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1 Brendan Road Donnybrook.
Home of Batt and Maire O’Connor. O’Connor was a builder and built Brendan Road naming it after the patron Saint of his native Kerry. Michael Collins often stayed here.
4-5 Wicklow Street
Wicklow Hotel, next to Weirs and one building away from Grafton Street. On Easter Monday, John McBride was on his way to have lunch here with his brother who was to be married, when he unexpectedly met a volunteer column led by Thomas McDonagh at Stephens Green and was told the Rising was underway. He was ‘invited’ to participate, and that is how he ended up in Jacobs. It was a complete accident for which he was later executed.
This was a usual meeting place for Tom Cullen, Dave Nelligan, Liam Tobin and Michael Collins. Paddy O’Shea from Kerry was the waiter and often passed messages. William Doran, the porter, betrayed the IRA/Volunteers and was killed by the squad outside the hotel on the 29/Jan/1921 on Collins’ orders. Squad member, Joe Dolan arrived at the hotel in a taxi, and when Doran picked up the luggage he was shot. When Dorans wife later put in a claim on behalf of herself and her children, Collins arranged for her to be paid from Sinn Féin funds and they (his family) never knew the true circumstances of his betrayal.
5 Cabra Road
Home of Michael Foley, and where Michael Collins first met Ned Broy.
5 Merrion Square
5 Merrion Square
5 Merrion Square
Home of Dr Robert Farnan, a prominent gynecologist. DeValera stayed here on the 26/March/1919, his first night home from England following his escape from Lincoln Jail, and also in December 1920 when he returned from the US.
Michael Collins met Archbishop Patrick Joseph Clune of Perth, Western Australia here on the 7/Dec/1920 at Prime Minister David Llyod George’s behest to discuss Peace feelers. Archbishop Clune was an uncle of Conor Clune, who was tortured and murdered in Dublin Castle on Bloody Sunday
5 Mespil Road. (no longer there)- Close to Leeson Street Bridge.
Was used by Collins as a primary office and also a Department of Inteligence office.
It was raided on the 1/April/1921. Jenny Mason was the secretary there.
6 Brendan Road Donnybrook
House owned by the Dáil and frequently used by Michael Collins.
9 Morehampton Road
House owned by Batt O’Connor. Mrs Andrew Woods lived here. Michael Collins often stayed here.
10 Exchequer Street
Irish National Aid Association, first under the direction of George Gavin Duffy and Alderman Patrick Corrigan, combined with Kathleens Clarke’s Dependants Fund, to form the Irish National Aid and Volunteers Dependants Fund. Clarke hired Michael Collins to work here after the Rising starting on the 19/Feb/1917. The office then moved later that year to 32 Bachelor’s Walk.
13 Dame Street
Callaghan and Sons, military tailor and gunsmith. Many British Officers were outfitted here. In 1922, Free staters used this establishment for outfitting as well. Michael Collins bought his uniforms here.
16 Moore Street
Plunket home and poultry shop. The rebel forces fled the GPO in O’Connell Street for Moore Street on the 28/April/1916 and spread themselves throughout the terrace. The following day, Padraig and Willie Pearse, Tom Clarke, Joseph Plunket, and Séan MacDermott congregated alongside James Connolly’s bedside in number 16 to determine the course of negitiation to undertake. From here, Elizabeth O’Farrell and ultimately Pearse eventually approached British forces to declare the surrender.
16 Rathdown Road
The Belton family home. Séan Hurley found Michael Collins a room here on Collins’ return here from London in January 1916.
19 Mountjoy Street
Susan Killeen , a girlfriend of Michael Collins before he met Kitty Kiernan lived here with the family of her uncle Patrick.
21 Dawson Street
Home of Eileen McGrane, she was a lecturer at National University (UCD), The house was raided on the 31/Dec/1920. McGrane was imprisoned in Mountjoy Prison , then sent to England to Walton Prison in Liverpool, then returned to Mountjoy. It was here that documents were found belonging to Ned Broy which led to his arrest. It was a part time office of Michael Collins and Ernie O’Malley.
21 Duke Street
Davy Byrne’s Pub. Frequented by Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith, as well as Brendan Behan and Padraic O’Connor later.
23 Brendan Road, Donnybrook
Susan (Sinead) Mason, secretary of Michael Collins lived here with her aunt . Collins often stayed here.
30 Mountjoy Street
(across from Aras na nGael), Home of Madeline (Dilly) Dicker, a ‘girlfriend’ of Michael Collins before Kitty Kiernan. She lived here with her father Edwin. Dilly was an ardent Nationalist, and a member of Sinn Féin and Cumann na mBan. She undertook many risky tasks for Collins.
