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 Agnes Treacy (1877-)

 

 

Agnes Treacy (Mrs James Harold) was born in Nenagh, Cо. Tipperary, the daughter of William Treacy of Fermanagh. She studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music (Scholar), was a soprano singer, known chiefly as an interpreter of Oratorio.

 

As a child, her parents sent her to the Royal Irish Academy of Music where she received her musical training. On the day she entered, the famous maestro, the late Mr. Joseph Robinson, tried her voice, and much to her surprise, took her under his own care, as she expected to be put in the junior classes. What she owed to his careful and kind tuition she could not over estimate. With him she studied oratorio, opera and classical music. His rare experience and genius were of invariable assistance to her in her studies, and his death was a great loss to music in this country. She also learned the violin, piano and declamation but only as an aid to singing.

 

At the Academy she won the National prize, the Begley prize, the first prize for Italian reading, as well as prizes for theory, harmony and singing at sight, and finally the scholarship. She competed at the Dublin Feis Ceoil [May 1897?] and won the Feis gold medal  for a song in Irish, and the gold medal for solo singing.

 

When not six months at the Academy she sang at the Viceregal Lodge, her first engagement, and the beginning of her professional career. Although she had only began to study, from that time forward she had many offers of engagements.

 

Other memorial early performances, included singing at the opening of the new organ in Marlborough street cathedral, with Chevalier Wiegard organist. She sang a good deal at the University Choral society and various Philharmonic Society concerts. She sang at nearly all the principal Irish concerts, including the Feis Ceoil, the Oireachtas and the great Moore Memorial concerts. In 1906, at the Eisteddfod, held at Rhyl, she was created a bard and was given the name Llios Yr Iwerddon (Nightingale of Ireland). She also sang at the Pan-Celtic Congress at Carnarvan. In 1907, she was the Irish representative at the Eisteddfod, held at Carnaroon and sang old Irish songs.

 

When her mother died in February 1909, she cancelled numerous engagements, including the Queen’s Hall, London. Also in the same year, she suffered the loss of her father.

 

In 1914, she married Mr. James Harold of Bloomsbury of London.

 

Sep 1, 1917 (IT) Birth

Harold - Aug 22, at 20 Brunswick square, London W.C., the wife of Dr. Harold (nee Agnes Treacy), of a son.

 

Ref:

Miss Agnes Treacy. Anglo-Celt, 28 March 1908

Cowley Burnand, Francis (1935) The Catholic Who's who and Yearbook - Page 501

 

Apr 16, 1910 (WE) Agnes Treacy sings in Mullingar
...Miss Treacy's voice has not only the clearness, purity, range and precision of the more ordinary soprano voice., but there is a full round flute-like tone which enriches with a wondrous colour and charm each note she delivers...[much more]

 

Oct 8, 1910 (MC) Kells

...Agnes Treacy, the patti of Ireland...

Nov 5, 1910 (MC) Kells

...At the head of the list of artists is our Irish "Queen of Song", Miss Agnes Treacy...

Nov 19, 1910 (MC) Kells

..."At my window"..."Good-Bye"... Miss Treacy sang delightfully...

 

Aug 28, 1920 (FJ) Theatre Royal

The Worlds Best Artists...[Agnes?] Treacy...

 

 

Family

 

William Treacy & Susan Bourke in Limerick

Philip b. 19 July 1865 St Munchen (LDS)

William Tracey & Susan Burke/Bourke in Tipperary

John Thomas b. 29 June 1867 (LDS)

William Slevin b. 3 August 1868 Nenagh (LDS)

Michael b. 11 October 1869 Borrisokane (LDS)

Susannah Tracey b. 16 Feb 1873 (Susannah Burke) [Nenagh PLU]

Hugh Daniel b. 19 September 1874 (LDS)

Agnes b. 21 December 1877 (LDS)

 

12 January 1877 (FJ) The Constabulary

There has been no head constable appointed to the Nenagh Constabulary district since the superannuation last month of Head-Constable Dominick Leahy. The senior sergeant, Constable William Tracey, is discharging the duties of head constable pro tem.

 

June 1890 Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society

Agents in Ireland...Athlone Mr. John Parsons, Mr. P.B. Tracey...

