Julitta Clancy of the Fawsitt Family Research Group
School of History, Irish National Institute for Historical Research
4pm Thursday 14th November
Seminar room, Tyrconnell, School of History, UCC (‘Tyrconnell’ is on Perrott Ave, the road that leads from College Road to Hayfield Manor hotel - the first house on the right)
Diarmaid Fawsitt (1884-1967), born Ballymacthomas County Cork, became secretary of the Cork Industrial Development Association in 1911. Following the first meeting of Irish Volunteers in Nov. 1911, he was inducted into IRB and a month later helped establish the Cork City Corps. He was sent to New York as Irish Consul in 1919 but recalled in 1921 to act as economic advisor during the Treaty Negotiations and undertook a special mission to Belfast Nov21-Jan22. On the establishment of the state he became a civil servant and served an Irish Industrial Development Association inspector. In 1928 he was called to bar and thereafter served as a circuit court judge until 1956. Judge Fawsitt's papers, covering 1905 to 1967 recently deposited in the Cork City and County Archives, are the subject of a family research project. They provide a unique insight into the foundation of the Irish state.