William Oman Irish Volunteer 1916

A brief history of William Oman is outlined below by Niall Oman, his great grandson. Many thanks Nialll for sharing this important information and pictures.

William Oman (my great-grandad) was 16 years old when he took park in the Rising. He played the last post at the funeral of O’Donovan Rossa and sounded the fall-in at Liberty Hall on Easter Monday morning. Due to his young age he was released from Richmond barracks. He went on to be a member of ‘G’ Company 1st Battalion Dublin Brigade IRA. He took part in the break out of Robert Barton from Mountjoy and also of 20 IRA prisoners from Mountjoy a few days later. He took part in the burning of the Customs House and was arrested during the Civil War and was in Mountjoy for 15 months.

Robert Oman (my great great grand-uncle) was Williams uncle. He was a member of ‘G’ company 1st Battalion Dublin Brigade Irish Volunteers. He was around the Four Courts area for the Rising. He was interned in Frongoch and Straffordshire Prisons. He went on to become O/C of ‘G’ company 1st Battalion Dublin Brigade with the rank of Captain. He too was interned during the Civil War, first in Gormanstown camp where his health suffered and then later in Mountjoy for the same period as William.

Niall Oman.

William Oman in IRA  Volunteers uniform

Williams 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 | 2017-09-13T15:09:56+00:00 June 12th, 2011|Individual Accounts Irish Volunteers 1913-1923, Uncategorized|2 Comments


  1. joe oman May 3, 2014 at 3:46 am

    Hi Niall
    Great stuff can you send me your email address, I’m your dads cousin, my dad was Billy Oman.
    I’m on facebook joe oman.

  2. xoncorp@yahoo.co.uk January 20, 2013 at 1:09 am

    Hi Niall. I think I found your email online but didnt get a reply so probably went to spam. Im currently researching my family and sent you some 1916 etc photos and info. My grand mother was Mary Oman. It was hard to find william in the dublin census but I think this is him….but seems to be living with a relative. I was wondering if you think this is correct. I think they they are related but not sure how yet.

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