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Barry, Brendan, 1920-1972, Jesuit priest
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Correspondence between Fr Robert Nash SJ and Irish Fr Provincials

  • IE IJA J/300/4
  • File
  • 12 October 1936 - 30 August 1989
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

File of correspondence between Fr Robert Nash SJ and Irish Fr Provincials concerning his schedules of missions and retreats, publications, places of residence, donations and issues arising from his articles in the ‘Irish Press’. Also contains the censor’s report on an early pamphlet, ‘Not Yours’ and death notice and obituaries.

Correspondence between Vice-Provincial Brendan Lawler and the English Provincialate relating to Fr Leonard Sheil’s illness

Correspondence between Vice-Provincial Brendan Lawler and the English Provincialate in Mount Street, London, relating to Fr Leonard Sheil’s recall to the Irish Province due to his final illness. Includes:

  • letter from Irish Fr Provincial Brendan Barry SJ to Fr Thomas Dunphy SJ of Mount Street in which he states that Fr Sheil ‘…is beyond medical aid, since he has cancer of the liver. He is not confined to bed and – characteristically – he is all on for doing some work for God before he dies. Nevertheless it is obvious that his days at Farm Street have come to an end. I am therefore putting him in the Catalogus as withdrawn from Farm Street and stationed at the College of Industrial Relations, Sandford Road, Dublin 6. He went there from the nursing home last week and he is to stay there as long as his health allows. Please advise Father Corrigan that it seems best now to regard Father Sheil as no longer applied to the English Province or attached to Farm Street’ (19 Oct. 1967, 1p.) and
    – reply from Fr Dunphy to Fr Lawler – ‘I need hardly say how sorry we are about this, because he has been such a wonderful man. There is no doubt that he has done great work in the parish and has been deeply loved and respected by all who knew him. He was certainly a source of great edification to this community’ (22 Oct. 1967, 1p.).

Correspondence concerning Fr Leonard Sheil's return to Farm Street Church, London on mission work

  • IE IJA J/16/13
  • File
  • 17 April - 9 December 1966
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Correspondence concerning Fr Leonard Sheil's return to Farm Street Church, London on mission work. Includes:
– letter from Provincial Fr Brendan Barry SJ to Fr John Brooks SJ, Superior of the English Provincialate in Mount Street, London, offering the services of Fr Sheil for mission work amongst Irish immigrants. ‘I should let you know that last December Father Sheil had an operation for cancer in the intestine. However, he is in very good form again and is most anxious to take on plenty of work. His doctor wrote to me in January to say that it is quite possible that he may continue to have many years of useful activity’ (17 Apr. 1966, 1p.) and
– letter to the Provincial from Fr Sheil describing the week he spent working among the inmates in Wormwood Scrubs Jail. ‘There are 1,500 prisoners, 700 of them under 20. Of these youths, 81 are Catholic, 19 of them born in Ireland; 12 had not made First Confession, but all the Irish-born knew their religion. I was supplying for the prison chaplain R.C., an excellent man who spent 16 years of his life at Westminster Cathedral. But they tell me he doesn’t visit the cells. I did, 81 of them. It’s pathetic. And I got locked in twice, because if the cell door slams, there is no possible way of getting out till some warder changes (sic.) to come along’ (13 Jul. 1966, 2pp). Encloses a report he wrote for 'Chaplain’s Weekly' on ‘Farm St(reet) Hotel work’ describing the work of the chaplains in London bars, restaurants, residential clubs and hotels (11 Jul. 1966, 2pp).

Correspondence relating to the possibility of assistance being provided to save a Jesuit mission in Baghdad by members of the Irish Province

File of correspondence relating to the possibility of assistance being provided to save a Jesuit mission in Baghdad by members of the Irish Province. Includes letters between Irish Provincials Brendan Barry and Cecil McGarry and Fr John J. Donohue SJ, Superior of the Iraq Mission, St Joseph’s Residence, Baghdad, and Fr William G. Guindon SJ, Provincial of the New England Province of the Society.

