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…

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…

Women in Intelligence – Part 2: Eileen MacCarvill née McGrane

Following on from a previous blog article relating to the intelligence work of Dubliner Annie Smith covering the period from the War of Independence through to the end of 1923, this blog features the case of another Dublin based woman, Eileen MacCarvill (née McGrane) who, like Smith, also worked closely with Michael Collins. MacCarvill moved…

Altnaveigh Reprisal

Included in the May 2018 release from the MSPC are the files of some of those individuals involved in one of the most infamous attacks carried out in the border area in the revolutionary period. The attacks at Altnaveigh, County Armagh on 17 June 1922 by the IRA in which six members of the protestant…