Diarmaid L. Fawsitt Archive Section 1 Desc. List.

Descriptive List of the Personal Archive of Diarmaid L. Fawsitt

PR81/1/6/B Files on Legal Cases, Matters, and Subjects (1929 – 1942)

Reference: PR81/1/6/A/4

Date: 1927 - 1928

Title: Level:

Call to the Bar

Extent: 29 items


Reference: PR81/1/6/B

Date: 1929 - 1942

Scope and Content: Call to the Bar. Small file consisting mainly of twenty-two letters and telegrams of congratulation on Fawsitt’s passing his final examinations and being called to the bar. Other items are printed and published matter, includding newscuttings, containing notice of Fawsitt’s being called to the Bar. The file opens with a telegram of congratulations from Murphy, Glounthane (27 October 1927) and a letter of congratulations from Liam de Roiste (31 October 1927). All other items, however, are from June 1928. Other items include: telegram from Fred and Mary Slattery (1 June 1928); letter from ‘J.C.D.’ Post Office, College Road, Cork, forwarding cheque (2 June); letter from Maurice O’Connor, Solicitor, expressing pleasure at Fawsitt’s being called to the bar ‘so promptly as this week’ (12 June 1928); letter from Liam de Roiste, suggesting Fawsitt contact Mick Harrington, ‘the “Examiner” man in Dublin’ (13 June); letter from Michael H Murphy, Irish National Teachers’ Organization [sic], Glounthane, Co Cork (15 June); letter from Donal (Cork Industrial Development Association to ‘Dear Boss’ (21 June); letter from Alice Ginnell, Belsize Park (London) (27 June); letter from J McCann, St Anne’s, Rock Ferry [New York] (28 June). Printed matter includes the following: The Legal Diary, 27 and 28 June 1927 Notice, King’s Inns, Trinity Term, 1928, regarding of admittance of lsited students, including Fawsitt, to the degree of Barrister-at-Law Newscuttings, Evening Herald (13 June 1928); Irish Independent (14 June 1928); The Cork Examiner (18 June 1928); Ts resume/press release ‘New Barrister-at-Law, Career of Mr Diarmaid Fawsitt, of “St Petroc”, Stillorgan, Co Dublin’, containing a summary of Fawsitt’s career to date. 6 copies, with ms notes.

Title: Level:

Files on Legal Cases, Matters, and Subjects

Extent: TBC


Scope and Content: Files relating to specific cases, matters, or subjects. These include files on Fawsitt’s work on specific cases, such as the appeal in the Rosmuck Murder Trial, the formation of the Sea Fisheries Association of Saorstat Eireann Limited, dealings with Arthur Cox & Co, and other firms professional firms. Also present are ms books of detailed notes on particular cases kept by Fawsitt [*reference numbers].

Reference: PR81/1/6/B/1

Date: 1929

Title: Level:

Rosmuck Murder Trial Appeal

Extent: 17 items


Scope and Content: File, Attorney General v Annie Walsh and Martin Joyce, appeal in the Rosmuck Murder trial. Mrs Annie Walsh and Martin Joyce were convicted of the murder of Daniel Walsh, her husband, of Rockmuck, Co Galway, on or about 30 May 1928. An appeal on legal grounds was rejected, leave to appeal to the Supreme Court was refused, and 9 August 1929 was fixed as the date of execution. Fawsitt was involved in the appeal of Annie Walsh, and petition for clemency, working with Mr Patrick D O’Grady, solicitor, and with Mr Gavan Duffy SC as senior. The file consists of correspondence between Fawsitt and Deputy Sean Tubridy and others regarding fees, copies and drafts of petitions on behalf of Walsh and Joyce, and notes on the case, includng draft questions for Deputy Tubridy. Items include the following: Letter from Seamus O’Doherty, 30 Claude Road, Dublin, to Fawsitt, explaining ‘I think you will find that in Connemara... an Irish speaker does not mean he did an act, which he says “no body saw him do”. He means rather “how can anyone blame a person or hold a person guilty of an act if he did not see it done”... The Irish mind is a direct mind and does not hold by circumstantial evidence. The judge on the other hand fastened on this phrase as if it were an acknowledgement of guilt!’. (8 July 1929. [Envelope present, with 2d Daniel O’Connell centenary of Catholic Emancipation stamp]) Letter from Tubridy to Fawsitt, beginning ‘you had hard luck in the appeal. I did not know until late last night that it had failed’. The letter also makes reference to the petition and to fees owed. (25 July 1929) Copy letter from Fawsitt to Tubridy referring to ‘the granting of the reprieve’ and costs incurred and fees owed (20 August 1929) Letter from Patrick D O’Grady, Solicitor, 43, Mary Street, Dublin, to Fawsitt, forwarding cheque ‘re the famous Rosmuck trial’. (27 December 1929) Printed copies of Petitions of Annie Walsh and of Martin Joyce to James McNeill, Governor-General. One copy of each petition contains signatures of petitioners. Mercy is sought in the case of Walsh and commutation of the death sentence in the case of Joyce. Other printed copies of the petitions, and ts draft petitions in favour of Walsh are also present. Also present are legal notes mainly relating to the questioning of witnesses and evidence in the case. Notes include a ts statement of grounds of appeal for Annie Walsh.

Reference: PR81/1/6/A/5

Date: 1938

Title: Level:

Senior Counsel

Extent: 2 items


Scope and Content: File containing letter from the Irish Government to Fawsitt, granting him the right of precedence within the Bar [appointing him senior counsel], signed by Taoiseach Eamon de Valera, and embossed with national seal [in Irish. English copy present]. 9 December 1938.



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