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INFORMATION REQUIRED IRISH VOLUNTEERS APRIL 2015

INFORMATION REQUIRED APRIL 2015

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Mary J Murphy

Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 10:45 AM

To: info@irishvolunteers.org

Subject: Michael McHugh / Eva O’Flaherty

What a wonderful resource your site is James, and many thanks for sharing it

Two historical figures intrigue me, both from north Galway.

Eva O’Flaherty – apparently a great friend of Sean MacDermott, Dr Lynn,

Maire Comerford, Anita MacMahon & Darrell Figgis et al, who was in

Cumann na mBan in 1914 with Louise Gavan Duffy … I know too that

she was very involved in the prisoner’s fund (I don’t have the exact name of

the organisation but I think it was the one that Kathleen Clarke ran) – have

you ever come acrcoss her – Eva O’Flaherty – in your research ?

Michael J McHugh (possibly used the Irish version of his name) – T. Gay

was his commanding officer, he was also born in north Galway and from what

we know was very involved in printing and in Collins’ Intelligence network – have you ever

come across him either in your research ?

With many thanks for the moment,

MJ Murphy. .
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Dorothy Berkeley

Email
dberkeley@lsh.co.uk

Website
http://

Message
Richard Gough from Inchecore Dublin was a volunteer do have any details for me and is there a medal the family are due ?
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: markanthony117@talktalk.net
Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 2:53 PM
To: info@irishvolunteers.org
Subject: William Flynn

To whom it may concern,

I’m sorry to trouble you, but was wondering whether the organisation would be able to assist me. My Great-grandmother’s (Catherine Flynn) grandfather (William Flynn) was allegedly an Irish Volunteer, Cork brigade and signed up 1914. I was just wondering whether there were any more details available such as his birthdate, parents names and where in Cork he was from?

I would be much obliged if you could please give this some consideration and get back to me with any pertinent information.

Thank you for taking the time to read my email and I look forward to hearing from you.

Respectfully,

Mark
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Greetings from Tipperary,
I was at, and enjoyed, your wonderful display of items in Hayes Hotel, Thurles, last weekend.

I was speaking with one of you fine men while you were putting away the displays, as a few items had caught my attention. He asked that I email this email address with my questions, so here goes.

I saw on one of the tables a reference to the only Cumann na mBan woman to be killed by the Tans. I think the story was, they called for her brothers, they were not there, so they shot her instead. May I ask, what was the name of this lady, do you have any details on her story by any chance?

Also there was another leaflet or news item which referred to two pics of two boys, who were killed, was it in crossfire? I simply cannot recall any details, only that it was a document showing two pics, or two boys, who got killed. Any ideas what this was that I saw? What is the story here I wonder?

Well I really hope you can help me.
Thanks again for bringing your display to Thurles.
All the very best
Con McGrath

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Raymond M. Keogh
Email raymond@ourownidentity.com
Website http://ourownidentity.com
Message The Gerald Keogh Identity Series (called after the Irish Volunteer) will appear on:
www.ourownidentity.com from April 2015.
Raymond

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markanthony117@talktalk.net
Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 2:53 PM
To: info@irishvolunteers.org
Subject: William Flynn

To whom it may concern,

I’m sorry to trouble you, but was wondering whether the organisation would be able to assist me. My Great-grandmother’s (Catherine Flynn) grandfather (William Flynn) was allegedly an Irish Volunteer, Cork brigade and signed up 1914. I was just wondering whether there were any more details available such as his birthdate, parents names and where in Cork he was from?

I would be much obliged if you could please give this some consideration and get back to me with any pertinent information.

Thank you for taking the time to read my email and I look forward to hearing from you.

Respectfully,

Mark
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Hello,

I am wondering if you have contact details for someone within the “Third Tipperary Brigade Old IRA Commemoration Committee”.

I am trying to research my great grandfather Patrick Cleary. We believe he was involved in the Independence movement but in what capacity we do not know.

From his obituary in 1974:
“led the volunteer branch in Clerihan and was responsible for the training of several hundred men. His residence in Ardgeeha was subjected to a number of raids by Black and Tan forces and his house had been the venue for sittings of the Republican courts”

We do not know anything about what he did and would love to get answers to our questions.

Thank you,

Martin Phelan
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Finn
Email finnian.muschinski@sydstu.catholic.edu.au
Website http://
Message Hello

I was just wondering if you could possible help me in any way. My Great Grandfarther was a member of the Irish Volunteers and i was wondering how would i gop about finding out any more information about that and if their are any records or such. He was a member of North Kildare 2nd, his name Thomas Mullally, from Athgarvan, Kildare.

Many Thanks
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Jerry O’Connell
Email jrr.oconnell@gmail.com
Website http://
Message Trying to find out about medal awarded to my Father – Jeremiah O’Connell, Broadford, Co Limerick but living in Tarbert, Co Kerry when medal awarded. I think he was engineer in the West Limerick Brigade. My brother said that our Father told him that he was a judge of the court at time. Where can I find information about this
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Eileen Markey
Email eileenmarkey@gmail.com
Website http://
Message Hello.
I’m looking for information on John Clarke, born 1896 Dromard, Dromore West, Co. Sligo. Joined the IRB in Boston, returned home to fight in 1921. Allegedly was imprisoned in Mountjoy in 1922 or 23. Would love to know if he was arrested at the same time as Tommy Goff, also of Sligo, who was shot by IFS April 23 1923.
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Enclosed Pic of Christy Mackey, known in Rush Co Dublin as Kit. He was a member of old IRA North Dublin. His years 1899 to 1979. He remained single and lived with his brothers Paddy and Jim and sister Mary Jo who was Postmistress there for many years. They run a butchery in rush village but Kit or Christy had a greenhouse at the back of their house in the Mall. I did temporary relief at the post office in about 1971 and remained a visitor at Mackey’s for several years.
Mary Jo told me that Christy was on the run for a good while. I guess until things got resolved. During my time visiting Christy used have an outside concrete seat which he painted green, white and orange. i never thought to take a photo of it. This pic used hang over his bed. For a time one could get their portrait taken and later get a coloured one. before my last time, I asked Mary Jo if I could get a copy of it because I held a grea affection for him. John Buckley was reared at the Mall and got the dwelling house. I am telling you this in case this pic is not good enough. I found John Buckley to be very agreeable.
Yours sincerely, Ellen Hanna.

Irish Volunteers Organisation <info@irishvolunteers.org>wrote:

From: info@irishvolunteers.org
Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 4:52 PM
To: info@irishvolunteers.org
Subject: A comment from Ellen Hanna

a form has been submitted on November 17, 2014, via: http://irishvolunteers.org/contact/ [IP 109.76.186.235]
Your default form
Your Name Ellen Hanna
Email ellenhanna1@yahoo.ie
Website http://
Message I have got a colour picture of Christopher Mackey, Rush, Co Dublin, in uniform wearing leather belt of republican army.
he is buried in Whitestown cemetery Rush Co Dublin 1979
Christy M 001 irish volunteer

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: sbinashui@gmail.com
URL :
Whois : http://whois.arin.net/rest/ip/194.165.189.66
Comment:
I’d love to know if anyone has any information or photos relating to Sean/Jack O’Leary, of the 1st Battalion in Tipperary. He was killed by Auxiliaries on March 27 1921, dying in a hospital in Nenagh. He had worked in a bank in Nenagh before going on the run but was originally from Killarney, and is mentioned in a couple of witness statements:

http://www.bureauofmilitaryhistory.ie/reels/bmh/BMH.WS1597.pdf#page=17

http://www.bureauofmilitaryhistory.ie/reels/bmh/BMH.WS1392.pdf

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Subject: plunkett column

Message Body:
Can you please give me some information on plunkett column picture 1923 the lady sitting front left i belive to be my grand aunt maggie jordan dublin. Were can i get a better pic of the image.
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Here is the photo of my great uncle Louis Ward of Killadiskert, outside Drumkerran Co. Leitrim
He had a brother, Patrick who joined the R.I.C. There most have been so animosity there.
A distant cousin took his gun, letter and medal from the family home which he kept and Louis’ immediate family, us, would like them back, do you have a museum or somewhere these could be displayed.
Looking forward to hearing anything from you.
Regards,
Celine

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Eileen Walsh Gough
Email eileenjgough@gmail.com
Website http://
Message I am searching for information on my late father Michael J Walsh, Sheares Street, Kilmallock, Co.Limerick. Born 01/03/1899. My father belonged to the IRA in East Limerick. He passed away in 1971 when I was 18 years old & sadly I never got to speak with him about his involvement. My only information is an old diary where he mentions that he was arrested by the British 14/07/1920 & spent 12 months in Wandsworth Prison,London. He was rearrested by Irish Military 17/09/1922 & spent 14 months in Hare Park Prison in the Curragh. I also have a news paper cutting mentioning him attending the funeral of his brother Thomas. In the cutting it mentions that he was one of the most courageous & daring members of the IRA in East Limerick and participated in many operations against the enemy. I would be so gratef ul if you would let me know if there might be any other information availale on him. Many Thanks for your help. Kind Regards
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Subject: 1961 citizen army And cumann na mban

Message Body:
Posted last year by paul dunne. Ormond hotel
dublin july 1961 reuinon does he hold a picture
of the reuinon. If so would it be possible if so too
see a copy. He also said that his grandfather lawlor
was givin a cert on that date would it be possible to see it also. Ive been trying to trace a picture of cumann na mban drumcondra branch for long time.


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From: Patricia Junold <pmjunold@gmail.com>Subject: Dublin Volunteers

Message Body:
Wondering if you have information re. Michael McGee from Manor street Dublin7. who died from his injuries after taking part in the Drumcondra ambush Jan 1916 for which Frank Flood was hanged at Mountjoy Prison later that year


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sean ahern

Email
seanahernclon@gmail.com

Website
http://

Message
i have a photo of my grandfather Mick Ahern, in Irish Volunteer uniform as first Captain of the Clonakilty Company and can forward it to you if you are interested.

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Michael Mcbrien <mcbrienmichael@hotmail.com>
Subject: info re great uncle

Message Body:
Looking for information great uncle Harold Mc Brien SLIGO / DROMAHAIR.LIVED IN BALLINTOGHER.
THANKYOU
MICHAEL


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<emer.nicaodhain@gmail.com>
Subject: Strangeways & Frongach 1916

Message Body:
A chairde,

I’m making a documentary about my grandaunt, a revolutionary in 1916, she helped prisoners of war escape from Strangeways following an encounter with Irish soldiers on a train bound for Frongach. I was wondering if you have any Gaelgóirs based in Northern England or Wales who could talk to me about this era.

Is mise le meas,
Emer Nic Aodháin
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Irish Volunteers Stories

Message Body:
To whom it may concern,

I am an Irish playwright. I am writing a play in commemoration of the 1916 rising centenary and looking for some genuine, personal stories regarding IV’s involved either in Dublin or Galway. I have certain information on a relative of mine, however not enough to construct a truthful/sufficiently fictionalised piece.

I will be connecting the story with Irish WWI British soldiers. If you could point me in the direction of some personal war stories, to do with the somewhat unknown men on the ground, I would be much obliged. The stranger the stories and more intricate the familial relationships the better.

I realise I’m being rather vague, but I hope you see what I’m after. I would greatly appreciate your help.

All the best,

Henry Collie
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Liam Healy <ljhealy@eircom.net>
Subject: Patrick McHugh Munitions 1919 – 1923 I.R.A.

