Recent Acquisitions

Republican Autograph Book

This autograph book was signed by republicans interned in Mountjoy and Dundalk Prisons in 1917. The prisoners were arrested under the Defence of the Realms Act under which a person could be imprisoned for flying a tricolour or drilling in a military manner. It contains the names of Republicans from Clare and elsewhere. This entry was made by M.S Ó Braonáin (Michael Brennan), from Meelick, County Clare, who was Adjutant of the Clare Brigade of the IRA. Brennan would later become the OC of the East Clare Brigade IRA, a General in the Free State Army and Chairman of Clare County Council from the age of 19.

Ref: 2005.185.1

Mountjoy Prison
Irish War of Independence
The War of Independence: Memoirs of Andrew O'Donoghue, Ex Commander, 5th Batallion, Mid-Clare Brigade
Defence of the Realm Act
Irish Free State Army

Republican Autograph Book, Ref:  2005.185.1