George Gilmore, officer in the South Dublin Brigade, Dublin No 2 brigade,Information Required

//George Gilmore, officer in the South Dublin Brigade, Dublin No 2 brigade,Information Required

In currently writing the biography of George Gilmore who until July 1922 was an officer in the South Dublin Brigade, I have recently received about 100 pages from the National Library of Ireland, providing revealing information about the Dublin No 2 Brigade, confirming what he said that after Blessington when the South Dublin was extinguished, he was picked up by the Dublin No 2 Brigade, covering the same area. As O/C of Battalion 1, in December 1922 Gilmore was in charge of five companies that covered the area that stretched from Ailesbury Road in Ballsbridge, Dublin City to Monkstown in South Dublin County and inland to Glencree in the Wicklow Mountains; this included Foxrock, Stillorgan and Blackrock. Almost nothing has been published about this brigade that was commanded by Lorcan O’Briain (may be a pseudonym) until April 1924 except what I just attained from the NL .In addition, some info has come through regarding Neil (Plunkett) O’Boyle of Donegal, O/C of Battalion 3 of the Dublin No. 2 who led the Plunkett column from Nov. 1922 to May 14, 1923 when he was captured and killed in Co. Wicklow by Free State troops, after the cease fire. Although my subject is George Gilmore of Battalion 1, I would appreciate any information concerning the Dublin No 2 brigade. Gilmore reported to the Vice O/C of the brigade on December 25, 1922 that Capt. Foley was O/C of his C Company and P. Little, O/C of D Company. Thank you.

Rosalie Popick

By | 2012-01-10T04:15:45+00:00 January 10th, 2012|Information Required on Members of the Irish Volunteers|2 Comments


  1. Brendan Keane September 25, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Hi Rosalie , my dad was transport officer with rank of Lieutenant in 1st. battalion South Dublin Brigade during the civil war, he was from Blackrock . Do you have a photo of George Gilmore.

    • Heather Graham October 15, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      Hello Brendan,
      I wonder did you know George Gilmore ? George was my cousin once removed (My Dads first cousin) and both of them grew up together in Howth. though George was older than my dad.
      I remember meeting George a couple of times when I was very young, but having left Dublin when I was five to live in England we didn’t see much of our relatives.
      If you did knew George I would love to know more about him just as he was, not so much as a revolutionary leader.
      Our son is hoping to write an article for ‘Family Tree magazine’, which he has written for in the past about Irish clock making,(As I had 4 generations of Grandfathers who were Irish Clock Makers) and thought an article about George, with a family slant rather than politicle is what the article would be.
      Would you know why his mother (My Great Aunt) was imprisoned for a time ? I haven’t been able to find out anything about her.
      Anything you can tell me about George will be great.
      I look forward to hearing from you.
      Heather Graham

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