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Irish Jesuit houses of formation

  • IE IJA FM
  • Fonds
  • 1450-2020

St Mary's, Emo, County Laois
St Stanislaus College, Tullabeg, Offaly
Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin

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

Irish Jesuits

  • IE IJA J
  • Fonds
  • 1540-2021

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

Jesuits in Ireland pre-1773

  • IE IJA OLD
  • Fonds
  • 1540-2020

History of the Old Society
Catalogues, lists, necrologies
Information on individual Jesuits
Compilations of biographical notes
Transcripts of biographical notes
Jesuit Foundations in different counties

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

Special Collections

  • IE IJA S
  • Fonds
  • 1570-2020

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

Copied excerpt from the Public Record Office Papers with list of accusations made against Sir Richard Shee

Copied excerpt from the Public Record Office Papers, vol. 115 (10) of 1582. Includes list of accusations made against Sir Richard Shee, all involving association with Irish Catholics and the Church. Also includes a reply made by Sir Richard to Walsingham in 1580 in relation to accusations against him. Shee refers to a Mr White (Thomas White SJ [b.1558, entered 1593; d.1622]?) who stayed in his house for a season. States that White is ‘a priest’ and his wife’s cousin, but as far as he knew ‘no Jesuite’. Pasted onto 'The Spectator', 12 December 1885.

Irish College, Lisbon

The Irish Jesuit College at Lisbon was established in 1590.
Two bound volumes relating to the Irish College, Lisbon concern the foundation of the college, accounts, custom book and statutes. Analysis of the documents relating to the Irish College, Lisbon by Fr Francis Finegan SJ (1909-2011).

Irish Jesuit Colleges in Europe

  • IE IJA ICOL
  • Fonds
  • 1590-2009

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

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

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

Irish Mission of the Society of Jesus, 1542-1773

Volumes relating to the Irish College in Lisbon

Two volumes, one bound, relating to the Irish College in Lisbon. The volumes contain various papers bound together. The first volume relates to the foundation of the college (485ff). The second volume consists of six sections: Accounts of the college; Ordinances from Rome; Custom book of college life; Statutes and customs; Mass and Orders book; The narration of the imprisonment and expulsion of Fr Dionysius Charti. Note by Fr Francis Finegan SJ on provenance of volumes - that Fr Manuel Gonçalves da Costa SJ visited Milltown Park in 1948, consulted volumes which in custody of Fr John MacErlean SJ (1981), and translation by Fr Fergus O'Donohue SJ (5 February 1987).

Transcript of an account of the voyage from Coruna to Ireland

Transcript (perhaps by Fr Edmund Hogan SJ) of an account of the voyage of General Pettre de Cubuani from Coruna to Ireland with supplied of arms and men for the Spanish Army who has set sail for Ireland on an earlier occasion (from the Archives of the Irish College, Salamanca).

Hogan, Edmund, 1831-1917, Jesuit priest

Jesuit colleges in Ireland

  • IE IJA SC
  • Fonds
  • 1627-2020

Clongowes Wood College SJ, County Kildare
Coláiste Iognáid, (St. Ignatius’ College), Galway City, County Galway
Mungret College, Mungret, County Limerick
Crescent College Comprehensive SJ, Limerick City, County Limerick
Belvedere College SJ, Dublin City, County Dublin
Gonzaga College SJ, Dublin City, County Dublin
St Declan's School, Dublin City, County Dublin

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

Clongowes Wood College SJ

The papers relate to the Jesuit community who lived at of Clongowes Wood College, with a small amount of material on the College. This includes correspondence, maps, booklets and pamphlets, photographs, and articles on issues such as: the history of Clongowes Wood College ([1719]; 1809-1981); the Jesuit community - general administration, customs, finances, house histories and annual letters (1816-1989); College - prospectus, fees, pupils, sodalities, examinations, timetables and subjects, debating society, dramatics, teaching staff (1820-1964); photographs - chapels, students, community, exterior & interior, teaching staff (188[ ]-1977).

Clongowes Wood College SJ, County Kildare, 1814-

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

The Elements of Euclid Explain’d

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

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

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

Coláiste Iognáid, Galway

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

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

Coláiste Iognáid SJ, 1862-

Archbishop Christopher Butler manuscript book entitled ‘Instructions on Catechizing , & preaching also on The Sacraments of Marriage & Penance’

Manuscript book entitled ‘Instructions on Catechizing , & preaching also on The Sacraments of Marriage & Penance’ by ‘the Right Revd. in God Christopher Lord Arch-Bishop of Cashel & Primate of all Munster’ ‘To the Secular, & Regular Clergy of both his Dioceses, having care of Souls’. With notes in unknown hand on front cover: ‘Found or got by E. Hogan, S.J. circ. 1858’ and ‘15th Aug. 1737 E. Hogan, S.J.’. Also includes note stuck on to back cover ‘Christopher Butler A(rch)B(ishop) of Cashel for 45 y(ea)rs died in 1757 aged 84 y(ea)rs’.

Butler, Christopher, 1673-1757, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cashel

Fr Thomas Betagh

Catalogue online late 2023.

