The Breen-Monagan Collection

"Dan Breen . . . literally carried the scars of battle to his death."

Jack Lynch
Prime Minister of Ireland

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Dan Breen, Irish freedom fighter, was born on August 11, 1894 at the Grange near Donohill in County Tipperary. In 1908, at the age of 14, he left school and worked as a laborer and railroad worker. From 1918 to 1921, he commanded the Irish Republican Army's famous "Flying Column" against British troops and Black-and-Tan auxiliaries. Breen again fought on the IRA side in the Irish Civil War that followed the 1922 peace treaty with Britain against the forces of the Irish Free State. He was captured in 1923. While in prison, he was elected as the representative for Tipperary in the new Irish Parliament. Breen had resided in the United States for a short period during the twenties and thirties. He retired from a long and active public life in 1965. Dan Breen died at the age of 75 on December 27, 1969.

His daring exploits as an IRA commander are recounted in his autobiography, My Fight for Irish Freedom.

Breen was married to Brigid Malone in 1921. They had one son, Dr. Donal Breen, and one daughter, Granya.

The Collection comprises one (1) box containing correspondence between Dan Breen and the Honorable John Monagan, former U.S. Congressman from Connecticut, during the years 1948 to 1969. The Collection offers insight into the thoughts of an early twentieth-century freedom fighter towards the political issues and events which confronted a rapidly changing and increasingly violent world in this postwar period.

Dates: 1948 - 1970
Size: .5 linear feet
Number of boxes: 1
Provenance: Honorable John Monagan, June, 1985
Processed by: Anna T. Zakarija
Date: June 20, 1985

FOLDER LISTING:

Folder: 1 Correspondence: 1948, Sept. 2 - 24
Description: Contains 2 ALS from Breen to the Honorable John Monagan, September 2 and 24, 1948, together w/typed transcript of a Wm Cobbet letter re Ireland, 1834.

Folder: 1a Diary: 1949, August
Description: Diary excerpts

Folder: 2 Correspondence: 1950, Aug 28- Dec 12
Description: Contains 5 ALS, 2 TL (carbons) and 1 Christmas card from Breen to Monagan. Also includes 2 TLS from Hon. James T. Patterson & Gen. Walter Smith, CIA.

Folder: 3 Correspondence: 1951, Apr 8-Dec 30
Description: Contains 4 ALS from Breen to Monagan together with the latter's outgoing correspondence.

Folder: 4 Correspondence: 1952, Jan 8 - Dec 11
Description: Contains 5 ALS from Breen to Monagan together with 1 ALS from C. Owsley, then Director of the Office of Mutual Security.

Folder: 5 Correspondence: 1953, October 21
Description: Contains 1 ALS only from Breen to Monagan.

Folder: 6 Correspondence: 1954, December 23
Description: Contains one Christmas card only from Breen to Monagan.

Folder: 7 Correspondence: 1958, Aug 20-Dec 4
Description: Contains 4 ALS from Breen to Monagan together with the latter's outgoing correspondence.

Folder: 8 Correspondence: 1959, Feb 6-June 11
Description: Contains 3 ALS from Breen to Monagan together with the latter's outgoing correspondence.

Folder: 9 Correspondence: 1960, Jan 14-Apr 13
Description: Contains 1 ALS from Breen to Monagan together w/the latter's outgoing correspondence. Also includes 1 TLS from Frank Aiken, Office of External Affair

Folder: 10 Correspondence: 1961, April 5
Description: Contains 1 TL (carbon) only from Monagan to Breen regarding the former's sister and brother-in-law, the Richard Murphys.

Folder: 11 Correspondence: 1961, April 11
Description: Contains 1 ACS only from Breen to Monagan.

Folder: 12 Correspondence: 1961, April 14
Description: Contains 1 TL (carbon) only from Breen to Monagan regarding the latter's sister and brother-in-law, the Richard Murphys.

Folder: 13 Correspondence: 1961, Apr 24-May 1
Description: Contains 1 TLS from Lawrence F. O'Brien, then Special Assistant to President John F. Kennedy, to Monagan together with 2 TL (carbons) from Monagan.

Folder: 14 Correspondence: 1961, May 8
Description: Contains 1 ALS from Breen to Monagan.

Folder: 15 Correspondence: 1961, May 18 & 22
Description: Contains 1 TLS with holograph notation from Breen to Monagan together with the latter's outgoing correspondence.

Folder: 16 Correspondence: 1961, May 19
Description: Contains 1 ALS only from Breen to Monagan.

Folder: 17 Correspondence: 1961, June 23
Description: Contains 1 TL (carbon) only from Monagan to Breen.

Folder: 18 Correspondence: 1961, October 3
Description: Contains 2 TL (carbons) only from Monagan to Breen and to Brooks Hays, then Assistant Secretary of State.

Folder: 19 Correspondence: 1961-62, Nov & Jan
Description: Contains 1 ALS from Nancy Ward to Monagan regarding Dan Breen's heart attack and amputations together with 2 TL (carbons) only from Monagan to Breen.

Folder: 20 Correspondence: 1962, Apr - June 19
Description: Contains 1 ALS, 1 TLS and 1 TL with holograph notation (See April 30th letter) from Breen to Monagan together w/ the latter's outgoing correspondence.

Folder: 21 Correspondence: 1963, July 4-Oct 16
Description: Contains 2 ALS from Breen to Monagan together with the latter's outgoing correspondence as well as 1 TLS from M.J. Galvin regarding Major Walter Reder

Folder: 22 Correspondence: 1964, May 11 & 14
Description: Contains 2 ALS from Breen to Monagan together with the latter's outgoing correspondence.