Donohue, John, 1926-2022, Jesuit priest

Enquiry from Miss Zena M. Carns to concerning Fr Matthew Gahan SJ

A file relating to an enquiry from Miss Zena M. Carns, Stonyhurst Preparatory School, Hodder Place, Stonyhurst, Lancashire to Irish Fr Provincial Brendan Barry SJ concerning the re-establishment of the Catholic Church in the Isle of Man and Fr Matthew Gahan SJ. Includes a letter from Fr Francis Finegan SJ to Fr Barry answering the query and including copies of letters relating to Fr Gahan and the Isle of Man (24 July 1829 - 10 December 1838, 46pp).

Carns, Zena M, teacher

File relating to Fr Peter M Troddyn SJ

  • IE IJA J/421/1
  • File
  • 15 September 1933-27 November 1982
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

A file relating to Fr Peter M Troddyn SJ. Includes correspondence concerning his appointment as acting editor of 'Studies' following advice to Fr Roland Burke Savage SJ from his doctor to be relieved of this position (20 - 22 December 1967, 2 items). Includes correspondence concerning the publication of a manuscript by Fr Francis Finegan SJ 'The Jesuits in Ireland 1598-1773 (17 December 1973-13 December 1974, 6 items, and 6-15 March 1976, 3 items), correspondence concerning a memorial fund in honour of Dan Chambers, and ex pupil of Mungret who died in a car accident (December 1977 - 16 January 1978, 4 items). Including application to join the Society, correspondence with Irish Fr Provincials, memorial card and catalogue entries.

Foundation Fund established for Studies

A file relating to the Foundation Fund established for Studies. Includes memoranda explaining the origins of the Foundation Fund. Includes a letter from Irish Fr Provincial Brendan Barry SJ, 85 Eglinton Road, Dublin 4 to Fr Séan Ó Catháin SJ (Fr. Superior), 35 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin concerning shares in the Educational Company of Ireland that were settled on Fr Connolly in 1914 (then the Editor of Studies) as a foundation for Studies. Asks that this foundation be kept separate from the assets of 35 Lower Leeson Street (3 July 1968, 1p).

Fr Brendan Barry SJ

A file relating to biographical material on Fr Brendan Barry SJ, including reference to his death.

Barry, Brendan, 1920-1972, Jesuit priest

Fr Brendan Barry's observations on the Lay School and Apostolic School, Mungret College

A file containing Fr Brendan Barry's observations on the Lay School and Apostolic School, Mungret College. The notes include Fr Barry's concerns over the finances of the school. Fr Barry was superior of the Apostolic School from 1957 - 1959. The notes were compiled by Fr Redmnd F. Roche SJ who succeeded Fr Barry in 1959 and remained as Superior until 1967.

Fr Denis P Kennedy SJ

File relating to Fr Denis P Kennedy SJ which includes correspondence with Irish Fr Provincials and curia, and application to join the Society.

Kennedy, Denis P, 1909-1988, Jesuit priest

Fr Francis G Hennelly SJ

  • IE IJA J/507
  • File
  • 5 July 1930 - 13 February 1989
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

File containing papers relating to Francis Hennelly's admission to the Society of Jesus; his initial studies; family visits; time as a teacher at Clongowes Wood College; periods of residence at Mungret, County Limerick; St Ignatius College, Galway; Tullabeg, County Offaly; Gardiner Street, Dublin; ongoing illness and death.

Hennelly, Francis G, 1913-1989, Jesuit priest

Fr John C Kelly SJ

Material realting to Fr John C Kelly SJ including correspondence with Irish Fr Provincials and the curia (on his work in communciations and the media), personal record and application to join the Society.

