Abbey Theatre Minute Book 1912 - 1939

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National Theatre


Society Ltd.


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Minute Book


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Nov. 22nd 1912.


The annual general meeting of the National
Theatre Society Limited was held in the
office Abbey Theatre on the above date.


The following members were present - Lady
Gregory and Mr. W. B. Yeats; and the following
were in attendance. Miss Sara Allgood, Mr.
Edmund Burke, Mr. U. Wright and Mr. Lennox
Robinson. (?)Lady Gregory was in
the chair. A statement was made by W. B.
Yeats with regard to the winding up of the old
National Theatre Society Ltd. and the forming of the
new Theatre Society. It was proposed by
Mr. W. B. Yeats and seconded by Lady Gregory
that shares in the new company should
be allotted as follows Lady Gregory 188 shares W. B. Yeats 188 " U. Wright 2 " Sara Allgood 4" Edmund Burke 2 " Rt. Hon. W. F. Bailey 2 Philip Hanson 2 Lennox Robinson 2



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It was proposed by Mr. W. B. Yeats and seconded
by Miss Sara Allgood that Mr. U. Wright
should be appointed manager of the society.
It was proposed by Miss Sara Allgood
and seconded by Mr. U. Wright that Mr.
Lennox Robinson should be appointed
secretary to the society. Their proposals
were passed unanimously.


The future work and development of the
Theatre was discussed also the possibility
of buying or hiring the Mechanics Institute.
The meeting then adjourned.


W. B. Yeats



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Oct 31st 1913


The annual general meeting of the National
Theatre Society Limited was held in the office,
Abbey Theatre on the above date.
The following members of the society were
present - Lady Gregory, W. B. Yeats,
the Rt. Hon. W. F. Bailey, Philip
Hanson, U. Wright, Lennox Robinson
Mr. W. B. Yeats was in the chair.
The minutes of the last meeting were
read and signed. The finances of
the theatre and the future work
and the advisability of purchasing
the Mechanics Institute when it
would come up for auction
were discussed.


The meeting then adjourned.


W. B. Yeats



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Thursday April 16th 1914
NATIONAL THEATRE SOCIETY, LTD.
On the above date a meeting of Directors
was held in the office Abbey Theatre.
There were present Mr. W. B. Yeats, who
presided, Lady Gregory, Mr. W. F. Bailey
Mr. Harris, Auditor and Mr. A. P. Wilson
the business manager.


A general discussion took place upon the
work and future prospects of the companies
under the societies' management, and it
was decided that in the future the whole of
the banking and other business transactions
of the companies would be done with one
set of books and one bank account
instead on the No. 1 and No. 2 accounts which
had been utilised up till this meeting. The
auditor was instructed to prepare a statement
showing how much had been lost over the
whole of last year's working by both companies
together. Said statement to be read by
Mr. Yeats at a full meeting of the principal
company in London in June next. It was


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further agreed that a first charge should be
made upon all takings of either company
of 10% or more for the upkeep of the Theatre
proper and paid into that account. The
exact percentage to be determined on by
the auditor.


It was the unanimous opinion of the
meeting that in future no loans
should be made to any member of
the company.


W. B. Yeats



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Friday June 19th 1914


The annual general meeting of the
National Theatre Society Ltd. was held in
the Royal Court Theatre London on the
above date. There were present Mr. W. B.
Yeats and Lady Gregory the directors, Mr. A. P.
Wilson, the manager and Mr. U. Wright.
Mr. Yeats took the chair.


Mr. Yeats announced that Mr. Robinson had
resigned the management of the company
and arising from that a letter was read
from Mr. Robinson also saying that he
wished to resign the secretaryship of the
society though he still would remain a
member. Mr. Wilson's appointment as
manager of the company was then confirmed
and on the motion of the chairman, seconded
by Mr. Wright he was also appointed secretary
to the society. Mr. J. F. Barlow's appointment
as assistant stage manager was also
confirmed. Thereafter the meeting ended.


W. B. Yeats



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11 Royal Avenue
Chelsea


Friday June 12


Dear Yeats


I have received an
invite to the meeting of the
Nat. Th. Soc. for next Friday-
I will be in Paris all
next week so can't attend
- unless there's something very
special on and then I
would come back for it


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if you wanted me. I
suppose I had better resign
the secretaryship of the N. T. S.
as I may be little in
Dublin in the future but
of course I will still
remain a member.
Yours sincerely
Lennox Robinson


Wilson will [want to send]to
Dublin for the minute book.



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Directors Meeting


Coole Park
Gort
Co. Galway Novem. 15th 1914


Present Lady Gregory & W. B. Yeats
Mr. Wilson, manager was in attendance


The present financial condition of the Theatre
was considered. Mr. Wilson reported, the
the new audit had not yet been received, but
it seemed probable that leaving out losses
on the summer, the Theatre might just pay
its expenses for the present quarter.
It was decided unless the audit or later
events made it necessary not to reduce
salaries. At the same time it was obvious
so long as the war continued it was
unlikely that the losses would be made up,
not merely the losses on America but the
lack of a sufficient London profit to set
against the salaries paid during the
holidays As a considerable time would have
to pass until there was any possibility
of profit sharing it seemed better, therefore


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to abolish the profit sharing system
until further notice. At present it would
only cause disappointment.


The question of the return of Miss
Allgood was also considered, and, in
consideration of the fact that she would
undoubtedly increase the drawing power
of the company, Mr. Wilson was empowered
in case of her return to give her and
Mr. Sinclair a slight increase in salary
(ten shillings). Should she ask for special
terms, the only special terms to be
conceded, apart from this slight increase,
was to be a short contract say for three
months. She was not to be given a
contract she could break in case
of getting an engagement in England
The short contract, however, it was
considered might meet her needs on this
matter.


W. B. Yeats



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Directors Meeting
Abbey Theatre, 10th April, 1915.
Present W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, Rt. Hon. W. F.
Bailey, CB., and Fred J. Harris.
Financial Report.
Capital of Theatre.


If investments sold at present selling value
they would realise £2327.10.0
We consider the present selling value
of the Theatre after paying for
the new additional portion (the sum of
£1250) to be at least £6000.0.0


On this we should be able to
realise £3000. Out of this £3000 we
then pay the sum of £1250 for
the new portion just mentioned
The overdraft in the bank is £200
which will, of course, also come out
of the £3000, and to allow for loss
on Dublin playing this season
exclusive of losses on tours £120.
8327.10.0



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Directors Meeting Contd.
I It is decided to reserve a sum
of £1000 to pay the rent, etc. for
two years in case of having to
cease playing owing to the war.


II It is decided also to reserve
another sum of £1,000 to restart
work. This would leave a sum
of £1757.10.0 to be used to
tide over the present emergency.


Mr. Harris's Statement
Mr. Harris then made a statement
on behalf of the purchase of the Mechanics
Institute and said the sum £1250 should
be paid out of the Investment Fund, it
being only changing the investments from
[scrip] into property, and said this would
leave us then that for the working of the
Theatre we could get on loan from the bank
whatever money is considered necessary on
placing with them portions of the leases of
the Theatre. This will have to be done at


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once and get an overdraft of say £600 for
the present working of the company.


After considering Mr. Harris's statement we came
to the conclusion that this would be the
best course to adopt, and instructed Mr.
Harris to arrange to carry out this
scheme as soon as ever possible


W. B. Yeats


Copy of letter attached sent to Mr. Harris
on 5th February, 1915, authorising the application
for overdraft to the bank, and signed by
Mr. Yeats.



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Stone Cottage Coleman's Hatch Sussex


Dear Mr. Harris


I send you the application for the
overdraft. If the form of words is correct will you
please forward it. If not, I would be obliged if you
will send me a typed letter in the proper form, which
I will sign. I have no experience of this loan,
[ ]


Yours sincerely


W. B. Yeats
Feb, 5, 1915



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Friday, April 9th, 1915


The Annual General Meeting of the National
Theatre Society Ltd. was held in the Abbey Theatre,
on the above date. The following members of the
society were present. Mr. W. B. Yeats and
Lady Gregory, the Directors: Mr. A. Patrick Wilson,
Manager, Mr. W. B. Bailey and Mr. Fred Harris,
Auditor. Mr. W. B. Yeats took the chair.


The financial aspect of the Theatre affairs
was left to the sub-committee consisting of
the Auditor, Fred Harris, and Mr. W. Bailey.


Statement by Mr. Harris
The Revenue Account for the twelve months
ended [28th] February, 1915, shows gross Theatre
receipts from all sources amounting to £8141.9.3.
Against this is charged the expenditure: Salaries,
permanent & staff, advertising; printing and
bill-posting: house expenses: stationary & postage;
props, typewriting; hire of furniture; lighting
and heating; rents; rates and costumes, dramatists fees and all


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other expenses in connection with the working of
the Theatre, and writing off depreciations to the
extent of £152, the total amounting to £9352.2.7.
This shows a deficiency on the period for the
twelve months and taken into the Balance Sheet
of £1210.13.4. The Balance Sheet then shows
the position of affairs at the [28th] February, 1915.


