years and education at University College Dublin including Secretary and Auditor
of the Literary &
Historical Society (18991902); Secretary and
member of the Catholic Graduates and Undergraduates Association (19016);
editor of St Stephensa record of university life (19012); membership
of the Gaelic League (18991908), Celtic Association (1901) and the Irish
National Theatre Society (1903); letters received from Francis Sheehy Skeffington
Tom Kettle (7); activities such as fund collection
for famine-stricken victims in the winter of 18978 and material relating
to a protest at the playing of the British anthem at conferrings in UCD (1905).
legal career as a barrister: correspondence with solicitors concerning briefs,
related notes and briefs (190224); Kings Counsel and Bencher of Kings
Legal Adviser at the Anglo-Irish Treaty
negotiations and Law Officer to the Provisional Government: mainly material relating
to the transfer of power and services and the establishment of the position of
Governor General; correspondence with D. Lloyd George (Prime Minister), Winston
Churchill (Secretary of State for the Colonies), Alfred W. Cope (Assistant Under
Secretary), Francis N. Greer (Irish Office), Sir Frederick Liddell (Office of
the Parliamentary Counsel) and related memoranda (19212); Conference on
Ireland (1922) and Cabinet Committee on Irish Affairs and Technical Sub-Committee
Material relating to the establishment, functioning
and activities of the Provisional Government including correspondence with
Michael Collins (Chairman and Commander-in-Chief), William T. Cosgrave (Acting Chairman),
Eamon Duggan (Minister for Home Affairs), Patrick Hogan (Minister for Agriculture);
with the Postmaster General, Accountant General and Chief State Solicitor; correspondence
with departmental secretaries in relation to external affairs, finance and economic
affairs; related memoranda (1922).
Material relating to
the Civil War and the destruction of the Four Courts including the Public Record
Office (1922) and to the deaths of Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith (1922).
Committee: correspondence of committee members mainly between Kennedy, Darrell
Figgis (Chairman), R.J.P. Mortished (Secretary) and James Douglas (1922); correspondence
between Kennedy and William T. Cosgrave (Chairman and Acting Chairman of the Provisional
Goverment) (19223); committee working drafts of three versions of the Constitution
with amendments and annotations; related working papers and official memoranda
(1922) including memoranda by
Eoin MacNeill, Patrick Hogan, William T. Cosgrave,
George OBrien, Lord Midleton and
Timothy M. Healy; details of public reaction
and parliamentary questions and amendments (19223); negotiations with the
British government including telegrams from and correspondence with officials
in the Colonial Office, Home Office and Irish Office (1922); Conference on Ireland
(1922); Kennedys working notes and memoranda (1922).
Government and Executive Council policy on the North Eastern counties with details
of relations including letters from [7th Marquess of Londonderry] (1922); memoranda
and letters on the position of Roman Catholic teachers (19223). North-East
Boundary Bureau: memoranda relating to its work mainly from Kevin OShiel
(Director) and correspondence between OShiel and members of the Executive
Council (19223); pamphlets published by its Publicity Department (19224).
Boundary Commission: correspondence between Kennedy and the Colonial Office (19224)
and between Kennedy and William T. Cosgrave (President, Executive Council) and
related memoranda and notes by Kennedy (1924); letters and memoranda relating
to the Boundary Commission Conference (1924) and related series of reference files
prepared by the North-East Boundary Bureau for members of the Irish delegation
Provisional Government and Executive Council policy
on compensation: letter and memorandum from Joseph Brennan (Minister for Finance)
(1922). Compensation (Ireland) Commission: dispatches and correspondence between
Kennedy and Eamon Duggan (Minister for Home Affairs), Michael Collins (Chairman,
Provisional Government), Michael Corrigan (Chief State Solicitor), James C. Dowdall
(Commissioner), Winston Churchill (Secretary of State for the Colonies) and officials
in the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Colonial Office concerning terms of reference,
apportionment of liability and appointment of Commissioners and related memoranda
Material relating to Post-Truce compensation,
the Damage to Property (Compensation) Act and to criminal and malicious injuries
claims (19224); War Compensation Court (19224) and the Committee on
Compensation Awards (1925).
Attorney General, Irish Free
State: correspondence on a wide range of issues and concerns with the Cabinet
Office (1923), Colonial Office (19234), Office of the Parliamentary Counsel
(1923), Office of the Irish High Commissioner, London (19234), Governor
General, Irish Free State (19224) and related memoranda from Irish Free
State government offices.
Executive Council : its formation
including the Ministers and Secretaries Act (1924), meetings (19234), correspondence
between Kennedy and William T. Cosgrave (President, Executive Council); draft
letters and speeches prepared by Kennedy for Cosgrave on many issues including
Anglo-Irish matters and the conflict with the Irregulars (19224).
of the Attorney General: notes and memoranda by Kennedy,
John A. Costello (Assistant
Legal Adviser), Kevin OShiel (Assistant Legal Adviser), Arthur V. Matheson
(Parliamentary Draftsman) on legal and legislative matters; correspondence with
Michael A. Corrigan (Chief State Solicitor) and related memoranda (19223).
between Kennedy and various ministers, departmental secretaries and officials
mainly in the Army and Defence (19224), External Affairs (19224) including
the Publicity Department, Finance (19224), Revenue Commissioners (19223),
Home Affairs (19224), Industry and Commerce (19234), Agriculture (19224),
Land Commission (1923), Fisheries (19234), Local Government (19234),
Office of Public Works (1924), Land Registry (19234), Valuation Office (1923),
Clerk of Crown and Hanaper (1922), Office of Arms (1922) and Commissioners for
Charitable Donations and Bequests (1924) on various policy, procedural and legal
matters and concerns.
