Irish Volunteers Exhibition Easter Saturday, April 2014. Cork City.

Irish Volunteers Commemorative Organisation

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Historical Exhibition of

Irish War of Independence artifacts.



Easter Saturday, April 2014.

The south parish Community Centre

Sawmill street,Cork city. to 5pm



The Irish Volunteers Commemorative Organisation will be hosting a display and exhibition at The south parish Community Centre

.This year,2014,marks the anniversary of the foundation of Cummann na mBan.

We will be celebrating the centenary and also the anniversary of the 1916 Rising

The Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr.Catherine Clancy will officially open the Exhibition at 11.00 am on Easter Saturday April 19th 2014 in the
South Parish Community Centre
Sawmill Street
Cork City

All members to attend 10.00am

An exhibition of Irish Volunteer items from 1913 to 1923 will be exhibited ,ON DISPLAY WILL BE MEDALS,UNIFORMS ,DOCUMENTS AND MANY MORE ITEMS FROM THE PERIOD and we will have members on hand to answer any questions from the general public.

We hope this will promote a better understanding of Irish history

                                                     Contact Enquiries: 086 2517954


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Revolutionary Road show Exhibition Killarney March 29 2014

The Irish Volunteers Commemorative organisation attended the Revolutionary Road show Exhibition Killarney March 29 2014,it was a very enjoyable day and was well attended by the general public. Many thanks to Gabriel for his hospitality. This year marks the anniversary on the foundation of Cumman na mBan and we placed special emphasis on Cumman na mBan.

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Exhibition Marking the Centenary of the Founding of Cummann na mBan Cork

The Irish Volunteers Commemorative Organisation will be holding an Exhibition and display to mark the anniversary of the foundation of Cummann na mBan.

The event will take place in Cork city on Easter weekend,Saturday April the


Irish War of Independence

& Cumann Na mBan

Exhibition & Display

To mark the 100 Year Anniversary of the foundation of

Cumann na mBan


South Parish Community Centre

Sawmill Street,Cork city

11.00 to 5pm

The Irish Volunteer Commemorative Organisation

The Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr.Catherine Clancy will officially open the Exhibition at 11.00 am on Easter Saturday April 19th 2014 in the
South Parish Community Centre
Sawmill Street
Cork City

All members to attend 10.00am



Brian Crowley



Cumman na mBan



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Revolutionary decade roadshow’ event, Muckross House, Killarney, Saturday 29 March 2014

The Irish Volunteers Commemorative Organisation will be exhibiting at the “Revolutionary decade roadshow” event, Muckross House, Killarney, Saturday 29 March 2014. We will be participating along with other societies and groups and will have an information stand and  display.The event takes place from to 3 pm.

The event is being held in the School House, which is the grounds of Muckross House (about 2 minutes’ walk from the ‘Big’ House). This is a renovated building, which has been designed to recreate the ‘feel’ on a nineteenth century national school (complete with old-fashioned desks, maps on the wall, etc.,  albeit with full facilities re heating, audio-visual equipment etc. It’s signposted when you enter the estate.

Hope to see you all soon.


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Information Required IRA Volunteers March 20,2014.

i am the nephew of colum kelly executed in birr castle in 1923. I wonder do you know the correct age of uncle, the plaque said 18yrs but other reports say 22 yrs, as we wish to erect a plinth in clonmich cemetry
Thanking you Colum Kelly


I wanted to add again, his name: Michael O’Brien, Tullamore, Offaly, b: 1905; emigrated in 1926 and again in 1934 after living in Dublin for a year or two. I just learned he was in the habit of saying that he rode a motorcycle for Michael Collins. Additionally, his Petition for Naturalization is the only record where he makes mention of a birth place: Tullamore, Ireland. On a passenger list as well as the U.S. 1930 and 1940 Census he says his mother tongue is Irish and his country of origin is “Irish Free State”. My father died in 1985, and his siblings have passed too. My mother now shares the Irish phrases my grandfather spoke, another indication of his fierce and admirable republicanism.


I am a MA student in Irish Studies at New York University, and am doing research for potential thesis. The historiography as told by the Anglicans is inaccurate, and if my grandfather participated in the War of Independence as a volunteer, I would like to weave his story into my research.