Folder: 22a Correspondence: 1965, February 3
Description: ALS, Breen to Monagan re Winston Churchill

Folder: 23 Correspondence: 1965, April 30
Description: Contains 1 ALS only from Breen to Monagan.

Folder: 24 Correspondence: 1965, April 20
Description: Contains 1 ALS only from Breen to Monagan.

Folder: 25 Correspondence: 1965, April 21
Description: Contains 1 ALS only from Breen to Monagan.

Folder: 26 Correspondence: 1965, Apr 25-May 18
Description: Contains 1 ALS (photostat only) from Breen to Monagan together w/1 TL (carbon) from then Asst. Secy for Congressional Relations, Douglas MacArthur II.

Folder: 27 Correspondence: 1965, May 8
Description: Contains 1 ALS from Breen to Monagan together with 2 typed transcripts of that letter.

Folder: 28 Correspondence: 1965, June 15 & 30
Description: Contains 1 ALS from Breen to Monagan together with the latter's outgoing correspondence.

Folder: 29 Correspondence: 1965, June 23
Description: Contains 1 ALS from Breen to Monagan.

Folder: 30 Correspondence: 1965, September 2
Description: Contains 1 ALS from Breen to Monagan together with two typed transcripts of that letter

Folder: 31 Correspondence: 1965, September 22
Description: Contains 1 TL (carbon) only from Monagan to Breen.

Folder: 32 Correspondence: 1965, October 5
Description: Contains 1 ALS from Breen to Monagan together with a fragment regarding the Korean missions

Folder: 33 Correspondence: 1965, October 24
Description: Contains 1 ALS from Breen to Monagan together with two typed transcripts of that letter.

Folder: 34 Correspondence: 1965, November 11
Description: Contains 1 ALS from Breen to Monagan together with one typed transcript of that letter.

Folder: 35 Correspondence: 1966, Feb 14-July 4
Description: Contains 3 ALS & 2 ANS from Breen to Monagan together w/the latter's correspondence. Also includes letters from Mary Campbell & Peter Kenney of NBC.

Folder: 36 Correspondence: 1967, Feb 22-Dec 13
Description: Contains 4 ALS from Breen to Monagan together with the latter's outgoing correspondence. Also includes typed transcripts of Breen's letters.

Folder: 37 Correspondence: 1968, Apr 10-June 26
Description: Contains 2 ALS from Breen to Monagan together with the latter's outgoing correspondence. Includes two typed transcripts of the Breen letters.

Folder: 38 Correspondence: 1969, Dec 13 - 31
Description: Contains 1 ACS from Breen to Monagan together with the latter's outgoing correspondence. Also includes a letter from Donal Breen, Dan Breen's son.

Folder: 39 Correspondence: 1970, April 14 & 22
Description: Contains letter from Dan Breen's son, Donal, to Monagan together with the latter's outgoing correspondence regarding Dan Breen's funeral

Folder: 40 Correspondence: Undated
Description: Contains 2 fragmentary ALS and 1 ACS from Breen to Monagan together with a TL (carbon) as well as undated envelopes.

Folder: 41 Correspondence: 1969, 1972 & Undated
Description: Contains biographical materials (i.e., newspaper clippings) on Dan Breen.

Folder: 42 Correspondence: 1951, September 26
Description: Contains clipping from the Baltimore Sun newspaper.

Folder: 43 Photographs




The Breen-Monagan Collection Index

FOLDER INDEX TERM

8 Allies, American

19 Amputation

36 Arab-Israeli War

17 Article by Breen

29 Ben Bella

16 Berley, A.

18 Berlin Situation

41 Biographical

13 Breen's Assistance

10 Breen, Bob

28 Breen, Bob

39 Breen, Donal

16 Brennan, Robert

7 Catholic Free Press

33 China

40 China

7 China

6 Christmas Greetings

3 Churchill & Eden

30 Churchill, Winston

42 Clipping

41 Clippings

1 Cobbet, William

14 Covert Activities

14 Cuban Missile Crisis

22 Cyprus Crisis

29 DeGaulle, Charles

38 Death of Breen

2 Dillon

35 Documentary on Breen

27 Dominican Republic

11 Easter wishes

3 Eden & Churchill

4 England & Egypt

4 France & Breton boy

24 Friends

39 Funeral of Breen

14 General Elections

40 German Re-armament

30 Ghandi

34 Gifts

13 Guerilla warfare

19 Health

38 Health

31 Health

28 Health

5 Health

37 Health

20 IRA in English prisons

32 India & Pakistan

30 India & Pakistan War

20 Irish Republicans

15 Irish-Amererican Relations

1 Irish-Americans

22 Johnson, Lyndon B.

21 Kennedy Visit

9 Kennedy, John F.

23 Kennedy, John F.

37 Kennedy, Robert F.

27 Kennedy, Robert F.

32 Korean Missions

2 Korean War

40 Korean War

3 Korean War

4 Korean War & China

16 Latin America

7 McCaffery, Richard

8 McCarthy, Joseph

17 Memorials in Stone

24 Monagan's Visit

12 Murphy, Richard

10 Murphy, Richard

34 NY Power Failure

36 O'Brien, Cruise

25 Personal

31 Personal

18 Planes, U.S.

2 Postwar Europe

33 Protest

8 Reder, Major Walter

21 Reder, Major Walter

9 Rooney, John

26 Rusk, Dean

17 Scholarships

34 Smith, Steele

3 Soviet Union

1 Status of Ireland

18 Treaty of 1945-1946

5 Trieste Affair

9 U.S. Embassy, Dublin

36 Vietnam

22 Vietnam

35 Vietnam

26 Vietnam War

32 Vietnam War

33 Vietnam War

37 Vietnam War

12 Visit

15 Ward, Joseph

29 Wilson, Harold

27 Wilson, Harold

35 Wilson, Woodrow


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