors as they were known would live at the Castle and cycle to lectures at University College Dublin, then located at Earlsfort Terrace in the centre of Dublin.

The papers of Rathfarnham Castle concern: the management of Rathfarnham Castle (1911-1995); the Jesuit community (1913-1985); the history of Rathfarnham Castle (1912-1994); the farm (1917-1920); the seismograph (1918-1954) and retreats (1922-1995). Material is in the form of letters, plans, maps and photographs.

Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin

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.

Notes on the will of Fr John Austin contained in 'Directorium ad rite legendas horas canónicas missasque celebrandas'

Notes on the will of Fr John Austin by Fr Thomas Betagh contained in 'Directorium ad rite legendas horas canónicas missasque celebrandas' (Bernard McMahon Press, Dublin, with P. Wogan, & P. Bean, No. 23, Old Bridge, 1783). Includes:

  • Memoranda of my Executorship under Mr Austin's will;
  • accounts to Mary Ann Austin, daughter of Richard Austin deceased, apprentice to Mary Magennis,1784;
  • accounts to Mary Austin, daughter of Joseph Austin, sent to Miss Mullaly's school 1785, travelled to Spain 1786. Returned from Spain without serving her indented time and arrived in Dublin, 15 May 1788;
  • accounts to Francis Austin, son of Richard Austin, apprentice to a Glover, 1787;
  • accounts Jane Austin, daughter of Joseph Austin, apprentice to Catherine Collins, Ribb and weaver, 1787;
  • accounts Teresa Austin, daughter of Joseph Austin, apprentice to a Glover, but discharged for disagreeing with her mistress, 1787;
  • accounts to Mathew Austin, son of Richard Austin, supported by the Patrican Society, dismissed by them as past the age allowed by their rules, under the care of a nurse in Saggart, 1790 ;
  • accounts of sale of Fr Austin's books, 1797;
  • cash expended on Mr Lisward's nurse, 1790;
  • legacies bequeathed by Rev Mr Lisward's and discharged by me, 1791-1792.

Lease for house and premises in New Row, City of Dublin

Parties:
Michael Kavanagh, Merchant, New Row, City of Dublin and William Dwyer, Gentleman, Usher's Quay, Dublin.

Property:
House and premises in New Row, city of Dublin.

Terms & Conditions:
For a term of 46 years, yearly rent of £100 to be paid in two even instalments on 25 November and 25 May.

Letter from Dr John Thomas Troy, Archbishop of Dublin to Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ, English Provincial. Refers to collections for the rebuilding of ‘more than one hundred Chapels in different parts of the Kingdom’,

Letter from Dr John Thomas Troy, Archbishop of Dublin to Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ, English Provincial. Refers to collections for the rebuilding of ‘more than one hundred Chapels in different parts of the Kingdom’, most of which were destroyed during the Rebellion. Refers to letters shown to him by ‘Mr. [Richard] Callaghan’ from Fr Gabriel Grüber in which the latter styles himself ‘Praepositus Generalis Societatis Iesu’ and announces that the Society is ‘perfectly re-established by the Holy See’. Expresses his doubts in this regard. Remarks, 'No one more sincerely deplored the suppression of the Society that I did, nor wishes more anxious for its reestablishment'.

Troy, John Thomas, 1739-1823, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin

Letter from Fr Thomas Betagh to Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ concerning a discussion between Fr Callaghan and Archbishop Troy on the fund of the ex-Jesuits in Ireland

Letter from Fr Thomas Betagh to Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ. Relates that four years previously Fr Callaghan had discussed with Archbishop Troy the fund of the ex-Jesuits in Ireland. Refers to a letter from Cardinal di Pietro to Troy on the matter, of which a copy is transcribed on the same document.

Betagh, Thomas, 1738-1811, Jesuit priest

General Sir Thomas Kelly-Kenny

  • IE IJA TKK
  • Fonds
  • 1809-2013
  • History of General Sir Thomas Kelly-Kenny collection;
  • Lithographs & Posters;
  • Military;
  • Scottish Widows’ Fund and Life Assurance Society, Finance and Ireland;
  • Correspondence;
  • Boer War;
  • 1906 Travels.

