Identity Statement for Dr Kathleen Farrell (née Murphy)

  • Reference code: IE UCDA P115
  • Title: Papers of Dr Kathleen Farrell (née Murphy)
  • Dates: c.1945
  • Level of description: Item
  • Extent: 4 items
  • Context
  • Content and Structure
  • Conditions of Access and Use

Biographical History

Kathleen Murphy was the daughter of Dr Cornelius Murphy, a former Republican activist. She qualified as a doctor in University College Dublin, and during her studies she was elected captain of the branch of Cumann na mBan in the college. During World War II, she tirelessly campaigned to raise funds for German children orphaned because of the war. She founded the Save the German Children Society (or Saor an Leanbh) and succeeded in bringing over many young German orphans and settled them with Irish families. As a result of her efforts, she was decorated with the Cross of Merit by the German Government. She married Paul Farrell, an actor, and had four children. She died in December 1970.


Scope and Content

Copybook containing press-cuttings concerning the 'Save the German Children' campaign in Ireland during World War II. Cuttings mainly of articles and 'Letters to the Editor' written by Dr Kathleen Murphy about the campaign which she founded. Also includes pamphlets advertising the campaign, as well as an account sheet showing revenue collected by the society through its screening of the first showing of the 1936 Olympic Games in the Mansion House (13 August 1948) for the Drumcondra-Glasnevin Branch.


  • 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
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