Kelly, John C, 1917-1982, Jesuit priest

Fr Joseph Carlin SJ

  • IE IJA J/480
  • File
  • 11 December 1915 - 13 July 1988
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

File of correspondence between Fr Joseph Carlin SJ and his Irish Provincials covering his admission and ordination to the Society of Jesus, his time as a teacher at Belvedere College and his work from 1959-1988 in the Jesuit provinces of California, New Orleans and Missouri, United States of America.

Carlin, Joseph M, 1915-1988, Jesuit priest

Fr Peader MacSeumais SJ

  • IE IJA J/523
  • File
  • 18 April 1925 - 7 August 1996
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

File containing mainly material relating to Peader MacSeumais admission to the Society of Jesus and subsequent jubilees.

MacSeumais, Peadar, 1908-1996, Jesuit priest

Fr Sydney C Lennon SJ

  • IE IJA J/231
  • File
  • 7 August 1924-10 October 1979
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Material relating to which Fr Sydney C Lennon SJ includes correspondence with Irish Fr Provincials and curia, personal record and application to join the Society.

Lennon, Sydney C, 1906-1979, Jesuit priest and chaplain

Fr Thomas Fleming SJ

  • IE IJA J/498
  • File
  • 2 November 1930 - 5 March 1988
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Correspondence between Thomas Fleming and his Irish Fr Provincials during his professional life in China and in Australia.

Fleming, Thomas, 1897-1988, Jesuit priest

Fr Vincent Dennehy SJ

A file relating to Fr Vincent Dennehy SJ.

Dennehy, Vincent, 1899-1982, Jesuit priest

Fr William Hogan SJ

  • IE IJA J/186
  • File
  • 12 August 1930 - 24 February 1978
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Material relating to Fr William Hogan SJ, including admission details, catalogue entry, and correspondence with Irish Fr Provincial.

Hogan, William, 1912-1978, Jesuit priest

Letter from Dr William Cardinal Conway to Irish Fr Provincial relating to the development of the college at Maynooth

Letter from Dr William Cardinal Conway, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, to Irish Fr Provincial Brendan Barry SJ relating to the development of the college at Maynooth as an open centre for higher studies. Includes copy response from Fr Brendan Lawler SJ, Vice-Provincial.

Conway, William John, 1913-1977, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and cardinal

Letter from Irish Fr Provincial to Fr John Kerr SJ, Rector, Mungret College, Limerick concerning a letter received from Fr General and his concern over the problems of the Apostolic School

Letter from Irish Fr Provincial Brendan Barry SJ to Fr John Kerr SJ, Rector, Mungret College, Limerick concerning a letter received from Fr General and his concern over the problems of the Apostolic School and his wish to integrate the Lay and Apostolic students.

Barry, Brendan, 1920-1972, Jesuit priest

Letter from James MacSweeney, Chairman of the Catholic Housing Aid Society to Irish Fr Provincial

Letter from James MacSweeney, Chairman of the Catholic Housing Aid Society to Irish Fr Provincial Brendan Barry SJ. Expresses condolences on behalf of the Society on the death of Fr Thomas Scully SJ. Asks Fr Barry to appoint another Jesuit in Fr Scully’s place, and asks permission to name the flats to be built in Lower Gardiner Street after Fr Scully. Encloses the Society’s January 1968 newsletter (SOC/4) and a document entitled ‘Our Problem’ (SOC/5).

MacSweeney, James, chairman of the Catholic Housing Aid Society

Letter from Joseph Murphy, Marianella, Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin to Irish Fr Provincial following Fr Browne’s death

Letter from Fr Joseph Murphy C.S.Sp, Marianella, Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6, to Irish Fr Provincial Brendan Barry following Fr Browne’s death. States ‘Fr. Frank was a great chaplain and helped to build up the prestige of Catholic chaplains in the British army, which I and so many others were so fortunate to inherit.’ Also refers to Lord Nugent’s intended obituary of Fr Browne in the Irish Guards Association Journal.

