The Volunteers Irish Citizen Army IRA Cumman Na mBan Photo File Part 3

//The Volunteers Irish Citizen Army IRA Cumman Na mBan Photo File Part 3

This page is dedicated to the lesser known Volunteers

By James Langton:

Vinny Byrnes gun on the right and Michael Collins’ gun on the left

By James Langton:

Vol Joe Hyland. Joe was Collins’ personal driver, he also drove the squad on their missions to eliminate agents etc

Kevin O’Higgins with Joe O’Reilly in the backround. Joe was everything to Collins, including bodyguard. He was the only person in Dublin who knew Collins’ whereabouts at any given time.

Private M.McHugh, one of the Australian soldiers who defended Trinity College

This was an award the boys got for defending Trinity College. Our boys were awarded firing squads.

By James Langton:

Here is a great Irish Volunteers photo taken in 1913. All I have on it is that there are two brothers in it, John and James Freeney, however, they are not marked out, sorry guys. Still a great photo with great uniform detail.

Bringing the guns from Howth

Two old Vets at the 1966 Easter parade

1966, dev on the platform takes the salute

By James Langton:

He died in Usk Jail, England in 1919

By James Langton:

This is the part of the Four Courts that Ned Daly and the boys held out in 1916. A lot of people think that this was the records office that blew up during the Civil War, but this was at the very far end of the complex. If ever you go up Church Street from the Liffey, you will notice a newish building sitting on the walls of an old one. If you cross the street and look across at this old part, you will see its peppered with filled holes. Theses are the scars from the Civil War

Four courts The wall surrounding this building is now gone

By James Langton:

Captured Rebel 1916

By Rory McGinley:

Óglaigh na h-Éireann F Coy Batt II, Dublin Brigade 1913-1921 T.Donnelly, E.Fogarty, J.Brown, C.Daly, J.Daly,JmcSweeney, J.Wren, O.Cullen, W.Cullen, T.McCarthy, P McGlynn, W.Quinnlan C McGinn, J O’Hanrahan, T.Flood, J King, C.Hardy, G.Dowdell, T Nolan, P.Traynor, E.Quinlan, W Collins, M McCarthy, W.Henderson P Faym T Mahon, C Murphy, C Fitzsimons, P Byrne, C Rossiter, C Ennis, M Ennis, J Hutchinson, K McCabe, M Quinn, C O’Brien, P Doran, B Kehoe, P Cahill, J Brown, J Daly, F Saurin, C Saurin, Rev T Walsh, F Henderson, H Colley, O Traynor, J Ward, P Mahon, J O’Reilly, J O’Reilly, W McGinley G Leslie, J Kennedy, D Ryan, J McDonnell, W Bracken, W Tierney, R Roe, J Moffat, J Shelly, P McGinley, ? Hughes?, J White, N Ward, J Herbert J Conroy, M Love, M Dalton, J Scully, R Carroll, D O’Moore, F Carey, M Behan, D Kiernan, R

By Mike Vearnals:

A photograph of two Irish Volunteers taken at Celtic Park, Derry, in 1914.

“I, Louis P. Noble Joined The Gaelic League In London In Oct. 1908, and started to learn to play the Warpipes in July 1909. I won the Solo Championship of Ireland at the Rotunda in August, 1910. I was then made Pipe Major of the London Irish Pipers Club. In March, 1914 Michael Collins and Maurice Sheahan came to me at the Pipers Club and asked me to take charge of the drilling and instruction of the First Company of the Irish Volunteers then being formed at the German Gymnasium, St. Pancras Road, London, NW. They knew I held a proficiency Certificate for Drill and Musketry from the English Volunteers. I had in my Company men who were to make history in Ireland, I can remember a number of them: Michael Collins, Maurice Sheahan, Sean Hurley, Sean and E. Nunan, Dan Sheehan, M. Cremins, J. O’Brien, Francis Fitzgerald, Con Crowley, Padraig O’Conaire, Joe and Matt Furlong; there were seventy-seven names on my roll. After the split in volunters I carried out training at Highgate Woods and Hammersmith.”

A rare photograph of Enniscorthy Irish Volunteers taken prior to their surrender during the 1916 Rising. Inscribed in pencil on mount “Enniscorthy May 1st 1916”. Included in the portrait is Volunteer commander Robert Brennan and other Volunteers and Cumann na mBan members, Seamus Rafter, Robert Brennan, Seamus Doyle, Sean Etchingham, Una Brennan, Michael de Lacey and Eileen Hegarty. This photograph was reproduced by Brennan in his memoir ‘Allegiance’ and shows leaders of the 1916 Wexford Rebels who took over the centre of Enniscorthy during the Rebellion and blocked ports, roads and railways. They surrendered on 1 May 1916 after an order from Patrick Pearse.