28 November 1884 Freeman's Journal

William Treacy, Roundstone, to Rosanna (Sarah), eldest daughter of the late James Hynes, of Athlone.

[State Reg: Patrick Burke Treacy/Patrick Bourke Tracy m. Rosana Sarah Hynes Athlone vol 3 page 2]

June 1894 Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society

Agents...Athlone...Mr. P.B. Tracy...

7 January 1893 (NG) Death

January 6, at Court Devenish, Athlone, Sarah, the beloved wife of P.B. Treasy, formerly of Nenagh.

1905 Kelly's Directory
Patrick B. Treacy, King street, Athlone, co. Westmeath

1906 P.B. Treacy, Esq., Clerk of Petty Sessions, Athlone, County Westmeath.

 

Mary Ellen Treacy (d. of William Treacy) of 48 Bayview Avenue m. Jeremiah Hanrahan (s. of James Hanrahan) of Castle Yard on 17 April 1894 Wit: John Roe & Susan Treacy. St. Agatha’s RC (North Dublin City)

 

1 May 1897 (N) Profession of a Religieuse [& 27 April 1897 Freeman's Journal]

The Convent of Mercy, Templemore, was the scene of an impressive ceremony on Thursday week, the occasion being the profession of Miss Susan Treacy, in religion Sister Mary Francis, daughter of Mr. Wm. Treacy, 117 North Strand, Dublin.

The following members of the family of the newly professed nun attended:

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Treacy, parents;

Messrs. Edward J., Patrick B., P. Neil, and Hugh D. Treacy, brothers;

Mrs. Hourahan and Miss Agnes Treacy, sisters;

Messrs. Louis V. and W. Blount Treacy, Athlone, nephews;

and Mr. Jeremiah Hourahan, brother-in-law.

The other friends included Miss Murphy, Miss Kearney and Miss Butler.

 

May 4, 1898 (FJ) Feis Ceoil in Belfast

Vocal Solos - Soprano...3rd Miss Agnes Treacey, Dublin

1901 Music in Dublin

... Chamber Music Union...Miss Agnes Treacey gave unmixed pleasure by her charming singing of a group of songs by Schubert and Stanford, and a very beautiful Italian song, ' Fior di Siepe,' by Esposito...

 The Musical Times and Singing Class Circular, Vol. 42, No. 699 (May 1, 1901), p. 332

 

1901 Census

William Treacy, 65, M, 117 North Strand Road, North Dock, Dublin, Ex Head Const R.I.C. and Bankruptcy Courts Messenger, Roman Catholic, Head of Family, Married, Co Fermanagh

Susan Treacy, 63, F, North Strand Road, North Dock, Dublin, Wife, Roman Catholic, Wife, Married, Co Limerick

Edward J Treacy, 39, M, North Strand Road, North Dock, Dublin, Storekeeper D.M. Police, Roman Catholic, Son, Not Married, Co Tipperary

Hugh D Treacy, 26, M, North Strand Road, North Dock, Dublin, Commercial Traveller and Merchant Wine Trade, Roman Catholic, Son, Not Married, Co Tipperary

Agnes Treacy, 21, F, North Strand Road, North Dock, Dublin, Professor of Music, Roman Catholic, Daughter, Not Married, Co Tipperary

Ethel Treacy, 12, F, North Strand Road, North Dock, Dublin, Scholar, Roman Catholic, Grand Daughter, Not Married, Co Westmeath

 

Patrick Burke Treacy, 38, M, 8 Court Devenish, Athlone Town, Westmeath, Clerk of Petty Sessions Land and Insurance Agent, Roman Catholic, Head of Family, Widower, City of Limerick

Louis V Treacy, 14, M, Rockwell College, 1.2 Attykitt, Killeenasteena, Tipperary, Pupil, Roman Catholic, Not Married, Westmeath

Wilfred Francis Treacy, 13, M, Attykitt, Killeenasteena, Tipperary, Pupil, Roman Catholic, Not Married, Westmeath

 

Jeremiah Hourahan, 42, Male, Head of Family, Roman Catholic, Co Cork, Police Inspector, 5 South Circular Road Dublin

Mary Ellen Hourahan, 30, Female, Wife, Roman Catholic, Co Tipperary,

 

May 19, 1906 (IT) Lord Mayors Ball

...Miss Agnes Treacy and Miss M. treacy, Mr. Hugh Treacy, Mr. Edward treacy...

