Diarmaid L. Fawsitt Archive Section 1 Desc. List.

Descriptive List of the Personal Archive of Diarmaid L. Fawsitt

PR81/1/5 Industrial Development and Trade (1920s-1930s)

Reference: PR81/1/5/A/04

Date: 17 Jan 1922 - 4 Dec 1925

Reference: PR81/1/5/A/08

Date: 26 January 1926 - 11 January 1932

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Joint Committee of Irish Ireland Societies/Com-Choiste na gCumann nGaedealach

Irish International Trading Corporation (Cork)

Extent: 145 items

Extent: 11 items



Scope and Content: File of correspondence between Fawsitt and the Irish International Trading Corporation (Cork) Ltd, 6 Lapp’s Quay, Cork City. Letters concern trade and business matters, including commissions carried out by Fawsitt in America (list of ‘American Addresses’, mainly import export businesses, present). There is also a letter regarding army contracts (10 Jan 1923), and sourcing of items in Dublin (4 Dec 1925). The file includes five letters from Liam de Roiste, (Secretary of the Corporation). In his of 17 January 1922, he discusses ‘”the rigging” of the S.F. organisation in Cork’. He names the prime movers as Donal Og (O’Callaghan), Sean Nolan, Florrie Donoghue, Joe O’Connor, Commandant Tomas Barry, and Denny Barry, Police Chief. He notes that the Sinn Fein’s ‘political argument... is that the fight is between “the Republic” and Dominion Home Rule”’. He suggests that [Michael] Collins issue a statement on banking and finance, in response to rumours. In a letter of 4 September 1922 de Roiste informs Fawsitt that Cork Corporation has just decided to rebuild City Hall and municipal buildings on the same site.

Scope and Content: File consisting primarily of minutes, meeting papers, and other documentation of the Com-Choiste na gCumann nGaedealach/Joint Committee of Irish Ireland Societies, of which Fawsitt was a committee member. Societies present at the Joint Committee’s first conference 18 Apr 1927) included the GAA, Dublin Industrial Development Association (represented by Fawsitt), Cumann na Comoguidheachta, Gaedhil na Gaillimhe, Cumann na nOg, An Comhar Dramuiochta, Cuige Iladh, An Fainne, and Conradh na Gaedhilge (the Gaelic League). The Gaelic League hosted and supported meetings of the joint committee. Much of the file concerns a national appeal for 24,000 half-crowns to found ‘An Irish- Ireland Weekly Paper’, held under the auspices of the GAA and Gaelic League. Several copies of a leaflet regarding the appeal are present, in which Fawsitt is named as one of three national treasurers. The leaflet is bi-lingual, and many of the items on the file are in Irish. The file is arranged as follows: 1-122: Dated minutes, papers, and correspondence. These include First (1927-28) and Second (1928- 29) Treasurers’ reports (items 62 and 92). Ts copies of Saoghal Gaedhealach/Irish Irish News, for release as a press release, occur within this section (eg, item 8). Items 121 and 122 are letters to Fawsitt from An Caman ‘the Organ of Irish Ireland’. Items 123 to 139 are printed matter, including Constitution of Co Cavan Irish-Ireland Joint Committee (123); Joint Committee Clar Oibre/Programme of Work (124; undated); copies of resolutions, undated ts copies of The Irish Ireland News; Sub-committee report on An Irish-Ireland Weekly Journal (130); Notice, Fleadh na Comhdala (131); multiple copies of brochure for National Appeal for 24,000 half- crowns to found an Irish-Ireland weekly paper (132); Joint Committee account of amounts raised by county (137); form letter asking parties to assist in the work of the Joint Committee (138; undated);

Reference: PR81/1/5/A/05

Date: 1932 - 1934

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Cork Chamber of Commerce

Extent: 6 items


Scope and Content: Letters to Fawsitt from the Cork Chamber of Commerce (Cumann Tractala Chorcaighe), 35, St Patrick’s Street, Cork. Includes standard letters regarding annual general meetings and election of officers, and papers for meetings of the Association of Chambers of Commerce of the Irish Free State (May 1934). A letter of 29 November 1932 expresses the Chamber’s sympathies to Fawsitt on the death of his brother.

Reference: PR81/1/5/A/06

Date: No date

form letter from The Central European Observer, Prague, seeking subscriptions. Item 140 is a set of 7 newscuttings, generally containing Irish-Ireland notes or news.

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Federation of Irish Industries

Extent: 1 item

Also present is some rough and loose matter, including two receipts (141-42); notes on Press Bureau appointments and committee (143); and 7 pages of rough notes regarding the Press Bureau and fundraising (144). The final items present are two blank pieces of Conradh na Gaeilge/Gaelic League stationery (145).


Scope and Content: File containing a circular letter from Nugent T Everard, President, the Federation of Irish Industries (Incorporated), Grafton Chambers, 102-103 Grafton Street, Dublin, setting out its position as a basis for discussion on ‘the fiscal problems at present urgent in Ireland’. The letter advocates for Government action to protect Irish industries. There are ms notes on the back of many pages of the letter. 4pp

Reference: PR81/1/5/A/09

Date: 10 May 1929 - 30 September 1930

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An Tailteann

Extent: 24 items

Reference: PR81/1/5/A/07

Date: January 1923


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Scope and Content: File of papers of the Industrial Exhibition Committee of an t-Aonach Tailteann (Tailteann Union) for the holding of an all-Irish Industries Exhibition at the RDS in Dublin in 1931. The committee was administered by Tailteann offices at 14 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin (headed paper refers to the Tailteann Games). Includes a letter, dated 31 May 1929, from C Gifford Wilson, Secretary, An Tailteann, to Fawsitt, confirming that all the Cork representatives were summoned to the meeting of 28 (May). On 30 September, Fawsitt was elected secretary of the committee in place of Mr Wickham, who resigned. Also present is a report of the Special Committee of the Royal Dublin Society (RDS), concluding that ‘the time is not yet opportune’ for holding such an exhibition successfully.

Eire Og - Young Ireland

Extent: 2 items


Scope and Content: Letters to Fawsitt from Sean Milroy, Editor, ‘Young Ireland’, regarding termination of the publication on the winding up of the estate of the late President Griffith. In his letter of 1 January 1923, Milroy invites Fawsitt to a meeting to discuss launching a new journal to replace Young Ireland as standing ‘wholeheartedly by the Treaty position’ (others invited listed). In his of 7 January, Milroy reports that the meeting agreed to commence publication of a new paper called The United Irishman, and asks Fawsitt to assist in financing it.



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