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McGowan Papers

Identity Statement

Reference Code: P47/
Title: McGowan Papers
Dates: 1922-1923
Extent: 37 items (12 files)


Annie McGowan was the daughter of Patrick and Susan Browne of Limerick and wife of Michael McGowan.  The couple lived on John Street, Limerick, and had eight children.  Michael fought in the First World War on the Western Front, where he was poisoned by gas and evacuated to a hospital in Birmingham.  In order to support her mother, the couple’s daughter Sarah (‘Sally’) McGowan got a job as a printer’s assistant in McKern’s Printing Works in Limerick city and, on her mother’s insistence, joined the transport union.  When Sarah and eleven other girls were offered a pay increase of two shillings and six pence on condition that they leave the Union, Sarah was the only worker to refuse the offer, as a result of which she was sacked.  She later worked as a waitress in a Catherine Street restaurant.  During and after the Irish Civil War, Annie and Sarah McGowan delivered food and parcels of books, magazines and cigarettes to Republican prisoners in Limerick Jail and continued to send these to prisoners transferred to the Curragh internment camp in County Kildare. Following the Civil War, Sarah McGowan emigrated to America.

Content and Structure

The McGowan Papers contain a selection of letters and notes written by Republican prisoners imprisoned in Limerick Jail and the Curragh internment camp between 1922 and 1923, during and following the Civil War. They comprise, in the main, thank you-notes for parcels delivered to or sent to them by Annie McGowan and her daughter Sarah.

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Access: Available by appointment
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