Eileen O’Brien


My grand mothers brother is in above St. Peter’s brass and reed band . He is called William Ramsay of Coates Sreet Belfast.  We do not know what happened to him.  My grandmother passed away in 1970s and with her all information . We would like to know more about William. We believe the family came over from Lanarkshire. We know Williams brother died in Great War aged approx 17.

M Sherrard


Dear Sir/Madam , My name is Gwen Flynn nee Salmon ,I am very
interested in finding information on my Fathers Brother William or
Bill Salmon …He started work in Jacobs Factory aged fourteen ,he was
Born in 1907 …He was from  Rathmines Dublin and involved in the
Fianna very young….
I have some photos of him in the Fianna Eireann Uniform , he was also
involved in the Harp Cycling Club ….
I would really like to know if there were any records of him , he was
in the Dublin group …He was also a Volunteer in the Rathmines Fire
Brigade …..I would be very grateful if you could help me …..
Many Thanks..
Your`s Sincerely..
Gwen Flynn …


My grandfather was James Duggan , born in Armagh about 1884.

I can’t say whether or not he was active 1919 to 1921,  family was tight lipped, and he was living in U.S. as an exile.

However, his brother was Eamonn Duggan (E.S. Duggan), and I believe he joined Volunteers in 1913, and was at the 4 Courts in 1916, and was the Sinn Fein Head of Intelligence throughout 1919-1921, but I did not see his name in the roll in the booklet.
Has his name been purged simply because he remained with the Provisionals after he signed the truce and the treaty in 1921, and was Home Secretary, and eventually a Senator.
Seems a pity after 100 years have passed.
James Duggan
Hello Barry Collins,
I remember your great grandfather being very ill for some time before he died (in 1956). As a young lad back in the 1950′s I delivered newspapers to Avondale (No. 25) for years. There was a lady in the house who always paid the weekly charge on Saturday morning. I always referred to her as Mrs. Doyle. However, in later years (mid 60′s) an old Inchicore man up in the Craobh Inchicore Hall (Gaelic League) on “The Back Road” on Gratten Crescent, told me that that person was not Peader’s wife but his daughter (?). This would make sense as I now see that Peader’s wife died in 1940. Regarding your message, may I make so bold as to suggest that Seán Doyle (1901-1920) was not the Seán Doyle who was a member of The Squad ? Of course, if I am wrong maybe you could clarify that there were two Seán Doyle’s who were members of The Squad?
Sincerely, Kieran McGovern
My grandfather was a company commander in the irish volunteers in south west donegal under Commander George mc Gill.His name was Charles Mc Gowan.I would appreciate any information on him such as company name or any other information or activities assosiated with the volunteers in sw.Donegal. go raibh maith agat  Cathal Mc Gowan.
I am trying to establish if my Uncle Joe Leonard, born approx. 1900 County Carlow is the Joe Leonard founding member of The Squad. Tow of my other Uncles James and Michael were imprisoned in Mountjoy later in the 1920′s for IRA activities.
Any information would be much appreciated …Patrica Peplow
My grandfather Paddy McHugh was a member of the 4th Dublin Battalion. He was on active service – I have his medal – He was interned in Ballykinler and was afterwards moved to Kilmainham.  I would be interested in any details you have about the battalion or even my grandad. He was interned in Hammersmith in 1916 because one of his brothers – Edward – was involved. He joined up at that time on the basis that if he was doing the time he should also do the “crime”
I was not able to find any reference to him in the witness statements and as he died in 1941 he would not have given a statement himself.
My grandmother was active in the Cumman na mBan. She was a niece of Andrew Fitzpatrick was “out” in 1916 as part of the GPO garrison. He worked for the P&T and cut cables in North Earl Street. He was stationed in Hopkins and Hopkins. He was afterwards interned in Frongoch and was a Sinn Fein Dublin City Councillor 1921 to 1924. Andrew joined the Volunteers in November 1913 and was instrumental in cutting cables for the Howth and Kilcool gun running.
Andrew, who was born in 1870 did not take an active part in the 1921 – 1922 struggle but served as an instructor on communications including how to tap phones and also provided plans for cutting phone lines at the ill fated Custom House debacle.
He died in 1936 and was given a military funeral attended by Costello and Mulcahy and with a guard of honour from the comrades association.
His first cousin was John Twamley who is part of the group photo in the GPO in 1916 under the name “Patrick Twamley”. John was also in the P&T and cut signals at Bray on Easter Monday before making his way back to Dublin. John was Citizen Army…..Pat Mc Hugh
My grandmother Maggie Quinn (later Margaret Gallery) and her brothers were both in the mid Clare brigade. I have her medals and her brother Michael (Mico) Quinn accounts of what they did when looking for a military pension . They mention raids on Ruan barracks. Mico was captain of Inch Volunteers and the first chairman of a free state county council. He says that he was active in starting the volunteer movement in Clare. He was on call for 1916 though the Clare guys order was countermanded and was interned in Belfast and in Wormwood Scrubs where he was on hunger strike under Austin Stack . He then did intelligence work in the UK.
My grandmother was matron of a TB sanatorium where she hid many men on the run at risk of her own life. She also did intelligence and was a runner. She says she served in both Inch and Ennis brigade.
I have the detailed accounts they gave with names and dates of ambushes etc. Ruan barracks is one they both talk about.
They are not mentioned (Mico is briefly ) in any of the books on Clare though they both got military funerals and Mico’s obit talks of his service. His health was damaged and he retired from public life in the 1920s. She said in her applications that she at once point had a nervous breakdown after receiving a letter saying that she would be shot.
If anyone can help me tie down names and dates to incidents and also titles would be great (she says she hid the Division ?OC and Adj)  and gave up her bed to stay on guard in the sanatorium.
Margaret Gallery.
 was wondering if anyone had any further pictures or documents like this one or know members who can tell me anything on Paddy ” ninepence” O’Connor as his military records have been sealed away until my parents generation are deceased. I don’t even know his official number if any.
Paul Rossetto
I am desperately seeking anything I can re: IRA 4th Battalion, Cork No. 1 Flying Column. MAURICE MOORE, executed 28 April 1921 is my 2nd great uncle
Wendy Wirstrom
HiRe: 32 Bachelors Walk. I’m the architect responsible for the recent restoration of the building and the reinstatement of the wide streets commissioners granite shopfront. Despite having carried out a conservation study I missed the connection with Collins and would be very grateful if you could enlighten me as to references and any further information which you might have as I would like very much to amend and update the conservation report and historic building asessment already lodged.  James Kelly
Diarmuid O’Callaghan re my Volunteers photo in HI. I have received some solid info that it is ‘The IRA Flying Column, Ballybay, Co. Monaghan sometime post May 1921. The Officer is carrying a Thomson Machine Gun, a weapon which the IRA did not get until May ’21. No one has been identified in the photo , as yet.
You may be interested in that I had a book published last year ’29 Main Street Living with Partition which can be acquired through any independent booksellers. It coversthe UVF in Ulster and the formation of the first volunteers in Cavan in May 1914 & WW1
Also Arthur Griffith and the growth of Sinn Féin and the formation of the S.F. Arbitration courts in co. Cavan Sept 1917, – a wonderful political weapon. Also courts cases brought against volunteers for carrying hurley sticks. Partition is dealt with in detail and the many Protestant people who supported Home Rule. I can let you have more details
Please respond, as i can supply much info of interest.
Dermot McMonagle