Message Body:
A Chara,
Would you have any information on Patrick McHugh, 33 Barrow Street, Ringsend Road, Dublin.
I am interested in contacting any of his family as my father worked with him during the War of Independence. Patrick names him in his list of Munitions Staff.
If there is a protocol regarding giving out personal information would you pass this note on to any of his family who might be kind enough to respond to me. Go raibh maith agat.
Liam Healy, Dublin

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<ljhealy@eircom.net>
Subject: query re Seán Prendergast

Message Body:
I am trying to contact the family of Seán Prendergast O.C. C Company, 1st Battalion, Dublin Brigade. My father Christopher Healy was a member of this unit and worked full time in the Munitions Section as Official Carrier during the War of Independence. I have a copy of his pass for the 4 Courts Courts in 1922.
I am interested in finding any information in Seán’s papers about my father. I know his name from my father and also the names Joe Furlong and Dinny Holmes.
Tá súil agam go mbeidh tú in ann cabhair a thabairt dom.

Slán agus Beannacht,

Liam
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Subject: Family Notes

Message Body:
Hi, I have some family notes that I would really like Liz Gillis, if possible to have a look at, one set some missing unfortunately was written by my grand uncle James Kelly Capt b COY 4th Nth Div and tells some of what happened in Co Louth involving Sean Macentee andSean MacDiarmada etc the other is a copy from his sister Bridget Kelly there is some material I seen previously re Grace gifford.

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<kerry@iamirish.ie>
Subject: Photographs for Book

Message Body:
Dear Sir/Ms
My name is Brendan Murphy and I am self publishing a book on County Kerry, Ireland. The book will feature interesting people, places and events in Co. Kerry.
I am doing a feature on Thomas Ashe and the O’Rahilly and I saw your photographs on your website.
I would like permission to use the photographs of Thomas Ashe and the O’ Rahilly in my book. On the page the photo appears your name will be acknowledged as photographer and at the back of the book web site info etc will be given.
Any help or photos appreciated.
Regards
Slan go Foill
Brendan


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<antomurphy11@gmail.com>
Subject: war of independance

Message Body:
hi, i am looking fo information regarding my grandfather.i know he was a member of the old ira,as when he passed away in febuary 1971, there was a tricolor on his coffin also my mother told me that the defence forces wanted to send a firing party for his funeral but my grandmother would not accept this as she said it would be too sad.as far as i know he was based in liverpool at the time and he did recieve an old ira pension. i would be so grateful if you cuold help me find out more information about him .his name was james murphy from new ross co wexfod. yours sincerly anthony murphy


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Davina Watson <davinakw@gmail.com>
Subject: 7th Battalion Cumann Na Mban

Message Body:
Hi, would you be able to help me? I’m trying to find details on Cumann Na Mban, 7th Battalion, Ballingarry Branch. In particular, I am trying to trace a member called Annie Norris. She later married a man called Thomas Berry. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.
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Jerry O’Connell
Email jrr.oconnell@gmail.com
Website http://
Message Trying to find out about medal awarded to my Father – Jeremiah O’Connell, Broadford, Co Limerick but living in Tarbert, Co Kerry when medal awarded. I think he was engineer in the West Limerick Brigade. My brother said that our Father told him that he was a judge of the court at time. Where can I find information about this
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fred molloy
Email molloyfred@hotmail.com
Website http://none
Message my father in law served with Sean Tracey and Dan Breen he is mentioned in Breen’s book My fight for Irish freedom chapter 4 I am looking for any further confirmation as to his service, he was born 25th Aug 1895 in Doon Co Limerick. any information would be gratefully received as I am trying to complete a family biography. thank you.
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bswifto@hotmail.com>
Subject: photographer

Message Body:
hello,
enjoying your articles and photographs.
my great grandfather was in skibereen from 1911, and was then in curragh camp taking photos.. don’t have much information, just saw some photos he took of rebels with weapons and ammunition in the curragh.
was wondering if you came across any of his images, i think there are a lot donated to collins’ barracks, or if you knew any information. charles donnelly swift

thanks

brian donnelly swift

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Paul Cunningham <paulcmusik@yahoo.ie>Subject: Records

Message Body:
Hi, a question on memebers of the old IRA,
I was wonder where i could find information about my grandfather who was part of Donegal South Brigade, fourth battalion.

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alwena jones <alwenajones@outlook.com>
Subject: seamus kavanagh

Message Body:
I believe that my nans dad was seamus Kavanagh.
Lily or Elizabeth was born in 1917 (we don`t know her name) What my nan told me when I was 14 yrs old. Her dad was in a line to be shot, then a person from the other side who knew him, decided to give him a chance and let him `run`.
He had a family, but I don`t think we were from that 2nd family from what I have read. I have seen the son (Dundalk museum) in a photo and he is the image of my nan.
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heeleycolin@yahoo.com>
Subject: Thomas Canty (or Casty)

Message Body:
Hello,

I’m looking for any information you might have on a volunteer listed as Thomas Canty or Casty. It’s my belief that this is in fact my great grandfather Thomas Heeley.

What do I know?: I know that he was garrisoned at Marrowbone Lane Distillery and that there is also very little information relating to him. I have read through the records submitted by some of the combatants at Marrowbone Land Distillery and the South Dublin Union to the Bureau of Irish Military History and there is no mention of him either. There is also no mention of him being at Frongoch or even on the Dublin Census of 1911 although there is a Canty family living at 28.1 Marrowbone Lane at the time of the Rising. The only Thomas Cantys I can find on the 1911 census are living in Kerry or Cork. It would strike me as being strange for a Kerry/Cork volunteer to come to Dublin to partake in the rising, but be stationed at an outpost. It is however possible that one of these country Cantys might have been related to the said Canty family on Marrowbone Lane at the time, but I find it unlikely. There also seems to be considerable doubt over the correct surname for this volunteer.

Why?: It’s my belief that this Thomas Canty or Casty was in fact my great grandfather Thomas Heeley who lived at 99.1 Cork Street at the time, which is/was only a 5 minute walk from the voluteer garrison. His Father and step brothers and sister were English born and his Irish born brother (James) was a chauffeur for British generals on the Somme at the time of the Rising. I believe that he used a variation or pseudonym of his Irish born mother’s surname (Cantwell) in order to protect the family name Heeley. I also think he got away before the official surrender of the volunteers of Marrowbone Lane as it has been recorded that Con Colbert stated that anyone not in uniform should try and escape. Eventually Ceantt on hearing this stopped it, but some of the combatants had already got away.
It’s my belief that this Thomas Canty or Casty was in fact my great grandfather Thomas Heeley who lived at 99.1 Cork Street at the time, which is/was only a 5 minute walk from the voluteer garrison. His Father and step brothers and sister were English born and his Irish born brother was a chauffeur for British generals on the Somme at the time of the Rising. I believe that he used a variation or pseudonym in order to protect the family name. I also think he got away before the official surrender of the volunteers of
Marrowbone Lane as it has been recorded that Con Colbert stated that anyone not in uniform should try and escape.
Eventually Ceantt on hearing this stopped it, but some of the combatants had already got away.

I’d also like to note that Thomas and his brother James were Irish-born as was there mother and felt closer to her than their English-born father. There was a massive divide in the family due to father (Robert), the step-brothers and sister being English. The step-brothers and sisters actually moved back to England at some stage between the 1901 and 1911 censuses.

Any insight or info you can give me on this Thomas Canty or Casty would be much appreciated.
Regards,
Colin.

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Subject: james sniper cassidy

Message Body:
im trying to find information or any old photographs of my grandfather james sniper cassidy who originated from the bone in belfast. the only information i have been able to obtain is from the book NORTHERN COMMAND, i would be very gratefull if you could help. Thank You


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<johnakelly02@eircom.net>
Subject: John McDonnell Photograph

Message Body:
With regard to the above post has the person used the 1901/1911 census records. If they would like some assistance in a non professional capacity I have a fairly good grasp of Irish Geneological resourses and would try to assist if possible. You are welcome to pass on my email address to the person should you wish to.
Kind Regards John Kelly
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Robert Dooley <robert.dooley@fai.ie>
Subject: Mount Street Survivors Photograph

Message Body:
Hello,

I am of the understanding that my Great Grandfather William Ronan is in this photo hosted on your website.
But I am unsure which person is him.
I would be obliged if you could identify him and if you happened to have any other photos containing him?

http://irishvolunteers.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/irish-volunteers.jpg


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Paul Tassie <paul.tassie@tyndall.ie>Subject: Sean O’Sullivan – Cork Volunteers

Message Body:
Hi There,
your site contains a photograph – Cork Volunteers. I would like , if possible, to get a copy of the photo with Sean O’ Sullivan seated with a group of other Cork Volunteers. He is my Grandmothers Brother…….
Cheers,
PT
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Eileen Walsh Gough
Email eileenjgough@gmail.com
Website http://
Message I am searching for information on my late father Michael J Walsh, Sheares Street, Kilmallock, Co.Limerick. Born 01/03/1899. My father belonged to the IRA in East Limerick. He passed away in 1971 when I was 18 years old & sadly I never got to speak with him about his involvement. My only information is an old diary where he mentions that he was arrested by the British 14/07/1920 & spent 12 months in Wandsworth Prison,London. He was rearrested by Irish Military 17/09/1922 & spent 14 months in Hare Park Prison in the Curragh. I also have a news paper cutting mentioning him attending the funeral of his brother Thomas. In the cutting it mentions that he was one of the most courageous & daring members of the IRA in East Limerick and participated in many operations against the enemy. I would be so gratef ul if you would let me know if there might be any other information availale on him. Many Thanks for your help. Kind Regards
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Hope you are well!

I’m currently researching a short script on the 1916 Pirate Radio Broadcast and am just wondering if you would know if any of the original pirates still have any relatives around that I could contact, mainly Fergus O’Kelly, Liam Breen, Arthur Shields, Joseph Mary Plunkett, Tom Weafer, The O’Rahilly or John O’Connor?

Kind regards,

Jonathan Farrelly
Development Officer

development@beactivemedia.com
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Sir/Madam

Would you have any idea where I could get information on the 5th Batalion Engineers (Old IRA). My
father was a member during the War of Independence and the Civil War.

Yours sincerely
John Dowling

email: johndowling99@gmail.com
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. In research I found that my father’s cousin Seán McGrath was fatally shot in Ballyconnell in Feb. 1923. He had written in Irish to my father in Jan. ’23 and described the law-lesness in Ballyconnell.This incident was widely reported in Nat. Newspapers and provincial. The Minister made several statements in the Dáil about the incident;and it was debated on the 8th.+9th. of Feb.by TD’s. It was sent from Belfast to the ‘Daily Express’ paper in London. Seán was only 23 years.He and my father were both Irish teachers both having attended Coláiste Chonnacht, Tourmakeady. My father in 1908 and Seán in c. 1918 (2 terms).This incident was described as ‘The Tragedies of Ballyconnell’.

Slán

Joe Monaghan
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Heather Graham <disce50@clara.co.uk>
Subject: George Gilmore

Message Body:
I have regularly read Irish Volunteers, which is extremely interesting. but NOTHING is ever mentioned about my cousin, (My dads first cousin they grew up together in Howth) George Gilmore. yet he was very involved in the troubles in Dublin and I think Cork, and the Spanish Civil War.
Could you please tell me why he is never mentioned. and I would love to know what he was like as a person other than just the political person a lot is written about.
I remember meeting him a couple of times when I was very young, and visiting his very odd cottage in Howth. Also why his mother my Great Aunt went to prison. I have never been able to find the reason for her imprisonment. Please Please please give me some answers.
I look forward to hearing from someone.soon
Regards,

Heather Graham,

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<jackiett.minnock@gmail.com>
Subject: Looking for a relative who survived

Message Body:
Hi

Just found out that my grandfather George Victory and a great-uncle Michael Bridgeman were Irish Volunteers. I have been told that Michael was in Frongoch and was wondering do you have a list or do you know where I might get a list of volunteers who survived.

