The Volunteers Irish Citizen Army IRA Cumman Na mBan Photo File

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

This page is intended to cover the lesser known Volunteers.

IRA Volunteer, Does anybody know who it is?

By James Langton:

Commemoration Mass at Swinford – East Mayo Brigade I.R.A.

by James Langton:

The Squad Reunion in 1948

Carlow IRA

Members of the Cumann na mBan and old IRA

By James Langton:

Annual Reunion (1952) of C Coy 1st batt (old IRA) possible taken at the Customs House Dublin

Foundation of the Volunteers


Foundation of the Volunteers

Captain Jack White and Irish Citizen Army at Croydon House Dublin

Tir Connell Flying Column

This is titled Howth Volunteers 1916,

ICA on the roof of Liberty Hall, this photo shows more than the usual photo as its taken back a few steps

plaque which is in the gym of Richmond Barracks, Inchicore, later part of Saint Michaels School. now since closed.

Joe Healy: Pictured in 1921 are members of the 1st. Battalion, 1st. Cork Brigade from the Fair Hill/Blackpool area of Cork city, including (on left) my father Tom Healy, aged 18.

Firing party at Joseph McGuinness funeral in Glasnevin Cemetery 2nd June 1922

By Stephen Murphy:

This is two pictures I’ve had in my collections for a while. They were given to me by a great Aunt on her death bed, she hold me ‘Jack’ was never forgotten. Sadly I can’t find where he fits in on the family tree which I’ve managed to research back to 1850’s. Another relative killed in WOI I have posted earlier and he is clearly an ancestor. On ‘Jack’ his mother was ‘Maggie’ that’s all i have. He’s buried in Glasnevin in the same grave as Erskine Childers. Any info on him that anyone has, I would greatly receive. Thanks for letting me use this forum.

By James Langton.

By James Langton, Irish Volunteer Sean Lemass in uniform

Aiken and Lemass with the famous flag, after it was handed back to Ireland by the British Imperial Museum as a gift. Now on display in the National Museum, Collins’ Barracks.

Firing Party Thomas Ashe Funeral

Tomás MacCurtain, lying in state ,by James langton

Cork Volunteers

IRA Column 1920′s , Ireland ,,, James Langton

By James Langton:

Ceannt in Volunteer uniform in a parade in a Dublin street

By James Langton:

Michael Walker was present at the inaugural meeting of the Irish Volunteers in 1913. He and his brother John were both posted to Jacob’s on Easter Monday. His statement in the National Archives describes a hostile crowd in Blackpitts “singing and dancing to English songs of a quasi-patriotic nature”. He and his brother escaped from Jacob’s after the surrender but were subsequently arrested and sent to Stafford jail. (Jacob’s Biscuit Factory and surrounding homes housed the 2nd Battalion of Volunteer forces under Commandant Thomas McDonagh and was surrendered on Sunday, 30 April 1916) .A talented sportsman, he competed in 1912 Stockholm Olympics as a Road Cyclist, was the fifty mile Irish Road Champion and also was a founding member of Old St. Mary’s Football Club. The Stephen’s Cup and other cycling trophies awarded to him are now held in the National Museum’s collection.

Terrence MacSwiney

By James Langton:

Members of Old IRA arrested by British forces on St John’s eve March 1921 at Piggott’s of Milltown, Croagh, Co. Limerick. Left to Right, Michael John Neville, Kiltannan Croagh, Bill Sheehy (farm worker at Piggott’s incorrectly included in the arrested group and released from custody), Timmy Hartigan, Kiltannan, Croagh, Jack Neville, Ballinaguile Croagh, Jack Farrell, Adare, Capt. Jack Hickey, Clonshire, Adare and Jack Horgan, Capparough, Adare. Photo taken by Rita Piggott. All were interned at Limerick Prison until the truce between Britiain and Ireland

By Mike Vearnals:

Irish Republican Army Entering Victoria Barracks
Ireland’s Biggest Garrison for Republican Army. Troops of the Irish Republican army entering the Victoria Barracks, Athlone, the largest Military Garrison to be turned over to the Irish forces since the signing of the Irish Peace Treaty. Republican troops are garrisoned in most of the barracks formerly occupied by British troops and are taking over all Military work.

By James Langton:

Art O’Donnell was born in 1890 at Tullycrine, Co. Clare. He received his primary education at Tullycrine N.S. and Cooraclare N.S. He trained as a teacher at St. Patrick’s Drumcondra, Dublin. He had a most distinguished career during the War of Independence when he served terms of imprisonment in Belfast’s Crumlin Road, Mountjoy, Cork and Dundalk prisons as well as several English jails. He was Commandant of the 7th Clare Battalion of the Irish Volunteers.