Theatre Premises at, £1000 General Property 100 Costumes & Scenery 360 Improvements a/c 40 Heating [Plant] 10 Sunday Debtors 88.11.9 Cash in Bank & on hands 104.1.6 Scenery at present in America 65 Books of tickets on hand 10 Books on hand 13 Your total assets being 1790.14.10

(PTO)



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The Liabilities
£1000 Capital authorised at £1000 " issued 390.0.0 Sunday Trade Creditors 36.7.3 Munster & Leinster Bank 154.14.4 The Endowment Fund 484.9.5 Making the Total Liabilities 1065.11.0


The accumulation of profits stands now at
£725.3.10 as against £1935.17.2, but as I
mentioned in a letter to Lady Gregory this large
deficiency does not all come under the present
management, about £600 of this being lost on the
American tour, which was previous to Mr. Wilson's
taking over the management of the Theatre.


Mechanics Institute
After the meeting the new premises known as
the Mechanics Institute, and bought within the
last month for the Theatre, was inspected by
Lady Gregory, Mr. Yeats, Mr. Harris & Mr. Wilson,
when they decided to get an estimate from


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one or two firms in town for putting it somewhat
in repair, but that at the present time it was
not their intention of going on with any
immediate work, and it was decided to leave
it until the war is over in the hope that
things would be better in the way of income
coming in to the Theatre.



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19th July 1915


A letter was received from Mr. A. Patrick
Wilson, dated July 19th, tendering his resignation
as manager to the National Theatre Society Ltd.,
and which was accepted by the Directors,
they appointing Mr. U. Wright as his
successor pro tem.


The following letter was received from Mr.
Yeats giving further directions and authorising
Mr. Harris to get whatever overdraft would
be necessary to enable the carrying on of the Theatre


Dear Sir
I duly received your letter with regard
to the overdraft you require to carry on the
Theatre engagements and I authorise you on
behalf of Lady Gregory and myself to lodge
the title deeds of the Mechanics Institute,
lately purchased by us, with the Munster &


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Leinster Bank, Sackville Street, so as to
secure an overdraft from them of
£600 or £700 or whatever sum you
may think necessary.


Yours faithfully
(signed) W. B. Yeats


2nd October, 1915. Tuesday


Mr. Harris was appointed by the Directors,
owing to the financial position, to go to London
and explain to the artists that the present
salaries would have to be reduced so as to
enable the Theatre to be carried on, and
an agreement drawn up by him to this
effect and to be signed by each artist.
This was done, all the artists agreeing to
the new terms, and as specified in the
agreement, with the exception of Messrs


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Sinclair and Morgan, who, refusing
to join in, were dismissed from the
services of the company on the
following Saturday, all monies due to
them being paid in full.


13th October 1915
On the 13th October Mr. Harris received
a letter from Mr. Yeats informing him
that he had engaged the services of
St. John G. Ervine as manager to
the National Theatre Society, Ltd. (to succeed
Mr. U. Wright, who was anxious to give
up his duties for his own personal reasons),
subject to him arranging financial questions
with Mr. Harris. Mr. Harris wrote to
Mr. Ervine on the 16th October 1915



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Copy of letter Mr. Harris sent to Mr. St. John Ervine
16th October 1915


Dear Mr. Ervine
I am in receipt of your favour of yesterday's
date.


I am afraid that owing to the financial
position of the Theatre, I would be unable to
offer you that salary which I know that
your literary reputation, to say of nothing else,
would entitle you. We have been hard
pushed for some time past, and, unfortunately,
we were paying out monies which we should
not, and, knowing this, I really feel a bit
delicate in making you the only offer that
I am in a position to do under the cir-
cumstances, viz, that you should take over
the management of the Abbey Theatre, say for
the next two months at a salary of £150
per year. And should Mrs. Ervine act, at,
say, £[10].10.0 then if the Company goes
on, and the theatre becomes a paying


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concern, I am perfectly sure that the
Directors, with myself, would be only
too pleased to make it up to you
but it would all depend on the
results of the Theatre was paying or
otherwise.


I shall feel obliged by your letting
me know as early as possible what
you decide upon, as, of course, some
arrangement will have to be come to
before the Theatre opens.


Yours sincerely


(Signed) F. J. Harris


Mr. Ervine's reply to Mr. Harris's letter
18th October 1915


Dear Mr. Harris


I accept the terms offered in your letter
of the 16th inst., and will come to Dublin
Wednesday week, viz., 29th October 1915.
Sincerely (signed) St. John G. Ervine



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5th June 1916


The Annual General Meeting of the National
Theatre Society, Ltd., was held in the office of the
Abbey Theatre on the above date. The following
were present: Mr. W. B. Yeats & Lady Gregory, Directors;
the Rt. Hon. W. F. Bailey, C. B., and Mr. Fred Harris, auditor
Mr. W. B. Yeats presided.


The matter of the dismissal of the company on 27th
May, 1916, was then discussed. This dismissal was decided
upon the recommendation of Mr. St. John Ervine,
Manager, whose statement as to acts of insubordination
and failure to attend a special rehearsal in Limerick
of the Playboy of the Western World made this dismissal
necessary. A week's notice was given to the players
concerned (with the exception of J. M. Kerrigan & Fred
O'Donovan, who had previously resigned to take up work
with a Cinema Company) but the players refused to
perform during the week of notice, and the Company
disbanded. The best means of getting together a new
Company was then considered. After a long discussion
an arrangement was come to by the Directors and
members present that the Theatre would be closed for
an indefinite period until such time as a Company


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could be got together again.


It was further decided that no tours were
to be taken without consulting the Directors
as during the past quarter various losses were
incurred in going to unsuitable places.


It was also decided that:-
I. All payments made by the Manager, Stage Manager
or other official of the Company when on tour or
in Dublin must be set out in detail and
passed by the Financial Committee before payment.


Any payments made without the sanction of
the Finance Committee shall be submitted to them
as soon as possible, and if not approved by them
the amount shall be refunded to the Company
or debited to the official who has made such payment.



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14th July, 1916


A meeting was held in the Abbey Theatre on the
above date. There were present: Lady Gregory, Directors:
The Rt. Hon. W. F. Bailey, C. B., & Mr. Fred Harris, Auditor.


After disposing of various matters in connection with
the carrying on of the Theatre, and a letter being read
from the late Manager, St. John Ervine, whose resignation
had been accepted that day, the offer of Mr. A. J. Keogh
to take up the management and act as producer
and to form a new Company with as many as
possible of the old members as might be thought
advisable in case they wished to come back; and
after Mr. Robinson's name being also mentioned as a
probable Manager, the members decided to appoint Mr.
Keogh for a period of six months from the 1st September
subject to the rules and regulations to be drawn up
in the contract. Mr. Harris was asked to approach
Mr. Keogh (who waited in the Green Room) as to what terms
he would require to take up the foregoing position.
After Mr. Harris's interview, he returned and informed us
that Mr. Keogh would be willing to accept the position
for the sum of £4 per week while in Dublin, and an
extra £1.10.0 when on tour. The members present


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agreed to this proposal, and afterwards interviewed
Mr. Keogh, who thanked them for the appointment
informing them he would do everything he could
for the advancement of art, and put on such
plays as the directors thought advisable.



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ABBEY THEATRE


In a meeting held, with a view to cutting down expenses, at The
Gresham Hotel, 13th March 1917,Lady Gregory representing the
Directors, Mr. Harris representing the Finance Committee, it was
decided:-- That all advertisements shall be discontinued in the Weekly
Papers and the length of insertions in the Daily Papers
should be reduced as much as possible. That furniture and other articles necessary for the pro-
duction of plays and for the general Theatre, shall
not be obtained without a written order from the Secretary,
and that estimates shall be required before orders are placed. That the contract having expired with Messrs. Dollards, the
the printing of the programmes shall be given to Messrs.
Corrigan and Wilson, provided that their price is in order. That before each new production a list of the cast and the
proposed salaries of the artists shall be submitted to the
Finance Committee and Directors for their approval.



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29 Lower Ormond Quay Dublin


21 April 1917


Telephone No. 3470


Fred Harris
Acoountant and Auditor


At a meeting held by the Directors (Abbey Theatre)
at 29, Lr. Ormond Quay today, Mr. Keogh's letter referring to
signing Contract was considered, and also his later desire to
sign last week to Mr. Harris by wire. The Directors had,
however, already accepted his refusal and had made other
arrangements for the management of the Theatre which will not
permit of retaining his services. They hope he will see his way
to stay on until the Company's visit to London.


With regard to Bonus. In the absence of a financial
success the matter does not arise, but in consideration of his
difficult work at the time of transition, we are anxious to deal
generously with him. He will therefore receive his full salary
to end of August.


(signed) Lady Gregory.


