The Volunteers Irish Citizen Army IRA Cumman Na mBan Photo File Part 2

//The Volunteers Irish Citizen Army IRA Cumman Na mBan Photo File Part 2

William Oman’s Uncle, Bob Oman in the disguise of a Black and Tan in order to evade capture, it was taken out his backgarden in 8 Daniel Street.

By James Langton:

think its 1966, the parade marking 50th anniversary of the Rising.

Unloading of the guns at Howth. The lady in the middle with the white jumper is Mary Spring Rice and the guy facing her to the right is Erskine Childers.

By Terry Fagan:

1916 Frongoch prisoner of war camp Wales,

By Jmes Langton:

One of my favs. 1916 rebels being escorted to the docks for transportation to British prisons. What makes it special to me is the amount of guys on the march. also note the Croppy Acre on the left. They are being marched here from Richmond Barracks in Inchicore.

By James Langton:

Pat Deasy, killed in the Kilmichael Ambush. Pat was a brother of the famous Liam Deasy.

By Rory McGinley:

Picture of my grandfather Patrick McGinley, in his Volunteers uniform, later member of the GPO Garrison, and interned in Frongoch

By JL:

Volunteer Richard Gogan. He was one of the stretcher bearers that carried James Connolly from the burning GPO, which adds his name to those at 16 Moore Street.

By Terry Fagan:

Volunteer Martin Savage born 1898 died 19 December 1919. Martin Savage was an Officer in the Dublin Brigade of the Irish Republican Army, he was from Ballisodare, County Sligo. On 19 December 1919 he was killed action during a gun battle with British Crown forces after an ambush at Ashtown, near the border of County Meath and County Dublin during the early stages of the Irish War of Independence when the IRA unit he was with tried to kill Lord French viceroy of Ireland. As a 17 year old he took part in the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin and fought with Padraig Pearse and James Connolly in the GPO. He was captured by the British Army and imprisoned in Richmond Barracks. On 30 April 1916 he was deported to Knutsford Detention Barracks in Cheshire, England along with 200 other captured prisoners. Upon his release he returned to Dublin and resumed the fight for Irish freedom and became a Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion of the Dublin Brigade.

By James Langton:

Thomas Ashe in 1917 rare

By JL:

Squad member Tom Kehoe

By JL:

odd Andrews far left with Andy Cooney and two other Volunteers in the Four Courts 1922

Volunteers Co Clare,

By James Langton:

Leo Fitzgerald IRA

By James Langton:

All they had was Hurley sticks in this one to drill with

By James Langton:

First Garda Commisioner Volunteer Michael Staines in full uniform

By James Langton:

The women of Sinn Fein October 1920 Dublin

Cumann na mBann member.

Rebel woman

Dr.Kathleen Lynn, City Hall Garrison 1916 and the buildings in Parliment Street area in general under Rebel control, including the Royal Exchange Hotel.

Lilly O’Brennan, sister in law of Eammon Ceannt and member of Cumman na mBann

Mary McSwiney at Jail during her brothers Hunger Strike

Outside Mountjoy, Maud Gonne McBride centre and Annie McSwiney on the right

A small but good photo of Kathleen Clarke, Tom’s wife

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  1. Declan Mulligan January 18, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    I have a photo of Joseph O’Carroll, how do I post it ?

  2. Declan Mulligan January 18, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    As the Irish Bureau Military History have released War of Independence Records, here is my Mam’s Uncle Joe, “Statement” I remember hearing a few more “Stories” when he’d come to visit my Mam back in the 1970’s… ROINN COSANTA. BUREAU OF MILITARY HISTORY, 1913-21.
    Joseph O’Carroll,
    2 0’Daly Road,
    Member. of Irish Citizen Army, 1916 -;
    Member of ‘C’ Coy. 3rd Battalion, Dublin Brigade,
    1917 -.

