Tomás Ó Muircheartaigh Collection

Repository: UCC Library Archives Service

Identity Statement

TitleTomás Ó Muircheartaigh Collection
Archive ReferenceIE BL/BG/TOM
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1923-1958
Extent Medium2 Archival boxes


Creator(s): Tomás Ó Muircheartaigh, (1907-1967)

  • Administrative History ↴

    E BL/BG/TOM are the papers of Tomás Ó Muircheartaigh (1907-1967) generated by him and preserved by his family after his death. These were acquired by UCC Library in 2005. Tomás Ó Muircheartaigh was born in Dublin on 27th March 1907 of a Kerry father and a Cork mother. Ó Muircheartaigh entered the Civil Service after leaving school to help his mother support the family after his father’s death and worked in the civil service for the rest of his life. He spent most of that time in the Department of Education but also had positions in the The Commission on Place Names and the Irish Land Commission. He was president of Conradh na Gaeilge from 1955-1959. He died on St Patrick’s Day 1967 after a long illness. Tomas Ó Muircheartaigh was a seminal figure in Irish cultural life in the period following the establishment of the Irish republic up until the 1960’s. As a leading member of Conradh na Gaeilge he sought to promote and preserve that vision of ‘Irishness’ which he and his contemporaries held dear. A close friend and confidant of Daniel Corkery, they both shared a similar vision of a resurgence of a native cultural tradition based on the Irish language and he worked tirelessly to this end. He was on familiar terms with many of the great Irish artists of his day, both literary and visual including Sean Ó Suileabháin, Sean Keating and Seamus Murphy. A long time editor of such publications as Feasta Ó Muircheartaigh was also a gifted photographer and his photographs often accompanied the articles in Conradh publications.
  • Archival History ↴

    The papers of Tomás Ó Muircheartaigh (1907-1967) were generated by him and preserved by his family after his death. These were acquired by UCC Library in 2005.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Tomás Ó Muircheartaigh, (1907-1967) ↴

    The collection is small and a structure has been imposed by the archivist. It begins with administration files belonging to Ó Muircheartaigh relating to his time in the Civil Service and as President of Conradh na Gaeilge. These files contain letters and copies of speeches or addresses he made, as well as his contributions to the magazine Feasta. Also in the collection are scrapbooks of newspaper cuttings of general cultural and literary interest.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    The collection is small and a structure has been imposed by the archivist.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Available by appointment with the Archives Service to holders of UCC Readers tickets.
Conditions Governing ReproductionWhere UCC holds the copyright, users can bring their own cameras (no flash photography is permitted), smartphones, or tablets to take images of material, as permitted under Copyright Law, for purposes of private study, at no cost. A “Reprographic Application” form must be completed for each item copied. Staff can explain this process on the day of your visit. Consent of UCC Library is required for any other use, including publication (printed or online)
Creation Dates1923-1958
Extent Medium2 Archival boxes
Material Language ScriptIrish and English
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Allied Materials

There are no Allied Materials

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteEmer Twomey, Jacinta Daly
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottowa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions42522