Release 12 – IRA’s Dublin Brigade Active Service Unit 1922-23

The 12th release (May 2022) of MSPC material contains the service pension files of 23 individuals who served with the IRA’s Dublin Brigade Active Service Unit (ASU) during the Civil War. The files of over 30 men, who served in the same unit, have already been released. With its membership collated and listed for the…

Release 12 Highlights – Mary Crowe

Mary Crowe (neé McSweeney) MSP34REF38943 earns her place as a highlight of Release 12 owing to her remarkably interesting activities throughout the Revolution. Her file makes reference to several dangerous operations which she undertook with either (or both) sincere bravery or an alarming lack of concern for her own welfare. Her accounts provide insight into…

Release 12 Highlights

While the women highlighted in this post were unsuccessful in their military service pension applications their stories do illustrate the important role they played in the 1916-1923 period. The evidence they gave also highlight the trauma that they suffered and remained with them. MSP34REF35734 Mary Fitzgerald Claims that she was a member of Ballymacelligott Company,…

Release 12 – New files relating to 49 fatalities

A total of 49 individuals who died between 1916 and 1924 are included in the 12th release of the MSPC. Three of these deaths were due to illness/disease while imprisoned, one from an explosion and four were executions . All remaining deaths were caused by gunshot wounds. The deaths took place in the following time…

Research snapshot: The IRA Nominal Rolls series in MSPC

An archival exploration of the sister series of the Brigade Activity Reports. An online presentation containing the following pointers was given on 20 January 2022, at the occasion of the launch of Mapping the IRA, part of University College Cork’s Irish Revolution Project.Link to Recorded presentations of Public Webinar (20/01/2022). The Military Service Collection gathers…

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…