REVEALED: The fifth Kerry man to die during the Easter Rising


Nov 15, 2016


Duagh native and UCD historian Dr Mary McAuliffe will give a talk at 8pm on Thursday, November 24th in Duagh national school hall on Robert Dillon, from Lyreacrompane, who has now become known as the ‘Fifth Kerryman’ killed during the Easter Rising.




Dr McAuliffe – one of the co-editors of ‘Kerry 1916: Histories and Legacies of the Easter Rising – has researched the story of the north Kerry native who was a successful businessman in Dublin’s Moore Street. He died tragically while trying to get his family to safety during the worst fighting of the Rising. Witnessing Dillon’s death on Moore Street, Pádraig Pearse is said to have finally decided to surrender to prevent further civilian casualties. Robert Dillon’s name is now on the list of the Rising dead in Glasnevin Cemetery. His descendants are the Dillon family in the parish.




Dr McAuliffe will also talk on the other north Kerry men and women who took part in the Rising and who were active during the Revolutionary Years. Poet and Ballylongford native Brendan Kennelly will give a poetry reading and there will also be a musical interlude with a 1916 theme.




This event is a fundraiser for the local Transition Year students who are travelling with the Hope Foundation to Kolkata and entry is €5 per family. The book on the period, Kerry 1916: Histories and Legacies of the Easter Rising – A Centenary Record will be for sale at a special price on the night. All are welcome.




NOTE: The full story of Robert Dillon will be published on this website shortly. Follow us on Twitter @kerry1916book for updates.






The Irish at War




Feb 5


#OnThisDay 1922 Cumann na mBan held a convention & voted 419 against to 63 for the Treaty. Countess Markievicz was elected President & the pro-Treaty members were asked to resign. They formed their own group called Cumann na Saoirse led by Jennie Wyse Power.




1916 Items;


DEV: According to Kennedy aides Kenneth O’Donnell and David Powers in their book ‘Johnny, we hardly knew ye’, de Valera responded that ‘he had lived in Ireland since his early childhood, but he was born in New York City, and because of his American citizenship, the British were reluctant to kill him. “But there were many times when the key in my jail cell door was turned”, he said, “and I thought that my turn had come”.’ O’Donnell and Powers report that Kennedy was ‘spellbound’ as he listened to the aging rebel’s tale, with its emphasis on de Valera’s American connection.




23 July 1946, New York Times; The Rev. Thomas J. Wheelwright, half-brother of Prime Minister Eamon de Valera of Eire and superior of St. Alphonsus Retreat House, Tobyhanna, Pa., died yesterday in Mercy Hospital, Scranton, Pa., it was announced here by the Redemptorist Order, of which Father Wheelwright was a member. He was 55 years old.






They are not ‘hanging men and women for the wearing of the green’ these days,” an American newspaper commented on May 13, 1916, of events recently transpired in Dublin; “they are shooting them.” That terse opinion was expressed in the pages of the Sacred Heart Review, published weekly in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but with a readership, largely Irish Catholic, throughout the United States.




Paddy Waldron


6 Jan 2020


Cathal Crowe, the Mayor of Clare and a candidate for the imminent general election, has raised some interesting questions by announcing a boycott of an event on 17 January to commemorate those who served in the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and the Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP).




What do our monuments and commemorations call to rememberance? Of what do they preserve the memory? Do they preserve good memories for all, bad memories for all, or good memories for some and bad memories for others? Are they concerned with events, dates, individuals, institutions or organisations? Should we commemorate wars themselves, or the end of wars?




There are many monuments that already preserve the memory of the RIC. I pass two on a regular basis - Mark Kelly's mural outside the Museum of Irish Rural Life at the Old Creamery in Kilrush, depicting RIC men at an eviction during the Land War in 1888; and the monument on the bridge between Ballina and Killaloe to the Scarriff Martyrs, four men killed by the Auxiliary Division of the RIC and the Black and Tans in November 1920.




The Royal Irish Constabulary was disbanded on 30 August 1922, so 30 August 2022 would be an appropriate and neutral date for a centenary commemoration.




I have always had mixed feelings about the RIC. My greatgrandfather and greatgreatgrandfather, both named Thomas Waldron, were members of the organisation from 1847 (when it was still the plain Irish Constabulary) to 1898. I remember my cousin Tomás de Bhaldraithe explaining, when asked about his ancestors, "Bhí muid i seirbhís an namhaid" ("We were in the service of the enemy"). I remember my greatuncle Des Waldron lamenting when his grandson followed his father into the Garda Síochána that he was the only break in a five generation tradition of police service. I later discovered that this tradition went back two generations further to John Keas, who was regularly appointed between 1815 and at least 1837 as High Constable of the Barony of Pubblebrien, a local office soon replaced by the new Irish Constabulary; John Keas's granddaughter married the older Thomas Waldron in 1851.