Many thanks

Jackie Minnock

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elizabeth fannon <elizabethfannon2012@gmail.com>
Subject: irish volunteer 1912

Message Body:
my father Michael mc Donald r i p was a volunteer in the I R A in belturbet co cavan in 1912 , he had some bravery medals now lost would love to get some informatin on his time in the I R A, he also got a pension .How do i go about getting infor mation on him. All help much appreciated.
Elizabeth Fannon

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Frank Lupton <franklupton@gmail.com>
Subject: information on a volunteer

Message Body:
i’m trying to find information on my father in law Richard Cullen ( Dick) born 1904 Glen of Imaal co.wicklow died january 8th 1968 charlie Haughey put an obituary notice in the Irish Press on the 19th january 1968 stating he was in the Rathmines Brigrade under cathal Brugha and i’ve believe he was interned and shared a cell for some time with Sean T O’Kelly if you can help i’d very much appreciate it,thank you very much


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<elizabethfannon2012@gmail.com>
Subject: Michael mc Donald

Message Body:
My father was a volunteer in the I R A in belturbet co cavan he had some medals and received a pension he lived in Gortaquill and his parents were Patrick mc Donald and Mary Ellen. How can i get information on him.All help appreciated
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Treasa van Ommen Kloeke- <nineteenarches@gmail.com>
Subject: Arklow Volunteers

Message Body:
Thank you for this. My uncle, Tom O’Toole, pretty sure, is my late Dad’s eldest brother who got out to the U.S. (had to?). Years later I met his son Tom and his son also Tom, in Calif.
History moves on…
My maternal grandmother was Aine (Annie) Heron who was active in Cumann na mBan in Dublin. I have her membership pin…the rifle. There is a report in the Official History files of the gun transport system (baby prams, under the baby!) and when she sat as a justice in the Rathmines/Pembroke area with Aine Ceannt. You are doing a good job. If we do not know where we came from we cannot know where we are going -as they say…


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Michael Roe <irishroe@hotmail.com>
Subject: Irish Volunteer

Message Body:
I searching for information on my great uncle Michael Roe who lived in Dalkey and received a volunteer medal. He fled Ireland after the Irish Civil War because he was a nationalist, He lived in Canada but never spoke of his war experience. Family info is he was with the Dublin Brigade.


This e-mail was sent from a contact form on Irish Volunteers.org (http://irishvolunteers.org)

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Dear Sir/Madam,

I have just this am come across a newspaper cutting showing the daughter of Arthur Griffith RIP whom I understand died in 2006.

I would greatly appreciate it if you could forward this email to a member of the Mrs. Ita Gray’s (Nee Griffith) family so that I can arrange to send them this cutting if they wish me to do so.

I would appreciate a confirmation that you have the contact details for the Griffith family.

Many thanksin advance for this assistance,

Fr. Eamon, sscc ssccmoz@gmail.com
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Subject: My Grandfather Harry (Henry Michael) Lea

Message Body:
To whom it may concern

Dear Sir
I have a Certificate from the 5th Battalion Engineers Dublin Brigade stating
This is to Certify that Harry Lea served in the War of Independence against the British Forces.
I am trying to gather more information about my Grandfather’s role in the 1916 Uprising (he was born in 1903) and the subsequent Civil War.
Kindest Regards Sean Lea
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Vanessa Gildea <vanessa@cocotelevision.ie>
Subject: information

Message Body:
Dear Sir / Madam,

I am working on a documentary about 1916 and am trying to source some images of volunteers who took part in The Rising. Can you help or point me in the right direction, many thanks, the IVs I’m looking for images of from in or around 1916 and preferably in uniform are:
John Flynn – Bolands Garrison
Sean Nunan – GPO Garrison (have found some of him in america with De Valera but not in uniform)
John McGallogly – GPO & Kimmage
Tom Devine – GPO Garrison​
Liam Saurin – GPO, Metropole Hotel outpost
Joseph Reynolds – Four Courts Garrison
James / Seamus Grace – Bolands Mill (Northumberland Road)
any help in this regard would be most gratefully appreciated.
All the best, Vanessa

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Michael J.Cummings <michaeljohncummings@outlook.com>
Subject: Volunteers that emigrated to U. S.

Message Body:
I am interested in any information you may have regarding any Irish Volunteers that emigrated to America and/or joined activism in organizations there. I am hoping to write a series of commentary on men and women who did that.
I include my resume. Any information that you may have to share particularly in what I refer to as the American Shamrock …Boston, NY, Philadelphia and Chicago would enable me to hopefully tell their story during the centennial. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Michael J. Cummings, a native of Springfield, Mass., is a graduate of St. Anselm’s College (B. A., 1968) and New York University (M. P. A., 1970). A former member of the National Boards of the Irish American Unity Conference (1996-2013), the Ancient Order Hibernians National Board (2001-2008), and the National Executive of the Irish Northern Aid Committee (1988-1996), he served six National AOH Presidents , 5 IAUC National Presidents and two National Chairman of INA primarily in public relations capacities. He is the only person to serve on the national policymaking bodies of all three major Irish American organizations. He also served on the Commission on Peace and Justice of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.
Cummings has appeared on American, English and Irish television and radio and his commentary and letters and those of the Presidents have appeared in major American, Irish-American, and Catholic print media. He is a frequent columnist for the weekly IRISH ECHO newspaper. He has been married to Nuala Hogan, a nurse and native of Ireland, for 41 years and resides in Albany, New York . They are the parents of five children and two grandchildren.

To contact Mr. Cummings for speaking engagements or for an opinion piece, please call via e-mail at michaeljohncummings@outlook.com
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Assumpta Burke <assumptamb66@gmail.com>
Subject: Westport Fianna Eireann

Message Body:
Trying to put together some information on my Grand Father John Tom Walsh, I know he was a volunteer and also a member of Fianna Eireann, would you have any reference to him in your records, Thanking you
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Information Required October 2014

I have a gran uncle michael obrien born in killeigh tullamore in 1902 approx. Michael and several siblings disappeared after 1911 census
www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/King_s_Co_/Killeigh/Ballinvalley/558974/
My grandfather Mathew stayed in killeigh. He was interred in the curragh in 1921
I would like to make contact with ellen obrien to discuss further
Also, how or where do I find records of mathew brien in the curragh. He wrote a letter to his mother from rath camp telling her not to fret and to send him razors!
Thanks
Orla Mulligan
PS I have shared ellen photo on facebook in the hope someone might recognise the people or the place
Michael Holland

Dear ‘admin’,
i’ve just stumbled across the very interesting photo of British troops in Amiens Street station’ posted on your site.
I’m surprised that there is no other information about the scene.
While not an expert on the time, I have a few observations that might help someone reserching that photo.
1. There is a band playing, facing the platform, and a guard of honour in two ranks, presenting arms, at right angles to the band and the platform. The guard of honour may be of as few as 10 men.
2. In the background, facing away and presumably facing in the direction of the exit from the platform area, is what looks like an artillery gun crew towing either a gun limber or a gun covered with a platform in some way.
3. On the left in the middle ground are some civilians, one of whom appears to have his hat held over his chest.
4. In the left foreground is a group of army officers, clearly identifiable by their uniforms, boots, swagger sticks etc. They appear to be facing a train, and some of them are clearly saluting. 5. While most of these officers are wearing khaki shirts, more or less in the centre of the photo two are wearing white collars and the one closest to the train seems to be wearing his medals (or just showing a lot of medal ribbons). He is also wearing a sword.
I would interpret him as a more senior officer and the other are his staff and more junior officers. At least one of these officers seems to have a black armband on.
6. There is a mixed group of civilians in working mens clothing, at least one officer and perhaps some other ranks right beside the train.
If my understanding of the scene is correct
Michael Holland
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I attended the excellent display in Cork on Saturday and spoke o one of the organizers and they suggested I make contact with yourselves.

I’m trying to establish if my Grandfather was a member of the IRA Volunteers during the War of Independence/Civil War period.

His name is unusual

Ned of Edmund Guinevan or as per the 1911 Census Ginivan/Ginevan.

He cam from Castletownroche / Shanballymore area of North Cork.

His daughter, my Aunt is convinced he was involved as he was an excellent historian and Irish Language enthusiast, very much a self educated man.

I checked the Military Archives but I did not come across his name.

Would appreciate your help.

Regards,

John Crowley

Hello I am wondering if you have any photos or information on the Volunteers in county Galway. My grandfather Patrick Joseph Hughes from Ballinamore Bridge near Ballinasloe was involved in the movement and was awarded a medal from the War of Independence. He was buried with military honours but Im not sure what his role or rank was exactly. I would love to find out more about him or the movement in Co. Galway. Many Thanks.
Edel Hughes.
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Hello. I’m looking to find which battalions of the Dublin Brigade Old IRA represented which areas in the city. Both my grandparent’s families on my dad’s side were old IRA (Dunne and Downey). They lived in and around Erne St., Macken St., Pearse St,. and Westland Row. Any help appreciated. Le meas, Dave

Hi there,

I am trying to get any information which you may have on my great grandmother Mary Allen who was married to my great grandfather Edward Allen.
I am trying to compile my family tree for my children & am not sure what age Mary was when she was a member of the Irish Citizens Army. I am the granddaughter of her daughter Carmel.
Any information you could give would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,

Tara O’Connor
Hello,

Could you fill me in about my dads first cousin George Gilmore. I would love to know what he was like as a person, other than the political person quite a lot is written about him.

I remember meeting him a couple of times when I was very young, and although my dad grew up with him in Howth, my dad didn’t really mention him as he didn’t agree with Georges politics.

I remember going to visit him in his odd little cottage in Howth. So please help me with something about him. even if it includes something of his politics etc.

Also does anyone know why his mother my Great Aunt Fanny was sent to prison for a time, this is something I have struggled to find out without any success.

Please help.

Regards,

Heather Graham

Worthing,West Sussex,UK
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Hello I am trying to do some research on my Grand Father Patrick Joseph Doyle. He lived at 23 Esmonde Street for a number of years and I know he was active in the war of independence we have his medal issues in the 1930s. Any information would be helpful I am sure he would have known James Gleeson
Sean Doyle
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Hi, i am writing to you again, i have get some more information since i last wrote to you, it is concerning my father Laurence /Lar / La /Larry Doyle, i will give you a brief catch up as it was some time ago since i wrote to you, daddy was born in 1900 in Charlotte st Dublin, his parents Thomas and Catherine Doyle nee Kenny, they came from Shilleagh in Wicklow, they owned a provision shop in 9 Lower Camden St Dublin and 86 Rathmines from 1888 to 1898, they went bankrupt i believe, after daddy was born i am not sure where they went, they moved at some stage to Wicklow i believe then to Newbridge then to Naas where granny opened tearooms on the Canal, daddy married for the first time in 1925 he lived with his wife Kathleen Tighe in New Roe Naas, they had 2 sons William Thomas born 1926 and Thomas Leo 1927, his wife died September 1927, the new information i have is a Larry Doyle living in Newbridge which i am nearly sure is him, i have a copy of LEWIS GUN SECTION, and Larry Doyle is on it, this is the number 18193,Main St Newbridge 445yy, not sure if the 5 is that or an s, post Naas, single, that would fit with daddy being single and 22 in 1922, please i cannot confirm this i need your help to do this, all that daddy told me was all to do with Naas Newbridge and the Curragh, time is running out for my sister she is not well i am hoping for her this will be sorted soon, thank you very much, i really look forward to hearing back from you, sincerely Trena
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I have been trying to find more information on my father’s grandparents Dan McCarthy originally of Knockeen, Castleisland Co. Kerry, and Nora McCarthy (nee Quinn) of Divis St. Belfast.

Dan was arrested in Milltown in Kerry in early 1918, as part of the ‘German Plot’, and sent to Crumlin Road Gaol along with other Sinn Fein members including Austin Stack, Ernest Blyth, Fionnan Lynch, Sean Doran and others. While in Crumlin Road, he took part in the famous revolt of Christmas 1918/19 where the prisoners took over the republican wing of the gaol. Here he also met my great grandmother, who was a local girl and member of the Cumann na mBann who used to visit the prison and transport various goods in and out for the prisoners. Nora was also a notorious potin maker. Nora managed to organise Dan’s exit from the prison somehow, and he settled in Belfast for the rest of his life after marrying Nora.
They both regularly took part in Republican commemorations in Belfast and were members of the National Graves Association. I have some interesting photographs and newspaper clippings of some of these commemorations I would be delighted to share with your site. One in particular of a veteran’s march in Belfast in the 1950s with Dan carrying the Tricolour which I am sure was taken on the same day as a similar photo in your photo gallery.

