Whyte's History, Literature & Collectables 14th September 2013 - page 4

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Dr SB Kennedy
February 2013
SINCE 1783
1916 Rising: Northumberland Hotel or Liberty Hall Dublin fire buckets
A collection of four historically important stitched leather fire buckets from the
Northumberland Hotel later to become Liberty Hall. Each with the plaque of the
Northumberland Hotel "J. C. Joseph Prop, Dublin" and numbered 5, 6, 7 and 8
respectively. The bottom of number 6 replaced with a tarnished brass shell casing and
attractively engraved "Liberated from Liberty Hall. Removed by Rosie Hackett - Union's
Tobacco Shop Eden Quay. Presented 1st April 1938 to Capt. Joe, Joseph Connolly,
Donated by Thomas Kain, Big Jim's Beresford Place Veterans. From the Plough to the
Stars, I.C.A. Saol Fada Chugat. Still Fighting Fire With Fire, Dublin Fire Brigade." The
shell also marked with the words "Arklow Reload, Dublin National Shell Factory Parkgate
Rd." The remaining three marked on the base in gold lettering "N. Gifford, Old Dublin
Society, 1934". Presented to Connolly on the day that he retired from the fire brigade. As
the engraving suggests the buckets were removed from Liberty Hall by Rosie Hackett a
well known trade unionist and member of the Irish Citizenʼs Army and were then donated
by Thomas Kain, who had also been a member of the I.C.A. The Northumberland Hotel
building was sold at the turn of the 20th Century to Jim Larkin who turned it into the Head
Office for the Irish Transport and General Worker's Union. A unique piece of Irish Citizen
Army, Dublin Fire Brigade, Trade Union and 1916 Rising history. 12 x 10 in. €2,000-
€3,000 (£1,750-£2,620 approx)
1922 (30 June) Oscar Traynor letter to Dublin Fire Brigade regarding the evacuation
of casualties from the Four Courts
A unique and important typescript letter on Óglaigh na hÉireann Dublin City Brigade
Headquarters headed paper signed by Oscar Traynor. Sent to Joe Connolly of Dublin
Corporation Fire Brigade Ambulance asking him “...to take a car to the Four Courts and
ask for the wounded who are lying there... The Free State forces may demand them from
you as prisoners but... no force on earth can take them from you except by force and this
would be a breach of international law... This should be done at once as the men are in a
rather bad way some of them on the point of death and the buildings are still being
shelled.” Signed in ink by Traynor as O/C Dublin. €800-€1,200 (£700-£1,050 approx)
1916-1950: Joe Connolly archive including handwritten letter regarding the plight
of Eddie Connolly in New York
An anonymous 4pp manuscript letter written from New York and dated 1 October.
Addressed to Captain Joe Connolly, Chief of the Dublin Fire Brigade with content relating
to his brothers Seán who was killed during the 1916 Rising, Eddie, who at this point is
also in New York and who MacSwiney describes as having “...not worked in over a year
and he is down and out... he sleeps on the park bench with only the one old suit on his
back and his razor in his pocket...he never lost the pride of the Connollyʼs...” and
appealling to Joe to get together with the family to get together and send him the price of
his fare home as he would not survive the New York winter homeless. A remarkable and
emotive account of the plight of a 1916 Rising veteran signed as “A friend of yours and
Eddie...please destroy this letter that he may never see the handwriting”. Also with Joe
Connollyʼs autograph book dating from the 1940s, autographs include many members of
the family and ʻSome Poems of Roger Casementʼ published by Talbot Press 1918 with
some retrospective notes relating to Frongach and the 1916 Rising. The Connolly siblings
Joe, Seán, Mattie, George, Eddie and Katie all served with the Irish Citizen Army during
the 1916 Rising. Joe served under Michael Mallin at The Royal College of Surgeons. See
also lot 317. €200-€300 (£170-£260 approx)
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