[WOLFE TONE ANNUAL] Wolfe Tone Annual. Complete set. 1932-1962. Thirty-two volumes. Illustrated. Dublin: By Brian O’Higgins, 1932-1962. Pictorial wrappers. A very good set. Complete sets are exceedingly rare.
With numerous articles by leading scholars & patriots of the day. Initially conceived to show the continuity of the Separatist Republican claim. Subjects include, Penal Days; Story of 1798; 1916 Before, and After; Nationality & Nationhood; Poetry; Song; Biographies of patriots etc. etc. It includes the scarce 1944 issue, which was stopped by Censor & published in 1945.
The editor, Brian O’Higgins, was born in 1882 in County Meath. He moved to Dublin where he became an active member of the Gaelic League and secretary of O’Curry Gaelic college at Carrigaholt, County Clare. He took part in the Easter Rising and was deported to Frongoch. On his release O’Higgins participated in the building up of both the new Sinn Féin organisation and the Irish Volunteers. These activities led to his deportation again in February 1917 as part of the arrests of the first ‘German plot.’ O’Higgins was elected as T.D. for West Clare in the 1918 general election and, in June of the following year, he set up one of the first arbitration courts under the authority of Dail Eireann. He opposed the Treaty; he opposed the founding of Fianna Fail by De Valera; and, remaining a committed member of Sinn Féin and the Second Dail to the last, he signed the delegation conferring the Second Dail’s authority to the I.R.A. in 1938.
Apart from publishing poems, ballads and prayers, often under the name of Brian na Banban, O’Higgins was also editor of the ‘Wolfe Tone Weekly’ and the ‘Wolfe Tone Annual’ in the 1930s and 1940s.
Lacking only eleven issues of the complete run which is becoming ever increasingly difficult to fill.