In 1907, my grandfather's first cousin Bill Glennon (RIC registered number 62442, joined 18 March 1907) and my grandmother's first cousin George Roche (RIC registered number 62449) joined the organisation at around the same time. They may therefore have known each other during their initial training, and may have been aware that their respective first cousins married each other the following year. Bill and George both met violent deaths, at the hands of different enemies, while serving the crown: Bill at the Battle of the Somme on 12 October 1916 after transferring to the Royal Dublin Fusiliers; George in an ambush at Cloghane/Dingle, County Kerry during the War of Independence on 13 July 1920 while still serving with the RIC. I know that some of George Roche's relatives are wondering how best to commemorate the centenary of his death this coming summer, but I don't know how to answer that question.


CANADA: Participate in the Indexing of the


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To mark the Armistice of 11 November 1918, we propose to participate in the indexing of Canadian World War I personal records, from November 8, 2019 until November 17, 2019.




Over 600,000 men and women enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during the First World War (1914-1918) as soldiers, nurses and chaplains.




To participate, go to the menu "Projects" and "Collaborative indexing", select the collection "Canadian World War I personal records" and the time you can spend on it, then click the button "Start indexing".


Daniel Rudd- Calling a Church to Justice


by Gary B. Agee




In May of 1890, the Christian Soldier, an African American newspaper, identified the Catholic journalist and activist Daniel Arthur Rudd as the "greatest negro Catholic in America." Yet many Catholics today are unaware of Rudd's efforts to bring about positive social change during the early decades of the Jim Crow era. In Daniel Rudd: Calling a Church to Justice, Gary Agee offers a compelling look at the life and work of this visionary who found inspiration in his Catholic faith to fight for the principles of liberty and justice. Born into slavery, Rudd achieved success early on as the publisher of the American Catholic Tribune, one of the most successful black newspapers of its era, and as the founder of the National Black Catholic Congress.


More on Belfast





SOME IRISH HISTORY: In the face of intimidation of Cumann na nGaedheal meetings by the anti-treaty IRA and the rise in support for Éamon de Valera’s Fianna Fáil from 1926, a new strategy was required to strengthen the voice of the pro-Treaty tradition who now found themselves in opposition. The National Guard, popularly known as the Blueshirts, and originally the Army Comrades Association, a nationalist-conservative and covertly fascist movement led by Eoin O’Duffy, took up the task of defending Cumann na nGaedheal rallies from republican intimidation. When they planned a march on Dublin, de Valera banned the demonstration, fearing a repeat of Mussolini’s infamous March on Rome. As a result, Fine Gael–The United Ireland Party was founded as an independent party on 8 September 1933, following a merger of Cumann na nGaedheal, the National Centre Party and the National Guard. The merger brought together two strands of Irish nationalism namely the pro-treaty wing of revolutionary Sinn Féin and the old Home Rule party represented by Dillon and the Centre Party. In reality, the new party was a larger version of Cumann na nGaedheal, the party created in 1923 by the Pro-Treaty leaders of the Irish Free State under W. T. Cosgrave.






Oct 2, 2019


  Pearse KellyPensionsSean McCaugheyStephen Hayes


The Military Archives have released their most recent set of pension files today including documents shedding light on the activities of the IRA, Cumann na mBan and Fianna Éireann. While they primarily relate to the years 1916 to 1923, there is a wealth of information buried within them relating to later periods of equally significant historical value. Here is one example to get started with.




Pension Files








An Address from the Army Council of the Irish Republican Army to the Men and Women of the Orange Order


[This is the text as quoted by The Kerryman on 16th July 1932. It was published in An Phoblacht the same day and had been largely written by Peader O’Donnell. Prior to publication, it had been circulated with a covering letter from the IRA’s Adjutant General, Donal O’Donoghue, on 8th July to newspaper editors. Most, even including the Belfast Newsletter, published abridged versions as early as 11th July 1932. I have kept the formatting here from The Kerryman version. The address was distributed as leaflets in unionist districts of Belfast by IRA volunteers.]


North Kerry Word press


‘Pray for me’: The last letter of an RIC officer executed by the IRA


Ronan McGreevy




The poignant last letter of former Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) officer who was executed by the IRA for being a spy has been released as part of the Brigade Activity Reports.


James Kane, a fisheries protection officer in Co Kerry, was executed on June 16th 1921 on suspicion that he gave his former RIC colleagues details of eight IRA men who were  involved in the shooting dead of the constabulary’s divisional commander.


