By Mike Vearnals; David Neligan (1899–1983), known by his soubriquet "The Spy in the Castle", was an important figure involved in the Irish War of Independence 1919-1921, and subsequently became Director of Intelligence for the Irish Army after the Irish Civil War.
By Tom Stokes: My grandfather John Stokes, a native of Bunclody in County Wexford. He was a striking tram driver in the 1913 Lockout, joined the National Volunteers, collected his rifle from the Asgard in the Howth Gunrunning in July 1914, went with the Irish Volunteers in the Redmond-provoked split, and turned up for [...]
Eamon Martin (1892 - 1971). Article by Eamon Murphy. Eamon Martin was born in 1892 at the family home in Island Villas, situated just off Great Brunswick Street in Dublin. Eamon attended the nearby St. Andrew’s school and upon leaving school in 1907 began a tailoring apprenticeship following in the footsteps of his father. Eamon [...]
By Cormac O'Comhrai: Pádraic Ó Máille: Sinn Féin TD 1918-1921, active in the IRA in west Connemara. Supported the Treaty. Badly wounded in the attack that left Seán Hales TD dead and led to the execution of Mellows, O'Connor, McKelvey and Barrett. Recognising the need for reconciliation the following year he told a meeting in [...]
by James Langton: Heroine of the War of Independence, Dr. Brigid Lyons-Thornton, a native of Co. Roscommon, who, after the death of her mother, moved to Longford to live with her uncle. A medical student, and aged about twenty at the time of the Easter Rising, she served in the Four Courts, during Easter Week [...]
By Eamon Murphy: Matthew or ‘Matt’ Connolly joined Fianna Eireann in 1911 and spent three years there until he joined the Citizen Army in 1914. During the Rising he fought in Dublin City Hall under the command of his brother, Sean, who gave his life at that post. Matt recalled the events in City Hall, [...]
Sent in by Tom Dignam, thanks Tom. We are looking for more information on Commandant William Dignam,,please e mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for your assistance. Commandant William Dignam 1.st Battalion Offaly Brigade I.R.A. Died ,March 21, 1921. from wounds received from Enemy forces ,September 25.th, 1920.
Seán O'Hegarty was a prominent member of the Irish Republican Army Cork during the Irish War of Independence and served as O/C of the Cork No. 1 Brigade of the IRA after the deaths Tomais Mac Curtain and Twerence MacSwiney . Born in Cork on 21 March 1881, O'Hegarty came from a family with strong nationalist roots. His parents [...]