My grandmother often used to sing about Dinny Lacey as she went about her housework. Part of one song was,
It was England gave the orders and England gave the guns
and Cosgrave dyed the khaki green to kill our gallant sons
they spilt their blood upon the grass and thought it no disgrace
when they murdered Dinny Lacey the noblest of our race
Brigadier Dennis “Dinny” Lacey was killed in action against Irish Free State forces deep in the Glens of Aherlow during the Irish civil war in February 1923. Sean Treacy was killed in a gun fight with British forces during the Irish War of Independence in Talbot Street, Dublin, in October 1920. Sean Treacy introduced Dinny Lacey to the republican movement (IRB) in 1913.
I have vocal tradition that Dinny or maybe Sean Tracey were killed climbing the gate at my Grandma’s place in Bansha, or maybe even further into Galtees. This followed a terrible raid at my grandmothers’ My mother remembered bayonets put through the matresss that my mother and her siblings were sleeping. I was told it was the Black and Tans raiding the premises looking for the boys who my grandmother had been sheltering. My father David Francis Fanning was a runner for the IRA but I’m not sure he lived in Bansha.There has also been mentioned a connection with Dan Breen.
Hope you can help.Always had an urge to try and find the truth. Don’t really know why just that something is urging me to find out.
Thanks for reading.
Im also related. My mother was Dinny’s niece.
Have a look at my post. You probably have heard of stuff about his death that might help with my quest
fascinated by my distant relation dinny lacey – but cant find any info re his family – am trying to trace my family connection to him – unfortunately all my relatives are dead
Im related too named after him .
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