36 Westland Row
Oriel House, HQ of Special Branch, a unit of the Irish Free State’s Detectives section. It was under the command of Liam Tobin in the early years. Of a semi-military character, it was the nucleus of a special detection and inteligence unit, and reached a strength of about 125 by the end of the Civil War. In February of 1923, all units of detectives and inteligence were merged under Joe McGrath with a compliment of about 350. In that same month, the unit moved to 68 Merrion Square. Dave Nelligan, Ned Broy, James McNamara and Tom Cullen worked in the unit after the Civil War.
39 Parnell Square
39 Parnell Square
(Rutland Square), Home of Dr. Paddy Browne of Maynooth College,(later President of university College Galway) from where Michael Collins watched the raid on Vaughans on the 20/Nov/1920, during which Conor Clune was arrested. Earlier that evening, Collins had a meeting at the Gaiety Theatre Bar.
40 Herbert Park, Ballsbridge
Home of the O’Rahilly; Michael Joseph O’Rahilly. His wife was nancy Marie Browne O’Rahilly, (Known as Nannie), originally from Philadelphia. She was on the provisional committee of Cumann na mBan . He was Eoin MacNeill’s publisher. On 2/March/1919, a meeting was held here about the establishment of Dáil/Republican Courts in the Pembroke and south city areas. Margaret Buckley Áine Ceannt, Kathleen Clarke, Áine Heron, Helena Molony and Hanna Sheehy Skeffington were among those chosen to sit as judges.
Margaret Buckley nee Goulding was President of Sinn Féin from 1937 to 1950. Originally from County Cork, she joined Inghinidhe na Éireann as a teenager. Arrested after the Rising. She was released in the amnesty of june 1917 and played a prominent role in the reorganization of Sinn Féin. She opposed the Treaty and was interned in the North Dublin Union, Mountjoy and Kilmainham where she went on hunger strike, and her book, Jangle of the Keys is the classic history of the suffering of the imprisoned women. During her imprisonment, she was elected OC of the prisoners of Mountjoy, QM in the North Dublin Union and OC of B wing in Kilmainham. She was an active member of the Womens’ Prisoners’ Defence League.
Early in 1921, a meeting was held here at this house to finalize plans for the taking of the Custom House. (Eamon DeValera’s first choice was to capture Beggars Bush Barracks, but Oscar Traynor deemed it impractable). The meeting included Piaras Béaslaí, Cathal Brugha, Michael Collins, deValera, Sean McMahon, Liam Mellows, Richard Mulcahy, J.J (Ginger) O’Connell, Eoin O’Duffy, Diarmuid O’Hegarty, Gearóid O’Sullivan, Séan russell, Austin Stack and Oscar Traynor.
40 Herbert Park
41 Abbey Street Upper (rebuilt)
Bannon’s Pub was here, where Michael Collins first met Dave Neligan (The spy in the Castle).
42e Pearse Street.
Antient Concert Rooms. This was an IRA/Volunteer Department of Inteligence Office and was the first HQ of the Squad, but Michael Collins infrequently came here.
44 Mountjoy Street
The Munster Private Hotel, also known as Aras na nGael or Grianan na nGaedheal, owned by Myra T. McCarthy. She was a staunch republican from Kerry.
Sean MacDermott stayed here before the Rising. The week before the Rising, MacDermott briefed the Volunteers here who were to go to the Wireless College at Caherciveen on the Ring of Kerry to take equipment from there and to broadcast news of the Rising to the world. Present were Denis Daly (leader of the team), Charlie Monaghan, Donal Sheehan, and Colm O’Lochlainn as well as two men from Caherciveen. Denis Healy and Con Keating (skilled wireless operator), Monaghan, Sheehan and Keating were killed when their car drove off the Ballykissane Pier on the way to caherciveen.
Michael Collins lived here in 1917, as did Fionan Lynch. Even after Collins went on the run, he still left his laundry here and picked it up on Saturdays. During 1918, the British spy Timothy Quinlisk stayed here
During the Civil War, Myra stayed out of it and catered for both sides. A good example of this can be found in the book, Kerry’s Fighting Story. It states that Collins and Mulcahy would call in for breakfast and to collect laundry etc. They would be only gone when deValera and Brugha would arrive to do the same. Its amazing that there is no plaque on this building of any kind.