Art O’Donnell He was Commandant of the 7th Clare Battalion of the Irish Volunteers.

Countess Markievicz with a Cumann na mBan group on an outing in Co. Wicklow.

‎14 IRA men of the 4th battalion of the IRA First Cork Brigade, under Diarmuid O’Hurley killed in action (2 later executed and many of the 12 murdered after capture), at Clonmult, Co. Cork, 20 of February, 1921.

Clonmult IRA

By james Langton:

Sean Moylans Flying Column

By Martin O’Reilly:

Cork IRA

Lieu Pat O’Sullivan fatally wounded at Upton Ambush. He died two days later from his injuries.

By Dave Power:

Irish Volunteers

By Terry Fagan:

By Terry fagan: Two of Michael Collins’s top IRA men Dick McKee and Peadar Clancy were betrayed to British Crown forces by an ex-British Army soldier, James “Shankers” Ryan and captured at Sean Fitzpatrick’s house at 36 Lower Gloucester Street (renamed Sean McDermott Street). The night before Bloody Sunday by the Royal Irish Constabulary and Black and Tans and brought to Dublin Castle where they were cruelly tortured under interrogation along with Conor Clune from County Clare. The three were later be shot on 21 November 1920. The official account put out by Dublin Castle was, they were shot while “trying to escape”. In retaliation, on February 5th 1921 an IRA squad led by Bill Stapleton walked into Hynes’ pub in Gloucester Place in the heart of Monto and shot Ryan dead. “Shankers” Ryan was a brother of Becky Cooper one of the Madams of the famous red-light district known as “Monto” I interviewed and recorded Sean Fitspatrick’s son who was in the house at the time of the raid. He told me the full story of what happened on that faithful night in 1920.

By Joe Healy-Martin O’Reilly

Members of the Macroom IRA on the steps of Macroom castle on the day the Free State forces took the town. The castle was burned by the Republicans shortly after this photo was taken. The men in this picture would have then retreated to the hills surrounding Ballingeary and Ballyvourney and some would have fought at Beal Na Blath a few days after the photo was taken.

By Martin O’Reilly:

Brig Tom Hales and QM Pat Harte After being interrorated in Bandon Bks Pat Harte holding a Union flag that he had torn from a wall behind him. After this he recieved further beatings. He never recovered, and died in Cork Mental Hospital on Feb 16th 1924.

By Brendan Hickey: This would become one of the first military undertakens of the Volunteers, after unloading the cargo of 900 mauser rifles and 26.000 rounds of ammunition of the Asgard at Howth pier in Dublin on the 26July 1914. They then had to transport them to storage points around the city. How?…….. Look what was strapped to the crossbars on their bicycles

By Sol Menadoza:

Committee Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa’s funeral.

By Mike Vearnals:

Donnchadh MacNeilus in his uniform as a Volunteer Officer. He was daringly rescued from Cork Jail by his comrades in the Cork Brigade on Armistice Day 1918.

by Mike Vearnals:

Edward Lyons B.coy 2nd bat. jacobs garrison.

by James Langton:

ICA members drilling outside Dublin City

By James Langton:

Pearse at Rossa’s funeral

By James Langton:

Irish republican POWs Frongoch

By James Langton:

Jim Mansfield, Waterford Brigade, IRA

By Mike Vearnals:

The MacCurtain family.

By James Langton:

A very rare photograph. Squad member Charlie Byrne, nicknamed “The Count”, leaving Green Street Courthouse with W.T.Cosgrave. This photo was given to me by his daughter.

By Mike Vearnals:

A.S.U. Mayo.

Mayo IRA

By Risteard O’Murchu, Belfast:

By Mike Vearnals:

John Ned Quinn, South Armagh, He was second in command to Frank Aiken, c.1975

By Sean Mann:


irish volunteers Wolfhound

By Risteard O’Murchu Belfast:

IRA B & C Company Belfast Brigade, Upper Springfield Road, West Belfast, near Hannahstown, August 1921

IRA B & C Company Belfast Brigade, Upper Springfield Road, West Belfast, near Hannahstown, August 1921

By Mike Vearnals:

IRA Volunteers, Waterford 1921.

By Padraig Og O’Ruairc:

IRA Volunteer Thomas J Ringrose, Meelick Company East Clare Brigade IRA who participated in the Cratloe Ambush. He was later captured by the British forces and interned on Spike Island, Cork.

By Mike Vearnals:

Vol.James Power, Ballinamult.