Dáil Éireann funds:
correspondence between George McGrath (Accountant General) and James OConnor
(Counsel for the Irish Free State) (19224); transcripts of related proceedings
in the New York Supreme Court (1922) and of the Dublin Commission
(19234) including details of plaintiffs exhibits (1923)
and reference material for counsel and for the plaintiffs (1924).
of the Irish Free State: notes by Kennedy and memoranda examining the implications
of the Constitution and related correspondence (19234) including letters
about its interpretation (19224).
League of Nations:
preparation of the application for admission by the Irish Free State, subsequent
admission and attendance by its delegation at the Fourth Assembly (1923); proposed
registration of the Anglo-Irish Treaty (1923), letters and dispatches from the
Colonial Office (19234); letters to Kennedy from
Michael MacWhite (Irish
representative accredited to the League of Nations (1923) and E. J. Phelan (International
Labour Office) (19234).
Imperial Conference: memoranda
and reports (1923).
Dáil Éireann: notes and
draft documents by Kennedy relating to the nature of the Dáil and its work; standing
orders; the Committee on Procedure (19223), finance bill procedure (19234),
private bill procedure (19234), divorce bill procedure (19234), functions
of the Speaker (19234); correspondence between Kennedy and Colm Ó
Murchadha (Clerk of the Dáil),
Michael Hayes (Ceann Comhairle) and Senator
James Douglas and related memoranda on procedural matters; material relating to
procedures in Seanad Éireann (19223) and to communications between
both houses of the Oireachtas and related procedures (19223); oath and two-fold
oath of allegiance (19213); parliamentary library (1923); first election
under the Irish Free State (Agreement) Act, 1922 including proportional representation
(19223); opening meetings of parliamentary sessions and addresses by the
Governor General (19223).
Courts, judiciary and judicial
reorganisation: accommodation matters in the aftermath of the destruction of the
Four Courts (1924), reopening of the courts in the Four Courts (1931);
suspension of the Dáil Éireann courts and related legislation and
Dáil Éireann Courts (Winding-Up) Commission (19223); matters
relating to the Supreme Court of Judicature (19234), district courts and
related legislation (19224).
meetings and correspondence between Kennedy and Micheal Smidic (Secretary) and
committee members (19234); committee working papers mainly memoranda by
committee members and various members of the judiciary and legal profession (19223);
draft and revised reports of the committee (1923); correspondence on judicial
reform and on the committees report (1923).
of Justice bill 1924: correspondence and proposals from government ministers,
members of the legal profession (mainly District Justice Louis Walsh) and the
public; notes and analysis by Kennedy; rules of court and the Rule-Making Authority
appointed under the Courts of Justice Act 1924 (19236).
of judicial robes including correspondence between Kennedy, William Butler Yeats
and Charles Shannon, RA; design sketches by Kitty MacCormack (Dun Emer Guild)
for judicial robes (19236).
Material relating to
the use of Irish and terminology in the courts (19237); Jurors and Juries
(Amendment) Bill 1924 (19234), Criminal Justice (Administration) Bill 1924
(1924), Courts of Justice Bill (1934) (19356).
Justice: correspondence between Kennedy and the Office of President of the Executive
Council (192430), various ministries, the Attorney General, Ceann Comhairle,
Senate members and religious figures (192536); cases and judgments (19269);
correspondence between Kennedy and the Committee of the Executive Council on amendments
to the Constitution (1926); material relating to the retirement of Timothy M.
Healy as Governor General, installation of James McNeill and the installation
of Domhnall Ó Buachalla and related crisis (192832).
Commission under the Treaty of Conciliation between Romania and the United States
of America (19301) and Second House Commission (1936).
of state seals (19228), Lane Bequest and the National Gallery (19236),
material relating to archives, antiquities, treasure trove and the Gate Theatre
(192334) including correspondence between Kennedy and Hilton Edwards (192334).
Bar Association and Canadian Bar Association: visit to Dublin by members of both
associations (19235), Kennedys membership (1925) and related visit
by Kennedy to the United States of America and Canada (19269).
Na nGaedheal: party political material; correspondence between Kennedy and William
T. Cosgrave (19223); election material including speeches by Kennedy and
his election to Dáil Éireann in the Dublin city south by-election
Semi-official and personal correspondence
including letters from William T. Cosgrave, Sir John and Lady Lavery, George
Gavan Duffy, Alice Stopford Green, Crompton Llewelyn Davies, Lionel Curtis, Hal Blackall,
Sir Francis N. Greer, E.J. Phelan, Thomas Bodkin (1921-33); correspondence relating
to civil and post-war assistance and political and criminal prisoners including
letters from Earl of Granard and Shane Leslie (19223); correspondence relating
to legislative and national issues, positions, jobs and compensation, philanthropic
and legal matters (192231).
and correspondence relating to articles by Kennedy on the Irish Free State Constitution,
Great Seal and judicial reorganisation (19234); correspondence between Kennedy
and Dr Leo Kohn abut Kohns book Die Verfassung des Irischen Freistaats (1928)
Speeches, printed matter, photographs, family
and personal papers including Kennedys diaries (191929) (1937).