IRA Offaly Civil War Memorial, Birr Castle Gatehouse

///IRA Offaly Civil War Memorial, Birr Castle Gatehouse

Name of memorial: Civil War Memorial

Place: Birr Castle

Address and map reference: Gate House, Birr Castle, Birr, Co. Offaly. Map reference: N 057 051.

Position: On north wall of gate house.

Description and dimensions: Stone plaque. Height: appx. 35cms, width: appx. 50cms.

Recorded by: Michael Pegum, 9th March, 2009.

Text:

IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM CONROY AGED 20 YEARS
PATRICK CUNNINGHAM AGED 22 YEARS
COLUM KELLY AGED 18 YEARS
EXECUTED HERE
26TH JANUARY 1923
DURING THE CIVIL WAR
REST IN PEACE
THIS STONE ERECTED ON THE
EIGHTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR DEATHS
2003

Mention in book: “Seventy-Seven of Mine, Said Ireland”, Martin O’Dwyer. Cork, Deshaoirse, 2006

IRA Civil War Memorial, Birr Castle Gatehouse

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5 Comments

  1. Tomás Ó Cárthaigh November 15, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Heres a poem I wrote on the three men…

    “Three Men Dead”

    No poems written, no ballads sung
    Yet feted as hero’s, from life’s bottom rung
    Shot as criminals, three men so young
    Their names largely today forgot

    In Birr Castle shot dead
    As a warning, so others instead
    On the homes of the wealthier dare not tread
    And against others daren’t plot.

    Bought back as hero’s laid in grave
    Names in honour as died their land to slave
    Shown to be actions of a knave
    Who after their names denied

    From the role their names in time were taken
    Their valor once praised – all now forsaken
    As to their criminal deeds now others awaken
    As still their mothers cried.

    A fourth spared the fate of death
    Who for being guilty the same should have been set
    Being of stock of not a kinder fate met
    And lived to tell the tale.

    To be derided at the door
    Of the families of comrades dead before
    That he should to be dead, was heard the roar
    Over a heartbroken mothers wail.

    Another tragic tale of a tragic fight
    Where both were wrong and both were right
    Where to live was the only thing in these men’s sight
    It was not a crime of greed.

    And the war in which they were killed
    To be a lesson for others, by an army willed
    Who of freedom to be slaves so much blood was spilled
    A freedom that answered no mans basic need.

  2. james o connor August 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    thanks for your email slan agaib go leir seamus ui conchubhair

  3. james o connor July 4, 2011 at 11:24 am

    i just recived your invation to your meeting in cork on the 9 july as i will be away from 6 july to 27 july can you email me on the out come of the meeting le mise seamus ui conchubhair

    • John Carroll April 1, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      since 1923 those 3 men executed in Birr are included in Offalys role of honour.Yesterday in Tullamore at Easter Commemoration the were remembered with pride by offaly republicans young and old.

      • Micheal August 1, 2013 at 1:08 pm

        I have been working on organinsing the Offaly, Laosie & Westmeath Rolls of Honour for the past ten years or more. I have looked as much national archive and freestate army materials as well as local, national papers and got copies of census returns and witness statements. I would be more than grateful if any one could help me out with this project.

        I have just this month completed a revised account of Vol Matthew Kane with photos, maps and other unreleased information.

        I do like to get a second opinion on what i put to print. Especially for local republicans.

        Again any help whatsoever would be greatly appreciated.

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