Hi all here, I am a grandson of the above named (and photographed) John Freeney, I have an original print of this photograph and treasure it. I can not solve the riddle of which is which, but my money is on James being top left and John being top right.
I have no record of where John spent the Rising, I would completely understand if he was hiding under the stairs because in all honesty that is where most of us would be. It would be nice to know though.
Do you have any other old Freeney photos you can share with us? I’d love to find out more and also where my Freeney ancestors fit in!
I’m assuming that all Dublin Freeneys are related and I’m thrilled to find a Freeney photograph. Very interesting to read what you have written about your grandfather too!
My grandfather was Francis Freeney (born 1917), son of Leo Freeney from Ingnatius Road on the 1911 census. Leo’s father was James Freeney, but an earlier generation than your grandfather. I wonder if you knew about them and how that line of Freeneys might be related to yours?
Both were great marksmen, as was my mother Frances and my aunt May, all were members of the Original Dublin Rifle club based in Lansdowne Valley in Drimnagh, now a pitch and putt course. Can remember his funeral in Mt Jerome 1967?? Was so proud at the time, he had full military honours.
My grandfather James”Jimmy” Freeney Rialto buildings standing extreme right and his brother John standing extreme left. Taken after winning a shooting competition. Jimmy went on to be a captain in the 2nd Division old IRA and served in Bolands Mills during Easter rising 1916. Later imprisoned in Kilmainham Gaol ( Anti-treaty).
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