Mountjoy Notebook Irish Civil War

//Mountjoy Notebook Irish Civil War

Many thanks to member Philip O’Connor who has sent in the images and information below. A fantastic article and very important part of Irish History, thanks for sharing them Philip.

It is a notebook kept by Edward Cornelius Starr (Éamon Ó Réalt) of the Belfast IRA which includes signatures of famous prisoners taken in Moungtjoy Jail at the height of the “Civil War”.

The notebook is in the possession of my next door neighbour, whose mother’s people were the Starrs of Belfast, a republican family very involved in the War of Independence, the Civil War and later struggles.

The signatures include several entered very shortly before their executions, e.g. Joe McElvey (23.11.22, executed two weeks later on 8th Dec.), Michael Hannigan (22.11.22), Rory O’Connor (22.11.22, executed two weeks later on 8th Dec.), Eamon de Valera (25.8.22), Seán MacBride (23.11.22), and some others I do not recognise (though others will).

The notebook also includes a memorium card (with photo) for Capt. Patrick Starr (a brother?), killed in action on 1st May 192(3)  (aged 21) at Shraherloe in Co. Cork,(INFORMATION NEEDED ON Capt. Patrick Starr IS REQUIRED IF ANY READERS COULD HELP) a stirring dedication from Daniel Kane, a later signature (1945) of Erskine Childers, and a few other notes.

Have you any suggestions where I might find out the circumstances in which Capt. Patrick Starr was killed in Cork?
mise le meas
Philip O’Connor

By | 2017-09-13T15:09:52+00:00 October 16th, 2011|Individual Accounts Irish Volunteers 1913-1923|7 Comments


  1. Martyn May 22, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Capt Pat Starr was a relative of my wife. Look at the link above, I also have a picture of the gravestone if you want it.

  2. Eamon Murphy February 19, 2013 at 2:26 am

    Excellent post, I must have missed this when it was first posted.
    Liam Mellows is there too (above the page with O’Connor on it) and my own great-grandfather Eamon Martin, Chief of Staff of Fianna Eireann. Eamon and Liam shared a cell together until December 8th 1922 when Liam was executed.
    Eamon Martin’s signature is on the same (page as Rory O’Connor and Sean MacBride).
    Interesting that de Valera’s autograph is there, as he wasn’t in Mountjoy at that time (and it is three days after Collins death). Perhaps Edward Starr was only arrested after August 1922, and then got the other signatures while imprisoned.
    Most of the men mentioned, McKelvey, O’Connor, Mellows, Martin, MacBride, Cooney were all in ‘C’ wing and would hold meetings and a strong circle of men emerged where they would debate the issues outside in particular Mellows socialist writings. Peadar O’Donnell, Seamus Breslin and Walter Carpenter were also in this group of men.

    I think I see Erskine H Childers (junior) there too dated 1945.

    • Eamon Murphy February 19, 2013 at 9:32 am

      I have just recognised/identified the signature below Eamon Martin’s and it is of Michael Chadwicke. I have a photo of Eamon and Michael Chadwicke in Mountjoy taken in September 1922. Date on these are November 1922. It is really great to see these, thank you again Philip.

      • Eamon Murphy February 19, 2013 at 9:35 am

        Actually looking again at the de Valera one, could it be 1924….? The one below is 1926, so there seems to be a variation between all the dates, with one being 1945 so obviously they weren’t all taken in Mountjoy. Thanks again.

  3. Toidealach ó Braoín February 17, 2013 at 3:17 am

    excellent post.thanks Philip ó Connor.

  4. Philip O'Connor October 17, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Dear Des

    Very many thanks for coming back on this with the information. I will order copies of the Patrick Casey booklet and check out the Tom Toomey book.


    Philip O’Connor

  5. admin October 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    The Mid Limerick IRA carried out an ambush ay Shraherla on Sunday 1 May 1921. As a result of that action three Vol. James Horan Timothy Hennessy And Patrick Starr were killed. A fourth Vol, Patrick Casey was captured and tried by drumhead court martial and executed the following day 2 May in Cork jail.
    At a recent unvailing of a memorial to Patrick Casey a very informative booklet was published by the committee. This can be had from Phill Fitzgerald Cappamore Co. Limerick at a cost of 5 Euro plus 2.5 Euro post and packing.
    For further information on Patrick Starr read the recently published book by Tom Toomey on the Tan War in Limerick.
    I hope this will help you to find out more about Patrick Starr.
    Des Long. Limerick.

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