Kelly-Kenny, Sir Thomas, 1840-1914, General

Material relating to 35 Hardwicke Street, Dublin

A file relating to 35 Hardwicke Street, Dublin. Includes deeds relating to this property (25 March 1810-17 June 1854). Includes a letter from Maxwell, Weldon and Company Solicitors, 40 North Great George's Street, Dublin to Fr Thomas Wheeler SJ, The Presbytery, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin concerning the deeds '..for the purpose of enabling us to report on the title of you community to the premises, 35 Hardwicke Street' (5 March 1912, 1p). Includes:

  • lease by Richard Warren, Hardwicke Street, Dublin, Attorney-at-law to Thomas Higgins, Dublin, Attorney-at-law, 25 March 1810;
  • assignment of house on Hardwicke Street, Dublin by Thomas Higgins, Dublin, Attorney-at-law, to Owen Nowlan, Waterstown, County Kildare, 27 April 1815;
  • deed of assignment by Owen Geoughehan Nowlan, Waterstown, County Kildare to Rose Delahoyde, widow, Dublin, 24 August 1815;
  • settlement on the intermarriage of James Lecky [soldier[, Eight regiment of Foot, with Miss Elizabeth O'Grady, Temple Street, Dublin [1810]-[1850];

In 1814, a Jesuit community took over the vacant Poor Clare convent in Hardwicke Street, Dublin. St Francis College was established at Hardwicke Street in 1832 however it proved to be too small for this emerging school. New premises were needed and Belvedere House, Great Denmark Street was bought in 1841.

Letters to Fr Robert Haly SJ

  • IE IJA J/473/5
  • Item
  • 26 April 1810 - 8 December 1869
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

A file of letters written by various people to Fr Robert Haly SJ:

  • Includes a letter from Fr Murphy SJ referring to the polka. Remarks '…I do not consider it, absolutely speaking, a proximate occasion of sin, as I have the assurance of some reliable young persons of both sexes that they never found any harm in it (nd, 4pp).
  • Includes a letter from Patrick Drinan SJ, Sant' Andrea, Rome describing his life as a novice in the Society of Jesus. Describes his fellow novices (21 March 1825, 3pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Charles Aylmer SJ, Hardwicke Street, Dublin referring to Fr Matthew Gahan SJ. Remarks that he has returned from the Isle of Man. Continues '…(he has) done much good amongst those poor neglected Catholics. But now they are without a priest and of course will fall back again into the old way.' (28 August 1825, 3pp).
  • Includes a letter from Prout concerning his ordination to Deaconship ([ ] 1828, 1p).
  • Includes a letter from Fr St Leger SJ. Refers to the woods at Clongowes. Remarks that new trees have been planted and hundreds of old trees have been cut down. Refers to Daniel O'Connell 'Mr O'Connell hopes to enter Parliament by a clause in the Act of Union which only requires the oath of abjuration, which was abolished…C. Butler of London has published his opinion that Mr O'Connell's admittance to Parliament cannot be refused according to law…' Includes a note from Fr Peter Kenney SJ at the end of the letter concerning the death of Fr Haly's uncle, Robert in Calcutta on 27 July 1826 (30 September, 3pp).
  • Includes a letter from [ ], Clongowes Wood College concerning Christmas celebrations in Clongowes. Refers to the church services and remarks that the Parisian Cope made its first appearance and 'dazzled the natives'. Remarks that the number of scholars in the college is small and many vacancies exist. Refers to Fr Aylmer and Fr St Leger and their plans to erect a new chapel in Dublin. Refers to Fr Moran's departure for Buenos Ayres. Refers to the political situation in Ireland and Daniel O'Connell's determination to go to Parliament (5 January 1829, 4pp).
  • Includes a letter from George Oliver, St Nicholas' Priory, Exeter containing queries about members of the Society in Ireland for a publication he is preparing (17 July 1838, 3pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Charles Aylmer SJ concerning his stay in Rome. Describes dining with Fr General on St Stanislaus Day (23 November 1838, 4pp).
  • Includes a letter from Patrick Sheehan SJ, Roman College concerning news from Rome and general Society matters. Reports that Fr General is pleased with all the Provinces under his direction and has expressed a wish to open a Japanese Mission (30 November 1838, 4pp).
  • Includes a letter from Bartholomew Esmonde SJ, Al Gesu, Rome enclosing a sketch of his design for the altar at St Francis Xavier's Church, Gardiner Street, Dublin (9 February 1842, 3pp).
  • Includes a transcription of the same letter, 9 February 1842, by Fr Francis Finegan SJ [1975].
  • Includes a letter from Fr Bartholomew Esmonde, SJ, San Calcedonio, Malta concerning the suspension of Fr Rillo by the Bishop. Remarks that the business has become public due to the intervention of Lord Clifford (25 July 1842, 4pp).
  • Includes a letter from John Cunningham SJ, Rome. Refers to the political situation in Ireland and Daniel O'Connell. Refers to Fr Rillo and remarks that he is no longer in Malta. Remarks '…after his justification had been fully established he removed to Palermo. Mr Esmonde is authorised to select whom he pleases to succeed the former.' (25 November 1843, 3pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Esmonde concerning his missionary work in Malta. Remarks 'I have a curious time of it here, strange folks as if all the odd fish of the Mediterranean had climbed up on this rock.' Refers to a new church opened by the Protestants on the island. Refers to the power of the government a governor of the island who control everything (15 November 1844, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from John Lynch, SJ, Church of St Joseph, Willings Alley, Philadelphia, PA describing his surroundings (1 February 1840, 4pp).
  • Includes a letter from John Gaffney concerning the Archbishop's (Dr Cullen) decision to prohibit the dancing of the polka. Discusses the implications of this decision and expresses the opinion that the Society should not pursue a different course of action to the clergy of Dublin and rural areas (20 January 1858, 4pp).
  • Includes a letter from Bishop George Browne of Elphin concerning a retreat to be conducted by Fr Robert Haly SJ. Refers to the parishioners eagerness for a mission (19 April 1858, 3pp).
  • Includes a letter from the Bishop of Clonfert, John Derry agreeing to consecrate the Society's church in Galway (11 May 186[ ]), 4pp).
  • Includes a letter from Irish Fr Provincial Edmund O'Reilly SJ granting Fr Haly privileges with regard to his mission work (26 September 1867, 3pp).
    Includes a letter from Irish Fr Provincial Edmund O'Reilly SJ advising Fr Haly on how to deal with confessors who declare they are members of the Fenians (8 December 1869, 4p

