A Bouquet of Irish Politicians

Irish Autograph Album, including Eámon de Valera and his Cabinet in the 8th Dáil, and Members of Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil.

[Dublin: 1931-1936].

Price: $2,500.00

About the item

Inserted leaf with 10 signatures, tipped in signatures on [24] leaves in a bound album. 1 vols. Oblong 12mo. A Bouquet of Irish Politicians. Burgundy leather, a.e.g. Some spotting to album leaves, signatures generally fine.

Item #260546

Choice album preserving a colorful and representative slice of Irish political life in the mid-1930s, including the signatures of Eámon de Valera and 9 members of his cabinet in the 8th Dáil (1933-1937) on a single sheet, followed by 24 individually tipped-in signatures (de Valera and seven others are repeated in this group).
Eámon de Valera was a leader in the war of independence and, after breaking with Sinn Féin in 1926, was a founder of Fianna Fáil and head of the Irish Free State government. The members of his cabinet for 1933-1937 who have signed here are Seán T. Ó Cellaigh (Seán Thomas O'Kelly), deputy prime minister; P.J. Ruttledge, minister for lands and fisheries; Seán MacEntee, minister of finance; Tomas O'Derrig, minister for education; Gerald Boland, secretary of Sinn Féin, chief whip; Frank Aiken, minister of defense; Seamus O'Rian (James Ryan), minister for agriculture; Patrick J. Little; Concobhar MagUidhr (Conor Maguire), attorney general, later chief justice 1946-1961 (many of these were founding members of Fianna Fáil).
The tipped in signatures include: J.J. McElligott, secretary of the Dept. of Finance 1927-1953; Eámon de Valera, dated 24.10.35; Seán T. Ó Cellaigh, Frank Aiken, dated 17.3.32; Seamus O'Rian; Geróid O'Beolláin (Gerald Boland); Seán MacEntee; Sean F. Lemass, ministry for industry and commerce, later prime minster (1959-1966); Seosamh O'Conghaile (Joseph Connolly, dated 16.3.32, minister for posts and telegraphs; P.J. Ruttledge, dated 25.9.34; Patrick J. Little; Cormac Breathnach, Fianna Fáil politician, served in the Dáil 1932-54; Eamonn Cooney, dated 16.3.32, Fianna Fáil politican, served in the Dáil 1932-54; Robert Briscoe, long-serving Fianna Fáil politician; Padraig MacGabhann (Patrick Smith), dated 13.7.32, Fianna Fáil politician who served in the Dáil for 53 years; Kath, O’Callaghan, professor, Sinn Féin member, widow of IRA officer Michael O'Callaghan; Maire Nic Suibhne (Mary MacSwiney) of Cork, hunger striker and Sinn Féin politician who became the leader of the party after de Valera left to form Fianna Fáil; Damhnal Ua Buachalla (Daniel Buckley), dated 12.2.36, founding member of Fianna Fáil, appointed Governor General of the Free State in 1932; James Geoghegan, dated 14.3.32, minister for justice in the 7th Dáil; Dorothy Macardle, dated 8.3.32, writer and republican imprisoned during the civil war, later author of a history, The Irish Republic (1937); Miceal Ó Flannagáin (Michael O'Flanagan), priest, vice-president of Sinn Féin; Pól Ua Fearghail (Paul O’Farrell), dated 5.11.31; Caitlin[?} O'Cleirigh, dated 16.3.32; Ruadhri Rodach.