" W. B. Yeats



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25 May, '17


At Mr. Harris' office, Lr. Ormond Quay,
Mr. Keogh on above date handed over the
keys of the theatre which were in his
possession. Miss Rennick was present, & Mr. Harris
subsequently gave the key of the stair door & the
key of the office to Mr. O'Donovan.



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A General Meeting of the National Theatre was
held in the Abbey Theatre on Wednesday 16th March, 1921.
Present Lady Gregory, Lennox Robinson, F. J. Harris
and J. H. Perrin.


The accounts for the financial year ending
28th Febry. 1921 were read by Mr. Harris and passed by
the meeting.


Different matters in connection with the
closing of the Theatre for the summer months,
and arranging plays for the ensuing season
were discussed.


W. B. Yeats April 2nd 1923



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A General Meeting of the National
Theatre Society Ltd. was held in the
Abbey Theatre on Tuesday 25th April, 1922.
Present - Lady Gregory, W. B. Yeats,
Lennox Robinson, F. J. Harris and J. H. Perrin.


The accounts for the financial year
ending 28th February, 1922 were read
by Mr. Harris and passed by the meeting.


Different matters in connection with
the closing of the Theatre for the summer
months were discussed.


W. B. Yeats
April 1st, 1923



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A General meeting of the National Theatre Society
Ltd. was held in the Abbey Theatre on April 16th
1923.


Present: Lady Gregory, W. B. Yeats and Lennox
Robinson.


The minutes of the previous meeting were
confirmed and signed.
The accounts for the financial year ending
February 28th 1923 were considered and passed.
The letter [sent] to the government drafted by Mr.
Robinson was approved; it was decided it would
be forwarded to the government at the end of the
present financial quarter (May 31st) together
with an estimate prepared by Mr. Harris
of the value of the Theatre.


It was [ordered] that estimates be prepared
for necessary repairs and re-painting of the
Theatre.


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a meeting of the Directors of
The National Theatre Society Limited
Held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on Tuesday
15th April 1924 at 11.30 a.m.


Present
Lady Gregory, W. B. Yeats and Lennox Robinson.
Also present
J. H. Perrin, secretary, and G. H. Tulloch.


Mr. Lennox Robinson was formally
appointed a Director of the Society.
A transfer of 49 shares, numbered from
140 to 188 inclusive, from Lady Gregory was
submitted and passed, and a transfer from
W. B. Yeats to Lennox Robinson of 49 shares
numbered 328 to 376 inclusive, was also passed.


A statement of accounts for the year ending
29th February 1924, certified by Messrs. George
Munns & Company was submitted to the meeting.


It was agreed that the Annual Meeting
should be held on Tuesday 3rd June 1924, at the


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Abbey Theatre.


A draft of the report to be submitted by the
Directors to the Annual Meeting, in accordance
with article 57, prepared by Mr. Tulloch, was approved.


It was agreed that Messrs. Craig Gardner
& Company's name should be submitted to the
Annual Meeting for election as auditors of the
Company for the ensuing year. Mr. Robinson
undertook to give notice to the secretary of his
intention to nominate Messrs. Craig Gardner &
Company, and it was arranged that a copy of
this notice should be sent to Messrs. George Munns
& Company 7 days before the meeting, and that a
copy of the notice should also be sent to the
Shareholders when the meeting is being summoned.


It was reported that the Munster & Leinster
Bank were taking steps to obtain a mortgage
on the Society's premises and that a draft of
the mortgage drawn up by Messrs. Maxwell Weldon
& Company, the Bank's Solicitors, had been sent to
Messrs. Whitney, Moore & Keller the Solicitors to
the Society. A letter was read from the latter


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firm pointing out that Messrs. Maxwell
Weldon & Company require a [consent] as provided
by Article 32, to be signed by all the Directors to
the borrowing by the Society of sums in
excess of £1,000. They also require the Directors
to pass a resolution authorising the raising
of sums up to £2000 from the Munster & Leinster
Bank. The following Consent was accordingly
signed by the three Directors:-
"It being provided by Article No. 32 of
"the Society's Articles of Association that
"no monies exceeding in all a sum of
"£1000 shall be borrowed without the
"consent of all the Directors. We the
"Directors of the Society hereby consent
"to the borrowing by the Society from
"the Munster & Leinster Bank Limited of
sums not exceeding in all £2,000"


The following resolution was also passed:-
"Resolved that a sum not exceeding Two
"Thousand Pound (£2,000) be raised on
"the security of the Theatre premises on

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"overdraft from the Munster & Leinster Bank
"Limited to be secured by a mortgage of
"such Premises to the Bank".


It was reported that the present overdraft
was between £1600 and £1700, and Mr. Tulloch
advised that the investments at present held by
the Society should be sold. It was reported
that these would probably realise close on £1100
and that if they were realised the overdraft
would be reduced to £600 or £700, in which case
the Bank might not require the mortgage. It was
decided that Mr. Robinson and Mr. Tulloch should
interview the manager of the Bank and arrange
matters and it was agreed that the investments
should be sold.


Mr. Perrin reported that he had got all
the books in Mr. Munn's possession and that
the Private Ledger has not been written up since
the year 1919, he also reported that no Share
Certificate Book could be found.


The Endowment Fund and the Theatre Funds


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amounting together to £3362-6-10 were discussed
and Mr. Tulloch advised that if there were
no obligations attached to these funds they
should be merged in a General Reserve Fund, and
that the deficiency of £1661-14-6 in the Balance
Sheet should be deducted therefrom, which
would leave a balance of £1700-12-4 at the
credit of Reserve Fund. Lady Gregory stated
that both these funds were formed out of
collected by her at different times for
the carrying on of the Theatre, and that
there were no obligations attached to them. It
was agreed that Mr. Tulloch's suggestion
should be adopted.


A general discussion took place as to the
finances of the Theatre and it was agreed that
the government should be approached for a state
subsidy at the rate of £1000 per annum.


Mr. Robinson and Mr. Tulloch subsequently
attended the manager of the Munster & Leinster
Bank, Sackville street. The manager stated that


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even in the event of the overdraft being reduced
to £600 or £700 by the sale of the Stock Exchange
Securities it was desirable, from the Bank's
point of view, that the mortgage should be
carried through, and he pointed out that it
was also desirable from the point of view of the
Society in order that they might increase the
overdraft if necessary. He stated that on the
security of the mortgage the Bank would be willing
to authorise an overdraft up to a limit of £2000.
He said that the rate of interest would be the
ordinary Bank's interest for overdrafts from time to
time (at present 6%) and that they could not
see their way to giving better terms having regard
to the nature of the security. He stated that the
investments were still in the names of Lady
Gregory and Mr. Yeats and the certificates would be
released at any time in an undertaking that the
proceeds of the sale would be lodged in reduction
of the Bank's overdraft. If desired, the Bank
would arrange for the sale.



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Minutes of a meeting of the Directors of the National
Theatre Society Limited.
Held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin on Tuesday 3rd
June 1924 at 11.15 a.m.


Present Lady Gregory, W. B. Yeats and Lennox Robinson
Also Present, G. H. Tulloch and J. H. Perrin.


Mr. Keller representing Whitney, Moore & Keller, Solicitors
to the Society presented the Mortgage on the Society's premises
required by Messrs. Maxwell, Weldon & Company, Solicitors
to the Munster & Leinster Bank Limited. This was
signed by all three Directors, witnessed and the Society's
seal affixed thereto.


A discussion took place as to the date for the re-
opening of the theatre and it was decided to fix the date
for Monday 21st July 1924.


It was decided that for the present no monies
should be expended on the decoration of the Theatre. Mr.
Perrin was, however, instructed to obtain an estimate
for the re-seating of the Stalls and also one for the
repairing of all seats in the Theatre. The question as


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to whether the Company should be paid during the
summer months was then discussed and it was
decided to pay the following members half salary.
Miss Allgood, Miss Delaney, Mr. A. J. McCormick,
Mr. A. Shields. It was also decided to renew Mr.
Dolan's agrrement as Manager of the Theatre for a
further six months.


It was decided that the services of the present Wardrobe
Mistress be dispensed with and replaced by a more efficient
worker having a sewing machine of her own.


Mr. Yeats proposed and it was decided that in
the future should the Company take out any play
forming part of the repertory of the Theatre they
should not be permitted to cut or modify that
play in any manner.


It was also decided that the Theatre messenger
should from the 1st of May receive a wage of £1-0-0
per week, during the period of playing this wage
to include the lighting of the boiler.



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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting
of The National Theatre Society Limited.
Held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on Tuesday
3rd June, 1924 at 11.30 a.m.


Present
Lady Gregory, W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson,
Sara Allgood, Wright.
Also present
J. H. Perrin and G. H. Tulloch.


The notice summoning the meeting was read.
The minutes of the previous meeting were confirmed
and signed.


The Auditor's Report on accounts for year ended
29th February 1924 was read and the Directors'
Report and Statement of Accounts for year
ended 29th February 1924 was submitted.


