Fennessy Family – skeletons in the closet

May 2018 saw the release of the unsuccessful application of Margaret Daly née Fennessy under the Army Pensions Acts in respect of the death of her brother Michael. Michael Fennessy died in the Midleton Hospital, Cork on 24 October 1922. His cause of death was recorded as tubercular enteritis. Margaret writes of her brother’s service…

Denis O’Brien: 1916 veteran shot dead by the IRA in 1942

Introduction Pim Street and Upper Basin Street in Dublin 8 are a short five minute walk from each other. They are bound to the north by the sprawling St. James’s Gate Guinness Brewery and to the west by the present day St. James’s Hospital. In 1916, 8 Pim Street was occupied by the O’Brien family…

Haughey and Hillery – political clichés

Few things are as entrenched as political lineage within families. There is the impression that political dynasties have existed for generations. Traditionally families have been either Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael.  This post will explore two of the cases that will challenge that cliché. The first case is that of John Haughey (24SP9208) probably best…

The rescue of Robert Byrne from Limerick Union hospital (April 1919)

On Sunday 6 April 1919, several dozen members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in Limerick city were mobilised to take part in a dangerous operation. Their mission was to enter the public area of a hospital during visiting hours and rescue a bed-ridden comrade who was being closely guarded around the clock by armed…