 

28 March 1908 (AC) Miss Agnes Treacy

...Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh. Although resident in Dublin, Miss Treacy's father is a native of Fermanagh, Mr. Philip Treacy, R.D.C. [Clones] being her uncle...

December 16, 1911 Kentucky Irish American

Ireland - The death is announced of Philip Treacy of Newtownbutler. Mr Treacy had reached his sixty-fifth year was Vice Chairman of the local Board of Guardians and was greatly Interested In the Lough Erne drainage question.

 

Treacy - February 6, 1909 at 58 Cabra Park, Dublin, Susan, dearly-loved wife of William Treacy; deeply regretted by her sorrowing husband and children.

Feb 8, 1909 (FJ) Death

Treacy - February 6, 1909, at 58 Cabra Park, Dublin, Susan, dearly-loved wife of William Treacy, deeply regretted by her sorrowing husband and children. R.I.P. Funeral (private) immediately after 8 o'clock mass at St. Peter's Phibsboro on this (Monday) morning for Glasnevin Cemetery. No. Flowers.

8 February 1909 (FJ) Death of Miss Agnes Treacy’s Mother

The sympathy of a very wide circle of friends and admirers will go out to Miss Agnes Treacy in the bereavement that has befallen her by the death of her mother on Saturday evening at her residence, 58 Cabra Park. The deceased lady had been ailing for some time past but there was some hope that she would recover, but she passed away most peacefully away on Saturday evening. The sympathy with Miss Treacy and her brothers and sisters will be deepened when it is known that her father, who has been indisposed for a considerable time, is at present lying very seriously ill at the above address, and of course, is quite oblivious of the death of his wife. The funeral will take place this morning, after eight o’clock Mass in St. Peter’s Phibsoro’.

It may be mentioned that Miss Treacy has, of course, cancelled all engagements, 22 of which she had already booked for this month at home and the series in London.

Feb 13, 1909 (IT) Death

Treacy - February 6, 1909, at 56 Cabra Park, Dublin, Susan, dearly beloved wife of William Treacy; deeply regretted by her sorrowing husband and children.

 

Nov 20, 1909 (IT) & (FJ) Death

Treacy - November 9, 1909 at his residence, 58 Carbra park, Dublin, William Treacy; deeply regretted by his sorrowing family. RIP.

Nov 10, 1909 (FJ) Death

Treacy - November 9, 1909, at his residence, 58 Cabra Park, Dublin, William Treacy; deeply regretted by his sorrowing family. R.I.P. Funeral (private) after 8 o'clock Mass at St. Peter's Phibsboro', on to-morrow(Thursday) 11th inst. for Glasnevin Cemetery. No Flowers.

 

Apr 7, 1910 (FJ) Athlone Musical Society

...Gaiety Theatre...The Gondolliers...The part of Giannetta was taken by May Treacy (a relative of our leading Irish soprano, Miss Agnes Treacy)...

 

Apr 15, 1910 (FJ) Funeral of the Late Mr. Garrett Begg, Beggsboro', Cabra

...The coffin was covered with a number of beautiful wreaths...from James Begg, and from Agnes, Edward and Hugh Treacy, "With deepest sympathy."

 

1911 Census

Edward J, Treacy, 58 Cabra Park, Phibsborough, 49, M, Glasnevin Ward Dublin (Head, b. Limerick, Inspector DMP, single)

Hugh D, Treacy, Cabra Park, Phibsborough, 30, M, Glasnevin Ward Dublin (Brother, b. Tipperary, Wine Merchant, single)

Agnes, Treacy, Cabra Park, Phibsborough, 27, F, Glasnevin Ward Dublin (Sister, b. Tipperary, Professor of Music and Singing, single)

 

Patrick Burke Treacy, 48, M, 18 King Street, Athlone West Urban, Westmeath (head, Clerk of Petty Sessions, widower, b. City of Limerick)