By Padraig O’Ruairc:

IRA Volunteer Tom Mc Grath, East Clare Brigade IRA. Participant in the Cratloe & Glenwood Ambushes Jan 1921

By Padraig O’Ruairc,IRA Volunteer John “Bishop” Ryan, East Clare Brigade IRA.

By James Langton:

The Rebel Countess with revolver

By James Langton:

Volunteer with Tommy gun, Clare

By Sol Mendoza:

Winifried Carney, Cumann na mBan`s member and the secretary of James Connolly in Belfast. The only woman in the ocupation of Gpo in Easter Monday, 1916.

By James Langton:

Members of the Cork number 1 Brigade taken during the summer of 1921

George Lennon and Roger McCorley, Old IRA, crossing what appears to be O’Connell Bridge Dublin

By James Langton:

Plunketts Column circa 1923

By James Langton:

Captain Thomas Weafer, KIA Hibernian Bank, O’Connell St. 1916

Captain Thomas Weafer was shot and killed on Wednesday April 26 1916 while occupying the Hibernian Bank on the corner of Lower Abbey Street and Sackville Street. The strategic importance of the building is clear. It allowed Weafer and his men to control access to the street from Amiens Street Station for example, and members of the the GPO Garrison were occupying a number of buildings on each sidMeda Ryan wrote about the experiences of Leslie Price (who went on to marry Tom Barry), in her study of the famous Cork rebel leader entitled Tom Barry: IRA Freedom Fighter.

Receiving no orders, like many Cumann na mBan activists, Leslie headed for the G.P.O
Initially they cooked meals and helped the men in the Hibernian Bank. On Tuesday forenoon the building came under attack from British troops. Leslie was standing beside Capt. Tom Weafer, OC of the Hibernian Garrison, when a bullet whizzed past her and into his stomach. As she was about to attend to him another bullet lodged in the chest of the man who had gone to Capt. Weafer’s aid. She had just time to say a prayer in Weafer’s ear when he died.

e of Sackville Street. The Rebellion Handbook published in 1916 by The Irish Times gives the following listing for Weafer:

Weafer, Thomas, was a captain in the Irish Republican Army, and belonged to Enniscorthy, where he was born twenty-six years ago. He was killed in the Hibernian Bank at the corner of Sackville Street and Lower Abbey Street, on Wednesday 26th April.

Weafer is refered to as Thomas Wafer in an entertaining piece from ‘Sceilg’, the pen name of choice for John Joseph O’Kelly. In his piece The GPO, now widely available within the recently republished Dublin’s Fighting Story, he wrote that

At the Hibernian Bank, Lower Abbey Street, Captain Thomas Wafer of Enniscorthy died of terrible wounds, at the age of twenty-six, the place in which he fell being soon shrouded in flames

The body of Thomas Weafer was never recovered, lost to the fire that destroyed the premises. Some idea of the ferocity of the fires that broke out on Sackville Street during the insurrection can be obtained from the Bureau of Military History Witness Statement of Oscar Traynor (W.S 340) who remarked that

Some time on Thursday a barricade which stretched from the Royal Hibernian Academy to a cycle shop- I think the name of it was Keating’s, on the opposite side of the street, took fire as a result of a direct shell hit. It was the firing of this barricade that caused the fire which wiped out the east side of O’ Connell St. I saw that happen myself. I saw the barricade being hit, I saw the fire consuming it and I saw Keating’s going up. Then Hoyt’s caught fire, and when Hoyt’s caught fire the whole block up to Earl St. became involved. Hoyt’s had a lot of turpentine and other inflammable stuff, and I saw the fire spread from there to Clery’s. Clery’s and the Imperial Hotel were one and the same building, and this building was ignited from the fire which consumed Hoyt’s (…..) I had the extraordinary experience of seeing the huge plate-glass windows of Clery’s stores run molten into the channel from the terrific heat.

The National Graves Association unveiled a plaque to Captain Thomas Weafer on Easter Sunday 1936. Notice the Weafer spelling is used on the contemporary site, while the plaque reads Wafer.

Weafer was a married man who was living in North Dublin at the time of the insurrection. Today, a street in his hometown of Enniscorthy is named after him (Weafer Street) and the plaque to his memory remains. While partially obstructed by a newspaper stall, this plaque remains readable to the passing public. It is, like the earlier linked-to plaque marking the spot of the Irish Farm Produce Company premises, an important site of the 1916 Rising marked.

By James Langton:

Pat Deasy, killed in the Kilmichael Ambush. Pat was a brother of the famous Liam Deasy.Cork IRA. He was a mere 16 years old when he was shot

By Mike Vearnals:

In Portrait of a Rebel Father , Nora Connolly O’ Brien, daughter of James Connolly, describes the initial reaction of the family to their fathers execution.

