Extract from the Annals Loreto Abbey Rathfarnham 1913 - 1916 - UCD Digital Library
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Extract from the Annals Loreto Abbey Rathfarnham 1913 - 1916

Abstract: This contemporaneous account of Easter Rising 1916 captures the uncertainty, the confusion and the anxiety experienced by the religious community and their concern for their Sisters in Dublin city centre communities (i.e. 43 North Great George’s Street, 53 St Stephen’s Green & 77 St Stephen’s Green.) In 1916 the Sisters were bound by the rule of enclosure, and were not permitted to leave convent grounds, unless for medical or other appointments. The Sisters were permitted to visit other convents, but only with the prior agreement of their Local Superior. The annalist records the impact of the Rising on the community, including lack of communication & resulting rumours, food shortages, ‘Sounds of great cannonading’, fires in the city centre which could be seen in Rathfarnham, and the resulting destruction of the city centre. The annalist also records that two of the workmen (employed on the Loreto Abbey farm), participated in the rising and the annals conclude on 9th May, with an account of the arrest and questioning of other farm employees by the authorities. Reference is also made to searches and the capturing of arms in Rathfarnham village.

In collection Loreto 1916

Origin information
Dublin, Ireland
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Type of Resource
Physical description
8 leaves
22 x 18 cm
Biographical/historical information
Loreto Abbey Rathfarnham was home to the Generalate (General Superior & General Council), the Loreto Abbey community, the Irish Province novitiate, and Loreto Abbey Boarding School. The General Superior & the Generalate were based at Loreto Abbey from 1821 until 1976, when the Generalate was transferred to Rome. Within each community, a Sister was appointed annalist and was responsible for recording the community annals. The community annals are a unique record of community and school life, and record visitors, deaths, receptions, professions, changes in personnel, feast days and other celebrations, developments in the adjacent school and other occurrences in the daily life of the community. These annals include a daily, contemporaneous account of the Easter Rising 1916, beginning on Monday 24th April 1916 – 9th May 1916.
Date details
This extract covers the days of the Easter Rising and the immediate aftermath, from Easter Monday 24th April 1916 to May 9th 1916. The volume from which this extract is taken covers the period from September 2013 to December 1916.
Ireland--History--Easter Rising, 1916--Personal narratives
Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Loreto Abbey Rathfarnham --Records and correspondence
Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary. IBVM (Loreto) Institute & Irish Province Archives . RATH/LAC/1/6
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"Extract from the Annals Loreto Abbey Rathfarnham 1913 - 1916," held by IBVM (Loreto) Institute & Irish Province Archives. © Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Digital content by University College Dublin, published by UCD Library, University College Dublin <http://digital.ucd.ie/view/ucdlib:45796>

[1] Military permit //digital.ucd.ie/view/ucdlib:45799
[2] Aerial view of Loreto Abbey, Rathfarnham //digital.ucd.ie/view/ucdlib:45814
Record source
Descriptions created by staff of UCD Library, University College Dublin based on a finding aid provided by IBVM (Loreto) Institute & Irish Province Archives. — Metadata creation date: 2016-03-14

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