Kilmichael ambush in the MSPC (28 November 1920)

On Sunday the 28th of November 1920, one week after Bloody Sunday, came one of the most infamous events of the Revolutionary Period. Seventeen Auxiliaries (Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary) were killed in an ambush led by the 3 Cork Brigade Active Service Unit (Flying Column) under the command of Tom Barry at…

Post Office Robbery, Lisacul, Roscommon

John Merriman, the assistant postmaster at Lisacul, Ballaghaderreen, County Roscommon reported a terrifying scene to An Garda Síochána at Loughglynn on the morning of 21 November 1930. He stated that earlier that morning, 3 or 4 a.m. three armed, masked men forced their way into the post office he operated with his wife, Elizabeth. He…

Arms work in London (1916-22)

This is the first in a series of articles focusing on the work of the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in London. It will look at the city’s important role in the procurement, storing and transport of arms and ammunition from the build-up to the Easter Rising 1916 until the end of…

Women applicants: cases of note from Release #9

Multi-Connections Esther May (MSP34REF60916)Esther Dooley was a member of Cumann na mBan Athy Branch, attached to 5 Battalion, Carlow Brigade IRA. She names Christina Malone, Patrick Cosgrave and Eamon Malone as her commanding officers. From 1919 to 1921 she regularly carried dispatches from Athy (5 Battalion HQ) to Carlow (Brigade HQ). She also occasionally transported…

“Bloody Sunday” in the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection

Introduction: The coordinated operation to attack suspected British intelligence agents on the morning 21 November 1920, known as “Bloody Sunday”, was, to that date, the largest single operation undertaken by the Irish forces in Dublin during the War of Independence. In all sixteen people were killed by the IRA that morning and several others wounded….

13 year old civilian shot dead by Royal Sussex Regiment (23 July 1922)

Three girls Mary (Minnie) Connolly aged 18, Mary Nugent née Moore aged 17 and her sister Margaret aged 13 were returning  to their homes in Jonesborough, County Armagh on 23 July 1922 when they were shot by members of the Royal Sussex Regiment stationed at Jonesborough RIC (Royal Irish Constabulary) Barracks. Two of the girls…

Women applicants: giving evidence

Introduction As the cataloguing progresses, it has been routinely observed that the conditions for women to be eligible to apply for service pensions – and for their claims to be eventually successful- have been unclear and badly understood by applicants. Certainly it is often challenging to understand what separates a low activity service but successful…