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,…