Telegram, sent by Eamon de Valera to his wife upon learning the result of the East Clare By-election. 11th July, 1917.
Telegram, sent by Eamon de Valera to his wife at 34 Munster Square, Phibsboro, Dublin upon learning the result of the East Clare By-election. 11th July, 1917. It reads De Valera 5010/Lynch 2035, signed Dev.
Eamon de Valera used this telegram to inform his wife that he had won the 1917 East Clare by-election by 5010 votes to 2035. It was donated to the Ennis Municipal Museum, according to a cover letter on file, on 1st August 1964, about a year before the museum was opened by President de Valera. The telegram is dated the 11th July, 1917, the day after the election. The telegram was conserved in 2009 and this photograph was taken before conservation work had taken place. de Valera’s success in the by-election marked the beginning of a towering political career and an association with the county that would last until 1959, when he stepped down as TD to be become President of Ireland.
This photograph was taken before the telegram was conserved in 2009.
Collection: De Valera Museum
Category: Communication Equipment