Detective Inspector Tobias O’Sullivan was shot dead on January 20th, 1921 outside Listowel barracks in Co Kerry. Some time later men from the 6th Battalion, Kerry North Brigade, kidnapped Kane. They did so on instruction from IRA General Headquarters (GHQ) and interrogated him.


After a prolonged period of interrogation he was executed on June 16th, 1921. His body was left by the side of the road with a note, “Convicted spy. Let others beware. IRA.”


Before he died Kane composed a letter to his family which is in the newly-released Brigade Activity Reports files of 1 Kerry Brigade. The letter is addressed to his children, one of whom is said to have cried out as the coffin was lowered into the ground, “Daddy, daddy”.


It beings: “My dear children, I am condemned (to) die. I had the priest today, thank God. I give you all my blessing and pray God may protect you all. Pray for me and get some masses said for me.”


Kane goes on to list the financial provisions he has made for the family and the money he owes to people locally.


It is clear that his children will be left as orphans as he requests that he be buried next to his “loving wife if possible”.


He concluded: “Don’t go to too much expense at the funeral and have no drink or public wake. I am told my body will be got near home. I got the greatest kindness from those in charge of men.


“Good bye now and God bless you and God bless Ireland. Pray for us constantly and give my love to all my friends and neighbours and thank them for all their kindness.”




The Valley of Knockanure




You may sing and speak about Easter week and the heroes of ninety eight.


Of Fenian men who roamed the glen in victory or defeat,


Of those who died on the scaffold high or outlawed on the moor,


But no word was said of our gallant dead in the Valley of Knockanure.




There was Padraic Dalton and Padraic Walsh they were known both far and wide,


In every house in every town they were always side by side,


A Republic bold they did uphold though outlawed on the moor,


And side by side they bravely died in the Valley of Knockanure.




In Gortaglanna’s lovely glen these gallant men took shade ,


While in young wheat both soft and sweet the summer breezes played,


It was not long ‘till Lyons came on saying time is not mine ‘nor yours,


But alas it was late and they met their fate in the valley of Knockanure.




It was from a neighbouring hillside we listened in calm dismay,


In every house, in every town a maiden knelt to pray,


They are closing in around them now with rifle shot so sure,


And Walsh is dead and Lyons is down in the valley of Knockanure.




They took them hence behind the fence wherein the furze did bloom,


Like brothers so they faced their foe to meet their vengeful doom,


When Dalton spoke his voice it broke with a passion proud and pure,


For our land we’ll die as we face the sky in the Valley of Knockanure.




And there they lay on the cold cold clay they were martyred for Ireland’s cause,


While the cowardly clan of the Black and Tan it showed them England’s laws,


No more they’ll feel the soft breeze steal o’er the uplands so secure,


For the wild geese fly where our hero’s lie in the valley of Knockanure.




I met with Dalton’s mother and she to me did say,


May God be with my darling son who died in the glen today,


If I could kiss his cold clay lips my aching heart ‘twould cure,


And I’d gladly lay him down to sleep in the Valley of Knockanure.




The golden sun it is sinking down behind the Feale and lea,


And a pale, pale moon is rising there far out beyond Tralee,


A twinkling star through clouds afar shone down o’er Cullen’s moor,


And the Banshee cried when Dalton died in the Valley of Knockanure.




Dalton Walsh and Lyons brave, although your hearts are clay,


Yet in your stead be true men yet who will take your place today,


While grass is found on Irelands ground your memory will endure,


So God guard and keep the place you sleep in the Valley of Knockanure.



Subject: Re. North Kerry World War 1 Dead.




 Hi. Jim.


It was with interest I read the piece on the memory of those killed from North Kerry while serving with various Countries in World War 1.  My uncle Daniel J Culhane, Leitrim East, Moyvane was one of those brave young men who gave his life in that war. He left Moyvane in his teens for America and


was drafted  into the U.S Army 210th Infantry, 78th Division. He was killed in action on Oct, 25th 1918 in the Argonne Forest, France. He was  23 yrs old. I have photos and cuttings from U.S newspapers about him as he was only married a couple of months, and was dead for 9 months


before his wife was informed.




Sincerely John Culhane











    In memory of Jeremiah Lyons, Patrick Dalton and Patrick Walsh, murdered by Crown Forces


    at Gortagleanna, Co. Kerry on 12th May, 1921.




    You may sing and speak about Easter Week or the heroes of Ninety-Eight,


    Of the Fenian men who roamed the glen in victory or defeat,


    Their names are placed on history’s page, their memory will endure,


    Not a song is sung for our darling sons in the Valley of Knockanure.




