First Annual Ball of the Friends of Irish Freedom, Padraic Pearse Branch, December 31, 1917
Philadelphia, 1917. Very good condition. Ticket to the first annual ball of the Friends of Irish Freedom, an Irish-American organization. The organization's goal was to assist in gaining the independence of Ireland; it supported the 1916 Easter Rising and just after it raised $350,000 through the Irish Relief Fund to help the dependents of those who fought. A petition was circulated in the U. S. by the Executive Committee calling for Irish independence, garnering several hundred thousand signatures and the attention of the Secret Service. The Friends of Irish Freedom split with the Irish Republican Brotherhood in Ireland, and Eamon de Valera formed a rival in the US calling it the American Association for the Recognition of the Irish Republic. The Friends disbanded in 1932. A bit toned upper left corner of ticket, and mark from paper clip. No. 948 stamped on verso, and the name "Wm. McCarron, sec". 5 1/4 x 3" (Inventory #: 22065)
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