The following resolution proposed by Mr. W. B.
Yeats and seconded by Lady Gregory was passed
by the meeting:-
"That the Directors' Report and Statement of

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Accounts for year ended 29th February 1924 as now
submitted to this meeting, be and the same are
hereby adopted."


The following resolution proposed by Miss Sara
and seconded by Mr. W. B. Yeats was
passed by the meeting:-
"That the retiring Director, Mr. Lennox Robinson
be, and is hereby re-elected a Director of the
Company."


The following resolution proposed by Mr. Lennox
Robinson and seconded by Mr. W. B. Yeats was
passed by the meeting:-
"That Messrs. Craig Gardner & Company be
and are hereby elected Auditors to the Company
for the ensuing year"


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting
of the National Theatre Society Ltd.
Held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on Thursday
4th June, 1925 at 11.30 a.m.


Present: Lady Gregory, W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson
Also present, G. H. Tulloch, J. H. Perrin.


The notice summoning the meeting was read.
The Minutes of the previous meeting were confirmed
and signed.


The Auditor's Report on Accounts for year ended
28th February 1925 was read and the Directors' Report
and Statement of Accounts for year ended 28th February
1925 was submitted.


The following resolution proposed by Mr. W. B. Yeats
and seconded by Mr. Lennox Robinson was passed by the
meeting.
"That the Directors' Report and Statement of Accounts
for the year ended 28th February 1925 as now submitted to
meeting, be and the same are hereby adopted."



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The following resolution proposed by Lady Gregory and

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seconded by Mr. W. B. Yeats was passed by the meeting
"That the returning Director, Mr. Lennox Robinson, be and
is hereby re-elected a Director of the Society."


The following resolution proposed by Mr. Lennox Robinson
and seconded by Lady Gregory was passed by the meeting.
"That Messrs. Craig Gardner & Co. be and are
hereby elected Auditors to the Society for the ensuing
year."


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of an Extraordinary General Meeting
of the National Theatre Society, Ltd.
Held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on
Monday 26th October, 1925 at 12 o'clock noon.


Present: W. B. Yeats, (in the chair) Lennox
Robinson, Sir Philip Hanson, U. Wright.


Also present: G. H. Tulloch, J. H. Perrin.


The following resolution proposed by
Mr. W. B. Yeats and seconded by Sir Philip
Hanson was passed unanimously by the
meeting.
"That the Articles of Association of the
Company be altered in manner following:-
By the insertion after Article 5 of the
following new Article to be numbered 5a.
5a. In the event of the Government of
Saorstat Eireann giving financial assistance
to the Company for the furtherance of its
objects, and requiring a Director to represent


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them on the Board of Directors of the Company,
then, not withstanding anything contained in
Clause 5 hereof, the Directors may from time
to time further increase the numbers of Directors
by appointing a Director, in addition to the
maximum number of 3 provided for in Clause
5, and such additional Director, if expressly
appointed to represent the Government with
the consent in writing of the responsible
Minister, shall notwithstanding Clause 10
hereof, not require any qualification."


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of an Extraordinary General Meeting
of the National Theatre Society, Ltd.
Held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on
16th November 1925


Present W. B. Yeats (in the chair) Lennox Robinson


Also present: G. H. Tulloch, J. H. Perrin.


The following resolution proposed by Mr. W. B. Yeats
and seconded by Sir Philip Hanson and passed
unanimously by the meeting was confirmed.
"That the Articles of Association of the Company
be altered in manner following:-
By the insertion after Article 5 of the following
new Article to be numbered 5a.
5a. In the event of the Government of Saorstat
Eireann giving financial assistance to the Company for
the furtherance of its objects, and requiring a Director
to represent them on the Board of Directors of the Company,
then, not withstanding anything contained in
Clause 5 hereof, the Directors may from time to time


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further increase the numbers of Directors by appointing
a Director, in addition to the maximum number
of 3 provided for in Clause 5, and such additional
Director, if expressly appointed. By the Government
to represent the Government with the consent in
writing of the responsible Minister, shall
not withstanding Clause 10 hereof, not require
any qualification.


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting
of the National Theatre Society Ltd.
Held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin
on Friday 7th May 1926, at 11.30 a.m.


Present: W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, Lennox Robinson
U. Wright.
In attendance. J. H. Perrin, G. H. Tulloch.


The notice summoning the meeting was read.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read
and signed.


The auditors Report on Accounts for year
ended 28th February, 1926 was read, and the
Directors' Report and Statement of Accounts for
ended 28th February 1926 was submitted.


The following resolution proposed by Mr.
W. B. Yeats and seconded by Mr. Lennox Robinson
was passed by the meeting:-
"That the Directors' Report and Statement of
Accounts for the year ending 28th February 1926
as now submitted to this meeting, be and the


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same are hereby adopted.


The following resolution proposed by Lady
Gregory and seconded by Mr. W. B. Yeats was
passed by the meeting:-
"That the retiring Director Mr. Lennox Robinson,
be and is hereby re-elected a Director of the
Society."


The following resolution proposed by Mr.
Lennox Robinson and seconded by Lady
Gregory was passed by the meeting:
"That Messrs. Craig, Gardner & Co. be and
are hereby re-elected Auditors to the Society
for the ensuing year.


W. B. Yeats
3/6/[26]



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Minutes of the Annual General
Meeting of the National Theatre
Society held at the Abbey Theatre
Dublin on 3rd June 1927 at 3 p.m.


Present: W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson
U. Wright.
In attendance: G. H. Tulloch, J. H. Perrin.


The notice summoning the meeting
was read. The Minutes of the previous
meeting were read and signed.
The Auditor's Report on Accounts for
the year ended 28th February was
submitted.


The following resolution proposed
by Mr. U. Wright and seconded by
Mr. W. B. Yeats was passed by the
meeting:-
"That the Directors' Report and Statement
of Accounts for the year ending 28th
February 1927, as now submitted to
this meeting, be and the same are

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hereby adopted."


The following resolution proposed
by Mr. W. B. Yeats and seconded by
Mr. U. Wright was passed by the
meeting:
"That the retiring Director Mr. S.
Lennox Robinson, be and is hereby
re-elected a Director of the Society."
The following resolution proposed by
Mr. U. Wright and seconded by Mr.
Lennox Robinson was also passed by
the meeting:-
"That Messrs. Craig, Gardner & Co. be
and are hereby elected Auditors to the
Society for the ensuing year at a
fee of £40."


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting
of the National Theatre Society Ltd. held
at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin on Monday
14th May 1928 at 2.30 p.m.


Present: Lady Gregory, W. B. Yeats, Lennox
Robinson, Walter Starkie, U. Wright
In attendance: G. H. Tulloch, J. H. Perrin.


The notice summoning the meeting was
read. The minutes of the previous meeting
were read and signed.


The Auditor's Report on Accounts for the
year ending 29th February 1928 were submitted.


The following resolution proposed by W. B.
Yeats and seconded by U. Wright was
passed by the meeting
"That the Directors' Report and Statement
of Accounts for the year ending 29th February
1928, as now submitted to this meeting
be, and the same are hereby adopted."


Lady Gregory proposed Walter Starkie seconded
the following resolution which was passed

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by the meeting
"That the retiring Director Mr. S. Lennox
Robinson be, and is hereby re-elected
a Director of the Society."


The following resolution proposed by
U. Wright and seconded by Lennox
Robinson.
"That Messrs. Craig Gardner & Co. be
and are hereby elected Auditors to
the Society for the ensuing year at
a fee of £40


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of the Annual General
Meeting of the National Theatre
Society Ltd. held at the Abbey
Theatre Dublin on Thursday
23rd May 1929 at 12 o'clock noon.


Present: W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory
Lennox Robinson, U. Wright.
In attendance: G. H. Tulloch, J. H. Perrin.


The notice summoning the meeting was
read. The minutes of the previous
meeting were read and signed.


The Auditor's Report on Accounts for
the year ending 28th February 1929,
were submitted.


The following resolution proposed
by W. B. Yeats and seconded by Lady
Gregory was passed by the meeting:-
"That the Directors' Report and Statement
of Accounts for the year ending 28th February
1929, as now submitted to this meeting, be
and the same are hereby adopted."



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U. Wright proposed and W. B. Yeats seconded
the following resolution which was passed
by the meeting.
"That the retiring Director Mr. S. Lennox
Robinson be, and is hereby re-elected
a Director of the Society."


The following resolution proposed by
Lennox Robinson and seconded by U. Wright
"That Messrs. Craig, Gardner & Co. be
and are hereby elected Auditors to
the Society for the ensuing year
at a fee of £40.


[A. Gregory]



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Minutes of the Annual General
Meeting of the National Theatre
Society Ltd. held at the Abbey Theatre
Dublin on Tuesday 1st April, 1930
at 11.30 a.m..


Present: Lady Gregory (in the chair)
Lennox Robinson, U. Wright
In attendance: G. H. Tulloch, J. H. Perrin.