    Our hero boys they were bold and true, no counsel would they take,


    They rambled to a lonely spot where the Black and Tans did wait,


    The Republic bold they did uphold though outlawed on the moor,


    And side by side they bravely died in the Valley of Knockanure.




    There was Walsh and Lyons and Dalton, boys, they were young and in their pride,


    In every house in every town they were always side by side,


    The Republic bold they did uphold though outlawed on the moor,


    And side by side they bravely died in the Valley of Knockanure.




    In Gortagleanna’s lovely glen, three gallant men took shade,


    While in young wheat, full, soft and sweet the summer breezes played,


    But ’twas not long till Lyons came on, saying “Time’s not mine nor your”,


    But alas ’twas late and they met their fate in the Valley of Knockanure.




    They took them then beside a fence to where the furze did bloom,


    Like brothers so they faced the foe for to meet their dreadful doom,


    When Dalton spoke his voice it broke with a passion proud and pure,


    “For our land we die as we face the sky in the Valley of Knockanure.”




    ‘Twas on a neighbouring hillside we listened in calm dismay,


    In every house in every town a maiden knelt to pray,


    They’re closing in around them now with rifle fire so sure,


    And Dalton’s dead and Lyons is down in the Valley of Knockanure.




    But ere the guns could seal his fate Con Dee had broken through,


    With a prayer to God he spurned the sod and against the hill he flew,


    The bullets tore his flesh in two, yet he cried with passion pure,


    “For my comrades’ death, revenge I’ll get, in the Valley of Knockanure.”




    There they lay on the hillside clay for the love of Ireland’s cause,


    Where the cowardly clan of the Black and Tan had showed them England’s laws,


    No more they’ll feel the soft winds steal o’er uplands fair and sure,


    For side by side our heroes died in the Valley of Knockanure.




    I met with Dalton’s mother and she to me did say,


    “May God have mercy on his soul who fell in the glen today,


    Could I but kiss his cold, cold lips, my aching heart ‘twould cure,


    And I’d gladly lay him down to rest in the Valley of Knockanure.”




    The golden sun is setting now behind the Feale and Lee,


    The pale, pale moon is rising far out beyond Tralee,


    The dismal stars and clouds afar are darkened o’er the moor,


    And the banshee cried where our heroes died in the Valley of Knockanure.




    Oh, Walsh and Lyons and Dalton brave, although your hearts are clay,


    Yet in your stead we have true men yet to guard the gap today,


    While grass is found on Ireland’s ground your memory will endure,


    So God guard and keep the place you sleep and the Valley of Knockanure.


REMEMBRANCE Ceremony will be held in Listowel on November 11th 2018 at 11.30 am, to mark the anniversary of the end of WW1


Limerick and Language: revival, resurgence and new beginnings.


9 November 2018


T118 Tara, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick


More from Dr. Úna Ní Bhroiméil, Roinn na Staire:






Irish Protestant nationalists and rebels




(in chronological order)




Click on name for link




| Irish Parliament               |Henry Grattan                       |1746 – 1820 |




|United Irishmen                |William Drennan                 |1754 – 1820 |


|United Irishmen                |Henry Munro                        |1758 – 1798 |


United Irishmen                |Oliver Bond                            |1760 – 1798 |


|United Irishmen               |Samuel Neilson                    |1761 – 1803 |


|United Irishmen               |Lord Edward Fitzgerald     |1763 – 1798 |


| United Irishmen              |Theobald Wolfe Tone          |1763 – 1798 |


| United Irishmen              |James Hope                          |1764 – 1847 |                   | United Irishmen              |Thomas Russell                    |1767 – 1803|                           |United Irishmen              |Henry Joy McCracken        |1767 – 1798 |                        |United Irishmen              |James Orr                               |1770 – 1816 |




United Irishmen               |James Dickie                         |1776 – 1798 |


|United Irishmen              |Robert Emmet                        |1778 – 1803 |




|Catholic Emancipation |Henry Villiers-Stuart            |1803 – 1874 |




|Young Ireland                  |William Smith O’Brien         |1803 – 1864 |


| Young Ireland                 |Thomas Davis                         |1814 – 1845 |


| Young Ireland                 |John Mitchel                           |1815 – 1875 |


|Literary Revival               |Samuel Ferguson                   |1810 – 1886 |


|IRB                                      |Thomas Luby                           |1821 – 1901 |


|Gaelic League                  |Euseby Cleaver                        |1826 – 1894 |


|IPP                                      |Isaac Butt                                   |1815 – 1879 |




|CNB                                    |Charlotte Despard                    |1844-1933 |