Assignment for lands of Newtown, Castlebancroft and Fazakerlys, County Dublin

Parties:
Anne Archbold, Elizabeth Archbold, Mary Archbold, Spinsters, City of Dublin of the first part, Sarah Kavanagh, Widow of the second part and Gerald Archbold and Michael Hanrahan of the third part.

Property:
Lands of Newtown, Castlebancroft and Fazakerlys, County Dublin.

Terms & Conditions:
To secure a payment of £1,600.

Other:
Signed and sealed.

Letters to Fr Charles Aylmer SJ

  • IE IJA J/470/1
  • File
  • 5 April 1811 - 23 July 1838
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

A file of letters to Fr Charles Aylmer SJ. A brief précis to the letters is included in the file, and list of Irish Jesuits (1831).

Letter from Fr Charles Aylmer SJ, Palermo, Italy to Fr Matthew Gahan SJ, 14 Clarendon Street, Dublin

Letter from Mr Charles Aylmer SJ, Palermo, Italy to Fr Matthew Gahan SJ, 14 Clarendon Street, Dublin describing life amongst the community in Palermo and his work. Refers to Fr Gahan's work in Ireland. Remarks 'You cannot but be well persuaded of the interest we must all take in history of the commencement and progress of our little Irish Province. We have received no information whatever on this subject, and only know that three of you are actually in Dublin'. Remarks that both himself and Fr St. Leger have been ordained. Concludes 'Give me some account of your situation, employment etc. - but remember I do not mean to gratify curiosity; I only wish as much as may satisfy my affection and regard for you all and my zeal for the cause in which you have been the first to embark. Storms may assail you, but you know they are a distinctive mark of every good undertaking.'

Aylmer, Charles, 1786-1849, Jesuit priest

Letters from Fr Charles Plowden SJ to Fr Charles Aylmer SJ

  • IE IJA J/470/2
  • File
  • 29 October 1814 - 18 April 1821
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

A file of letters from Fr Charles Plowden SJ (novice master at Stonyhurst) concerning Society matters to to Fr Charles Aylmer SJ. Many of the letters relate to the Irish novices studying in Stonyhurst and English novices studying in Ireland and general Society matters.

  • Includes a letter concerning the appointment of Fr Lavizzario as the agent of the Society in Rome (11 February 1818, 3pp).
  • Includes a letter concerning an official letter received from the Bishop re-affirming that the Society of Jesus had not been restored. Remarks that their property in London is under threat '…Dr Poynter has employed a lawyer to claim our property in London. He has means of succeeding and his success will complete our ruin. We are in fact in a very dangerous crisis.' (23 July 1818, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter concerning three scholastics from the English Province he proposes to send to Ireland for their studies. Describes the three (1 September 1818, 3pp).
  • Includes a letter referring to a refusal to ordain students from Stonyhurst 'who do not renounce their religious state.' Continues 'very probably a requisition to us all to make such renunciation will soon arrive and this will bring the matter to an issue. Our refusal will be followed by censures, suspension…' ( 10 September 1818, 1p).
  • Includes a letter remarking that the Society of Jesus in England has no way of obtaining Holy Orders except by going to Clongowes. Remarks 'The candidates must be adopted there as students of your college in order to be presented by you.' (29 September 1818, 2pp, incomplete).
  • Includes an account of money owed to Stonyhurst College for the upkeep of Irish scholastics studying there (18 February 1819, 4pp).
  • Includes a letter referring to Fr Kenney's voyage to America (15 July 1819, 3pp).
  • Includes a letter referring to lay brothers and the observance of the various customs in the colleges where he (Fr Plowden) studied (19 September 1819, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter concerning Fr General's displeasure at having received no communication from Fr Aylmer. Includes details about Fr Kenney's visit to America and the state of affairs in America (22 November 1819, 3pp).
  • Includes a letter concerning orders from Fr General to Fr Kenney to remain as visitor to America. Remarks that he heard that Fr Kenney had already set sail for Liverpool (30 July 1820, 3pp).
  • Includes a letter remarking on his ill health (30 July 1820, 3pp).
  • Includes a letter written from Rome concerning Society matters and directions from Fr General. Refers to Spain, remarks 'In Spain all seems to be lost for the Society excepting their religious spirit. Their letters and petitions for directions how to act show that they retain the full spirit of their vocation…on the other hand God sends comfort from Vienna, where the Austrian Emperor openly protects the Society and settles it in Gallicia and with generous allowances for subsistence and many privileges and exemptions.' Refers to Fr Kenney's return from America (23 September 1820, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter referring to the sudden introduction of the Catholic Bill. Remarks '…the Catholic Bill fills my head, heart and time…In this crisis we must have an agent here…there must be somebody to speak in our cause. The General must decide this point before Easter, and he go with me to the Pope...' (7 April 1821, 3pp).