The notice summoning the meeting was
read. The minutes of the previous
meeting were read and signed.
The Auditor's Report and Accounts for
the year ending 28th February 1930, were
submitted.


The following resolution proposed
by Lady Gregory and seconded by
Lennox Robinson was passed by
the meeting
"That the Directors' Report and Statement
of Accounts for the year ending 28th


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February 1930 as now submitted to this
meeting be, and the same are hereby
adopted."


Lady Gregory proposed and U. Wright
seconded the following resolution which
was passed by the meeting:
"That the retiring Director Mr. S.
Lennox Robinson be, and is hereby
re-elected a Director of the Society."


The following resolution was proposed
by Mr. U. Wright.
"That Messrs. Craig Gardner & Co.
be and are hereby elected Auditors
to the Society for the ensuing year
at a fee of £40.


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the
National Theatre Society Ltd. held at
the Abbey Theatre, Dublin on Wednesday
17th June 1931 at 11.30 a.m.


Present: Lady Gregory (in the chair) W. B. Yeats
Walter Starkie, Lennox Robinson
U. Wright
In attendance: G. H. Tulloch, J. H. Perrin.


The notice summoning the meeting
was read. The minutes of the previous
meeting were read and signed.
The Auditor's Reports and Accounts
for the year ending 28th February 1931
were submitted.


The following resolution proposed by
W. B. Yeats and seconded by Walter
Starkie was passed by the meeting
"That the Directors' Reports and
Statement of Accounts for the year
ending 28th February 1931, as now

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submitted to this meeting be and the
same are hereby adopted."


W. B. Yeats proposed and Walter Starkie
seconded the following resolution which
was passed by the meeting:-
"That the retiring Director Mr. S.
Lennox Robinson be, and is hereby
re-elected a Director of the Society."


The following resolution was proposed by
Mr. U. Wright and seconded by Lennox
Robinson.
"That Messrs. Craig, Gardner & Co.
be and are hereby elected Auditors
to the Society for the ensuing year
at a fee of £40.


W. B. Yeats


30th June 19[31]



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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting
of the National Theatre Society Ltd.
held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin on
Thursday 30th June 1932 at 12 noon.


Present: W. B. Yeats, Walter Starkie
Lennox Robinson, U. Wright.
In attendance: T. J. Robinson, J. H. Perrin

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G. H. Tulloch.


The notice summoning the meeting
was read. The minutes of the previous
meeting were read and signed.
The Auditor's Reports and Accounts
for the year ending 28th February 1932
were submitted.


The following resolution proposed
by Walter Starkie and seconded by U.
Wright was passed by the meeting
"That the Directors' Reports and Statement
of Accounts for the year ending 29th February
1932 as now submitted to this meeting be
and the same are hereby adopted."



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Dr. Walter Starkie proposed and U. Wright
seconded "That the retiring Director Mr.
S. Lennox Robinson be, and is hereby re-
elected a Director of the Society." This resolution
was passed by the meeting.


The following resolution proposed by U. Wright
and seconded by Lennox Robinson was
passed by the meeting.
"That Messrs. Craig, Gardner & Co. be
and are hereby elected Auditors to the Society
for the ensuing year at a fee of £40.


W. B. Yeats


25th Sept. 1933



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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting
of the National Theatre Society, Ltd.
held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin on
Monday 25th September 1933 at 12 noon.


Present: W. B. Yeats, Walter Starkie, Lennox Robinson
U. Wright.
In attendance: T. J. Robinson, J. H. Perrin


The notice summoning the meeting was
read. The minutes of the previous
meeting were read and signed.
The Auditor's Reports and Accounts
for the year ending 28th February 1933
were read and signed.


The following resolution proposed by
W. B. Yeats and seconded by Walter
Starkie was passed by the meeting
"That the DirectorAuditors' Report and Statement
of Accounts for the year ending 28th February
1933, as now submitted to this meeting be
and the same are hereby adopted.


Lennox Robinson proposed and W. B. Yeats

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seconded:
"That the retiring Director Dr. Walter
Starkie be and is hereby re-elected
a Director of the Society"
This resolution was passed by the meeting.


The following resolution proposed by U. Wright
and seconded by Walter Starkie was passed
by the meeting
"That Messrs. Craig, Gardner & Co. be and
are hereby re-elected Auditors to the Society
for the ensuing year at a fee of £40.>


W. B. Yeats


29th August 1934.



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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the National Theatre
Society, Ltd. held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin on
Wednesday 29th August 1934 at 3 p.m.


Present:- W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson, U. Wright.
In attendance:- G. H. Tulloch and Eric Gorman.


The notice summoning the meeting was read. The minutes
of the previous meeting were read and signed.


The Auditor's Reports and Statement of Accounts for the
year ending 28th February 1934 were read and signed.


It was proposed by W. B. Yeats and seconded by Lennox
Robinson "That the Directors' Reports and Statement of Accounts
for the year ending 28th February 1934 as now submitted to
this meeting be and the same are hereby adopted."
This resolution was passed by the meeting.


It was proposed by W. B. Yeats and seconded by U. Wright
"That the retiring Director Mr. Lennox Robinson be and hereby is re-elected
a Director of the Society"
This resolution was passed by the meeting.


It was proposed by W. B. Yeats and seconded by Lennox Robinson

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"That the continuation of Dr. Starkie as a Director
after the appointment of Dr. Richard Hayes as the Director
representing the Government be, and is hereby confirmed."
This resolution was passed by the meeting.


It was proposed by U. Wright and seconded by Lennox
Robinson "That Messrs. Craig Gardner & Co. be and are
hereby re-elected Auditors to the Society for the ensuing
year at a fee of £40.>
This resolution was passed by the meeting.


A discussion took place regarding the possibility of erecting on
the site of the present Theatre, a building to contain the Abbey
Theatre and also suites of offices which would be let and
could be a source of revenue to the Society. The Secretary
was instructed to obtain from the Architects who built the
Peacock Theatre, the ground plan made by them at the time, of
all the premises owned by the Society, with a view to further
consideration of the matter.


(?)W. B. Yeats


9/8/[35].



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Minutes of an Extraordinary General Meeting of the National
Theatre Society Limited,held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin
on Friday, 22nd March 1935 at 3.30 p.m.


Present W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson.


An extraordinary resolution in the following terms
(?)was proposed by Mr. Lennox Robinson and seconded
by Mr. W. B. Yeats:- "That the Articles of Association
of the Company be altered in manner following:-
By the insertion after Article 5a of the following
new Article to be numbered 5b.
5b. Not withstanding anything contained in Clause 5
the Directors may from time to time further increase
the number of Directors by appointing a Director or
Directors in addition to the maximum number of
[same]provided for in Clause 5 as amended by Clause
5a. Such additional Directors not to exceed
four and such additional Director or Directors
shall, notwithstanding Clause 10 hereof not require
any qualification."
This resolution was (?)submitted to the meeting, and
passed by the requisite majority.


8th April 1935 Philip Hanson



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Minutes of an Extraordinary General Meeting of the National
Theatre Society Limited,held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin on
Monday, 8th day of April, 1935, at 3.30 p.m.


Present:- Sir Philip Hanson, C. B. in the chair, Mr. Lennox Robinson.


An Extraordinary Resolution as follows:- "That the Articles of
Association of the Company be altered in manner following:-
By the insertion after Article 5a of the following new Article to
be numbered 5b.
5b. Not withstanding anything contained in Clause 5 the Directors
may from time to time further increase the number of Directors by
appointing a Director or Directors in addition to the maximum num-
ber of four provided for in Clause 5 as amended by Clause 5a
such additional Directors not to exceed four and such additional Direc-
tor or Directors shall notwithstanding Clause 10 hereof not require
any qualification." having been passed by the requisite majority.
at an Extraordinary Meeting held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin on
Friday, 22nd March, 1935, it was proposed by Mr. L. Robinson
and seconded by Sir Philip Hanson C. B.


That the resolution be confirmed as a Special Resolution.
This was unanimously agreed to.


Philip Hanson


8. April 1935



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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of
the National Theatre Society, Ltd. held at the
Abbey Theatre, Dublin on Friday 9th August
1935 at 5 p.m.


Present W. B. Yeats in the chair, Lennox Robinson,
Udolphus Wright, Senator E. Blythe, Brinsley
Macnamara, F. R. Higgins.


Notice. The Notice summoning the meeting was read
by the Secretary.


The Minutes of the last Annual General Meeting were
read, confirmed and signed.


Auditor's Report and Statement of Accounts
The Auditor's Report and Statement of Accounts
for the year ending 28th February 1935 were
read and signed.


First Resolution
It was proposed by U. Wright, seconded by
Lennox Robinson and passed "That the Directors'
Report and Statement of Accounts for the year
ending 28th February 1935 as now submitted to

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this meeting be and the same are hereby adopted."


Second resolution.
It was proposed by Lennox Robinson, seconded
by U. Wright and passed "That the retiring
Director Dr. Walter Starkie be and is hereby re-
elected a director of the Society.


