Identity Statement for Cathal Brugha Commemorative Committee

  • Reference code: IE UCDA P52
  • Title: Booklet of Cathal Brugha Commemorative Committee
  • Dates: 1972
  • Level of description: Item
  • Extent: 16pp
  • Context
  • Content and Structure
  • Conditions of Access and Use

Biographical History

Cathal Brugha was a revolutionary born in Dublin in 1874. He began his career as a candle manufacturer with the firm of Lalor Ltd. He joined the Gaelic League in 1899 and became lieutenant in the Irish Volunteers in 1913. He was wounded during the 1916 Rising when he was Second-in-Command for the South Dublin Union. During the War of Independence, he was Chief-of-Staff of the IRA, and was Minister for Defence from 1919–22. He voted against the Treaty in 1922 and was replaced by Richard Mulcahy. During the Civil War, he fought on the Republican side and was wounded severely on O'Connell Street and died on 7 July 1922.

Scope and Content

Booklet published by the Cathal Brugha Commemorative Committee to mark the fiftieth anniversary of his death. Consists of the text of a lecture on Cathal Brugha's life and career given by Major Florrie O'Donoghue in 1966.


  • 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.