Betagh, Thomas, 1738-1811, Jesuit priest

Cardinal Marefoschi's visitation of the Irish College in Rome

Marefoschi, Mario Compagnoni, and Clement. 1772. Relazione della visita apostolica del Collegio Ibernese. Roma: Nella stamperia di Marco Pagliarini.

Publication concerning Cardinal Marefoschi's visitation of the Irish College in Rome presented to Pope Clement XIV. Includes a Papal document of 20 September 1773 placing the college in new hands (the Society had been suppressed the month before). Includes two short MSS bound into the text. The book is annotated in pencil by Fr Edmund Hogan SJ, with inserts by Fr John MacErlean SJ.

Marefoschi, Mario, 1714-1780, Roman Catholic Cardinal

Manuscript by Donncha Bán Ó Flionn of poems and songs

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

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

Fr Peter Kenney SJ

Catalogue online late 2024.

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

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.

Fr Peter Egan SJ

Catalogue online 2023.

Egan, Peter, 1789-1855, Jesuit brother

Br Thomas Carroll SJ

Obituary, written in Latin for Br Thomas Carroll SJ.

Carroll, Thomas, 1790-1866, Jesuit brother

Fr James Butler SJ

Notice of Fr James Butler SJ (from Dr Oliver's account, p 218).

Butler, James, 1790-1820, Jesuit priest

Fr John Curtis SJ

Catalogue online late 2021.

Curtis, John, 1794-1885, Jesuit priest

Fr Robert Haly SJ

Catalogue online late 2024.

Haly, Robert, 1796-1882, Jesuit priest

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

Fr John Grene SJ

Catalogue available 2023.

Grene, John, 1807-1887, Jesuit priest

Copy of letter from Cardinal di Pietro to Archbishop Troy stating that no surviving Irish ex-Jesuits are at liberty to dispose of their property

Copy of letter from Cardinal di Pietro to Archbishop Troy. States that neither Fr Callaghan nor any of the other surviving Irish ex-Jesuits are at liberty to dispose of their property in any other way but in favour of the Irish bishops. Refers to the claim that a Papal rescript exists, which re-establishes the Society of Jesus in the Kingdom of Ireland, in which case the property of ex-Jesuits would belong to the Society. Letter appears on the same document as a letter from Fr Thomas Betagh to Fr Stone.

Di Pietro, Michele, 1747-1821, Roman Catholic Cardinal

Letter from Archbishop Troy to Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ which details queries sent to the Holy See in relation to the suppressed Society

Letter from Archbishop Troy to Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ. Communicates to Stone the queries sent to the Holy See by the prelates of ‘this Kingdom’ in relation to the suppressed Society and to the administration of the property of the deceased members of the Society, specifically that of the late Fr Callaghan SJ. Includes transcription of replies received.

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

Copy of excerpt from Fr Marmaduke Stone’s reply to Archbishop Troy’s letter of 31 March 1808

Copy of excerpt from Fr Marmaduke Stone’s reply to Archbishop Troy’s letter of 31 March 1808. Expresses surprise and dismay at the latter’s actions and emphasises that his (Stone’s) letter to Troy was written in confidence. Claims that he knows of no ex-Jesuits who maintain that their Society is canonically re-established in the British Dominions. Refers to a ‘severe letter’ received by him from Cardinal Borgia in relation to the matter. This document also contains copies of correspondence between Cardinal di Pietro and Fr Stone, which are described separately.

Stone, Marmaduke, 1748-1834, Jesuit priest

Copies of a letter from Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ to Fr Mozzi at the Gesú in Rome

Two copies of a letter from Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ to Fr Mozzi at the Gesú in Rome. A note explains that ‘it being judged hazardous to direct it to Rome it was sent to Rotterdam in the autumn of 1808’ to be forwarded to the Fr General in St Petersburg. The subject is property belonging to the Society in Dublin (In Latin with small summary in English).

Stone, Marmaduke, 1748-1834, Jesuit priest

[Copy of] letter [to] Fr Charles Plowden SJ, The writer refers to ‘our friends in Palermo’

[Copy of] letter [to] Fr Charles Plowden SJ, The writer refers to ‘our friends in Palermo’, and states that ‘relying on F. Genl’s Gruber’s assurance’ he has educated ‘many Eng & Irish to form a future British [province]’. Refers to Archbishop Troy’s interference some years before, which resulted in an order from Cardinal Michele di Pietro that Fr Callaghan was bound to leave to Troy all the property of the extinct Society.

Copy of letter from Fr Gaetano Angiolini SJ to Fr Charles Plowden SJ and expresses his delight at the arrival in Palermo of the six novices sent by Plowden

Copy of letter from Fr Gaetano Angiolini SJ to Fr Charles Plowden SJ. Expresses his delight at the arrival in Palermo of the six novices sent by Plowden. Reports that Frs Glover and Kenney did very well in their theology exams, and claims that they are the two strongest students in that field. (In Italian).

