Cusack papers

The Michael Cusack collection is the unique personal collection of the founder of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), generally acknowledged to be the greatest amateur sporting organisation in the world. The GAA, which remains a dominant force in Ireland's cultural and sporting life, was founded in 1884 as a highly influential element of the Irish cultural renaissance of the late nineteenth century and of Ireland's struggle to re-establish its own political, linguistic and cultural identity. Among the most important historical items in the collection are the complete minutes of the Dublin Hurling Club, from 1883. Cusack was Vice-President of the club, a predecessor to the national organisation founded the following year. In addition, there is a diary kept by Cusack on a visit to his native Clare in 1902 and a range of personal, biographical and photographic material on Cusack's family. Aside from its value for researchers into the cultural forces at work in that seminal period, and in particular the events leading up to the foundation of the GAA, the collection is unique in constituting the only known surviving material in Cusack's own hand and also in affording an unparalleled insight into the resilient personality of Cusack, the private family man, and his vibrant and gentle wit.


Black and white photograph of John Cusack
Black and white photograph of John Cusack
Black and white photograph of [John Cusack], walking up O'Connell Street from the direction of the River Liffey, with Nelson's Pillar in the background. Shop signs on the right, other pedestrians walking behind him. He wears a formal suit with a watch chain visible in his waistcoat. (Identification by P95/ 38 also stating that object is depicted near his solicitor's office. Photograph inside fold-out envelope.)
Black-and-white photograph of Margaret Imelda Woods, later Cusack.
Black-and-white photograph of Margaret Imelda Woods, later Cusack.
Black-and-white studio photograph (and two further copies) of Margaret Imelda Woods, later Cusack, only head and shoulders, hair in a bun and high-collared blouse with ornamental brooch. Portrayed in half profile and looking to the right. (All three mounted, first two original studio copies by Arthur Winter studio, Preston [England], last may be more recent and is loosely inserted into a fold-out mount. One studio copy bears caption in ink on reverse, "Mother RIP died September 6th 1890, born December 8, 1854, married June 14th, 1876?")
Black-and-white photograph of Michael Dominic and John Aloysius Cusack
Black-and-white photograph of Michael Dominic and John Aloysius Cusack
Black-and-white photograph and later copy, with portrait of Michael [Dominic] and John [Aloysius Cusack], sons of Michael and Margaret Cusack, as young children, both wearing sailors' suits and posing on a structure resembling a mast, a crow's nest, and ship's rigging. Both looking off to the left.
Black-and-white studio photograph of Michael Cusack in middle age.
Black-and-white studio photograph of Michael Cusack in middle age.
Black-and-white studio photograph of Michael Cusack in middle age, standing in the centre, looking at the camera, dressed in country walking suit, cummerbund and knickerbockers, faintly smiling; holding blackthorn stick in right hand and resting the left on an ornamental bench.
Black-and-white studio photograph of three young women.
Black-and-white studio photograph of three young women.
Black-and-white studio photograph of three young women, two seated and one standing behind them, all in their early 20s, two wearing white blouses and black skirts, one (on right) dressed in dark dress. Woman on the left is seated before a small table, leaning onto a gazette-type sheath of papers lying on it. William Lawrence's studio, Upper Sackville St, Dublin.
Cusack in older age, dressed in heavy woollen coat.
Cusack in older age, dressed in heavy woollen coat.
Cusack in older age, bust only, dressed in heavy woollen coat and shirt of same material, looking at the camera. Caption in ink on reverse "Michael Cusack,founder of the G.A.A.". (Enclosed: original maroon frame in paper and fabric, broken flap.)
Draft family pedigree by John Cusack.
Draft family pedigree by John Cusack.
Draft family pedigree by [John Cusack], beginning with the generation before Michael and Margaret Cusack, and ending with the next generation [his own], listing five children by name, and stating that four died in infancy under 8 years of age. Name and address of Kate Cusack, Brooklyn, are added in pencil underneath. Michael Cusack's siblings are named as John, Mary, Patrick, Thomas. [This was written on letterpaper with Rathgar address, indicating writer; also see P95/ 38 (Patricia O'Connell's list of these items).]
File of card and newspaper cuttings of death notices collected by John Cusack.
File of card and newspaper cuttings of death notices collected by John Cusack.
File of card and newspaper cuttings of death notices [collected by John Cusack and formerly pasted into P95/14]. Including association card for John Cusack to the Association of the Perpetual Lamp (1912); death notices including those of Mother Gabriel (Bride) Cusack; John Colman Woods; Patrick O'Brien; wedding notice for Connor O'Brien and Mildred Collins.
File of handwritten and typed transcripts.
File of handwritten and typed transcripts.
File of handwritten and typed transcripts of P95/1 and P95/3. With annotation that Lughaidh Lámh Fada was "the Celtic God of light and genius", according to Pádraig Dinneen's Foclóir Gaedhilge agus Béarla.
File of photographs and press cuttings.
File of photographs and press cuttings.
File of photographs and press cuttings formerly enclosed in P95/16 and /17. Photographs show John Cusack and other people [mostly family] in various locations [including a holiday abroad]. Including holiday photograph of 1941 including studio portrait [late 19th c.] of lady in white dress with flowers; John [and Kathleen] Cusack at Kate Kearney's Cottage, Killarney; portrait of three ladies including Bride Cusack (Sr.Mary Gabriel); large group of Irish laymen with [Archbishop John Mary Harty] in the centre, in front of Thurles Cathedral (pre-November 1946); special stamp of 1932-Eucharistic Congress.