Plowden, Charles, 1743-1821, Jesuit priest, teacher and writer

St Ignatius House of Writers, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin

In 1883 the trustees of the Catholic University leased to the Society of Jesus the University buildings of 84, 85 and 86 St. Stephen’s Green which were given the new name of University College, Dublin. In 1908 the National University of Ireland came into existence and with that, the Jesuit community left St. Stephen’s Green for a new residence at Lower Leeson Street in 1909/10. Known as St Ignatius House of Writers since 1952, previously the house saw itself as a Collegiun Inchoatum, a burgeoning college of the National University. Many of the Jesuits who lived in the house taught at University College Dublin.

The Jesuit journal 'Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review', 'the devotional magazine 'The Sacred Heart Messenger' and the Irish language equivalent, 'An Timire', are published from Lower Leeson Street.

University Hall, also known as Hatch Hall, was a student hall of residence at Lower Hatch Street, Dublin. Founded by the Jesuits in 1913, for third level male students studying in Dublin, it was under the administration of the Superior of 35 Lower Leeson Street until 1975. It closed in 2004.

The Irish Jesuit Archives has been located at Lower Leeson Street since 1958 when it moved from Upper Gardiner Street.

The papers of St Ignatius House of Writers, Lower Leeson Street deal with the interior and exterior of the buildings, renovations, deeds, domestic and Jesuit community matters and finance. For University Hall, the material relates to bequests, property issues, stained glass, examinations and accounts. There is a small amount of material on Studies, the Sacred Heart Messenger and An Timire. The material is mainly in the form of letters, ledgers, architectural plans, maps and photographs.

Letter from Patrick Drinan SJ to Fr Bartholomew Esmonde SJ, Hardwicke Street Chapel, Dublin

Letter from Patrick Drinan SJ to Fr Bartholomew Esmonde SJ, Hardwicke Street Chapel, Dublin concerning his life in the noviceship in Rome. Another letter is written by James Patrick McDonnell on the reverse concerning St. Andrea. It would seem (the letter is almost indecipherable) that this second letter also concerns the noviceship in Rome.

Drinan, Patrick Aloysius, 1804-1832, Jesuit scholastic

Fr Gahan's wish to administer to the Catholic population on the Isle of Man

Letter from James Duff, Liverpool to Rev. Matthew J. Gahan SJ, Hardwicke Street Chapel, Dublin seeking confirmation of Fr Gahan's wish to administer to the Catholic population on the Isle of Man. Remarks that he has been in contact with the Bishop who agreed to appoint Fr Gahan to the post as long as his own Bishop agrees.

Duff, James

Letter from William and James Duff, Douglas, Isle of Man to Fr Matthew Gahan SJ

Letter and copy of a letter from William and James Duff, Douglas, Isle of Man to Fr Matthew Gahan SJ, Hardwicke Street Chapel, Dublin expressing their satisfaction that Fr Gahan is to live and administer in the Isle of Man. Remarks 'we feel that in regard to pecuniary matters you will be a sufferer to a considerable extent by the change. But if the satisfaction of having done an important service to religion as well as to its followers, can be any compensation for this sacrifice you must certainly have an ample recompense.'

Duff, James

Letter from Bishop Penswick to Fr Matthew Gahan SJ on a potential visit to the Isle of Man

Letter from Bishop Penswick, Liverpool to Fr Matthew Gahan SJ, Isle of Man concerning a visit he had intended to make to the island. Remarks that because the habeas corpus act has not been sanctioned by the legislators he is going to postpone his visit. Remarks 'I have often thought of you and even expected to be in a situation to relieve your wants; whenever my hopes are realised I will not overlook you.'

