Cahir Healy Papers

Political, literary and personal papers of Nationalist politician, Cahir Healy (1877-1970), Westminster MP for Fermanagh and Tyrone, 1922-1924, 1931-1935, for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, 1950-1955, and Stormont MP for Fermanagh and Tyrone, 1925-1929, and South Fermanagh, 1929-1965.

The collection contains Healy's political correspondence in which the principal correspondents are Nationalist and Ulster Unionist politicians and also prominent Irish Americans and leading members of political parties and organisations in the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain, 1924-1970, including Eddie McAteer (1914-1986), Anthony Mulvey (1882-1959), Terence O’Neill (1914-1990), Joe Devlin (1871-1934), Brian Faulkner (1921-1977), and Lord Brookeborough (1888-1973) ; general correspondence relating mainly to his historical and literary activities and constituency matters, 1900-1969; undated, miscellaneous literary and historical articles, plays, novels and poems written by Healy together with autobiographical accounts of his early life and political career, including his internment on board the prison ship 'Argenta', 1922-1924; and scrapbooks, notebooks, pamphlets and newspaper cuttings relating to his literary and political activities, Nationalist politics and elections, c.1900-1970.


The collection is a useful research tool for the study of nationalist attitudes in the west of Ulster following Partition.

Physical characteristics

c. 3,024 items, c.1900-1970 comprising a range of documents, volumes, newspaper cuttings, scrapbooks, literary material in MS, photographs and printed material occupying 24 PRONI boxes.

Description or Catalogue

See PRONI reference D/2991 for catalogue of some of the papers. The catalogue is available for consultation in PRONI's Public Search Room.

A full introduction to the collection is also available on


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Added by PRONI | Last updated on: 27 July 2020