Letter from Seán T. Ó Ceallaigh to Hagan
Pontifical Irish College
Ó Ceallaigh, Seán T.
Hagan, John, 1873-1930
Typescript letter with handwritten postscript from Seán T. Ó Ceallaigh, Poblacht na hÉireann, Irish Republican Headquarters, 3 East 42nd Street, New York (United States of America), to Hagan, in thanks for his letters. Reporting on his stay in the west. Although disappointed by not being permitted to see the ailing Dr. York in San Francisco, he was satisfied with meetings, individually, and together, with the chief supporters of the Irish movement in the city, including Fr. Heneghan who acts for Dr. York. They promised to revive the organisation in California. Then assessing in turns the character and attitude to the cause of Monsignor Roger –an enthusiastic Republican- and of Arch- bishop Hanna – Free State but anxious to stress his sympathies for the cause. What Hagan said about the latter does not surprise him, and he would not have Hagan or the Irish College stand in the way if he could assist O'Hern with whom he is very intimate. In Los Angeles he has had one of the best meetings in the States so far; also, he was given a generous radio slot, being introduced by movie star [William] Desmond. Then wondering whether Dr. Mannix might travel through the States on his way to Ireland; he would help them very materially by giving a few addresses – the cool attitude of the Irish American hierarchy would not upset him. Then offering remarks about the latest move in the attempted swindle [concerning the new College site] whereby the Pope must feel bitterness for those who victimised and used him; glad that the substance will likely be secured. Hagan's comments on the hat for Ireland were interesting; preferring 'Tirconaill' [Archbishop O'Donnell]; Hagan can only observe the strictest neutrality in the matter. Bob Brennan wrote about the efforts to purchase the Freeman from the receiver; their people can afford up to £ 50,000 – hoping they will succeed. Mary MacSwiney will arrive in the States for a tour of several months. A certain Begley will take over from Ó Ceallaigh in New York and leave him free to go to Washington- many in New York have returned to the fold already; finances remain a problem but in expectancy of 'big events happening at home in the near future' the prospects are bright. Doheny, a great benefactor to a Los Angeles church might be of help to them; he will mention Hagan's new undertaking if appropriate. Cait seems much improved. Then adding praises for the article on Poppy Day; the reports on O'Malley and O'Byrne intending to lead another schism are promising and they may succeed against Cosgrave's unifying efforts. Assessing the situation in Cavan as 'farcical'- the two O'Hanlons are nephews of the Jesuit Finlays.
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