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 Kerr family of Liverpool and their fight for Irish Freedom

Continuing the theme from the last post on the IRA in St Helens this post will focus on the Kerr family and their work in Liverpool area. The story of the Kerr family is one of the most remarkable stories contained within the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection (MSPC). Through the files of Neill Kerr…

International Connections in the MSPC

The Military Service Pensions Collection (MSPC) contains files relating to a number of individuals active in the Republican Movement during the Revolutionary period (1916-1923) who were either born outside of Ireland or had non-Irish parentage. They include Robert Briscoe (1894-1969) whose Jewish parents emigrated to Dublin from Lithuania; Captain Louis Marie (1900-1957) whose father was…

Negligence and the Army Pensions Act

The introduction of the Army Pensions Act in 1923 enabled the dependents of the deceased to lodge a claim for compensation. For a case to be successful under the Army Pensions Acts it first had to pass certain criteria. These included: membership of an accepted organisation; death due to  active service; killed or wounded in…

The Lynch family – money and civil war division

“I am grateful for your expression of sympathy re my poor brother Sean but strongly object to his wife receiving one penny. The hardened wretch deserted him…”   So writes Patrick Lynch, Aherlow, County Tipperary to General Gearoid O’Sullivan on 21 September 1925 when seeking the balance of his brother Sean’s military service pension. A…

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…