The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association, Ayrfield, Dublin 13, was established in 1996 to commemorate all Irish men and women who volunteered, served and died in the First World War 1914-1918. The collection was transferred to Dublin City Library from the RDFA in May 2016. For this reason the RDFA have been credited in the “creator” field of the fonds level description. The items relate to the life of Daniel Fay, James Joseph Moore, Bartholomew Moore, and their service in the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
Daniel Fay was born on the 8 March 1887. He lived off Dorset Street with his parents John Fay and Elizabeth Fay (née O’Shaughnessy). He worked as a porter in a grocers shop on Mountjoy Street. On the 2 April 1908, Daniel joined 2nd Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. He was married in the Pro Cathedral, on the 20 November 1912 to Mary Moore of Nerney’s Court, Temple Street. Private Daniel Fay, 7249, served on the Western Front and was wounded in 1918 only a few short months before the end of the war. He was discharged on the 26 August 1918. He was diagnosed with melancholia in his treatment papers. He resumed his work at the Custom House Docks in January 1919. He went on to raise seven children, four boys, and three girls. He died on the 20 June 1942. It is important to note that birth, marriage, death and census registers give the name David Fay. Daniel’s children and some of his own military documents refer to him as Daniel. Daniel will be the name used in this descriptive list, however use of the name David in the documents will be noted in the description.
The brothers of Mary Moore, James Joseph Moore and Bartholomew Moore, became close friends with Daniel Fay and all three served in 2nd Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Private James Moore, 11587, was born on the 8 June 1892. He enlisted on the 19 July 1913. He was previously employed as a Farm Labourer. He was killed in action on the 2 March 1915. He is buried in Prowse Point Military Cemetery, Warneton, Belgium. Private Bartholomew “Bartle” Moore, 11402, was born on the 17 May 1894. He enlisted on the 26 October 1912. He was honourably discharged on medical grounds on the 16 October 1919. He was transferred from Belfast War Hospital to Richmond District Asylum Hospital where he remained for thirty eight years. He died on the 1 March 1957. He is buried in Blackhorse Avenue Military Cemetery, grave Number 139.
A small amount of the material relates to William Fay and the other children of Private Daniel Fay. William Fay died on the 28 August 1997.
Archival History ↴
Papers were donated to Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association in 1998 by William Fay, the son of Private Daniel Fay. The collection was transferred to Dublin City Library and Archive via Tom Burke (chairman, RDFA) in May 2016. It was catalogued by Cillian Fearon, intern at Dublin City Library and Archives.
Immediate Source Acquisition ↴
Content & Structure
Scope & Content: Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association ↴
Collection consists of material donated to the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association by William Fay, the son of Private Daniel Fay. Material relates to the military service of Daniel Fay, and his brothers-in-law James Moore and Bartholomew Moore. The collection includes photographs, discharge forms, and a number of post-war items.
Appraisal Destruction ↴
Collection is listed at the file and item level. It is arranged in chronological order. The collection is relatively small and expanding the listing to series level would cause unnecessary complication. Reproduced material has been inserted based on the date of its content, not of its reproduction.
Conditions of Access & Use
Available to view by public who apply for research card in Dublin City Library and Archive Reading Room, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin.
Conditions Governing Reproduction
The terms of the Copyright and Related Acts (2000) allows DCLA to provide photocopies of material for research purposes only.
14 items, 61pp
Material Language Script
Characteristics Tech Req
Item IE DCLA/RDFA/111/01 is in need of conservation. Some pages are stuck together with a desiccated elastic band. Item has only been partially digitised.
Collection has been digitised & will be added to Dublin City Libraries and Archives Digital Repository
The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association archive (IE DCLA/RDFA) is located at the Dublin City Archives
Descriptive Control Area
IGAD: Irish Guidelines for Archival Description. Dublin: Society of Archivists, Ireland, 2009.
ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottowa: International Council on Archives, 2000.