Penswick, Thomas, 1772-1836, Roman Catholic Bishop

List of documents compiled by Fr John Grene SJ

Bound volume containing a list of documents, compiled by Fr John Grene SJ held in Milltown Park, Dublin in 15 small metal boxes. Insert index to 8 tin or metal boxes, sorted by Fr James Rabbitte (April 1926).

Renewal of lease for 7 Sackville Street, Parish of St Thomas, city of Dublin

Parties:
Patrick Nolan, Tobacconist, Sackville Street, city of Dublin and Jonathan Carr and Charles Kohler, Merchant Tailors, 7 Lower Sackville Street, city of Dublin.

Property:
7 Sackville Street, Parish of St. Thomas, city of Dublin.

Terms and Conditions:
Yearly rent of £163.13 (late currency), £151.1.3 sterling paid in four quarterly payments on 1st March, 1st June, 1st September and 1st December.

Other:
Signed and sealed by the parties

Belvedere College SJ

The papers of Belvedere College (St Francis Xavier College) give an insight into the life of the school and the Jesuit community who lived there. The material includes prospectuses, some photographs of pupils, programmes of College theatricals, school administration, financial accounts, leases, property negotiations, daily life of Jesuits, building works and Belvedere College Union.

Belvedere College SJ, Dublin, 1832-

Volume entitled ‘O'Connell’s Letter 1833’ presented to ‘the Jesuit Fathers of St. Francis Xavier’s Upper Gardiner Street...'

Specially bound volume entitled ‘O'Connell’s Letter 1833’ presented to ‘the Jesuit Fathers of St. Francis Xavier’s Upper Gardiner Street For their Library. In grateful memory of much kindness received from them for nearly forty years’ from ‘W.L.' '. Includes colour poster of Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847) and O'Connell’s name and address (written in his own hand) attached to the frontispiece. Contains two letters:

4 April 1833
Letter from Daniel O'Connell, London to Richard Barrett, editor of the 'Pilot' newspaper, Suffolk Street, Dublin, to be published as an open letter to the people of Ireland. ‘This is the first of a series of Letters which I intend to publish on the present state and future prospects of our Country including the best suggestions I can give for regulating your conduct in the manner most calculated to mitigate the evils of the one and to insure the amelioration of the other.’ (Letter is divided into five envelopes, each containing nine pages. Franked 6 April 1833.) 45pp

Richard Barrett, editor of the Pilot was prosecuted by the government for having published on 8 April 1833, the last letter. He was tried and found guilty, imprisoned for six months and fined £100. During his imprisonment, O'Connell paid Barrett a total of £656, consisting of his £100 fine, £150 in American subscriptions and weekly sums amounting to £406.

18 February 1840
Private letter from Daniel O'Connell, 16 Pall Mall, London, to David R. Pigot, Solicitor General, concerning the Municipal Reform Bill. Letter published in full in Maurice R. O'Connell’s (ed.) 'The Correspondence of Daniel O'Connell, Vol. VI, 1837-1840' (Blackwater Dublin for the Irish Manuscripts Commission, 1977) p.308/9 (2687a), where the source is given as ‘Jesuit Fathers, Gardiner Street, Dublin.’
2pp

Financial affairs of Fr Henry J Rorke SJ

  • IE IJA J/385/2
  • File
  • 27 Janaury 1836-27 October 1862
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Letters by Fr Henry J Rorke SJ, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin, his brothers, John Rorke, 20 Temple Street, Dublin and Edmund Rorke, Tyrrelstown, Dublin, Andrew Rorke SJ, regarding the accounts and financial affairs of Fr Henry J Rorke SJ.

Letter from Fr Patrick Meagher SJ, writing from Gardiner Street, Dublin to Fr Patrick Bracken SJ, St Stanislaus College Tullabeg, County Offaly

Letter from Fr Patrick Meagher SJ, writing from Gardiner Street, Dublin, to Fr Patrick Bracken SJ, Vice Provincial, St Stanislaus College Tullabeg, King's County (County Offaly). Refers to the case of a young [novice] – ‘H.T.’, who is suffering from some sort of illness. Reports that he (Meagher) consulted a surgeon on the state of the man’s health. Reports that he received a letter that morning from Fr Bartholomew Esmonde SJ in Rome, who wrote about the church re-decoration in which he was involved, and also, more extensively, about a lecture given in Rome, which cast aspersions on the Catholic clergy of Ireland. Also refers to a letter he received from Fr Aylmer. Describes preparations for the ‘Festival’, including the recruiting of clergy to say Mass. Reports on the progress of building work also.

Meagher, Patrick, 1799-1855, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Peter Kenney SJ, writing to Fr Patrick Bracken SJ Church of St Francis, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin

Letter from Fr Peter Kenney SJ, writing to Fr Patrick Bracken SJ Church of St Francis, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin. Suggests that the latter hold his Consultation at Clongowes, and that it be deferred until after Easter. Refers to the books brought back from Paris by Mr O'Grady, and asks Fr Bracken to let him know which ones to keep. Reports on a Novena he participated in, and also on the exercise he has been taking recently.

