Commandant Seán Ó Donoghue Cork IRA No.1 Brigade

Commandant Seán Ó Donoghue, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork. Murdered outside the Delaney Brothers house, Dublin Hill, Cork on September 28th 1922.

Seán Ó Donoghue was born in Gurteeabowl, Mitchelstown, in 1898. Having completed his education he was employed in the warehouse of Messrs. Dwyer in Cork and lived with his aunt in Roches Buildings.

He was a member of the Gaelic League, the Lee GAA club, and the Lee Rowing club. At an early age, he joined A company, 1st Battalion, Cork No. 1 Brigade, becoming Quartermaster of the company. He was subsequently promoted to Quartermaster of the Cork Brigade. At the beginning of 1921, he was appointed Commandant of the 1st Battalion.

He was involved in several engagements with the Black and Tans in Cork, and at the signing of the Treaty, he took the Republican side in the Civil War.

He was captured by Free State troops while leaving the Delaney Brothers House on Dublin Hill, and was executed shortly afterwards close by.

Seán is buried in the Republican Plot in St. Finnbarr’s Cemetery, Cork.