As far as Nora and Dan’s story goes, that is nearly all the information I have. I would be very eager to learn more as to when Dan might have joined the volunteers, if he was involved any further in the struggle in Kerry, if Nora is on the roll of the CnmB etc. They both received Black and Tan medals complete with ‘comrac’ bar so I am assuming that this means that they both would have been eligible for pensions and that there are records available of this. Dan passed away in 1968, Nora in 1971. Nora also received a survivors medal.
The most interesting part of Dan’s story is that I discovered that an autograph book belonging to him sold at an auction in Dublin in 2011 (see link below). This autograph book was compiled around the time of the prison revolt and contains autographs of the other prisoners, including sketches, poems etc. I am presuming that this book would have been confiscated from him in the gaol, as nobody in the family even knew it existed until it turned up in a google search last year. I would love to locate this book if even to have a look at it. Any help finding it would be hugely appreciated.

Slán, Adam O’Leary.

Adam O’Leary
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Two historical figures intrigue me, both from north Galway.

Eva O’Flaherty – apparently a great friend of Sean MacDermott, Dr Lynn,

Maire Comerford, Anita MacMahon & Darrell Figgis et al, who was in

Cumann na mBan in 1914 with Louise Gavan Duffy … I know too that

she was very involved in the prisoner’s fund (I don’t have the exact name of

the organisation but I think it was the one that Kathleen Clarke ran) – have

you ever come acrcoss her – Eva O’Flaherty – in your research ?

Michael J McHugh (possibly used the Irish version of his name) – T. Gay

was his commanding officer, he was also born in north Galway and from what

we know was very involved in printing and in Collins’ Intelligence network – have you ever

come across him either in your research ?

With many thanks for the moment,

MJ Murphy. .

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Dorothy Berkeley

Website http://
Message Richard Gough from Inchecore Dublin was a volunteer do have any details for me and is there a medal the family are due ?
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In 1915 Three companies of Irish Volunteers were established in the southwest corner of Co. Limerick (my local district) by an Antrim man
His name was Ernest Blythe and as a Gaelic scholar, he had fairly good command of teanga na nGael and often used the Irish version
of his name, Ernám de Blaghd. His Irish teacher was Sinnéad Flanagan, future wife of Éanonn de Valera.

One of the Volunteer Companies he founded was in Tournafulla and the #s 1 and 2 men in that unit were the Sheehan brothers, Dave and Batt.
The Sheehans’ uncle Michael who had immigrated to California and was twice elected Sheriff of Sanmateo County. In Feb., 1921, Sheriff
Sheehan made a trip to Ireland, took with him 2 Thompson machine guns and a quantity of ammo for the Cork City IRA Brigade.

I should also mention that the Captain of the Tournafulla IRA Company was U.S.-born Tommy Leahy. In the spring of 1921 he was captured
by B&Ts, taken to Brosna (Kerry), sent to England, tried and was sentenced to be hanged. Leahy feigned illness, taken to the prison
hospital and his execution was postponed …and he survived until July and was saved by the Truce.
Seán Mac Curtáin
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I’m sorry to trouble you, but was wondering whether the organisation would be able to assist me. My Great-grandmother’s (Catherine Flynn) grandfather (William Flynn) was allegedly an Irish Volunteer, Cork brigade and signed up 1914. I was just wondering whether there were any more details available such as his birthdate, parents names and where in Cork he was from?

I would be much obliged if you could please give this some consideration and get back to me with any pertinent information.

Thank you for taking the time to read my email and I look forward to hearing from you.

Respectfully,

Mark
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Comment:
hi I’m looking for information on ballykinlar camp.my great-grandfather was charles mcgauley and he was a prisoner there.I know he got nicknamed cookhouse mcgauley in there.any information would be great.
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Hi there,

I was just wondering if you could point me in the right direction to get information on my great grandmother Mary Ann (Molly) Devereaux also known as Mrs. Allen.

She fought in the college of Surgeons I believe.

Many thanks,

Tara O’Connor
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Information Required IRA members April 16,2013.

Would you please be able to tell me if it is possible to get a copy of the cert for the Oglaig na hEireann that was issued to my grandfarther Joseph Sartini
Regards,
John Curley
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New Jersey
USA
davidjacob1967@gmail.com
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john. I am looking for details on Moran possibly from prospect who took part in tne hunger strike in wormwood scrubs in 1920. He is my grand uncle.
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trying to get any information on my grand uncle Patrick English killed in civil war on 6 or 8 July 1922 outside Mary Willies pub Urlingford .Where would I go to get information civil war?I think his name is on headstone above P Mac Inglir not sure dont know his irish name
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I am still trying to seek info about my Uncle,born 1898 James McGovern, Irish Volunteer and IRB member. He was from Fermanagh/ Cavan district near Ballyconnell in Co Cavan. May have been student at at St Patricks College, Drumcondra before becoming involved I have photograph of him in uniform head- up only
F McCann
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Could you tell me anything about my first cousin once removed (My dads first cousin) George Gilmore. I met him a couple of times when I was very young, but don’t know much about him, I would love someone to tell me all about him,

I notice in your list of names he’s not mentioned, why is this?

I look forward to hearing from someone that knew him as to what sort of man he was. and where I could buy some of his poems, writtings ,and paintings, and I beleive he wrote plays, but I can’t find any of these anywhere.

Please help me.

Heather
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Conor kelleher Dear sir or madam
I am looking for some information for my mother n law regarding her father his name was John o Mahoney from Pearce rd ballyphehane cork city. His daughter Margaret is my mother n law she has told me he was a volunteer back in the old days and I was wondering if you had any pictures or anything with his name on it that I cd show to her. His nick name was drummer Mahoney if it helps. She is 72 years old now I just thought I try do something nice for her, regards Conor
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Peter Hi
I am writing a paper for Skerries Historical Society on the Skerries Fire Brigade and wondered if Las Fallon could help me with any information on same.
Perhaps you might pass this on to him
Kind Regards
Peter Mc Nally
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Robin P Ward Hi,
I am the gggranddau. of Thomas P Masterson, early Fenian active in NYC 1867 to his death. His name is in early Fenian articles, books, etc. Hung around with John Savage, O’Rossa, Thomas Luby, Dennis Phealan etc. Can anyone rec. a source where I might find a record of his death in NYC. He was a shoemaker as well as Recording.Sec. Irish Revolutionary Bro.hood. Please help. Thanks
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Graham Hopkins Email graham@hopkins-financial.ie Website Message To whom it may concern,

I happened across your website while looking for information on my great grandfather Joseph Hyland and to my surprise came across your picture of “Vol Joe Hyland. Joe was Collins’ personal driver, he also drove the squad on their missions to eliminate agents etc” Joe hyland is my great grandfather and i would like to find out some more information about him. Could you please help me
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Margaret Kidney
I also am interested in finding out further information on no 3 , where the soldiers were killed by a mine at .Carrigaphooka bridge near Macroom. Captain Dan O’Brien was my father’s brother.
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If you have any info. Re his background I would appreciate it if you could either pass it on or point me in the right direction. His father’s name ( we think it is Luke) is the ultimate goal in my research, as it would consolidate research from multiple Masterson family members still trying to figure out all the connections.

I’ve got lots more info on him as well as the IRB members in the 1870-95 timeframe.

Thanks

Robin P Ward
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My Father has a book titled “Dan Breen, my fight for Irish Freedom” long out of print, which was left to him by his father Tommy “Maut” Thompson of Hedleys Bridge, Knocknakoshel, Co Kerry. He had known Dan Breen and corresponded with him until his death in 1966. It was a very detailed summary of his pre civil war exploits and many of the men with whom he fought. I’ll give it another quick read and see what I can find for you as it was very detailed. As a member of the No 2 Kerry Brigade under Humphrey Murphy, My Grandfather took part in the Ballyseedy Trap Mine which killed several Free State Army Officers. Wanted, he went on the run and left Ireland with his pal Taddy O’Connor for Canada in 23′. He went back in 1930 so that he could come back to the US legally. Great stuff isn’t it! Check back in a week or so and I’ll hopefully have some information for you.

Regards,

Tommy
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I’m currently searching for information and sources for Bloody Sunday 1920.
I noticed a very helpful article on your website about Bloody Sunday, which had an emphasis on the shootings that took place early in the morning, I wonder if you could recommend any sources for such details? I’m eager to find any information, so if you could point me towards useful sources I would greatly appreciate it. Kerrie Costelloe
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Can you help me with any information on Charles J Daly Cork No. 1 Brigade 2nd battalion. His date of birth, etc. I believe he resided in the South Douglas Road. Noel O’ Keeffe ——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
Looking for my father history he was in old I R A howth also in pipe band around 2016/17 joseph Lawlor any news out there. Kathleen McCarthy.
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Iam seeking information on regards to my relatives in mayo.they would be the sammon/salmons from around murrisk i believe.i am also seeking info on my cousins the mcgreals.both families participated in the ambsh at carrowkennedys in 1921. james patrick salmon
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Hi there patrick. I am researching my ancestors time in the I.R.A and National Army, my great grandfather’s family (o’sullivans) were quite actively involved in both the ira and national army and I am aware that we had a relative in ontario canada. Could you tell me if we possibly have a link. Do you know where abouts in Ireland your family are from? Thanks and hope to hear from you soon. kim sullivan
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My grandfather was Thomas Kavanagh from Killiney Co. Dublin.
I’m not sure if he was in the Volunteers or another group, but he was heavily involved against the black and tans and maybe the ‘civil war’. The family don’t know much or don’t say. Do you have any records. He died in about 1954. John Dunne
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My grand uncle Philip Foley from Kilcurrane, Kenmare, Co. Kerry was in the IRA. He was wanted and escaped from Jail and got to NYC where he lived until he died of cancer in 1966. Are there any records on the volunteers? I am curious what more I can learn about him. Dr. Mary Foley Mc Inerney
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If possible I wish to contact James Langton or someone who could aid me in identifying the year a certificate was issued to the me, there is one on Edward Bennets page that my granddad has, his is numbered 112 the number is not scanned in on Mr Bennets. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Kind Regards
Janice Nolan
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Dear Sir
My name is Michael O’ Sullivan and I am currently completing a postgraduate course. I am writing my dissertation on commemorative practice in the Pearse Street Area. I would like to inquire if you have any commemorative booklets, photographs etc from any commemorative events that you organised since your foundation. Anything associated with the 1966 commemoration of the 1916 Rising would be particularly useful. If any of your members would be open to the idea of me interviewing them about said commemorative practices I would greatly appreciate if you would ask them on my behalf. Could you please contact me at your earliest convenience at the above email address. Yours Sincerly Michael O’ Sullivan
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My Great-Grandfather was part of the first Fianna Eireann Ard Fheis, Mansion House 1910. I was wondering if you would have any information on him? His name is John Clarke. In the photo he is 2 places to the right of Countess Markievicz. John Clarke.
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But your email notice has prompted me to ask if there exists any nominal rolls of members of the Irish Volunteers in the period 1910 – 1916.

My understanding is that my late father, John McCullagh of Caum, Killanardrish but then residing and working in Cork City, was one of those members of the IV who responded to John Redmond’s exhortations and joined the British Army to “fight for small nations” and served with the RAMC at a field hospital in Salonica.

I wonder if it is possible to establish his service record with the Volunteers? Any information, suggestions or leads you can give me will be appreciated.

