Cork IRA Memorials

3 rd wrest Cork Brigade

The monument at Derrygallon, North Cork.

Memorial to Edward Waters, Timothy Kiely and David Herlihy of Cork No. 2 Brigade, shot dead during a British army roundup on the Boggera Mountains near Nadd in February 1921.

Memorial to Edward Waters, Timothy Kiely and David Herlihy of Cork No. 2 Brigade, shot dead during a British army roundup on the Boggera Mountains near Nadd in February 1921.

The monument at Castletown-Kenneigh graveyard where Volunteers Michael McCarthy, Jim Sullivan and Pat Deasy, killed at the Kilmichael ambush, are buried.

Volunteers Michael McCarthy, Jim Sullivan and Pat Deasy, killed at the Kilmichael ambush

Flor Begley

Flor Begley was an intelligence officer for the West Cork flying colum At Crossbarry he played the mid all the carnage Our old master who’s brother was shot in Bandon attacking the barracks there told us it had a major physiological affect on the British forces He also told us the tune that done the damage was” The ClanConaill War Song” (O’Donnell Abu)

Flor Begley was an intelligence officer for the West Cork flying colum At Crossbarry he played the mid all the carnage Our old master who’s brother was shot in Bandon attacking the barracks there told us it had a major physiological affect on the British forces He also told us the tune that done the damage was” The ClanConaill War Song” (O’Donnell Abu)

Entrance to Kilmurry cemetery, West Cork. Funnily enough I was unable to locate the grave of Sean O’Hegarty inside.

Interesting snippet here Peter Monahan was a Scotsman serving in the British army Who deserted and joined the 3rd West Cork Brigade An explosives expert, who thought the colum to assemble and plant the mines. Up to this many mines failed to explode. There was an element of mistrust at first for obvious reasons He never spoke about his past or where in Scotland he came from. He proved his worth at the Crossbarry, when he threw himself on grenade saving a number of his comrades He was killed instantly. For many years his grave was Irelands only grave or if you like tomb to the Unknown Soldier. In the 1980s his relations came to Bandon and were shown his resting place at the republican plot in cemetry ajoining St Patricks Church After many years he was reunited with his family Alas he was no longer the Unknown Soldier. Tom Barry spoke very highly of this gallant man!

Memorial at Upton station to the three West Cork Brigade Volunteers who lost their lives during a foiled IRA ambush in February 1921

Elsewhere in Cork, things were equally bloody. On the same day as the Upton ambush, five IRA Volunteers were killed at Mourne Abbey – an informer had given away their ambush position, two more were captured and later executed. Just five days later another 12 IRA men were killed, many after surrendering, after being trapped in a house at Clonmult, north Cork.

Battle of Clonmult

Joe Healy says: The memorial is actually located in private land but the owners who lived alongside (when I visited some years ago) were nice people. I called to the house first before taking any photos and had an interesting chat with them. Also, while searching for directions on my way there I met an elderly lady who filled me in on much of the local lore regarding the ambush.

This celtic cross is inscribed both back and front At the front in Gaelic,the back in English. It reads Liut John Connolly was captured by British troops on Sept 24th 1920. Twenty two days later his mutilated body was found in this park — at Castle Bernard Pk ,by Martin O’Reilly.

Martin O’Reilly says:

Two ladys collecting firewood found his body.He had etched his name on the dungeon walls of Castle Bernard Which still remains to this day.I have often wondered did this brave man know the fate that was to befell him!

Martin O’Reilly says:

Charlie Hurley O/C 3rd West Cork Bge. Wounded Upton Ambush. Killed one month later. On the morning of Crossbarry Ambush 19th March 1921

Upton Railway

By Martin O’Reilly:

Lonely Clagagh Valley Where lies Charlie Hurley O/C 3rd West Cork Bde

Republican Plot, Bandon, Co Cork

By Mike Vernals:

On this day March 5th.1921, The IRA ambush a British army convoy near Clonbanin, County Cork, killing Brigadier General H. R. Cumming, one of the highest ranked British officers to die in the Irish War of Independence.

On this day March 5th.1921, The IRA ambush a British army convoy near Clonbanin, County Cork, killing Brigadier General H. R. Cumming, one of the highest ranked British officers to die in the Irish War of Independence.

By James Langton:

spriggs Cork IRA

By Padraig O’Rourke:

Monument marking the site where a patrol of Auxies were ambushed on the road between Macroom and Ballybhourne in North Cork. 23rd Feb. 1921.

By Padraig O’Ruairc:

Plaque marking the home of IRA Volunteer Donal Corcoran, Macroom, which was destroyed by the British Army as an ‘Official Reprisal’ during the War of Independence

By Padraig O’Ruairc:

Text on the Republican Monument Macroom, Cork commemmoring the members of the Local 7th Battalion who were killed 1919 -23

By Padraig O’Ruairc:

Memorial to IRA Section Commander Liam Hegarty who was killed by the British forces at Ballybhourne, Cork on 5 September 1920.

By Martin O’Reilly:

Brigadier general Sean Hales IRA,Sean Hales led the attack on Castle Bernard

By Martin O’Reilly:

Taken at Old Kilbrogan Bandon

Willie Fitzgerald 3.rd West Cork Brigade IRA

By

ean Hales whos brother Tom took opposite sides The Wind That Shakes The Barley (film) was loosely based on these brothers. — at Bandon

Martin O’Reilly:

Tom Hales grave

 

By Joe Healy:

The Republican plot at St. Gobnait’s cemetery, Goolds Hill, Mallow, where veterans of the War of Independence are laid to rest.

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5 Responses to Cork IRA Memorials

  1. edward Bourke says:

    Paddy Foley near Farran Co Cork was found shot apparently by Crown Forces near Kilcrea abbey on XXXXX . He is buried in Kilcrea Friary cemetery where there is a monument to O’Leary commemorated in the poem Caoneadh Art o Laoire There was one fatal shooting accident whilst the Column was in Training camp. J Foley, D company died from wounds. (Tim Herlihy BMH 810) no mention of priest, hospital or big funeral . John Foley of Leemount Coachford was shot dead during a raid and roundup on 11-7-1922. I could not find the grave at Kilcrea nor the monument near Kilcrea – are these the same person and do you have anything on him in terms of grave or memorial.

  2. Brian Hegarty says:

    Do you have any information about my great uncle, Jack Roche, who fought at kilmichael and crossbarry ambush? Perhaps a photograph, etc.

  3. Colm Murphy says:

    Good Morning
    do you have any information on Bob Hales – brother of Tom and Sean – after the War of Independence. Where hel.ived, occupation, when and where he died?
    many thanks
    Colm [Murphy]

  4. Could you please tell me if Seán Hales married and to whom did he marry, and where is he burried.
    Thanking you for any information yiu can give us.
    Mervyn Hales.

    • John Desmond says:

      Reply

      Sean Hales who was No. 1 in the Black List of the most wanted 168 IRA Volunteers in West Cork in June 1920 was not married.

      He is buried in the Hales family plot in Saint Marys Old Cemetery Innishannon, Co Cork.

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