Hi i am hoping to trace any records of my dad his name is Laurence Doyle, he was known also as La Lar and Larry, he was born the 8th of August 1900, his parents were Thomas and Catherine Doyle nee Kenny, they owned a shop in Camden st up to 1898, they had tea rooms in Wexford st, i believe they lived in Charlotte st when daddy was born, im sorry i have no information on his war record only his brother Patrick Patsy Doyle asked me after daddy died to get his medals as Patsy got his as he said himself he was only a scout but daddy was in deeper, im sorry for rabbiting on, it would mean so much to me to get closure on this, my own health is not the best, i will except whatever you can do for me and appreciate it very much, looking forward to hearing from you, thank you so very much, Trena.
I am researching my family who are from Inchicore in Dublin I am trying to find out more about John Owens who was killed in action 24 April 1916 he was one of the earliest casualties in the fighting and was killed at The South Union Building he is buried in the garden Dr, Steevens Hospital. He was from the Coombe area of Dublin I am interested in him as my mothers maiden name is any information you may be able to help with would be welcome, I look forward to my membership card and the news letters, many thanks Laurence
I am trying to find a phot of my Grandfather James Kennedy.
He fought in 1916 Irish Volunteers 1st Battalion G Company in the Chruch Street and Four Courts area.
He only had one arm.
I have his pension records and know he served under Denis O’Callaghan from Cabra.
Please contact me,,,John Kennedy