John F. McCullagh
Skillman, New Jersey
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I’m looking to find graves of volunteers in galway city with a view to cleaning and maintaining them.Do you know how i would find out about getting any info?Thanks, pete coyne.
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A chaiade,:
Go raibh míle maith agaibh as an bhfáisnéis thabhachtach seo.
Tógadh in Iarthar Luinnighe mé agus bhí aithe agam ar bheirt dheartáreacha a bhi ins na Volunters.
The Sheehan brothers Dave and Batt were the # 1 and #2 men in the Tournafulla Volunteer Company,
which was organized by a Presbyterian Ulsterman and Gaeilgeoir, Ernest Blythe.
Their O/C Tommy Leahy was born in the U.S. and raised in Tournafula. In the spring on 1921, he was captured with a rifle in his
possession, taken to England and sentenced to hang. But the Truce in July saved Leahy from his would-be executioner.
The previous February an uncle of the Sheehan brothers visited his old homestead in Garravane townland while vacationing
from his job as SHERIFF of San Mateo County Calif. Soon after Sheriff Mike Sheehan arrived in Cobh,
v he presented the Cork City Brigade with a Thompson machine gun
Resistance to British occupation was probably fiercer in Cork that in any of OUR 32 COUNTIES. At least 10 Cork I.R.A. Volunteers
were executed, including TOM MULCAHY, who was one of the four young patriots to face firing squads in Cork on 28th April, 1921.
Volunteer Muhcahy was only 18 years and 4 months when he paid the ultimate price for the freedom of Ireland,
an tír uile agus gach roinn di. None of these noble patriots died to uphold Partition.
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Stephen Ehrling , Recently, I came upon my Uncle Thomas Clarke’s obituary when he died Sep 7th, 1959 in New York, USA. Besides the normal obituary placed the the family, their was a second immediately following the family ad. In part it read as follows:
Clarke, Thomas Sean. Oglaigh na h-Eireann regrets to announce the death of it’s member. Thomas Clark. Native of County cavan and a member of B Company, 4th Battalian, 3rd Northern Brigade IRA…….
It was signed by James McNamara, Pres. and Thomas Rochford, Secy.
I’ve been trying to obtain to obtain information regarding his military tenure and the two individuals who signed this obituary to no avail. CAn you provide me any information or point me in the right direction.

Thanking you in advance, Stephen Ehrling
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Hello.

I’m doing research for the 1913 Irish volunteer relating to an An Post.

We’re desperately looking to locate an accurate / impressive photograph that depicts the foundation of the 1913 Irish volunteers from 1913. Something that may also be licensed for reproduction. We don’t have a working historian on the project so our knowledge is a little troublesome.

Would anyone know if such a photo could exist or what the nearest iconic photograph during that year would be.

I’m aware that photography was in it’s infancy during this period so if anyone could talk to me about such high expectation, that would also great! The more info the better. Tim
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any information on Capt Michael Danford shot 1922 thank you,,,Patrick J. Danford
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wondered if anybody heard of Thomas O’Reilly, ( my great grandfather), he served with 1st and 5th batallion carlow brigade
noel mc evoy
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Looking for information on my family. My family Horgan had several brothers who might have been volunteers in Limerick please email. Some of their name Ned Horgan,Luke Horgan Michael Horgan And Patrick Horgan.,,,michael horgan
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Dear Sirs, On the road through Knockalougha nr Knocknagoshel co Kerry, there is a monument to a fallen volunteer. I have viewed it on google maps, but am unable to zoom in close enough to read the inscriptions. I have been unable to find any records of the monument online. Do you know where I might look for information, or might you have any information concerning this monument?
Kindest Regards Paula Turner
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Hello, I’m trying to find out about my grandad Joseph McDonnell who fought with the ira i believe around 1920’s or earlier. I am told he was involved by my family but he wasn’t one to talk about it and I was to young to listen. He never received a pension because of some reason not known, but he was given a military funeral on his passing.
He was from kincon in co mayo and was born in 1898. I am wondering is there anyway I can find out more information on him or if this is a common problem . Paul ruddy
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Brian Carroll ,,, My late father, William Carroll [1901-1980] joined the Boys Section, ICA in April 1917. Is there any record confirming his service and the types of activities in which he was engaged? Thank you.”
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Kieron Heath ,,,Message my mother was born in Castlefield, Dundrum opposite what is now the Dundrum House Hotel. My mum’s name was Sarah Mary Ryan, daughter of John Ryan and Jane Ryan (nee Carew) from Bishopswood. My mum’s uncle, Michael Ryan, was killed during the war of 1919-1921. I am trying to find out exactly what happened to my great uncle -Michael. I would be grateful for any help you can provide.
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This an identical uniform of my great grand father William dillon of Belfast n Ireland he was 18 years old his wife was Sarah Thomson if any one knows more of him please contact me. Thanks for this ray of family hope. Barbara jean burger .
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Hi there,
I am trying to find out more about my grandfather who was a volunteer. I know very little of his history as he died before I was born and he only had four daughters who where never informed of his story. He was an Ennis man, and was interned but I dont know when or where. His name was Michael (miko) Scallan. Im not sure where to start so any help from yourselves would be great.
Thank you in advance
Wayne.
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Hi I am looking for information on my grandfather Hugh (Goff) Kelleher from the Townland of Gurranacoppal, (right near the Bell pub.) Clondrohid near Macroom. He was born in 1897 and was from a farming family his father was Daniel Kelleher and he had an uncle Michael Kelleher who was blind. His sister was Julia Kelleher. I do know from my uncle that he shot an English Sargeant (my uncle did tell me the shot man’s name but I cannot remember it.) Can anyone tell me which division would cover Macroom and Clondrahid. I remember my grandad talking about the Black and Tans burning houses in the area. If anyone could provide me with more information about the volunteers and their activities in this area, I would be very grateful. Johanna Kelleher
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Stephen McSweeney ,,,,Message hello , i am looking for information about my great grandfather. my father recently said he had the military salute performed by Tom Barry at his funeral. is there a reference list i could see % see if it gives refernce to his being a volunteer? he lived in the Macroom area.
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chris wilson ,, Message i wonder could you please help. I am looking for information on a great great uncle of mine Peader Clancy. he was murdered in Dublin castle along with Dick Mckee and Connor Clunes. I hope you help.
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I am seeking info on Old IRA Belfast, especially “A” Company 3rd Battalion. I have just acquired records from PRONI on an arrest of my grandfather Eneas McGibbon along with a Peter Cosgrove, 5 July 1922. Unfortunate for Eneas but fortunate for his daughter and grandchildren is that he was raided by the RIC and his pocket book identified him as IRA Belfast “A” Company 3rd Battalion. This was a gift to us who suspected Eneas was a fighter for the Republic but until this month no one knew definitively! I have been researching his life for 6 years. I have several arrest records for him, all having to do with fighting for Irish Independence. His was born in Mayfair St Belfast and lived at Parkview St. Are their lists of any kind for the old IRA? I have not seen one photo of his company. Does any one have knowledge of when this company would have been formed? What Division (if any) would A Company 3rd Battalion be a part of ? Any info is greatly appreciated! Catherine B
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Hi, I am trying to find information about my grandfather, Edward O’reilly, we have a cert which tells us he was with “H Company 1st batallion Dublin Brigade” the dates on the cert are 1917-1923. Along the side of the cert it tells us of events he was involved in. “the customs house” “capel street” “Kings inn” and the attempted escape of Kevin Barry, The names signed on the cert are, Seamus Kavanagh,, Thomas Byrne, Patrick Holahan and Oscar Traynor. thanks for your help..Noel Mc Evoy
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Am doing some research regarding my paternal grandfather, Thomas A. O’Connor, born April 1900 Dublin, died April 1949, Brooklyn, NY. He served as an IRA section commander of Company B, 1st Battalion of the Dublin Brigade (1916-1923).. Would like to learn of his actions, and/or any awards/medals he earned to educate myself and my son. My father (born 1941) was to receive his father’s IRA medals upon his dad’s death, but the medals were sadly lost. It would be great to find these for him before he passes someday.
Warm regards,
Rory O’Connor
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Maribeth Nolan ,,, Message I am trying to find documentation for my grandfather, John J. Nolan, who we have always believed was involved in the war for independence. He was an Irish tenor who performed via the Walter McNally Opera comapny. He was called Shaun O’Farrell. Can you direct me to any resources I might be able to check?
Thank you,
Maribeth Nolan
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John Kelleher ,, I am looking for biographical information regarding Tom Kelleher, his date of birth, parents’ names, and place of birth. Can you direct me to a resource for this information? Thank you.
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Olivia Elayne Murray ,, I’m trying to find ancestors of Hurley’ involved in the 1916 Uprising from Cork’ thank you s very much’ O.E.Murray’ from Vancouver Canada
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Joe Burns ,, Seeking information on Jack McCavanagh or McKavanagh from Lurgan Co Armagh. Have medal but no information.
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I am researching my uncle’s Thomas Fyans’ activities whilst he was in Old IRA in D Company of the 1st battalion, Dublin Brigade from 1917, with active service from
1919 onwards. Later, according he was a member of the Criminal Investigations Department in Oriel House. Can you advise addresses to write to or websites to investigate? regards M P Byrne
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kevin nyhan ,, Im looking for info on my grandfather who I believe worked for the british forces in ireland in the 1920s as a book keeper in Mallow ,where might i find any records
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John Dowling ,,,,, Information on 5th Battalion Engineers Dublin Brigade Old IRA
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Steve Ehrling ,, My uncle was Thomas J (Sean) Clarke, He died in New York on Sept 27th, 1959. Recently I became aware that he was a member of B Company, 4th Battalton, 3rd Northern Brigade of the IRA. Family folklore has stated that he spent time in prison during the Irish Rebellion before coming to New York 1925. Can you provide any info on my uncle or point me in the right direction.
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I am the great nephew of Charlie Hurley and will arrive in Ireland this week. I want to locate the Roadside memorial at Ballymurphy indicating the location where Charlie Hurley, Brigade O.C. was shot dead. Is there any chance to get a location (GPS)? I am also trying to get the location of the memorial featured here memorializing the Crossbarry Ambush. Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated. Thank you. Greg Storch .
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Sue Hi, I’m a senior student in Australia and I have a research assignment on the Irish conflicts and it’s difficult because I am the only student who chose this topic. Could anyone please recommend and historians who have opinions on The Anglo-Irish Treaty and Civil War? I need historian opinions to prove/support my hypothesis so any historians thanks. I already have Robert Kee down so any other would be extremely helpful!
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Sean Hegarty ,, Hi Might be able to advise
A relative off mind Sean Hegarty was in the GPO in the 1916 rebellion.He raised the flag on the GPO.He is buried in the republican plot in Glasnevin.Died in 1933 was on hunger strick in 1922.Is there any where I could contact to see what medels he received,can you still claim medels or even a cert to confirm he got them..
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Port I believe my grt grandfather was a soldier – married in Dublin in 1894 and was listed as a “soldier” – family think he was in the black and tans – unfortunately I dont have a dob for him – only that when he married he was “full age” – I also believe that he was born in England – would I have any way of checking if he did serve? thank you.
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October- Info Required IRA members

Hello,
My name is John Paul and am from Derry, Am looking to research Dick Mc Kee who was involved in the Irish Bulletin, a news-sheet produced by Dáil Éireann’s Department of Publicity, Dick McKee, the IRA Commandant of the Dublin Brigade. Am led to believe that i have a family connection with him and i was hoping you could point me in the right direction as to where i can research this further as am very interested in this, i’ve also been given a photo is which my grandad is supposed to be in, it shows the portobello army in 1922, any help our information on where i can research this further would be off great help

Thank you

John Paul

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Micheal douglas and willie douglas(his brother) in their na fianna uniforms (aged 12-13) also as young men in different uniforms. My granddad took part in the raid on Monks Bakery (kevin baryy) and I printed evidence of this. Would it be something that you would be interested in. My dad is still alive 80 years and he tells stories of how is dad was in Ballykinler interment camp how do we get info on this. Also we have a picture of my grandad in a parade of men carrying out a gun salute at a funeral. My grandad died in 1952 so it would be pre that era ?