File of two holograph letters from Edmund Fox, Burton-on-Trent, to John Cusack.
File of two holograph letters from Edmund Fox, Burton-on-Trent, to John Cusack.
File of two holograph letters (and one transcript) from Edmund Fox, Burton-on-Trent [England], to "my dear Cousin" [John Cusack]. Enclosing photograph of one page of The Clare Champion [22 September 1938] with feature article "Cusack's Memory", and at length discussing various points of family history; including family names Flannery, Doolin, Cusack (unsure of its antiquity), and place names (Kilnaboy). Recalling meeting his father [Michael Cusack] in 1883. Some expressions of regret that the old times have gone; "níl na daoine comh nadú[rtha] mar bhí siad fadó...I fear the old jovial spirit has perished"; referring repeatedly to a friend nick-named "Cú Uladh". (Writer of transcript unknown.)
Fragment of bound foolscap minute book entitled "Dublin Hurling Club, established 1883".
Fragment of bound foolscap minute book entitled "Dublin Hurling Club, established 1883".
Fragment of bound foolscap minute book entitled "Dublin Hurling Club, established 1883", Listing officers of the committee for 1883, President H.A.Auchinleck, Vice-Presdident M.Cusack, honorary secretary and treasurer L.H.Christian, and committee members William Bell, [ ] Bodkin, W.Burke, Hugh Cooke, L.Hamilton, C.E.Rowland, Frank A., R.M., W. and Robert Potterton. Containing minutes of meetings, petty cash account, but missing list of debts to the club. With handwritten note on title-page by Lúghaidh Lamh Fada [Michael Cusack] that the item was lent to him by "my friend and colleague Lloyd Christian", on 23 March 1905. Binding loose and pp.5-46, 58-69, 78-99, 102-128 [and more] missing.(pasted onto end-paper) receipt from Kenilworth Pharmacy [London] for Mrs.Cusack, March 1944.
Handwritten letter from Michael Cusack to his family in Dublin.
Handwritten letter from Michael Cusack to his family in Dublin.
Handwritten letter (1 p) from Lughaidh Lamh Fhada [Michael Cusack], Queens Hotel, Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, to "Boys, one and all!" [his family in Dublin]. Stating intention of having a proper rest for a week or two; having attended the baths already once. Asking for some trifles left behind, and for news.
Handwritten letter in form of a diary Michael Cusack entitled "Diary of Lúghaidh Lamh Fada, Creevah, Co. Clare.
Handwritten letter in form of a diary Michael Cusack entitled "Diary of Lúghaidh Lamh Fada, Creevah, Co. Clare.
Handwritten letter in form of a diary by Lúghaidh Lamh Fada [Michael Cusack] entitled "Diary of Lúghaidh Lamh Fada, Creevah, Co.Clare". Giving humorous account of a holiday in County Clare, travelling there from Dublin via Limerick, visiting cousins and friends, travelling to Ennis, Ruan, Corofin, Lisdoonvarna, Creevah, Kilfenora. Mentioning Hugh Brady, cousins Patsey, Michael, Lizzie Cusack, and cousin John Culliney. Also mentioning a meeting of "Gaels" in Limerick during night of travel, and giving impressions from his address to a Mr Hourigan's Gaelic League meeting in Corofin: "Spoke loudly, strongly and melodiously with the illimitable resources and delightful imagery of a man of two tongues... my voice was as sweet as an Irish tune and its intonations as graceful as the curl of a reel". Also referring to the "Tuovahera tragedy in 1831" when Cusacks and neighbours killed "the five unfortunate men who were doing what the peelers did afterwards in Mitchelstown".
Handwritten memorandum signed "M.Cusack"
Handwritten memorandum signed "M.Cusack"
Handwritten memorandum signed "M.Cusack", concerning his family background, and burial places of his and his wife's parents. Stating the background to his father's family to be Norman-Welsh. Referring to his wife Margaret Imelda's death on St.Imelda's feast-day. "The story of Ireland may tell the rest, if it likes." Stating he wrote this for the benefit of his children. A rough sketch of pedigree heads the memorandum, possibly added later, listing Michael Cusack, Margaret Woods, and their respective parents. Enclosing a transcription of the memorandum.
Holograph letter from Mary McGee to Mrs.Cusack
Holograph letter from Mary McGee to Mrs.Cusack
Holograph letter from Mary McGee, Wisbech [Norfolk], to Mrs.Cusack, relating of her visit to Miss and Mr Cusack in Wanstead [London]. Her plan to go to Limerick for Christmas; referring to Mr Cusack, and to mutual friends, including Fr Angelus.
Mounted black-and-white group photograph members of The Trinity College rugby team.
Mounted black-and-white group photograph members of The Trinity College rugby team.
Mounted black-and-white group photograph of 15 members of [The Trinity College rugby team at the Phoenix rugby club], front members sitting on bench, rest standing behind them, including Michael Cusack (second seated from left). Mounted. Photograph faded and scratched in places. [Cf.Cronin, Duncan, Rouse The GAA A People's History p.17.]
Press cutting entitled "The man Cusack - great Clare scholar who founded GAA".
Press cutting entitled "The man Cusack - great Clare scholar who founded GAA".
Press cutting from the "Clare Champion", entitled "The man Cusack - great Clare scholar who founded GAA".
Press cutting of a photograph entitled "Memorial to G.A.A. founder"
Press cutting of a photograph entitled "Memorial to G.A.A. founder"
Press cutting from ["Irish Independent"] with a photograph entitled "Memorial to G.A.A. founder", regarding the unveiling of a memorial to Michael Cusack in Glasnevin.
Receipt from the Dublin Cemeteries' Office for the interment of Michael Cusack.
Receipt from the Dublin Cemeteries' Office for the interment of Michael Cusack.
Printed receipt from the Dublin Cemeteries' Office with handwritten insertions; regarding sum paid by John Cusack for the interment of Michael Cusack in Prospect Cemetery on 2 November; signed by clerk.

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