A collection of manuscripts sent or given to Gerard Crofts by John MacDonagh,
[early 20th century].
The collection of songs, poems and recitations contains the following items: typescript on 5 pages of 'Child of the Slums' by John MacDonagh -- typed list entitled 'John MacDonagh's Songs and Ballads' -- typed copy of 'Maureen of the Smiles' by F.A. Fahy (24th July 1913) -- typed copy of 'The Return (Terence MacSuiney [sic] Oct. 30, 1930) by Hester Sigerson Piatt -- published leaflet of 'Lament for Lord Wathe'ford' by Michael O'Mahony and a covering letter to Gerard Crofts from the author (Jan. 15, 1922) -- handwritten words of 'The Three Flowers' by G. Norman Reddin, with a covering note to Crofts on the back -- handwritten score of 'Shane Machree' by H. Frederick Gould-Verschoyle and a covering letter to Crofts (dated 6 Nov. 1932) -- typed copy of 'Tullynahane' (with manuscript amendments & signature) by S. Ó Cosgdealbháin [?] -- typed copy of 'Meelannah: a Dublin Character of Today' by Desmond Colfer (2 sheets, with Manuscript additions) -- 'W'en me Uncle Comes' by Louis A. Tierney -- 'St. Patrick's Day 1926' by W.D. 17.3.26 (with a verse on Oliver St. John Gogarty on the back) -- 'Recitation: by an old blind man, who stood on Carlisle Bridge, Dublin many years ago' (two typed sheets with figures scribbled on the back) -- 'The Devil's Trip' by P.J. [?] Reilly -- 'Mary Carroll' words & music by J.M. Crofts -- 'Kilmainham Jail' (with a manuscript note scribbled out) -- fair copy of 'O'Farrell's Parole: a recitation' and 'Treasure: a thought' by F.P. Carey (written on school copybook pages with green front and back covers, all looseleaf).
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The items are handwritten or typed, some of the latter with manuscript insertions or corrections.
John MacDonagh was a younger brother of Thomas MacDonagh. He trained as a singer in Italy, touring Britain and America as an actor and operatic tenor. He became actor-manager of the Irish Theatre Company, and later on directed some films. He fought in the Easter rising under his brother's command, in the Jacob's factory garrison, and was imprisoned in England afterwards.
Gerard Crofts was a poet and a singer. He had a fine tenor voice, and was a favourite performer in patriotic concerts; he also sang on radio and made records. Gerard joined the Irish Volunteers in 1914 and was imprisoned after fighting in the GPO during the 1916 Rising. His personal friends included Sean Mac Diarmada and Eamonn Ceannt among the executed leaders, and also Countess Markiewicz.
Physical description: 18 items.
Crofts family by descent.
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