ITA/286 John MacDonagh (1880-1961)
John MacDonagh (1880-1961) was born in Cloughjordan, County Tipperary. During his life he had a prolific and varied career as a playwright, film director, writer, poet, singer and musical composer. A Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion of the Irish Volunteers and a member of the IRB, he fought alongside his brother, Thomas MacDonagh, at the Jacob’s Biscuit Factory during the 1916 Easter Rising. The collection consists of MacDonagh's plays and sketches, hand-written sheet music, correspondence and ephemera. Of particular significance as a historical document, is a hand-written letter, signed simply “Henry", regarding the conditions in the Frongach Internment Camp to the London Aid Committee, dated 30 August 1916.