Éamon Martin was a founding member of Fianna Éireann and attended the inaugural Fianna meeting in Dublin on 16 August 1909. He later became Fianna Chief of Staff. Martin was involved in the organisation of the Howth and Kilcoole gun-running events of 1914 and was Commandant of the Dublin Brigade during the 1916 Easter Rising. On Easter Monday 1916, Martin was tasked with attacking the Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park. This was intended to act as both a source of weaponry and to signal the start of the Rising. After this attack, Martin was shot and injured during fighting near Broadstone Station, Church Street. Martin was also involved in smuggling Éamon DeValera out of Ireland to attend the Irish Race Convention in Paris, 1922. In later life, Martin's focus was on organising commemorations and memorials for those involved in the activities of 1916-1922, and on promoting an accurate history of events surrounding Fianna Éireann and Easter 1916.
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Scope & Content: Martin, Éamon, 1892-1971 ↴
The Éamon Martin Papers consist of correspondence, articles, newscuttings, and pamphlets concerning events surrounding the establishment of Fianna Éireann and the lead up to the 1916 Easter Rising. This collection relates largely to correcting published histories and other narratives about the events of 1909-1916.
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The collection is arranged as follows: I. Papers relating to the 1916 Rising II. Papers relating to Na Fianna Éireann III. Correspondence IV. Newspaper cuttings V. Publications VI. Papers relating to individual member of Na Fianna Éireann
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Reproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.
There are additional papers relating to Éamon Martin in the Department of Manuscripts of the National Library of Ireland, see MS 42,131 and MS 42,207-11.
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NLI 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)
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