Eva Gore-Booth Papers

Eva Gore-Booth

Eva Gore-Booth

UCD Library Special Collections holds a collection of letters and poems by Eva Gore-Booth.

Identity Statement

Reference code IE/ UCD/SC/GB

Eva Gore-Booth Papers.


Level of Description

14 items.


Eva Gore-Booth (1870-1928).

Biographical History

  • Eva Gore-Booth was an Irish poet, dramatist, philosopher, and influential political activist.
  • She was born at Lissadell House, County Sligo.
  • Eva’s older sister was Constance Gore-Booth, better known as Countess Markievicz.
  • In 1886 Ester Roper and Eva Gore-Booth became joint secretaries of the Women’s Textile and Other Workers Representation Committee.
  • She was also active in the National Union for Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) and wrote propaganda pamphlets and articles in feminist and trade union journals.
  • Eva was a keen poet and playwright, with her first published volume of poetry being praised highly by W. B. Yeats. 
  • She published ten volumes of poetry and the verse dramas Unseen Kings (1904) and Death of Fionavar (1916). 

Source of Acquisition
Donated by Liam O’Leary, February 2008.

Scope and Content

  • Holograph letters from Eva Gore-Booth to Meredith Starr and other correspondents concerning the occult, reincarnation, poetry, German immigration into England, the social situation in Ireland, and visiting her sister, Countess Markievicz, in Dublin [1916?].
  • Holograph poems including a poem entitled Roger Casement (not dated).

Access and Use

The materials in this collection are available by appointment only to research students, reaching staff and scholars. Research students should have a letter of recommendation from their supervisor.

Photocopying or digital photographing of this material is not permitted.


Finding Aid

More Information

Find Information on Eva Gore-Booth in the Dictionary of Irish Biography (UCD only).