The rescue of Robert Byrne from Limerick Union hospital (April 1919)

On Sunday 6 April 1919, several dozen members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in Limerick city were mobilised to take part in a dangerous operation. Their mission was to enter the public area of a hospital during visiting hours and rescue a bed-ridden comrade who was being closely guarded around the clock by armed…

The Brigade Activity Reports: how to search (the direct way)

The Brigade Activity Reports in the Military Service Pensions Collection were released in February 2019. With the IRA Nominal Rolls, the BARs form a very significant source of information and inform us on the individual claims lodged by the veterans of the Irish struggle for independence. There are completely unique records If you are unsure…

April – June 1919 – Part 2/4

This is the second part of our basic chronology for the year 1919, linking MSPC files to various events that happened that year. All individuals linked to major or smaller events will be added as the archivists’ processing work progresses. Events may also be added as found. Part 1: January-March available here.Part 3: July-SeptemberPart 4:…

January – March 1919 – Part 1/4

This is the first installment of what is intended to be a basic chronology for the year 1919, linking MSPC files (mostly individual claims) to events that happened that year. All individuals linked to major or smaller events will be added as the archivists’ processing work progresses. Three other posts will follow (Part 2: April-June;…

New narratives on the Soloheadbeg ambush (21 January 1919)

View the Soloheadbeg highlight in the Brigade Activity Reports Following the 1916 Easter Rising and in the lead up to the Soloheadbeag ambush, the re-organised Irish Volunteers and Na Fianna Éireann were involved in some isolated armed incidents. In June 1917, RIC (Royal Irish Constabulary) Inspector John Mills was fatally struck with a hurley at…

Members of the First Dáil in the MSPC

The island of Ireland elected 105 MPs in the 1918 UK General Election with Sinn Féin winning a decisive landslide victory. It was also an historic election as women over 30 had the opportunity to vote for the first time as did all men over 21. The results were: Sinn Féin – 73 Irish Unionist…

Military Service Pension Grades Explained

Pension Grades – Military Service Pensions Act, 1924 Under the Military Service Pensions Act, 1924 pension grades relate to the rank system within the Defence Forces. Receipt of a pension under the act was dependent on service with the National Army and/or the Defence Forces during the periods between 1 July 1922 and 30 September…