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My brotherinlaw Kevin Barrett. nephew ofDick Barrett executed in 1922 lives inLondon

and has asked me to find,if possible living relatives of Liam Mellows .Kevin like myself is in his 80.s and though he has been to Mountjoy recently he has not been sccessful. He himself is from West Cork and believes Mellows also had connections there.
I would be most greatful if you could helpme or point me in the right direction,
Mise le meas Lucás O’Cuinneagáin Grange Cottage Holycross Co Tipp. 0504 43985

Hello,
I am trying to find out some info regarding my great grandfather, Dominick McSloy. I was recently given his service medal by my mother and I would like to have it mounted for display but I know nothing about him. I would greatly appreciate any help you could give me regarding this. I found him in the 1911 census living in ardboe, Co Tyrone aged 23 but i have nothing beyond that.
Thank you in advance for any info or

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George was my first cousin  once removed (My Dads first cousin)  my dad grew up with George in Howth, but then we moved to UK from Ireland, and although I met George a couple of times when on Holiday in Ireland, I was very young so didn’t get to know him very well..

My Grandson came across his name in history at school recently. and asked me about him,

What sort of man he was really, etc.  also could you tell me why his mother went to prison. She was my Great Aunt, Frances Gilmore (Nee Angus ) known as Fanny.

Where can I get any of his poems, and find the play he wrote for his fiancé Cora Hughes? Also I believe he was something of an artist. are any of his paintings still around anywhere.

I would love as much information about him as is possible.

Regards,

Heather Graham (Mrs)

PS, I’d love some photo’s of George as I don’t remember really what he looked like  with being so young myself.

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Is there anyway of tracing details on volunteers?

I have just been given my grandfathers black and tan medal and wanted to know if there were any details on him. His name is Patrick Byrne,Doolistown,trim,co meath.

I hope you may be able to help

Regards Sean

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Thanking you for any information yiu can give us.
Mervyn Hales.

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I’m interested in finding out more about item no3 (the FS soldiers killed by a mine near Macroom, Co Cork) as Capt Dan O’Brien was a GrandUncle of mine (his sister would have been my paternal grandmother) and was also from Macroom.     Incidentally, both my grandfather and late father were dentists in the Army as well.

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My father William Keane and his brother Sean were active serving members of E Company 6th Batt. old IRA.
I would love to see any pics or information you have about the period.
Recently I got a copy of my fathers old IRA pension application form and it makes interesting reading ,also have some pics of the company .

regds,    Brendan Keane.

I wish to know what information you would have for my Grandfather Peter Joseph Doran who was in “Second Batalion” Ref. S.P.9191/A623 also U/3883
Bset regards. Tony

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I have also found out that Patrick Hackett is buried in Drangan.
I believe there is a plaque on the ground in memorial to Hackett/Fleming/Clancy
but does anyone know where it is please?
Presumably in the Drangan area?
Any info greatly appreciated

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Any info. greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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Information Required Irish Volunteers 1916 etc

Hi.. My grandfather Robert (Bobby) Grace, Logan St., Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny was a member of the old IRA. My mother has his two medals. Would you have any information on him? Thanks

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I would, however, like to find out more about the use of radio or wireless in the Rising of 1916 and later.  I write for an Amateur Radio magazine on the subject of history but can’t find any information on the subject past the fact that Michael Collins moved Volunteers into a Bakery that was next to the Marconi Wireless School next door.  The effort was made, from what I hear, to protect the wireless operators who were sending traffic out to IRA supporters via wireless in Morse Code.  Would like to hear more about this subject but can’t make Limerick any time soon.

Luck to you all and success to your exhibit and lectures.  Up the Rebels.

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Do you have any more information on John ‘Dad’ Murray?

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ANY INFORMATION ON MY UNCLE /NAMESAKE INJURED /WOUNDED IN MOURNE ABBEY AMBUSH CAPTURED AND DIED AFEW DAYS LATER IN VICTORIA BARRACKS CORK  -Michael looney

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My grandfather of the same name was as far as i know a scout for Tom Barry.I would love any info about him please. Richard Bradfield.

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My grandfather Joseph Roche was in F Coy 1916. He was in Bolands Mill and served time in Kilmainham . His brother Eamomn (Edward) Roche aslo served though not sure what Coy he was in ..maybe F coy also…though family hsotory says he was in Smithfild in 1916. Joseph would have been 15 and his brother Eamomn 17 in 1916.
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I found an old tape recording and my grandfather speaks of Bloody sunday 1920. He lived in lower mount street and he speaks of a “Billy” who was sent to Wormwood Scrubs after the attacks on number 22 Lr Mount street and he was to be hung . 3 days before the hanging he was reprieved by Arthur Griffiths and returned to Mount Street. would you have anything on this or could you advise.
Regards for now

John Kenny

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Thanks to the help of some members of this forum and others, I have been able to discover quite a bit about Robert “Bobbie” Bonfield, at the time of his death on 29/03/1923 he was the O/C of G Company, 4th Battalion, 1st Dublin Brigade.

I am looking for information on the activities of G Company both during the War of Independence and later in the Civil War. Did the formations stay much the same after the ‘Split’? Would he have been in G Company prior to the Civil War or was there much reorganisation of the units?

In particular I am looking for descriptions of any actions that G Company were involved in.

Bonfield was arrested on 07th March 1923 by a Lieut. Bolger after his house at 103 Moyne Road, Ranelagh was raided and a veritable arsenal (including a Lewis Gun and three revolvers) were siezed. He was taken to Portobello Barracks from where he subsequently escaped a couple of nights later.

He went to the house of schoolmates of his, Brendan and Kevin Mangan, at Albany Terrace, Ranelagh and had a wash and some food before going on the run. A ‘servant girl’ who had helped give him the meal probably reported him to the authorities. The following night the Mangan’s house was raided by ” a group of men in plain clothes accompanied by a man in the uniform of an Army Lieutenant” who were looking for Bonfield.

Brendan Mangan was taken to the back garden and interrogated. His parents attempted to intervene and when his mother asked why he was not arrested and charged in the ‘proper way’, the chilling reply was “We are out to execute, not make arrests”.

Mangan’s excuses were believed and the group left, which was rather lucky as Bonfield had hidden arms under the floor of the Mangans henhouse and Brendan was aware of this. The Mangans kept the guns hidden for many years and later when the family moved house Brendan transferred the guns to the henhouse at their new address. It was only years later when there was an amnesty that his brother Kevin handed in the guns.

On the 29th of March 1923, about 2 weeks later, Bonfield was lifted by Cosgraves bodyguard which included Joe McGrath, John O’Reilly (who was either a Col., a Cmmdt., or a Superintendent) and an unnamed guard. Two of these men took him to Clondalkin and shot him.

I would like to identify Lieut. Bolger who was probably based in Portobello Barracks and also Col/Cmmdt/Supt O’Reilly. Any help would be most appreciated.

Information required on IRA Members

James McGovern
Trying to trace involvement of James McGovern (Co Fermanagh ), student at St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and member of IRB, was very quiet about his past and also very proud of his yellow/black pin and ribbon. I believe he ceased his teacher training and became involved militarly. I think he may have met up with Sergeant Patrick Reilly,RIC who ironically was from his next-door parish in Co Fermanagh. I think their paths may have crossed at the “springing” of Dan Breen and he knew Tom Barry well, I think. but I don’t want to appear to be name-dropping. He finally ended back in Co Fermanagh working as a labourer. Was there a West Cavan Brigade? I came across an exer book recording treasurer’s expenditure in his writing, but it was all very mundane stuff – about groceries bought etc I have his photograph (head only) on a memoriam card in this he is wearing a uniform.
Ref: James McGovern, Aghandisert, Derrylin, Enniskillen, co Fermanagh would have been his home address. No-one living there now (1/4 mile from Fermanagh/Cavan) border. So when partition came it was a very, very bitter pill to swallow at the time. Residents went to bed Irish and woke up British citizens. I remember my mother used to cry about it. I used to know which side of the civil war certain pubs in Ballyconnell were by the hostelries my Uncle James used to visit. I owe it to him to find out what I can so that if necessary I can separate fact from fiction. I think a Hugh McDonald from Belturbet area may have been a volunteer friend of his. They used to have to use “safe houses” and dodge “curfew police” when coming home to see their families. Partition left them “on the run” and forgotten.

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James Hannan was born in Belfast around 1875.

Below is an entry in the 1911 census showing that he lived in Bombay Street Belfast, near the Falls Road…

http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Antrim/Falls/Bombay_Street/172594/

I have attached two pdf documents from the Irish Times archive, showing a incident in Belfast in which he prevented the police from entering a Sinn Fein meeting. He was subsequently imprisoned for this offence.

My grandfather died in Belfast in 1951, so I never knew him (I was born in 1960).

My father let me know that my grandfather was an agent of Michael Collins and lived in Liverpool around 1920 under the assumed name of “Fox”.

He was sent by Michael Collins to Liverpool mainly to get guns for the IRA back in Ireland.

Prior to this he was in prison with Thomas Ashe and was force fed after being involved in the hunger strike around 1917.

The details above are also documented in a book by “Uinseann Mc Eoin”, “The IRA in the Twilight Years”. My father Pat Hannan contributed to this book and there is a chapter in the book dedicated to his account.

I also have attached a image from Padraig O’Ruairc’s book “Revolution” .
This is a photo of released IRA prisoners in Liverpool in 1922 (page 196) .
The man I have circled is the image of my father, so it may be my grandfather.
I am not sure if it is possible to find out who is in the photo?

Liverpool IRA

If you have any advice please let me know.

Thanks again for your help.
Seamus Hannan

Robert “Bobbie” Bonfield
I am looking for information about a distant relative of mine Robert “Bobbie” Bonfield (sometimes incorrectly spelt as Bondfield) who was a member of Na Fianna and graduated to the IRA in 1918 when he would have been about 15 or 16.

Bobbie took the anti-Treaty side in the Civil War and was killed by Free State forces in March 1923.

I can find information about his death, but nothing about his activities in Na Fianna or afterwards in the IRA – would your researches have thrown up his name at all?

Bobbie lived at the family home at 103 Moyne Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6 if that helps you narrow things down. He was a classmate of CS “Todd” Andrews and may have joined the Volunteers with him as Andrews joined at the same age.

At the time of his death he was a 20 year old dental student in the third year of his studies at UCD.

Any scraps of information that you can give me would be most appreciated

George Gilmore, officer in the South Dublin Brigade, Dublin No 2 brigade,Information Required

In currently writing the biography of George Gilmore who until July 1922 was an officer in the South Dublin Brigade, I have recently received about 100 pages from the National Library of Ireland, providing revealing information about the Dublin No 2 Brigade, confirming what he said that after Blessington when the South Dublin was extinguished, he was picked up by the Dublin No 2 Brigade, covering the same area. As O/C of Battalion 1, in December 1922 Gilmore was in charge of five companies that covered the area that stretched from Ailesbury Road in Ballsbridge, Dublin City to Monkstown in South Dublin County and inland to Glencree in the Wicklow Mountains; this included Foxrock, Stillorgan and Blackrock. Almost nothing has been published about this brigade that was commanded by Lorcan O’Briain (may be a pseudonym) until April 1924 except what I just attained from the NL .In addition, some info has come through regarding Neil (Plunkett) O’Boyle of Donegal, O/C of Battalion 3 of the Dublin No. 2 who led the Plunkett column from Nov. 1922 to May 14, 1923 when he was captured and killed in Co. Wicklow by Free State troops, after the cease fire. Although my subject is George Gilmore of Battalion 1, I would appreciate any information concerning the Dublin No 2 brigade. Gilmore reported to the Vice O/C of the brigade on December 25, 1922 that Capt. Foley was O/C of his C Company and P. Little, O/C of D Company. Thank you.