Nora Connolly O’ Brien
“Mama, we must go back to the Castle and ask for daddy’s body”
“They won’t give it to us”
“We must ask”
It was refused.
“Mrs. Connolly”- a nurse came to them as they stood in the hall not knowing what to do- “before Mr. Connolly left us I cut this off for you” On her hand was a lock of daddy’s hair. Mama took it and held to her cheek all that was left of him.

By James Langton:

The Pearse family home and monumental workshop back in the day.

By James Langton:

The boys of the Old Brigade CORK

By James Langton:

Bill Lennon IRA Volunteer,

they are Roger Mc Corley and Bob O Donnell (Fitzgerald) pictured at Glenravel 1921 for more information mike you can read the book Northern Divisions The old I.R.A. and the Belfast pogroms 1920-22 by Jim Mc Dermott

By James Langton:

By James Langton:Handover of Kilkenny Barracks Sixth from left in the front row James J Comerford, At the time of the hand over the Kilkenny People reported on the jubilant scenes that accompanied the hand over. “On Tuesday last, February 7th, the Kilkenny military barracks were formally handed over to representatives of the Irish Provisional Government. The historic event was marked by striking demonstrations of public rejoicing, and all classes of the citizens gave undeniable evidence of the satisfaction and pleasure occassioned by the British garrison and subsequent occupation of the premises by a number of picked men from the Kilkenny Brigade IRA,” said a report on the events published on February 11, 1922. An eye witness on the day who was one of the men who was picked to occupy the barracks after the British troops had vacated was, James J Comerford from Coon, Co Kilkenny. Judge Comerford went on to be a criminal court Judge in Manhattan. James J Comerford wrote his memories My Kilkenny IRA Days. Mr Comerford recalls in his book how the local IRA brigade organised a March from St James’s Park through Kilkenny. The organisation of the marching group fell to a Brigadier O’Dwyer who decided to form a “Marching Unit” of armed IRA men with rifles for the purpose of parading formally. Judge Comerford’s book singles out the various groups who came out on to the streets of to cheer on the IRA brigade. “We were cheered loudly by a group of Smithwick’s Brewery workers,” he said, “comrades of IRA Officer Martin Cassidy, of College Road, who had worked in Smithwicks in earlier days when he was organising the Irish Volunteers.” The column of IRA men were cheered on by staff of the Kilkenny People and the Mayor of Kilkenny Peter DeLoughrey, who had been imprisoned with DeValera. The marching IRA soldiers were even cheered on by the Friars at the end of Friary street, who blessed the men as they passed. The Marching Unit stopped on the parade and waited to be given the all clear to proceed to the Barracks. The English soldiers garrisoned in the barracks made the Kilkenny IRA men wait a half an hour before the message came out from the barracks that everything was in order and the Kilkenny men could take over. Judge Comerford in his book remembers Brigadier O’Dwyer’s comment as “Kilkenny people have been waiting 750 years to see the Norman soldiers and the English soldiers get our of Kilkenny City, so what difference will another half an hour of waiting make.” Led in by St Patrick’s Brass and Reed Band and marching to ‘A Nation Once Again,’ the Kilkenny IRA brigade marched from the parade towards the barracks. The Marching Unit slowed as it approached the barracks. As they were arriving the last of the English lorries was leaving the barracks heading towards the Curragh loaded with English troops who had been garrisoned in Kilkenny. A ceremonial company of about 30 English soldiers greeted the Kilkenny IRA brigade. The English troops presented arms as a salute to the IRA troops. Judge Comerford said “a time came when the British, without bugle call or other music, lowered their flag. It was hauled down the flag pole by the two ‘Tommies’ under the direction of the Captain.” When the Irish flag was finally raised the IRA brigade broke with their orders and cheered.

by James Langton:

Irish Volunteer Edward Bennet

Cork Irish Volunteers

McDermot & Pim visit Volunteer Hall, Sheares St. Cork 1915
(Manchester Martyrs Commemoration)

BACK: P. Cotter, Sean Nolan, Dathi Cotter, Sean Scanlan, Fred Murray. CENTER: Tom O’Sullivan & Diarmuid O’Shea (with rifles), Tom Barry, Pat Corkery, Donal Barrett, Donal Og O’Callaghan, Tadg Barry, Diarmud Lynch, Con Twomey (with rifle) FRONT: Sean Murphy, Tomas MacCurtain, Sean McDermot, Herbert Moore Pim, Sean O’Sullivan, Sean O’Murthille.

