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The (William) Liam Healy Collection has been fully catalogued and is listed below.
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1. 12 March 1923
see also 5.
Letter from Liam Healy, Cork County Jail, to his father, informing him of the date of his execution “I know you will feel awful when you get this letter. Father dont take it to heart for I am not ashamed to die like many more who went before me”. Requests his father pass on his remembrances to named individuals and exhorts him not to be downhearted. Requests masses to be said for the repose of his soul. Adds a priest heard his confession. Closes requesting his family and friends not to bear any grudge against individual members of the firing squad but to “shake hands with them as I myself am going to”. Signs himself William Healy.
Printed memorial for the officers and Volunteers of the 1st Cork Brigade, IRA “Who fell, were murdered, or executed for, fighting against English Dominion”. Features the reproduction of a photograph if Liam Lynch. Gives the date of William Healy’s execution as 16 March 1923.
Tss of a ballad “Dedicated to the memory of ‘Willie Healy’ E. Coy. 1st Bat. 1st Cork Brigade”. Begins “Thou are gone from us forever, today Thou art at rest./ Joined with the Irish martyrs, in that great home of the Blest.”
4. Feb. 1971
Photocopy of a booklet produced to commemorate the ‘Dripsey Ambush Golden Jubilee’ (1921-1971). Features a short biography of the Volunteers (including Liam Healy) who took part in that action.
5. March 1923
See also 1.
Two pieces of paper with handwriting in pencil signed by Healy letting his family know he's had confession and is ready for what is to come. There is a faint embossed stamp on one.
A photograph of a poem to William Healy written on a wall of cell no. 2 in the old Cork City Gaol written by another prisoner, P. O Brien, Dunmanway. A transcription of the poem is written on the back of the photograph.