Identity Statement for T.M. Healy

  • Reference code: IE UCDA P6
  • Title: Papers of T.M. Healy (1855–1931)
  • Dates: 1865–1950
  • Level of description: Fonds
  • Extent: 6 boxes
  • Context
  • Content and Structure
  • Conditions of Access and Use

Biographical History

Born in Bantry, County Cork, he left school with little formal education and worked as a railway clerk in Newcastle-upon-Tyne before moving to London in 1878 and becoming parliamentary correspondent of the Nation. He acted as Parnell’s secretary during the American tour of 1880 and represented six different constituencies at Westminster from 1880 until 1918, beginning in Wexford. Called to the Bar in 1884 he became an expert in land law. Virulently anti-Parnellite after the split in the parliamentary party from which he was eventually expelled, his subsequent party allegiances were factional and maverick though he held his North Louth seat from 1892 until 1910 and built a reputation at Westminster as an incisive speaker and a master of procedure. He took silk in 1910 and transferred to the constituency of North Cork, a seat he resigned in 1918 in favour of a Sinn Féin prisoner. He served as first Governor General of the Irish Free State, 1922–28.

Archival History

This collection was deposited in UCD Archives by members of the Healy Sullivan family. 

Scope and Content

Papers principally of Timothy Michael Healy but including some material of his uncles, A.M. and T.D. Sullivan and of his daughter, Maev Healy Sullivan.

Includes letters to his father, Maurice (1876–1904); to his daughter Maev (1893–1929); and to his sister-in-law, Annie (1924–30), mainly of a personal nature.

Political correspondence (1967–1918) including letters from C.S. Parnell, W.E. Gladstone, Henry Labouchère M.P., Michael Davitt, John Dillon and H.H. Asquith.

Material relating to his appointment and letters received as Governor General of the Irish Free State (1922–8).

Correspondence concerning his literary work (1913–28) and research material and drafts of Letters and Leaders of My Day (1928) by T.M. Healy and of No Man’s Man (1943) by Maev Healy Sullivan.

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