Fonds RC0010 - C. F. McLoughlin

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C. F. McLoughlin

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  • 1886-1967 (Creation)

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6 cm of textual records

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C. F. McLoughlin was a member of the United Arts Club in Dublin and an acquaintance of Jack Butler Yeats and other Irish writers. McLoughlin published two volumes of poetry. He used the pseudonym Conn Mecando for Imaginative Meaning: A Prismatic Medium. He also used the pseudonym Maelseachlainn for the annotations he added to letters and manuscripts in his fonds. Finally, he was nicknamed the Gunman. According to Patricia Boylan in All Cultivated People: A History of the United Arts Club, Dublin, "he was a peaceful man who spent most of his time behind a newspaper in the Dante Room [of the Arts Club], scowling at intruders, and was seldom seen in the bar. He got his nickname from his habit of wearing his hat well down over his eyes and his trench coat tightly belted in the manner of a Chicago gangster.

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The fonds consists of 37 letters from Jack Butler Yeats (1871-1957) to McLoughlin. There is also a Christmas card signed by Yeats, and an unsigned, unaddressed post card, possibly from Yeats. The other items in the fonds belonging to McLoughlin are: a poem by Padraic Colum (1881-1972), "The Sea Bird to the Wave", which McLoughlin notes Padraic wrote down for him one night at the Arts Club in 1958 and two manuscripts, one about the Irish troubles in 1916-1921 and the other a collection of Irish proverbs from a social evening at the Club in 1967. The first manuscript is the result of McLoughlin contacting veterans of the troubles and getting them to write down their memoirs in 1966.

There are several items in the fonds that do not appear to have a direct tie to McLoughlin. These items include: a poem, "Sleep Song", by Frederick Robert Higgins (1896-1941), editor, poet, and playwright; a signed Christmas card from James Sullivan Starkey and E. F. Starkey to J. J. Chicester containing a printed poem, "1939" by Seumas O'Sullivan (1879-1958) and signed by O'Sullivan (O'Sullivan was the pseudonym of James Sullivan Starkey); letter from Katharine Tynan (1861-1931), poet and novelist, to Mr. O'Leary; two letters from W. B. Yeats (1865-1939), poet and playwright, one to Sara Allgood and the other to Mr. Farrell. The letter to Mr. Farrell was removed from the library copy of a book and thus did not belong to McLoughlin. The other items in the fonds are all printed: poems on Christmas cards by Donagh MacDonagh (1912-1968), barrister, editor, poet, and playwright; a sermon by The Right Reverend Robert Wyse Jackson, Bishop of Limerick; and an Irish National Theatre Society programme.

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Fonds was donated by William B. Ready, former McMaster University Librarian at an unknown time or times.


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Johh Butler Yeats, a painter, was born on 29 August 1871 in London, England and educated at the Westminster School of Art. He was the younger brother of W. B. Yeats (1865-1939), the poet. Between 1890 and 1900 Jack Butler Yeats had a number of one-man shows in London of his drawings and water-colours. In 1900 he returned to Ireland where he spent the rest of his life. In a New York exhibition of 1913 he showed some oil paintings and from then on oil became his principal medium. In 1942 he had a retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery in London. This was followed by a major exhibition in Dublin in 1945. Yeats died in Dublin on 28 March 1957.

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