Kenney, Peter J, 1779-1841, Jesuit priest and educator

Renewal of lease for 7 Sackville Street, city of Dublin

Parties:
Esther Gibson, Sandymount, County Dublin and John Philip Nolan, Solicitor, Upper Abbey Street, city of Dublin.

Property:
7 Sackville Street, city of Dublin

Terms and Conditions:
Yearly rent of £113.15 (late currency), £105 sterling to be paid in equal quarterly payments on1st March, 1st June, 1st September and 1st December. John Philip Nolan may quit the premises at the end of any fifth year of the term providing six months notice has been given.

Signed and sealed by the parties

Letter from Fr Henry Young to Fr Charles Young SJ and discusses the matter of the Stations of the Cross

Letter from Fr Henry Young to Charles Young SJ and discusses the matter of the Stations of the Cross and asserts that there should be a fixed form of erection of the Stations, i.e., from left to right. Refers to Gardiner Street as ‘your Xavier Church’.

Young, Henry, 1786-1869, Roman Catholic priest

Letter from Fr John Grene SJ, Clongowes, to l’Abbé McDonald, Louvain

Letter from Fr John Grene SJ, Clongowes, to l’Abbé McDonald, [Fr John MacDonald SJ], Louvain. Reports on the opening of Belvedere House, and on Fr Kenney’s progress on his way to Rome. Praises the students at Clongowes, and refers to new arrangements made for the Prefectship. Reports on other events involving the Community and the school, including the opening of the Debating Society, and a visit by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Daniel O’Connell.

Letter from Fr William Stack Murphy SJ, St Mary’s, Lebanon, Kentucky, U.S.A. to Fr Patrick Bracken SJ

From Fr William Stack Murphy SJ, St Mary’s, Lebanon, Kentucky, U.S.A. to Fr Patrick Bracken SJ. Thanks him for the books that were brought out by Dr Litton. Refers to the fact that Fr Peter Kenney SJ had been appointed Rector of Palermo. Asks Fr Bracken to arrange for a subscription to be made to the 'London Tablet'. Refers to the Teetotalism and Partial Abstinence campaign in the US. Answers Daniel O'Connell’s views on America’s tradition of slavery. Gives a brief outline of the establishment of the school (St Mary’s in Kentucky).

Murphy, William Stack, 1803-1875, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr John Grene SJ, Clongowes, to l’Abbé McDonald, Louvain

Letter from Fr John Grene SJ, Clongowes, to l’Abbé McDonald, [Fr John MacDonald SJ], Louvain. Gives news from Clongowes in relation to both the Community and school, including the progress of the Sodality, plays staged by the students, a meet of the provincial consultors etc. Also reports on Gardiner Street; the progress of building work in St Francis Xavier Church, and the Community there.
Also reports on political and social issues, including Daniel O’Connell’s activities in relation to Repeal, the campaign against landlords, the Lord Lieutenant’s policies, Peel’s new taxes. Refers to Belvedere, which he visited on a recent trip to Dublin, as ‘a splendid Mansion’. Also refers to a letter received from ‘Mr. Cooper of Calcutta’, which gives news of that part of the world.

Fr Bartholomew Esmonde SJ missionary work in Malta

  • IE IJA J/471/10
  • File
  • 1842 - 22 April 1850
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

A file relating to Fr Bartholomew Esmonde SJ missionary work in Malta. Includes documents relating to religious instruction of Catholics, descriptions of clerical controversy, disputes with Protestants, conversions of Protestants to Catholicism, preaching, Catholic education, addresses presented to the Governor of Malta, Fr Esmonde's Journal describing his time in Malta, correspondence. Letters are addressed to Fr Esmonde at San Calcedonia, outside Valletta. This house belonged to the Sicilian Province and Malta had a close connection with the Sicilian Province. Note: at least 50% of the documents are written in Italian.

Conveyance of property at Ballawly, County Dublin

Parties:
Patrick Lynch, Esquire, Tara Hall, County Meath and Fr Charles James Lynch SJ, Clongowes Wood College SJ, County Kildare.

Property:
One fourth part of the lands of Ballally otherwise Ballawly known as Rockbawn Farm.

Terms and Conditions:
For the life and lives of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, Charles William, Marquis of Kildare and Matthew Patterson names in the lease of 30 June 1838. Payment of rent and renewal fines as stated in the original lease.

