Carty, Papers relating to Frank J Carty
Reference code: POL7
Title: Carty, Papers relating to Frank J Carty
Date(s): 1919-1942
Extent: 24 items
Location: James Hardiman Library, NUIG
Biographical History

Frank J Carty was born on 3rd April 1897. He joined the Irish Volunteers in 1914 and fought in the War of Independence, 1919-1921. He became Officer Commanding the Number 4 Brigade of the 3rd Western Division, which operated in the Sligo area. During this time he escaped from Sligo Jail in June 1920, was recaptured by the Black and Tans in November 1920, and was the subject of an attempted escape from a prison van in Glasgow in May 1921, which led to a shoot-out on the streets of Glasgow. He joined the anti-treaty forces in the Civil War, and was active in a number of operations, including the capture of the "Ballinalee", an armoured car, from pro-treaty forces in the area in July 1923. He was elected TD to the Second Dáil for East Mayo and Sligo in June 1921, and served through nine general elections. He began in Sinn Féin, and later moved to Fianna Fáil in 1926. He was also a member of Sligo County Council, 1920-1934. He was called to the Bar, King's Inn, Dublin in 1936. He died of a sudden heart-attack in September 1942.

Immediate Source of Acquisition or Transfer

This material was donated by Mrs Carty, wife of Frank, to the James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway, in 1978.

Scope and Content

This collection consists primarily of newspaper cuttings, with a number of original documents pasted into a scrap-book.

System of arrangement

As it is a small collection the material has been arranged chronologically, but there is no definable series that would allow arrangement.

Conditions governing access

The material in this collection is accessible to all bone fide researchers, and subject to the conditions of access governing the consultation of archival material at the James Hardiman Library. No material may be reproduced from this collection without the written permission of the archivist, and reproductions are subject to the conditions of access. The most appropriate form of reference is title of item, date of item, reference number (Pol6/?), James Hardiman Library Archives.

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