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Manuscript minutes of a committee meeting


Loose page featuring rough manuscript minutes of a meeting of the Kevin Barry Memorial Committee, 14 November [1934]. The minutes refer to a statement made by O’Rahilly relating to money owed to Clarke Studios.

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Note on the design of the memorial window


Undated manuscript note on headed paper of the Commerce Society, University College Dublin, discussing the commencement of the construction of the window and the proposed design to be submitted to the committee. The note has not been signed by or addressed to a specific individual but is presumably an intra-committee communication.

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The Kevin Barry memorial window


Document provides a detailed description of the scenes to be depicted in each of the eight individual panels of the stained glass window, to be designed and executed by Harry Clark Stained Glass Limited, North Frederick Street, Dublin. The descriptions outline the subject matter of each of the panels along with specifications relating to the composition and the symbolism of the scenes.

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Papers of the Kevin Barry Memorial Committee


This collection comprises the papers and correspondence of the Kevin Barry Memorial Committee. The Committee was formed to raise funds to create a memorial to Kevin Barry (20 January 1902–1 November 1920). Barry, a medical student at University College Dublin, was executed for his part in an ambush which resulted in the deaths of three British Army officers. The Committee commissioned Harry Clarke Stained Glass Limited to create a stained glass window dedicated to Kevin Barry and the other students and graduates of University College Dublin who lost their lives in the struggle for Irish Independence. The window, designed by Richard King, was erected in Earlsfort Terrace and unveiled on 1 November 1934. In 2010, the window was conserved, restored and relocated in the Charles Institute at Belfield, the current campus of University College Dublin.

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Letter from John V. Bourke to Professor Edward P. McLoughlin


Letter from Bourke, Students’ Representative Council, to Professor E.P. McLoughlin extending an invitation to act as joint honorary treasurer of the Kevin Barry Memorial Committee.

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Letter from John V. Bourke to Reverend Professor T. Corcoran


Unsigned letter from Bourke, Students’ Representative Council, to Dr T. Corcoran extending an invitation to act as joint honorary treasurer, along with The O’Rahilly, of the Kevin Barry Memorial Fund.

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Minutes of meeting held in the Law Room U.C.D. on 10th Nov. 1933


Minutes refer to the exhibition of black and white designs for the panels of the stained glass window along with comments and suggested changes made by the Memorial Committee. The minutes were signed by Desmond E. Bell, chairman, 2 January 1934.

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Minutes of meeting of the Kevin Barry Memorial Committee held in the Law Room U.C.D. on July 18th 1932 at 5.30 p.m.


Minutes refer to the committee’s success in obtaining permission from the UCD Governing Body for the erection of a stained glass window and agreement with the Harry Clarke Studio on the cost of the project. The minutes were signed by Tadhg O’Neill, President R.C. [Students' Representative Council], on 25 August 1932.

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Minutes of Kevin Barry Memorial Committee meeting held in U.C.D. on Nov. 3rd at 7.30 p.m.


Minutes relate to a draft sketch of the plans for the proposed memorial window, a circular appealing for funds and the departure of Tadhg O'Neill from the committee. The minutes were signed by Ua Rathghaille, chairman, 21 December 1932.

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Letter from G.P.S. Hogan to John V. Bourke


Manuscript letter from Hogan, Department of Finance, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin, to Bourke concerning the proposed designs for the stained glass window and stating the matter may require further consideration.

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List of companies specialising in stained glass


Typed list of companies that could potentially be commissioned to complete the stained glass window for the Kevin Barry Memorial. The list also features manuscript comments on the suitability of each of the companies for the project. Written on Permanent Exhibition of Irish Manufactures headed paper.

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Minutes of Kevin Barry Memorial Committee held in U.C.D. on Tuesday 18th October 1932 at 7.30 p.m.


The minutes of the meeting record initial discussions on the design of the panels for the stained glass window. The minutes were signed by Tadhg O'Neill, chairman, on 3 November 1932.

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Minutes of Kevin Barry Memorial meeting held on Friday April 27th 1934 in the S.R.C. Room at 5.30 p.m.


The minutes concern payment due to the Clarke studio, the date of the unveiling ceremony and the decision to publish a photograph of the stained glass window in the college magazine Comhthrom Feinne. The minutes were signed by Desmond Bell, chairman, 23 July 1934, and feature manuscript annotations.

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Minutes of Kevin Barry Memorial meeting held in U.C.D. on 23rd July at 5.30


Document contains the minutes of a meeting of the Kevin Barry Memorial Committee and was signed by Desmond C. Bell, chairman of the committee on 11 October 1934. The minutes refer primarily to proposed alterations to the window and payment due to Harry Clarke Stained Glass Limited.

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Minutes of meeting held in the Law Room U.C.D. on July 15th 1933


Minutes pertain to discussions held on the contents of the individual window panels and the financial position of the Kevin Barry Memorial. The minutes were signed by Ua Rathghaille, chairman.

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Letter from Cearbhall Ua Dálaigh to John V. Bourke


Manuscript letter from Cearbhall Ua Dálaigh, "I.P. "[Irish Press] Office, to Bourke regarding Ua Dálaigh's own subscription to the fund. The letter also requests that the committee issue a fresh appeal to graduates through the press and inquires about the progress of the stained glass window.

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Kevin Barry Memorial Report 1933


Report of the Kevin Barry Memorial Committee for the year 1933. The report discusses the events involving the committee dating back to the Report of the Kevin Barry Memorial Committee 1930, the formation of a new committee in 1932 featuring Sarsfield Hogan, Tadgh Forbes, Patrick Donovan, William P. Fay, Kevin Mangan, R.J. McHugh, Mac O'Rahilly and John V. Bourke. The report also discusses the decision to award the contract for the window to the Harry Clarke Stained Glass Studio and details the subjects chosen for each of the eight individual panels within the window.

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Minutes of Kevin Barry Memorial Committee meeting held in U.C.D. on 21st December 1932


Minutes pertain to decisions made by the committee on the design of the memorial window along with the financial situation of the memorial fund. The minutes were signed by Ua Rathghaille, chairman, on 15 July 1933.

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Composition of the memorial window


Manuscript list of the scenes to be depicted in the stained glass window accompanied by a rough sketch indicating the positioning of each individual scene within the panels. The sketch appears on the reverse of a leaflet for Harry Clarke and Sons Stained Glass Artists and Church Decorators, Dublin.

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Letter from Charles B. Simmonds


Letter from C.B. Simmonds, manager, Harry Clarke Stained Glass Limited, to Bourke, The National University, 49 Merrion Square. He will not be attending the unveiling ceremony but other representatives from the company will be present. He is arranging for the window to be draped and will give his attention to the inscription plates as soon as the committee have made a decision.

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Letter from C.B. Simmonds to John V. Bourke


Letter from C.B. Simmonds, manager, Harry Clarke Stained Glass Limited, to Bourke concerning additional charges relating to the completion of the stained glass window and the cost of supplying two inscribed tablets to accompany it.

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Letter from Harry Clarke Stained Glass Limited to John V. Bourke


Brief letter from C.B. Simmonds, manager, Harry Clarke Stained Glass Limited, 6-7 North Frederick Street, Dublin. "Many thanks for your letter to hand this morning. You must excuse me if I do not answer it fully until early next week. I may say, however, that I am glad any points under consideration have now reached a definite conclusion".

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News-cuttings about the Kevin Barry memorial


News-cutting regarding efforts to have a memorial erected to Barry at UCD on the anniversary of his death, and the eventual unveiling (1 November 1934) of a stained glass tribute to him designed by the Harry Clarke Studios.

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