Other:
Signed and sealed

Letter from Fr John Grene SJ, St Stanislaus College, Tullabeg, County Offaly to l’Abbé McDonald, Louvain

Letter from Fr John Grene SJ, St Stanislaus College, Tullabeg, County Offaly to l’Abbé McDonald, [Fr John MacDonald SJ], Louvain. From Announces the arrival of Fr Charles Brooke SJ from England, and appointments made so far in the Province. Refers specifically to Belvedere and Clongowes. Announces the names of those who have gone to Tronchiennes that year. Reports on his own activities and on Tullabeg. Also refers to the Repeal campaign. Doubts that the plans for a residence in Galway will come to fruition. Refers to the foundation of a College for Foreign Missions in Dublin, and announces the death of Fr Kearney. Asks if his correspondent might be disposed to go to Colombia to educate and carry out missionary work, as the population of Bogotà wish European Jesuits to do. Also refers to the political situation in Ireland.

Deed between John Marquis of Ely, John Henry Loftus and John Hare

Parties:
John Marquis of Ely of the first part, The Honorable John Henry Loftus (Lord Viscount Loftus) of the second part and John Hare, esquire, Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin of the third part.

Property:
Rathfarnham House, Parish of Rathfarnham, Barony of Newcastle, County Dublin.

Terms and Conditions:
For the life of John Marquis of Ely.

Other:
Signed and sealed by Ely and Loftus.

Release of Rathfarnham House - Lord George William Loftus, Chester Square, London of the first part

Parties:
Lord George William Loftus, Chester Square, London of the first part, Rev. Lord Adam Robert Charles Loftus, Ardess, County Fermanagh of the second part, Lord Agustus William Frederick Spencer Loftus of the third part, Lord Henry Yorke Astley Loftus, Chester Square, London of the fourth part, William Tatton Egerton, esquire, Wilton Terrace, London and Lady Charlotte Egerton nee Loftus of the fifth part, Lady Anna Maria Helen Loftus, spinster, Chester Square, London of the sixth part and the Most Noble John Henry Loftus, Marquis of Ely, Ely Lodge, County Fermanagh of the seventh part.

Property:
Rathfarnham House, Parish of Rathfarnham, Barony of Newcastle, County Dublin.

Terms and Conditions:
Release of a charge of £10,000.

Other:
Signed and sealed by the parties.

Release of Rathfarnham House - Most Noble Anna Maria Dowager Marchioness of Ely, Chester Square, London

Parties:
Most Noble Anna Maria Dowager Marchioness of Ely, Chester Square, London and Most Noble John Henry Loftus Marquis of Ely, Ely Lodge, County Fermanagh.

Property:
Rathfarnham House, Parish of Rathfarnham, Barony of Newcastle, County Dublin.

Terms and Conditions:
Release of two annuities of £1,000 on the property.

Release of Rathfarnham House - Rev. Richard Haggitt, Rector of Fornham all saints cum Westley, County of Suffolk

Parties:
Rev. Richard Haggitt, Rector of Fornham all saints cum Westley, County of Suffolk and Samuel Jay, Barrister, Lincoln's Inn, County of Middlesex and John Henry, Marquis of Ely.

Property:
Rathfarnham House, Parish of Rathfarnham, Barony of Newcastle, County Dublin.

Terms and Conditions:
Release from two mortgages of £3,000 and £1,000 and interest on same.

Other:
Signed and sealed by the parties.

Release of Rathfarnham House - Sir George Dashwood, Kirtlington Park, County Oxford

Parties:
Sir George Dashwood, Kirtlington Park, County Oxford and the Most Honourable John Henry Marquis of Ely, Ely Lodge, County Fermanagh

Property:
Rathfarnham House, Parish of Rathfarnham, Barony of Newcastle, County Dublin.

Terms and Conditions:
Release from two judgements of debts and resulting costs on the property.

Conveyance - Most Noble John Henry Loftus of Ely, Ely Lodge, County Fermanagh

Parties:
Most Noble John Henry Loftus of Ely, Ely Lodge, County Fermanagh and The Right Honorable Francis Blackburne, Lord Chief Justice of Her Majesty's Court of Queen's Bench of Ireland, Roebuck Hall, County Dublin.

Property:
Rathfarnham House, Parish of Rathfarnham, Barony of Newcastle, County Dublin.

Terms and Conditions:
For and during the lives and life of the three lives named in the deed and the lives of other persons added to the lease.

Other:
Signed and sealed by the parties

(Copy) Release of Rathfarnham House - Sir George Dashwood, Kirtlington Park, County Oxford

Parties:
Sir George Dashwood, Kirtlington Park, county Oxford and the Most Honourable John Henry Marquis of Ely, Ely Lodge, county Fermanagh.

Property:
Rathfarnham House, Parish of Rathfarnham, Barony of Newcastle, county Dublin.

Terms and Conditions:
Release from two judgements of debts and resulting costs on the property.

Documents, comprising encyclicals and open letters to all prelates issued by Pope Pius IX

Documents, comprising encyclicals and open letters to all prelates, including those in Ireland, issued by Pope Pius IX. Includes an encyclical on the political upheavals in the Italian states, an appeal for support in defence of the Papal states (18 June 1859, 15pp), and a ‘Decretum’ re. the rights of religious orders, a copy of a decree regarding the receiving of novices, and the admittance to professions in the Society (28 January 1850; 2pp).

