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Documents of the Month


January Document of the Month (Telegram to President Douglas Hyde congratulating him on his 81st birthday, 1941)


February Document of the Month (Newspaper clipping from the Irish Press featuring President Seán T O’Kelly at the Theatre Royal for a special showing of the Spanish film, “Our Lady of Fatima”, 1952)


March Document of the Month (Cover of a menu of a presidential dinner in Áras an Uachtaráin given by President Seán T O’Kelly in honour of Cardinal Glennon, Archbishop of Saint Louis, Missouri, 1946)


April Document of the Month (Letter from the Governor-General, Timothy Healy, to the Duke of Devonshire, Secretary of State for the Colonies, regarding bounties paid to the parents of triplets, 1923)


May Document of the Month (Sample menu tendered by Lawlor Catering, Naas, for a garden party to be given by President Douglas Hyde in Áras an Uachtaráin, 1939)


June Document of the Month (Letter from the High Commissioner for the Irish Free State in London, to the Secretary of the Department of External Affairs in Dublin, regarding the application from George Bernard Shaw and his wife for registration in the Register of Nationals, 1936)


July Document of the Month (Letter from the President of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA) to the Secretary of the Department of Taoiseach, thanking him for the invitation to the reception held to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921, 1971)


August Document of the Month (Black and white photograph of a female prisoner, L Russell, imprisoned in Mountjoy Jail, 1907)


September Document of the Month (Letter from a committee member of the Morning Star Hostel in North Brunswick Street, Dublin, to the Secretary of the Executive Council (now the Department of the Taoiseach) thanking him for the gift of venison legally shot by the office of the Superintendent of the Office of Public Works (OPW) in the Phoenix Park and originally given as a gift to Eamon de Valera, President of the Executive Council, 1932)


October Document of the Month (Letter from Erskine Childers to Taoiseach Seán Lemass in which he complains about the protocol or lack thereof surrounding the President’s toast, the correct method of addressing an audience, the rules regarding the flying of the national flag and the playing of the National Anthem, 1962)


November Document of the Month (Telegram from President Eamon de Valera to Jackie Kennedy, in which he extends to her his sympathy and that of the Irish people on the death of her husband, President John F Kennedy, 1963)


December Document of the Month (Letter from the Irish Legation in Washington DC to the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs relating to the importation into the United States of Guinness stout during Prohibition, 1932)