Coffey and Chenevix Trench papers, 1868-2007.
Papers of the Coffey and Chenevix Trench families, 1868-2007; Papers of George Coffey, includes correspondence to Jane Coffey and other friends and family, papers regarding his academia, career and politics, 1889-1997; Papers of Jane Coffey, includes correspondence with her son Diarmid Coffey, account books, diaries and notebooks, 1878-1921; Papers of Diarmid Coffey, includes correspondence with family members, Cesca Chenevix Trench and others such as Erskine Childers, also included are political documents relating to the Irish Volunteers and Irish Race Congress and miscellaneous personal papers, 1890-1966; Papers of Isabella Chenevix Trench, includes letters to her daughters Cesca and Margo Chenevix Trench and personal papers, 1864-1927; Papers of Cesca Chenevix Trench, includes correspondence with Diarmid Coffey and family members, her diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, essays, short stories and personal papers, 1906-1918; Papers of Margot Chenevix Trench, includes correspondence, diaries, journals, notebooks and personal papers, 1906-1936; Correspondence and miscellaneous documents relating to the Chenevix Trench, Trench and Coffey families, 1869-2007.
Diarmid Coffey (1888-1964) married Cesca Chenevix Trench (1891-1918) on 17 April 1918, bringing together two families who played a significant part in late 19th-century and early 20th-century Irish culture, history, language and politics. Diarmid Coffey joined the Irish Volunteers in 1914 and was secretary to Colonel Maurice Moore. In 1917 he and Frank Cruise O’Brien wrote Proposals for an Irish Settlement…
and he was appointed one of the Secretaries of the Irish Convention. In 1917 he was also appointed librarian of the Cooperative Reference Library, a position he held until 1921. After that he became a
Lieutenant in the National Army from October 1922 to January 1923 and was appointed captain of a patrol boat on the Shannon. In January 1923, he became Assistant Clerk of the Senate. From 1935 to 1956 he worked in the Public Records Office (now the National Archives of Ireland).
Cesca Chenevix Trench was an Irish Nationalist and supported Irish Home Rule in public. She was very close with her sister Margot Trench who was also an Irish Nationalist. Their older cousin Dermot Trench taught them Irish and sent them books in Irish as well as information about the London branch of the Gaelic League which they subsequently joined. In 1909 Margot and Cesca attended the Irish Summer School on Achill Island. They started reading Irish literature in English translation, and copied verses by patriotic 19th-century poets into their notebooks. Cesca decided to change her name into Irish, using first “Proinséas” and then “SadhbhTrínseach”. Cesca attended art classes in Paris in late 1912 and was asked in October 1913 to apply her artistic talent to the design of Christmas cards for the Gaelic League, which she did. She and Margot joined the Cumann na mBan in 1914 and Cesca stayed with the Coffeys in Howth in 1914 where she witnessed the Howth gun-running. When the Easter Rising began on April 24, 1916, she left home to join the other auxiliaries in St Stephen's Green. She delivered first aid supplies to the headquarters garrison at the GPO. After the Rising Cesca continued to attend Cumann na mBan meetings and studied Irish art in the National Museum.
Physical description: 15 boxes.
I. Coffey family; I.i. Papers of George Coffey; I.ii. Papers of Jane Coffey née L'Estrange; I.iii. Papers of Diarmid Coffey; II. Chenevix Trench family; II.i. Papers of Isabella Chenevix Trench; II.ii. Papers of Cesca Chenevix Trench; II.iii. Papers of Margot Chenevix Trench; II.iv. Other papers.