Pius IX, Pope, 1792-1878, Head of the Catholic Church

Letter from James O'Shaughnessy to Fr Robert St Leger SJ

Letter from James O'Shaughnessy to Fr Robert St Leger SJ (Vice-Provincial), Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin concerning Fr Gahan's will. Remarks that he has only found a copy of the will and remarks 'I look upon the case a quite a hopeless one.' Continues 'The original will and whatever title deeds were in existence, I conclude from these letters, went into the possession of Father Aylmer - what became of them since there is nothing to inform us.' Concludes 'Should you think it necessary to write to this gentleman now in the Isle of Man to Dr Briggs or to any other of the inheritors, I take the liberty of telling you not to do so, till you previously allow me to wait on you…'

O'Shaughnessy, James

Fee Farm Grant - Rathfarnham House

Parties:
William Thomas, Earl of Clancarty, Garbally, County Galway, John Earl of Strafford, Hardmonsworth, County of Middlesex, Thomas Conolly, Castletown, County Kildare, Elizabeth Pakenham and Helen Pakenham, Spinster, Coolure, County Westmeath of the one part and Francis Blackburne, Lord Chief Justice of Her Majesty's Court of Queen's Bench in Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin.

Property:
Rathfarnham House, Parish of Rathfarnham, Barony of Newcastle, County Dublin.

Terms and Conditions:
Yearly rent of £123.6.6 in two equal payments on 25 March and 29 September.

Other:
Signed and sealed by the parties.

Account book relating to the expenditure on the extension to the presbytery at St Francis Xavier's

Account book relating to the expenditure on the extension to the presbytery at St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin. With note from Willam Patrick Ryan, 1, Albemarle Street, London explaining that he found it in his father's effects (the late John Ryan, architect) (3 May 1919).

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).

Material relating to the Jesuits in Dublin

Material relating to the Jesuits in Dublin. Includes:

  • notes by Fr John MacErlean SJ, on Dublin Jesuits and their activities from 1592 to 1800 [1910]-[1950] (180pp);
  • typescript extract from the 1766 South Dublin Religious Census (5pp);
  • photocopies of newspaper articles on Jesuits in Dublin (18[ ], 1961, 1962, 3pp);
  • copy of John Speed’s plan of Dublin, 1610, showing Back Lane (Jesuit residence in the 1620s) (1p.);
  • booklet 'The Jesuits in Dublin, or Brief Biographical Sketches of those Deceased Members of the Society of Jesus, who were Born or who Laboured in the Irish Metropolis; with an Account of the Parish of St Michan, their Ancient Residence' by William J Battersby (John Fowler, 3 Crow Street, Dame Street, Dublin, 1854) (124pp);
  • pamphlet 'The Parish of St Michan' by Very Rev. Myles Ronan, (Dollard, Printinghouse Ltd., Dublin, 19[48]). Presented to Fr Charles Scantlebury SJ by the author. (c.30pp);
  • booklet 'The History of the Roman Catholic Church and Parish of St Michan, Dublin' (Office of ‘The Irish Builder’, Dublin, 1892). Includes references to Jesuits, p.19 - 23 and p.27 - 29 (34pp);
  • reprint from 'Archivium Hibernicum', Vol. XXIV, 1970, entitled 'Letters from a Jesuit in Dublin on the Confraternity of the Holy Name, 1747 - 1748 (Documents from the archives of the Irish College, Rome)', edited by Hugh Fenning, O.P., p.133 - 154 (22pp);
  • extract from 'Reportorium Novum' entitled 'The Jesuits in Dublin (1660 - 1760)' by Fr Francis Finegan SJ, p.43 – 100 (58pp);
  • extracts from 'Interfuse', No. 18, Christmas 1981 and No. 19, February 1982, entitled 'Old Dublin S.J.' and 'Jesuit Dublin' by Eddie O'Donnell, on the various Old Society Jesuit residences in Dublin (2 items, both 11pp) and
  • pamphlet 'Roman Catholic Chapels in Dublin AD 1749' with an introduction by Most Rev. N. Donnelly, Bishop of Canea, (Catholic Truth Society of Ireland, Dublin, 1907) (40pp).

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

Fee Farm Grant for dwelling house on Lower Sackville Street

Parties:
William Napoleon Nolan, Esquire, Lower Dominick Street, city of Dublin and Thomas Henry Kohler, Merchant Tailor, 7 Lower Sackville Street, city of Dublin.

Property:
Dwelling house on Lower Sackville Street

Terms and Conditions:
Yearly rent of £151.1.4 sterling to be paid in four equal payments on 1st March, 1st June, 1st September and 1st December.

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..

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