Munster Bank was established in 1864, and collapsed into voluntary liquidation in July 1885. William Shaw MP was Chairperson of the Bank and directors included Nicholas D. Murphy, Joseph McMullen, Francis Lyons, William Lumley Perrier, James H. Belton, Edmund G. Dease, W. Robert La Touche. At the time of its closing it had 41 branches including head office at 66 South Mall Cork and 2 in Dublin. The appointed liquidators were Robert Constable Hall, James Jeremiah Murphy and Frederick William Pim, and their solicitors were D & J Fitzgerald. The Munster and Leinster Bank was established in Sept. 1885 and it took over the remaining assets and liabilities of the Munster Bank in Nov. 1886.
Archival History ↴
Formerly held by Desmond Norton. Acquired by Archives at auction 2011.
Immediate Source Acquisition ↴
Content & Structure
Scope & Content: Munster Bank Ltd. Liquidators ↴
1. 7 Dec 1885 – 31 Jan 1889 Liquidation Minute Book recording proceedings of meetings of the liquidators, reports, general meetings, activities, and decisons made. (84pp)
2. October 1888 Dividends Outstanding ledger recording due dividends outstanding at 31 October 1888. Records for each branch name, address, amounts of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th dividends due, remarks. Many entries have the remark ‘Won’t Collect’ or ‘Set Off’ inserted. Branches listed include Head Office, Bandon, Bantry, Castletownbere, Charleville, Dunmanway, Fermoy, Macroom, Kinsale, Midleton, Mitchelstown, Newmarket, Queenstown, Skibbereen, and about 10 other branches mainly in Munster. (48ff) Also encl. affidavit by JM Fitzgibbon former assistant secretary of the Munster Bank Ltd.
3. 1882-1883 Report by the Directors of the Munster Bank Ltd, at 36th ordinary general meeting on 31 Dec 1882 (held at Assembly Rooms South Mall, Cork). Includes lists of directors, shareholders/proprietors, branches etc. (132pp)
4. Photocopy of ‘Moral Hazard and quasi-central banking: Should the Munster Bank have been saved?’, published article by Cormac O’Grada (2003).
Appraisal Destruction ↴
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Conditions of Access & Use
Open for research by appointment to those holding a current readers ticket.
Conditions Governing Reproduction
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National Library of Ireland: Report of Munster Bank Ltd. Directors 1884.
'Moral Hazard and quasi-central banking: Should the Munster Bank have been saved?', Article by Cormac O'Grada in 'Refiguring Ireland', Eds. D.Dickson and C.O'Grada, Dublin (2003)
Descriptive Control Area
ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
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