Irish War of Independece 1916 Irish Volunteers Uniform

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By James langton:

I held a piece of history in my hands this evening in the home of my very good friend Las Fallon. A friend of his named Daniel Fitzpatrick, of the Dublin Fire Brigade dropped by with the tunic worn by his grandfather Denis Fitzpatrick in 1916. Denis was born 17th of April 1900. Four Courts Garrison 1916. Member of ‘B’ Company, 1st Battalion Dublin Brigade IRA. Took part in reorganisation of Company after the Rising. Transferred as Captain, ‘E’ Company, 3rd Battalion, Scottish Brigade IRA, March 1919 to February1920, in charge of collecting arms and explosives in Stirlingshire. April 1920, returned to ‘B’ Company Dublin Brigade. Attached ‘B’ Company and Active Service Unit (ASU), Dublin Brigade. After Truce, he was commissioned in Free State Army. Resigned from Free State Army and returned to Irish Republican Army prior to attack on the Four Courts 1922. Took part in actions at Fowler’s Hall, Barry’s Hotel, and Dorset Street. Shot and seriously wounded. Served as Intelligence Officer and was involved in plan to tunnell into Mountjoy to free Republican prisoner’s. Captured and interned at Hare Park Camp, Curragh. Joined Dublin Fire Brigade 3rd March 1932. p103, Dublin Fire Brigade and the Irish Revolution by Las Fallon.




  1. Chris Fortune August 27, 2013 at 12:21 am

    I have only decided moments ago to find out about my recently deceased mother’s father (My Grandad) as I remember the stories she told me about him.
    So I believe that Denis Fitzpatrick is he & Daniel Fitzpatrick is my uncle, its an honor to finally stumble across this piece of our family history, raibh maith agat as an saorga & Dia Bless

  2. charlie wallace August 15, 2013 at 11:51 am

    my gran father was a master tailor in Dublin born around 1880 died 1966 dressed Michael Collins on his death bed when asked what to do with old cloths with bullet holes was told to burn them his name was William Wallace cork street Dublin love to find out more

  3. Las Fallon March 15, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    No makers label Hugh, but it is a very well made item. We checked it for any sign of labels or even evidence of removed labels and it does not seem to ever had one. As for the buttons the ‘P T’ back stamp can also be found on other government issue items from the 1930s and later. I believe that it stands for the old Department of Posts and Telegraphs (‘the P&T’) which was the purchasing agent for the government.

  4. Las Fallon March 14, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Hugh, we checked the buttons. The large ones have ‘P T’ which leads me to believe that they were replaced at some stage. The originals may well have fallen victim to a souvenir hunting Tommy in 1916. The smaller buttons do have back stamps but they are indecipherable. They are not ‘P T’ though.

    • Hugh F.X. Keane March 15, 2013 at 6:48 am

      Thank Las, I understand ‘P&T’ indicate 1930’s manufacture so the large buttons must be replacements. Any tailors’ labels? Regards

  5. Hugh F.X. Keane March 13, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    A wonderful artifact complete with IV buttons! The Irish Volunteers tunics were clearly modelled on the British Army 1902 Pattern ‘Other Ranks’ Tunic but with green cuffs and epaulettes (now missing from this wonderful example). Can you advise if there are any manufacturer marks on the back of the buttons? Could be marked ‘Henecy & Sons Dublin’…. Regards

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