Notre visite en Irlande

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Above: The 56-page account of the trip. (Special Collections, UCC Library)

Above: The 56-page account of the trip. (Special Collections, UCC Library)

When they returned to France, Fr Pierre Batiffol wrote an account of their trip in the Catholic daily newspaper La Croix. A longer description was recorded in a French Catholic magazine in November 1916. This was republished the following year in pamphlet form as Notre visite en Irlande. This 56-page pamphlet recounts the packed itinerary that the group followed during their eight days in Ireland. It also describes their impressions of life at Maynooth seminary and makes a passing reference to the ruins of the GPO on Dublin’s Sackville Street, one of the few mentions of the Rising in the account.

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