Éamonn Duggan Papers

Repository: National Library of Ireland

Identity Statement

TitleÉamonn Duggan Papers
Archive ReferenceIE leDuNL MS/ 49,835
Web Link to this Entryhttps://iar.ie/archive/iamonn-duggan-papers
Creation Dates1913-1968
Extent Medium4 boxes


Creator(s): Duggan, Éamonn (1874–1936)

  • Administrative History ↴

    Éamonn Duggan, Republican, politician and solicitor. Éamonn Duggan was born on 2 March 1878 in Richhill, County Armagh. After leaving school he worked as a law clerk and became involved in politics after he qualified as a solicitor and set up a practice at 66 Dame Street in Dublin. He was a supporter of Sinn Féin and fought in the 1916 Rising. For his involvement in the Rising he was sentenced to three years penal servitude and was interned in Maidstone, Portland and Lewes prisons. He returned to Dublin in 1917 and continued his career as a solicitor. He was elected to the First Dáil Éireann as a Sinn Féin TD for South Meath following the 1918 general election. Duggan engaged in the War of Independence (1919-1921) with the role as the IRA’s Director of Intelligence and was imprisoned again in November 1920. He was released in July 1921, during the Anglo-Irish Truce and Duggan was authorised as one of the five envoys to discuss and finalise the treaty with British Prime Minister David Lloyd George. After the post treaty government, Duggan was appointed Minister for Home Affairs and became the Parliamentary Secretary for the Executive Council and for the Minister for Defense. In 1933 he was elected to the Seanad and was chairman of the Dún Laoghaire Borough Council until his death on 6 June, 1936.
  • Archival History ↴

    This collection was purchased by the National Library of Ireland in 1988
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Duggan, Éamonn (1874–1936) ↴

    Papers of Éamonn (Edmund) Duggan reflecting his participation in the Easter Rising, his subsequent imprisonment in Mountjoy, Portland and Lewes prisons, his involvement in Sinn Féin on his release in 1917 and his successful canditature for the Meath South constituency in the 1918 General Election. The collection consists for the most part of Duggan’s correspondence with his fiancée, later wife, May Duggan (née Kavanagh) written during his imprisonment and the 1918 General Election campaign, however, it also includes photographs of Duggan, his political associates and family members, fragmentary ephemera relating to his time in London as part of the Irish delegation during the Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations in 1921, his career as a Teachta Dála and some personal papers of his wife and son Gerard.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    I. Irish Volunteers and the Easter Rising. II. Political career with Sinn Féin and Cumann na nGaedhael. III. Photographs and sketches. IV. Personal and family papers. V. Printings. VI. Other Papers.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Access with a valid National Library of Ireland reader's ticket.
Conditions Governing ReproductionReproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.
Creation Dates1913-1968
Extent Medium4 boxes
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 Descriptions42125