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April 2011


Letter in Irish to the Secretary to the President dated 30 April 1943 from Siobhán Ní Mhurchadha, a national teacher in Fermoy, county Cork, in which she enquires about the bounty awarded by the President to citizens on attaining their 100th birthday. Ms Ní Mhurchadha requests that such a bounty be given to her godmother Siobhán Ní Thuama living in Cobh, described in the letter as a fine, lively woman who, together with her brother, spoke the first words of Irish to Siobhán Ní Mhurchadha, long before it was considered fashionable or necessary for national school teachers. Siobhán Ní Thuama subsequently received a letter of congratulations from President Douglas Hyde together with a gift of £5.

(NAI, Office of the Secretary to the President, PRES 1/P 3072)

Translation of letter

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