Identity Statement for Lily O'Brennan

  • Reference code: IE UCDA P13
  • Title: Papers of Lily O'Brennan
  • Dates: 1922–23
  • Level of description: Fonds
  • Extent: 1 box
  • Context
  • Content and Structure
  • Conditions of Access and Use

Biographical History

A member of Cumann na mBan, Lily O'Brennan was on the secretarial staff at Hans Place, London, during the Treaty negotiations. Anti-Treaty, she served on the headquarters staff in Suffolk Street before being arrested and interned. Her sister Fanny married Eamonn Ceannt, a signatory to the 1916 Proclamation.

Archival History

This collection was given by Lily O'Brennan's nephew, Ronan Ceannt, to Máire Comerford who deposited them in UCD Archives.

Scope and Content

Letters, some censored, written to her sister, Fanny Ceannt, during her imprisonment in Mountjoy and Kilmainham jails and the North Dublin Union (1922–3) referring to prison conditions, the state of women on hunger strike, and contemporary political events; her jail diary (1922).

Letters received from Fanny Ceannt referring to censorship of correspondence, house raids and general civil war conditions.

Letters to Fanny Ceannt from Robert Barton in Mountjoy Jail and Hare Park Internment Camp (1922–3).

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