Barnacle, Papers relating to the Will of Annie

Repository: NUI Galway JHL

Identity Statement

TitleBarnacle, Papers relating to the Will of Annie
Archive ReferenceIE 2116/P011
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1942-1943
Extent Medium156 items, paper


Creator(s): Annie Barnacle

  • Administrative History ↴

    Annie Barnacle (nee Healy) was born in Galway in 1858, daughter of Patrick Healy, dealer, and Catherine Healy (nee Mortimer). Annie was educated at the Convent of Mercy, her two brothers, Thomas and Michael at the Patrician School. After school she became a seamstress and dressmaker, and married Thomas Barnacle on 27th January 1881, who was 12 years her senior. They lived in a number of houses until after 1896, when they settled a 4 Bowling Green, where Annie died at the age of 83 in 1940.
  • Archival History ↴

    These papers were donated to the James Hardiman Library in the 1970s.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Annie Barnacle ↴

    This collection consists of the legal papers relating to the application for an Order of Probate on the Will of Annie Barnacle, 4 Bowling Green, Galway, mother of Nora Barnacle. She died on 9th November 1940, and had made her will in 1936.
    Complications arose when the original of the will was misplaced, and the letters from Nora Barnacle and Miss Weaver to Kathleen Griffin reflect this search. The terse response from Nora Barnacle to her sister [P11/2] reflects the dire straits she was in at the time as a result of James Joyce’s death and the fact that she could not contact her daughter Lucia in France. Miss Weaver’s letter also reflects how the war impinged on their lives with the news of the arrest of Paul Leon [P11/1]. They have no knowledge of the whereabouts of the original of the will.
    The rest of the material relates primarily to the work of McDermott and Allen, solicitors for Kathleen Griffin, and their motion for an Order of Probate on the Will of Annie Barnacle. This includes dealing with the legal, medical and funeral costs, as well as the execution of the terms of the will. The material reflects the painfully slow legal process surrounding the case.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    The arrangement of the material reflects the different legal stages of the application for Probate, as well as keeping the legal correspondence relating to the case by McDermott and Allen together.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions The collection is accessible to all bone fide researchers, and subject to the conditions of access governing the consultation of archival material at the James Hardiman Library.
Conditions Governing ReproductionNo material may be reproduced from this collection without the written permission of the archivist, and reproductions are subject to the conditions of access.
Creation Dates1942-1943
Extent Medium156 items, paper
Material Language ScriptEnglish
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Allied Materials

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Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteKieran Hoare; Fergus Fahey
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions2000, Revised 2007