Mary Frances Treacy, 25, F, King Street, Athlone West Urban, Westmeath (daughter, b. Athlone)

Ethel Treacy, 22, F, King Street, Athlone West Urban, Westmeath (daughter, b. Athlone)

 

Wilfred Treassy, 23, M, 7 Quinlan Street, Limerick No. 4 Urban, Limerick (boarder, accountant, single, b. Achloric? Westmeath)

 

Jeremiah Hourahan, 52, Male, Head of Family, Roman Catholic, Co Cork, Commercial Traveller for Wines and Spirits, 16 Munster St., Arran Quay, Dublin

Mary-Ellen Hourahan, 36, Female, Wife, Roman Catholic, Co Tipperary, Married 16 years, no children

 

1914 Magistrates/Commission of the Peace

Hugh Daniel Treacy, 37 Charleville Road, Cabra, Dublin. Appointed 29th January 1913. Wine Merchant's Agent.

 

11 June 1914 (FJ) Marriage of Miss Agnes Treacy

The marriage arranged between Dr. James Harold of 20 Brunswick square, London, and Miss Agnes Treacy, of 37 Charleville road, Cabra, Dublin, will take place quietly the first week in July.

 

On 2nd July 1914, the wedding of Miss Agnes Treacy and Dr. James Harold, at the Church of the Holy Family, Aughrim Street, Dublin.

 

1918 Post Office Dublin Directory and Calendar

P. B. Treacy, Athlone Sub-Committee (Westmeath) - Old Age Pensions Act, Petty Sessions Office, Athlone,

P. B. Treacy, P.S.C, Commissioners For Administering Oaths, Athlone, Westmeath

H. D. Tracey, 2 Conquer-hill, Sea-road, Dollymount.

Hugh Daniel Treacy, Justice of the Peace, 11 and 12 Ryder's-row, Parnell street

Treacy & Co., wine merchants, 11 and 12 Ryder's-row, Parnell street

 

Jun 28, 1924 (FJ) To Visit Mountjoy

The following Peace Commissioners have been appoint visitors to Mountjoy Prison...Mr. Hugh Tracy, Ryder's row, Dublin.

Jul 1, 1924 (IT) Mountjoy Prison Visitors

...Mr. H. Tracy, Ryder's Row, Dublin...

 

Oct 23, 1922 (II) Irish Musical Talent – Interesting Concert in London

...Miss Agnes Treacy sang with all her accustomed freshness and consummate art. Her rendering of Gounod’s “Ave Maria” with violen obligato, showed this fine singer at her best...

 

29 November 1924 (NG) "The Irish Patti"

In Mrs. James Harold of Bloomsbury, not everybody will recognise the famous Irish prima donna, Miss Agnes Tracey, "The Irish Patti", as she was often called, when she used to charm audiences with "Home Sweet Home" and Gounod's "Ave Maria" two special favourites with her admirers. She was brought up in Tipperary and Limerick and has many associations with Nenagh.

 

September 1930

Mr. Frederick Treacy, an ex-lieutenant, of the Royal Munster Fusiliers, of Saggart, Co. Dublin was drowned on Saturday in the vicinity of the treacherous Curley's Hole at Dollymount Strand, Dublin...Mr. P.B. Treacy, The Lodge, Saggart, father of the deceased, accompanied the searchers in their quest...It is a sad coincidence that Mr. Hugh Treacy, uncle of deceased, was playing golf on the Royal Dublin course nearby about the time the tragedy occurred. During Mr. Treacy's service in France with the Munster Fusiliers he was wounded and in consequence was discharged from the army in 1918. During 1918 and 1919 he acted as inspector under the Agricultural Wages Board and from 1919 to 1922 was a temporary inspector under the Local Government Board. After a short sojourn in America he subsequently held a business position in Dublin and in 1928 was appointed secretary to the Newlands Golf Club, from which position he resigned in July last to take up a commercial appointment in Dublin. Mr. Treacy, who was a nephew of Mrs. Harold, of London (formerly Miss Agnes Treacy, the well-known vocalist) was popular with all classes and was a good swimmer. He leaves a widow and six children.

 

 

 

Last update: 04 April 2013