Third Resolution
It was proposed by W. B. Yeats, seconded by
Lennox Robinson and passed "That the continuation
of Mr. F. R. Higgins, Mr. Brinsley Macnamara
and Senator Ernest Blythe as Directors be and
is hereby confirmed.


Fourth Resolution
It wss proposed by Mr. U. Wright, seconded by
Lennox Robinson and passed "That Messrs.
Craig, Gardner & Co. be and are hereby re-
elected Auditors to the Society for the ensuing
year at a fee of £40.


Lennox Robinson


Oct. 9th 1936



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20th Sept. 1935
Minutes of an Extraordinary General Meeting of the
National Theatre Society Limited, held at the Abbey
Theatre, Dublin on Friday, 20th September 1935 at
5.15 p.m.


Present W. B. Yeats in the chair, Lennox Robinson,
Dr. Walter Starkie, Sir Philip Hanson CB, Udolphus
Wright.


Resolution
An extraordinary resolution in the following
terms was proposed by Dr Walter Starkie and
seconded by Udolphus Wright:-
"That the Articles of Association of the Company be
altered in manner following:-
By the insertion after Article 10 of the following
new Article to be numbered 10a.
10a. The Company may by extraordinary
resolution remove any Director, except
William Butler Yeats, one of the first Directors
named in Clause 5, and except any Directors
expressly appointed to represent the Government
under the provisions of Clause 5a, and may
(subject to the provisions of Clauses 5, 5a
and 5b) by an ordinary resolution appoint
another person in his stead. The person so


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apppointed shall be subject to retirement at the
same time as if he had become a Director on the
day on which the Director in whose place he is
appointed was last elected a Director. The
Directors shall have power to fill a casual
vacancy in the Directorate."


Resolution passed.
This resolution was submitted to the meeting
and passed by the requisite majority.


Walter Starkie



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4th October 1935Minutes of an Extraordinary General Meeting of
the National Theatre Society Limited,held at
the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on Friday 4th of
October 1935 at 5.15 p.m.


Present
Dr. Walter Starkie in the chair, Lennox
Robinson, Udolphus Wright.


Notice.
The notice summoning the meeting was read by the Secretary.


Minutes
The Minutes of the Extraordinary General
Meeting held on 20th September 1935 were read
confirmed and signed.


Resolution
An Extraordinary Resolution as follows:-
"That the Articles of Association of the Company
be altered in manner following:-
By the insertion after Article 10 of the following
new Article to be numbered 10a:
10a. The Company may by extraordinary
resolution remove any Director, except William
Butler Yeats, one of the first Directors named


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in Clause 5, and except any Directors expressly
appointed to represent the Government under the
provisions of Clause 5a, and may (subject to
the provisions of Clauses 5, 5a and 5b) by an
ordinary resolution appoint another person
in his stead. The person so apppointed shall
be subject to retirement at the same time as if
he had become a Director on the day on which
the Director in whose place he is appointed
was last elected a Director. The Directors shall
have power to fill a casual vacancy in the
Directorate." having been passed by the
requisite majority at an Extraordinary
Meeting at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on
Friday, 20th September 1935 it was proposed
by Mr. Udolphus Wright and seconded by
Mr. Lennox Robinson "That the resolution
be confirmed as a Special Resolution."
This was unanimously agreed to.


F. R. Higgins


Sept. 8th 1937



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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the National Theatre
Society, Limited, held at the
Abbey Theatre, Dublin on Friday
9th October, 1936, at 5.15 p.m.


Present
Mr. Lennox Robinson in the chair, Dr. Walter Starkie, Dr.
Richard Hayes, Mr. Ernest Blythe, Mr. F. R. Higgins, Mr. Frank O'Connor,
Mr. U. Wright.
Mr. Eric Gorman, Secretary, was in attendance.


Notice.
The notice summoning the meeting was read by the Secretary.


Minutes
The Minutes of the last Annual General Meeting were read,
confirmed and signed.


Auditor's Report and Statement of Accounts
The Auditor's Report and Statement of Accounts for the year
ending 29th February 1936 were read and signed.


First Resolution
It was poposed by Mr. E. Blythe, seconded by Mr. U. Wright
and passed "That the Directors' Report and Statement of Accounts
for the year ending 29th February, 1936, as now submitted to this meeting
be and the same are hereby adopted.


Second Resolution
It was proposed by Mr. F. R. Higgins, seconded by Mr. Frank O'Connor


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and passed:- "That the retiring Director Mr. S. Lennox Robinson be
and is hereby re-elected a Director of the Society."


Third Resolution
It was proposed by Mr. U. Wright and seconded by Mr. Lennox
Robinson "That Messrs. Craig Gardner & Co. be and are hereby
re-elected Auditors of the Society for the ensuing year at a fee
of £40.


Mr. F. R. Higgins objected to the re-election of Messrs. Craig Gardner
owing to their attitude in connection with the allocation of shares
to the three new directors, and the reference made to the matter by
the Auditors in their Report to the Shareholders on the Accounts for
the year ending 29th February, 1936.


Mr. Blythe and Mr. O'Connor supported Mr. Higgins in his objections.
It was then proposed by Mr. Frank O'Connor and seconded by Mr. F. R.
Higgins "That Mr. F. R. O'Connor of 10, Westmoreland street, Dublin
be appointed Auditor of the Society."
One vote being taken, this resolution was passed by 300 votes
to 225.


F. R. Higgins


Sept 8th 1937



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An Extraordinary General Meeting of the National
Theatre Society Ltd. was held at 5 p.m. on Friday,
the 1st January 1937 at the registered offices
2 Marlborough Street, Dublin 7.


Present
Mr. E. Blythe, in the chair
Dr. Walter Starkie
Mr. F. R. Higgins
Mr. U. Wright


Dr. Richard Hayes, as the Government Representative,
was also present but did not take part in the
proceedings


Mr. G. H. Tulloch, representing Messrs. Craig Gardner
& Co., the retiring Auditors, was also present.


The following resolution was proposed by Mr.
F. R. Higgins, seconded by Mr. E. Blythe, and
passed:-
"Whereas owing to an auditor not having been validly
appointed at the Annual General Meeting held on 9th
Octotober 1936, it was found necessary to make apple_
cation to the Department of Industry and Commerce


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under section 112 (2) of the Companies (Consolidation) Act
1908 to appoint an Auditor for the current year and to fix
his remuneration, and whereas in accordance with the
directions of the Minister of Industry and Commerce this
Extraordinary General Meeting of the Company has been
called for the purpose of nominating an Auditor and of
suggesting the fee which should be paid to him for
his services. It is hereby resolved that Mr. F. R.
O'Connor of 10 Westmoreland Street, Dublin, be nominated
for appointment by the Minister as Auditor for the
current year, subject to his approval; and that
the sum of £40 he suggested as a suitable fee
for his services, less such abatement as he may be
disposed to make in consideration that the books of
the Society have already been audited and accounts
prepared for the first two quarters of the year; and
that a copy of the Minutes of this meeting be forwarded
to the Minister.


Lennox Robinson
March 7th 1939



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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the National Theatre
Society Ltd. held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin,on Wednesday
8th September 1937 at 5.15 p.m.


Present
Mr. F. R. Higgins in the chair, Mr. W. B. Yeats, Mr. Lennox
Robinson, Dr. Walter Starkie, Mr. Frank O'Connor, Mr.
U. Wright.


Notice
The minutes of the Extraordinary General Meeting held on
4th October 1935, and the minutes of the Annual
General Meeting held on 9th October1936 were read,
confirmed and signed.


The Auditor's Report and Statement of Accounts
for the year ending 28th February 1937 were read and
signed.


It was proposed by Mr. E. Blythe, seconded by Mr. Frank
O'Connor and passed "That the Directors' Report and
Statement of Accounts for the year ending 28th


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February, 1937, as now submitted to this meeting be
and the same are hereby adopted.


It was proposed by Mr. U. Wright, seconded by Mr. Frank
O'Connor and passed:- "That the retiring Director Dr.
Starkie be and is hereby re-elected."


It was proposed by Mr. F. R. Higgins, seconded by Mr. E.
Blythe and passed:- "That Mr. F. R. O'Connor, Incorporated
Accountant, 10 Westmoreland Street, Dublin, be ap-
pointed Auditor to the Society at a Salary of £40
per annum."


In the course of a general discussion on the Theatre, Mr.
U. Wright said that the players often felt aggrieved
owing to the fact that matters which concerned them
were known to people outside the Theatre before the
players heard of them.


The Chairman agreed that the players would have
just cause for complaint if this happened and
promised that in future they would be notified by
notice on the notice board of any matters in which
they would be interested.



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The Chairman also informed the meeting that
negotiations were under way for the purchase of
[Whytes] premises at a price of £6100.


Lennox Robinson
March 7th 1939



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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the National Theatre
Society Ltd. held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin,on Tuesday
7th March, 1939 at 5.15 p.m.


