By James Dooley:
Commtd. Michael O’Brien, Adj. South Mayo Brigade IRA, Killed in action at Tourmakeady on the 3rd of May 1921, by Lt. Emmerson of the Border Regiment.
Michael O’Brien was just 22 years old when he lost his life. He was the only member of the Irish Volunteers to be killed in action in South Mayo and by a strange coincidence he was the one to rendered first aid to the only British soldier killed in action in South Mayo a few weeks earlier following the first ambush at Port Royal!
This is the only picture we have and it was found hidden in a barn on the family homestead in the 1930s. The family home was burned in retaliation for the Tourmakeady ambush in 1921.