Murphy, Joseph, Redemptorist priest

Letters and notes, mostly from Professor Patrick Fitzgerald concerning Fr Leonard Sheil’s’ cancer

  • IE IJA J/16/15
  • Item
  • 20 January 1966 - 24 February 1967
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Letters and notes, mostly from Professor Patrick Fitzgerald to Fr Leonard Sheil’s Superiors, concerning Fr Sheil’s’ cancer. Includes:

  • letters from Prof. FitzGerald (Fr Sheil’s surgeon) to Irish Fr Provincial Brendan Barry SJ, informing him of Fr Sheil’s condition (4 items);
  • letter from Fr Sheil (St. Mary’s Open-air Orthopaedic Hospital, Finglas, Dublin 11) to the Irish Fr Provincial, quoting Prof. FitzGerald’s opinion that it would ‘be better’ for Fr Sheil to get back to work, ‘physically, psychologically and morally!’ (2 Mar. 1966, 1p.) and
    – letter from Fr Sheil to Fr Brendan Lawler (Irish Fr Provincial’s Socius) seeking help in arranging his trip to Dublin to see Prof. FitzGerald (9 Feb. 1967, 1p.)

Fitzgerald, Patrick Alexis Martin, 1911-1978, surgeon

Letters concerning Fr Thomas Byrne SJ

  • IE IJA J/82/3
  • File
  • 28 July 1947-18 September 1978
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

A file of letters realting to Fr Thomas Byrne SJ. Includes a letter from Fr John L Swain SJ, Borgo S. Spirito, Rome to Irish Fr Provivnial Charles O'Conor SJ concerning an emergencvy operatiopn performed on Fr Byrne in Rome (22 December 1963, 1p); letter from Fr Bernard Lonergan SJ, Regis College, 3425 Bayview Avenue, Willowdale, Ontario, Canada to Fr Thomas Byrne SJ, thanking him for suggesting that Fr General be asked to allow Fr Lonergan more free time to write (21 Decmeber 1967, 1p).

Letters from Cardinal William Conway and from Dr James Fergus to Irish Fr Provincial

Letters from Cardinal William Conway, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, and from Dr James Fergus, Bishop of Achonry and Secretarius of the Irish Hierarchy, to Irish Fr Provincial Brendan Barry SJ in relation to a letter sent to the Irish Bishops seeking their views about how best the Society of Jesus is to serve the Church in Ireland. Dr Fergus expresses the opinion of the Bishops by writing, ‘..the Society could render no better service…than by a continuance and intensification of the activities in which it is at present engaged, having perhaps as a special aim the cultivation of a sense of social responsibility among the laity’ (16 October 1967).

Conway, William John, 1913-1977, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and cardinal

Material relating to Fr Geoffrey C Murphy SJ

  • IE IJA J/264/1
  • File
  • 18 June 1940 - 1 November 1985
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Material relating to Fr Geoffrey C Murphy SJ which includes correspondence relating to his life in Malaysia, correspondence with Irish Fr Provincials and curia, personal record and application to join the Society.

Material relating to Fr John Mallin SJ

  • IE IJA J/240/1
  • File
  • 11 July 1924 - April 1977
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

File of material relating to Fr John Mallin SJ including short CVs (1942; 1965; 1974), documents regarding entry to the Society (details of baptism and medical reports), medical reports, small number of letters written from Germany by Fr Mallin (1963-66) and Spain (1973-74) and obituary from the 'Irish Province News' (April 1977).

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.

Material relating to Fr Michael Moloney SJ

  • IE IJA J/252/1
  • File
  • 15 June 1931-2 July 1984
  • Part of Irish Jesuits

Material relating to Fr Michael Moloney SJ which includes correspondence describing his work in Australia and Zambia and includes correspondence with Irish Fr Provincials and curia, personal record and application to join the Society.