By Mike Vearnals:

Volunteers Co Clare 1917

By M V:

Irish Volunteers 1916

By M V:

Vol.Francis Xavier Flood (June 1901 – March 14, 1921), known as Frank, was a 1st Lieutenant in the Dublin Active Service Brigade during the Irish War of Independence. He was executed by the British authorities in Mountjoy Jail and was one of the men commonly referred to as The Forgotten Ten.

By James Langton:

Irish Volunteer Training Camp

By James Langton:

Irish Citizen Army on the roof of Liberty Hall,

By JL:

Photo By James Langton, text By Padraig O’Ruairc:

Hello James – I used a copy of this in Revolution. Its of the West Connemara Brigade Flying Column taken I think in the Spring of 1921. Im not sure if I got a copy of it from Mercier Press’s Collection or Kilmainham (Check Revolution – but I think both have copies) Basically i’d contact Kilmainham and Mercier asking for a copy. Once you can get a good quality copy (preferably scanned) then it should be easy to get blown up. FYI – I think this pic may be featured in Nollaig O Ghradha’s book “The Civil War In Connaught” and that it names all those pictured.

By James Langton:

East Limerick Flying Column

By JL:

West Limerick Flying Column

By James Langton:

Mick Morrissey holding the rifle in Waterford. I believe he later went on to become a T.D.

By JL:

Cahir Flying Column, County Tipp

By James Langton, text by Padraig O’Ruairc and James:

F Coy, 6th Battalion Dublin Brigade in wait at Deansgrange,definately a staged photo Id say. From their casual nature and light dress I’d guess it was taken in the Summer of 1921 after the Truce. I wonder if Its an artistic arrangement – the kind of thing that the artist Sean Keating arranged when he was creating pictures like “Men of the South”. I would agree with you there, definately staged, but by its members. I nice one just the same. they dont get much of a mention and I have heaps of reports on them from old newspapers that I collected. In fairness to them, They were very active. I also found a lot of their graves in Deansgrange and Saint Peters in Bray

By James Langton:

D Coy 3rd Northern Division IRA

By James Langton:

Meelick Flying Column 1921 County Mayo

By James Langton, text by padraig O’Ruairc and James:

Mid Clare Flying Column, Ive included the names and details on those pictured in my book “Blood On The Banner” from memory Id say that its taken during the Truce that Joe & Frank Barrett are seated Front left with Lexie O Neill seated on right with arms folded. Standing behind him on right is Seamus Hennessy.

Colin Hennessey says re the above photo Mid Clare brigade:

Mid Clare Brigade Officers
Back Row – Andy O’Donoghue O/C 5th Battn, Sean MacNamara O/C 6th Battn, J J Clohessy Brigade Adjutant, Seamus Hennessy O/C 4th Battn.
Front Row – Frank Barrett Brigade Commandant, Peadar O’Loughlin Brigade Vice-Commandant, Lexie O’Neill Brigade Police Officer.By James Langton:

North Kerry Flying Column

By James Langton:

North Longford Flying Column

By JL:

North Mayo Flying Column

By JL:

North Longford Flying Column

By JL:

Cosgrave and the wife, to the right is Col Joe O’Reilly who looked after Collins. He was the only man in Dublin who knew the whereabouts of Collins at any given time. The film “Michael Collins” has him placed incorrectly at the Beal na mBlath ambush using the machine. He was never there. He wrote a nice piece about the last time he ever saw him at Portobello Barracks from a window.

By Mike Vearnals:

Patrick Moran was charged with the murder of Lieutenant Ames at 38 Upper Mount Street on Bloody Sunday .He was Executed in Mountjoy Prison on March 14th 1921 along with five other men The Irish National Union of Vintners’ Grocers’ & Allied Trades’ Assistants, of which Moran had been an active member, called a half-day general strike on the morning of the executions and over 40,000 people gathered outside Mountjoy to pray for the six men who were hanged between 6am and 8pm. James Langton: I cant imagine how this man felt on the morning of his execution. He was to escape earlier from Kilmainham Jail, with Ernie O’Malley, Simon Donnelly and Frank Teeling, and decided against it at the last minute as he felt his case was solid and he would walk free. Although he was wrongly placed and accused in the killing of Ames, he was in fact involved in the killings at the Gresham that same morning.