IPP                                       |Charles Stuart Parnell           |1845 – 1891 |


|Howth                               |Alice Stopford Green               |1847 -1929 |


|Fenian                              | William Philip Allen              |1848 – 1867 |


|Literary Revival             |Augusta (Lady) Gregory         |1852 – 1932 |


| Land League                  | Anna Parnell                            |1852 – 1911 |


| IAOS                                 |Horace Plunkett                       |1854 – 1932 |


| Howth                             | Sir Thomas Myles                   |1857 – 1937 |


|Gaelic League                | Douglas Hyde                           |1860 – 1949 |


|IRB                                    | Fred Allan                                  |1861 – 1937 |


|1916                                   |Roger Casement                       |1864 – 1916 |


|Literary Revival            |William B Yeats                        |1865 – 1939 |


|Literary Revival            |Alice Milligan                            |1865 – 1953 |


|Literary Revival            | George Russell (AE)                |1867 – 1935 |


|CNB                                  | Ella Young                                 |1867 – 1956 |


|Sinn Fein                        |Countess Markievicz              |1868 – 1927 |


|ICA                                   |Richard Brathwaite                 |1870 –    ?     |


|Howth                             |Erskine Childers                       |1870 – 1924 |


|CNB                                 |Margaret Dobbs                         |1871 – 1962 |


|Literary Revival           | James M Synge                        |1871 – 1909 |CNB                                |Annie M.P. Smithson                |1873 – 1948 |


|Sinn Fein                     | Kathleen Lynn                           |1874 – 1955 |


|Howth                           | Molly Childers                           |1875 – 1964 |


|Howth                           | James Creed Meredith           |1875 – 1942 |


|ICA                                 |Alfred Norgrove                         |1876 – 1937 |


|CNB                                |Elizabeth Bloxham                   |1877 – 1962 |


|ICA                                 |Rev. Robert Gwynn                   |1877 – 1962 |


|ICA                                 |Ellen Norgrove                           |1877 – 1934 |


|ICA                                 |James McGowan                       |1877 – 1955 |


|IRB                                 |George Irvine                              |1877 – 1954 |


|1916                               | Dr Ella Webb                               |1877 – 1946 |ICA                                |Jack White                                   |1879 – 1946 |


|ICA                                |Sean O’Casey                              | 1880 – 1964 |


|Howth                          |Mary Spring Rice                       | 1880 – 1924 |


|ICA                               |Helen Donnelly                           |1880 – 1971 |


|Howth                         |George O’Brien                            |1880 – 1952 |


|Howth                         |Darrel Figgis                                |1880 – 1925 |


|1916                              |Robert Barton                               |1881 – 1975 |


|IRB                               |Bulmer Hobson                            |1883 – 1969 |


|CNB                             |Mabel Fitzgerald                         |1884 – 1958 |


|IRB                               |Sam Heron                                    |1887 – 1937 |


|IRB                               |Ellett Elmes                                  |1887 – 1958 |


|IRB                               |Sean Lester                                   |1888 – 1959 |


|IRB                               |Henry Nichols                              |1889 – 1975 |


|IRB                               |Ernest Blythe                               |1889 – 1975 |


|CNB                             |Margo Trench                               |1889 – 1936 |


|IRA                             | Dr Elinor Price                              |1890 – 1954 |


|CNB                            | Frances Trench                           |1891 – 1918 |




|SE                               | Denis Ireland                               |1894 – 1974 |




|IV                                |Arthur Shields                              |1896 – 1970 |


|ICA                             |Emily Norgrove                            |1897 – 1977 |


|ICA                             |Annie Norgrove                            |1899 – 1976 |


|ICA                             |Frederick Norgrove                     |1903 – 1973 |




In studying Irish history I am forcibly struck by the number of people born into the Protestant or Dissenter tradition who became involved in the campaign for Irish independence, many in leadership positions. By Willie Methven.






BURNING; In early 1923, during the period of civil war in Ireland, Anti-Treatyites embarked on a concentrated campaign against the Big Houses of the he landed gentry. Between June 1922-April 1923, a staggering 199 Big Houses went up in flames. In the civil war, the only county in Leinster with no burnings was Queens County (now Laois).




Thirty seven of the houses destroyed were those of Free-state Senators, of whom about 20 were old landed families. However, the campaign against the senators is only a partial explanation of the burnings. Most of the landed class were not senators and some were social reformers (even nationalists of a sort).




A Free State Army report of 21 January 1923 states, “with depleted numbers, lack of resources and unified control and almost complete ineffectiveness from a military standpoint, their [Anti-Treaty IRA] policy of military action is slowly changing to one of sheer destruction and obstruction of the civil government.”


