IRISH REPUBLICAN ARMY ASSOCIATION FOURTH BATTALION DUBLIN BRIGADE,
Sent IN BY Brian Murphy.
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.
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