By James Langton:

Wormswood scrubs hungerstrikers 1920. Photo taken within the hospital grounds

By James Langton:

Tom Cullen at the races.. One of Collins’ most trusted lieutenants in the inteligence war against the British. Tom was from County Wicklow.

By Mike Vearnals:

P.J. Paddy Dalton, Dublin Brigade

By Mike Vearnals:

Veteran of the Knocklong Ambush

I.R.A. training camp at Duckett’s Grove during the 1920’s. (L to R) unknown; Liam Stack, OC Carlow Brigade; James Byrne, Adjutant Carlow Brigade.

By Mike Vearnals:

North Longford IRA

The North Longford Flying Column on Crott Mountain, 1 May 1921,
following an ambush at Reilly’s house at Fyhora, in which two B&Ts were killed.

Rear L-R: Frank Davis, John (Bun) McDowell, Seamus McKeon(bro. of Gen Sean McKeon), Michael Tracey, Paddy Lynch, Tom Reilly, James (Nap) Farrelly, Frank Gormley, Hugh Hourican.

Front L-R: Kieran(not a member of the column but ‘on the run’ & staying at Reilly’s house), Pat Cooke, Paddy (Bug) Callaghan, Tom Brady, Tom Reddington (Brigade O/C)

By Mike Vearnals:

Group of Longford Brigade IRA Officers taken by Thomas Reddington about fourteen days before the Truce of 11 July 1921. Back L-R: Bernard Garraghan, James Mulligan, MF Reynolds, Paddy ‘Bug’ Callaghan. Front L-R: EH Moran, M Heslin, S Conway, Bernard Masterson.

By James Langton:

A reunion of Tom Barrys Flying Column

Sean McKeons wedding

By James Langton:

Michael Wickham, drummer, Volunteer Pipe Band – 1916 CORK

By J.Langton:

Christopher Lucey, 3 Pembroke St. Cork – 1916 Shot dead by British forces at Tureen Dubh Ballingeary. Shot dead by British forces at Tureen Dubh Ballingeary Nov 10, 1920 at age 22

Application to join the Irish Volunteers 16 March, 1914

James (holding gloves) & Mark Wickham (James’ left) in group photo of 1916 veterans. Cork, Easter 1966

By Mike Vearnals:

All ages in that group, well kitted too, even though the boots have seen many days in the wet hills. and not looking like a rabble either, the beginning of a national army there.

By Mike Vearnals:

By Mike Vearnals:

Irish Citizen Army members drill in the Phoenix Park, late 1913.

By James Langton, text by Padraig O’Rourke:

Some of the Clare IRA who ambushed the Black & Tans at Rineen,This photo was taken at the Strand Barracks, Limerick just prior to the Civil War. Seamus Hennessy and Steve Gallagher pictured took part in the Rineen Ambush in 192o. Wether any of the others who did so are pictured or not I cant say. 1921.

By James Langton:

Cumman na mBann, at Brookfield, near Omagh, in Tyrone

By James Langton:

Irish Citizen Army members on the roof tops

By Sol Mendoza:

Lily O`Brennan, Marrobowne Lane garrison.

By James Langton:

Irish Republican Army in Limerick

By James Langton:

A Volunteer (guarding the Dáil sessions I believe)

By Risteard O’Murchu:

Irish Volunteers in the Falls area, Belfast 1914 15

By James Langton:

First Aid Unit of the 4th Battalion, Mid Clare Brigade, Irish Republican Army.

by M Vearnals:

East Clare BrigadeThis black and white photograph was taken at a reunion of the East Clare Brigade of the Old IRA, at Knappogue Castle on May 8th, 1968. During the War of Independence Clare County Council held their meetings at Knappogue Castle where they were guarded by the East Clare Flying Column. Michael Brennan, General of the East Clare Brigade also used the castle as his headquarters during that time.

By James Langton:

A small photo of Squad men Charlie Dalton (left) Tom Kehoe and Ben Byrne. (rare)

By James Langton:

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  1. carann August 24, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    hi all

    Having started family reasearch in the last year my grandfather holds my main interest. akin to you all he too fought in 1916 and was in frongoch. I cant be 100% sure but i think i see him in the second row from the front, second man sitting down. that been Thomas byrne formerly of lower kimmage road and new street area. his brother Christopher also fought in the 1916 rising but his army records state his service was broken and he rejoined whereby my grandfather was there from the onset. if anyone has any photos or information on my grandfather i would be grateful. He fought at bolands mills alongside eamon devalera/

    carmel o’connell
    grand-daughter of thomas byrne

  2. Quincey August 14, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    The image purporting to be “Cumman na mBann, at Brookfield, near Omagh, in Tyrone” most definetly isnt. The image is of Ulster Volunteer women in Brookfield. They were raised and drilled by local U.V.F. organiser Rev Canon Scott, who was also president of the Mid Tyrone Unionist Club. This unit of women was attached to B Company (Brookfield) of the 2nd Battalion (Omagh) County Tyrone Ulster Volunteer Force. The image appeared in several newspapers in 1914 (although apparently none in Ireland), with its first appearance appearing to be in the Daily Record (Glasgow) Friday 3rd July 1914.

