Papers of Éamonn and Áine Ceannt and of Kathleen and Lily O’Brennan

Repository: National Library of Ireland

Identity Statement

TitlePapers of Éamonn and Áine Ceannt and of Kathleen and Lily O'Brennan
Archive ReferenceIE leDuNL MS/ 13,069-13,070; 41,478–41,522
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1851-1953
Level of DescriptionFonds
Extent Medium17 boxes (284 folders)


Creator(s): Ceannt, Éamonn, 1881-1916 Ceannt, Áine, 1880-1954

  • Administrative History ↴

    Éamonn Ceannt was born in County Galway in 1881. He was a founder member of the Irish Volunteers and was a signatory to the Proclamation of Independence. He commanded the 4th Battalion of the Irish Volunteers at South Dublin Union during Easter Week. He was executed in Kilmainham Gaol on 8 May 1916. Áine Ceannt (née O’Brennan) was born in Dublin and married Éamonn Ceannt in 1905. A member of Cumann na mBan, Áine was also active during the Rising. Dedicated to the Republican cause, she worked for the Volunteer Dependent’s Fund and supported the Anti-Treaty side in the Irish Civil War. She was also active in the Irish White Cross. She died in 1954. The couple had a son, Ronan, who qualified as a solicitor.
  • Archival History ↴

  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Ceannt, Éamonn, 1881-1916 Ceannt, Áine, 1880-1954 ↴

    Eamonn Ceannt’s papers include materials re Conradh na Gaeilge, Aonach na Nodlag, Irish Volunteers, Dublin Municipal Officers’ Association, and Dublin Pipers’ Club. Also, papers concerning his relationship with Áine Ceannt.

    Áine Ceannt’s papers include letters from Fathers Albert and Augustine, Eamonn and Sinéad De Valera, Alice Milligan, Alice Stopford Green, Peadar O’Donnell, Margaret Pearse, Jack B. Yeats. Also, papers re Cumann na mBan, Irish White Cross, Irish Red Cross.

    Kathleen O’Brennan papers include letters from Marie Equi, Joseph Holloway, Alice Milligan, May Morton, Lennox Robinson, Maurice Walsh, Jack B. Yeats, Elizabeth Yeats. Also includes material re political activity in United States, 1916-1922, and drafts of literary works.

    Lily O’Brennan papers include Erskine and Molly Childers, Muriel MacDonagh, Dorothy MacArdle, Alice Stopford Green, Alice Milligan, Dora Sigerson Shorter, Jack B. Yeats. Also, papers re Cumann na mBan and account of her involvement in 1916 Rising. Drafts of historical and literary works, including The Call to Arms published in 1929 with the pseudonym Esther Graham.

    Includes card signed by the Irish delegation of plenipotentiaries, 20 Oct. 1921.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    The collection is arranged as follows:
    I. Papers of Éamonn Ceannt
    II. Papers of Áine Ceannt
    III. Papers of Lily O’Brennan
    IV. Papers of Kathleen O’Brennan
    V. Political Documents, 1916-1949
    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 Dates1851-1953
Level of DescriptionFonds
Extent Medium17 boxes (284 folders)
Finding Aids NLI Collection List No. 97 ( Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

There are no Allied Materials

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteDr Brian Kirby, Fiona 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 DescriptionsAug-15