I am looking for any information on the O’Callaghan family of Farranbrien, Minane Bridge. Six brothers were all members of the volunteers:
Jeremiah O’Callaghan 1st Brigade and Republican Courts
John O’Callaghan 1st Brigade
William O’Callaghan 2nd Batt, Cork No.1 Brigade, Transport
Luke O’Callaghan 2nd Batt, Cork No.1 Brigade, ASU
Frank O’Callaghan 2nd Batt, Cork No.1 Brigade, local ASU
Alex O’Callaghan 9th Batt,

They also had two sisters who were active : Mary & Hannah O’Callaghan

Any information would be appreciated  Therese Byrne

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Happy st. Patricks Day to all our Members and Friends





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In the odd chance you might find this of interest for your readers
Journalist David Lawlor  has dealt w/ the matter
of PTSD in his novel TAN

This  blog  deals  w/ the problems my father dealt w/ subsequent to the deaths of Volunteers Liam Scully at Kilmallock,  Pat Keating,
Sean Fitzgerald at the Burgery , the execution of  childhood  acquaintance   RIC Sgt Hickey and Tan Ernest Watkins at Kildorrery, Co. Cork


Ivan Lennon
Rochester, N.Y.


Posted on March 5 

What price freedom? Some people could answer that better than others. When it comes to Irish freedom that price was paid in 1916 in the stonebreakers’ yard of Kilmainham Gaol, where the leaders of the insurrection were executed. It was also paid throughout the War of Independence and the subsequent civil war. They were times that defined a nation.

My grandfather fought in those times… killed people for a cause and suffered for it, too. I have often thought of how he was tortured by the Black and Tans and of the day he threw a hand grenade into a British armoured truck. I have thought, too, of the firing squad he was part of and the man that he killed. They were bloody times… times that must have left their mark on his psyche in the years that followed.

My grandfather was just one ordinary man who did some extraordinary things in the name of freedom. There were plenty more like him – and there were those who continued to pay the price for their actions long after the last bullet had been fired.

George Lennon (left) seen here with a former IRA comrade, Roger McCorley

George Lennon (left) seen here with a former IRA comrade, Roger McCorley

George Lennon was one such man. His war of freedom began at the ripe age of 16 when he helped hold up a military train on Easter Monday, 1916. He served a jail term for robbing a British soldier of his rifle, and another term – three months in solitary confinement – led to him being hospitalised suffering from consumption. He came out of prison in a state of physical breakdown.

But George was tough. He recuperated over that summer and was soon back in the fight. By the time he was 20, George Lennon was commanding his own Flying Column – a guerrilla active service unit – in Waterford.

Those were heady times for a young man… dangerous ones, too.  George spent his days seizing weapons and holding up troop trains. His role as a commander meant he also made life and death decisions – decisions that would have a profound impact on him in the years ahead.  One of those decisions involved the capture of a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary during an ambush at The Burgery, outside Dungarvan.

The RIC man – Sergeant Michael Hickey – was a childhood acquaintance of George’s. But there is little room for sentiment in war, and George ordered that Hickey be executed.

Hickey was Catholic and Irish, but that wouldn’t save him. The fact was that he could identify several of the attackers and they couldn’t risk letting him go. Before he was shot, Sergeant Hickey pleaded for his life, as George recalled in his memoir, Trauma in Time.

“I knew you as a child,” the policeman said. “… You are the only person in the world that can save me.”

“I would give anything in the world to save you,” Lennon replied. “But I cannot.”

As George Lennon later recalled, the two men exchanged a “glance of understanding.”

Hickey, who had turned 36 the day before and was soon to wed, squared his shoulders. Lennon blindfolded the RIC man and ordered the executioners to fire. Shots rang out. Hickey slumped to the ground, dead.

Lennon walked over to his body and fired one shot into Hickey’s head, before having a tag placed on his body that said “Police Spy.”

It was a brutal act, but war breeds brutality.

members of dungarvan RIC

Members of Dungarvan RIC

The blood-letting wouldn’t end there. Crown forces later attacked George’s IRA party, killing two Volunteers and losing one of their own in the process.  Shortly after this George and other IRA members were ambushed by soldiers from the Devon Regiment. He received several blows to the head from rifle butts and, though initially captured, he somehow managed to escape, reaching a farmhouse in “a dazed and shaken condition” as he later wrote. It “shook me badly and my health began to decline”.

