Identity Statement for Donal O’Sullivan

  • Reference code: IE UCDA P20
  • Title: Papers of Donal O’Sullivan (1893–1973)
  • Dates: 1941–44
  • Level of description: Fonds
  • Extent: 18 items
  • Context
  • Content and Structure
  • Conditions of Access and Use

Biographical History

Born in Liverpool of Irish parents, O’Sullivan was initially a civil servant in London but transferred to Dublin after independence and served as Clerk of the Senate, 1925–36, writing the definitive work on that body, The Irish Free State and Its Senate (1940). His reputation is based mainly on his work in the field of Irish traditional music and its revival for which he helped to lay a respectable and scholarly foundation.

Archival history

Early provenance is uncertain but it is safe to assume that O’Sullivan gathered the material from the editors of newspapers to which he contributed journalism. His colleague Breandan Breathnach, Director of the Department of Irish Folk Music in UCD, arranged for the deposit of the papers in UCD Archives.


Scope and Content

Documents relating to the operation of press censorship in the Irish TimesKilkenny Post and Kilkenny People during the Emergency. Includes letters from the Office of the Controller of Censorship, Dublin Castle, to the proprietors and editors of the newspapers concerning material liable to censorship together with examples of censored articles.

  • 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
  • Finding aid: Descriptive catalogue