46 Nassau Street.
Jammets Restaurant (David Hogan wrote of ‘Kidds’ cafe which has since become Jammets), for sometime previously it was located at Andrew Street and Church Lane. It was the finest French Restaurant in all of Dublin prior to and after the Rising. Yvonne Jammet, a sculptor and painter from Paris came to Dublin with her restauranteur husband Louis Jammett. Their restaurant was the meeting point for artists and writers.
Sean MacDermott took his closest friends here for a ‘last meal’ just prior to the Rising. Often used by Michael Collins and Harry Boland, it was raided on 10/Jan/1921. Boland ate here with Collins’ former secretary Anna Fitzsimmons (later Mrs Kelly), on the 30/July/1922, and told her ‘not to worry’. Boland was shot on 31/July/1922 at the Grand Hotel in Skerries and died on 2/Aug/1922 in St. Vincents Hospital. It subsequently moved to Grafton Street in 1928.
56-58 Dawson Street
Hodges and Figgis bookshop, associated with Darrell Figgis. Susan Killeen worked here. She was one of Michael Collins’ most valuable couriers, and this shop became a veritable post office for messages to Collins.
77 Mespil Road
Mrs Julia O’Donovan’s Dairy. The Pembroke Creamery. She was an aunt of Gearoid O’Sullivan. Michael Collins often used her home here and in Rathgar as shelters, particularly for those coming from Cork. Collins also used her accounts to hide Dáil funds.
77 Rathgar Road
Home of Julia O’Donovan. Collins often stayed here.
89 Botanic Road, Glasnevin
Home of Séan (Johnny) Collins when he settled his brother Michael’ estate. Michael died intestate, leaving an estate of £1,950.9s.IId. Nancy O’Brien, Michael’s cousin, lived here while employed in Dublin Castle and later married Johnny Collins.
96 Grafton Street (and corner of Wicklow Street)
Weir and Sons, jewellers. Michael Collins bought Kitty Kiernan a watch, her ‘unofficial’ engagement present at this store. As far as I know, Joseph Plunkett bought Grace’ engagement ring here.
32 Bachelor’s Walk
Second office of the Irish National Aid and Volunteers Dependants Fund, primarily run by Kathleen Clarke and Sorcha MacMahon. Michael Collins went to work as a secretary of the fund on the 19/Feb/1917, at a salary of £2.10s a week. Originally he worked in the 10 Exchequer Street office.
Collins, Tom Cullen, Bill Tobin, and Frank Thornton used the office concurently for inteligence work from 1917 to 1921. Collins used another office in the building as a finance office. Collins was arrested here on 2/Apr/1918 and was taken to the DMP’s Brunswick Street station accompanied by detectives Smith and Thornton. From here he was taken to the Longford assizes where he refused to recognize the court. Because it was not volunteer policy to avail of bail, he was then sent to prison in Sligo on 10/Apr/1918. Ultimitaly, he was freed on bail from Sligo, and it was from here he went ‘on the run’, until the Truce.
106 Capel Street
Dublin Municipal Library. Thomas Gay was the librarian. Michael Collins and his men used the premises as a ‘drop’. Gay was the one who gave the information to Harry Boland about the 17-18 May 1918 ‘German Plot’ arrests. Boland passed the information along to Michael Collins, who told the cabinet. Eamon DeValer however advised that they should all remain at home that night and many of the cabinet members were arrested.
Inside 106 Capel Street
Outside 106 Capel Street
109 Richmond Road, Drumcondra
Home of Michael Lynch. Michael Collins sometimes stayed here. Joe Good lived here from 1918 onwards. IRA/Volunteers often stayed here.
147 North Circular Road
Abbey Street/O’Connell Street junction
Top floor was an arms dump for the Squad.
Here you see the John Thompson doors here was once the entrance to a make believe work yard where the squad were located at all times. Collins, according to Vinny Byrne often popped into them here. Its on Abbey Street.
Following by Chris Keane:
A letter written in Michael Collins’ hand and signed “M” to Mrs Woods,
who acted as housekeeper for him at 9 St. Mary’s Road, Ballsbridge,
where he sometimes stayed. Dated 25 May 1921 he thanks her for her
trouble and there is mention of Mrs Quinn who was a candidate as a
replacement for Mary Woods, who also looked after other republicans on
the run including Liam Mellowes, Austin Stack and Desmond FitzGerald,
and who was too busy with her other activities for the movement to
continue keeping house for them. In the letter Collins expresses
doubts over Mrs Quinn’s suitability; in fact he appointed Mrs
Comerford (mother of Máire) to the position of “safe house” keeper.