Angiolini, Gaetano, 1748-1816, Jesuit priest

Copy of letter from Fr Peter Kenney SJ to Fr Charles Plowden SJ dealing with the misunderstanding surrounding the Pope’s supposed assent to the aggregation of Jesuits to Russia

Copy of letter from Fr Peter Kenney SJ to Fr Charles Plowden SJ. Deals with the issue of the misunderstanding surrounding the Pope’s supposed assent to the aggregation of Jesuits to Russia. Refers to the involvement of Fr Thomas Glover SJ, Fr Gaetano Angiolini SJ, Cardinal Gonsalvi, Fr Gabriel Grüber, the Emperor of Russia, and others. States that Fr Angiolini advises that some Irish novices should be sent over to Palermo to make their vows, and then sent back to Ireland, in order to ensure that the property of the Irish ex-Jesuits remained with the Society.

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

Copies of three letters from Fr Gaetano Angiolini SJ to Fr Charles Plowden SJ and discusses the six young Irish novices sent to Palermo, Italy

Copies of three letters from Fr Gaetano Angiolini SJ to Fr Charles Plowden SJ. Discusses the six young Irish novices sent to Palermo, and singles out Fr Peter Kenney SJ for special praise, as well as Fr Thomas Glover SJ. (In Italian and Latin).

Angiolini, Gaetano, 1748-1816, Jesuit priest

Copies of letters from Rome to English Province re: funds for Irish Jesuits

Copies of letters from Rome to English Province re. funds for Irish Jesuits. Includes letters from Frs. Angiolini, Tadeusz Brzozowski, de Zuñiga, and to Frs Marmaduke Stone, William Strickland. Also includes a copy of a letter from Patrick Aloysius Drinan in the Roman College, to Fr Kenn[e]y, on, amongst other subjects, Irish Jesuits in Rome. (In Latin, French and English)

Copy of letter from Cardinal di Pietro to Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ

Copy of letter from Cardinal di Pietro to Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ. Refers to the appeal made by the prelates of Ireland to Rome in relation to the will of the late Fr Richard Callaghan. Claims that the latter, according to an oath sworn on 23 August 1793, should have left his property to Fr Betagh, and not to Stone. Demands that Stone transmit to Rome an authentic copy of the Pope’s alleged rescript, by which Callaghan believed himself to legitimately free to dispose of the funds of the ex-Jesuits in favour of Stone (In Italian). Letter appears on same document as a copy of the reply to it from Fr Stone, and a copy of an excerpt of a letter from Fr Stone to Archbishop Troy.

Di Pietro, Michele, 1747-1821, Roman Catholic Cardinal

Fr Henry Rorke SJ

Catalogue available 2023.

Rorke, Henry J, 1810-1859, Jesuit priest

Copy of letter from Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ to Cardinal di Pietro – reply to the latter’s letter of 7 October 1809

Copy of letter from Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ to Cardinal di Pietro - reply to the latter’s letter of 7 October 1809. Refers to Archbishop Troy’s appeal to Rome in relation to the will of Fr Richard Callaghan, and reminds the Cardinal of the oath sworn by all English priests to renounce all pretensions of the Holy See to interfere in civil affairs within Great Britain. Also alludes to the dangers of such interference especially when the Holy See is subject to the rule of Napoleon Buonaparte. Discusses the will of Fr Callaghan in relation to the agreement made by Irish ex-Jesuits in 1793, and asserts that no promise was ever made to leave Jesuit property to the Irish prelates. (In Italian). Letter appears on same document as a copy of the one to which it replies, and a copy of an excerpt of a letter from Fr Stone to Archbishop Troy.

Stone, Marmaduke, 1748-1834, Jesuit priest

Note on Sir J. Coxe Hippisley and the Catholic question

‘Note on Sir J. Coxe Hippisley’. Recounts Sir Hippisley’s involvement in the Catholic question, and the ‘appendixes to his speech on the issue, which was rejected by the Jesuits at Stonyhurst’. Refers to some of his views, including his contention in relation to the transfer of Jesuit funds from England to Ireland.

Copy of letter from Fr Peter Kenney SJ in Palermo to Fr Thomas Glover SJ and expresses delight that the latter returned safely to Stonyhurst

Copy of letter from Fr Peter Kenney SJ in Palermo to Fr Thomas Glover SJ. Expresses delight that the latter returned safely to Stonyhurst. Reports the death of Cogan on 15 October. Reminds him to send a book for the Prince of Butera. Refers to the landing of French troops, the defence effort by the Sicilians, and the subsequent surrender of some French, and the flight of others back to Naples, upon the arrival of the British troops. States that Paccanari ‘has taken a wife & walks the streets of Rome with her with shameless effrontery.’ Expresses the fear that the Irish have complained of him (Kenney) ‘for having led F. Stone astray’.

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

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.

Copy of letter from Fr Gaetano Angiolini SJ to [ ] in which he refers to Lord George Cholmondely

Copy of letter from Fr Gaetano Angiolini SJ to [ ]. Refers to Lord George Cholmondely, Viscount Malpas, son of Count Cholmondely, who was sent to Palermo by his father the previous summer for medical reasons. Refers to Fr St Leger SJ and Fr Charles Aylmer SJ. (In Italian).

Angiolini, Gaetano, 1748-1816, Jesuit priest

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