    (a) National activities, Dublin, 1916-1921;
    (b) Bloody Sunday, 21/11/1920.
    Conditions, if any, Stipulated by Witness.
    File No. S.2009
    Form B.S.M.2

    1. Police disarmed at Three Rock Mountain
    2. I.R.A. Guard for Executive Meeting of I.R.A Leaders.
    3. Bloody Sunday
    4.Active Service Unit
    5. Attempted rescue of Seán MacEoin
    6. Auxiliary Officers ambushed at Capel Street Bridge.
    7. A.S.U. arrest I.R.A. with British Passports.

    About October 1916 I joined the Irish Citizen
    Army. I think it was a man by the name of Kelly was
    Company Officer. I attended many weekly parades and
    patrols at Liberty Hall. In November 1917 I transferred
    from the Citizen Army to “C” Company of the 3rd
    Battalion. Simon Donnelly commanded the Company at that
    time and Joe O’Connor was in charge of the Battalion.
    Up to 1919 things were very quiet in the Battalion. Our
    activities were confined to drilling and manoeuvres
    on Sundays. We raided houses for arms in the Fitzwilliam
    Square area. We were successful in getting a few
    revolvers and shotguns as a result of these raids.
    At that time our Company was badly equipped in the line
    of arms.
    Police disarmed at Three Rock Mountain.
    On a Sunday early in January, 1919, the whole
    Battalion was on manoeuvres in the Three Rock Mountain
    area. We were just stopped for a break for lunch
    when three R.I.C. men approached us (a Sergeant and two
    Constables). The Company Captain at that time was
    Captain Flanagan. He told us to remain where we
    were and permit the police to come right up to us.
    When they reached us Captain Flanagan asked them what
    they wanted and the Police Sergeant said “You are
    under arrest”. Captain Flanagan said “I don’t recognise
    your authority and I am placing you under arrest”,
    and he disarmed them immediately. He sent cyclist
    scouts to different points on the way home, when the
    operation was over. Then we were ordered to disperse
    and two men specially selected took the guns home.
    I should mention that we tied up the police with their
    suspenders and they were there for some hours before
    they were released.
    When we arrived at Rathfarnham on the way home
    there were about six lorry loads of Police moving
    out towards the Three Rock Mountains.

    2. I.R.A. Guard for Executive Meeting of I.R.A, Leaders.
    An Executive meeting of I.R.A. was held at
    25, Parnell Square, sometime late in the year 1920.
    Mick Collins, Dick Mulcahy and others were present.
    I dont know what the purpose of the meeting was but
    a number of us were detailed to do guard duty there.
    We took up positions inside the hall and remained there
    for about two hours. I cannot recall what specific
    instructions were given to us but the general idea
    was that we were there in the event of the place being
    raided by the British Military or Police and we were
    to use our arms against them if this happened.

    3. Bloody Sunday.
    About three days before Bloody Sunday I attended
    a meeting at MeGees of Terenure. At that meeting only
    selected men of the Company were present. Paddy
    Flanagan told us that an operation had been planned for
    the following Sunday, 21st November. It was the shooting
    of a number of British Agents who were residing in
    hotels or private houses throughout the city. He
    further told us that those present at that meeting
    were to proceed to 28 Upper Pembroke Street at 9 a.m.
    on Sunday for the purpose of shooting British agents there.
    He said that on Saturday night we were to assemble at
    the Co-Operative Stores in Abbey Street where a Mr.
    Connolly, the father of a member of the Company was
    caretaker there. We went to this place as instructed
    on Saturday night and remained there throughout the
    night. On Sunday morning our party which consisted
    of about 30 strong proceeded to 38 Upper Pembroke Street
    with Paddy Flanagan in charge. He divided up the
    party placing a number of outposts around the different
    points adjacent to the house. About half the party
    were detailed to enter the house and carry out the actual
    shooting. I was one of the party which entered the
    house. When we knocked at the door it was opened
    immediately. I think there was an arrangement made
    previously with the caretaker. However the caretaker
    was put under arrest. Then the whole party filed in
    through the open door and proceeded to the different rooms
    in the house and questioned the occupants. We had the
    names of the agents for whom we were looking and when we
    located them one was shot in his room and the other
    man was taken down stairs and shot. The reason the
    man was shot in his room was because he had heard the
    commotion and had got up and when we came in he fired
    at us. The two men who were shot were Major Dowling
    and Major Crookshanks. We took over the guns of the
    dead men and our entire party got safely away. We
    deposited our guns with Miss May Connolly who was a
    Tobacconist’s assistant at Bridgeman’s, Butt Bridge.
    Having done this we retired home.
    As. a result of this operation I had to leave
    my job and I was on the run for a while until the
    Active Service Unit was formed. I was Rotary
    Machinest at the time employed on the Evening Herald

