Identity Statement for Máire Comerford

  • Reference code: IE UCDA LA18
  • Title: Papers of Máire Comerford
  • Dates: 1919–76
  • Level of description: Fonds
  • Extent: 1 box
  • Context
  • Content and Structure
  • Conditions of Access and Use

Biographical History

Born and brought up in Rathdrum, County Wicklow, Máire went to London to receive an education as a secretary and became interested in the cause of Irish independence. On her return, she joined Sinn Féin in Gorey and was a witness to the events of the Easter Rising in Dublin. She gained employment with Alice Stopford-Green and met many of the major figures involved in the War of Independence during her time in residence with Mrs Stopford-Green on St Stephen’s Green. During the Civil War, Máire joined the White Cross and was in the Four Courts during the last days before its destruction. She was also involved in travelling to America to raise money for Sinn Féin.

In 1935, Máire joined the Irish Press as a journalist and stayed with the newspaper until her retirement in 1965. Throughout her life Máire was heavily involved in the republican cause and was arrested at the age of eighty-one on a Sinn Féin platform in Dublin. She has one published work entitled The First Dáil, January 21st 1919 (Dublin: J. Clarke, [1969]) in which she examined the formation and working of the first Dáil Éireann.

Archival History

This collection was deposited in UCD Archives in two stages; firstly by Comerford herself in February 1974 and then by Dr John McColgan in March 1981.

Draft of her unpublished memoirs relating events and experiences from her childhood to the end of the Civil War and including accounts and opinions of the major contemporary figures and developments.

Also contains some historical research notes including correspondence with Diarmuid Brennan concerning a manuscript about the death of Michael Collins. Other material relates to research and correspondence on Anna Parnell, sister of Charles Stewart Parnell and founder of the Ladies Land League, and material on general issues including prison conditions.

  • Access: Available by appointment to holders of a UCD Archives reader's ticket. Produced for consultation in microform.
  • Language: English
  • Finding aid: Descriptive catalogue