Minihan Family Photographic Collection

Repository: Galway County Council Archives

Identity Statement

TitleMinihan Family Photographic Collection
Archive ReferenceIE GCCA GP8
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1890-1980
Extent Medium36 items


Creator(s): Minihan family

  • Administrative History ↴

    Little is known about the Minihan family, though from the collection it might be assumed that they originated from Southampton in England as the collection holds photographs of Minihans from there. From the collection it was established that the family lived at one point in Kill, Co. Kildare, where John Minihan was based with the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC). His service number may have been 56373 or 71488. The 1911 census shows that John, originally from Co. Cork, was a Roman Catholic member of the RIC living in Newbridge, Co. Kildare with his wife Margaret, a native of Co. Galway, together with two children, Bridget Mary aged 2 and Annie Attracta 7 months old. It is possible the family moved to Galway in the early 1920s when the RIC was disbanded. Given the number of photographs of Fahys in the collection perhaps Margaret’s maiden name was Fahy. Most of the information regarding the photographs was obtained from annotations on the back of each.
  • Archival History ↴

    Material donated to Galway County Council Archives in 2008 when the family was clearing out a former family home in Nun's Island, Galway
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Minihan family ↴

    The collection consists of family photographs of the Minihan family, most of which date from about the 1890s to 1940s, though there are some later ones up to 1980. Includes photographs of several priests, such as a black & white formal double mounted studio portrait photograph of a seated young priest, annotated on the reverse ‘Fr Michael Minihan , Philippines, Redemptorist’, and of RIC officers, several of the subjects are Minihan or Fahy family members though many are unidentified.

    Where possible the name of the photographer/photographic studio is given.

    The date for the photographs in some instances is estimated.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    Limited items – no arrangement applicable

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Available by appointment. Unrestricted access. The material in this collection is available to all bona fide researchers by appointment only, and subject to the conditions of access governing the consultation of archival material at Galway County Council Archives.
Creation Dates1890-1980
Extent Medium36 items
Finding Aids Electronic catalogue Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Related MaterialThe National Library of Ireland holds a small collection of letters from Fr. Michael Minihan, of Galway, mainly to his mother, see Ms.22,451.

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NotePatria McWalter
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions2010