An IRA mole in the RIC, the vital but not always recognised work of women, and a member of the Tipperary “Bloody Sunday” football team – More highlights from Release 11

MSP34REF20345 Jeremiah Maher Jeremiah Maher used his position as Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) Chief Clerk to the Kildare RIC County Inspector in Naas, County Kildare to provide Kildare Brigade and General Headquarters IRA with intelligence information regarding the movement of British forces, planned raids, confidential RIC circulars and ciphers to RIC codes until his resignation…

The Interrogation and Torture of Patrick Hayes

Patrick Hayes MSP34REF5326 was a member of A Company (Kilross), 4 Battalion, 3 Tipperary Brigade, IRA. During the War of Independence Hayes was heavily involved in the usual local IRA activities as well as partaking in a number of significant engagements including attacks at Ballylanders (Limerick) (April 1920), Kilmallock (Limerick), Cappawhite (Tipperary), and Glenbane (Tipperary)…

GHQ Intelligence in the MSPC

A number of applicants active in intelligence work for IRA’s General Headquarters (GHQ) in Dublin are contained in the MSPC’s 11th release in November 2021. They include: Michael Larkin MSP34REF62363 Telegraphist JJ Brennan MSP34REF16497 Telegraphist Jeremiah Sheehan MSP34REF21726 Telegraphist Daniel Hickey MSP34REF203 Railway worker Thomas Semple 24SP2321 Railway worker Joe Cavanagh DP1632 Dublin Metropolitan Police…

Release 11 – New files relating to 52 fatalities

A total of 52 individuals who died between 1916 and 1927 are included in the 11th release of the MSPC. Four of these deaths were due to illness/disease and one from head trauma as a result of a bicycle fall. All remaining deaths were caused by gunshot wounds. This number includes four Gardaí killed in…

Release 11 – Edmund Joseph “Ned” Breslin

The November 2021 release from the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collections contains the application of Edmund Joseph “Ned” Breslin, one of Michael Collins most trusted men and fiercely loyal to him. Born in Derry in 1898 there is nothing in file which explains his reasoning for moving to Dublin. However we do know that by…

Release 11 – Highlights

Release 11 – November 2021 A. Quick breakdown 1,469 individuals representing approximately 4,230 new files entering the public domain. The main characteristic of this release is that the majority of entries are women applicants. Includes: 1064 unsuccessful applications lodged by women under the Military Service Pensions Act, 1934.  43 successful service pensions awarded under the…

Erskine Childers

Shortly after Erskine Childers was shot in Beggars Bush barracks on 24 November 1922, his London solicitors asked the military authorities to provide a copy of the death certificate, so they could deal with his investments and insurance. His widow, Molly, also asked them to return the personal effects taken from him when he was…

Notes on Online Search: Pensions and Awards

The online search of Military Service Pensions Collection has changed lately as additional options have been added to enable a wider exploration of the archive and more combined search. The MSP Collection is complex and despite an enhanced search, it might not be obvious what is being retrieved each time. Users must keep in mind…