  3. January 29, 2014 at 9:48 am

    This message is for Stephen Murphy who is looking for information on a John Leo ‘Jack’ Murphy who was executed on 30th November 1922. I believe I have found him in the 1911 Census living at Belvue Buildings with his father John, mother Margaret (both from Co. Wicklow) and his sisters Mary Margaret (born abt 1899 in Dublin city) and Margaret Anne (born about 1901 in Dublin city). ‘Jack’ was also born in Dublin city. You can obtain his birth cert from the GRO building (It is located about 150 yards from Werburgh Street’s junction with Castle Street and across the road from the famous Leo Burdock’s Fish & Chip shop). The census recorded John Murphy snr as being a brewry worker so when I checked the Guinness Storehouse records via ancestry website I was able to see he worked as a Drayman (driver) and was born on 7 Jan 1874 and died on 2 Feb 1931.

    When I checked to see if others had these Murphys on their family tree I came across one that had Jonn snr also ‘Jack’ (with unknown spouse) and his father as Peter Murphy and mother as Mary Quinn from Trooperstown, Wicklow. I then located John snr’s Baptismal record that confirms them as his parents. This family tree also has John snr’s siblings as Essie Murhpy, Tom Murphy, Liz Murphy and Peter Murphy. I hope this helps to place John Leo ‘Jack’ on your tree.



  4. Liam Dowling January 9, 2014 at 4:06 am

    I am a Dowling (Doolen )

    Great grandfather John Dowling, His wife was Mary. came from 81 Coon West, Doolans Cross.
    My Grandfather. Thomas, married Lizzie Doyle, his brother John, worked in Wades.
    His brother Patrick Married Elizabeth Lyons of Knockshan Bally.
    Kate Married James Moran.
    Mary married Jack Shore,
    Lizzie married Thomas Moran, brother of James.

    Daniel Jr married Mary Meaney,
    Patrick & Daniel , his wife was Margaret Brennan.
    GT, G,T, G,Father,s grand children were.
    Patrick Michael Mary Suzan & Margaret, Daughter in law was, Catherine, known as Kate.
    Susan married Robert Farrell.
    If anyone has any information I would be delighted to hear from you.
    Liam Dowling Castlecomer.

  5. Ronnie Gamble December 28, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    I am writing a book on local (Coleraine) history and I would like some confirmatory information on a a volunteer (IRA) called Tom Dwyer, possibly from the Dundalk area c. 1918. His wife was a Rice from Dundalk and her sister Catherine Rice married Charles MacLaughlin from Coleraine.
    I would like to add any information at all before publishing this short piece in my book.

    Any information a all would be helpful.

  6. Peter CURTIN (Mac Curtain) December 21, 2013 at 2:11 am

    My name is Peter Curtin, the CURTIN’s arrived in Australia in 1800’s, from Bellyvaughan district. I would like to communicate with any family members still in Ireland. Thomas MacCurtain, mayor of Cork shot, could be related, no sure.
    Like many of the male Curtin’s we dont losing fights

  7. Stephen Flynn October 10, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I would love to know if any one has information on Charlie Clifford and or james McKeon – both of Church Street, Dublin – left Dublin 1916 – both were members of some organisation. I have some documents handed down to me – thanks

  8. Phillip Kennedy September 5, 2013 at 1:37 am

    Hi, I am looking for any information on some family who were involved during the Uprising and beyond. I am told that Johanna (Annie) Galvin later (Kennedy) was a member of Cumann na mBan. Johanna supposedly worked as a stenographer at the Sunday Wells Gaol. It is also said that their house situated at 17.1 White Street, Cork was used as a “safe house” Johanna’s father John Galvin was the head of the house but what other involvement he had is unknown, also it is said that the family were good friends of Michael Collins and that they hid him and others in their house.
    Johanna married James Francis Kennedy in 1919 so most likely but unknown that James could have been involved as well.
    Any trinket of information would be most welcomed

    • Liz Gillis February 5, 2014 at 12:45 am

      Hello Phillip, I just saw your post. Do you have a photo of Annie. I’m working on a photo book of the women of the revolution and would love to put her in it.
      Kind Regards
      Liz Gillis

  9. Frank Harte July 10, 2013 at 8:13 am

    My grandfather’s brother, Frank Harte, was in the 3rd Northern Division Old IRA. He was born in Belfast (13 May 1901) & passed away (2 Sept 1956) in Dublin. I’m keen to find out more information about his role in the ware of independence & thereafter.