    4. Active Service Unit.
    Sometime about Christmas 1920, I was instructed
    to attend a meeting at Oriel Hall. Here I was told
    arrangements were being made to establish an Active
    Service Unit. I attended the meeting which was addressed
    by Mr. Oscar Traynor who was then O.C. of the Dublin
    Brigade. He told us at that meeting that it was now
    proposed to organize an Active Service Unit which would
    be available day and night for operations against
    enemy forces in the city. He said that Paddy Flanagan
    had been appointed O.C. of this Unit. Oscar Traynor
    also said that we would be paid soldiers and would
    receive £4. 10. per week for life. Michael Collins
    later told us that the survivors of this Unit would be
    well looked after. Immediately the meeting was over
    we were organised into four sections numbered 1, 2, 3
    and 4. I was allotted to No. 3 Section with Michael
    Stephenson in charge of our Section. Our Headquarters
    was located at Mrs Brown’s of Crown Alley. This was a
    small sweet shop and her husband was a member of the
    A.S.U. We were constantly armed from the time we
    became members of the Active Service Unit. Each of
    us had a revolver and 20 or 30 rounds of ammunition
    which we had with us continually. We reported to
    Brown’s shop every morning. Whenever operations were
    planned for the day an Intelligence Officer met us there
    and gave us details of the job which was to be carried
    out that day and we operated from Brown’s house.

    5. I think one of the first operations I took part
    in as a member of the A.S.U. was the ambushing of a
    lorry of Auxiliaries in Dame Street. This was carried
    out from the side of Jury’s Hotel. It had been known
    for some time that it was usual for this lorry to
    proceed from the Castle down Dame Street at a regular
    time each evening. Paddy Flanagan took about
    10 of us to ambush this lorry. He placed us at the
    corner of a street running down by the side of Jury’s
    Hotel. When the lorry came abreast of us we opened
    fire with revolvers and Paddy Flanagan threw a grenade
    Some of the occupants of the lorry were wounded.
    Attempted Rescue of Sean MacEoin.
    Information reached the Active Service Unit
    that Sean MacEoin who had been arrested in his own area
    was being conveyed by ambulance to Dublin, to stand trial
    by Courtmartial.
    Instructions were issued to two Sections. of
    the A.S.U. that this ambulance was to be intercepted
    in the vicinity of Lucan and MacEoin was to be rescued.
    On the day that the rescue was planned we took lip
    positions near Lucan and remained in them for about
    five hours. Eventually word came through that the
    rescue was off as it had been discovered that MacEoin
    was conveyed to the city by a different route.

    6. Auxiliary Officers ambushed at Capel Street Bridge.
    Intelligence people reported that Auxiliary
    Officers were in the habit of travelling in a small
    car from Dublin Castle to the Depot in Phoenix Park
    at about six p.m. each day. The route was down
    Parliament Street, across the bridge and on to the
    North Quay. Instructions were issued that this car
    was to be ambushed. Early in the summer of 1921
    Numbers 3 and 4 Sections took up positions on the Quay
    on each side of Capel Street Bridge. We weren’t
    long there when the car arrived containing four occupants
    We opened fire on it immediately with revolvers and
    grenades. We fired at close range and we were told
    later that two of the occupants were vary badly wounded.
    They swerved and accelerated and the occupants didn’t
    return fire. Evidently they were totally surprised.