MALLIN (O'Mealláin) SJ, Fr Joseph (Hong Kong, China and Dublin, Ireland). Peacefully, in Hong Kong on April 1, 2018. Deeply regretted by his Jesuit companions, relatives, extended family and friends. Beloved son of Commandant Michael Mallin (executed in 1916 Rising) and Agnes Mallin (née Hickey), brother of Séamus, Séan SJ, Sr Úna and Maura and uncle of Germaine Mallin. R.I.P. Sadly missed by his nephews Mícheál and Seán Mallin, David and Michael Phillips and nieces Úna O Callanáin and Annette Mallin-Ryder.


Requiem Mass to be held at 10.00am (local time) tomorrow (Saturday) at St Ignatius Chapel, Wah Yan College, Kowloon, followed by burial in St Michael's Cemetery, Happy Valley, Hong Kong. A Memorial Mass will take place at 11.00am on Saturday, April 21, 2018 in St Francis Xavier Church, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin 1. Tá fáilte roimh cách.




Rosscarbery and District History Society


February 13, 2016 ·




Details of Duchas Clonakilty lecture are attached;






Our next lecture is as follows:




Diarmuid Lynch: A Forgotten Irish Patriot




Eileen McGough




The Parish Centre, Clonakilty




Wednesday Feb 24th


at 8.30 pm


On Saturday night 22 April 1916, a tense meeting in Dublin went on into the small hours to decide whether or not the Easter Rising would go ahead. Present at that meeting were Pádraig Pearse, Tomás MacDonagh, Joseph Plunkett, Seán MacDiarmada and Diarmuid Lynch. Diarmuid Lynch was the only one of the five still alive a month later. A member of the Supreme Council of the IRB, Lynch was at the heart of plans for the Rising and was aide-de-camp to James Connolly in the GPO. Initially sentenced to death, his sentence was commuted to ten years penal servitude. On his release in 1917 Lynch became active again, and along with Michael Collins and Thomas Ashe, participated in the reorganisation of the IRB. He was again arrested and deported to America in 1918. While working frenetically as the national secretary of the FOIF (Friends of Irish Freedom) in the US he was elected as a TD for the Cork South-East constituency in the 1918 elections. Later sharp differences arose between De Valera and the FOIF about how funds raised in America should be spent. Diarmuid Lynch's part in the struggle for independence deserves to be better known and more widely acknowledged.


Eileen McGough, originally from Killarney, worked as national-school teacher from 1964 to 2000. She is active in the local community of Tracton, near Kinsale, where Diarmuid Lynch was born and raised, and has published two local history books. Her book on Lynch, Diarmuid Lynch: A Forgotten Irish Patriot, which was researched through his own extensive writings as well as many other primary sources, goes a long way to rightly reinstate him as one of the most influential figures in early 20th century Irish nationalism.




Slán go fóill,






Around the turn of the century, Scottish businessman and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, decided that the "best gift" to give to a community was a free public library. Carnegie credited his remarkable success to access to library books in his childhood and teenage years and believed strongly that educational opportunities should be free and accessible to all. In 1898, Carnegie put his beliefs into action and started a funding program that would lay the groundwork for the public library system in the US and Canada. By the time his corporation ceased funding the projects 20 years later, over 2500 libraries had been built around the world using the "Carnegie formula," which provided initial capital for the construction of the building with municipalities committing to carrying ongoing operational costs.


Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland




Irish History, Culture, Heritage, Language, Mythology


Kilmorna House, Co Kerry


    Oh Mother Ireland, dry your tears


    Be ever full of cheer,


    Pray for those noble volunteers


    Who fought to set you free.


    When freedom comes to Ireland’s sons


    Brave Irishmen will say


    “Lay down your guns, the fight is won


    At the dawning of the day”




The months of April and May, 1921 saw a lot of bloodshed in the parish of what is now Moyvane-Knockanure near Listowel in North Kerry. This was, of course, during the Irish War of Independence. On Thursday, 7 April, Mick Galvin, an IRA volunteer, was killed by British forces during an ambush at Kilmorna in Knockanure. The IRA had been lying in wait to ambush a group of British soldiers who were cycling to Listowel after a visit to Sir Arthur Vicars at Kilmorna House, his residence. Vicars had been Ulster King of Arms and custodian of the Irish Crown Jewels which were kept in Dublin Castle, the burglary of which in 1907, although Vicars was never seriously suspected of being involved in their theft, led to his ruin and, ultimately, to his death.




Found guilty of negligence and dismissed from his post, ruined socially and financially with neither position nor pension, Vicars, at the invitation of his half-brother, George Mahony, came to live in Kilmorna House. When George died in 1912, he left the estate to Sir Arthur’s sister, Edith, who lived in London. She decided that Sir Arthur could live out his life in Kilmorna. That he remained there during the War of Independence when British Forces and Sinn Fein activists were matching atrocities was foolhardy rather than courageous, and typical of the man who was generally regarded by the local people as a decent, if eccentric, gentleman. But he was also passing information on IRA activity to the British army.