Photocopy of photograph of the Jesuits at tertianship, Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin

Photocopy of photograph of the Jesuits at tertianship, Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin.
4th: John FitzGerald, Brendan Barry, Henry Aerts (Belg. Sept), Denis Carroll;
3rd: Edmund Toveki (Hung), Ignatius Vergara (Chile), Paddy Kelly, Raymund Swords (Nov. Angl), Marcella le Maire ((Belg. Merid);
2nd: Stephen Redmond, Sean O’Connor, Raymund Larrin (Chile), Daniel McGuire (Maryl), John Fazekas (Hung);
1st: Francis X Bossuyt (Belg. Sept), Charles Serei (Hung), Eddie FitzGerald, John Neary (Instructor), Seamus Doris, Janarius Chinchilla (Amer. Cent), John Stoisser (Austr).

Photographs in the possession of Fr Paddy Meagher SJ

Photographs in the possession of Fr Paddy Meagher SJ (1917-2005). Fr Eddie O'Donnell SJ notes ‘Not all enclosed photographs were taken by Fr Browne’ (May 2017). Many are of Emo Court (dated 7, 21 and 27 May 1967, February 1968) and later therefore not taken by Fr Frank Browne SJ. Some have on reverse ‘Lorna Madden, Artist Photographer, 50 Highfield Park, Dundrum Road, Dublin, Irish Times, Studio M or Lensman.
Photographs of Irish Jesuits including:
Kieran Barry-Ryan;
Patrick Cusack;
Peter Doyle;
Michael Erraught;
Michael P Gallagher (1957);
Patrick Gannon;
John Hannon;
Brendan Hyland;
John Joy;
Tony McSheara;
John Maguire;
Br Matthews;
Paddy Meagher;
Leon O'Giollain;
Michael O'Sullivan;
Liam O’Hara;
Stephen Ryan;
Charles Scantlebury;
William White;

Jean-Baptiste Janssen SJ;
Jerry Headfort, Elsie, Michael and Lord Henry Taylor - Michael’s coming of age (Easter 1953);
Crescent College, Limerick, 1957, with Ray Quilligan (front, centre) who was a Jesuit scholastic and two to his right - Fr Billy Carroll SJ (RIP) by Egleston Bros, Limerick (1957);
Clongowes Wood College Irish Class, 1956-1957;
Ciary Quirke ordination (1968) with John Murphy kneeling and Michael Gallagher waiting for a blessing. Paddy Doyle in background, left;
Fr Philip Fogarty SJ giving a blessing to Fr Cecil McGarry SJ (1971);
Fr Paddy Cusack SJ with novices;
Fr Joe Dargan SJ with novices;
Milltown Park grounds. Library and ordinations, with Archbishop John Charles McQuaid;
Br McAuley, Frs Brendan Barry, Charlie O'Conor, Hebert Dargan, Pedro Arrupe, John Russell, John Byrne and John Kerr;
St Mary’s, Emo, Laois – grounds;

Photographs damaged by damp
Mr Frank Browne SJ as a scholastic novice;
Mr Frank Browne with family (Uncle Robert, Bishop of Cloyne);
Robert L. Stephenson, Frank Browne, William Prendergast, William Hogan and Richard Maguire;
George Byrne;
Hugh Kelly;
William Gwynn;
Haymaking;
Wood carving;
Italian Jesuits - science;
Belvedere Villa group, Kerry, 1910;

Jesuits at Emo 1946:
Fred Cuffe, Donal O'Sullivan, Michael Garraghy, Patrick Gannon, Stephen Bartley, Frank Browne, Thomas Byrne, William Prendergast;

John Hannon, Thomas Byrne and Jerome Mahony at Emo, 1946;

Jesuits at Emo, 1946: Frank Browne, Fred Cuffe, Brendan Brennan, William Prendergast, Thomas Byrne, Richard Maguire, William Hogan, John Hannon, Stephen Bartley;

Meagher, Patrick, 1917-2005, Jesuit priest