    • Kieran Glennon July 10, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Frank, in a report to GHQ describing a raid on Musgrave St barracks in Belfast on the night of 18th-19th May 1922, the object of which was to capture armoured cars for use in the IRA’s planned northern offensive of that month, the O/C of the 3rd Northern, Seamus Woods, commended the conduct and coolness under fire of a “Captain Harte” – unfortunately, he doesn’t give the man’s first name so this may or may not have been your grand-uncle.

      There’s no mention of a Frank Harte in some of the other sources which give details of Belfast members of the 3rd Northern, so unfortunately it’s a list of where he DOESN’T crop up:
      – A memoir written in the late ’20s / early ’30s by Thomas Gunn, which lists a lot of members of B Company, 1st Battalion, Belfast Brigade (he does mention that a John Harte was a member of that company – could that be another relative?), as well as some members of other companies
      – “Northern Divisions – The Old IRA and the Belfast Pograms” by Jim McDermott
      – “Republican Internment and the Prison Ship Argenta” by Denise Kleinrichert – so he wasn’t interned in 1922
      – The census of the Free State army taken on the night of 12th-13th Nov 1922 – from that you could probably infer that he didn’t join the Free State army during the Civil War

      Your best bet is probably to write to the Veterans Admin Section, Dept of Defence, Renmore, Galway to see if he put in a claim for a military service pension in respect of his time in the IRA.

      • Frank Harte July 11, 2013 at 1:58 am

        Thanks Kieran for the most interesting information. He had a number of brothers, including an older brother John (b:1889). I contacted Veterans Admin &, at first check, they don’t appear to have him registered, but they are getting back to me. Frank left Belfast for Dublin. Family history suggests that he and sister (Nan) went on the run. From whom, I don’t know.
        I share your thoughts that he may not have joined the Free State Army, and I think maybe either the anti-partionists or withdrew from the fray. Uncles attended his funeral in 1956 at St. Jerome’s cemetery, Dublin, said shots were fired over his grave & the Dubliners sang at it (possibly myth). On John Harte, I’ve no information on his life.
        Is the Thomas Gunn memoir available?

        Awe ra best

        Frank Harte

        • Mark Gunn November 8, 2014 at 10:12 am

          Hi Frank, I am a grandson of the late Lt Col Thomas Gunn, I have checked with my father on the memoirs and unfortunately he is not aware of any that were written by his father. Unfortunately little is know of my grandfather’s time in Belfast and as with many from that period he did not share details not those events.

          Mark Gunn

          • Frank Harte November 17, 2014 at 11:52 pm

            Hi Mark

            Thanks for contacting me. Since my initial posting on the website, I’ve received a copy of my great-uncle’s service record. This was done through contacting the Pensions Administration Section, Dept of Defence, Galway. It took a year to get the record. It confirms that the Captain Harte mentioned in The Northern Divisions (Jim McDermott) was my great uncle.

            There is no mention of Lt Colonel Thomas Gunn. Perhaps he was in a different battalion.

            If I come across anything I’ll let you know.

            All the best

            Frank Harte

          • Kieran Glennon November 21, 2014 at 9:41 pm

            Hi Mark,

            The Thomas Gunn memoir “Reorganisation in Antrim” is on microfilm in the National Library, it’s included in their collection of Michael Collins papers, their reference number is A/0148.

            The original is in the Michael Collins Collection in Military Archives, their reference number is IE/MA/CP/062/001

            I have a copy of it saved as a series of .JPGs, if you want I can email them to you as I think the memoir would be of interest to both you and your father. Your grandfather and mine were members of the same company in the Belfast IRA. You can contact me at


  10. Joan Martin May 9, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    I am seeking information on John Judge Volunteer Edenderry Old IRA

  11. Keith Williams April 1, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Trying to find information re my grandfather John Ryan born dublim 1900?
    Found out from a relative who has since died, that he was a member and was deported to England afterr 1922.
    He died in Salford Lancashire 7.4.42 aged 42 and am led to believe his. Ody could. OT be repatriated to Eire as he was under constant surveillance by Special Branch

    My mother born in 1929 knows little of his life in Eire as he died whilst she was an evacuee

    Keith Williams

  12. noel mc evoy March 22, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    HI noel mc evoy here, would love to know if anybody knows anything about my grand father and his father, thomas (grt grand father) and edward (grand father). Thomas served with 1st and 5th batallion carlow brigade and edward served with H and C company dublin brigade, the same one as Kevin Barry, thanks for your time, Noel

  13. David Cooper February 27, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Dear Maurean Sanders.
    Reading your ASK of Susan i thought i would get you to try an e-mail address that set me going, Susans uncle is my Cousin, i Found my Great gt gt uncles Citizens Army Number and the fact that he was Fron-goch and his home address in Dublin they gave me all that and a tital :Frongoch Roll Call,Sean Mahony book”Frongoch university of revolution” the e-mail address i used info@the
    regards Dave..