By Mike Vearnals:

Officers Training Camp at Volunteers Hall, Sheares Street, Cork commenced Jan 22, 1916. Front Row seated: Cornelius J. Meany, Cornelius Mahoney, Patrick J. Twomey, Martin O’Keefe, Michael Leahy, William Kelliher, James Murphy, Chris McSweeney. Second Row: Sean O’Sullivan, Christopher O’Gorman, Michael Lynch, Sean Lynch, John Manning, Charles Wall, James Walsh, Sean Carroll, Riobard Langford, Maurice Ahern, Tom Hales, Tadgh Barry, Captain J. J. “Ginger” O’Connell. Back Row: Paud O’Donoghue, Cornelius Ahern, Sean O’Driscoll, Eugene Walsh, Denis O’Brien, Sean Collins, Seamus Courtney, Jeremiah Mullane, Michael Hyde, Liam O’Brien, Michael McCarthy

By James Langton:

Edward Ned Daly in Irish Volunteer uniform

By JL:

irish volunteers

By James Langton:

In this photo are Volunteers Sean Lehane,Charlie Daly & Jack Fitzgerald. I believe they were executed in the Civil War, has anyone got any more info?

By James Langton:

Gerald Keogh, shot at College Green by a sniper in Trinity College 1916. I have a great story on this young Volunteer. He was delivering dispatches at the time he was shot.

From: They Died at Pearse’s Side by Ray Bateson

An account taken from a letter dated 10th May 1916 from Gerard Fitzgibbon to William Hugh Blake:

…….. Three of their dispatch riders came pelting down on bicycles from Stephen’s Green, bringing dispatches to the Post Office, and we had twelve or fifteen men posted in windows and on the roof in front of the (Trinity) College They fired on the cyclist’s. Killed one, wounded another …………. The booty collected was three bicycles, five rifles, 400 rounds of ammunition & their dispatches, and of course the corpse. We planted him out later on to fertilise the Provost’s daffodils…….. The man who was killed was hit twice in the head, once in the lung from four shots fired ……. If they had not concentrated they would have bagged all three.

The lad who was killed, Gerald Keogh, was 22 at the time of his death.

By JL :

By James Langton:

Vol Gus Murphy Volunteer Gus Murphy is listed in “The Last Post”, the list of IRA Volunteers killed on Active Service published by the National Graves Association. He was a member of the, 4th Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Republican Army , and was attached to the Dublin Brigade Active Service Unit.This was the full time, salaried unit, of the Irish forces engaged against the British Forces during in the War of Independence. He was very popular with his comrades, and he was given a full military funeral by the IRA, which must have been a pretty risky operation at the time.There is an outside chance that details of Volunteer Gus Murphy might be held by Military Archives, Cathal Brugha Barracks,Dublin. Gus Murphy’s name does occur in some of the Witness Statements held in the Bureau of Military History Archive at Military Archives. This info on Volunteer Gus Murphy is from page 134, “The Last Post”, (3rd edition), published by National Graves , and printed by Elo Press, Dublin 1985.The entry is as follows:”Murphy, Augustus. Watkins Buildings, Coombe,Dublin Wounded in action, died Meath Hospital, Dublin. Buried Kilbride Co Wicklow “.

Gus Murphys Headstone

By James Langton:

1916 Cumman na mBan members in Dublin


Pat Keane in Volunteers Uniform. Pat Keane was attached to the Mid-Clare Brigade of the Volunteers and in turn was Kilnamona Coy Section Commander (1919), Adjutant (1920) and Officer in Command (1921) with over 60 men under his charge. While in the latter posting Pat was also a member of the A.S.U.,3rd Battalion, Mid-Clare Company, IRA operating all over the Mid Clare Brigade area. He is photographed here in the military attire of the Irish Volunteers. Much of the weapons and equipment used by the Irish Volunteers was standard British issue taken during raids on the RIC and British army military.


Vols. Dan and Pat Duffin. 

IRA Duffin Brothers

On the evening of Saturday, April 23rd, 1921, two members of the British Auxiliaries were shot dead in the centre of Belfast by the I.R.A.That night, a uniformed R.I.C. raiding party arrived at the Duffin home at 64 Clonard Gardens and murdered the brothers in cold blood.

Dan and Pat were subsequently buried in Glenravel, north Antrim.


 Vol. Sean McCartney


Sean was born in Norfolk Street, Belfast, and at the age of 17 joined the British Army to fight for the “freedom of small nations.”

During the First World War (1914-18) he was wounded in the hand, suffering a permanent disability. After his discharge, he joined the I.R.A. and was accepted for active service with the Balfast Brigade Flying Column, comprising of 12 volunteers.

They were sent to Co. Cavan and established their H/Q on the Lappinduff Mountain. Two nights later, on May 8th, 1921, they were surprised by a mixed party of between 300 and 400 British Army and auxiliaries.

Facing overwhelming odds, the column fought until they ran out of ammo, compelling them to escape, but 21 year old Sean was killed during the engagement.

Captain Thomas Hunter, courtesy of Matt Hannan

Captain Thomas Hunter, courtesy of Matt Hannan

By | 2017-09-13T15:09:35+00:00 April 5th, 2012|An Irish Volunteers History 1913-1922|15 Comments


  1. Glenn Rawlins February 24, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Great photos and commentary. Go The Volunteers! And a non compromising pursuit for freedom.

