Annie O’Farrelly Papers

Repository: National Library of Ireland

Identity Statement

TitleAnnie O'Farrelly Papers
Archive ReferenceIE DuNL MS/47,639-51
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1915-1980
Extent Medium1 box


Creator(s): O'Farrelly, Annie, b. 1901

  • Administrative History ↴

    Annie O'Farrelly was a member of the U.C.D. branch of Cumann na mBan and worked in the office of the Adjutant General, I.R.A. She took the anti-Treaty side in the Civil War, 1922-1923 and was subsequently imprisoned in Kilmainham Jail and North Dublin Union, along with her sister Rita. Afterwards, she continued her involvement with the Republican movement and worked at Republican newspaper, 'An Phoblacht'. She lived in Clontarf and Lower Sherriff Street, Dublin.
  • Archival History ↴

    Collection acquired by the National Library of Ireland in 1982
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: O'Farrelly, Annie, b. 1901 ↴

    This collection relates largely to O’Farrelly’s involvement with the Irish Republican Army and Cumann na mBan. The papers date predominantly from the 1920s to the 1950s and contain a large amount of O’Farrelly’s correspondence and correspondents include Sighle Humphreys, Richard Mulcahy, Frank Ryan and Peadar O’Donnell. Also included are letters sent by O’Farrelly to her family while a prisoner during the Irish Civil War, 1922-1923, as well as her prison diary. The collection includes photographs pertaining to the Republican movement and commemorations in the 1930s alongside letters concerning Republican newspaper, ‘An Phoblacht’ and a large amount of I.R.A. communiqués and Cumann na mBan documents. There is a substantial amount of material, including biographical accounts and newspaper cuttings, concerning I.R.A. Chief of Staff, Seán Russell. Also included are minutes of meetings for the Irish language group, An Grágaire, of which O’Farrelly was a member.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    The collection has no defined arrangement.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Access with a valid National Library of Ireland Readers Ticket.
Conditions Governing ReproductionReproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.
Creation Dates1915-1980
Extent Medium1 box
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids An item level catalogue is available online. Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

There are no Allied Materials

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteFiona Hughes
Rules/ConventionsNLI guidelines based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000, and Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)
Date of Descriptions41944