Neil John Blayney Collection

Repository: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Identity Statement

TitleNeil John Blayney Collection
Archive ReferenceIE RCPI/NJB
Web Link to this Entryhttps://iar.ie/archive/neil-john-blayney-collection
Creation Dates1898-1919
Level of DescriptionFonds (The whole of the records, regardless of form or medium, organically created and/or accumulated and used by a particular person, family, or corporate body in the course of that creator's activities and functions). (Often, but not always, contiguous with an archives ‘collection’ ).
Extent Medium1 box

Context

Creator(s): Blayney, Neil John, 1874-1919

  • Administrative History ↴

    Neil John Blayney was born on 28 April 1874 in Cushendall, Co. Antrim, one of seven children to Alexander and Anne Jane Blayney. He attended St. Malachy’s College in Belfast. From there, Blayney went on to study at the Royal University of Ireland and subsequently at the Catholic University Medical School on Cecilia Street (which would later become the Medical Faculty of University College Dublin). On graduating in 1897, Blayney undertook an apprenticeship as House Surgeon at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Dublin for one year and subsequently returned to Belfast where he joined the Mater Infirmorum Hospital. He came from a maritime trading family and although none of the Blayney children pursued this career, shortly after his return to Belfast Neil John Blayney accepted a brief role as a ship’s Surgeon with the Pacific Steam Navigation Company. He returned to Ireland in 1899 and in early 1900, he took up what would be his substantive position for the rest of his life - Surgeon to the Queen’s County Infirmary, Maryborough (now Portlaoise, Co. Laois). During his tenure in the Queen’s County Infirmary, Blayney oversaw many improvements to the healthcare provision in the area and actively pursued funding for these endeavours – most notably, for the construction of a tuberculosis sanatorium in 1911, which burned down accidentally in November 1912. During the First World War years in Ireland, he served as a Medical Officer to the troops at Maryborough, concurrent with his role in Queen’s County Infirmary. Neil John Blayney married Eily Meehan, daughter of Patrick A. Meehan M.P, in 1916, with whom he had two children. He died from a suspected stroke in Maryborough in late February 1919, and is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.
  • Archival History ↴

    The collection was donated by Dr Neil J Brennan, grandson of Neil John Blayney, following the publication of his book on his grandfather's life.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴

    Donation

Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Blayney, Neil John, 1874-1919 ↴

    The collection contains the papers of Neil John Blayney. While it includes some personal items and ephemera, the substantive items in the collection relate to Neil John Blayney’s career at the Queen’s County Infirmary, as both County Surgeon and Medical Officer of troops. It provides an important insight into the career of a County Surgeon, based outside Dublin, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Accruals ↴

    No further accruals expected
  • Arrangement ↴

    Minimal Arrangement

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Access subject to the conditions laid out in the Heritage Centre Access Guidelines.
Conditions Governing ReproductionCopying of archive material is subject to the conditions laid out in the Heritage Centre Copying Guidelines.
Creation Dates1898-1919
Level of DescriptionFonds (The whole of the records, regardless of form or medium, organically created and/or accumulated and used by a particular person, family, or corporate body in the course of that creator's activities and functions). (Often, but not always, contiguous with an archives ‘collection’ ).
Extent Medium1 box
Finding Aids The collection list is available online. Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

There are no Allied Materials

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteCaoimhe Rehill, as part of the MA in Archives and Records Management course at UCD, with additions by Harriet Wheelock, RCPI Keeper of Collections
Date of DescriptionsMay 2021