Irish Clogh Volunteers Kilkenny

Many thanks to John Coffey for sending in the following information and photographs.

This photograph was taken in Clogh Village, four miles North of Castlecomer. Most of these men were from the Clogh and surrounding areas, and most also worked as coalminers in the many coalmines around. I know that this photo was taken after they attended Mass in Clogh.

Their guns were timber and made by a local carpenter. The banner was held by Bill Brennan who was my next door neighbour. He died in 1980 aged 96 years. He pointed out most of the names for me. I don’t recall him telling me about the banner, could it read “Ireland a Nation”?

In the 1920’s most of them had joined The North Kilkenny Brigade, A Coy The Swan, I.R.A. Volunteers.

I do not have any more information on this photograph, you are welcome to use it. My Mother had the original which was in poor condition. I am a photographer and was able to restore it.

There are some interesting photographs from Castlecomer which I will send on to you.


  1. noel wilson December 16, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Really great photo – well restored. I too would be interested in names as my grandfather was in the north kilkenny volunteers how do i contact? my email is

  2. Eddie Brennan September 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Hi John,
    Spectacular Photo from so far back, any chance you might let us have the names of those in the picture, I am particularly interested to know if my Gran Uncle Murtha Brennan is one of those pictured.
    Eddie Brennan

  3. Annmarie September 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Hi John this is Ann Marie Donoghue ,from Tourtane .just wondering do you have names for the people in the picture,an would you give me a bit of history on it thanks a mill

  4. John Coffey June 23, 2011 at 11:09 am

    James, I have names for this photograph which I will send to you,John Langton also helped with the names.Please contact me.

    John Coffey

    • James Langton June 23, 2011 at 10:57 pm

      Hi John,
      Thank you for reply, my email is, and hello to John Langton, well done to you both.

      James Langton

    • C Reilly August 14, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      I believe a realitive took part in the Coolbawn ambush and might be in this picture. If you have the names of those in the picture, please send them to me. Thank You!!

    • Noel Delaney March 23, 2014 at 4:08 am

      Hi John
      Also after the names if possible as I believe my grandfather is in the picture, do not have any other photo’s of him.
      kind regards

  5. James Langton June 22, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Hi John,
    Fantastic photo, many thanks for sharing. Any chance of posting the names of those you know in the photograph?

    Kindest Regards
    James Langton

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