Identity Statement for P.J. McEnery

  • Reference code: IE UCDA P74
  • Title: Papers of P.J. McEnery (b.1904)
  • Dates: 1980–81
  • Level of description: Item
  • Extent: 354pp
  • Content and Structure
  • Conditions of Access and Use

Scope and Content

Two autobiographical memoirs by P.J.  McEnery SC (b.1904), the first, Look Back in Love (215pp), more personally autobiographical, covering his life until his departure to practice at the English bar in 1947 and including his childhood in Knocktopher; his secondary and university education; student life in Dublin, 1922–6; his career at the Bar, with comment on significant cases in which he was involved; his kidnapping by the IRA while he was involved with the Military Tribunal (1934); and his eventual departure to England. The second, Ireland, 1900–50. Glimpses in Retrospect(139pp), is concerned mainly with aspects of rural life and how it was effected by World War 1 and the 1916 Rising; with the rise of Sinn Féin; the War of Independence, Partition, the First Dáil and his own first impressions of Dublin in 1922; the entry of Fianna Fáil into the Dáil, the 1932 general election, the Economic War and the External Relations Act, 1936, with extensive comment throughout on the main protagonists.


  • Access: Available by appointment to holders of a UCD Archives reader's ticket. Produced for consultation in original format. Original material will be retrieved at 11am and 2pm only.
  • Language: English