On Thursday, 14 April 1921, Kilmorna House was raided by the local IRA. One of the party, Lar Broder, told the steward, Michael Murphy, that they had come to burn the house. Which they proceeded to do. However three members of the Flying Column led Vicars to the end of the garden and shot him. (One of his executioners, Jack Sheehan, was himself shot dead by the British army near Knockanure on May 26). On 12 May, Crown forces shot dead three members of the Flying Column at Gortaglanna, Knockanure, a short distance from Kilmorna (Patrick Walsh, Jeremiah Lyons and Patrick Dalton).




The Liberator (Tralee) 1914-1939, Tuesday, August 11, 1914; Page: 5


At the Listowel Petty Sessions, held on Saturday, Mr. D. M. Rattray presided. Other magistrates in attendance were: Messrs. J C Harnett, and J. Boland, M.C.C ,




Morgan Sheehy, publican, Church Street, summoned John Stack, blacksmith, for threatening language, and sought to bind him to the peace. There was also a cross case of a like nature Mr. Marshall, solicitor, appeared for the complainant, and Mr. J. Moran, for the defendant.




It appeared from the evidence of Mr. Sheehy, the complainant, that on the evening of the 28th July, he was at drill with his corps in the Sportsfield, which, for some time, past, was confined to the members of the Corps, when the defendant entered the field ; he (complainant ), with two or three other Volunteers was ordered by the man in command to put him out; they did so, he (defendant) offering but passive resistance; about an hour and a half afterwards, he (complainant) was standing at his door when the defendant and Michael Fitzgerald came across from the archway at the opposite side of the street, and said to him: "Morgan, you're one of the men who did the dirty work to-night" ; he (complainant) said he would do the same to his father if he was ordered to do so by his commanding officer; the defendant then said he would pin him to the door and threatened to have his life; he (complainant) then sent for the police, , and Constable Laffy came on the scene but the defendant had gone away.




The defendant, Mr. Stack, sworn , said he went to the sports field that evening, and on entering was objected to by the gate-keeper, but went in any way, leaned against the paling, and was not long there when Morgan Sheehy, Pat Landers, and someone else—Mr. Marshall: And perhaps Mr. Moran's son. (Laughter).




Mr. Moran: And that's the reason I'm defending him. (Laughter). Witness, continuing, said they asked him to leave, saying no one but members of the Volunteer Corps was allowed on the drill field, he left and about an hour afterwards himself and Michael Fitzgerald were chatting on the street opposite complainant's door, when he (complainant) came out and said if he (defendant) didn't; leave he would get him removed ; he (witness) asked why he should leave, but shortly afterwards himself and Fitzgerald went down to Mr. Enright's public house and had a drink, and while having it Morgan Sheehy came to the office door and burst it in and challenged him to come out and light but he did not go out; some time after, himself and Michael Fitzgerald left the house, but saw no policeman outside. Continuing, witness added that when he went to the Sportsfield, he did not know the rules and regulations, but went with the intention of joining the Volunteers, and still intended to do so.




In reply to Mr. Marshall, witness admitted that he was cautioned by John Nolan, the gate-keeper, but he went in anyway; he had to go across the street to Morgan  Sheehy's side to go down to Mr. Enright's publichouse; he didn't, remember about saying he would pin the complainant to the door or in any other way threatening him ; but the first insult he (witness) got was that if he did not leave the street he (complainant) would get the police to remove him.




Mr. James Enright, examined, said John Stack and Michael Fitzgerald came to his house, and went, into the office for a drink.. They were there two or three minutes when Morgan Sheehy came in and opened the office door, John Stack banged the door and Sheehy went away; he (witness) heard no challenge to fight.


Mr. Marshall: There was no question of fighting by Mr.Sheehy ?  No. He (witness) saw Constable Laffy outside the door at the time.


Michael Fitzgerald sworn, said he and the defendant were talking on the street for some time; when they crossed the street, inclined to go into Morgan Sheehy's: they met him (complainant) at the door. John Stack said something to him about, what happened in the Sports field, when he (complainant) said he would do the same to his father, and Stack then said he would pin him to the door; himself' (witness) and Stack then went, down to Mr. Enright's and Morgan Sheehy came to the office door and called out Stack, but Stack would not go out. The Chairman said the magistrates were unanimous in binding John Stack to the peace for twelve months, himself in £5 and two sureties of £2 10s. each.


