Civil War memorial to the IRA Volunteers killed by the Free State Army at Countess Bridge, Killarney, Kerry in 1923.

//Civil War memorial to the IRA Volunteers killed by the Free State Army at Countess Bridge, Killarney, Kerry in 1923.

By | 2012-03-17T14:34:09+00:00 March 17th, 2012|3 Comments

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  1. christopher brown June 14, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    captain sean (John)O’Neillwas james O’Neill,’ father , they had a sister Kitty O’Neill ,
    James O’Neill (Dublin) would have been my mothers uncle .
    she talks about him being shot at cliffs ?

  2. Magpie May 24, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I’m looking for the descendants of Private James O’Neill, 14 Grenville Street Dublin. He was a former employee of Leggs Saw Mill before joining the Free State Army on the 6th of October 1922. He was killed on 16th April 1923 and is buried in the Free State plot in Glasnevin

    Lieutenant Henry Pearson was from 13 Victoria Terrace Limerick. He was attatched to the Engineers Regiment of the Free State Army and had the rank of Captain. He was injured in Clashmealcon on 16th of April by a bullet wound to the left thigh which turned gangrenous. He died in the Infirmary in Tralee on 18th of April 1923. His remains were taken to the Trinity Protestant Church and from there to St Mary’s Cathedral Limerick.

    By April 1923, The Civil War was all but over except in Kerry which remained the last bastion of Anti Treaty power. One event has become synonymous with the end of the conflict in Kerry- The Clashmealcon Siege. An anti treaty unit on the run from The National Army takes refuge in a cave at the base of a dangerous sea cliff at Clashmeacon, North Kerry. A dramatic siege on the cave ensues lasting three days and three nights. The Anti Treaty unit brave a barrage of fire bombs, grenades, and rifle fire as well as the Atlantic wind and the raging sea. Two Pro treaty soldiers- Henry Pearson (Limerick) and James O’Neill (Dublin) are killed on the 16th April 1923 as they storm the cave in an effort to capture the Irregulars.

    • christopher brown June 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      (Captain) O’Neill, John 14 Grenville Street Mountjoy square dublin , he was my great grandad ,

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