Letter(1) from Liam Mellowes (1895-1922) to Thomas McHugh (1877-1957), Tuam, Co Galway
Ógláigh Na hÉireann (The Irish Volunteers)
Eoin MacNeill BA (2); Laurence J Kettle (3): Hon Secretaries
12 D’OLIER STREET, DUBLIN
Eanair 16adh 1914 (16 January 1914)
Tomás Mac Aodha Uasal, Tuaim (Mr Thomas McHugh, Tuam)
A Chara Dhíl (Dear Friend)
Herewith I enclose copies of the “Headquarters Gazette” manifesto, Enrolment Forms and membership cards (4) of Ógláigh na hÉireann. In the Gazette you will find I think practically all the information required regarding the Volunteer movement.
A paper, to be devoted entirely to the Volunteer movement, will be on sale at end of month.
With best wishes for success.
Do Chara (Your Friend)
Liam Ó Maoilíosa (Liam Mellowes) Hon Organising Sec.
Notes: (1) Letter was written when Liam Mellowes was 18 years old. Original copy of the letter (below) is held by Mrs Juliett McHugh, 8 St Ronans Close, Galway, the daughter-in-law of Thomas McHugh.
(2) Professor Eoin MacNeill was a grandfather to Michael McDowell, former Minister for Justice.
(3) Laurence Kettle was a President of The Institution of Engineers of Ireland in 1934 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (DSc) by the National University of Ireland in 1938
(4) “I, the undersigned, desire to be enrolled in the Irish Volunteers, formed to secure and maintain the rights and liberties common to all the people of Ireland without distinction of creed, class, or politics.”