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Patrick O'Neill fonds
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Patrick O'Neill fonds

  • CA ON00389 F8
  • Fonds
  • 1875-1998, predominant 1918-1938

Fonds consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence with constituents, government officials, supporters, and other MPs; official documents; political pamphlets and booklets; election posters and flyers; newspaper clippings; personal records (notebook, speech notes); photographs; and personal memorabilia, including a leather pouch with relics of St. Anthony and St. Oliver Plunket. Fonds also includes a sous-fonds of O’Neill’s daughter, Teresa V. O’Neill. The Teresa V. O’Neill sous-fonds includes a draft of her doctoral thesis and correspondence related to her role of literary executrix of her father’s estate.

O’Neill, Patrick

Collected materials

Series consists of press cuttings, booklets, pamphlets, census reports, and correspondence, which Patrick O'Neill collected during his political career, relating to affairs in the town of Warrenpoint and his wider constituency of County Down as well as national issues including the Anglo-Irish dispute and the partition of Ireland. Series includes materials created predominantly during the period from 1920 to 1936, with some correspondence from 1875 to 1920.

Collected correspondence on Warrenpoint issues

File consists of correspondence and official documents relating to Warrenpoint Water Supply; Newry, Warrenpoint, & Rostrevor Railway Company; Warrenpoint town clerks' salary; Liberty Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company; and flooding in Warrenpoint.

Other collected materials

File consists of other collected materials:
-a pamphlet entitled 'The Roman Catholic Church and News Propaganda: Is the Church of Rome unduly influencing for Sectarian purposes the Empire Cable Services, News Agencies, Great Newspapers and the British Broadcasting Corporation?'
-pamphlets issued by the North-Eastern Boundary Bureau including 'The Weekly Bulletin,' 'If 'Ulster' Contracts Out: The Economic Case against Partition,' and 'North East Ulster: The Boundary Position at a Glance'
-notes by Patrick O'Neill on land valuation in Warrenpoint
-documents containing census data, including 'Particulars of Population' (the position of the population in South Armagh, South Down, and East Down on retention in an Irish Free State), 'Parliamentary Divisions of East Down,' and a 1937 census of Northern Ireland
-a letter to [Rev. F. Lowny] from the Newry '98 Centenary Committee, and
-an open letter to the Right Hon. T. Moles, P.C., M.P from John W. Nixon, M.P.

Personal Memorabilia

Series consists of personal correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and other memorabilia that Patrick O'Neill collected during his political career and in his personal life, including relics of St. Anthony and St. Oliver Plunket contained within a leather pouch.

Personal memorabilia

File consists of personal memorabilia that Patrick O'Neill collected throughout his life and career, including newspaper articles, invitations, personal letters, House of Commons and Senate directories, a poster declaring Ulster's Solemn League and Covenant, relics of St. Anthony and St. Oliver Plunket (Archbishop of Armagh and last Catholic martyr to die in England in 1681) contained within a leather pouch, a postcard from Rome, and an article about 'How to Make the Stations.' File also includes four photographs: one of a group of people standing in front of the Victoria Hotel, beside the main entrance of which is O'Neill's office; one of two men and a girl on a beach; one of a stone monument of a religious figure, and one of five men sitting on rocks.

Election materials

Series consists of flyers, posters, booklets, official forms and documents, correspondence, and newspaper articles regarding Patrick O'Neill's role as presiding officer at a polling station in the 1918 Irish election, his campaign in the 1920 election for county councillors, and his campaigns in the 1921 and 1929 general elections. Series also includes correspondence regarding the Boundary Commission, O'Neill's decision to take his seat in parliament in 1926, the creation of the National League of the North, and his decision to retire. Series is arranged chronologically.

1921 Election; congratulatory messages, etc.

File consists of materials relating to Patrick O'Neill's victory in the 1921 general election and a published copy of correspondence between D. Lloyd George and Eamon de Valera regarding the creation of an Irish settlement.

