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], walking up O'Connell Street from the direction of the River Liffey, with Nelson's Pillar in the background.
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.
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 s
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 s
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Cusack in older age, bust only, dressed in heavy woollen coat and shirt of same  material, looking at the camera.
Cusack in older age, bust only, dressed in heavy woollen coat and shirt of same material, looking at the camera.
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.
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.
File of card and newspaper cuttings of death notices [collected by John Cusack and formerly pasted into P95/14].
File of card and newspaper cuttings of death notices [collected by John Cusack and formerly pasted into P95/14].
File of handwritten and typed transcripts of P95/1 and P95/3.
File of handwritten and typed transcripts of P95/1 and P95/3.
File of photographs and press cuttings formerly enclosed in P95/16 and /17.
File of photographs and press cuttings formerly enclosed in P95/16 and /17.
File of two holograph letters (and one transcript) from Edmund Fox, Burton-on-Trent [England], to "my dear Cousin" [John Cusack].
File of two holograph letters (and one transcript) from Edmund Fox, Burton-on-Trent [England], to "my dear Cousin" [John Cusack].
Fragment of bound foolscap minute book entitled "Dublin Hurling Club, established 1883", Listing officers of the committee for 1883, President H.
Fragment of bound foolscap minute book entitled "Dublin Hurling Club, established 1883", Listing officers of the committee for 1883, President H.
Handwritten letter (1 p) from Lughaidh Lamh Fhada [Michael Cusack], Queens Hotel, Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, to "Boys, one and all!" [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].
Handwritten letter in form of a diary by Lúghaidh Lamh Fada [Michael Cusack] entitled "Diary of Lúghaidh Lamh Fada, Creevah, Co.
Handwritten letter in form of a diary by Lúghaidh Lamh Fada [Michael Cusack] entitled "Diary of Lúghaidh Lamh Fada, Creevah, Co.
Handwritten memorandum signed "M.Cusack"
Handwritten memorandum signed "M.Cusack"
Holograph letter from Mary McGee, Wisbech [Norfolk], to Mrs.Cusack
Holograph letter from Mary McGee, Wisbech [Norfolk], to Mrs.Cusack
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 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).
Press cutting from ["Irish Independent"] with a photograph entitled "Memorial to G.A.A. founder"
Press cutting from ["Irish Independent"] with a photograph entitled "Memorial to G.A.A. founder"
Press cutting from the "Clare Champion", 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".
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.
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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