The Bennett family and pensions administration

The story of the Bennett family from Ballingarry, County Tipperary is just one of the thousands that available in the collection. Their interaction with the administrative process that became the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection began with the application from John Bennett whose son Patrick was killed on 3 December 1922 at age 19. Bennett…

Behind the scenes

For this, the final post of 2017 the focus will be a little different. Rather than an individual or event, this post will address the workflow from file selection to presentation on the web. To do this the post will focus on the wound pension series with examples taken from the application of Dan Breen….

The Lynch family – money and civil war division

“I am grateful for your expression of sympathy re my poor brother Sean but strongly object to his wife receiving one penny. The hardened wretch deserted him…”   So writes Patrick Lynch, Aherlow, County Tipperary to General Gearoid O’Sullivan on 21 September 1925 when seeking the balance of his brother Sean’s military service pension. A…

Daniel Joseph McGandy – First War of Independence fatality

Daniel Joseph McGandy of 7 Bond’s Hill, Waterside, Derry died on 20th January 1919. He had served with the IRA in A Company, Derry city area. According to information in file the inquest returned a verdict of death by drowning. The successful application under the Army Pensions Act, 1923 was made by the deceased’s father,…

A letter by Nora Martin – “I am reading through these claims…”

The pension files contain a lot of correspondence and naturally, when associated with administrative processes, material can be dry and very matter-of-fact. However some can give us a substantial amount of information about people’s interactions and transactions and in some cases, they can be the only testimony of a person’s actions during those years, describing…

James Dalton, Limerick – accused spy shot by the IRA

The file relates to the death of James Dalton and the successful application by his widow, Annie under the Army Pensions Act, 1923. It is claimed that Dalton had joined the Irish Volunteers in 1913 and by the date of his death served at the rank of Captain in the Mid-Limerick Brigade, IRA. Dalton was…

Denis O’Neill and the road to Béal na Bláth

The collection contains four files relating to Denis “Sonny” O’Neill of 35 Mitchell Street, Nenagh, County Tipperary. One of these files is very likely unique. It is Department of Defence file 2/21085. This file was first compiled by Intelligence Branch of the National Army on Denis O’Neill, a native of Maryboro, Timoleague, Co Cork, in…

James Fox – a pension refused

James Fox, a veteran of the Easter Rising, serving in Saint Stephen’s Green and the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin under the command of Michael Mallin. He subsequently served with the National Forces between June and October 1922. However, in October 1927, he was refused a certificate of service, and consequently a pension, by the…

Nora Gavin – The limits of involvement

Nora Gavin was born on 28 June 1891 and lived in Castlebar, Co Mayo. At the age of 23, she was appointed to the Post Office in Tuam, Co Galway. She was subsequently transferred to Tubbercurry (Co. Sligo) and then to Kiltimagh (Co.Mayo) She lost her employment as a telephonist in Kiltimagh as a result…

Deafness in the Military Service Pensions Collection

This post was prompted by a question asked by a conference delegate at the International Conference on Women’s History in the Digital World (July 2017, Maynooth University) regarding deaf pension applicants in the collection. What follows are the hits to our search for deaf participants. In some cases, the information in the files allows to…

John Sullivan “The Yank”

John Sullivan, also known as “The Yank” with an address at 4 Camden Place, Dublin made unsuccessful application for a wound pension or gratuity under the Army Pensions Acts in respect of injuries sustained by him while serving with the Irish Citizen Army. The nickname supposedly referred to his time serving with the American army,…