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.



joe traynor IRA Irish Volunteer


Michael Collins Sliabh na mBan Armoured Car Restoration and refit

Short time lapse video of the restoration of the Rolls Royce Armoured Car ‘Sliabh na mBan’. This historic car was part of Gen Michael Collins’ convoy at the Beal na Blath ambush where he was mortally wounded in 1922. Sliabh na mBan was renovated in the Combined Vehicle Based Workshops in the Defence Forces Training Centre, Curragh.
Courtesy of the Irish Defence Forces Cavalry Corps.
The last known photograph of Collins alive was taken as he made his way through Bandon, Co Cork,in the back of an army vehicle. He is pictured outside White’s Hotel (now Munster Arms) on 22 August 1922. On the road to Bandon,, at the village of Beal na mBlath(Irish, “the Mouth of Flowers”), Collins’ column stopped to ask directions. However the man whom they asked, Dinny Long, was also a member of the local Anti-Treaty IRA.

An ambush was then prepared for the convoy when it made its return journey back to Cork city. They knew Collins would return by the same route as the two other roads from Bandon to Cork had been rendered impassable by Republicans. The ambush party, commanded by Liam Deasy had mostly dispersed to a nearby pub by 8:00 p.m., when Collins and his men returned to Béal na mBlath but the remaining five ambushers on the scene opened fire on Collins’s convoy. The ambushers had laid a mine on the scene, which could have killed many more people in Collins’s party, but they had disconnected it by the time the firing broke out.

Collins was killed in the subsequent gun battle, which lasted about 20 minutes, from 8:00 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. He was the only fatality. He had ordered his convoy to stop and return fire, instead of choosing the safer option of driving on in his touring car or transferring to the safety of the accompanying armoured car,(sliabh na mBan) as his companion, Emmet Dalton, had wished. He was killed while exchanging rifle fire with the ambushers. Under the cover of the armoured car, Collins’s body was loaded into the touring car and driven back to Cork.  For more on the ambush at Beal na Blath see

Seán Collins beside the coffin of his brother Michael Collins

General Sean Mac Mahon

General Sean Mac Mahon

General Sean Mac Mahon was born,the son of a malster in Cork street, in Dublin in 1893. He was the eldest of seven children. He joined the Irish Volunteers at the very start in 1913 and was enrolled as a member of B Company, 3.rd Battalion, Dublin City Brigade.

In 1914 he became Lieutenant under the O’Rahilly with promotion to captain in 1915. The headquarters of B company,3.rd Battalion was based at 144 Pearse street. During Easter week 1916 he fought at as Captain of B company, 3.rd Battalion,under Eamon de Valera in Bolands Mills.

In May 1916 he was deported and imprisoned first in Wakefield then Frongoch and finally Wormwood Scrubbs. On his return to Dublin he joined the staff of the nationality newspaper. He resumed his association with the Volunteers becoming Vice Commandant of the 3.rd Battalion.

In 1919 he became Q.M.G. of the Irish Republican army. He was the Organiser of the famous Q company based at Dublin Docks,which was finally organised into a unit in March ,1921.

He took part in several engagements during the Black and tan war and was present during the night of the / March 1921 when his brother in law,Leo Fitzjerald was killed in an ambush in Great Brunswick street.  He took part in the Custom house attack in May 25, 1921.

On the formation of the regular Irish national Army in February 1922 he continued as Q.M.G.

In September 1922 he succeeded General Mulcahy as Chief of Staff.

He retired in 1927,due to failing health and died in 1955.

There is a bridge in Dublin named after him today.

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


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