  2. Linda morrissey February 15, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Looking for info on my grand father born in 1898 nicholas morrissey son of john and mary ellen dusters mary gabril leo and john joseph all born belfast york road Antrim Northern Ireland my grandfather and his brothers fought in the war of independence any information on b company battalion would be helpful

  3. Leslie Smith January 30, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    What a spectacular collection of photos!!! Thank you so very much!! If anyone has any info on my cousin (rather distant, but still…) I would be thrilled to hear about it or see any such info. His name was Cornelius MURPHY. He was a Captain in the Rathduane Company, also known, I think, as the E Company, 7th Batallion, Cork #2 Brigade.

  4. john January 28, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Great website

    Found it really interesting reading about Patrick and Liam McGinley.. So proud to be a McGinley!!

    john McGinley

  5. vincent healy January 28, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I find your records on the 1913 1923 period interesting some years back a man who lived through that era showed me a grave in Toomore old cemetery of ayoung man from the kilmovee aughomore area whomb he said was injured in an ambush and later died in a local house and was buried secretely in a grave dug crossways at the foot of other graves he said the mans name was bones ido not know which war independence or civil he died in nor does it matter it would be nice at this late stage if he could be named

  6. Catherine Ennis January 14, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I am looking for details / pictures of Michael and Christoper Ennis ,F Coy Batt II, Dublin Brigade 1913-1921 , if anyone has anything I would appreciate it.

  7. paul dunne October 28, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    can anyone help me my grand father John Lawlor . he was in cyclist company 1st battalion dublin brigade old ira . i would love to find out anything about the man or if not the unit as im not sure of what the role of them was .
    i have certificate that states he was at the last reunion dinner july 1961 at the ormond hotel but thats about all i know about him
    many thanks
    Paul Dunne

  8. Philip Mullins January 6, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Hi, I was just wondering if you have any information on Pádraig Mac Gamhna?
    Mac Gamhna was a member of the Carlow Brigade around 1920?

  9. Noel Mc Evoy October 9, 2012 at 10:21 am

    anybody any information about H Company 1st batallion Dublin brigade.Between 1917–1923, would love to hear from you, only starting my search but have made good progress.

    • Hugo McGuinness February 24, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      The H Company Members Service Certificate lists the following:
      Attacks on Enemy forces:
      Church Street; Capel Street (1); Dorset Street (1); North Frederick Street (1); Blessington Street ; Blessington Basin; Dorset Street (2); North Frederick Street (2); Capel Street (2).
      Attacks on Enemy Posts:
      Kings Inns; Magazine fort; The Customs House.
      Raids, etc.
      Keegans; GWR Hotel; The Fish Market; The Masonic Hall; The Fowler Hall; Broadstone.
      Other Actions:
      Attempted rescue of Kevin Barry; Raid of 44 Parnell Square; Defence of Fowler Hall; Defence of Jenkinson’s.

  10. Tony Redmond September 6, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Fantastic site……….Looking forward to reading all its contents………Tony

  11. Grainne Clarkin June 29, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Thank you James Langton and other contributors for this wonderful site.
    I am Joe Hyland’s youngest Daughter (Eithne Hyland’s) Daughter, which of course makes me Joe Hyland’s Grandaughter and I also happen to be his youngest Grandchild. I spent the majority of my time as a child at my Nanny and Grandad’s house in Harold’s Cross, Julia Hyland (Joe’s Wife) was my Godmother. The stories about Michael Collin’s rolled constantly. There was always great fun attached because of course my Mom, Eithne Hyland married Andrew Clarkin’s Son, Pearse. I will never forget my positive Childhood memories and I have to say that Joe Hyland always ensured that his entire family from Wife, Daughter’s and Son were well looked after until their dying days. I was with my Grandad when he sadly passed away. A portrait of Michael Collins hung over the sitting room mantelpiece and there were many papers, letters etc at the house. Historians sometimes came to look through the papers for details about Michael Collins of which there were many.
    Thank you for recognising my Grandad’s contribution to our beautiful free country.
    With sincere regards,
    Gráinne Clarkin

  12. eamon o'reilly May 31, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    had to comment,how interesting is this, actule looking for info on my farther Bernard Reilly born in Manchester but fought for Ireland around cavan as that’s where his family are from,has the meddles with bar thank god to prove it ,

    • Patrick Reilly June 8, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      Eamon, this reply has nothing to do with your request, only the name Reilly and Cavan. Looking for information Bridget, two sons James and Thomas and a daughter Bridget, emmigrated 1849-1850 arriving in Saratoga Springs, NY. From Cavan, James’s wife a Winifred Finneran.

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