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NAME 
COYLE O’DONNELL, EITHNE
  
IDENTITY STATEMENT  
Reference code: IE UCDA P61
Title:Papers of Eithne Coyle O’Donnell (1897–1985)
Dates: 1916–78
Level of description: Fonds
Extent: 2 boxes
  
CONTEXT 
Biographical History  

Born near Falcarragh, County Donegal, into a farming family with strong republican sympathies, her brother Donal was a Commandant in the 1st Northern Division of the Volunteers/IRA. She joined Cumann na mBan in 1918, carried arms and acted as a courier and was eventually arrested organising in county Roscommon. Sentenced to one year in prison under the Defence of the Realm Act in January 1921, she escaped from Mountjoy Jail in October with three others including Linda Kearns. Anti-Treaty, she was arrested in November 1922 and interned until late the following year. She was elected President of Cumann na mBan in 1926. She married Bernard O’Donnell, an IRA activist from Donegal, in 1935.

  
CONTENT AND STRUCTURE 
Scope and Content 

President, Cumann na mBan: organisational documents and correspondence with members including Mary MacSwiney and Gobnait Ní Brúadair (1931–40). Material relating to the proposed history of the organisation (1970s) including accounts by Eithne Coyle O’Donnell of her own involvement, and replies from members to questionnaires documenting their membership and experiences.

Material in support of her application for a military service pension, documenting her national record in the period 1919–21 (1945). Copies of addresses, lectures, letters to the press, and personal memorabilia (1916–73).

Press cuttings (1922–73), pamphlets (1918–50), photographs (1922–23) and autograph album from the North Dublin Union (1923).

  
CONDITIONS OF ACCESS AND USE
Access:Available by appointment to holders of a UCDA  reader's ticket. Produced for consultation in microform.
Language:English
Finding aid:Descriptive catalogue

 


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