Sophie O'Brien Descriptive List (Ref. PR25)


The papers contain personal insights into some of the political, social, and economic events of the 1880-1920 period, in particular an insight into the new Catholic Irish political élite. The background, character and opinions of Sophie O'Brien and those of her husband are well documented in the papers. The material in particular provides information on the political activities of William O'Brien and his associates during his work as a journalist, as a nationalist M.P., and as a leader of the Irish National Land League, the United Irish League and the All For Ireland League, as well as documenting his later views on Ireland’s role during the 1 st World War, and on Home Rule and partition. Sophie O'Brien’s writings, correspondence, and published articles are an informative source for social history and womens’ history.


4 main sections as follows. A: Writings

B: Correspondence C: News clippings I:

By Sophie O’Brien



D: Photographs

Allied Materials:

Related Material: CCCA: U.289 Mitchelstown Riots material. U.163 Padraig O’Hickey Papers, relating to eviction U.275 Douglas Branch of Irish National League, Minutes. U.326 Letters of the Bartlemy Branch United Irish League U.139 Ryan Purcell Estate Papers U.99 Smith Barry Rents Elsewhere: Boole Library, University College Cork: William O’Brien MSS

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