Diarmaid L. Fawsitt Archive Section 1 Desc. List.

Descriptive List of the Personal Archive of Diarmaid L. Fawsitt

PR81/1/6 Legal Career (1928 – 1956)

Reference: PR81/1/6/B/3/04 Date: 1926 - 1934 Title:

3 May in a Supreme Court matter for the Controller of Industrial and Commercial Property. (11 May 1935) (iii) Letter from Conor Maguire, Attorney General, to Fawsitt, conveying his thanks to all counsel in the ‘troublesome case’ of Little & Ors v. Cooper & Ors (Moy Fishery), just ended. (28 March 1936) [envelope present]

General Legal Correspondence (Arthur Cox & Co)


Extent: 129 items


Scope and Content: File of legal correspondence between Fawsitt and Arthur Cox & Co, generally relating to work carried out by Fawsitt for the firm. Many of the letters in the present file relate to fees, requests to call or meet, and drafting documents or settling matters, such as wills, agreements, and conveyances. The items have been arranged chronologically (larger correspondence on single matters has been placed in discrete files in this sub-series: PR81/1/6/A/3/01-03). Items include the following: Letter from Arthur Cox to Diarmiad (sic) Fawsitt, IIDA, thanking him for his letter of sympathy (23 February 1926). Letter from Cox to Fawsitt asking ‘were you able to do anything about the papers which i gave you the other day for the German Counsul?’. (7 December 1929) Post card in Irish signed ‘E’, Dun Blathnaid, Cillin Ri an Domhnaigh, Corcaigh, to Fawsitt. It states ‘Is linn fein an Dun seo. Ag diol tobac is milsean a bim anois’. Post card has business address of M Saunders & Sons, Friars’ Walk Nurseries, Cork. (13 February 1930) [no clear link to Arthur Cox & Co, but found with legal correspondence] 5 items relating to title in the matter of Bibby to Swanton concerning property in the Carberry estate (2-11 August 1930). 8 items relating to tariff on butter (17 November - 13 December 1930) [*cross reference PR81/1/5/TBC re Butter tariff Commission 1930] 5 items relating to Hynes & another versus Lucan Spa Hotel (11 August - 26 September 1932) 7 items relating to matter of Carton v Sheeran regarding dissolution of a partnership (18 March - 29 June 1933) Letter from Cox to Fawsitt regarding assignment of title from the Earl of Clonmel to Mr Judd (24 August 1933; No.s 41/42 Mary Street; see also 26 August 1933) At the back of the file there is an envelope addressed to Arthur Cox, covered in ms notes, and a copy of The Legal Diary, April 1933.

Reference: PR81/1/6/B/5

Date: 1929 - 1932 (1924, 1938)

Title: Level:

Little, O hUadhaigh & Pound, Solicitors

Extent: 17 items


Scope and Content: Small file relating to Fawsitt’s work with or on behalf of Little, O hUadhaigh and Pound, Solicitors, 12 Dawson Street, Dublin. Present are letters relating to the following matters:

Companies Acts and TF Clarke Ltd (1924) New Ireland Assurance Co Ltd and Drago Dean’s Grange Joint Burial Board Arbitration Rheinhardt v Dublin Corporation Lawlor deceased (Sandys v Lawlor) Siemans Schuckert (Ireland) Ltd v Farrell

Reference: PR81/1/6/B/6

Date: 1928 - 1931

Title: Level:

Coleman O’Dea & Co, Auctioneers and Valuers

Extent: 15 items


Scope and Content: File, mainly comprised of correspondence, documenting Fawsitt’s work with Coleman, O’Dea & Co Ltd, Auctioneers, Valuers, House and Estate Agents, 4 Lower Abbey Street, Dublin. Most of the correspondence relates to a proposed insurance indemnity scheme for depreciation in house property. Fawsitt’s letter of 1 December 1928 encloses two opinions by him regarding the scheme. Also present is a letter of 19 August 1928 from Coleman, O’Dea & Co to Fawsitt regarding a case involving the Irish Life Assurance Company. Also present are some rough notes by Fawsitt and the following printed matter: Booklet, Mid-Month Review of Business, A Survey of Conditions in Trade and Industry, August 17 1928 (American Exchange Irving Trust Company) Leaflet, The Yorkshire Insurance Company Ltd (House Purchase and Life Assurance)

Reference: PR81/1/6/B/4

Date: 1935 - 1936

Title: Level:

Attorney General Conor Maguire

Extent: 3 items


Scope and Content: Small file containing correspondence between Fawsitt and Conor Maguire, Attorney General. Includes the following: (i) Letter from Conor Maguire, Attorney General, to Diarmuid Fawsitt, informing him that ‘in view of your attitude towards prosecutions before the Constitution (Special Powers) Tribunal, it is not my intention to brief you to represent me or any Department of State in future’. (10 May 1935) (ii) Rough copy of letter from Fawsitt to the Attorney General, in response to his of 10 May. Fawsitt regretfully accepts his decision but reserves the right to comment on his letter. He explains that he expressed view regarding the Tribunal to Mr Phillip O’Donoghue, the Attorney’s General’s assistant, in a private conversation when they met by chance on Dawson Street. O’Donoghue subsequently invited Fawsitt to his office where he obtained ‘in his official capacity... an expression of my “attitude”’ towards prosecutions before the said tribunal’. Fawsitt notes that the Attorney general briefed him on

Leaflets, Friends’ Provident and Century Life Office and House Purchase Leaflet, Expert Appraisal, Matthew Marshall & Co, Valuers, Glasgow Sheet from The Financial Times, Monday, 3rd September, 1928



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