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

4 replies
  1. caroline crowley
    caroline crowley says:

    Hello Rosalie,
    I met George in the last few years of his life. He was wonderful company and most admirable. He told me great stories, especially about his beloved Cora,
    regards , Caroline

  2. Heather Graham
    Heather Graham says:

    Hello Caroline,
    I have seen that you knew George Gilmore. George was my second cousin, who I remember meeting a few times when I was a young child, but because we were living in England we didn’t often see him. he was much older than me. My father at the time didn’t agree with George’s politics so didn’t talk much about him so I don’t know much about him,

    I would love you to share what you knew about him. My Grandchildren have been looking at politics at school and came across his name when I told them that Geoge was closely related (His mother Frances Gilmore (Nee Angus) known as Fanny was my Great Aunt From Howth. My father was born and brought up in howth so knew the Gilmore’s very well.)
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    My Grandchildren are curious to learn as much as possible about George, what sort of man he was etc etc.

    Also do you know why my Aunt Fanny was imprisoned that is something I have not been able to find the answer to. ?

    I have been scouring the internet to find how I could contact you, and at last hopefully have found the right Caroline Crowley.

    Please get back to me about cousin George with what you knew about him and of him.
    Regards,

    Heather Graham

    Worthing,West Sussex,UK

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