Letter from P. O'Doherty to Hagan
Pontifical Irish College
Hagan, John, 1873-1930
Holograph letter from P. O'Doherty, Omagh, County Tyrone, to (Hagan), in thanks for his kindness when he was in Rome. Not surprisingly the Catholics of Fermanagh and Tyrone were indignant over the boundary act; he himself feels strongly over the way all had been arranged from the start – expecting that MacNeill – having symbolically renounced his seat – will return to the Education Department shortly. The customs barrier is the northern Catholics' only hope for fair-play, and Belfast is aware of it: Devlin and his henchmen are Craig's willing auxiliaries and members of the hierarchy, including the cardinal, support the policy, too. Dr. McHugh, however, thinks it a fatal error to enter the Belfast parliament unless 'P.R.' be restored and the gerrymandering rectifies. The Morning Post poses as an intermediary between the unionists and nationalists, Craig and Cosgrave, over the customs dilemma; their men want the same terms McHugh named. O'Doherty gave hospitality to one of their journalists of whom he could not tell whether Catholic or Anglican. 'Omagh, you see, is becoming the hub of the world'. Regretting to tell him of Dr. McHugh's great frailty. Enclosing a cheque for Mass intentions. Adding that Fr. Maguiness did not come for the Christmas dinner.
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