The British soldier at the heart of an IRA escape.

On 22 March 1921 an RIC patrol was ambushed by the IRA at Keadue, County Roscommon, resulting in the deaths of RIC Constables William Devereux and Michael James Dowling and the injuring of Sergeant O’Reilly.  A member of the North Roscommon Brigade IRA, Michael Dockery, was later arrested and sentenced for his part in the…

The IRA in Manchester (1919-23)

The IRA in Manchester (1919-23) New sources and insight from the Military Service Pensions Collection (MSPC) Project archivist Sam McGrath presented a history of the Manchester IRA (1919-23) utilising the recently released files of 45 individuals who applied for a military service pensions for their 1916-23 service. In total, this brings the number to over…

The Revolution Files in the MSPC – Part 3

Following the recent release of The Irish Times special supplement The Revolution Files, supported by the Department of Defence, the MSPC will highlight stories contained in this publication. Links will be presented as per the supplement. This post will focus on Connacht. Note The Irish Times operates a subscription service for their content. Connacht  Galway…

The Revolution Files in the MSPC – Part 2

Following the recent release of The Irish Times special supplement The Revolution Files, supported by the Department of Defence, the MSPC will highlight stories contained in this publication. Links will be presented as per the supplement. This post will focus on Munster. Note The Irish Times operates a subscription service for their content. Munster Cork…

The Revolution Files in the MSPC – Part 1

Following the recent release of The Irish Times special supplement The Revolution Files, supported by the Department of Defence, the MSPC will highlight stories contained in this publication. Links will be presented as per the supplement and each province covered in a separate post. Note The Irish Times operates a subscription service for their content….

Research snapshot – Hedge School: David Fitzpatrick’s Politics and Irish Life, 1913–21: provincial experience of war and revolution (1977) reassessed

History Ireland’s Hedge School in Ennis, Co Clare in association with the Clare County Library.– Podcast– Research preparation for panel discussion: focused on War of Independence in county Clare. “The untimely passing of Prof. David Fitzpatrick (TCD) earlier this year provided an opportunity to reassess his ground-breaking 1977 local study of County Clare, which was…

October- December 1919 – Part 4/4

This is the fourth and last part of our basic chronology for the year 1919, linking MSPC files to various events that happened that year. All individuals linked to major or smaller events will be added as the archivists’ processing work progresses. Part 1: January-March Part 2: April-JunePart 3: July-September OCTOBER 1919 NOVEMBER 1919 ?…

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…