  14. David Cooper February 27, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Same reply as Maureen Sanders, Brilliant Photos my Great gt Uncle John Dutton Cooper was also in Fron-goch and long to find pictures of him family info tells me of diffrent places that he appears in picture but none have been proven have you any picture with Johns name on them..?? Fingers crossed

  15. David Cooper February 27, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Susan.
    Hopefully you do get back to me soon and any others of our Clan can have my e-mail address i am excitted already. Dave

  16. Aidan Walsh February 6, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Hi from downunder,
    My father was John (Jack) Walsh from Ballnabarney Wexford and was involved in the volunteers, supposedly with Kevin Barry. He had to leave Ireland in 1927 and emigrated to Australia, He never spoke of his experiences but just before he died in 1993 at the age of 93 he thought the British were coming to arrest him and he knocked out a male orderly in the hospital and then threw a chair through a window in an effort to escape. If anybody has any idea where I can get any information I would be extremely grateful.
    Aidan Walsh

  17. Maureen Sanders January 28, 2013 at 1:27 am

    Great set of photos! I would love to know who is in the Fron-goch group but I guess there is no information on that photo. I’m also working on my family tree and two great-uncles were in Fron-goch – Andy Doyle from Enniscorthy and Jim Quinn of Camolin Park.

  18. oliver jordan December 2, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Re photo of Tom Hales & Pat Harte.
    From my research I would say that you are correct and that he was forced to wave the flag.
    These pictures were taken before the torture.Tom Hales is bound with leather belts.

  19. Robert Persson October 15, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I am a great nephew of Pat Harte and I am trying to find out more about him. I’m interested that you say that he waved the flag in defiance. Have you got a source for this? Up to now I had been led to believe that he waved the flag because he had been broken by the torture.

    My grandfather, Pat Harte’s brother, was a constable in the RIC. This is the main reason that he largely disappeared from the family history. Personally I don’t want take sides or judge either of them. I just want to know what really happened so that I can tell the story honestly.

  20. richie walker August 28, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    im related to michael walker and his brother..their my uncles……i remember when micheal died i was only 7 father wanted to bring me to the funeral…….my mother said no… really proud of both of them now and wish i knew them……..if you have any info of their time in irish revolution id be greatful.

    yours richie walker

    • John O'Brien October 5, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      It should be: “..they’re my uncles…”

      Your uncles (& your mother) would want you to be educated, and spell words correctly.

  21. David Cooper July 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    i am forever looking for a Great,Gt ,Gt Uncle of mine name of John Dutton Cooper sevice number of 31 he was is the 1916 Uprising and the War of Independence, i dont know what he looks like i can not find any pictures of him i know he was never married and that he lived at one time at 33 Lennox St, Dublin and i know where he is buried and i know he did time in Frongoch Prison, there isnt anybody old enough in the family who can help me out here.

    • Susan Buchanan November 26, 2012 at 8:22 am

      Hi David,
      My uncle, who is 80, has given me a little info about John Dutton Cooper. He is my great grand uncle. I am currently working on the family tree and would be interested in sharing info.

      • Maureen Sanders January 28, 2013 at 2:00 am

        Hi Sue, I don’t suppose your grand uncle would have any information on my two grand-uncles – Andy Doyle of Enniscorthy and Jim Quinn of Camolin Park, both in Fron-goch. I’m also trying to find out whether my grand-aunt, Elizabeth Quinn, also Camolin Park, was a member of Cumann Na mBan. I know she carried dispatches during the War of Independence. And then there’s my Grandad, Johnny Doyle who played football for both Wexford and then Dublin in 1914-1915. I was told he was involved in the Rising but have not been able to find his name in any of the lists (though I found his brother Andy). It’s a long-shot but I thought I would ask. Thanks!

      • David Cooper February 27, 2013 at 12:01 pm

        Hi Susan, i have heard of you and would love to be intouch with you. If i am Correct i saying you are one of the lovely William Cooper Clan of Dublin and would to get to know you, lets here from you soon.

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