    7. A.S.U. arrest I.R.A. Men with British Passports.
    G.H.Q. Intelligence had information that a
    number of men from the West of Ireland who had served
    in the I.R.A. Units there were now stopping at the
    Globe Hotel and a Hotel in Marlboro Street prior
    to their going to England and that they had received
    British Passports to travel. G.H.Q. decided that
    these men were to be arrested by us and their passports
    confiscated. The names and addresses of these men
    were supplied to us. At about 5 p.m. on a date
    early in 1921 members of the Active Service Unit raided
    the Globe Hotel and the Hotel in Marlboro Street
    where these men were staying. I was a member of the
    party which went to the Hotel in Marlboro Street and
    we found the two men for whom we were looking. We
    questioned them as to their names and addresses and
    having satisfied ourselves as to their identity we
    asked them for their passports. They didn’t have
    the passports in their possession and we then
    discovered that some ladies were accompanying them.
    As we could not search the ladies Michael Stephenson,
    one of the party, left the Hotel and brought back
    with him members of the Cumann na mBan, who carried
    out the search and discovered the passports. The
    men were then taken under escort to Harcourt Street
    and later were taken to 100 Seville Place where I
    believe they were to be courtmartialled. Evidently the
    Castle Authorities got information about the unusual
    activities around 100 Seville Place and they surrounded
    it by Auxiliaries and raided it. Four of us were
    arrested there with the prisoners. Fortunately
    none of us had our guns on us but one revolver and
    an old rifle was discovered on the premises. It
    seemed the prisoners satisfied the authorities because
    they were put in a separate car and we were taken in
    another car to the Castle.

    8. There we were interrogated
    by Captain Hardy, British Intelligence Officer. I
    should have mentioned tat when we were first brought
    into the Castle we were badly bashed up by the Auxiliaries.
    Captain Hardy having finished his interrogation with us
    we were transferred to Arbour Hill. After spending
    about a week or two there we were taken to the North
    Dublin Union for. courtmartial. The charge as far as I
    remember was concerned with being a member of an
    illegal organisation and acting illegally in arresting
    men whom we had no authority to arrest. We refused to
    recognise the Court and we were sentenced to five years
    penal servitude. We were then committed to Dartmoor
    Prison and interned there for about nine months.
    I refused to obey the prison rules and regulations
    and I was regarded as a very badly conducted prisoner
    by my jailors. The result was that I was transferred back
    to Mountjoy and I was released the following January under
    the General Amnesty.

    Signed: Joseph O’Carroll

    Date: September 15th 1952
    Witness: Williams Ivory Comdt

  3. Dominic McGinley August 13, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    A Message for Rory McGinley,
    Hi Rory,
    My grandfather was William (Liam) McGinley, your grandfather’s brother, who was in ‘F’ Company 2nd Battalion GPO Garrison.
    I would be very grateful if you could contact me, with a view to sharing family history. The only living son of William is Joseph, with whom I have regular contact. He has his father’s medals from that time.
    I look forward to hearing from you in due course.
    Dominic McGinley

  4. Dominic McGinley August 13, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    A MEssage fro Rory McGinley,
    Hi Rory,
    My grandfather was William (Liam) McGinley, your grandfather’s brother, who was in ‘F’ Company 2nd Battalion GPO Garrison.
    I would be very grateful if you could contact me, with a view to sharing family history. The only living son of William is Joseph, with whom I have regular contact. He has his father’s medals from that time.
    I look forward to hearing from you in due course.
    Dominic McGinley

  5. Barbara Severson August 8, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I have just found out that my Grandmother om my dad’s side was a member of the Irish Citizens Army. I have some documents on payments she received. Her name was Mary Allen (née Devereux). Any more information, pictures would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you
    Barbara Severson

  6. David Cooper February 28, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Still looking for pictures of John Dutton Cooper who was in the 1916 uprising & War of Independence, he was a member of the ICA and was interned at Wakefield Prison then on to Frongoch i constantly see picture of groups but no names.

  7. Professor Iseult McCarthy November 19, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Would you by any chance have a photograph of my grandmother, Teresa Reddin, who I believe was the first Treasurer of Cumann na mBan? Or any documentation?
    Thank you.

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