Rosalie Popick

Diarmuid & Patrick McCarthy CORK IRA VOLUNTEERS

CORK IRA Volunteer

Diarmuid (Jerome / Dermot) McCarthy
(14 October 1900 – 15 January 1933)

Diarmuid was born on 14 Oct 1900 at 48 Quaker Road, Cork City, second child after Eileen, who was born in 1898.

On his Birth and Baptism certificates his name is given as Jerome.

His father was Daniel McCarthy and his mother was Margaret nee McCarthy, but not related. They were from the parish of Caheragh, north of Skibbereen.

Daniel was in the RIC, and so was stationed in the East region of Cork. He must have been stationed around Cork City when Diarmuid was born, but I don’t know where precisely. He retired from the RIC in 1915.

Daniel died in 1924, and Margaret in 1936. They are buried in St Finbarr’s Cemetery in Cork.

Diarmuid was born on 14/10/1900 and baptised the next day in the parish of St Finbarr’s South by Fr. Mark Leonard. Godparents were Florence McCarthy and Frances McCarthy.

He joined the Irish Volunteers. – this photograph shows him in uniform.

He was engaged to Kathleen Moore, but died in 1933.

His death certificate is in the name of Dermot McCarthy, bachelor, Civil Servant, who died at St Vincent’s Hospital. His address was “Loughereen”, Hill of Howth, Dublin. Cause of death: Pneumonia (10 days) and cardiac failure. The informant was “P McCarthy, Brother” (my father) of the same address. They were both in lodging there. Diarmuid is buried with his parents in Cork.

My father, Patrick (born same address in 1903), was active, in A (University College Cork) Company, 2nd Battalion, Cork I Brigade, Oglaigh na hEireann (IRA) during the three months which ended on 11th July, 1921. He was doing engineering in UCC, and took “time out”! He said he was active in North Cork, as far as I remember, but that seems unlikely if he was in a UCC company. He said very little about it. He had the marks of a bullet wound in the calf of his leg and we have no photograph of him in uniform.

That’s as much information as I have at present.

Thanks.

Pádraig McCarthy
IF ANYBODY HAS INFORMATION PLEASE SEND IT IN TO US HERE AT info@irishvolunteers.org

Information Required on IRA members etc

I am writing the biography of George Gilmore, O/C of the First Battalion of the South Dublin Brigade and later the Dublin No. 2 Brigade during the Civil War. Since Neil O’Boyle, also called Ned (Niall) Plunkett Boyle of Donegal was also in the Dublin No. 2, in the Third Battalion, I am interested in learning more of the role that Roger McCorley of the Free State army played in the killing of O’Boyle in Co. Wicklow in May 1923. So far, I have only seen this cited in Jim McDermott’s (2011) book, “Northern Divisions: The Old IRA and the Belfast Pogroms, 1920-1922.” Thank you.
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Was just wondering was there any photos taken at the unveiling for the Fenian commemoration last month in Dublin, reply really appreciated.
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Hi,
Can anyone help….I am trying to trace any details of my grandfather who was a Sergeant in The East Limerick Brigade in 1916…he lived in a village called Hospital…….his name was Michael Airey…. I have his IRA medal (No.984). After the troubles he became a career soldier in the Irish Regular Army & died in 1942 (May.18th). Tanx, Barry Fitzgerald
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I am researching the many details if General Liam Lynch and his command of A co,1stBatt, 2nd Brigade,based in Fermoy , my grandfather and his brother were volunteers in D co Kilworth/Araglin, I am looking to see if there are any member rolls of volunteers, fianna. Cumman Na mBan, for the Tan War years available, or if anyone knows of where I could find such roles. Someone somewhere has them, they are an integral part of the history that these men and women played. If anyone has any information that may help me give these people the recognition that thy deserve,please email me at “fermoy52@aol.com”
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Would you know how I would go about obtaining information on the ambush in Mayo on May 6, 1921in which my great uncles, Thomas Lally and Thomas O’Malley were said to be engaged
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I am trying to trace a charles known as charlie clifford from dublin left after rising in 1916 – he was linked to have been involved – is there any link news – his name anything – he died in 1974 and is my great uncle born church street – moved to Scotland, Glasgow
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Would it be possible for you to check your list of Four Courts Garrison 1922 to see if two brothers Leo and George Smith were members. They are my wife’s father and uncle respectively. Family info is that they were in the Four Courts battle in 1922.
Thanks

Joe Mathews

Joseph (Joe) Traynor IRA Volunteer, Information required

My Mother’s brother, (uncle) Joseph (Joe) Traynor lived in Ballymount, Clondalkin, and was a Volunteer with ‘F’ Company, 4th Battalion, No 1 Dublin Brigade during the late 19’teens’.  I would welcome any information about his ‘Volunteering’ activities to include a historical note I am writing about him.

Joe was captain of the “Young Emmets” GAA football club based in nearby Fox & Geese on the Naas Road.  He attended the infamous Tipperary-Dublin match in Croke Park on 21st November 1920, later to be known as ‘Bloody Sunday’.   Joe Traynor was unfortunately one of the 13 people to be shot dead on that day, having been shot twice at the canal end of Croke Park as he tried to make his escape with many others over the wall at that end.

Joe was a good friend of a PJ Ryan, with whom he attended the match on Bloody Sunday, and who was also a member of the ‘F’ Company.  It was PJ Ryan who had to bring the tragic news of his death to Joe’s parents in Ballymount later on that Sunday evening.

Any scraps of information would be gratefully received.

For your information I am attaching a photo of Joe.

Thanking you in anticipation.

Michael Nelson.

JOSEPH TRAYNOR

BORN DRIMNAGH CASTLE 1900. DIED TRAGICALLY CROKE PARK,1920 (BLOODY SUNDAY)

joe traynor IRA Irish Volunteer

joe traynor IRISH VOLUNTEER



Information Required Laois Volunteers & third northern brigade of the irish volunteers

I am trying to get information on my grandfathers service in the Irish Volunteers 1918-1921. His name was Jack Rice from Laois. He later served in the Garda. Thanks

Brian O’Connell

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I am trying to find service records for James (seamus) rice of markethill, Armagh, who said he was with the third northern brigade of the irish volunteers. He came to the US sometime in the 20’s after being in a british prison. I am interested in any possible info.

Thank you,

jerry ryan

Irish Volunteers, Information required

My father, Paddy (Patrick Joseph) McCarthy, who died in 1972, had a medal for service in ‘A1 (University College Cork) Company, 2nd Battalion, Cork I Brigade, Oglaigh na hEireann (IRA) during the three months which ended on 11th July, 1921. His familiy was from Skibbereen. He was a student of engineering at UCC at the time. Is there some way I can find out a bit more about his life during that period?
Go raibh maith agat.  Padraig McCarthy.

Babe Donegan was actually a woman in Cumann na nBan.Mary Donegan i think was her propper name from the Midleton area in Co Cork.Date of birth & thing’s i honestly don’t have a clue.Just the other day i received her uniform’s badge & medal. Any info?

Le dea-mhein,
Slan mo chara.
Edmond

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Here is the photo. As I mentioned, his name was Daniel McGlinchy and was from Donegal.  I have also have a transcribed copy of a book of poems he wrote. The first page says (in case this information helps):

Irish Volunteer Donegal ? Daniel McGlinchey

The Pikemen of Erinn

Song Book

Songs, Recitations, and Poems of the Gael

Dedicated to and in loving memory

of the Brave Boys of Easter Week, 1916

with

Descriptive Sketch

of

The Banners of Erinn

shown as

cover sketch

by

Donnaill Magloinsechain

(Adjutant I.V.  Anne St – Glasford)

IS GLASFORD IN SCOTLAND???

Any information you might have on date, or whatever, would be much appreciated!

Thank you,

Susan

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I am researching the history of D coy 1st Batt, I.R.A.1916.My grandfather William O’Dea served under the command of Seán Heuston along with 11 others took over the Mendicity Institute,Dublin on 24/4/16.Are there any records of these men before and after Easter Week 1916?I have heard they were sent to Kilmainham and that W O’Dea was imprisoned in Portland and Lewes.Are prison records available?    Éamon Ó Deagha.

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year, and were i would find this list. regards
diarmuid gannon

——————————————————————————————I am looking for a good biography of Michael collins can you recommend one .Thanks.   Stephen Sullivan

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I am looking for records of my grandfather Joseph Michael Curran, from the 3rd Btt.Dublin Brigade born July 29th ,1876, died Aug.21,1957 .

brenda forster

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JAMES O’LOUGHLIN MEMORIAL PERPETUAL TROPHY
NOMINATION FOR CORK AREA, RED CROSS VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
PRESENTED BY CORK CITY BRANCH

http://www.corkredcross.ie/downloads/james-oloughlin-memorial.pdf

FRANK BUSTEED IRA Vice-Commandant, 6th Battalion, 1st Cork Brigade

The account below is by Brian O’ Donchu, Frank Busteeds grandson,  can anyone ,especially our North American members, tell us more about Frank Busteeds time in North America?? or give a point in the direction of where this information may be obtained. We await your replies, thanks for you time.
FRANK  BUSTEED(1898-1974)
Vice-Commandant, 6th Battalion, 1st Cork Brigade
(Commandant -Flying Column)
Frank Busteed was born at Kilmuraheen, Doughcloyne, Cork on 23rd Sept , 1898, but grew up in Blarney.
He was somewhat unusual for a Flying Column Commandant in that  his backround was not typical, being of mixed faith.His father Sam was Church of Ireland and of strong Unionist backround, while  his mother Norah(Condon-Maher) was Catholic and of a strong Nationalist backround.
Sam died in 1900 when Frank was two years, and so he grew up in the Nationalist tradition of his mother.
However he maintained close family ties with Protestant relations throughout the War of Independence , and afterwards.
Two of his four brothers were brought up in  the Unionist tradition at Kilmuraheen by his paternal grandmother -Margaret Busteed, and joined the British Army, were mentioned in dispatches during World War 1, and one(Jack) later was stationed in Blarney during the period 1919-22.
He himself claimed to be Atheist.
He joined the Fianna Eireann, and later The Irish Volunteers, joining thee Blarney Company(in 1919 the company was into the 6th Battallion, 1st Cork Brigade), and in 1920 was appointed Vice Commandant of the 6th(and Commandant of the Flying Column ,attached) with Jackie O ‘ Leary as Commandant of battalion.
He was involved in many a maneuvre with the battallion , and flying-column in the period 1920-22–including the blowing-up of Blarney Barracks , the capture of Major Geoffrey Compton Smith, Dripsey Ambush as well as countless more.He was also involved in Intelligence gathering, and served as a judge in the Republican Courts from 1920-923.
He was the first volunteer in Blarney to own a Lee Enfield riffle(see framed photo in exhibition)., in 1919.
He was a well read man, and learnt Irish during the war period (regretting that it was not on the school curiculum when he attended).
He refused to accept the Treaty, and continued fighting in Cork, Waterford & Limerick, eventually leaving Ireland for U.S.A..in 1924-first to Boston, and later settling in New York.
Here he trained in the Ice-Cutting business, starting a company with three partners (who had also arrived in America after the Civil War.
He met his future wife in New York -Anne Marren, an English lady , whose father came from Mayo .
They had seven children in all, 6 surviving (1 died an infant)–three born in USA, one in England , and 3 later , in Ireland
In 1935 Frank returned to Ireland , starting his own family business, and among other things became involved in the developement of the Fianna Fail cumans in Cork City.
In 1941 he was commissioned to the Irish Army as a Lieutenant. He remained in the army until 1946, and though recommended by his commanding officer for the rank Captain, he left to deal with family business committments.
He remained involved in  politics, canvassing in local , and national elections(see photo with Pres DeValera in exhibit )
He and his wife attended the reopening of Cork City Hall , in Sept 1936(burnt in 1920 during the burning of Cork City by the Auxilliaries & Black &Tans)
In the 1950’s he  was appointed Manager of the Passage West Labour Exchange-retiring from this position (ironically this is where his father’d ancestors first settled in Ireland in the mid 17th century) .
In 1974 (just before his death)…the book EXECUTION (based on events around The Dripsey Ambush) was published.
He featured in a number of other books on the period 1919-24.
Brian O’ Donoghue(Grandson)

