Papers of the Farrell family, Lanesborough

Repository: Longford County Archives

Identity Statement

TitlePapers of the Farrell family, Lanesborough
Archive ReferenceIE LDCA/P4
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1920-1955
Extent Medium1 box + 2 textile items


Creator(s): Farrell, Patrick Farrell, Bernard Farrell, Edward

  • Administrative History ↴

    Patrick Farrell, Tullyvrane, Lanesborough was active in the nationalist movement from 1917, when he joined the Irish Volunteers. He served with ‘A’ company, 3rd battalion, South Longford Brigade of the I.R.A., and later with anti-treaty forces during the Civil War. Farrell also served as the clerk of the Rathcline parish Dáil or Sinn Féin court from 1920. The establishment of a court system was part of the Sinn Féin strategy in 1919-1921 to end British administration in Ireland. Parish courts dealt with minor crimes and civil claims under £10. District courts dealt with civil appeals from the parish courts, and with civil claims under £100. The Supreme Court heard appeals from district courts and from the Land Settlement Commission. The courts were wound-up in 1922. Farrell remained active in local politics after the Civil War, and he served as local branch secretary of the Old Republican Soldiers of Ireland Rights Association.
  • Archival History ↴

    Deposited by Patrick Farrell's nephew, Mr Patrick Leavy, Tullyvrane, Lanesborough, in 2004.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Farrell, Patrick Farrell, Bernard Farrell, Edward ↴

    Most of the collection relates to Patrick Farrell’s involvement in the I.R.A. and the Rathcline parish Dáil court. There are also items from elections in the period 1923-27; concerning his application for a military pension, 1935-55; and his involvement in the Old Republican Soldiers of Ireland Rights Association, 1935-6.

    There are a two items relating to Patrick’s father, Edward’s old age pension and one concerning his brother, Bernard. There are also two armbands with ‘I.V.’ (Irish Volunteers) on each.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Accruals ↴

    Possible accruals.
  • Arrangement ↴

    Arranged by individual family member. Most of the collection concerns Patrick Farrell. The series within his papers are as follows:
    Rathcline branch, Gaelic League, 1919;
    I.R.A. activity, 1920-1923 (-1927);
    Rathcline parish Dáil court, 1921-1922;
    involvement in elections, 1921-1922;
    service pension, 1935-1955;
    Old Republican Soldiers of Ireland Rights Association, 1935-1936;

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Collection available in Library HQ. The following items are closed for 100 years from their creation dates: some items concerning the Rathcline parish Dáil court; Patrick Farrell's military service pension application; items concerning Edward Farrell's old age pension.
Conditions Governing ReproductionNo photocopying is permitted.
Creation Dates1920-1955
Extent Medium1 box + 2 textile items
Material Language ScriptEnglish
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Allied Materials

There are no Allied Materials

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteMartin Morris
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions40603