Irish Volunteers Statement 1914 opposing Redmond

By Eamon Murphy:

A statement to the press on June 17th, 1914 from the eight members of the provisional committee of the Irish Volunteers (one of whom was my great-grandfather) who opposed the acceptance of John Redmond’s twenty five nominees on the governing committee of the Volunteers.

They were Eamon Ceannt, Michael J Judge, Con Colbert, John Fitzgibbon, Eamon Martin, Patrick Pearse, Sean MacDermott and Piaras Beaslai. *(They were all I.R.B. members except Judge and Fitzgibbon).

Redmonds proposal was his attempt to take control of the organisation and while it was accepted, the strains and tension had been put in motion and it was not long until the split occurred on Thursday, September 24th following Redmond’s fateful speech at Woodenbridge in Wicklow a few days previously (20th September), where he called upon all available Irishmen (including all Volunteers) to enlist in the British army and participate in the war which had just begun. This was a step too far for the Volunteers and they issued a statement asserting that Redmond and his nominees were no longer entitled to any place in the Irish Volunteers. Those twenty five nominees and any other supporters of Redmond would now cease to belong to the Irish Volunteers. The committee would now consist of those who were members prior to the addition of his candidates.

This new statement was signed by:
Eoin MacNeill, The O’Rahilly, Thomas MacDonagh, Joseph Plunkett, Eamon Martin, Piaras Beaslai, Michael Judge, Peter Macken, John Fitzgibbon, Patrick Pearse, Padraig O’Riain, Liam Mellows, Bulmer Hobson, Con Colbert, Eamonn Ceannt, Sean MacDermott, Seamus O’Conchubhair, Colm O’Loughlin, Liam Gogan and Peter White.



  1. Eamon Murphy February 19, 2013 at 5:28 am

    Hi Cian,
    Eamon was very active in the years following 1922 but he got out of politics. He was involved in many commemoration projects. His profession was a tailor and he practiced this trade for a number of years but he then helped set up the Irish Hospital Sweepstakes with Joe McGrath and Richard Duggan. He worked there for many years as Head of sales. He died in 1971. Can I ask whats the interest? Are you a relative or do you just have an interest in Fainna Eireann/Irish Volunteers. I am writing a book so if you have any material that would be great. I can email you a more detailed account of his life after 1922 if you want.

    • CIAN O'HEGARTY February 19, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Many thanks. My interest is that I have a bronze bust of E. Martin dated 1962. It came from the collection of Dr. Niall O’Rahilly, youngest son of ‘The O’Rahilly’, whose first wife Bridie Clyne was Joe McGrath’s secretary at the Sweeps. She later set up a publicity agency – CAPS – which handled all the Sweeps advertising. So it all hangs together. Your book will be very timely; it is surprising how little there is in the reference books about Martin. In the meantime any further info would be welcome.

      • Eamon Murphy February 19, 2013 at 8:41 pm

        Hi Cian, thanks for the reply. I have sent you another email.

  2. CIAN O'HEGARTY February 16, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Can anyone tell me what happened to Eamon Martin in later life? He seems to have dropped out of the history books. What was his work or profession? Was he politically active after 1922? When did he die? Any information would be useful. Thanks.

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