Collection NWA-18777 - The Nellie Walsh Collection

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The Nellie Walsh Collection


  • 1890s-1 August 1996 (Creation)

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13 A3 Binders

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Nellie Walsh (1913-1997) was a singer and aficionado of Irish traditional song who wrote a weekly column for 'Ireland's own' from the mid 1960s until the mid 1990s. 'Ireland's own' is a family-run Irish magazine published out of Walsh's home county of Wexford since 1902. Nellie Walsh died 8 June 1997.

Archival history

In 1994 Walsh made a besquest in her Will as follows "I bequeath to the Irish Traditional Music Archive my Book of Ballads and my collection of Ballads and Traditional Songs." ITMA was informed of Walsh's bequest by her solicitors in June 1997. In September 1997 ITMA staff travelled to Walsh's home in Wexford and trasnferred the collection from there to its premises at 63 Merrion Square, Dublin.

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Bequeathed to ITMA by Nellie Walsh in 1996.

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This collection of music books, manuscripts, correspondence and sheet music was created by Nellie Walsh mainly during her time as song columnist at the magazine 'Ireland's own.'

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  • Box: Manuscript Collection. A3 Binders (71-83)