By 1921, at the age of 20, George had already lived a life – and he had the physical and mental scars to prove it.  His health would suffer even further in the years to come.

When the treaty ending the War of Independence was signed it lead to civil war. George fought with the anti-treaty side. Between March and August 1922, he led three hundred IRA men in the occupation of Waterford city. During this time he was so sick he had to be confined to bed for two weeks.

Free State soldiers bombarded the city defences with artillery fire, eventually forcing George and his men to retreat. At this point he suffered a complete breakdown and had to resign from the army.

It was only after the war that the full effects of George’s traumatic experiences became clear. There followed a series of jobs and a sad but predictable pattern. In 1923, he secured a temporary job as a County Council clerk.  A year later, his mother died, which only added to what George’s doctor described as his ‘debility and progressive neurasthenia’ (post-traumatic stress in today’s language).

Not only did George have to contend with his mental frailty, he also had to look after his three younger siblings, all of whom eventually emigrated to America. He joined them there in 1927.

The following year found him promoted to a “responsible position” in Prudential Insurance, in Newark, New Jersey. Almost at once he had a nervous breakdown, leading him to give up the post. He refused further offers of promotion for fear of how he might react.

In 1928, George had another breakdown, on top of which he suffered insomnia and gastric problems. These led to him taking a three-week stay in the New England Rest Haven.

He left Prudential at the end of that year and took an ‘easier job’ in January, 1929 as night auditor in a large hotel. He was working well until a promotion resulted in him having another breakdown. “Lack of concentration, memory lapses and an intense desire to escape” were how he described his symptoms. George took time off in health resorts and was treated by various doctors between 1930 and 1931. By 1935, he was chief cashier at the hotel. His doctor advised three months leave of absence due to his frail state.

Sick “from intense nervous irritation and exhaustion”, he resigned from the job and returned to Ireland where he was treated for neurasthenia and tuberculosis. Despite his ailments, he did find time for love and, in 1939, George Lennon married May Sibbald.

He clearly had ability, despite his sickness, and in 1940 he headed the Topographical Survey of Ireland. In 1943, May gave birth to their son Ivan. The same year, George was appointed Acting Secretary to the National Planning Conference. Unfortunately, this triggered another bout of anxiety.

In early 1946, he returned to the US, followed soon after by a reluctant May and Ivan.  George got work in the Lexington hotel but was fired in 1948 for union activities. He then worked as a machine operator but left that position after a few months and took a janitor job with the Kodak Company.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, he wrote a play (Down by The Glen Side) and his memoir, Trauma in Time, but the trauma of those early years stayed with him. So painful were the memories that George sometimes resorted to drink to alleviate them. He did find peace eventually when he adopted Zen Buddhism and became one of the founders of the Rochester Zen Center.

There’s no doubt that George Lennon walked a hard road… a road that would eventually leave him feeling disillusioned with the whole journey. He would later recall his freedom-fighting days as a “tuppence ha’penny revolution’. One that was best consigned to the “dustbin of history”.

Thankfully, he is beginning to get some recognition for his important role in Ireland’s past, with the publication of Rebel Heart: George Lennon Flying Column Commander, by Terence O’Reilly and with Ulster to the Deise: Lennons in Time, by his son, Ivan. There has even been a TV documentary chronicling George’s role in the War of Independence.

It has all come late in the day but, hopefully, other historians will also acknowledge his service to the country.

This post isn’t just about one of our forgotten heroes, it’s about the cost of war – and about all those other George Lennon’s out there who lived fractured lives once the dust had settled… men who, along with their families, paid the toll, day in, day out.

george lennon


I never knew my grandfather, but I’ve thought of him and I’ve wondered how I would have fared had I been in his shoes. I’ve wondered how he coped in the aftermath of war and whether he was haunted by his actions.

What price freedom?  Philosophers, historians and academics could give all sorts of nuanced answers to that question, but I think the best answer – the most real – would come from those who actually fought for it in the first place.

  George Lennon died in 1991. His wife, May, passed away eight years earlier. Their son, Ivan, lives in New York.

 To read more about George…

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