1918 General Election

File consists of materials related to the 1918 general election and O'Neill's role as presiding officer at the Warrenpoint Townhall polling station.

Bill for Redistribution of Seats and Proportional Representation

File consists of two documents produced by the Proportional Representation Society: 'Report for the Year May, 1927 - April, 1928: The Next Step after Equal Franchise,' and the May 1920 issue (volume 10, number 36) of the Journal of the Proportional Representation Society. File also includes a copy of a bill to amend the law with respect to the House of Commons method of voting and the redistribution of seats, and a document entitled 'Points on Registration Work: Imperial Parliamentary Franchise (Man or Woman).'

The Partition of Ireland

File consists of a booklet by Tom O'Donnell, B.L. entitled 'The Partition of Ireland.' File also includes a poster entitled 'Boundary Election,' a letter from [Thos] O'Donnell, and a letter to O'Donnell from Patrick O'Neill.

An Economic Programme for the Irish Free State

File consists of a booklet entitled 'An Economic Programme for the Irish Free State: Being a Set of Principles Suitable to Serve as a Basis for an Irish Social and Industrial Policy, proposed by The P.H. Pearse Study Group.'

Correspondence with constituents, 1926-1928

Sub-series consists of Patrick O'Neill's correspondence with constituents, supporters, and government ministers for the period from 1926 to 1928 in his role as MP for County Down as well as notes, official documents and newspaper articles regarding the affairs of his constituency.

Statement to the Irish Boundary Commission

File consists of a document addressed to the Irish Boundary Commission entitled, 'Statement on behalf of the vast majority of the Inhabitants of the Union of Newry (including Crossmaglen) and the Union of Kilkeel.'

Correspondence with constituents

Series consists of Patrick O'Neill's correspondence with constituents, supporters, and government ministers in his role as MP for County Down (and later Mourne division) regarding the concerns of his constituency, including: inquiries relating to pensions, licenses, and agricultural subsidies; filling appointed and hired positions such as Postmaster, Inspector for Ministry of Education, or members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary; amendments of acts and bills (relating to public utilities, transportation, agriculture and fisheries, for example); issues such as temperance and gerrymandering; and matters relating to the development of nationalist politics, such as the creation of the National League and the activities of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians. Series also includes notes, official documents, and newspaper articles regarding the affairs of his constituency. Series is divided into the following sub-series: 1. Correspondence with constituents, 1926-1928 2. Correspondence with constituents, 1935-1936. Sub-series are arranged alphabetically by correspondent or subject. Although Patrick O'Neill sat in parliament from 1921-1938, this fonds contains only correspondence records for the years 1926-1928 and 1935-1936. It is not known at this time where the other records reside; some may be found at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.

Notes on candidates for Inspector of Schools

File consists of a notebook containing information about candidates for the position of Inspector of Schools under the Ministry of Education, as well as a typed document about candidates that was found in the notebook.

1929 Election

File consists of correspondence and other materials relating to Patrick O'Neill's re-election in 1929.

Press cuttings

File consists of press cuttings, including news articles, letters to the editor, and political cartoons. File also includes a pamphlet about partition by the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, a poster regarding an Electricity Special Order by the Warrenpoint Gas Consumers' and Waterworks Company, and a draft and copy of a letter to the editor [publication unknown] by Patrick O'Neill.

Correspondence with constituents, 1935-1936

Sub-series consists of Patrick O'Neill's correspondence with constituents, supporters, and government ministers for the period from 1935 to 1936 in his role as MP for the Mourne division of County Down as well as notes, official documents and newspaper articles regarding the affairs of his constituency.

Spotlights on the Anglo-Irish Financial Quarrel

File consists of a booklet entitled 'Spotlights on the Anglo-Irish Financial Quarrel and the Diffuse White Paper on the Annuities: Focussing the Issues, a sequel to The Strange Case of the Irish Land Purchase Annuities' by Henry Harrison, O.B.E., M.C.

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