Michael Brennan waved his arm and called out to the men of the East Clare Flying Column to abandon their positions along the road near Glenwood House in southeast County Clare, about 12 miles north of Limerick City. Like so many ambushes laid by members of the Irish Volunteers during the Irish War…Continue
Tomás Malone, aka Seán Forde, looked down at the gaping hole in the roof of the Royal Irish Constabulary barracks and hurled in another Mills bomb, hoping that this time he would see the roof explode in flames. They had thrown several gasoline-filled bottles into the gaping hole already from their…Continue
Now rise up DJ Allman, arise and tell me true
Who fought at Headford Station that day along with you?
Who stood out on that platform board, who fired that signal gun?
Who fought to free old Ireland with you my darling son?
-- From “The Ballad of DJ Allman"…
On top of roof and window,
Those boys stood up to fight,
‘Til the burning of the cottage
And no escape in sight.
Late on Christmas night 1920, Irish Volunteers John Leen (24) and Maurice Reidy (25) stealthily made their way to the home of John Byrne, the creamery manager in Ballymacelligott, County Kerry. The cottage had been raided often, because Byrne was a well-known Republican who had…Continue
On the cool, pleasant night of St. Stephens day, December 26, 1920, over two hundred men and women were dancing, eating and enjoying themselves at Caherguillamore House, three miles northeast of Bruff, in County Limerick. The Martin brothers from Bruff were providing the music. This was not a commonplace dance. It had been…Continue
Shortly after the death of Martin McGuinness, I listened to a radio discussion about the Provisional IRA and its origins. Among the contributors was Ruth Dudley Edwards, the self-professed revisionist historian. At one stage in the programme, I heard her say, “I can understand why people went out on civil rights marches…Continue
If you ever drive down the south side of the beautiful and scenic Dingle Peninsula in Co. Kerry, as I did with my wife, brother and sister-in-law last June (and everyone should, at least one in their lives), you will pass through the small village of Lispole on N-86 a few miles before you get to Dingle town. As you make…Continue
This is my late mother, Margaret McGuinness Kelly, who was an assistant to James Connolly. Her great friend Winnie Carney was her…
Two months after the ambush at the Burgery, on the 18th of May, the body of Pat Keating was disinterred for burial in Kilrossanty, at the request of his family.
Above: In the front, left to right, are Tommy Boyle, George Lennon, Michael Foley. In the rear…Continue
The authorities took Hickey’s remains to the barracks of the Royal Irish Constabulary, in Dungarvan, where the body of Sean Fitzgerald lay. He was duly conveyed, on Tuesday the 22nd, to the new section of the cemetery at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Dungarvan. No civilians, except…Continue
Éamon de Valera is a man that has enjoyed iconic status in the Irish history books for more reasons than being one of the Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising. He was born in New York in 1882 to a Irish mother and a Spanish father. His mother originated from Bruree, Limerick, and his…Continue
Added by That's Just How It Was on March 28, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments
James Connolly (Séamas Ó Conghaile) is one of the handful of men who share the dubious honour of being placed in the iconic status categories in the Irish history books based on his involvement in the Easter Rising 1916 as well as his role in the Trade Union movement. He was born in Cowgate 1868 to Irish…Continue
Pádraig Pearse (Patrick Henry Pearse) is one only a handful of men who have enjoyed the dubious honour of becoming an iconic status in Irish History books based on his role in the 1916 Easter Rising. He was born in Great Brunswick Street in Dublin and had a brother,…Continue
Michael Mallin was born in 1874 in the Liberty tenements Dublin. He was a son of a carpenter, but his early days living in Dublin elude historians. It is, therefore, his teenage years that are the focus of this biopic.
At the age of fourteen years he joined the British…Continue
Sean Connolly was born in Sandymount, Dublin in 1883. His family had been driven off their land during the Land League era. Connolly and all his siblings were steeped in nationalism and all that Fenianism stood for. When his father, a sailor, left his seafaring job, he…Continue
Added by That's Just How It Was on March 9, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments
Michael O'Hanrahan (Micheál Ó hAnnrachain, 1877 – 4 May 1916) is another one of the 1916 Leaders who is not universally known. He was born in New Ross, County Wexford to Richard and Mary O’Hanrahan (nee Williams). He had a brother, Henry, and a sister, Eily. His father was heavily involved in the 1867 Fenian Rising. Michael's family moved to County Carlow when he was a young…Continue
Tomás Mac Donnchadha, or Thomas MacDonagh (1 February 1878 – 3 May 1916), was born in Cloughjordan, County Tipperary, to Joseph and Mary MacDonagh (nee Parker). Both his parents were intellectuals and…Continue
Added by That's Just How It Was on February 28, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Edward "Ned Daly" is one of the 1916 Easter Rising leaders less known for his role as Commandant in the Irish Military Brotherhood. Out of a family of ten children, he was the only son born to Edward and Catharine Daly (nee O’Mara) in Limerick. His father…Continue
Added by That's Just How It Was on February 25, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments