John Devoy Papers.
|Main Creator:||Devoy, John, 1842-1928|
John Devoy joined the Irish Republican Brotherhood in 1861 and was local organiser for the organisation in the Naas area. He contributed to the 'Irish People'. In October 1865 he was in charge of Fenian recruitment among soldiers in the British Army. He participated in the rescue of James Stephens from prison in 1866 and was arrested that year. He was sentenced to 15 years hard labour but released in 1871 under a Fenian amnesty which meant he was to be exiled from British territory. He was one of the 'Cuba Five', a reference to the five IRB activists who sailed for New York on the steamer 'Cuba'. Settling in America, he joined Clan-na-Gael and worked as a journalist with the 'New York Herald' where he rose to become editor. In 1903 he became editor of the 'Gaelic American', and remained so until his death in 1928. Through Clan-na-Gael, Devoy played a major role in financing the IRB in the years leading up to the First World War. He was also the main conduit for contact between Germany and the group planning the 1916 Rising, and was central to Roger Casement's mission to Germany. With his close ally, Judge Daniel Colohan of New York, Devoy was a key figure in the Friends of Irish Freedom and, following his bitter conflict with Eamon De Valera, the new founded American Association for the Recognition of the Irish Republic.
Devoy's post bag, 1871-1928 / edited by William O'Brien and Desmond Ryan ; introduction by P. S. O'Hegarty. Dublin : Fallon, 1948.
Physical description: x folders.
Citations/References: Devoy's post bag, 1871-1928 / edited by William O'Brien and Desmond Ryan ; introduction by P. S. O'Hegarty. Dublin : Fallon, 1948.
John Devoy's papers were deposited in the National Library of Ireland in 1938. A selection of Devoy's correspondence (MS 18,000-18,013) was published in two volumes, under the title 'Devoy's Post Bag' in the 1950's. This publication was edited by William O'Brien and Desmond Ryan.