From Michael Davitt to R.T (Dick) Moloney, D.C, Newmarket-on-Fergus, County Clare, 24th January, 1903.


Handwritten letter to R.T Moloney, Newmarket-on-Fergus, written by Michael Davitt, from Dalkey, County Dublin, in relation to the Land and Labour Association meeting on 8th February, and seeking information on the shortest way of getting to Clare by rail.

Michael Davitt (1846-1905) was founder of the Land League which sought the reform of the agrarian system in post-famine Ireland. He appears to have written this letter in Dalkey, Co. Dublin in January 1903 to a Mr. Moloney, despite having lost an arm in a factory accident in Lancashire at the age of 11

The letter reads: “Dear Mr. Mollony (sic), I will try and attend this Land and Labour Association meeting to which you invite me for the 8th of February. Kindly let me know in due course the shortest way of getting there by rail. Yours truly, Michael Davitt”.

According to a label that came with the letter, this letter was ‘Presented by his niece, Miss Elizabeth Crimmins, Ballycar Road, Newmarket-on-Fergus’. Elizabeth Crimmins was the neice of Richard T. Moloney. It is not clear if this item was loaned or donated to the museum. It is unknown if this item was part of the collection from the Ennis Museum in Bindon Street, but it was certainly part of the exhibition in the de Valera Library and Museum prior to 2000.

Collection: De Valera Museum

Category: Communication Equipment

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