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Philip Fanning Collection, 1925-1938

Reference Code: GAA/Aus/P1
Title: Bailiúchán Philip Fanning
Covering Dates: 1925-1938
Level of Description: Item/Collection level
Extent: One Box/14 items


Biographical History
Philip Fanning was born in Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, Tipperary in 1897. As a young man he joined the De La Salle brothers and in September 1916, aged 19, he was sent to Sydney, New South Wales. Fanning left the brothers in 1917 but he continued to live in Sydney until 1923 when he returned to Ireland. During his period in Australia he was actively involved in the Australian G.A.A., being the Honorary Secretary of the ‘New South Wales Hurling Association.’ Philip Fanning died in 1979.

Content and Structure

Scope and Content
The collection consists of correspondence received by Philip Fanning, in Ireland, from Father Edward (Ted) Teehan, Australia, between 1925 and 1938 in which Teehan discusses the situation of Irish emigrants in Australia, including the G.A.A. Topics include the activities of the G.A.A. in Australia; Irish emigrants in Australia and contemporary Australian events including the 1928 Eucharistic Congress in Sydney and the 1930’s economic depression. A photograph album containing ninety-nine photographs is also included in the collection. Photographs in this album include photographs of Irish Emigrants in Australia including the Irish National Association, Cumann na mBan, Sydney, The Gaelic League, Sydney and the 1922 New South Wales Hurling Team. There are also photographs of Ireland, taken after Fanning returned to Ireland in 1923. The collection also contains a colour poster advertising the 1922 hurling contests between New South Wales and Victoria, in the Sydney Sports Ground on the 4th of October and 7th of October 1922.

Conditions of Access and Use

Conditions governing access: Access is strictly by appointment only using the
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Language:                                     English
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