American Association for the Recognition of the Irish Republic

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Biographical History

John Byrne was born circa 1866 on a small farm 25 miles south of Dublin near Asford, Wicklow County, Ireland. In 1906 Byrne moved to Los Angeles, California and became instrumental in helping to fund the Irish nationalist movement. Friends of Irish Freedom (FOIF) emerged in California in 1916, becoming the state's primary Irish American organization. Its main purpose was to gain independence for Ireland. John Byrne was the Secretary-Treasurer of the Southern California chapter of the FOIF and worked to promote the cause by writing letters and distributing pamphlets. When the FOIF of California merged with Eamon De Valera's newly founded American Association for the Recognition of the Irish Republic (AARIR), Byrne became the Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles chapter. Although returning only once to Ireland, John Byrne devoted his life to the Irish nationalist cause.

From the guide to the John Byrne Collection, 1886-1987, (San José State University Library, Special Collections & Archives)

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associatedWith American Association for the Recogition of the Irish Republic corporateBody
associatedWith American Association for the Recognition of the Irish Republic. San Francisco Office. corporateBody
associatedWith American Committee for Relief in Ireland. corporateBody
associatedWith Ancient Order of Hibernians corporateBody
associatedWith Benjamin Franklin Bureau (Chicago, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith Byrne, John person
associatedWith Byrne, John person
associatedWith Celtic Cross (Organization) corporateBody
associatedWith Collins, James. person
associatedWith Collins, John B. person
associatedWith Condon, Mary person
associatedWith Finerty, John F., 1885- . person
associatedWith Friends of Irish Freedom corporateBody
associatedWith Gaelic League of America corporateBody
associatedWith Irish Press (Dublin, Ireland) corporateBody
associatedWith Irish Republican Army corporateBody
associatedWith Irsh Volunteers of America corporateBody
associatedWith Joseph Murphy Council (Salem, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Patrick Pearse Club (Butte, Mont.) corporateBody
associatedWith Robert Emmet Literary Association (Butte, Mont.) corporateBody
associatedWith San José State College corporateBody
associatedWith Sinn Fein corporateBody
associatedWith Sunburst Club (Helena, Mont.) corporateBody
associatedWith Thomas Francis Meagher Memorial Fund corporateBody
associatedWith Walsh, Joseph Cyrillus, 1870-1955. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Irish Americans--Societies, etc
Political clubs
Republicanism--Ireland--History--20th century
Irish Americans--California
Irish unification question
Irish American Catholics--California--History
Irish Americans--Newspapers

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Active 1913

Active 1947



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