Original handwritten letter from Daniel Corkery December 2016
Dated the 7th of December 1916 and addressed at 1 Auburn Villas, Ashburton, Cork this 1 page letter appears to be sent to an editor of "The Spectator" literary journal. He is responding to a query about his book "A Munster Twilight" and place names with the word Cork in them. He mentions families in Kenmare, Co. Kerry and Corkaguiney and Corcabhaiscinn. He also refers to a village in north Westmeath called Corkarce which "Joyce" refers to. I take this to be P. W. Joyce who wrote a 3 volume book on Irish placenames rather than James Joyce who made reference in Ullysses to Fr. Conmee's little book, "Old Times in the Barony" which is also about a barony outside Athlone.
he goes on to describe 1916 as "these degenerate days" and that he serves as a national Teacher. The letter is signed in full by Corkery. It is in good condition with no tears and only a mild crease to the centre.
Original handwritten letters by Corkery are very scarce and one's with such personally relevant material even more so.