Military Service Pensions Collection
This week, after many years of careful research and hard work, the Military Archives are making available on line the Military Service Pensions Collection. This is a major collection of considerable historical importance and, following the launch in the GPO, the An Post Museum will have a couple of items from that collection on display in the Museum over the next few weeks.
Eamonn Bulfin (1892-24 December 1968) was serving as a Lieutenant with 4 Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers at the time of the 1916 Easter Rising. He served in the G.P.O. and was interned until December 1916. Following his release Bulfin became Vice Commandant, Birr Battalion, Offaly Brigade, Irish Volunteers and was arrested on 18 July 1918 in connection with the ‘German Plot’. He was then deported first to England and from there to Argentina in May 1919. While in Argentina Bulfin acted as a representative for Dáil Éireann and was involved in the purchase and transportation to Ireland of arms and ammunition for the Irish Volunteers and IRA as well as undertaking fund raising, political and propaganda work. Eamonn Bulfin disagreed with the Treaty, closed down his mission to Argentina and returned to Ireland in June 1922. He took no part in the Civil War.
Bulfin has a particular association with the GPO in 1916 in that he was asked to hoist the green Irish Republic flag on the mast at the corner of Prince’s Street.
Further information on the collection may be found at www.militaryarchives.ie
Eamonn Bulfin, circled, in a group at Stafford gaol in 1916.
Letter from Margaret Pearse concerning arrangements for Eamonn Bulfin’s deportation to Argentina in 1919 – Part I
Letter from Margaret Pearse concerning arrangements for Eamonn Bulfin’s deportation to Argentina in 1919 – Part II
Letter from Margaret
With a good deal of rain over the last month, flooding in parts of the country and water meters gradually being introduced, here is a nice little item from our archives, a water rates bill for Cork Post Office in 1859. At least it shows that paying for water is by no means a new idea and that the convenience of piped water has long been appreciated as something worth paying for.
The last few weeks have been busy ones for the postage stamp. First introduced in 1840 to show that postage had been paid on a letter, this small rectangular piece of paper is particularly busy during Christmas and New Year.
Certainly, the introduction of email and text messages allows a wider range of options for communication but for many people, the humble stamp is still first choice to convey letters and messages of goodwill throughout the globe.
Apart from stamp design and the obvious attraction for collectors there is more importantly the personal touch associated with the stamp. There is the care and preparation that someone takes in putting pen to paper, the eager anticipation waiting for that envelope to drop through the letterbox and the knowledge that it has been handled by loved ones hands – modern technology has its place but it doesn’t offer this!