Present:
Mr. Lennox Robinson in the chair, Dr. Walter Starkie.
Mr. Ernest Blythe and Mr. F. R. Higgins.


Notice:
The notice summoning the meeting was read by the Secretary.


Minutes
The Minutes of the Extraordinary General Meeting held
on 1st January, 1937 and the Minutes of the Annual
General Meeting held on the 8th September 1937, were
read, confirmed and signed.


The Auditor's Report and Statement of Accounts for the
year ending 28th February, 1938 were read and signed.


It was proposed by Dr. Starkie, seconded by Mr. E. Blythe
and passed "That the Directors' Report and Statement of
Accounts for the year ending 28th February, 1938, as
now submitted to this meeting be and the same are hereby
adopted.


It was proposed by Mr. Lennox Robinson and seconded by
Dr. Starkie and passed "That Mr. F. R. O'Connor
be and is hereby re-elected Auditor of the SOCIETY for
the ensuing year at a fee of £40."


Ernest Blythe
18/8/39



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Minutes of an Extraordinary General Meeting of the National
Theatre Society Ltd. held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin,
on Tuesday the 7th March, 1939 at 5.30 p.m.


Present:
Mr. Lennox Robinson in the chair. Dr. Walter Starkie.
Mr. Ernest Blythe. Mr. F. R. Higgins.


Notice:
The notice summoning the meeting was read by the Secretary.


Resolutions:
An Extraordinary Resolution in the following terms was
proposed by Mr. Ernest Blythe, and seconded by Dr.
Starkie:-
That the Articles of Association of the Company be altered in
the manner following:-
By the insertion after Article 4 of the following new Article
to be numbered 4a:-
4a. Not withstanding anything contained in Clause 4 or Clause 5
no share in the Company shall be issued or allotted unless not
lesss than 14 days nor more than 21 days notice in writing of the
proposal to issue or allot such share shall have been sent by
post to each Director and unless at the meeting at which such
share is issued or allotted there shall not be less than four
Directors present and voting in favour of such issue or allottment.
This resolution was submitted to the meeting and passed
by the requisite majority.


An Extraordinary Resolution in the following terms was
proposed by Mr. F. R. Higgins and seconded by Mr. Ernest
Blythe:-
That the Articles of Association of the Company be altered in
the manner following:-
By the insertion after Article 5b of the following new Article
to be numbered 5c:-


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5c. Notwithstanding anything contained in Clauses 5, 5b, 8 and
10a, the Directors shall not appoint any person to be a Director
unless:-
(a) Not less than 14 days or more than 28 days notice
of the proposal to appoint such person shall have
been sent by post to each Director and unless
(b) At the meeting at which such person is appointed
there shall be at least four Directors present and
voting in favour of the appointment and unless
(c) Such appointment is either unanimous or is not
opposed by more than one director.
This resolution was submitted to the meeting and passed
by the requisite majority


An Extraordinary Resolution in the following terms was
proposed by Dr. Walter Starkie and seconded by Mr. F. R.
Higgins:-
That the Articles of the Company be altered in
the manner following:-
By the insertion after Article 6 of the following new Article to
be numbered 6a:-
Notwithstanding anything contained in Clause 6 or Clause 7
any Director who has not the holding of shares in the Company
specified in Clause 10, shall if he is not a Director appointed
under Clause 5a to represent the Government cease to be a Director
immediately after the conclusion of any ordinary meeting of the
Company at which his appointment is not confirmed or reconfirmed


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by the Company, but such Directors shall not be one of the Directors
required to retire in rotation under the provisions of Clauses 6
and 7.
This resolution was submitted to the meeting and passed
by the requisite majority.


An Extraordinary Resolution in the following terms was
proposed by Mr. Ernest Blythe, and seconded by Mr. F. R.
Higgins:-
That the Articles of Association of the Company be altered in
the manner following:-
By the insertion after Article 7 of the following new Articles
to be numbered 7a and 7b respectively:-
7a. If at any General Meeting at which an election of Directors
ought to take place, the place of a Director retiring by rotation
is not filled he shall if willing and if he is not a Director who
has not the holding of shares specified in Clause 10, continue in
office until the ordinary meeting in the next year and so on from
year to year until his place is filled up, unless on notice given
not less than fourteen days and not more than twenty-eight days
before such meeting, it shall be determined to reduce the
number of Directors in office.


7b. Notwithstanding anything contained in Clause 8 no person
not being a retiring Director shall, unless recommended by the
Directors for election, be eligible for election to the office


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of Director at any General Meeting unless he or some other
member intending to propose him has at least fourteen clear days
and not more than twenty-eight days before the meeting served
on the Secretary a notice in writing duly signed signifying his
candidature for the office or the intention of such a member to
propose him.
This resolution was submitted to the meeting and passed
by the requisite majority.


Ernest Blythe
24/3/39



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Minutes of an Extraordinary General Meeting of the National
Theatre Society Ltd. held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin,
on Friday, 24th March, 1939.


Present: Mr. Ernest Blythe in the chair, Dr. Richard Hayes,
Mr. F. R. Higgins


Notice:
The notice summoning the meeting was read by the Secretary.


FIRST RESOLUTION: The following Extraordinary Resolution
having been passed by the requisite majority at an Extraordinary
Meeting of the Society held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on
Tuesday the 7th March, 1939. "That the Articles of Association
of the Company be altered in the manner following:-
By the insertion after Article four of the following new Article
to be numbered 4a:-
4a. Notwithstanding anything contained in Clause 4 or Clause 5
no share in the company shall be issued or allotted unless not
less than fourteen days nor more than 21 days notice in writing of the
proposal to issue or allot such share shall have been sent by
post to each Director and unless at the meeting at which such
share is issued or allotted there shall be not less than four
Directors present and voting in favour of such issue or allotment."


It was proposed by Mr. F. R. Higgins and
seconded by Dr. Richard Hayes "That the
Resolution be confirmed as a Special Resolution."



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SECOND RESOLUTUION:The following Extraordinary Resolution having
been passed by the requisite majority at an Extraordinary
meeting of the Society held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin,
on Tuesday the 7th March, 1939. "That the Articles of Association
of the Company be altered in the manner following:-
By the insertion after Article 5b of the following new Article
to be numbered 5c.
5c. Notwithstanding anything contained in Clauses 5, 5b, 8 and 10a,
the Directors shall not appoint any person to be a Director unless:-
(a) Not less than 14 days or more than 28 days
notice of the proposal to appoint such person
shall have been sent by post to each Director
and unless
(b) At the meeting at which such person is
appointed there shall be at least four
Directors present and voting in favour of
the appointment and unless
(c) Such appointment is either unanimous or is
not opposed by more than one director.
It was proposed by Dr. Richard Hayes and
seconded by Mr. F. R. Higgins "That the
Resolution be confirmed as a Special Resolution."


THIRD RESOLUTION:The following Extraordinary Resolution
having been passed by the requisite majority at an Extraordinary Meeting
of the Society held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on Tuesday, the
7th March, 1939. "That the Articles of Association of the Company
be altered in the manner following:-


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By the insertion after Article 6 of the following new Article to
be numbered 6a:-
Notwithstanding anything contained in Clause 6 or Clause 7
any Director who has not the holding of shares in the Company
specified in Clause 10, shall if he is not a Director appointed
under Clause 5a to represent the Government cease to be a
Director immediately after the conclusion of any ordinary meeting
of the Company at which his appointment is not confirmed or
reconfirmed by the Company, but such Director shall not be one
of the Directors required to retire in rotation under the
provisions of Clauses 6 and 7.
This resolution was submitted to the meeting and passed
by the requisite majority.
It was proposed by Mr. F. R. Higgins and
seconded by Dr. Richard Hayes "That the
Resolution be confirmed as a Special Resolution."


FOURTH RESOLUTION:The following Extraordinary Resolution
having been passed by the requisite majority at an Extraordinary
Meeting of the Society held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on
Tuesday the 7th March, 1939. "That the Articles of Association
of the Company be altered in the manner following:-
By the insertion after Article 7 of the following new Articles
to be numbered 7a and 7b respectively:-
7a. If at any General Meeting at which an election of Directors
ought to take place, the place of a Director retiring by rotation


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is not filled he shall if willing and if he is not a Director who
has not the holding of shares specified in Clause 10, continue in
office until the ordinary meeting in the next year and so on from
year to year until his place is filled up, unless on notice given
not less than fourteen days and not more than twenty-eight days
before such meeting, it shall be determined to reduce the number
of Directors in office.


7b. Notwithstanding anything contained in Clause 8 no person
not being a retiring Director shall, unless recommended by the
Directors for election, be eligible for election to the office
of Director at any General Meeting unless he or some other member
intending to propose him has at least fourteen clear days and
not more than twenty-eight days before the meeting served on the
Secretary a notice in writing duly signed signifying his
candidature for the office or the intention of such a member to
propose him.
It was proposed by Dr. Richard Hayes and
seconded by Mr. F. R. Higgins "That the
Resolution be confirmed as a Special Resolution."