Information required on Irish Volunteers Youghal Cork

Information required on Irish Volunteers Youghal Cork,please see below,,any help appreciated.

irish volunteers youghal, Cork 1.st Brigade

William Oman, Irish Citizen Army, Information required

I am currently researching the role my family played between the Easter Rising and the end of the Civil War. My great-grandfather was William Oman, Irish Citizen Army. He played ‘The Last Post’ after Pearse’s speech at the funeral of O’Donovan Rossa and sounded the ‘Fall-In’ at Liberty Hall on Easter Monday Morning 1916. He went on to fight in with the City Hall Garrison, Jacob’s Factory Garrison and College of Surgeon’s Garrison. He was in ‘G’ Company 1st Battalion, Dublin IRA. I have his witness statement from the MIlitary Archives. His brother George was also in the I.C.A and was in the G.P.O/Imperial Hotel area for the Rising. Their uncle Robert ‘Bob’ Oman was in the Four Courts area for the Rising and was a Captain in the IRA in the same company as William during the War of Independence. Have you ever come across any information on these three individuals? Any help is greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Niall

Daniel Brett McNally IRA Tipperary

In reference to :

http://irishvolunteers.org/2011/03/ira-tipperary-mullinahone/

Thanks. I have named my son, Daniel Brett McNally, since Sean Brett is a relative. Do you have any more details about these three individuals memorilised there in Mullinahone? I hope to visit Poulecapple and Mullinahone next year with my daughters. My grandparents are from Poulecapple. I look forward to our visit this next year in 2012, about August or so. I am not sure I am emailing to, but, have a nice day and thanks again for the info. My daughter loves and does Irish dancing. Sleep well. Charles.

in reference to :

http://irishvolunteers.org/2011/03/ira-tipperary-mullinahone/

Comdt. Vincent Byrne II Bn, Dublin Brigade, Old IRA

We have received a message from Gerard kenny,the details are below,

“Hello, I met your group at the Cork Militaria fair a while back and just wanted to say it is an excellent site you have. I particularly liked the photos of Belfast and Cork display. You might be interested that I just put online the Vinny Byrne Photo, Document and Scrapbook collection here”  :

Regards,
Gerard

Vincent (Vinny) Byrne Joined the Irish volunteers in 1915 at the age of 14. He fought in E Company, 2nd Battalion during the 1916 Easter Rising at Jacobs Biscuit Factory on Bishop Street, Dublin seeing for the first time a man killed by gunfire. At one point armed with a .22 rifle the 14 year old Byrne held 2 policemen prisoner. He fought here alongside men such as Thomas MacDonagh, John McBride (a veteran of the Boer War) and Mick McDonnell (later leader of the Squad). After the surrender order he escaped and was arrested in a British Army sweep on the following Saturday. A group of the younger rebels were then held in Richmond Barracks (generally treated well in comparison to those at the Rotunda). One of the DMP men who fingerprinted him at Richmond Barracks was Detective Johnny Barton (later killed by Collins Squad on 29th November 1919). During questioning he was asked “Why did I not join the British Army. I said I would be fighting for England then and not for Ireland.” Due to their age they were released the following Friday evening (the older men being deported to Stafford Jail and then Frongoch Concentration Camp in Wales). In his statement to the Bureau of Military History he noted that “It might be well to mention that, strangely enough, in later years I was officer commanding this same barracks where I was held prisoner.”

Vinny Byrne went on the fight with Michael Collins counter intelligence unit ‘The Squad’, taking part in the standard guerilla warfare activities of intelligence gathering, raids for weapons, vehicles and supplies, ambushes, attacks and assasinations all throughout the Irish War of Independence (January 1919 – Truce July 1921). Below is an incomplete timeline of some of the operations he took part in from November 1919 through to Bloody Sunday of November 1920. It may be worth reading the notes at the end as some of this information is conflictive.

Sample one year timeline of Vinny Byrne activity Irish War of Independence

Document and Scrapbook collection here :

http://www.militaria-archive.com/independence/independence.html

By Admin:

Thank you very much Gerard, we really appreciate it, we need more people sending in information all the time.

William (Bill) Deegan Dublin Brigade of the IRA.Information required.

Hi there, My grandfather William (Bill) Deegan was a member of the Dublin Brigade of the IRA. He died on 13 January 1946 and is buried in Glasnevin. I have received information that says he fought at the Four Courts under deValera. Any info you may have on him would be a great help.
Many thanks, Terry

Tom Conway, O/C Communications, from Tipperary No. 3 Brigade, Information Required,

Looking for information on my grandfather, Tom Conway, O/C Communications, from Tipperary No. 3 Brigade, shot & captured, then went to U.S. in 1925. to best of knowledge. any info would be appreciated – see page 197 of Florence O’Donoghue book “No Other Law” the story of Liam Lynch and the IRA. 1916 – 1923

IRA Volunteers Fermoy or Kilworth.

I am researching my grandfather Mick Greehy, Paddy Greehy and Johnny(jack) Greehy . I have two black an tan medals I got from my grandmother several years ago but she never told me who the were awarded to. I have heard that Mick and Jack greehy were in the IRA but i have no proof. There was a company in Fermoy under Bill Power and then Liam Lynch, there was also a company in Araglin/Kilworth. Is there anyway I acn get lists if members from1919-22.
Your’s Sincerely
Michael Kearney.

William Crowley, of Kilmihil, Co. Clare. Hunger Striker

Trying to find info on my grandfather, William Crowley, of Kilmihil, Co. Clare.  He was involved and did a 29-day huger strike after capture sometime after 1920?  He was deported to the US in 1926 or 1927.  Any information would be grand.

IRA Volunteer Captain Dan McNamara cork no.1 brigade . 1.st bat A coy

We have been contacted by Dan McNamara , grandson of IRA Volunteer  Dan McNamara  cork no.1 brigade . 9th bat  A coy. Dan is looking for any information on his grandfather , if anybody has any relevant information please post a reply on this post section.

Dan has been good enough to send us pages from Dan McNamara ‘s  Diary , it makes for highly interesting reading. Thanks Dan.

Michael F Heslin Longford Brigade Irish Voulunteers, Information required .

Attached is a photo of my grandfather Michael F Heslin (on the left) who was Adjutant/Intelligence Officer of the Longford Brigade in the Irish

IRA longford Brigade

War of Independence. I know nothing about Irish uniforms and hope someone may recognise it. I found a couple of pics on the internet, one saying it was a Volunteers uniform, another saying it was an IRA Officer’s uniform. Someone else told me they thought it was a Free State uniform. I am totally confused and hope someone can help. There appears to be two bands on the hat and three on the sleeves. What might these represent?
Many thanks in advance folks.
Michael J Heslin.

Laurence Regan IRA Vol Four Courts , any information ?

Hello,
My grandfather was Laurence Regan who defended the Four Courts.
Does anyone have any information on him please, also are there any medals out there with his name on? I believe he received a military funeral with Jack Lynch present in the 70′s
Yours gratefully,
Peter

Volunteer Quigley, any info?

I have a picture of my grandfather, in what is described as an IRA uniform (he is from Fermagh) is this Fermanagh?. I am in the Canadian Military, and to me the cap badge he is wearing is an artillery badge. If possible could I send an email attachment of this picture to you, and if you would be so kind as to provide me with any feedback on what type of badge/uniform he is wearing. Thanks, regards. Aaron Quigley.

Edward Buckley Cork Brigade? Any info

Garry,
I met you at the military exhibition at Sundays Well Gaol,Cork, last weekend. I spoke with you about an old War of Indenedence medal (Black & Tan) belonging to my late grand uncle. You kindly said you’d try check what part he played , however small, in the War of Independence.His details are as follows:
Name: Edward Buckley
Address: 12 Well Lane, Cork (later Redemption Road,Cork);
Born: around 1890
Died: 1966
Trade in 1911: shop porter, also gunner in Cork RGA (Reserve Army?)
If you had any info on his activities, I’d be delighted to know> I was very young when he died, but I remember him as a friendly man.
Regards,
Jim Fitzpatrick

Andy “Dazzler” Mulligan

Hi,I’m looking for any information you can give me about my great grand father Andy “Dazzler” Mulligan. According to my mother and her cousins (His grandchildren) he was a gun runner in the Easter Rising who fought with Pearse in the G.P.O. eventually captured and imprisoned in Bristol before being tortured and left paralysed.He also allegdally had the proclomation hid in a wall in a pig yard in the inner city.
Thats all the info i have but i cant find anywhere this is written down.
I would appreciate any help you can give me
Regards
Bryan Higgins

IRA Volunteer Francis Brennan – any info?

Francis (”Terry”) Brennan (1900-1955); born in Finglas; was a member of the Fingal Brigade and Leixlip Flying Column.  Sadly all that we know regarding his activities during that time is based upon a copy of his obituary (please find attached a copy.  I have also attached a copy of a letter that was associated with the obituary clipping; it appears to be a response to Francis, from his old commander (Paddy Mullany), regarding his eligibility for a veteran’s pension (attached).  The letter refers to actions at Lucan, Baldonell and attacks on “the railways”.  I would love to find any information on the flying column or the Fingal brigade.  I have been unable to figure out which hunger strike the obituary refers to.  I’ve been in touch with Kilmainham but they have been unable to find any records that could assist and they are also unaware of the tunnelling attempt mentioned.  They do know that attempts were made but have no details upon them.  After the War of Independence Francis (and probably Ann) went on to fight on the anti-treaty side.  I believe that the time Francis spent in Kilmainham would have been at the end of the Civil War.

Francis’ wife, Ann Brennan (nee O’Shaunessy) (1904-1972) was, according to what is told in the family, an active member of the Cumann na mBan and it was always said within the family that she was involved in gun running, arms caches and safe houses during the black and tan war.

They both lived all their lives in Finglas.  Sadly Francis died in 1955 when their son Denis (my father in law) was only 10, so he never got to find out what his father had done during that time.  His mother never really spoke much about that.  We’ve applied to the pensions and records department of the ministry of defence are waiting for a response.

We’ve only made slow progress in piecing together Francis’ and Ann’s history during those times; there is so very little information that can be accessed over the internet from here.  I understand that there may be a group that is involved in the history of the Old IRA, but as yet, i can’t make contact with them.

It would be wonderful if any of your readers could fill in a few blanks.  We’d love to know more about:

  • the activities of the 3rd Battalion, Fingal Brigade, IRA and the Leixlip Flying Column;
  • any information on the kilmainham hunger strikes during the civil war era;
  • and the biggest puzzle of all, the Kilmainham tunnel – we’ve been in touch with Kilmainham but they have no records of a tunnelling attempt by men from either the black and tan war or the civil war era (there was an attempt by civil war era women).  They freely admit that it doesn’t mean there wasn’t one, just that the records are very incomplete for that time.  Kilmainham would be very interested in any information that turns up about the tunnel as it would really add to their knowledge of the era.  So hopefully someone out there may have heard of it, read of it somewhere or know something however small.

We’re waiting for information from the pensions and records dept. so hopefully there will be a lot of information contained within the pension applications of both Francis and Ann.  I’ve promised Kilmainham that if there is any more information on the tunnel that i’ll share it with them.

Francis Terry Brennan

Letter to Francis Terry Brennan

Letter to Francis Terry Brennan

Obituary of Francis Terry Brennan