Mulvey Papers

Political and personal papers of Anthony J. Mulvey MP (1882-1957), Nationalist MP for Fermanagh-Tyrone, 1935-50 and Mid-Tyrone, 1950-51. Dating from 1941 to 1955 this collection is particularly comprehensive for the period between 1945 and 1947 and contains mainly material of relevance to Mulvey’s political and parliamentary career during which he was, for a time, the principal Irish Nationalist represented in the British Parliament.

Half of the archive consists of letters from constituents, family correspondence and notes for speeches. Issues covered include the Irish language, evictions at Belmont camp, Londonderry, electoral register matters, identity cards, etc. More significantly there are: c. 100 letters from Stormont Nationalist MP's, Cahir Healy, Edward McAteer and Malachy Conlon; c. 30 letters from H.G. McGhee and Hugh Delargy, Treasurer and Secretary, respectively, of the ' Friends of Ireland ' Group in the Labour Party; c. 20 letters from J. Chuter-Ede, the British Home Secretary, replying to Mulvey's approaches on matters such as prison reform, etc.; c.20 letters concerning anti-Partition League organisation in Britain; and 8 letters from Gabriel Diskin, a Dublin journalist who acted as an intermediary between Mulvey and Eamon de Valera, Taoiseach of Eire.

The collection also includes an interesting typescript autobiography of Mulvey describing his childhood in West Breffni, Co. Cavan in the 1880s and 1890s. This contains detailed descriptions of folk customs, methods of agriculture, Gaelic forms of speech in English, Michael Davitt's Land League agitation, and Nationalist and Sinn Fein political meetings.


The collection is particularly significant in that it is one of the few archives in existence and publicly available which documents the work and life of a post-Partition, Irish Nationalist politician in Northern Ireland.

Physical characteristics

c. 300 items comprising a range of documents, files, printed material and newspaper cuttings 1941-1955 and occupying 4 PRONI boxes.

Description or Catalogue

See PRONI reference D/1862 for a catalogue of the papers which is available for consultation in PRONI's Public Search Room.


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Added by PRONI | Last updated on: 25 August 2018