Knockanure Old IRA, included Pat Carroll, Toronto; Patrick Casey, New York;, Denis Goulding Chicago;, Michael and Hugh Goulding Knockanure;, Paddy McMahon Knockanure, ; Bill Flaherty Knockanure;, Jack McElligott Knockanure;, Mick Mulvihill Coilagurteen;, Danny and Lar Broder and Bill Fitzmaurice Coilagurteen. Jerry Kennelly Knockanure.



FLU: Three Percent of the World’s Population Died in the 1918 Flu Pandemic


Blue lips. Blackened skin. Blood leaking from noses and mouths. Coughing fits so intense they ripped muscles. Crippling headaches and body pains that felt like torture. These were the symptoms of a disease that was first recorded in Haskell.


Kerry News 1894-1941, Monday, July 27, 1925; Page: 2


DEATH of Patrick Enright. Greenville, Listowel, Captain during the Anglo-Irish and recent wars of the Listowel Volunteer Company, died at the Hospital, Listowel, early on Saturday morning.




The story of his death is the story of Gortaglanna, "that field of fate and blood," whose name should be changed to "Gort an Air." On the 12th May, 1921 with his comrades Jerry Lyons, Paddy Dalton and Con Dee he was captured unarmed on the roadside between Listowel and Knockanure by a large force of Tans.




Mick Galvin ;He was a member of the Flying Column from its inauguration and met his death in action at Kilmeaney Wood between Listowel and Kilmorna on the 7th April, 1921.




Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, December 18, 1971; Page: 13


Death of Knockanure  Volunteer


MR. MICHAEL GOULDING, Knockanure. who died at an advanced age, was a member of the 6th Batt.. Kerry No. 1 Brigade Old I.R.A. He joined the Volunteers in 1916,




Irish Independent 1905-current, 30.10.1971, page 21


. CRON1N (Bunagara, Listowel, Co, Kerry) — Oct. 29, 1971, at Glanmire Hospital, Cork, Thomas Cronin, member of 6th Batt., Knockanure Company Old I.R.A.; deeply regretted by his loving stepbrother, relatives and friends. R.I.P.






Kerry Reporter 1924-1935, Saturday, April 23, 1932; Page: 5




Republican Kerry, and especially North Kerry, will pay honour to the memory of some of its dead soldiers on Sunday next, when at Gale Cemetery, midway between Listowel and Liselton, a memorial will be unveiled.


The names of the six men to be honoured are Commandant Sean Lenane. 6th Batt., Kerry No. 1 Brigade; Capt. Paddy Walsh, 3rd Batt. Kerry No. 1 Brigade; Section Commander Michael Galvin, Ballydonoghue. Co., 3rd Batt., Kerry No. 1 Brigade; Vol. Michael Lynch, Ballydonoghue Co.. 3rd Batt. Kerry No. 1 Brigade: Vol. Thos. Leane, Ballydonoghue Co., 3rd Batt. Kerry No. 1 Brigade; Vol. Michael Lynch, Ballydonoghue Co., 3rd. Batt., Kerry No. 1 Brigade.




Kerryman 1904-current, Friday, April 12, 1985; Page: 6


Duagh Notes


Sympathy is also extended to the wife, sons, daughters, relatives and friends of the late John (Jack) McMahon, Old IRA, of Knockanure.


Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, May 24, 1930; Page: 8


GORTAGLANNA. A Field and a Memory.


Padraig O'Ceallachan, O.S., Knockanure, recited a decade of the Rosary in Irish. He then addressed the crowd in Irish, and afterwards in English, introducing the speaker, Mr. John Ryan, Caherciveen. 


Statement of Archbishop Eamon Martin on the death of former Taoiseach Mr Liam Cosgrave RIP


October 2017.


Archbishop Eamon Martin, the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, has issued a statement on the death of former Taoiseach Mr Liam Cosgrave RIP. Archbishop Eamon said, “As with many people across the country, I was saddened last evening to hear of the death of the former Taoiseach Mr Liam Cosgrave. 




“Following in the political footsteps of his beloved father, Liam Cosgrave was admired by people the length and breadth of Ireland as a wise, modest and kind man of great integrity.  During uncertain times in our history Liam Cosgrave did not shirk from making important and challenging decisions which demanded decisive political, economic and moral leadership. 




“A man of strong faith, Liam Cosgrave placed great value on the primacy of conscience in his political career and in his private life.  One of the high points of his life was his attendance at the 1975 canonisation in Rome of the martyred Saint Oliver Plunkett during which he read one of the readings at the Mass.




“At this sad time for Mr Cosgrave’s family, friends and colleagues in politics, I pray for all those who mourn him and for the happy repose of his soul.




“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilís.”