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Documents of the Month


January Document of the Month (Copy of the text of a telegram sent by President Seán T O’Kelly to the President of the Union of Burma congratulating him on the declaration of Burmese independence, 1941)


February Document of the Month (Garda Síochána report regarding an incident between IRA members and Fine Gael supporters at a dance in the Mayoralty Rooms in Drogheda, 1934)


March Document of the Month (Letter from Eduard Hempel, German Minister to Ireland, to Taoiseach Eamon de Valera regarding a demonstration held in O’Connell Street to protest against the recent Nazi annexation or anschluss of Austria, 1938)


April Document of the Month (Black and white photograph of a female prisoner, Bella Holly, imprisoned in Mountjoy Jail, 1904)


May Document of the Month (Invitation from Eric Gorman, Secretary of the National Theatre Society Limited, dated 2 May 1938, to Dr Douglas Hyde (the President-elect) to attend the first performance of his play ‘Casadh an tSugáin’ by the Abbey Company at the Abbey Theatre, 1938)


June Document of the Month (Copy of a cablegram sent by the Irish Legation in Washington to the Department of External Affairs which includes extracts from President Franklin D Roosevelt’s statement at a press conference relating to the possibility of sending rifles to Ireland on foot of an assurance that the Irish would defend themselves against German attack, 1941)


July Document of the Month (Garda Síochána report regarding a fracas at a Fine Gael meeting in Ballina involving the Blueshirts and a hostile crowd, 1934)


August Document of the Month (Memorandum in which the Attorney-General applies to the Justice of the District Court to have two men sent for trial to the Special Criminal Court under the Offences against the State Act, 1940)


September Document of the Month (Newspaper clipping from the Irish Press featuring President Douglas Hyde who presented his gift of six ambulances and associated units to the Irish Red Cross in Áras an Uachtaráin, 1940)


October Document of the Month (Copy letter from aviator Charles Lindbergh to Irish Commissioner Dulanty in London, requesting permission to enter Irish airspace during a survey flight, 1933)


November Document of the Month (State death certificate of President Erskine Childers, 1974)


December Document of the Month (Official Christmas card of Taoiseach Eamon de Valera, 1958)