Ernest Blythe
18/8/39



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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the National Theatre
Society Limited held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin,on Friday
18th August, 1939 at 5.30p.m.


Present Mr. E. Blythe in the chair, Mr. Lennox Robinson,
Dr. Walter Starkie, Mr. F. R. Higgins, Mr. U. Wright


Notice:
The notice summoning the meeting was read by the Secretary.


The minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on
7th March, 1939 and the minutes of the Extra-
ordinary Meeting held on the 24th March
1939, were read, confirmed and signed.


The Auditor's Report and Statement of Accounts for
the year ending 28th February 1939 were read and
signed.


It was proposed by Dr. Starkie, seconded by Mr. U.
Wright and passed:- "That the Directors' Report and
Statement of Accounts for the year ending 28th
February, 1939, as now submitted to this meeting be
and the same are hereby adopted.


It was proposed by Mr. Lennox Robinson, seconded by
Dr. Starkie and passed:- "That the retiring Director
Mr. Ernest Blythe be and is hereby re-elected a
Director of the Society".


It was proposed by Mr. U. Wright, seconded by Mr.
F. R. Higgins and passed:- "That Mr. F. R. O'Connor be
and is hereby re-elected Auditor of the Society for
the ensuing year at a fee of £40.


Ernest Blythe
4/10/40



Page 95

Minutes of the Extraordinary General Meeting of the National
Theatre Society Limited, held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin,
on Friday 18th August, 1939


Present Mr. E. Blythe in the chair, Mr. Lennox Robin-
son, Dr. Walter Starkie, Mr. F. R. Higgins, Mr. U.
Wright


Notice:
The notice summoning the meeting was read by the Secretary.


The Chairman explained that when the Extraordinary General
Meetings were held on the 7th March 1939 and on the 24th
March 1939 the Article of Association referred to as 10a.
was not effective as the stationary period of fourteen days
had not elapsed between the holding of the two Extraordinary
General Meetings held on the 20th September 1935 and on the
4th Octover 1935, at which Article 10a. was added to the
Articles of Association. Consequently it was necessary to
call two further Extraordinary General Meetings, one now
being held and a further one to be held on Friday, 8th
September 1939. Notice of both of these meetings had been
sent to all the members of the Society.


An Extraordinary Resolution in the following terms was
then proposed by Mr. Lennox Robinson, and seconded by Mr. F. R.
Higgins and passed:-
"That the Articles of Association of the Company be altered in the
manner following:-


(a) By the insertion after Article 10 of the following new Article
to be numbered 10A.
10A. The Company may by extraordinary resolution remove any
Director except any Directors expressly appointed to represent
the Government under the provisions of Clause 5a, and may
(subject to the provisions of Clauses 5, 5A and 5B) by an
ordinary resolution appoint another person in his stead. The
person so apppointed shall be subject to retirement at the same
time as if he had become a Director on the day on which
the Director in whose place he is appointed was last elected a
Director. The Directors shall have power to fill a casual
vacancy in the Directorate.



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(b) By the insertion after Article 4 of the following new Article
to be numbered 4A:-
4A. Not withstanding anything contained in Clause 4 or Clause 5
no share in the Company shall be issued or allotted unless not
less than 14 days nor more than 21 days notice in writing of
the proposal to issue or allot such share shall have been sent
by post to each Director and unless at the meeting at which
such share is issued or allotted there shall not be less than
four Directors present and voting in favour of such issue or
allottment.


(c) By the insertion after Article 5B of the following new Article
to be numbered 5C:-
5C. Notwithstanding anything contained in Clauses 5, 5B, 8 and
10A, the Directors shall not appoint any person to be a
Director unless:-
(a) Not less than 14 days or more than 28 days notice of the
proposal to appoint such person shall have been sent by post
to each Director and unless
(b) At he meeting at which such person is appointed there
shall be at least four Directors present and voting in favour
of the appointment and unless
(c) Such appointment is either unanimous or is not opposed by
more than one director.


(d) By the insertion after Article 6 of the following new Article to
be numbered 6A:-
Notwithstanding anything contained in Clause 6 or Clause 7
any Director who has not the holding of shares in the Company
specified in Clause 10 shall, if he is not a Director appointed
under Clause 5A to represent the Government, cease to be a
Director immediately after the conclusion of any ordinary
meeting of the Company at which his appointment is not confirmed
or reconfirmed by the Company, but such Directors shall not be
one of the Directors required to retire in rotation under the
provisions of Clauses 6 and 7.



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Repeat of 95



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Repeat of 96



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(e) By the insertion after Article 7 of the following new Articles
to be numbered 7A and 7B respectively:-
7A. If at any General Meeting at which an election of Directors
ought to take place, the place of a Director retiring by
rotation is not filled he shall if willing and if he is not a
Director who has not the holding of shares specified in Clause
10, continue in office until the ordinary meeting in the next
year and so on from year to year until his place is filled up,
unless on notice given not less than fourteen days and more than
twenty-eight days before such meeting, it shall be determined to
reduce the number of Directors in office.
7B. Notwithstanding anything contained in Clause 8 no person
not being a retiring Director shall, unless recommended by the
Directors for election, be eligible for election to the office
of Director at any General Meeting unless he or some other member
intending to propose him has at least fourteen clear days and
not more than twenty-eight days before the meeting served on
the Secretary a notice in writing duly signed signifying his
candidature for the office or the intention of such a member to
propose him.


Lennox Robinson
8th Sept. 1939.



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Minutes of an Extraordinary General Meeting of the National
Theatre Society Limited, held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin,
on Friday 8th September, 1939


Present Mr. Lennox Robinson in the chair, Mr. F. R. Higgins.


Notice:
The notice summoning the meeting was read by the Secretary.


The following Extraordinary Resolution having been paased
by the requisite majority at an Extraordinary Meeting of
the Society, held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on Friday
18th August, 1939.


"That the Articles of Association of the Company be altered in the
manner following:-
(a) By the insertion after Article 10 of the following new Article
to be numbered 10A.
10A. The Company may by extraordinary resolution remove any
Director except any Directors expressly appointed to represent
the Government under the provisions of Clause 5A and may
(subject to the provisions of Clauses 5, 5A and 5B) by an
ordinary resolution appoint another person in his stead. The
person so apppointed shall be subject to retirement at the same
time as if he had become a Director on the day on which
the Director in whose place he is appointed was last elected a
Director. The Directors shall have power to fill a casual
vacancy in the Directorate.
(b) By the insertion after Article 4 of the following new Article
to be numbered 4A:-
4A. Not withstanding anything contained in Clause 4 or Clause 5
no share in the Company shall be issued or allotted unless not
less than 14 days nor more than 21 days notice in writing of
the proposal to issue or allot such share shall have been sent

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by post to each Director and unless at the meeting at which
such share is issued or allotted there shall not be less than
four Directors present and voting in favour of such issue or
allottment.
(c) By the insertion after Article 5B of the following new Article
to be numbered 5C:-
5C. Notwithstanding anything contained in Clauses 5, 5B, 8 and
10A, the Directors shall not appoint any person to be a Director
unless:-
(a) Not less than 14 days or more than 28 days notice of the
proposal to appoint such person shall have been sent by post
to each Director and unless
(b) At the meeting at which such person is appointed there
shall be at least four Directors present and voting in favour
of the appointment and unless
(c) Such appointment is either unanimous or is not opposed by
more than one director.
(d) By the insertion after Article 6 of the following new Article to
be numbered 6A:-
Notwithstanding anything contained in Clause 6 or Clause 7
any Director who has not the holding of shares in the Company
specified in Clause 10 shall, if he is not a Director appointed
under Clause 5A to represent the Government, cease to be a
Director immediately after the conclusion of any ordinary
meeting of the Company at which his appointment is not confirmed
or reconfirmed by the Company, but such Directors shall not be
one of the Directors required to retire in rotation under the
provisions of Clauses 6 and 7.
(e) By the insertion after Article 7 of the following new Articles
to be numbered 7A and 7B respectively:-
7A. If at any General Meeting at which an election of Directors
ought to take place, the place of a Director retiring by
rotation is not filled he shall if willing and if he is not a
Director who has not the holding of shares specified in Clause
10, continue in office until the ordinary meeting in the next
year and so on from year to year until his place is filled up,
unless on notice given not less than fourteen days and more than
twenty-eight days before such meeting, it shall be determined to
reduce the number of Directors in office.


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7B. Notwithstanding anything contained in Clause 8 no person
not being a retiring Director shall, unless recommended by the
Directors for election, be eligible for election to the office
of Director at any General Meeting unless he or some other member
intending to propose him has at least fourteen clear days and
not more than twenty-eight days before the meeting served on
the Secretary a notice in writing duly signed signifying his
candidature for the office or the intention of such a member to
propose him.


it was proposed by Mr. Lennox Robinson seconded by Mr. F. R.
Higgins and Passed:- "That the Resolution be confirmed
as a Special Resolution".


Ernest Blythe
4/10/40


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