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Colm Ó Lochlainn Letters

Colm Ó Lochlainn Letters

Ó L.L.6 Memorandum from Elkin Mathews

UCD Library Special Collections holds the letters of Colm Ó Lochlainn.

Identity Statement

Reference code IE/ UCD/SC/Ó L.L

Colm Ó Lochlainn Letters.


Level of Description

88 items.


Colm Ó Lochlainn (1892-1972).

Biographical History

  • Colm Ó Lochlainn was a ballad collector, Gaelic scholar, printer, publisher, binder and bibliophile, from Dublin.
  • He owned the publishing company The Sign of the Three Candles and later The Three Candles Press.
  • He was a lecturer in Modern Irish in UCD between 1933-1944.
  • He wrote several books, published by his own company, The Three Candles Press. 
  • His most famous book is Irish Street Ballads which contains ballads selected from the many broadsheet ballads he had collected.

Source of Acquisition
Purchased by UCD in 1963-64.

Scope and Content

  • The collection contains letters from Alice Stopford Green, Douglas Hyde, Stephen Gwynn, Robin Flower, Eoin Mac Neill, Eamon De Valera, Padraig Pearse, and Padraig O’Conaire.
  • Most of the letters are related to his position as a publisher.
  • Some are reference letters supporting his application for the position of Lecturer in Modern Irish at UCD, an application in which he was successful.

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.

English and Irish.

Finding Aid
A listing of the letters is available online.

More Information

Find Information on Colm Ó Lochlainn in the Dictionary of Irish Biography (UCD only).

UCD Special Collections

James Joyce Library, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 7149 | E: special.collections@ucd.ie